Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
The school actively promotes SMSC development through the curriculum and through the additional provision, outside the school day, in clubs, recreational activities, and educational visits.
Through the school curriculum, school ethos, Meridian Meditation and links with other schools, we aim to enable students to:
- Acquire personal beliefs and values and articulate them confidently;
- Ask deep questions about life and death, reflect on these and come to conclusions about what gives meaning to life;
- Develop and reflect on their feelings and emotions;
- Articulate their responses to beauty, love, pain and suffering.
- Be able to emphasize with and develop an understanding of different faiths and cultures.
There are a number of elements in the school curriculum that foster the spiritual development of students. The focus on oracy enables students to express themselves and encourages personal opinion to be shared confidently in the classroom and in public areas. Students and teachers should value, and show tolerance, for the opinions of others.
The school ethos encourages students and all member of the school community to be considerate and thoughtful towards others. Within the classroom, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate conduct when other students contribute to sensitive group discussions. This involves opportunities for the sharing of emotions and feelings.
At Meridian High School students will be provided with opportunities to develop their spiritual understanding by experiencing a curriculum which will:
- Develop self-esteem.
- Allow a development of a range of values and beliefs based on a sense of respect and curiosity towards their own and others beliefs.
- Explore the spiritual values of others through all areas of the curriculum
- Allow students to express themselves in a variety of ways and reflect on their experiences.
- Allow students to develop an empathic response by understanding and controlling their own emotions and feelings.
This is delivered through:
- A PSHE program which develops self-esteem, knowledge and an ability to reflect and develop spiritual values.
- An assembly program which encourages personal reflection and an exploration of spirituality.
- A student support structure that is focused on learning and providing appropriate information, advice and guidance, as well as opportunities for exploring future pathways.
- Educational enrichment trips, visiting speakers and workshops to provide students with a range of experiences, promoting awe and wonder of the world.
Students in Year 8 have been involved in an exciting reading group, shadowing the annual Carnegie Awards. Eight books aimed at young adults were shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Our amazing group, Meridian Readers, have read a selection of these shortlisted books, which all have human rights themes. They have taken on the challenge of reading head on and have discussed and rated the books. Some were found to be more difficult to read than others for example, Bone Sparrow, which deals with the life of a refugee in Australia. Wolf Hollow, which explores the issue of bullying, was a big hit. All eight titles are now in the library for all students to access.
Thank you to all students who took part. We hope for next year’s Carnegie shadowing group to be even bigger and better. For now, you can read the students’ amazing reviews, which are published online here: