Teaching students to care for one another and for others in the community is an integral part of life at Meriden.
Through service weeks, fundraising activities and guest speakers, the girls learn about people in the local, national and international communities who are less fortunate than themselves. They gain an understanding of the significance of the positive contribution they can make within their own community and the global community. Interact, Social Justice and Amnesty groups, as well as a Global Studies program in Year 9, raise the girls’ awareness of important social and humanitarian issues and provide them with opportunities to serve the community.
Community service is the focus of the camp program for Year 9 students. In addition to undertaking projects in local communities, some students elect to travel to remote communities such as Ti Tree in the Northern Territory where they work with a remote Indigenous school for two weeks.They spend time playing, teaching, and reading to the children, preparing resources, covering library books, working in the school garden and participating in the Indigenous community events. In recent years, Year 9 students have also travelled to Cape York Peninsula and Fiji to undertake community service projects.