Meriden surveys its exceptional HSC results
18 December 2019
Meriden Class of 2019 has performed exceptionally in the HSC and continues the School’s tradition of strong achievement across all subject areas, particularly English, Maths and Science. The girls’ marks put the school in fourteenth position overall in the 2019 HSC Schools Ranking.
Jiaqi Emily Xue topped the state in English EAL/D, while nine other students placed in top fourteen positions:
Position in State
Community and Family Studies
Meriden students accepted into Ivy League Universities
18 December 2019
Meriden students have been accepted into Harvard University and Columbia University, New York City. Yet another will take up a sporting scholarship at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.
Rising water polo star, Daniela Zapata Rincon, earned a place at Harvard University where she will join the highly competitive world of collegiate sport, the next step in her athletic career. Daniela leaves Meriden as Captain of the victorious S01 IGSSA Water Polo Team. In 2019, Daniela was a member of the New South Wales Institute of Sport Talent Squad and a gold medallist at the 2019 Interstate Championships with the NSW Blues Under 1
Meriden student tops state in HSC
18 December 2019
Jiaqi Emily Xue has received the top mark in New South Wales in English EAL/D and has been named one of Meriden’s twenty-seven All-Round Achievers. She received a mark of 90 or above in every HSC course in which she was enrolled, including Biology, English EAL/D, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Modern History and Spanish Beginners.
Emily dreams of a career as a User Experience (UX) Designer and is planning to study computer design at university in 2020. She is currently working as an intern in a bank, where she helps to translate documents to and from Mandarin and English.
Meriden student selected for Australian Olympic Team
13 December 2019
Meriden student Isabella Moon has been selected for the Australian Team that will compete at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the sixteen-year-old student will be competing in the Biathlon events, including the 6 kilometre Women’s Sprint and the 10 kilometre Women’s Individual event, with a chance to join other nations in the Mixed Relay events. Isabella is one of the first thirteen athletes selected for the thirty-one person Australian team. The young Australians will take on more than 1,880 athletes aged between fifteen and eighteen from seventy-three countries around the world in
Top school in IGSSA Water Polo
12 December 2019
Congratulations to Meriden’s Senior Firsts IGSSA Water Polo Team, which played the perfect finals match and claimed the coveted S01 title in an 8-6 victory. The team was strongly led by our long-serving Year 12 students, Charlotte Gates, Macy Hansford, Sienna Kolesnyk, Daniela Zapata Rincon and Hayley Spence, who retire from the Meriden team a high note.
Other team members of the winning squad were Evie Glover-Rylah, Josephine Lewis, Olivia Mitchell, Bronte Ryan, Maeve Ryan and Nioka Thomas.
Meriden last won this competition in 2015 and the finals match was enthusiastically supported by Meriden students and staff, who were barracking
Meriden girls National Athletics Champions
12 December 2019
Meriden’s athletes have taken Perth by storm at the Australian All Schools Championships and the National Nitro Schools Challenge, with two of our girls named National Champions. Ellen Murphy and Nakeisha Brimble proved they have bright futures on the track and field when they outperformed their peers nationwide.
It was an achievement in itself that Ellen Murphy, Year 8, qualified to compete in five events at the Australian All Schools Championships. On Day 1 of the competition, she took out silver in the U14 200 metre Track event. On Day 2, she helped the NSW team secure victory in the Relay event.
Fourteen girls nominated for HSC showcases
26 November 2019
Members of the Class of 2019 have been recognised for performing to an exceptional standard across the subject areas of Music, Visual Arts and Design and Technology. HSC markers have nominated seven Meriden students to showcase their major works at public concerts and specialist exhibitions.
Nominated for ENCORE in the Music Performance category were Olivia Bonanno, Hannah Kolos and Kylie Zhu. Nominated in the Composition category were Penelope Dawson, Christie Kafiris and Irene Yoo. Cathy Gao, Julia Herro and Jemima Votier were nominated in the Music 1 Viva category, while Janice Gao was nominated for her Music
Year 12 student work at OnSTAGE HSC exhibit
14 November 2019
Meriden has been delighted to learn that the Drama Major Work of Year 12 student, Kate Jacobs, has been selected to appear in the prestigious HSC Drama showcase, OnSTAGE.
Kate’s costume design work will join the best projects submitted by Drama students from across the state and will be on display in the foyer of the Seymour Centre, Sydney. Kate’s Major Work is a directorial vision of Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden.
Meriden’s Drama Coordinator, Ms Sonia Byrnes, said Kate’s work was inspired.
“Kate’s vision for this
Top performers invited to Physics Olympiad
14 November 2019
The Australian Science Olympiads are a national program for top-performing secondary school students that culminate in the International Science Olympiads. Meriden girls have once again proven that they are highly engaged in a range of scientific disciplines, with a number of girls performing exceptionally in the first round of school-based examinations. Congratulations to Year 11 students Helena Yan and Angela Shan who achieved High Distinctions in Physics, placing them in the top ten percent of students in Australia. The girls have been invited to participate in the Australian Physics Olympiad Summer School at the Australian National University in January 2020.
Year 9 student achieves Distinction in LMusA
31 October 2019
Year 9 violinist, Heather Kim, has been awarded the Licentiate Diploma in Performance (LMusA) with Distinction, the highest qualification attainable from the Australian Music Examinations Board.
The AMEB's qualifications are recognised as a national benchmark in music education across Australia. The Licentiate Diploma is awarded to just ten percent of candidates who attempt the qualification.
Meriden student Heather said she was driven to sit for the LMusA after being awarded the Associate in Music Diploma (AMusA) with Distinction, but there was a demanding workload involved in seeking the higher qualification.
“One of the challenging things for me was