The roaring twenties come to Meriden: You’re invited to an evening of madcap merriment

7 March 2019

"Broadway music theatre at its best."

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No certainty without enquiry: Meriden’s Philosopher-in-Residence asks students to think more deeply

21 February 2019

How do you know what’s real? What tests can we apply to truth? Can a law ever be just, yet unfair? These are some of the questions posed to students by Meriden’s 2019 Philosopher-in-Residence, Dr Tim Dean. The eminent philosopher and science writer kicked off his inaugural lecture series with interactive sessions on truth, justice and ethics, major concepts that underpin ideas the girls are currently studying. Mrs Priscilla Curran, Coordinator of Learning Link – Research and Critical Thinking, said Dr Dean’s workshops allowed students to apply important philosophical questions to their own lives and

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Meriden’s oldest Old Girl turns 100

14 February 2019

Judith O’Connor (née Lipton), recently celebrated her one hundredth birthday. She is mother to two Meriden alumnae, a grandmother, great grandmother and an entrepreneur; and her educational journey began at Meriden in 1924. Judith loved her time at Meriden and made many good friends. She graduated from the School in Year 9 in 1934, after completing her Intermediate Certificate. In the 1930s, most young women left school at 15 and went to work. Judith attended Miss Hale’s Business College, where she learned shorthand, typing and business principles. On completing the course, her first job was at David Jones,

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Belinda Ji smashes course record, wins golf tournament

7 February 2019

Year 11 golfer Belinda Ji has secured a stunning victory from three shots behind at the prestigious Jack Newton Junior Golf 2018 Bonville Championship. Belinda didn’t just win the tournament, she fired a final round of six under par, breaking the course record in the process. “On the day, I was quite relaxed and I wasn’t really thinking about how many shots I was behind the leader, but rather about my process, focussing on one shot at a time,” Belinda said. “It was definitely a highlight to achieve a new personal best and break the

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Adventure training for Meriden’s first Cadet unit

1 February 2019

This week, 126 Meriden girls traded their blazers for army fatigues and ventured into the bush for a one-night bivouac. The group is the School’s first-ever cohort to participate in the Australian Army Cadets program. The overnight camp at the Trinity Grammar Field Studies Centre in Woollamia aimed to see Meriden Cadets develop their leadership, teamwork and outdoor skills alongside Cadets from Trinity Grammar School. The Meriden students were split into six groups, with each group led by a Year 11 girl. Cadets learned how to erect a personal shelter, how to prepare a ration pack, the principles of camouflage

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National badminton champion begins at Meriden

31 January 2019

Sydney Tjonadi started Year 7 at Meriden this week, but that’s not the first exciting thing she’s done this year. Sydney was named as one of the country’s best young badminton players when she and her Under 13 doubles partner won the Australian National Badminton Championships in Melbourne last week. Sydney was also the runner-up in the competition’s singles event. Sydney’s passion for badminton is evident in her commitment to a rigorous training regimen in the lead-up to the competition. “I trained for four hours on the court each day,”

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Meriden students to spend 2019 at top theatre companies

30 January 2019

Three Meriden students have been offered places in youth programs run by Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre Company and Griffin Theatre Company. The Year 11 girls will spend 2019 developing their passions for the stage under the tutelage of some of Sydney’s most celebrated performing artists. Amber Broadbent has been accepted into The Sydney Theatre Company Young Wharfies Program, while Freja Newman and Saffron McKeown have each been offered places by two companies: Freja will be joining Sydney Theatre Company Young Wharfies Program and The Young Belvoir Theatre Club, while Saffron will attend The Young Belvoir Theatre Club and Griffin

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Highest possible ATAR awarded to three Meriden students

18 December 2018

Meriden students Jessica Wei, Betty Zheng and Helen Zhang are three of only forty-six students across the state to achieve an ATAR of 99.95 which is the highest possible ranking. It is exceptional for three students from the same school to be awarded 99.95. Nearly 12% of Meriden’s 2018 HSC students achieved an ATAR of 99.9 or above and more than half of the cohort received an ATAR of 90 or above. Jessica, Betty and Helen were amongst the 23 Meriden students to be named as All-Round Achievers. All-Round Achievers are those students who have achieved results in the highest band possible for at least 10

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Three Meriden graduates to take up scholarship offers from leading USA universities

17 December 2018

Three of Meriden’s top student-athletes from the Class of 2018 have been awarded scholarships to study at universities in the USA, also enabling them to compete in the highly competitive world of college sport. Hayley Ballesty and Carla Traplin are two of Meriden’s leading water polo players and both have competed at international level including being integral members of the Australian team at the FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships this year. Hayley has accepted a place at Arizona State University and Carla has accepted a place at University of California, Berkeley (Cal Berkeley). Meriden’s

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Meriden ranks 12th in state in HSC

13 December 2018

Meriden was ranked 12th in the state in the 2018 HSC Schools Ranking published today by the Sydney Morning Herald.    The state placings achieved by Meriden students in their courses were simply outstanding. Meriden girls topped the state in Senior Science and Chinese in Context; placed 2nd in the state in English Ext 1, Latin Extension, and Chinese in Context; 3rd in the state in Biology, English Ext 1 and Mathematics; 4th in Latin Extension, Business Studies and Community and Family Studies; 5th in Music 2; 6th in Senior Science and English as a Second Language; 8th in Mathematics Ext 1 and 9th

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