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,
Meriden tennis players to compete in Australian Junior Open
20 January 2017
Four Meriden students are set to take on the Australian Junior Open this weekend. Violet Apisah (Year 11), Ivana Popovic (Year 11), Patricia Apisah (Year 10) and Michaela Haet (Class of 2016) will compete against the world’s top young tennis players in this prestigious Grand Slam event.
The girls have been warming up at the Loy Yang Traralgon Junior International, the lead-in event for the Junior Open. The Loy Yang Traralgon Junior International has provided a training ground for tennis greats such as Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Justine Henin, Marion Bartoli and Eugenie Bouchard.
Meriden wins 2016 National Schools Tennis Challenge
17 November 2016
Meriden has retained its title as Australia’s top schoolgirls’ tennis team after winning the 2016 National Schools Tennis Challenge held in Albury this week. This is Meriden’s sixth win in the National Challenge since the school first entered the competition in 2010.
Meriden Blue team had a clean sweep in the singles matches at the three-day event, with clear wins by Violet Apisah, Ivana Popovic, Patricia Apisah and Jessica Stanmore . The Meriden White team secured fifth place overall after stand-out performances by team members Angelina Teakaraanga-Katoa, Emily Thomson, Ellen Shanahan and Sara Stanisic.
Meriden tennis champ wins WTA Future Stars event
24 October 2016
Meriden student Violet Apisah claimed the title of WTA Future Stars 16/U champion on centre court at Singapore Stadium yesterday.
The prestigious junior tournament brings together the top sixteen young female tennis players from the Asia Pacific region. In a close grand final match, Violet defeated her opponent from India, 7-5, 6-4, and became the first Australian to win the WTA Future Stars title.
The Future Stars tournament is played alongside the WTA Finals in which the world’s top-ranked female players compete.
“It was a phenomenal experience to represent Australia in the tournament," Violet
Research teams score top placings in university competition
18 October 2016
Three Year 10 research teams from Meriden placed in the top five teams nationally in the Bond University Research Week Challenge, The Quest for the Golden Researcher, held on 10 October 2016.
The aim of the competition was to test and develop the research skills of students. Participants worked in teams of four to answer a series of questions corresponding to the steps within the research process, including evaluating websites, collecting data, avoiding plagiarism, correct referencing of information and efficient use of the library and its resources.
Year 10 student Margot McKeown explains, “The competition gave us greater insight into the
Meriden’s Sports Centre recognised in industry awards
17 October 2016
Meriden’s new Sports Centre has featured in the prestigious Master Builders Association industry awards. Quasar Constructions has been awarded the 2016 Award for Excellence in Construction in the education sector for the building project at Meriden.
These awards recognise outstanding quality of construction and professionalism in the building and construction industry and acknowledge recipients as the benchmark standard within their project category.
The Sports Centre which opened in March this year was the second stage in the building project which will transform Meriden’s Senior School campus. The final stage, scheduled for completion in early 2017, includes
Top Ivy League coach shares lessons of leadership with Meriden students
30 August 2016
A Princeton University coach, named one of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015, visited Meriden on 26 August, as part of the school’s commitment to support students who display sporting and academic excellence.
Courtney Banghart, head coach of the Princeton Tigers, shared her lessons of leadership with Meriden students, drawing on her nine years’ experience leading the women’s basketball team to victory. Since Ms Banghart’s appointment in 2007, the Tigers have won five Ivy League championships and appeared in five National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Division 1 tournaments.