Meriden students set world record to mark International Day of Friendship
30 July 2018
Today, 765 girls from Meriden celebrated United Nations International Day of Friendship by setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of girls braiding hair simultaneously. The students packed the school’s sports centre at 11:00am to form one long chain of hair braiding for a ten-minute duration.
The event was organised by the Meriden Prefects, led by 2018 Head Prefect, Margot McKeown, and Deputy Head Prefect, Gabrielle Katanasho.
Margot McKeown said that they wanted to mark International Day of Friendship in a significant way to highlight the special friendships shared between all Meriden girls. "The formation of
Meriden student to represent Australia at International Physics Olympiad
9 July 2018
Meriden student, Alicia Lieng, will join seventeen of Australia’s brightest student biologists, chemists, physicists and earth scientists to represent Australia at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads in July and August 2018. They will compete in the world’s toughest science competitions against some of the smartest students in the world.
Alicia will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, to particiate in the International Physics Olympiad which will take place from 21 to 29 July. At 16 years of age, Alicia is the youngest competitor on the International Physics Olympiad team and has outperformed thousands of older talented students in selection exams and training.
Top music educators join Meriden’s musicians for Music Festival
29 June 2018
Acclaimed vocal artist and actress, Rachael Beck, was one of the extraordinary collection of performers, composers, conductors and musicians who worked and performed with Meriden students throughout the school's week-long Music Festival which took place from 25 to 29 June.
Meriden musicians from Years 3 to 12 revelled in a series of workshops with acclaimed music educators Paul Jarman, Dr Rob McWilliams, Ray Cassar and Rachael Beck and masterclasses in cello, violin and clarinet by renowned musicians Tim Nankervis, Emma Jardine and Mark Walton.
Meriden’s Director of Music (P-12), Mrs Jodie Spooner-Ryan, said, “Our musicians shone throughout the week, inspired
Stunning success for Meriden musicians at Sydney Eisteddfod
26 June 2018
For the second consecutive year, Meriden’s Senior Singers have taken out the top honours in the Sydney Eisteddfod’s Female Youth Choir (19/u) event, qualifying the ensemble for the prestigious John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship where they received the Highly Commended award.
Audiences at this year’s Eisteddfod witnessed fine performances by Meriden’s many ensembles and the performances were recognised with a number of awards. The Senior Singers also collected the top award in the Youth Sacred/Gospel Choir section and Meriden's Symphony Orchestra placed third in the Premium Youth Orchestra event. Highly
Year 11 Drama production receives rave reviews
22 June 2018
The breadth of talent of Meriden’s Year 11 Drama students was evident as they took up the challenge of producing their own theatre production. After many months of planning and rehearsals, Wilde was performed to thunderous applause on 21 June in Wallis Auditorium.
The production brought two Oscar Wilde tales to the stage: The Selfish Giant, directed by Year 11 student Ananya Deshpande, and The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Year 11 student Narmatha DeLillo. The performances were met with glowing feedback from the audience.
Next term, Drama students from Years 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to display their
Three Meriden students selected to attend National Art School
22 June 2018
Three Visual Arts students from Meriden have been accepted to attend the National Art School’s HSC Intensive Studio Practice. This highly selective and prestigious course accepts only thirty applicants annually and applications are open to Year 11 Visual Arts students in all government and non-government high schools in NSW.
Coco Wang, Jessica Lim and Janice Gao will attend the nine-day course which is designed to enhance and extend students’ technical, conceptual and intellectual skills under the direction of experienced practising artists. The three Year 11 students will have the opportunity to work in their chosen discipline of drawing
Meriden’s Theatresports teams master the unexpected
19 June 2018
While acting on stage without a script may sound daunting to some, Meriden girls have taken to the concept with gusto. Meriden’s Theatresports teams have enjoyed exceptional success in 2018. The Senior team progressed through to the grand final of the Theatresports Schools Challenge and the Intermediate team followed close on their heels with a place in the finals.
Theatresports was introduced as a cocurricular activity at Meriden in 2014. While the activity helps to develop improvisation and performance skills, Meriden’s Drama Coordinator, Ms Sonia Byrnes, says that it is not just budding drama students who benefit from
Meriden musician awarded Licentiate in Music
15 June 2018
Meriden student and accomplished cellist, Hannah Kolos, has been awarded a Licentiate in Music, Australia (LMusA) by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
The LMusA is a diploma awarded by examination to outstanding musicians. It is considered a highly prestigious award, with the national success rate being around ten percent of candidates. The LMusA is effectively the highest qualification attainable. Above this, the most prestigious but extremely rare Fellowship in Music is awarded on an Honorary basis.
Meriden’s Director of Music (P-12) said, “This is a remarkable achievement for such a young cellist. Hannah is in Year 11
Meriden students impress with their exploration of philosophical issues
15 June 2018
Is virtual reality real? What makes something a work of art? Can we ever know the world as it is or just as it appears to us? These are the topics that Juna Suh, Year 8; Vernica Mehta, Year 9; Freja Newman, Year 10; and Ananya Deshpande, Year 11, explored at the NSW Philosothon held on 7 June.
Each year, participants in the Philosothon engage with a variety of deep philosophical issues in community of inquiry discussions. Sixteen schools were represented in the 2018 event which included a lecture on friendship by Dr Sandra Lynch. Following the lecture, participants engaged in a community of
Meriden athletes soar in Cross Country Championship
15 June 2018
Strong performances secured excellent results for Meriden’s two representatives in the NSWCIS Cross Country Championship on 14 June.
Amelie Sun claimed the winning title in the 14 Years event while her team mate, Sienna Leeson, finished in 12th place in the 13 Years event. The two athletes had qualified to compete in the NSWCIS Championship following their impressive performances in the IGSSA Cross Country Carnival in May.
Amelie’s win has qualified her for the CIS Cross Country team and Sienna has been named as a reserve for the team to compete at the NSW All Schools Championship which will