The Crest and Motto
The School Crest
Meriden’s crest was designed in 1921 by the school’s art teacher, Mr Albert Collins. The crest bears Meriden’s motto – semper fidelis (always faithful) together with a representation of the lilies of Parnassus. In ancient Greece, Mount Parnassus was regarded as the mountain sacred to the muses and the centre of the earth. The muses were said to preside over the whole realm of learning – each having a special province, such as poetry, science or history. The crest reminds students that the treasures of learning are not to be won without effort in climbing the slopes of Mount Parnassus.
Meriden’s school song contains the words:
The School Motto
Meriden’s ultimate goal is expressed in the motto Semper Fidelis – always faithful. We aim to be semper fidelis in our relationships – with God, each other, our Australian heritage and the wider community.