Yara and Vivian place first and third at Chinese Eisteddfod
6 June 2019
Six Meriden students have competed in the 2019 National Chinese Eisteddfod, with two students placing in the top three spots in their category. Yara Zhang placed first and Vivian Chen placed third in the competition’s 13-15 Years age group.
Congratulations to Yara and Vivian, Year 10, and to our other competition participants: Paris Chia, Year 9; and Jacaranda Zhu, Jasmine Cai and Fiona Van Der Meer, Year 10. All students spent weeks practising for the competition and each performed their personal best at the event.
The National Chinese Eisteddfod requires students to choose one poem from a selection of Chinese poetry. They
Meriden Senior Choir performs at Centaur Service
6 June 2019
Twenty-two girls from Meriden’s Senior Singers helped commemorate the seventy-sixth anniversary of the sinking of AHS Centaur at a service at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.
The girls performed the reflective hymn “Declare Your Maker’s Praise” in memory of those who lost their lives on the hospital ship during World War II.
AHS Centaur was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the coast of Queensland on 14 May 1943. The ship was carrying members of the 2/12th Field Ambulance and took just three minutes to sink after it was hit at 4:00am. Of 332 medical personnel and civilian
Meriden student recognised as an up-and-coming scientist
6 June 2019
Year 12 student Katherine Willetts was one of just ten students from across New South Wales awarded a scholarship to attend Science at the Shine Dome in Canberra. It was the first time the state’s brightest Science Extension students and their teachers have been invited to the event as organisers recognised that the young attendees are already laying the groundwork for careers in science.
Science at the Shine Dome is hosted by the Australian Academy of Science and sees over 400 scientists from around the world gather in Canberra to celebrate and honour outstanding achievements in science. Attendees include Australian
Meriden girls top NSW in Da Vinci Decathlon
30 May 2019
Meriden’s Senior School girls have demonstrated their exceptional lateral thinking skills in the Da Vinci Decathlon, nabbing two of the top three spots in the state-level competition. The School’s Year 11 team won first place and the Year 9 team took out third place in a series of challenges that involved more than 3,500 of the best and brightest students from public and independent schools across New South Wales.
The results required teams to perform to an extraordinary standard across ten different subject areas, with the Year 11 girls placing first in the state in English, second in Science and
Heritage site becomes cutting-edge educational facility
27 May 2019
One of Strathfield’s heritage-listed sites, Lingwood House and its surrounds, has been lovingly restored and renovated to become a state-of-the-art educational facility for four to six-year-old children. On Friday, the campus was officially opened by renowned children’s entertainer, Mrs Naomi Young (“Nay Nay”). The upgrade showcases the original features of the 1880s-era building, as well as the latest innovations in environmental, architectural and educational design selected to meet the developmental needs of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.
For Meriden Principal, Dr Julie Greenhalgh, the campus itself is a vital part of delivering a well-rounded education
Meriden girls tackle society’s biggest questions
23 May 2019
Do humans have a moral obligation to revive species that we have made extinct? Is private funding in academia acceptable? What are the ethical concerns of the use of drones in warfare?
These questions and others have been carefully considered by a group of Meriden girls, who prepared cases on eight different ethical issues as part of the inaugural Ethics Olympiad. The event saw students from sixteen schools across New South Wales analyse and discuss real-life, timely ethical dilemmas.
Year 9 student, Annabelle Strachan, and Year 10 students, Vivian Chen, Coco Chung, Metilda You and Liyang Yu, have been meeting regularly with
Chevyone a top performer in national archery events
23 May 2019
Chevyone Cheah, Year 11, has mastered the art of being cool, calm and collected, as evidenced by the swathe of medals she has picked up at national and international archery competitions this year.
Most recently, she was named National Champion of the Target and Clout event during the National Youth Archery Championships 2019. Chevyone won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the competition. Her strong performance helped the New South Wales Recurve Team secure victory overall in the competition.
Just a day after this event, Chevyone went on to compete in the National Youth Match Play Championships,
Helping to make education dreams a reality
4 May 2019
Meriden students Laneesha Campbell, Phillipa Bartlett, and Lilly-Anne Pepperill were featured in an article in the national newspaper, The Australian, recently. The article described the work of the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation which was created more than ten years ago to assist girls and boys from remote areas of central Australia with their high school education.
Meriden has worked in conjunction with the Ngurra Jirrama Foundation and Ti Tree School in the Northern Territory to provide a Meriden education to more than ten students from Ti Tree over the past decade. Two students have now completed their education at Meriden: Anthea
Meriden’s pastoral care model means every student feels connected
16 April 2019
Meriden has further enhanced its respected pastoral care delivery system, with the introduction of One-On-One Time. The program has been rolled out across the Senior School in 2019 and involves regular meetings between every student and their allocated tutor. It is supported by a purpose-built reporting system that ensures specialist staff can provide continuity of care for students in need of additional academic, social or emotional support.
Meriden’s Head of Senior School, Mrs Julia Anstey, said the program is part of the School’s commitment to continually build on best practice models for teaching, learning and pastoral care.
Meriden Water Polo players win Girls Team of the Year
10 April 2019
The outstanding skill of Meriden’s Water Polo players has been recognised by NSW CIS and the girls’ CIS squad has been announced Secondary Girls Team of the Year. Recipients included Charlotte Gates, Maeve Ryan, Evie Glover-Rylah, Macy Hansford and Daniela Zapata.
This award caps off what has been an epic season for Water Polo at Meriden. The majority of the girls in the School Team have been selected for a New South Wales Institute of Sport Squad or a School Sport Australia Team. Additionally, two of Meriden’s star players, Macy Hansford and Daniela Zapata, helped