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Mission and values

Meridan State College’s Vision, to 'Inspire Excellence in Diverse and Creative Learners', is embedded in the culture through a range of approaches and strategies. Each of the sub schools is committed to an ethos that exemplifies the values of ‘Excellence’, ‘Life-long Learning’ and ‘Creativity’ in a ‘Supportive Environment’ that is relevant and meaningful for the developmental stage of their students.    

A strong values framework is expressed through the ‘5 Cs – Courage, Collaboration, Courtesy, Compassion and Choice’ in the primary schools and through the age appropriate ‘Fish!’ Philosophy in the secondary campuses.

Each of the ‘5 Cs’ is the focus for behavioural expectations each term for our younger students and is embedded in the student award structure. Students engage in focused learning episodes around these values and they also provide a common language for recognising positive behaviours in classrooms and on assemblies, and through communication with parents through the ‘Positive Postcards’.

The ‘Fish!’ program is considered to be particularly relevant for our adolescent students and is embedded in practice on the secondary campus. The philosophy of this program is the key to promoting successful human relationships through the enactment of guidelines for behaviour and attitude. It is a set of simple, interconnected principles that can be tailored to suit the individual and the context.  They are: ‘Play’, ‘Choose your Attitude’; ‘Make their Day’ and ‘Be There’ and through practice these principles promote positive relationships at work, school and at home.

Our College also has a ‘Community’ structure and all students and staff belong to one of the four Communities. The Communities are named after elite sports people (Bradman, Freeman, O’Neill and Rafter) who are known not only for their sporting prowess but also for their charity and humanitarian work. The Community structure provides vertical social groupings, a supportive environment and an enriched pastoral care program for students. It allows for greater staff, parent and student interaction and promotes positive relationship building across all sub schools for staff and students. This structure is supported by research which indicates that smaller groupings within a larger educational organisation have the potential to significantly enhance educational outcomes for students.  It also promotes a deeper sense of belonging for all involved in our school community and pride in our College. 

Meridan State College is founded on the core beliefs of building positive relationships with our entire school community, engaging in real teamwork and demonstrating a high level of professionalism in all that we do.