Outdoor Education

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a program of self-development, adventure and fun. It is open to all young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years old.

The Award operates in 146 countries worldwide and Meriden is an Award Unit registered in New South Wales.

There are three levels to the Award: Bronze for people 14 years and over; Silver for 15 years and over; and Gold for those 16 years and over. Students can commence the program in Year 9 and continue at their own pace to complete the different levels. There are four Sections that a candidate must complete in order to attain an award. These are Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journeys. There is also a fifth Section, the Residential Project, required at the Gold level. The attainment of an Award demonstrates self-discipline, enterprise and motivation.

Many girls at Meriden choose to be part of Duke of Ed and find it to be challenging, exciting and very worthwhile.

You can find additional information about Duke of Ed and employability here and more information about Duke of Ed volunteering (ie, service) and education/employment is available here.


Senior School students can choose to become Cadets of Meriden Company, part of the Trinity Grammar School Army Cadet Unit (TGSACU).

Since 2019, Meriden girls have enjoyed the adventure, skill development and camaraderie involved in the Australian Army Cadets program, which includes weekly training at Trinity Grammar School, a series of adventure camps and other ceremonial events, including Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services. This cocurricular activity allows Meriden girls to experience exciting challenges outdoors and our Cadets have quickly risen in the ranks of the TGSACU to be recognised as respected and reliable leaders.

The Australian Army Cadets is a community-based youth development organisation based on the customs, traditions and values of the Australian Army. Cadets follow a syllabus called the Army Proficiency Certificate, which gets more challenging each year. Participants move through star levels until they reach four stars and the rank of Master Cadet, mastering a range of subjects including first aid, navigation and community service.