Merrimac is a coeducational state primary school located on Queensland's Gold Coast between Surfers Paradise and the Hinterland. The school has an enrolment of around 850 students from Prep to Year 6. It is back dropped by a bush setting neighbouring international golf courses. Our school services a wide area with many families passing local schools to attend Merrimac.
The school offers a balanced curriculum with a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy, science, ICT, sporting and cultural pursuits. Japanese is taught from Years 4 to 6. The School Community has developed our vision statement based on the belief that our children are our future. The school's aim is to develop students who possess the necessary characteristics and skills in order to become successful and active members of the wider community.
Merrimac's vision is to prepare our students for life long learning through:
developing self-esteem in a supportive and caring environment
an emphasis on addressing each child's learning needs and interests
the effective implementation of a quality curriculum
the effective integration of information and communication technologies
providing a range of cultural, sporting and social activities
promoting a respect and appreciation of our natural surroundings
the development of a range of resources and facilities to support quality student achievements
active participation by students, staff, parents and community members
The school's Student Code of Conduct focuses on a safe and supportive environment. It encourages students to strive to improve their behaviour through acknowledgement of positive behaviour. Behaviour management procedures are consistent through all classrooms and play areas with a level system based on responsible thinking and reflective practices. Individual Behaviour Management Plans are implemented for children requiring additional support.
Parent support at Merrimac is very good. We believe strongly in family involvement and parents are invited to develop close links with the school. Good communication between home and school is always promoted. Parents and community members are invited to help as volunteers within the classroom. An active Special Needs committee caters for students with any special needs.
The school also has a Gifted and Talented program and places emphasis on developing student leadership. Children can take part in a wide range of extra curricula activities including camps, excursions, Canberra and Japan trips.
Merrimac has an accredited International School Program with an established Japanese Sister School program and regular International Fee Paying Students. The school has ample physical resources and a very well equipped Resource Centre, an ICT Centre with teleconference facilities and two computer labs. All classrooms are air conditioned and fitted with Interactive White Boards. The school has a Multi Purpose Centre, a Performance Hall and Science Centre