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
Meriden students lend a hand for Red Shield Appeal
1 June 2018
Forty-eight Meriden students from Years 11 and 12 gave up their Sunday morning to participate in the Salvation Army Red Shield Doorknock Appeal on 27 May.
The annual Red Shield Appeal began in 1965 and raises funds to provide shelter for the homeless, assist families in crisis through practical support and financial counselling, and guide people with addictions through to a clean, healthy lifestyle.
Meriden’s Red Shield Appeal team called on homes in the local area in conjunction with Strathfield Rotary Club and raised $15,338.20.
Competition win for Meriden’s Year 10 mathematicians
31 May 2018
A group of Year 10 Mathematics students from Meriden was named winner of the Inquisitive Minds Mathematics competition held on 24 May 2018.
Six independent and government schools from Sydney participated in the event which is designed to extend and challenge students in Mathematics. Meriden secured first, second and third places in the first section of the competition, an interactive lesson on problem-solving strategies. The second session required participants to partner with a student from another school to work together on a diverse range of original hands-on problems. Two Meriden students and their partners placed second and third in this section. An overall
Meriden students represent Cuba
25 May 2018
Meriden students, Sandra Salib, Moniq Wever and Kate Jacobs, took on the challenging task of representing the nation of Cuba at this year’s Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) held at NSW Parliament House on 19 May.
MUNA simulates the workings of the United Nations (UN) by having teams of students represent UN member countries and engage in debate on matters of world political and social concern. The speakers are required to debate resolutions similar to those put forward at the UN and are expected to represent their designated country’s attitudes to those resolutions.
Meriden graduate secures scholarship to USA university
11 May 2018
Meriden’s Olympus Futures program has facilitated opportunities for an increasing number of Meriden graduates to study at leading overseas universities.
Grace Watson-Carr is the latest Meriden graduate to be awarded a scholarship to study at a noted university in the USA.
Grace, a graduate of the class of 2017, will study Speech and Communication Disorders at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York. A skilful soccer player, she will also represent the university in college sport.
Three other graduates from Meriden’s class of 2017 were awarded scholarships to study at universities in the USA, also enabling them to compete