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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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Meriden athletes join high-performance squad

5 August 2021

Four of Meriden’s champion athletes have been invited to join Athletics New South Wales’ Target Talent Program, a high-performance squad that provides development opportunities to elite junior athletes. Nakeisha Brimble, Karina Bell, Ada Rand and Alexandra Richards impressed selectors by performing at the top of their age divisions on the track and field. Nakeisha, Year 11 student and Athletics Captain, was selected for the squad after achieving the 2021 Athletics NSW Matrix Performance Standards, which included attaining the qualifying Triple Jump distance of 12.06 metres. “It means a lot to be selected for the squad and is recognition of

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Meriden water polo players make national team

22 July 2021

Winter didn’t slow Meriden’s Senior Firsts Water Polo players, Samantha Hardingham and Zoe Thomas. The girls’ hard work throughout Term 2 culminated in them gaining selection to Water Polo Australia’s Cadet Women team (Born 2005 and 2006) following a highly competitive identification process. To gain selection, the girls participated in a high-performance program alongside some of the country’s most promising young athletes and the process included a five-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport. Samantha, who moved to Meriden last year to be part of the School’s highly-successful Olympus Program,

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Cadets recognised for exemplary service

22 July 2021

Nineteen Meriden cadets have been acknowledged for their exemplary service to, and performance in, the Trinity Grammar School Army Cadet Unit. A range of awards was bestowed upon the girls, including the prestigious accolade, The Joseph Sword, which was presented to CUO Lyly Nguyen. This award recognises the recipient’s high standard of care and consideration for the cadets under her command. CUO Nguyen is the first Meriden student to have received this important award. Other awards of significance presented to Meriden girls include the COL (AAC) Christie Award, which was bestowed on CPL Ashley Jackson for consistently showing

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Esther dives into quantum computing

18 June 2021

Esther Wu recently made her first foray into quantum computing but her work is already contributing to the improvement of the functionality of computer systems. The Year 12 student has just completed “Qubit by Quibit’s Introduction to Quantum Computing”, an eight-month-long online course taught by quantum researchers from MIT and Oxford University. As part of the course, high school students utilise IBM Quantum, through which they create circuits and undertake programming, and their work is sent to real quantum processors at IBM! Esther said it was exciting to come to grips with processes that have wide-ranging and

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Meriden girl leads impressive drill squad

18 June 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Army Cadet Unit impressed at the Combined Associated Schools Drill Competition, ably led by RSM Isabella Saville, the only female RSM to lead a drill squad at the event. RSM Saville said she was honoured to lead the unit on the day. “I did feel a bit nervous but I had faith in the capabilities of the TGSACU drill squad and I knew the cadets could complete the movement proficiently,” said RSM Saville. “I am proud to be part of such a dedicated and diverse unit. Every member, regardless of their rank,

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