Faith at Meriden
Meriden is centred on the Christian faith. The expression of this faith is consistent with Anglican tradition. It explores the person of Jesus and teachings of the Bible while promoting respect for those of other faiths and backgrounds. Girls of all religious faiths and cultural backgrounds are welcome at Meriden.
All staff support the school’s Christian values of compassion, integrity, courage and respect. Students are expected to attend Chapel services and participate in Christian Education classes.
At Meriden, students are encouraged to consider the claims of Christ and to develop into young women able to exercise judgement in moral issues and willing to serve the wider community with understanding, creativity and dedication. Our hope is that the girls’ lives will be enriched by their experience of faith at Meriden as they learn more about God, themselves, their personal faith journey and others.
The Chaplaincy team plays a pivotal role in the life of the School. Through a wealth of programs and activities, the team provides guidance, support and pastoral care to the School community of students, parents and staff.
Chapel provides the opportunity for hearing God’s perspective, especially as it relates to life in our school community and our place in the world. This is done through song, prayer, Bible readings and explorations of biblical themes and passages.
Senior School: The Chaplain conducts a weekly Wednesday Chapel service while students share the responsibility for conducting fortnightly Thursday Chapel services.
Junior School: Kindergarten - Year 6 students meet each Monday morning for Chapel and our Pre-Kindergarten students gather together for a short Chapel service with the Chaplain each week.
Christian Education classes provide an opportunity for each student to further explore who God is, what faith in Jesus Christ is about and how a Christian worldview provides a framework for ethical thinking and wrestling with life’s issues.
Senior School students in Years 7-10 participate in one 60 minute lesson per week. Year 11 students participate in Christian Education forums which are held each term.
Junior School students participate in one 30 minute lesson per week. Pre-Kindergarten students participate in approximately 30 minutes of Christian Education per week.
Student Christian Groups
A number of voluntary, age specific, lunchtime student groups regularly meet to encourage one another, read the Bible, talk about life and pray together. As part of this program an annual camp is held for Senior School students in conjunction with Trinity Grammar School.