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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

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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. The intensive

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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

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Meriden girls impress at Festival of Speech

31 October 2019

Meriden was proud to host the AHIGS Festival of Speech over the weekend and congratulates all its students who contributed to the School placing fourth overall out of twenty-five entrants. Two of our girls, Liliane Spratt and Adele Dang, took out first and second places in their respective categories. The annual Festival of Speech invites the Association of Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools member schools to attend with the aim of encouraging girls to excel in various forms of debating and public speaking. Each school may enter a single entrant into Poetry, Public Speaking and Readings categories, with separate

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Joanna on the TED-Ed stage in New York City!

31 October 2019

Congratulations to Joanna Li, Year 9, who has been selected by TED-Ed to present her TED talk in New York City. Joanna was a member of Meriden’s 2018 TED-Ed Club. In this club, students work through a series of workshops in which they learn how to develop an idea they are passionate about into an engaging speech that delivers a clear message. In her speech, entitled “Save the Blob!” Joanna argues that we should stop judging animals based on their appearances. She raises the important issue of speciesism and questions why some animals seem to be prioritised over

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Meriden takes out inaugural Badminton comp

15 October 2019

Five Sydney schools competed in Meriden’s inaugural Inter-School Badminton Competition and our girls were the stand-out performers. Meriden entered nineteen teams across seven divisions and saw seven of these compete in grand final matches, with three teams claiming victory and four teams placing runners-up. Meriden 1 performed exceptionally in a challenging competition, securing first place in the S01 Division. Year 10 student, Jessica Lee, who was awarded Best All Round player in Meriden 1, said her team’s strategy of remaining supportive of all team members on the court paid off. “The competition taught me the importance of a

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Girls head to Perth for National Nitro Finals

15 October 2019

Meriden girls will soon be flying to Perth to compete in the National Nitro Schools Challenge after taking out first place at the NSW Nitro Schools Challenge in September. The event is a knockout-style competition in which the top two schools in each age group from each state qualify. Meriden’s Intermediate A Team performed strongly over ten events, with three of the girls, Nakeisha Brimble, Genevieve McKeown and Ellen Murphy, winning their events and achieving personal best performances. Mid-way through the competition, the point score was announced with Meriden leading with three events to go. Intermediate B team

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A record-breaking term for Lizzie

15 October 2019

When Lizzie Ellis broke the 100 metre, 200 metre and High Jump records at the Junior School Athletics Carnival, it was just the beginning of her impressive performance on the track in 2019. The Year 4 student went on to produce personal best times in the Long Jump and 100 metre events at the IPSHA Athletics Championships and has been selected to represent CIS at the NSWPSSA Athletics Championships in the Junior Girls Long Jump event. Lizzie is a classic example of achieving success through a combination of hard work and doing what you love. She trains with both the Meriden Athletics Team and Inner

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Water Polo athletes revolutionise training

15 October 2019

Meriden girls have upped their Water Polo game by training with one of the world’s most celebrated Water Polo athletes, Tony Azevedo. The five-time Olympian recently ran a clinic that helped our players hone their technical skills and better understand their own abilities. Mr Azevedo coached the girls with new drills and introduced them to his young athlete performance analytics app, which evaluates each athlete’s strengths and weaknesses and provides their local and global performance rankings before developing customised training plans and monitoring progression. Year 11 student, Olivia Mitchell, impressed Mr Azevedo with her performance in the

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Fourteen national sporting representatives in 2019

15 October 2019

In 2019, fourteen Meriden students have been selected to compete against the world’s most talented young athletes as they vie for international sporting titles. Twelve of our students will be wearing green and gold as Australian representatives in seven different sports, while two girls will be playing tennis for Samoa and Papua New Guinea. Olympus Program Coordinator, Mr Ryan Richards, said Meriden athletes are dedicated to working consistently towards their goals, a skill supported by the School’s Olympus Program, which assists elite athletes in balancing their sporting and academic commitments. “The Meriden community is proud of

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