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School Crest, Motto and Song

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.  


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.


School Song
The original two verses of the School Song were written by the Prefects of 1926.  An additional second verse was written by the Prefects of 2011 to complement the original verses. 

Meriden beloved name
May we ever to thy fame
Glory bring by word and deed.
While through life we wend our way
This our motto every day:
Ever faithful, golden rule
Ever faithful to our School.

Christ will be our strength and guide
Firm in faith we will abide
Meriden will sing His praise.
While through life we wend our way
This our motto every day:
Ever faithful, may we stand
Bound together, by His hand.

Ever faithful while we climb
To Parnassus heights sublime
Gathering lilies as we pass.
While through life we wend our way
This our motto every day:
Ever faithful, may we be
Faithful Meriden to thee.