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Meriden School, Strathfield
A non-selective, independent school for girls from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12.
3 Margaret Street
Strathfield
NSW
2135
PO Box 78, Strathfield NSW 2135
Sydney Inner-West
(61 2) 9752 9444
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  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Junior School
  • Senior School
  • Independent
Pre - Kindergarten - Year 12
Anglican
Yes
Meriden School 02318F
Girls
No
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Music
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Personal Values
  • Sport
  • English as a second language
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin (Chinese)
  • Spanish
  • Athletics (Track & Field)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Diving
  • Hockey (field)
  • Netball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball

The Meriden Vision

When girls graduate from Meriden at the end of Year 12, they take with them the skills and attributes to make a positive difference to their world – a fast-moving world filled with uncertainty and complexity, a world where relationships need to be enhanced and nurtured.

In order to be well-equipped to cope with and contribute to this world we want Meriden girls to become:

  • Confident, articulate and responsible leaders
  • Aspiring and academic achievers
  • Well-informed and critical thinkers
  • Well-rounded and resilient team-players
  • Creative innovators and collaborative problem-solvers
  • Compassionate, healthy and optimistic global citizens
  • Women of integrity, appreciative of the Christian faith.

 

The Meriden Sports Centre opened in March 2016. This impressive, contemporary facility comprises:

Two indoor courts for tennis, netball and basketball
Two external courts for tennis, netball and basketball
A Fitness Centre
Sports Office
Change rooms
A large mezzanine area for spectators and/or group work
A kitchenette
A Lecture Theatre
Classrooms for Applied Science
Staff rooms for teachers and coaches
Underground visitor parking for Saturday sports.

Libraries and Research Centre
The Hudson Library and Research Centre (Senior School) and the Selim Library (Junior School) are at the heart of teaching and learning at Meriden. They provide a place of enrichment for the school community.

The libraries feature advanced digital technologies including plasma television screens, desktop computers, laptops, tablets, data projectors and electronic whiteboards.

Meriden is a reading community and the libraries provide a wonderfully-varied collection of fiction and literature that stimulates students to read widely. Meriden students take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, Children’s Book Week, special literary events and writing competitions.

The fiction and extensive non-fiction collections are complemented by a technology-rich environment that provides access to sophisticated databases and online resources.

Staff members work hard to equip the students with advanced information skills so that they will become lifelong learners. The libraries are the busy hub of school life. And even when the lights are turned out the libraries are still working, providing on-line material to the school community through remote access.

Centre for Music and Drama
Construction of a new Centre for Music and Drama on the Senior School campus is scheduled to commence in late 2020 and will be open for use by students from 2022. The facilities that will be housed in this superb new building are outlined below.

A significant portion of the Centre for Music and Drama will be underground, with a number of skylights offering natural light at all levels.

The basement level houses a spacious Drama studio, with retractable seating and a performance area. Also included on this level is a green room and a staff room.

The second level of the building is also underground and contains the new Music Academy. It includes ten Music studios and a viewing platform that overlooks the Drama space on the level below, so performances can be viewed and recorded. Also on this level are instrument storage areas and staff rooms.

The third level will be at ground level and contains two rehearsal spaces, with one designed specifically for choirs and one for bands.

The first elevation contains a number of classrooms, including one specifically designed for composition. It also contains a staff room. This level connects to a pathway that leads to Hudson Library and Research Centre and enhances student access around the school.

The top floor offers a Music practice room, a printing facility and meeting areas for staff.

Music Academy

The Meriden Music Academy offers tuition in Music, Speech and Drama and accepts students of all ages from within and outside the Meriden community.

Instrumental, Vocal and Theory Tuition

The Music Academy operates in the studios of the Senior School and Junior School campuses. There are over twenty staff members who offer tuition in a variety of instrumental and vocal styles. Tuition is currently offered in the following instruments:

Guitar

Electric Bass

Contemporary Voice

Classical Voice

Composition

Flute

Clarinet

Oboe

Bassoon

Saxophone

Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Piano

Trumpet

French Horn

Trombone

Euphonium

Tuba

Drum Kit/Percussion

Theory, Musicianship and Music Craft classes complement the practical work of individual instrumental lessons. Generally, tuition is commenced when a student has been learning an instrument for at least two years. The course follows the AMEB, TCL and ABRSM syllabi and students are eligible and encouraged to sit for these examinations. These lessons can be taken as individual or small group tuition depending on availability.

Speech and Drama

Individual and group Speech and Drama lessons are an ideal way to help students express their thoughts and ideas clearly in public. Lessons can provide a creative outlet for students while helping to build self-confidence. There is a strong focus on diction, so students wishing to improve the clarity of their pronunciation are most welcome.

The broad curriculum encompasses drama selections, prose reading, speeches, poetry and mime.

Examinations are open to all students and are conducted through the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), IMEB and the Trinity College of London.

 

Student Wellbeing

At Meriden, every girl is known and her unique contribution to the life of the School valued as she realises her gifts and makes her mark. Student wellbeing is informed by Meriden's Christian foundation.

A strong sense of wellbeing is essential for students to achieve their aspirations and learning goals. The key components of wellbeing that are woven through our programs include healthy relationships, character development, self-awareness, ethical responsibility, meaning and purpose, achieving the conditions for deep learning, and positive connections with the community.

Wellbeing is a school-wide priority and incorporates the Health Centre, counselling service, pastoral time, PDHPE, Christian Studies, Lateral Learning and even the language which teachers use in the classroom.

The Meriden Vision
When girls graduate from Meriden at the end of Year 12, they take with them the skills and attributes to make a positive difference to their world – a fast-moving world filled with uncertainty and complexity, a world where relationships need to be enhanced and nurtured.

In order to be well-equipped to cope with and contribute to this world we want Meriden girls to become:

Confident, articulate and responsible leaders
Aspiring and academic achievers
Well-informed and critical thinkers
Well-rounded and resilient team-players
Creative innovators and collaborative problem-solvers
Compassionate, healthy and optimistic global citizens
Women of integrity, appreciative of the Christian faith.

Location and Transport

Meriden’s central location in Strathfield makes travelling from all areas of Sydney and surrounding regions convenient and direct. Our students come from local suburbs as well as areas further afield such as St George and Sutherland Shire, the Hills District, Northern Districts, Central Coast and Blue Mountains.

Strathfield is well-serviced by public transport and the School is only a few minutes walk from Strathfield train station and bus stops.

Trains

A major interchange on the City Rail network, Strathfield is only 15 to 20 minutes by train from Sydney city centre and from Parramatta city centre. It is serviced by the Northern, North Shore, Western, Inner West and South lines. Country Rail trains from the NSW Central Coast and the Blue Mountains stop at Strathfield.

Buses

Strathfield is well-serviced by government and private buses from many areas of Sydney.

The School provides its own bus services to and from the following areas:

Route 1: Taren Point, Miranda, Sylvania, Blakehurst, Hurstville, Beverly Hills, Strathfield Park
Route 2: Woolwich, Hunters Hill, Gladesville, Tennyson Point, Putney, Rhodes, Concord West
Route 3: Illawong, Alfords Point, Padstow Heights, Oatley, Strathfield Park
Route 4: Balmain, Rozelle, Leichhardt, Dulwich Hill, Summer Hill, Enfield
Route 5: Drummoyne, Russell Lea, Five Dock, Canada Bay, Concord
Route 6: Concord, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, North Strathfield
Route 7: Carlingford, Ermington, Dundas, Dundas Valley, Newington, Wentworth Point, Sydney Olympic Park
Route 8: Earlwood, Canterbury, Ashbury, Croydon Park, Campsie, Belmore, Belfield

There is also a late afternoon bus service which departs the School at 5:15pm and stops at Strathfield Park, Beverly Hills and Hurstville. 

Download Meriden Bus Services Brochure containing routes, timetables and application form

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City Rail and Bus timetables

Welcome to Meriden

Welcome to the Meriden. I am thrilled that you are spending time learning more about our wonderful school.

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
Principal

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