Marymount College, Gold Coast
Latin: Deus Meus Et Omnia
My God, My All
|Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia|
|Type||Private Catholic Co-Educational College|
|Enrolment||over 2000, (1000+ in Highschool and 1000+ in Primary School)|
|Campus||Single Campus in Urban Area of City|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Light Blue & White
Marymount College is a Catholic secondary school located at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. It traces its origins back to 1959 when Fr Frank Shine was appointed Parish Priest of Burleigh Heads.
Marymount is a Catholic educational community committed to promoting lifelong and life-giving learning for students within a supportive school environment.
We embrace the person and the vision of Jesus Christ by ensuring gospel values are reflected in all aspects of College life.
Marymount College is situated on Burleigh Connection Road, Burleigh Waters. Marymount traces its origins back to 1959 when Fr Frank Shine was appointed Parish Priest of Burleigh Heads. The Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception as a parish secondary school opened Marymount College in 1968, with sixteen students and two staff. The principal was Sr Mary Patricia, osf. The complex cost $146,000 and consisted of classrooms, a convent and chapel. Responsibility for the College development was to rely heavily on the Burleigh Parish.
In 1971, Sr Carmel Beirne, osf became the new principal, assisted by Sr Marguerite, osf.
In that same year, extensions costing $94,000 were made to the college.
1972 marked another milestone: Marymount College became co-educational to provide for boys on the central and southern sections of the Gold Coast. The first boy enrolled was Justin Lane. Marymount College became the first Catholic co-educational college in Queensland - with an enrolment of 120 students.
In 1974, a Manual Arts Centre was established at a cost of $34,000. This was also the year of the first senior class at Marymount College.
1975 saw the appointment of Mr Michael Lloyd as the first lay Principal and Fr Martin Doyle assumed responsibility for providing the guidance and facilities necessary for a sound Catholic education.
In 1981, Dr Brendan McManus assumed leadership of the College and a new swimming pool was a welcome addition to the sporting facilities. 1982 saw a new library built and an enrolment of 620 students.
Mr Pat Wall was appointed College Principal in 1984. The foresight of Mr Wall in 1987, saw the construction of the Year 8 classroom building. The construction of the Doyle Centre in 1991 was a major building project and provides exceptional facilities for physical education, theatre and music.
Buildings constructed from 1977 - 1991 were designed and supervised by Michael Ryan and built at a cost of $4.8 million dollars.
In 1993, Fr Ken Howell was appointed Administrator of the Burleigh Heads Parish when Fr Martin Doyle, due to ill health, took a long needed rest. Late in 1993, Mr Pat Wall resigned as Principal and Brisbane Catholic Education appointed Mr Bob Cullen as Acting Principal for the 1994 school year. During this year, Fr Pat Molony was appointed Parish Priest.
Ms Vicki Ward assumed the role of College Principal for the 1995 school year.
In 1996, Mr Bob Peacock was appointed College Principal. By 1999, Marymount College had an enrolment of 905 students. Mr Peacock commenced an extensive rebuilding programme with a new Home Economics and Hospitality wing opened in 1998 and a new $900,000 Manual Arts Complex opened in February 1999.
Major expenditure has also been undertaken in the Information Technology area with the College now operating a network well in excess of 275 computers. In September 2001, work commenced on a new Administration building which includes a new staff room with computer access for each teacher. A bookshop is part of this building, completed in April 2002. 2010 saw the opening of the Mary Mackillop Building which hosts state-of-the-art science laboratories and library resource centre.
- Library (new-state-of-the-art building completed in 2010, includes exclusive computer research rooms for senior students)
- Doyle Centre (includes 1 full-size indoor timber basketball court with multi-use capabilities; 150+ seat theatre; gym facilities; purpose built music and drama classrooms)
- Science Block (new in 2010, state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned)
- Manual Arts Block (fully air-conditioned - includes wood and metal work areas, construction and manufacturing facilities and purpose-built graphics rooms)
- Home Economics and Hospitality Building (fully air-conditioned - includes a restaurant, cooking areas, commercial cooking facilities, textile facilities)
- Film and Media Room (includes green screen etc.)
- Dance Studio (timber flooring, mirrored walls and ballet bars)
- 25 m pool
- Grass athletic field (with competition facilities for both track and field events)
- Tartan long jump, triple jump and high jump facilities
- 2 outdoor basketball courts
- 2 outdoor astro-turf sand tennis courts (competition size)
- 2 soccer fields
- 2 rugby fields
- Multiple dedicated computer rooms (current ratio is 1 computer per 3 students - not including the introduction of laptops)
- WiFi for student use (from 2010, the One Laptop Per Child Program with students being issued a MacBook Laptop)
- Religious Education
- Accelerated Mathematics #
- Core Mathematics
- English Extension #
- Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
(English and Mathematic subjects are offered in single-gender and mixed-gender classes)
- Advanced Sports Program (by application only)
- Business Environments & Ventures
- Business and Information Management
- Health & Physical Education
- Information, Communication & Technology
- Living Technology (Textile & Food Studies)
- Living Technology (Food Studies)
- Metal Technology
- Music Extension (only offered to students also studying music outside of school)
- Visual Arts
- Wood Technology
- Study of Religion
- Religion and Ethics #
- English Communication #
(Students must pick one Religion subject and one English subject. Those marked with # are Authority Registered Subjects)
- Ancient History
- Business Communication & Technology
- Biological Science
- English Extension (Literature)
- Film/Television Studies
- Home Economics
- Hospitality Studies
- Information Processing and Technology
- Information Technology Systems
- Legal Studies
- Marine Studies
- Mathematics A
- Mathematics B
- Mathematics C
- Modern History
- Physical Education
- Philosophy and Reason
- Study of Religion
- Technology Studies
- Visual Art
Authority registered subjects
- Aquatic Practices
- Creative Arts - Visual
- Early Childhood Practices
- English Communication
- Prevocational Mathematics
- Recreation Activities
- Recreation Surfing
- Religion and Ethics
- Certificate II Business
- Certificate II Multimedia
- Certificate I Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)
- Certificate II Tourism
- Certificate II Work Practices
|1959–1970||Fr. Frank Shine|
|1971–1974||Sr Carmel Beirne|
|1975–1980||Mr Michael Lloyd|
|1981–1983||Dr Brendan McManus|
|1984–1993||Mr Pat Wall|
|1994||Mr Bob Cullen|
|1995||Ms Vicki Ward|
|1996–2009||Mr Bob Peacock|
|2010–present||Mr Christopher Noonan|
- Daniel Kowalski Olympian (Gold, Silver and 2 x Bronze Swimming Medallist)
- Ken Wallace Olympian (Gold and Bronze Kayaking Medallist)
- Jacob Clear Olympian
- Ryan Napoleon Swimmer (2010 Commonwealth Games Gold and Silver Medallist - Swimming)
- Bernadette Wallace Kayaking (4th at 2010 World Championships)
- Andrew Raines AFL Football Player
- David Hale AFL Football Player
- Candice Adams Netball Player - Queensland Firebirds
- Paul O'Brien Actor
- Holly Brisley Actor
- Carl Barron Comedian
- Jessica Hardy (Australia) Reality TV Star
- Jamie Dowling Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League Player
- Brittany Broben Olympian on the Australian Diving Team (Silver Medalist at the London 2012 Olympics)