Our New Principal is Mr Craig Merritt

Craig Merritt Principal Article


Mr Craig Merritt has officially stepped in as the Principal of St Luke’s Anglican School. He arrives with his wife, Tamara, an avid cook, and two children who join the St Luke’s Primary School: Chloe in Year 2, Ashton in Preparatory.

“My family and I are very excited about the opportunity to come and live in Bundaberg. We look forward to making strong connections with the community,” he said. “The facilities and lifestyle of the Bundaberg region are what we are looking forward to experiencing. It’s an ideal place to bring up our family.”

Craig has held key leadership roles in Anglican schools for the past 23 years. He was the Head of Senior School at Whitsunday Anglican School in Mackay, and since then, Craig held the position of Deputy Principal at Hillbrook Anglican School.

“I am continually impressed with the dedication and professionalism of the teachers I have worked with in both these schools. They put their heart and soul into their work, and the staff at St Luke's impress me with these same qualities.”

What’s Caught Your Attention at St Luke’s?

“This school has always held a significant reputation amongst the education sector as a school that walks the talk, so to speak,” Craig said. “It has a strong academic reputation, supported by a significant pastoral framework which is designed to instil Christian values and ethics amongst our students. All this is encapsulated by the wonderful phrase, The St Luke’s Way.”

Sporting teams have celebrated much success in their various sports, and continuing these opportunities and experiences will be a focus.

Continuing the involvement and engagement of our students with the community through service learning opportunities will also be a focus.

The redesign of The Learning Hub will allow the school to be innovative in how we bring together several different subject areas for students to work collaboratively on multi-disciplinary projects. It promises to be an exciting and vibrant learning space where literature shares space with multi media and robotics. There will be a focus on linking meaningfully with local and global communities.

We will bring a considered focus to the academic development of our students, create ways to better monitor and provide feedback on their progress and offer meaningful opportunities for career planning in the Senior School.

“Our teachers are the vital element in this picture. We will continue to find ways to work collaboratively to enhance our skills and abilities to bring a strong consistency in the learning experiences for all our students across the school,” Craig said.

On his position at St Luke’s

“That I am given the opportunity to take on the role of Principal of such a vibrant and successful school community is an honour and a privilege.”