"Meriden gave me a love of learning which has continued throughout my career. Through the friendships, the tailored learning, the guidance and nurturing I understood that I could make a difference, that I should be bold and that educated women can succeed in whatever area they desire."
Elizabeth Broderick, Class of 1978
From its establishment in 1897 with just a handful of pupils to its present day enrolment of 900 students, Meriden has been special to all those who have passed through its gates.
A good school is so much more than the buildings it occupies, it is about the people who come together to teach, learn, explore and play. The importance of each individual student, her talents and abilities and the nurturing of a loving and supportive Christian community have been central and uniting concerns throughout the School's history.
For more than 116 years, Meriden has proven its ability to meet and embrace change without losing the ethos and traditions that have stood it in good stead. Meriden adheres firmly to three educational objectives: a high academic standard; the incorporation of Christian values in the educational process; and the creation of an environment conducive to the personal and intellectual development of young women.
The Bettina Gowing Museum and Archives
Meriden's Museum and Archives were opened in February 2009. In addition to the safe-keeping of school records and memorabilia, the Museum provides a display area for students to visit to learn more about the history of their school.
The Museum and Archives are named in honour of Mrs Bettina Gowing who attended Meriden from 1917 to 1929 and then worked as the school's first secretary to the Principal. Her long and generous association with the school - over 90 years, in fact - was recognised at the opening of The Bettina Gowing Museum and Archives.