Covid-19 Update

Stay-at-home orders are in place across Greater Sydney until the end of September. This means that Meriden will continue to operate in remote learning mode until the orders are lifted or further announcements are made by the Premier.

Further restrictions have been placed on some local government areas (LGAs) in Sydney. Currently, these LGAs are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield. Some suburbs within the Penrith LGA are also included in these restrictions. Information about the additional restrictions in these areas can be found here.

Return to face-to-face learning

On Friday 27 August, the NSW Government released a proposed timeline for return to face-to-face learning which includes a staged return to school for students, commencing with Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 12 students. The staged return is planned to commence on 25 October but this will be dependent on the ratio of Covid-19 cases infectious in the community at the time.

The School will keep our families informed of plans for a return to face-to-face learning as the situation unfolds in early October.

Arrangements for Year 12 Students

The NSW Government has said that Year 12 students may be able to return to face-to-face learning from 25 October. However, this will continue to be based on the latest NSW Health advice and is dependent on the ratio of Covid-19 cases infectious in the community in individual LGAs at the time.

The HSC examinations have been rescheduled to commence on 9 November throughout NSW. A revised timetable and guidelines have been released by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Exam results are scheduled for release to students on 24 January 2022. The Minister for Education has advised that those wishing to apply for tertiary study will not be disadvantaged by the delay. The Minister confirmed that the university sector has been consulted and is able to accommodate the changes and that Year 12 students who want to go to university will be offered places in line with previous years. ATARs are currently scheduled for release to students on 20 january 2022 from 9am.

Pfizer vaccinations for Year 12 students 

All Year 12 students attending Meriden are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccination. NSW Health has announced that current HSC/Year 12 school students attending school in Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield areas or living in local government areas of concern are to receive the COMIRNATY™ Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination.

Students who are eligible will require two doses of the vaccine eight weeks apart. Bookings must be made to receive both doses at the same location.

How to book:  Year 12 students attending Meriden should follow this link to make a booking Registration | NSW Health Vaccination Centre.  Please note: You will be registering for Sydney Olympic Park Vaccination Centre and you will need to choose your school from a drop-down list to open priority appointments.

The School strongly encourages eligible Year 12 girls to get vaccinated.

Pfizer vaccinations for people aged 16 to 49 years living in LGAs of concern

On 17 August, the NSW Government announced that people aged from 16 to 49 years who are residents of the following local government areas and suburbs can access priority vaccination appointments.

Eligible LGAs include: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield, as well as Randwick suburb (postcode 2013).

Further information is available here

Vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 years

On 27 August, the Prime Minister announced that children aged between 12 and 15 years have been added to Australia's Covid-19 vaccine rollout, after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommended they be given the Pfizer vaccine. Parents should check the COVID-19 eligibility checker from 13 September to book their child’s vaccination.

Arrangements for Meriden students requiring supervision at School

All families are encouraged to keep their children at home wherever possible. Students must not be sent to the School for supervision if they are unwell. Whenever on-site, staff and students must adhere to the strictest of COVID-safe practices. Non-essential visitors must not enter the school grounds.

The following arrangements are in place at Meriden.

Lingwood and Junior School

Students who live in the eleven local government areas of concern or the suburbs of Penrith detailed above can only be supervised at school if all household parents/guardians/carers meet the health or emergency worker criteria.

Parents must email Junior School Reception if their registered child will no longer be attending. For staffing purposes, please email as soon as possible.

Pre-K students will be supervised on the Junior School Campus. Parents should use the Margaret St Kiss and Ride zone for drop off and pick up and remain in their vehicles.

Remote learning is continuing in the Junior School and the teachers are eagerly interacting with the girls and keeping them focused on their school work.

Senior School

Remote learning is continuing for all Senior School students. The girls should be busy and purposeful through their school days, and making good progress.

Any girl in Years 7 – 12 who requires supervision at school should register by emailing absences@meriden.nsw.edu.au

Some online cocurricular opportunities, including sports training sessions, are available for students. This information is regularly communicated to the girls via email and eVe.

Only a skeleton staff will be in attendance on the Senior School campus for the remainder of the lockdown period.

Other Essentials

Drop off and pick up arrangements

Covid-safe regulations prevent all non-essential visitors from entering the School.

Parents must not exit their vehicle at drop off and pick up or enter the campuses via pedestrian gates.

From 16 August, Year 12 students may be dropped off and collected from the zone outside the entrance to the Senior School Sports Centre in Margaret Street.

Junior School students undergoing supervision at school should be dropped off and collected from the Kiss and Ride zone in Margaret Street.

Meriden Bus Services

Meriden buses are not operating during the lockdown period.

School Canteens

The School Canteens will not be operational during the entire lockdown period.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will remain closed during the lockdown period. For urgent enquiries, please contact uniform@meriden.nsw.edu.au

Useful Links

NSW Health Covid-19 Locations, Cases and Alerts

NSW Health Covid-19 Clinics

Pfizer vaccine approved for at risk children aged 12-15 years

NSW Education HSC student vaccincations within identified LGAs

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Covid-19 Advice

NESA HSC Key Dates