The Gold Coasts newest primary school officially opens


​​​​​​Deputy Executive Director Dr Doug Ashleigh with Star of the Sea, Merrimac Foundation Principal Tony Barron and Star of the Sea Students.​

The Gold Coast newest primary school Star of the Sea, Merrimac officially opened on Friday 20 May, with students showing off their brand-new contemporary campus as part of the schools’ official blessing & opening-  with his Grace, the Archbishop of Brisbane Mark Coleridge himself in attendance for the big unveiling.  

The Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) school, the 15th BCE school on the Gold Coast, first opened its gates to a​ cohort of almost 47 Prep to Year 3 students in February 2022, with students already enjoying state-of-the-art classrooms, colourful playground with softfall. 

An extra year level will be added each year until 2026, with the school being master-planned to accommodate approximately 550 students at full capacity. 

Foundation Principal Tony Barron said with Term 1 now under his belt, he felt like it was the perfect time to hold the official blessing and opening.

“This blessing and opening marks an exciting new chapter for this site, and one which is meeting community demand,” Principal Tony Barron said. 

“Our community is fast growing, with lots of young families moving to this area to provide a better life for their children, and I am proud to be able to offer these families choosing the Merrimac area, a catholic education option.

“At Star of the Sea we offer state-of-the-art classrooms, library, playground, and spacious sporting grounds, which were designed to engage our children in learning, and help them reach their full potential. 

“Our classrooms are like no other, with break-out and quiet spaces, flexible student seating, interactive whiteboards, with each classroom fitted out with Apple TVs and iPads, as well as STEM technology, our students have everything they need to succeed. 

“Star of the Sea students have brought our brand-new school campus to life over the past two terms, and are already a major part of the local community. 

“Star of the Sea will continue to grow in student numbers and infrastructure over coming years, with our school already becoming a go to for local families wishing to send their child to a school which is not only high performing, but also focuses on the needs of the individual child. 

For more information about Star of the Sea, Merrimac click here.​ 

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