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Five Meriden coaches don the green and gold

20 June 2019

Meriden athletes are competing in sporting competitions at national and international levels and look to their coaches for guidance and advice. This year, our girls continue to take notes from those with a view from the top, as five Meriden coaches represent Australia in their respective sports. Ms Isobel Bishop, Mr Adam Boumelhem, Mr Emmanuel Fakiye, Ms Tiffany Ho and Mr Jacob McCorry compete among the world’s best athletes on the international stage and all say they are proud to be passing skills and knowledge to young athletes at Meriden. Director of Sport, Mr Adam Raw, said it

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Olympic gold medallist shares the key to success

20 June 2019

Olympian Suzanne Corry urged Meriden girls to pursue their passions as she presented Year 11 girl Evelyn Haseldine with an Olympic flag in honour of all Meriden students who have competed at the Olympic Games. Ms Corry said finding something you’re passionate about is just as important as working hard when it comes to achieving your goals. The flag presentation was part of the Australian Olympic Committee’s promotion of the Youth Olympic Games and was held in the lead-up to Olympic Day this Sunday, 23 June. Current student, Evelyn Haseldine, and 2018 graduate, Grace Kim, were members of the

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Jacinta’s European singing tour

20 June 2019

Year 8 student, Jacinta Rees, has just returned from a three-week tour of the United Kingdom and Germany, where she sang with Gondwana Voices, one of Australia’s most accomplished youth choral groups. The choir was invited to perform Australian composer Brett Dean’s Vexations and Devotions with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and led by famed Russian conductor, Vladimir Jurowski. Jacinta said this performance, at the Berlin Philharmonie, was one of the highlights of the tour. “Vexations and Devotions is a really challenging work. We performed it from memory and it was recorded and

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Untangling your tweens and teens from technology

20 June 2019

The task of untangling tweens and teens from technology is a complex and ongoing one. Jocelyn Brewer, a registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology, has told a Meriden Parent Forum that the key to success lies in teaching young people to be discerning about digital “junk food” and digital “healthy food.” The difference between the two, she says, lies in the types of technology consumed and their effects on the young person’s connection with the world. Healthy digital nutrition means using technology to play side by side with important

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Meriden’s first Cadets promoted

20 June 2019

Meriden’s first cohort of Cadets has received promotions just six months into the group’s time in the program. Year 11 students Charlotte Brennan, Amber Broadbent, Eisha Chanan, Annabel Gill, Juliette Lee, Genevieve McKeown and Ahnika Roberts received the rank of Corporal. Year 10 students Isabella Shannon and Melisa Arkan received the rank of Lance Corporal. The Australian Army Cadets is a community-based youth development organisation based on the customs, traditions and values of the Australian Army. Cadets follow a syllabus called the Army Proficiency Certificate, which gets more challenging each year. Participants move through star levels until they

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Yara and Vivian place first and third at Chinese Eisteddfod

6 June 2019

Six Meriden students have competed in the 2019 National Chinese Eisteddfod, with two students placing in the top three spots in their category. Yara Zhang placed first and Vivian Chen placed third in the competition’s 13-15 Years age group. Congratulations to Yara and Vivian, Year 10, and to our other competition participants: Paris Chia, Year 9; and Jacaranda Zhu, Jasmine Cai and Fiona Van Der Meer, Year 10. All students spent weeks practising for the competition and each performed their personal best at the event. The National Chinese Eisteddfod requires students to choose one poem from a selection of Chinese poetry. They

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Meriden Senior Choir performs at Centaur Service

6 June 2019

Twenty-two girls from Meriden’s Senior Singers helped commemorate the seventy-sixth anniversary of the sinking of AHS Centaur at a service at Concord Repatriation General Hospital. The girls performed the reflective hymn “Declare Your Maker’s Praise” in memory of those who lost their lives on the hospital ship during World War II. AHS Centaur was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Queensland on 14 May 1943. The ship was carrying members of the 2/12th Field Ambulance and took just three minutes to sink after it was hit at 4:00am. Of 332 medical personnel and civilian

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Meriden student recognised as an up-and-coming scientist

6 June 2019

Year 12 student Katherine Willetts was one of just ten students from across New South Wales awarded a scholarship to attend Science at the Shine Dome in Canberra. It was the first time the state’s brightest Science Extension students and their teachers have been invited to the event as organisers recognised that the young attendees are already laying the groundwork for careers in science. Science at the Shine Dome is hosted by the Australian Academy of Science and sees over 400 scientists from around the world gather in Canberra to celebrate and honour outstanding achievements in science. Attendees include Australian

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Meriden girls top NSW in Da Vinci Decathlon

30 May 2019

Meriden’s Senior School girls have demonstrated their exceptional lateral thinking skills in the Da Vinci Decathlon, nabbing two of the top three spots in the state-level competition. The School’s Year 11 team won first place and the Year 9 team took out third place in a series of challenges that involved more than 3,500 of the best and brightest students from public and independent schools across New South Wales. The results required teams to perform to an extraordinary standard across ten different subject areas, with the Year 11 girls placing first in the state in English, second in Science and

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Heritage site becomes cutting-edge educational facility

27 May 2019

One of Strathfield’s heritage-listed sites, Lingwood House and its surrounds, has been lovingly restored and renovated to become a state-of-the-art educational facility for four to six-year-old children. On Friday, the campus was officially opened by renowned children’s entertainer, Mrs Naomi Young (“Nay Nay”). The upgrade showcases the original features of the 1880s-era building, as well as the latest innovations in environmental, architectural and educational design selected to meet the developmental needs of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. For Meriden Principal, Dr Julie Greenhalgh, the campus itself is a vital part of delivering a well-rounded education

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