Meriden girls cultivate the joy of community

6 April 2022

Over 125 years of educating girls, Meriden – an Anglican School for Girls in Strathfield – has given careful thought to the question of how to educate young women to reach their potential academically and to contribute positively to their community.

Meriden's Dean of  Community Learning, Mrs Vanessa Kirollos, said that the joy of community has never been more apparent after experiencing lockdowns. This year, Mrs Kirollos has led the School's Houses in restructuring service opportunities to reinvigorate connections with the local community.

“It is important for us to maintain strong ties with our community and, after the interruptions to learning from COVID-19, we wanted to do whatever we could to maintain those crucial relationships and provide opportunities for the girls to serve others," Mrs Kirollos said.

Each of Meriden's six Houses in the Senior School is led by Year 11 House Officers who select a charity that the House will support throughout the year. The House Officers plan and lead the fundraising and awareness activities for the chosen charity across the Senior School campus.

Adelaide Loane, House Captain of Kent House, said, “This year, Kent House will be supporting Bear Cottage, an initiative of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, which provides end-of-life care for children who are terminally ill. Bear Cottage is celebrating its 21st birthday this year."

Bear Cottage's Community Relations Manager, Bronwen Simmons, said, "Built with funds raised by the community, we continue to rely on generosity and kindness to keep our doors open. We send our heartfelt thanks to Meriden students, staff and families for the commitment to making a real difference to those in our care”.