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HSC student triumphs after twelve months of remote learning

22 December 2020

Yennis Li is one of the 2020 cohort’s most tenacious students. Among her achievements is placing fourth in the state in Chinese and Literature and her success is remarkable, considering she has not been on site at Meriden since Year 11. Yennis, one of the School’s international students, travelled to China at the end of 2019 to visit her family and became unable to return to Australia due to border closures brought on by the global pandemic. With the support of Meriden staff, Yennis undertook her entire HSC year learning remotely. “My subject teachers gave me a lot

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Meriden’s top HSC achievers reflect and look ahead

22 December 2020

Meriden’s top-achieving students have shared the secrets to their success as they plan their post-HSC futures in Australia and overseas. While their achievements, interests and aspirations span a vast range of areas, all girls said the challenges faced in 2020 were lessened by the support of the School community, a universal lesson about the importance of connection that many have learned as the world continues to navigate momentous challenges. Catherine Wang, one of the School’s thirty HSC All-Round Achievers, was offered not one, but two Co-op Program scholarships for actuarial studies, one through Macquarie University and another

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Outstanding HSC results across the board for Meriden girls

18 December 2020

Meriden students have once again performed at the top of the state in the HSC. Exceptional results were earned by the Class of 2020, a resilient cohort which has faced unprecedented challenges to both their lives and learning. Dux of the School, Julia Chung, received the highest possible ATAR, 99.95, and came sixth in the state in Biology. Julia was on the state’s HSC All-Round Achievers list, having earned Band 6 results in Biology, Chemistry, English Advanced, Latin Continuers and Latin Extension. Olivia Arvanitis came equal first in the state in Biology and second in the state in Science Extension, earning

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Three Meriden girls top the state in HSC subjects

17 December 2020

Meriden girls have come first in the state in three HSC subjects in 2020. Congratulations to Olivia Arvanitis, who came equal first in Biology; Belinda Ji, who came equal first in Community and Family Studies; and Christiana Stone, who took out first place in Spanish Beginners. Olivia, Belinda and Christiana are dynamic young women and exceptionally hard workers. They are members of a cohort of impressive students who have been optimistic, courageous and focused throughout 2020. The School is proud of their exceptional achievement.

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Meriden students invited to Science Olympiads

8 December 2020

The School community congratulates Year 10 student, Shirley Wang, and Year 11 student, Anna Zhou, who have been recognised as two of the country’s top performing Science students with invitations to the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School. The event will be held virtually and is an enrichment program for secondary school students who perform at the top of their national cohorts in the Australian Science Olympiad Examinations. Shirley has been invited to attend the Earth and Environmental Sciences Olympiad Summer School and Anna has been invited to the Physics Olympiad Summer School. The workshops will see the students work with

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Mrs Mirabito earns Pride of Workmanship Award

8 December 2020

Meriden is proud to announce that the School’s Music Academy Administrator, Mrs Carolyn Mirabito, has been recognised by the Rotary Club of Strathfield for the dedication, care and professionalism she brings to her work. Mrs Mirabito was presented with a Pride of Workmanship Award at a ceremony held in recognition of accomplished individuals who offer invaluable support to the Strathfield community. The School congratulates Mrs Mirabito on the award, which acknowledges the multifaceted and dynamic nature of her work at the Music Academy, at which she is responsible for organising music, speech and drama lessons for over 350 students

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Junior School girls win Rotary Citizenship Awards

8 December 2020

The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Burwood have recognised the leadership and personal initiative of two Meriden students, presenting them with Primary School Citizenship Awards. Year 6 students, Heidi Bartlett and Sienna Liu, were acknowledged for their positive and caring attitude, reliability and trustworthiness and for their active participation in school and community events. Heidi has demonstrated her skill as an empathetic and enthusiastic leader of the Year 6 STEM team. She has actively fulfilled her duties in assisting other students to use technology and to enjoy learning about Science. She has maintained IT equipment, aided staff in the setup of IT

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Rotary recognises Meriden girls with Youth Awards

27 November 2020

The Rotary Club of Strathfield has recognised the outstanding contribution of Meriden students to sport and the arts in the local community. Six girls have been presented Youth Achievement Awards in acknowledgement of their leadership, talent and dedication to their fields of expertise. Two girls, Joanna Li and Heather Kim, have been presented with Youth Achievement Awards for Arts and Culture. Year 10 student Joanna is a voice for young people. In early 2020, she was invited to present a TED Talk on speciesism at TED Ed Headquarters in New York City, where she urged her international audience to make judgments about

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Olympus girls relish an expected year of growth

27 November 2020

Elite athletes the world over have been frustrated at the disruption wrought on their competitions by the coronavirus pandemic. But 2020 has brought unexpected blessings to Meriden’s Olympus Program students, for whom the opportunity to take stock of their sporting journeys has allowed them to grow. Sarah Cull, a figure skater currently ranked fourteenth in Australia at the Junior level, said the easing pace of 2020 has been an unexpected boon. “While the cancellation of the 2020 competition season was disappointing, I’ve used the time I would normally have spent travelling and competing to train differently, with more

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Coding the way forward

27 November 2020

Coding, constructing and collaborating are all in a day's schoolwork for Meriden's Senior School girls as they continue to hone their robotics skills through external competitions. This month, fifteen students in Years 9 to 12, members of the School’s cocurricular Tech Club, attended the NSW FIRST Tech Challenge. The girls were required to design and construct a functioning robot capable of working both autonomously and with a driver to complete a series of tasks, including navigating an area, picking up objects and shooting those objects into “goals”. The students, for whom a project of this scale

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