For 125 years, Meriden has been providing girls with an enriching learning environment that empowers them to achieve their potential. Educating students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, Meriden is one of Sydney’s top-performing independent girls’ schools. We offer a rigorous curriculum, a dynamic pastoral care program and a wide range of sport, music and cocurricular opportunities.
Meriden girls are encouraged to find their voice, become independent thinkers, take responsibility for their learning and make a positive difference to their community. The size of our school allows us to offer a wide subject choice and countless opportunities beyond the classroom to ensure all our students are able to explore their talents and areas of interest.
A Christian foundation enriches life at Meriden, with every member of the School community encouraged to live out our values of compassion, integrity, courage and respect. When girls graduate from Meriden at the end of Year 12, they take with them the skills and attributes to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Meriden’s diverse and vibrant working environment attracts highly-qualified educational professionals who are leaders in their areas of expertise. Our talented and dedicated staff members keep Meriden at the forefront of girls’ education.
During their time at Meriden, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in a wide range of experiences to develop a portfolio of achievement in areas including public speaking, debating, the Australian Army Cadets and social justice initiatives. Our cocurricular program is broad and every girl has the opportunity to try new things and find her niche.
Meriden’s thriving Music Department aims to foster a love of music in every student. The School’s many choirs and instrumental groups cater to every music style and level of ability. Our musicians have a myriad of performance opportunities throughout the year to showcase their latest repertoire. Girls with exceptional musical talent may be invited to join the Amadeus Program, which provides specialised support that nurtures each student’s musical development.
Meriden’s highly-regarded sporting program offers a variety of team and individual sports and encourages every girl to care for her physical wellbeing. The School has a remarkable record of sporting achievement, with Meriden girls having represented Australia in athletics, swimming, water polo, badminton and tennis. The School’s Olympus Program caters to the educational and sporting needs of our elite athletes, supporting them to fulfil their academic and sporting potential.
Encouraging students to give back to the community and care for one another is an integral part of life at Meriden. Our students gain a deep understanding of the importance of making meaningful contributions to the community through their participation in fundraising and community service activities. Every student leaves Meriden with first-hand experience of what it means to be an active and engaged citizen.
At Meriden, each girl is known and her unique contribution to the life of the School is valued. Our multifaceted pastoral care program and the services of the School’s Counselling, Chaplaincy and teaching staff ensure all students have a comprehensive support network that sees them thrive throughout their educational journey.
There are many aspects of Meriden that give me considerable pleasure. These include the girls’ love of learning, the wonderful results of the girls in traditional and non-traditional subjects such as Mathematics and Music, the diversity of the school community, and the excellence of the School in cocurricular areas that include sport, debating, community service and public speaking.
Arguably, however, the most impressive feature of the School is the girls! They exercise their talents and skills to lead the School, work to make a positive contribution to their School and wider communities, and demonstrate vast amounts of school spirit, collegiality and friendliness in House events, competitions and other activities. It is expected that Meriden girls will care for one another, and they do.
Year 12 girls graduate from Meriden as confident, articulate and compassionate young women, ready to make a positive contribution to their communities as global citizens and leaders. Their teachers and I follow their post-school pathways with considerable pleasure and pride!
I hope to see you at Meriden in the near future.
Dr Julie Greenhalgh
Meriden’s central location, in the heart of Strathfield, makes travelling to the School from all areas of Sydney and surrounding regions convenient and direct. Our students come from local suburbs and from further afield and Meriden has its own fleet of private buses to complement the many public transport routes to the School.
Meriden leads the Inner West in NAPLAN
Meriden has been recognised as the best overall performing school in the Inner West for NAPLAN in the recently released results, ranking first for primary school and as the second highest performing high school in the area.
Meriden has a strong history of excellent academic results, ranking twelfth in New South Wales for HSC results in 2021 and consistently performing well in other state, national and international subject-based competitions.
Achieving these results after two years of pandemic disruption to learning has proven the resilience of Meriden girls and the dedication of Meriden’s teaching staff.
Meriden’s Principal Dr Julie Greenhalgh said “We are delighted with the NAPLAN results that reflect the dedication of Meriden students, and the expertise of our teaching staff. To return these results after two years of unanticipated challenges to our regular learning environment, demonstrates that Meriden girls continue to strive for excellence under even the most trying circumstances”.
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Meriden School, Strathfield NSW