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All Saints Anglican School - Merrimac QLD

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All Saints Anglican School - Merrimac Qld
Highfield Drive
Located on the Gold Coast, All Saints is one of Queensland's leading Pre Prep to Year 12 co-educational day schools.
Highfield Drive, Merrimac. 4226
Gold Coast
07 5530 2855
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Growing through Grace; Learning through Love

All Saints Anglican School - Merrimac QLD

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Junior School Tour
Tue Aug 27 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM [0 Days to go]
Whole School Tour
Thu Oct 24 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM [58 Days to go]

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Pre Prep - Year 12
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About All Saints

There are many challenges facing our world at present, but whatever form those challenges might take, our children remain our best hope for the future.

At All Saints Anglican School children come first and their interests lie at the heart of all our major policy and curriculum initiatives.

We operate from the premise that every child is brilliant at something and an integral part of our role as educators is to discover what that something might be and then nurture it for all that we are worth.

All Saints has a history of excellence in academic performance and has also been voted Best Overall Music School for the last three years in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

All Saints Headmaster, Mr Patrick Wallas, believes such achievements mean nothing if they are not accompanied by a sense of gratitude and above all awareness that teaching and learning, and School in general should be fun.

Our final school tour for 2016 will be held on Monday, 21st November. All tours begin  at 9am at the Main Administration buildingPlease pre-regsister at http://www.asas.qld.edu.au/admissions/book-a-tour

Pre Prep

Pre Prep is the main entry point to the Junior School and is offered to children in the year prior to Prep, which is the first year of formal schooling. The children learn to co-operate, problem solve and think laterally. They learn language skills, mathematical concepts, persistence and concentration, the value of curiosity, self-confidence, co-ordination, healthy attitudes and values.

Children need to have their fourth birthday by the 30th of June in the Pre Prep year in order to be eligible for this programme. Pre Prep operates during School terms only offers a full week programme, or a five day a fortnight programme.

Prep is the first formal year of schooling at All Saints. This year level not only focuses on a child’s social and developmental areas, but is also academically significant. The basis of literacy and numeracy are laid during this period.

Years 1 and 2
Emphasis is given to developing reading, writing and mathematical skills. Children are introduced to the concept of working as an individual and also as a member of the group. Whilst the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and the Study of Society and Environment are offered by the class teacher, children also experience specialist tuition in Art, Music, Drama and Communication, Physical Education, Christian Living, Technology and Library.


Years 3 to 6
Central to the new academic programme are English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Specialist Staff support the following areas: Art, Christian Living, Languages Other Than English, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Drama and Communication, the Infinity Programme (for students with exceptional abilities), Chess and Educational Support.

Middle School

The Middle School at All Saints allows students to grow in independence and self-confidence whilst providing a safety net for risk taking, decision making and establishment of a sense of personal identity. Priority is given to the development of positive relationships between all those involved in the students’ learning. In addition to the core learning areas, students undertake studies in a number of other areas including Art, Christian Living, Languages Other Than English, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Creative Design and Multi-Media.

Senior School

All students in Year 10 are required to study Mathematics, English, Christian Living, Physical Education, Science, Humanities, Wonder ( an All Saints Initiative) and Futures (a career programme). The remaining academic disciplines of The Performing and Visual Arts, Technology, Business and Languages other than English are covered from a range of elective units.

A very wide number of subjects are available at All Saints, to provide students with the opportunity to excel in their area of interest. Towards the end of Year 10 students are required to choose a course of study for Years 11 and 12. Various options are available:

  • Students may study five or six Authority subjects that will enable them to embark on the tertiary course of their choice.
  • Students may choose a combination of subjects and Vocational Education courses. By choosing these options students can go on to further study at a Tertiary Level (University or TAFE).
  • School-Based Traineeships are also available to all students at Senior Secondary level, enabling them to undertake training and paid work in their chosen field whilst still completing their studies at school.

A range of vocational certificates are also available for those students who prefer a more practical approach to their learning. Students may also complete school-based traineeships and apprenticeships or study certificates in other fields through external training providers.

ovalOutstanding Facilities

All Saints is a very well-resourced school, in spacious grounds, with modern equipment, technology and amenities. Our facilities include:

  • The Early Childhood Centre: a purpose built state of the art early childhood facility, featuring the latest technology,
  • The Junior School: well-equipped general purpose learning areas and additional facilities for the Creative Arts with specialist areas for Visual Arts, Music and Technology, Junior School Library and an Administration Centre;
  • The Middle School: well-equipped general purpose learning areas and additional facilities for scientific inquiry (two laboratories), the Creative Arts with specialist areas for Visual Arts, Music and Technology with classroom technology annexes and an Administration Centre;
  • The Senior School: well-equipped general purpose learning areas and classroom technology annexes, and additional facilities for the Creative Arts, Music and an Administration Centre;
  • The Burling Centre for Scientific Inquiry (CSI) incorporating six laboratories equipped with facilities for the teaching of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, and a tiered Lecture Theatre with seating for 200;
  • Electronic Learning Centres in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools and classroom technology annexes;
  • The Yvonne Bain Resource Centre and Library for Middle and Senior School;
  • Textile & Food Technology specialist areas incorporating a demonstration space with tiered seating and multimedia capabilities, a kitchen featuring eight workstations and two textile classrooms;
  • Manual Arts, Technology and Graphics (Computer-aided design and drawing, machinery, wood, metals and plastics fabrication, electronics and pneumatics);
  • The Worship Centre and a Drop In Centre called The Zone with a variety of recreational facilities for Senior students;
  • The Nairn Theatre/Auditorium with a seating capacity of 531 and containing an orchestra pit, large stage and back stage areas, speech and drama workshops, experimental theatre seating 200, prop rooms and workshops;
  • The Music Centre: completed in early 2010, this purpose built facility features individual tuition rooms, specialised classrooms and offices, and two large band performance spaces;
  • The Visual Arts Centre: includes two classrooms for Senior School Art and specific facilities for fine art, ceramics, photography and computer generated design. The Centre also houses an art gallery which features student and staff work throughout the year;
  • A Lecture Theatre with tiered seating for 160 incorporating multimedia technology;
  • Two Health and Physical Education Centres containing a large sports hall for basketball, netball, volleyball, soccer, hockey etc measuring 30m x 40m, a Physiology testing laboratory, eight change rooms on the lower level and one centre housing an adjacent 25 metre enclosed heated swimming pool;
  • A commercial kitchen and training restaurant;
  • Sporting facilities including nine main playing fields and practice facilities for cricket (one turf and two artificial wickets), hockey, rugby, soccer, softball, athletics, and cross country, three tennis courts, ten netball courts (one synthetic surface court), four basketball courts, two volleyball courts and two 25 metre pools, one of which is enclosed and heated with an attached 10 metre x 5 metre learn-to-swim pool;
  • The School also provides under-cover areas, landscaped court yards and playground areas and equipment for students of various ages.

International Students

We welcome International Students and have students from many countries studying at the school.

International House, which is the focus of the international education programme at All Saints, offers modern accommodation and specialist learning facilities.

There are 20 double rooms where students are supervised by resident staff. The learning centre encompasses tutorial rooms which are fully equipped with the latest computer technology and have full access to the School’s computer network, the Internet and other information resources.

All Saints Anglican School offers scholarships for students entering Years 7, 10 and 11 in 2020, who are Australian citizens, or students on a Visa that is not an Overseas Student Visa Subclass. 

Scholarship applications for 2020 have now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in October 2019.

Our scholarship categories include:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Music Excellence
  • General Excellence

For further information please visit our website www.asas.qld.edu.au/admissions/scholarships 

What do our past students say about All Saints?

"My triplet sisters, brother and I were all lucky enough to attend All Saints Anglican School and I am forever grateful for all that I experienced during that time. I am still best friends with many of the other students and will always be reminded of the Headmaster's ability to accentuate the positive. The jubilant staff bonded together to create an environment which fostered creativity, individuality and achievement. We understood that school was all about growing into well-rounded, compassionate adults with an emphasis on community spirit. Through learning these core values, success was inevitable. I will always appreciate the incredible opportunities that were presented to me during my time at All Saints."

Candice Dixon, Class of 2007

"I am currently working as a water quality engineer, spending most of my free time rock climbing, having dinners with friends, playing guitar and reading voraciously.Looking back through all this, my time at All Saints seems a whole world away. But, I am still blown away by how lucky I was to have attended this school. Thank you to all the teachers who cared about the students far beyond the mere job requirements. Thank you to every teacher who managed to demonstrate that the joy of real understanding was far more profound than rote memorisation for the sake of an exam score. Most importantly, I thank them for creating a culture where everyone genuinely cares for their fellow human beings. As the years wear on, I highly doubt that any of my fellow past students would fail to thank their lucky stars that they were once cared for by such a first class collection of human beings."

Gordon Huang, Class of 2009

"As I near the end of my second year of study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, I cannot even begin to express how my time at All Saints Anglican School has proven to be some of the most beneficial years of my life. Moving into a Performance based career is always hard, but with the vast resources, opportunities and invaluable teaching readily available at All Saints, I was able to flourish and thrive with the support of my teachers and peers. I will always be a proud All Saints Drama Captain, and spare no expense when boasting of the School's incredible theatres and productions. I have made many unforgettable memories at All Saints, and will never be able to thank the school enough."

Andre Drysdale, Class of 2013

What do our parents say about All Saints?

"In my opinion the measure of a school's success is not only the academic results of the students, but more importantly the way they conduct themselves as people, their work ethic and the core values they develop. Mission accomplished, All Saints!"

"All Saints has a positive, enthusiastic environment where providing the best possible learning opportunity at every level is paramount. It is a friendly and happy place where students feel valued and supported, and the staff are genuinely interested in the welfare of their students."

"An excellent school, All Saints' best feature is the happy, enthusiastic and child centred approach of the whole staff. It is a school where there is an obvious endeavour to explore the latest and most relevant teaching strategies, and where the staff are committed to educate my child to the best of his ability."

"I like that All Saint is a top academic school, but is also able to offer a variety of programmes for students who are seeking alternative pathways."

"All Saints caters to a wide range of interests, abilities and talents. The students are immersed in a wide variety of high quality cultural experiences and there are many extra curricular opportunities on offer. The School is student focussed and this is very important to us. "

"All Saints provides a very warm and supportive culture in which my children are very happy and inspired to learn. The curriculum is diverse, the facilities are excellent and the staff are very supportive. I am so delighted that my children have the privilege of attending All Saints."

"This is a school that is founded on solid values. The staff are caring and well trained, the facilities are excellent, the opportunities for students are bountiful and the guidance for life beyond school invaluable. Well done, All Saints."

"I like that my child is in a safe and protected environment at All Saints. She is surrounded by a supportive, understanding and encouraging group of teachers, and she is inspired to make the best of her abilities."

"As a new parent to the School, I am most pleased with the happy and positive feeling I get from the students and the teachers. I feel the students are cared for both academically and developmentally to a very high standard. I am very pleased with the forward thinking and open mindedness that the School displays in their programmes and events."

"When I drive away each day, I know my son is in the best of hands."

"I love the fact that at All Saints all children are valued equally and the teachers care about their education. There are great subject choices and the chance for my children to achieve what they want. All Saints brings out the best in my children."

"Our children are proud to be part of the All Saints community and rightly so. They are happy, well balanced, intelligent and compassionate Christian citizens, and the School has played an integral role in their personal development. They love every minute of every day at All Saints."

"All Saints has a culture of all-round excellence – not only in academics but also in performing arts and sport."

(Comments from the 2014 School Survey)

What do our students say about All Saints?

"All Saints provides me with a platform to excel in my studies, launching me into challenging but exciting situations. Its teaching ethos and pastoral care programme allows me to learn whilst in a safe, happy and enjoyable environment that provides me with abundant opportunities, both curricular and co-curricular."

"I love All Saints because it provides me with opportunities, a nurturing learning environment with fantastic teachers, and genuine friendships. I couldn't imagine there being a school that could provide a more holistic, well-rounded education than All Saints. I feel very privileged to be a part of the All Saints family!"

"All Saints is a community where everyone knows each other and it strives to allow each student to reach their full potential. We're like a family and everyone is just as important as the rest, regardless of age, nationality or year level."

"All Saints has become a second home to me over the past three years since I began attending the School. The School has such a wonderful atmosphere and overall respect for teachers and students alike. The diversity of talents is inspiring in itself and everyone is encouraged to embrace their individuality. I feel very fortunate to attend All Saints. "

"I believe it's the dedication of its staff that makes All Saints such an amazing school. It's heartening to have teachers that care so much about their teaching and the students, and constantly go beyond their job descriptions in order to provide us with the best opportunities. All Saints has managed to employ teachers who it seems actuallydoteach because of those expressions about 'moulding young minds', and I really do relish learning here."

"I like All Saints because you can try your best without fear of judgment and there are amazing facilities and things to do on offer."

"All Saints is a consistently happy place. It has amazing resources and opportunities. Also I love the fact that you know that, no matter what, there is always someone there for you."

"I believe our School truly lives our School motto 'Truth, Faith, Compassion'."

"Our School is a safe and healthy environment with excellent learning facilities and you feel welcome every day."

"All Saints has a sense of community. The staff and students are encouraging, loving and accepting and, if you spend your schooling years at All Saints, you will emerge as a young man and woman modelling these traits."

"I like the size of the School, the classrooms are inviting and the classes are fun. We have many sporting opportunities and I love that I can work in the Senior School to do extension work."

Before outlining some of the central influences that underscore the educational philosophy that guide the daily operations in our school, let me extend a warm welcome to all visiting this site to drop in and see us whenever you are in the neighbourhood. Ours is a happy school, a place where students and staff appreciate each other, and where a generosity of spirit abounds. The only true way of discovering this for yourself is to pay us a visit! So what are some of the influences that guide us as a school in our policy and decision making? In a rapidly changing, often inconsistent world, it falls to our schools to imbue the young with a sense of purpose and a clear set of values. The primary role for any school must be to instil in its pupils a sense of personal and collective integrity which can stand firm in the shifting sands of technological innovation and materialism. Education, which is by definition a dynamic and proactive force in society, has undergone a transformation inspired by the rapid onset of information technology and the consequent shift in societal expectations about how young people should learn. The challenge for contemporary educators is to embrace a much greater flexibility both with regard to the individual learning styles of students, and in curriculum and syllabus design. All Saints Anglican School is ideally placed to offer such flexibility, with its commitment to regular curriculum and syllabus review, and its innovative, intellectually curious staff. The pursuit of academic excellence must necessarily form a fundamental tenet of independent schooling, but where this is done without an accompanying concern for the spiritual and emotional development of the individual, then it can become barren and meaningless. I believe the true role of educators the world over is to prepare people to lead fulfilling lives, whatever their academic potential may be. One of the keys to this lies in the development, preferably during one's school years, of both a sense of self-discipline and a genuine sense of altruism.We have become quite adept as a society at nurturing our physical and emotional well-being, but we are born with a spiritual identity too, and young people need some guidance in this area more than ever before. The restlessness that pervades modern life is due in part to society's attempt to fill the void left by the absence in so many peoples' lives of a sustaining religious faith. We must expect our young people to question aspects of their faith which they find difficult, but we must also provide them with a framework upon which they can rely when the questions become more urgent. We must also work to achieve our educational goals with a sense of mutual trust and respect. In my experience, the most effective way of teaching in both academic and pastoral areas is through example. If we want the students with whom we work to be honest, positive, conscientious and committed to excellence, then we as teachers must strive to model these qualities ourselves. At All Saints we strive to remain grateful for our place in this unique community by promoting amongst staff and students a pride in themselves and their school, and an awareness that the sense of belonging we all feel brings with it clear responsibilities and expectations. The staff at All Saints has a strong commitment to their ongoing professional development, with a significant number of them currently being sponsored by the School to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen area. We are bound together by our infectious optimism and by our belief that with God's help we can truly make a difference in the lives of the young people entrusted to our care. As Headmaster of All Saints, may I take this opportunity, on behalf of the 200 committed staff members who work here, to wish all visitors to this website a prosperous and peaceful year.

Patrick S. Wallas

Our final School Tour for 2016 will occur on the  Monday, 21st November.

All tours leave from the Main Administration building at 9am. Please pre-register by phoning 5530 2855 or register on online at http://www.asas.qld.edu.au/admissions/book-a-tour

While the School does have some ramps, it is advisable not to bring a  pram or stroller.

All Saints looks forward to welcoming you to our campus.

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