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Jacinta to represent Australia in International Junior Science Olympiad

25 November 2021

Jacinta Rees will join five of the country’s brightest science students to compete in the world’s most rigorous multi-disciplinary science competition for high school students: the UNESCO-sanctioned 2021 International Junior Science Olympiad. To gain selection to the team, our Year 10 student outperformed thousands of other competitors in the initial qualifying examination. Jacinta was invited as one of twenty-four science enthusiasts to attend a specialist week-long program during which she studied biology, chemistry and physics up to an advanced Year 12 level. Her exceptional performance in the program secured her a spot on the inaugural Australian team. Jacinta said

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Hope develops award-winning business idea

28 October 2021

Hope Pham has been awarded second place in the New South Wales State Final of the 2021 Plan Your Own Enterprise (POYE) competition. The Year 11 student was selected as one of ten finalists from across the state and invited to pitch her hypothetical business enterprise to a panel of judges. Hosted by Business Educators Australasia, the competition challenges students to devise a creative business idea and explain how it could be a profitable business in the form of a business plan. Participants must consider details such as the business’s financial and staffing requirements, legal structure and its future prospects.

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Whole school celebrates return to campus

25 October 2021

Today, Meriden girls were thrilled to see the entire school commence face-to-face learning. The students’ return was celebrated on the Lingwood, Junior School and Senior School campuses. Dr Julie Greenhalgh, Principal, said the School site feels alive once again. “The delight on our campuses is palpable,” she said. “It feels like a party!” “Learning is a relational process and is always much more enjoyable for students when done in a classroom, and with the interaction and encouragement of their teachers and peers. We are pleased to be providing a safe, happy environment for all

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Class of 2021 recognised for their perseverance and dedication to learning

14 October 2021

Meriden has celebrated the tenacious, resilient and optimistic Class of 2021. At the Graduation and Prizegiving ceremony, which was livestreamed to members of the School community, Dr Julie Greenhalgh presented awards that acknowledged the remarkable academic, sporting and leadership achievements of the cohort. Each Year 12 student received the Fidelis Award for Citizenship in recognition of the perseverance they have shown in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Dr Greenhalgh said the Year 12 students have shown themselves to be enthusiastic and engaged learners who have gone from strength to strength in their academic work. She said that in rising to the challenges thrown

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Tournament of Minds: Girls receive Honours in State Final

20 September 2021

Meriden girls have once again excelled at one of the school year’s most rigorous intellectual and creative challenges: Tournament of Minds. The School team topped the Regional Final for the third consecutive year before receiving Honours at the State Final event. Seven hardworking students represented Meriden in the State Final: Heidi Bartlett, Chantelle Ma, Alicia Wang, Vanessa Wu, Emily Yang, Talia Yin and Christina Zhou. They were tasked with developing a story that explored the consequences of a catastrophic event that would prevent people from seeing the colour red. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the

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Meriden to plant seeds from outer space!

17 September 2021

A handful of wattle seeds that have spent six months orbiting Earth on the International Space Station will soon be planted on Meriden’s grounds. This amazing outdoor venture is part of a nationwide experiment to investigate the impact of space travel on plants. The “space” seeds will be planted alongside seeds that have remained on Earth. Meriden girls will monitor differences in germination and growth in the two groups of plants and upload their findings to a national database. The data collected will be shared with the international community to provide further information on the prospect

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Report finds Meriden’s online teaching exemplary

17 September 2021

When remote learning commenced in 2021, Meriden staff and students eased back into a well-practised routine they had perfected a year earlier. While the Meriden community has celebrated how successfully the School educates and cares for girls during periods of remote learning, the School’s online teaching methods have been recognised as exemplary in a report by researchers at The Evidence Institute and the University of Technology Sydney. The Digital Learning Practices Case Study identifies the effective and innovative practices of Meriden’s 2020 online learning strategy. The paper aims to provide other schools with evidence-based practices to improve online

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Alumna awarded for excellence in healthcare

17 September 2021

Meriden Old Girl, Leah Carter-Rankine, has been acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to health care in the Ti Tree community at the 2021 Northern Territory Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Practitioner Excellence Awards. Leah, Class of 2019, was presented with an Emerging Aboriginal Health Practitioner Student Award for her work at Ti Tree Primary Health Care Centre. Her work goes hand-in-hand with her studies at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, where she is undertaking a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. The qualification is designed to support Aboriginal and/or Torres

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A resounding success: Meriden completes historic online HSC Trial Exams

31 August 2021

Meriden has again proven it is at the forefront of innovation in education as it wraps up its first-ever HSC Trial Examinations to be undertaken by students remotely. The School is proud to have facilitated equitable and reliable online exams during the state-wide lockdown. Year 12 girls and their families were relieved the exams could go ahead, giving students the opportunity to showcase their uninterrupted learning as they move closer to the HSC and their aspirations beyond it. Meriden Principal, Dr Julie Greenhalgh, said the School’s leadership team made preparations for a range of Year 12 examination scenarios when Sydney

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Sneha tops philosophy essay competition

19 August 2021

Sneha Shygale has been awarded first place in the 2021 Philosophy in Schools Essay Competition. Her achievement marks the third consecutive year Meriden girls have earned top-three placings in this rigorous academic challenge. This year, the competition invited students to consider friendship and reflect on notions of friendship that have been explored by ancient writers and philosophers such as Cicero and Aristotle, as well as modern philosophers such as Dr Sandra Lynch. In addition to these sources, Year 10 student, Sneha, chose to draw on Indian Classical literature to develop her argument. “After I gained a solid understanding of the ideas

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