Narrative with social justice bent selected for WriteOn anthology
19 September 2019
Meriden Junior School student, Olivia Kim, was tasked with writing a narrative inspired by a picture of hats. She carefully crafted a story with a homeless protagonist and a hopeful message that all people are unique and should be valued, rather than judged. The piece has been applauded by a panel of experienced judges at the NSW Education Standard Authority and Olivia will soon be a published author.
Olivia’s work has been selected to feature in The Best of WriteOn 2019 which is published by NESA. Her story was assessed based on its structure and language as well as
Magnetic fields propel girls toward success in Tournament of the Minds
19 September 2019
Meriden is celebrating the wonderful performance of its teams which competed in the gruelling Tournament of the Minds, with our STEM team being awarded second place in the competition.
On the day, each team has three hours to prepare a presentation that meets the criteria of a unique challenge in their focus areas. The teams go into “lockdown” and must only rely on their own knowledge, with no access to the Internet.
The Language-Literature team offered an excellent theatrical performance of an online game that explored the ethics of gaming. Girls in the STEM team were challenged to
Meriden girls support climate change with positive action
19 September 2019
“We want to experience the same beautiful earth our parents and grandparents did but due to climate change, this is becoming less likely. We’re keen to take strong action because now is the only time we have to reverse the problems humans have created: by the time we are adults, it’ll be too late.”
Natasha Nguyen, Year 11
Meriden students are concerned about the effects of climate change and are passionately engaged in environmental activism, starting in their own backyards. In lieu of attending Friday’s student protests, Meriden House Officers will be running
Student inventions earn Young Scientist Awards
19 September 2019
Two Meriden girls’ inventions, which have practical applications in emergency situations, have been awarded accolades at the prestigious STA Young Scientist Awards.
Trisha Chari, Year 9, won first place in the Working Technology category for Years 9-10 with her flood detection system. Shirley Wang, who is also in Year 9, received a highly commended award in this category for her invention which disinfects water and generates electricity using solar radiation. Both girls have been invited to submit their work to the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.
Trisha was inspired to create her flood detector and alarm system after seeing the
Students tackle landfill by starting with lunch boxes
17 September 2019
This week, Meriden Junior School girls will make a special effort to reduce waste, particularly single-use plastic, with the introduction of “Waste-Free Week”. The campaign has been spearheaded by students Mikayla Rodger, Olivia Kim and Year 5 girls in the Environmental Team with the conscientious girls leading the movement to protect the planet from unnecessary waste.
Year 5 student, Mai Chu, said she and her peers were encouraging environmental awareness amongst all Meriden girls by showing them how they can make small but important changes to their daily lives.
“Waste-Free Week reminds everyone in the Junior School to avoid
Girls give Meriden’s best-ever performance at IGSSA Championships
5 September 2019
Meriden’s Athletics Team proved to be the highest-performing team in the School’s history at the IGSSA Track and Field Championships with the girls leading the School to place fifth overall. As a result, Meriden was awarded the Kay Couldwell Cup for Most Improved School, an acknowledgement of extraordinary development of the team, which placed twelfth in the competition just last year.
One highlight of the day was taking out first place in the Junior Relay with a blistering performance that saw all four girls streak away from their competitors to allow Ellen Murphy to cross the
Adele channels Cicero with Latin Reading Competition win
3 September 2019
Meriden student Adele Dang has won the Solo Prose event at the Year 9 Latin Reading Competition. Young people from eight schools across Sydney converged on the annual contest, which challenges students to recite Latin prose and poetry in individual and group events.
Meriden’s Year 9 Latin classes competed in the group events while Adele and her classmate, Rebecca Starling, were selected to compete in the solo events.
“As a Solo Prose competitor, I had to recite a passage from Cicero's speech accusing Catiline and his friends of plotting the destruction of some of the members of the
Year 6 girls passionate about philanthropy
22 August 2019
Meriden’s Junior School students have shared their philanthropic projects with their peers from across the state at the Biennial IPSHA Social Action Expo. The Year 6 Cultural Awareness Team set up a stall to explain the concept and logistics of Meriden’s Great Book Swap which raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Mrs Cath Evans, Dean of Academic Care, said the expo was an opportunity for students to collaborate and share their passion for philanthropy.
“The girls were able to explain the concept of the Great Book Swap so effectively to other students and teachers because
Hudson Library and Research Centre: The heart of Lateral Learning
8 August 2019
Hudson Library and Research Centre is more than just a home for books. The newly-renovated space incorporates a series of innovative technologies and programs designed to encourage inquisitiveness, critical thinking and literary engagement amongst students.
The library, which is now split into two distinct spaces, is separated by The Foundry, an-open plan area where STEM classes, like robotics and coding, take place. The design is intended to inspire cross-curricular connections and help students think of the library as a place of working knowledge that should be applied and tested at every opportunity.
Mrs Christine Kenny, Head of Teaching and Learning,
Meriden’s star archer pays her success forward
8 August 2019
Meriden student Chevyone Cheah has been recognised by the City of Canada Bay Council as an outstanding sportswoman and a role model to young athletes in the community. The Year 11 student was recently invited to become a Young Sports Ambassador, a volunteer role that will see her mentor youth in Sydney’s Inner West. The Council also gifted Chevyone with a small grant which contributed to her travel costs as she represented Australia in Archery at the 2019 Trans-Tasman Challenge in New Zealand.
Chevyone said she is looking forward to working with other young people as Young Sports Ambassador.