Meriden student admitted to Harvard University
20 October 2017
A Meriden graduate from the class of 2017, Inde Halligan, has been admitted to Harvard University. The 17-year-old will leave Australia to take up her place at the prestigious university in January 2018. Inde received news of her admission in October while she was preparing to sit the Higher School Certificate examinations.
Recognised as one of the leading universities in the world, Harvard boasts 48 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners amongst its alumni. The names T S Eliot, John Adams, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Theodore Roosevelt and John F Kennedy appear on Harvard’s list of alumni.
Meriden: Proudly a girls’ school
19 October 2017
An article written by Loren Bridge, Executive Officer, Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, (Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2017) explains the benefits of an all-girls education and why girls' schools continue to be streets ahead of their co-ed counterparts. Following is an extract from the article.
Girls’ schools are sending their students on to study business, law and STEM degrees in record numbers — it is these areas that are touted as the lifeblood of emerging knowledge-based industries and jobs of the future.
Studies have shown that a girl’s environment plays an important role in explaining why she chooses
Meriden athletes named in CIS 2017 Merit team
29 September 2017
The NSWCIS Athletics Championship held on 20 September saw Meriden achieve its best results ever in this competition. Nine Meriden athletes competed in the events, claiming eight medals and three personal best performances. Meriden's medallists will be named on the CIS Merit team for 2017.
Silver medals were awarded to Isabellah Walker in the 15 years 100m event, Grace Spence in 14 years discus, Yasmin Alali in 17 years shot put (personal best), Milan Ji in 12 years long jump (personal best) and Hannah Powell in 18 years discus.
Meriden's bronze medallists were Isabellah Walker for 15 years 200m (personal best), Amelie Sun
Scientific ingenuity on show at Meriden
18 September 2017
Ingenuity and innovation were clearly on display at Meriden’s STEM Showcase held during National Science Week in August.
The annual Showcase is an opportunity for students in Years 8 to 10 at Meriden to undertake a scientific experiment or design an original invention. Demonstrating creativity, application and perseverance, this year’s exhibits ranged from innovations in robotics and environmental sustainability to an investigation of the manufacturing industry’s claims about everyday products such as orange juice, coffee and tea bags.
Experts from various fields of STEM spent time discussing the individual projects with the students before
Second consecutive win for Meriden in Water Polo tournament
15 September 2017
Meriden has secured the winner’s trophy for the second consecutive year at the Invitational Schools Water Polo Tournament held in Brisbane on 12 September 2017. Co-Captain of the Meriden team, Hayley Ballesty, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The recipient of this award is determined by the match umpires as the most exceptional athlete in the competition.
The schools invited to participate in the 2017 tournament included All Hallows (under 16s and under 18s), Brisbane Girls' Grammar, Stuartholme and Meriden. Meriden’s fifteen-member squad comprised junior and senior athletes. The tournament enabled the players to hone
Meriden student-athlete receives Pierre de Coubertin Award
22 June 2017
Meriden student Abbey Freeman (Year 12) has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Pierre de Coubertin Award.
Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, this prestigious award recognises students who demonstrate sporting prowess whilst exemplifying the Olympic values of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play.
Abbey has achieved at an exceptional level in both her academic and sporting endeavours. In addition to being an integral member of the Meriden Water Polo team, she has represented NSW and Australia in the sport. Abbey is undertaking academically rigorous courses for her HSC this year and has already been awarded a
Stunning success for Meriden musicians at Sydney Eisteddfod
16 June 2017
Meriden’s musicians gained a phenomenal record of success at this year’s Sydney Eisteddfod with three of the School’s ensembles securing the top places in their respective divisions. Meriden took out the top honours in the Premium Youth Orchestra (19/u), the Female Youth Choir (19/u) and the Primary String Ensemble divisions of the Eisteddfod.
The win by the Senior Singers in the Female Youth Choir division, earned the ensemble a place in the prestigious John Lamble Foundation Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs (19/u). Another stunning performance led them to victory in this event and
Meriden students recognised for achievements in Science, Technology and Sport
29 May 2017
Ten Meriden students were recognised for excellence in their respective fields at the annual presentation of Youth Achievement Awards held on 24 May 2017 at Strathfield Golf Club.
An initiative of Strathfield Council and the Rotary Club of Strathfield, the Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of young people who either live or go to school in the Strathfield municipality.
Meriden students claimed three awards in the Science and Technology category and three awards in the Sport category.
Claire Zhao, Year 12, was awarded the Science and Technology Major Award in recognition of her achievements in Science. Claire’s accomplishments include winning
Record eighth win for Meriden in Tildesley Tennis tournament
24 March 2017
Today, Meriden defended its title as the champion of Tildesley Tennis for a record eighth consecutive year. The best young players from twenty-five independent girls’ schools competed in the tournament at Pennant Hills Park from 22 to 24 March.
The Meriden team dominated throughout the tournament, securing all available places in the grand finals in both the singles and doubles competitions. This resulted in the Meriden players competing against their own team mates to earn the title of champions.
Violet Apisah secured victory in the singles competition after a tight battle in the grand final against her younger sister,
Meriden girls among the best and brightest young scientists
20 February 2017
Two Year 12 Meriden students, Claire Zhao and Jannessa Yao, were invited to join the best and brightest science students from across the country at two important science events held in Canberra in January.
Claire Zhao was chosen to participate in the prestigious Science Olympiads Summer School in the discipline of Physics after she placed in the top 10 percent in the Australian Physics Olympiads competition. Claire joined 23 other Year 12 students to study a course which covers the equivalent of first year university studies in physics. The course comprised lectures, tutorials and laboratory work and covered topics such as electromagnetism, circuits,