Caring for our Students
The greatest importance is placed upon the nurture and safety of all students in our care. Each child is seen as precious, unique and valued. Students are part of a caring community in which each student is known and supported as she develops her confidence, self-esteem and learning capabilities.
The daily pastoral care program centres round the individual class teacher but is supported by all staff members. Extensive steps are taken to ensure the school is a physically safe and secure environment. Teachers are equipped with hand-held radios to facilitate communication as required, and staff are thoroughly trained in procedures for safety and emergency management. The majority of staff members hold a current first aid certificate and there is a registered nurse on staff.
Academic care for each student at Meriden is provided with the same diligence as pastoral care. Progress is carefully assessed throughout the year and progress is tracked and responded to according to individual needs that may present. The services of Meriden's Educational Psychologist are available as required.
All students are encouraged to build positive relationships within their class groups, with their teachers and with older and younger students. Year 5 students delight in the opportunity to be a ‘buddy’ for Kindergarten girls to help them settle into their new school. The House system means that everyone has the opportunity to belong to a group, and to support her peers at carnivals and events.
A comprehensive resilience building program helps students to learn core values such as integrity, respect, responsibility, friendliness and co-operation. This very successful program teaches students how to ‘bounce back’ in different situations and shows them how to look on the bright side of challenges they may face. As the students grow older they learn how to recognise, explore and manage their own emotions and responses. Each year, all students participate in an anti-bullying program and there is a strong sense of camaraderie and loyalty amongst the girls. Students and parents are encouraged to approach members of the teaching staff, or the School Counsellor, on any matter of concern which may arise in the classroom, playground, outside school or through social interactions.
Meriden’s Christian ethos is woven into every activity within the school and girls are encouraged to respond to each other with grace, care and kindness. The golden rule at Meriden Junior School is simply: "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31). Our young students are very able to understand and adopt this approach to relationships with others. Similarly, through local and international community service programs, students gain an understanding from an early age that they can make a positive difference in the world.