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,
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
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
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,”
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
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
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 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
Meriden student wins Gold at Youth Olympics
18 October 2018
Meriden student Grace Kim claimed Australia’s first Gold medal of the 2018 Youth Olympics held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Grace won the women’s golf individual stroke play with a commanding three stroke win on day three of the tournament.
Grace’s stunning performance in Buenos Aires culminated with the announcement that she would lead the 88-strong Australian team as flag bearer at the Closing Ceremony.
“It means so much to me just to be selected for the Australian team. To be asked to carry the flag is so special, I’ll cherish this
Meriden tennis players named National Claycourt Champions
16 October 2018
Meriden’s junior tennis players are making their mark on the national circuit with two players named 2018 National Junior Claycourt Champions in their respective divisions. Meriden’s Sarah Rokusek and Sienna Leeson joined 128 of Australia’s best junior tennis players for the Junior Claycourt Championships held at the Canberra Tennis Centre from 28 September to 3 October 2018.
Sarah Rokusek claimed the title in the 12/under singles, while team mate Sienna Leeson won the 14/u doubles event and finished in the top sixteen in Australia. Twelve year-old Sarah, who won the Junior Grasscourt Championship in April this year, now holds