Team Meriden takes ESSG Water Polo trophy for fifth year
9 April 2021
They were recently named champions of the IGSA Water Polo tournament and now Meriden's Senior Firsts have taken out the Eastern Suburbs School Girls’ Competition for the fifth consecutive year. Two other Meriden teams also played gripping grand final matches that speak to the performance of Meriden’s Water Polo players across every grade.
The S1 Grand Final match got off to a strong start, with extraordinary defence by Jasmine Higgs allowing Team Meriden to secure a 3-0 lead going into the final minute of the first half. In a tactical ambush, the opposition scored two goals
Team Meriden: Tildesley Champions 12 years running
31 March 2021
In an extraordinary display of skill and teamwork, Meriden’s Tennis Squad has brought home the Tildesley Shield for the twelfth consecutive year.
Today, after a series of dynamic matches, Giselle Guillen and Subeksha Suren Raj were named Tildesley Doubles Champions after a close final round against Meriden teammates, Maxi Lipic-McFadyen and Joanna Papastamouli.
In another milestone for the matchless squad, 2021 marks the eleventh consecutive year Meriden has taken out the top four places in the Tildesley Doubles Tournament, with Doubles pairs, Sarah Mazaraki and Miranda Xu, and Layla Ibrahim and Chilee Roland, striding determinedly through the competition all
Meriden athletes victorious
31 March 2021
Term 1 2021 has been an epic success for Meriden athletes as their commitment to training during the competition lull of 2020 pays off.
Our girls burst back onto the inter-school sport scene with both skill and enthusiasm, taking out the top spots in the highly-competitive first division in IGSA Tennis, Water Polo and Badminton. Meriden’s junior players are also blazing a trail, taking out the top-tier Junior Badminton and Tennis competitions.
The sweeping wins come off the back of outstanding performances in Athletics, with the Meriden squad picking up ten medals at two recent championship events.
This term, Meriden Tennis
Meriden players dominate Tildesley Singles
25 March 2021
Meriden Tennis players are off to a roaring start in the Tildesley Shield Tennis Tournament, with three of the four Singles semi-finalists members of the Meriden squad.
Sienna Leeson, Indiya McLeod and Sarah Rokusek played skilled matches, earning their way to the second-last round. Meriden finalist, Indiya McLeod, who won the Singles event in 2020, received the runner-up title this year after a hard-fought game that ended in a tight 8-5 score.
The Tildesley Tournament, which has been running for 103 years, experienced several milestones in 2021. Heavy rain cancelled many of the outdoor matches and, on Day Two of the tournament, a
Meriden athletes earn 10 championship medals
25 March 2021
Despite torrential rain, lightning storms and extreme heat, Meriden athletes were at their best at the ACPE NSW Junior Athletics Championships, picking up five gold, one silver and three bronze medals in a sweep of impressive performances that included nine personal bests.
Bronte Locane, Year 7, won the U14 100m and 200m, both with personal best times.
Nakeisha Brimble, Year 11, won the U18 Triple Jump and placed second in the U18 Long Jump.
Karina Bell, Year 10, threw a personal best in the Javelin to win the U17 event and came fourth in the U17 Shotput. The previous week, she competed at
Teresa joins the ranks of professional violinists with latest prize
25 March 2021
The Kendall National Violin Competition has been won by some of Australia’s foremost professional violinists and, this year, first prize has been awarded to Meriden student, Teresa Yang. Teresa joins the likes of international soloist, Ray Chen, as winner of this prestigious competition open to young musicians across the country.
The grand prize, a concert violin crafted in Germany by Master Luthier Michal Prokop, is made from Australian timbers in memory of visionary instrument designer, Graham Caldersmith OAM.
Following rounds of online and live performances, Teresa, Year 9, entered the finals alongside two competitors, both of whom are Year 12
What does Meriden say about Consent?
5 March 2021
A comment from Dr Julie Greenhalgh, Principal:
The recent petition that has been circulating in Australia regarding the issue of consent calls for the holistic teaching of “Consent” to be introduced at an earlier stage in the secondary years. At Meriden, the issue of Consent is addressed implicitly in the PDHPE syllabus of Year 8, and then again, explicitly in Year 9, in accordance with the latest NESA syllabus.
However, at Meriden we do not view the teaching of Consent solely as a topic of content. It cannot be “ticked off”, somewhat like the teaching of Newton&rsquo
Meriden student attends National Youth Science Forum
25 February 2021
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Year 12 Program is one of the most prestigious STEM experiences in the country. Held annually, the program is designed to encourage young Australians to consider a future in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and provide them with an in-depth understanding of the career options available in these sectors.
Year 12 student, Vernica Mehta, was selected from hundreds of applicants across Australia to participate in the program.
Over a three-week period, Vernica took part in more than sixty digital lectures, workshops, debates, expos and social activities, including a live webinar featuring two Nobel Laureates, Professor Brian
Meriden girls win university public health challenge
11 February 2021
Motivated to spread awareness about the importance of wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, seven Meriden Science Club members entered and won prizes in the University of Wollongong Community PPE Mask Challenge.
Following widespread debate regarding the compulsory requirement for members of the community to wear face masks in public spaces, the University challenged students to investigate the effective use, design and production of personal protective equipment. Students were then tasked with developing public health campaigns – intended for a teenage audience on social media platforms – that effectively communicated scientific research about the transmission of airborne particles and
Girls represent country as Junior Falcons
11 February 2021
Meriden students, Sydney Tjonadi and Isabella Yan, have been recognised as two of Australia’s top-performing badminton players, with the girls invited to join Badminton Australia’s National Development Program. Sydney and Isabella are the first young people to be appointed to the high-performance program and its national team, the Junior Falcons.
Isabella, who has been playing badminton for over four years, took out first place in both the Under 13 Singles and Doubles events at the 2020 Western Suburbs Badminton Association Championships.
“Being involved in the National Development Program makes me really happy but it’s also