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Meriden student to compete at international science and maths games

24 June 2022

Meriden student, Jacinta Rees, will represent Australia at the UNESCO 2022 International Science, Informatics and Mathematical Olympiads – the most rigorous maths and science competition for high-school students in the world. Jacinta is one of eight students from around the country selected to compete in the International Earth Science Olympiad. Jacinta’s journey began last year when she outperformed more than 20,000 students in the qualifying exams. She has since participated in intensive specialised training programs to secure her position on the team. Meriden’s Acting Head of Science, Mrs Alexandra Phillips, congratulated the Year 11 student on her exceptional achievement.

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First and third places earned in philosophy essay competition

16 June 2022

Meriden girls have been awarded first and third place in the 2022 Philosophy in Schools Essay Competition. Jasmine Ye topped the competition, while Isabella Yaw was awarded third place for their thought-provoking essays that explored the question, “How can we know so little, given we have so much evidence?” The Year 11 students’ success marks the fourth consecutive year a Meriden girl has earned a top-three placing in the competition. Hosted by the Philosophy in Schools Association of New South Wales, the competition aims to promote a culture of philosophical enquiry in schools and develop students’ critical thinking

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Meriden appoints new Principal

9 June 2022

Today, the Chairman of Meriden School Council, Rev Dr Andrew Katay, has announced the appointment of Mrs Lisa Brown as Principal of Meriden, commencing 1 January 2023. Mrs Brown will take over the role from Dr Julie Greenhalgh who, earlier this year, announced her retirement effective at the end of 2022. Dr Greenhalgh has been Principal since 2007. Mrs Lisa Brown is well known to the Meriden school community having joined the School as a teacher in 2004. In addition to her teaching roles, Mrs Brown has held positions essential to the delivery of a well-rounded education for girls at Meriden, including Year Coordinator, Head

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Meriden’s musicians top Sydney Eisteddfod

7 June 2022

Meriden’s musicians are celebrating a phenomenal winning streak at the Sydney Eisteddfod after claiming seven top-two placings at the prestigious competition. Meriden’s Symphony Orchestra, Intermediate Chamber Strings, Junior Chamber Strings and Senior Singers placed first in their respective events, whilst the Senior Chamber Strings, Sinfonia and Wind Symphony nabbed second place. After months of rigorous rehearsals, our musicians have captivated their audience and received glowing feedback from the judges. Meriden’s Symphony Orchestra performed exceptionally and was awarded first place in the Premium Youth Orchestra (19 and Under) division. The judges commented that the girls’

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Alumna nominated for Work Placement Award

2 June 2022

Juliet Savva, Class of 2021, has been recognised for her professionalism and exceptional work ethic after being nominated as a finalist for the Student Work Placement Awards. Juliet was selected as one of three finalists in the hospitality category following outstanding feedback from her host employer during her final year of study at Meriden. The awards, hosted by MWLP – Linking Youth, recognise senior students who have demonstrated excellence during a work placement completed as part of a vocational course. Over five-hundred host employers are invited to nominate students for the awards each year. Work placement is a mandatory component of

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Meriden’s new Centre for Music and Drama declared open

20 May 2022

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, has opened a spectacular new Centre for Music and Drama at Meriden.

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Meriden musicians selected for Youth Orchestra program

19 May 2022

Meriden girls have taken to the stage alongside some of the state’s finest young musicians as part of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra’s Young Mannheim Symphonists program. Anastasia Ibrahim, Year 9, and Helen Liu, Year 11, were selected to participate in the youth orchestra program that focuses on delivering historically informed performances of masterpieces by the likes of Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven. Hosted by principal musicians of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, the program involved workshops, tutorials and orchestral rehearsals and culminated in a celebratory public performance that showcased participants’ impressive grasp of repertoire. Anastasia,

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Athletes qualify to wear the green and gold

16 May 2022

Three Meriden athletes have qualified to wear the green and gold and join Team Australia at the upcoming Oceania Athletics Championships to be held in Mackay in June. Alexandra Richards and Ada Rand, both in Year 11, will join Meriden’s Sports Administrator, Ms Samantha Dale - currently Australia’s number one female long jumper, as part of the team. To qualify, both girls competed at the National Athletics Championships where Alexandra Richards won silver in the Under 18 100 metre Hurdles, and fourth in the Under 20 100 metre Hurdles; and Ada Rand won bronze in the Under 18 1500 metre event. Alexandra has

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Meriden girls receive international recognition for poetry recitation

13 May 2022

Meriden Senior School students have been recognised for their poetry reciting skills in French and Chinese, winning four first-place prizes in the international Poésiae Poetry Recitation Competition this year. This competition was first established in the UK and then, as the pandemic hit, became an online international competition. This year over 250 schools from six continents were involved, with 1347 entries in total. The competition aims to foster a love of learning and speaking foreign languages. Meriden’s Language Department supported a large number of students from Years 9 to 12 to submit an entry in this competition, and the top

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Girls help to protect the Great Barrier Reef

5 May 2022

Meriden girls recently spent their Easter holidays helping to protect and conserve one of the most important ecosystems in the world: The Great Barrier Reef. Twenty-eight Senior School Geography students spent a week in Tropical North Queensland exploring the reef and learning what needs to be done to protect this delicate ecosystem for future generations. One of many trip highlights involved a snorkelling tour to the outer reef, where the girls collected valuable information about the reef’s health and marine life. The data collected was reported to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s “Eye

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