Merriman House: The Bottom Line

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’                                                                           Matthew 22: 37 – 39

Take a moment to read through the verse above. When you are ready, talk to God about these two commandments. Surrender your heart, soul and mind to Him again. Ask Him to help you to bless someone specific today.

You may use this prayer to guide you:

Lord God, today, I wish to honour You with everything that I am. Thank You for drawing me closer to Your heart. Thank You for loving me. Thank you for the neighbours I have around me. Teach me to love them unconditionally. May my life bring You honour and glory, today and always.

Merriman’s story

Merriman House was originally named West Hill House and was the second building owned by the school.

Mrs Espin, a Headmistress and visionary at that time, extended the building to create a space that housed both education in the classrooms below and rest in the dormitories upstairs.

Nearly 150 years later, this graceful old home continues to love and nurture the girls and still offer a place of safety and refuge. 

Currently, Merriman offers space for 64 boarders and 16 Day Girls.

had to sell it due to financial challenges from a post-war recession. St Andrew’s College became the new owner, but DSG was able to buy it back again half a century later.

For many years, The Grange served as the residence for DSG’s Heads, an area where the girls feared to tread. In 2012 it was transformed into the Junior School boarding house, along with an extra wing. This historic house nurtures and protects approximately 50 junior boarders from Grades 4 to 7.