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Spotlight on: Meriden’s Olympus Program

10 April 2019

For emerging athletes who dream of performing at an elite level, Meriden’s Olympus program is an essential component of their journey to success. The initiative allows young sportswomen to fit intensive training into their academic routines so they can fulfil their potential on every front. This term, the program has implemented a new “buddy system”, which builds on the girls’ existing access to specialist teachers and coaching professionals and places them into pairs for peer-to-peer support. Olympus Coordinator, Mr Ryan Richards, said the initiative is aimed at addressing the mental and emotional health of the

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Athlete Profile: Amelie Sun

10 April 2019

It’s easy to find young people who are passionate about a range of sports, but much rarer to find individuals who perform at an elite level in more than one discipline. Amelie Sun is one of the few whose tireless work ethic has seen her perform at the top of her age group in two sports: Athletics and Tennis. Since starting at Meriden in 2016, she has twice been awarded Sportswoman of the Year, a testimony to her athletic versatility and sportsmanship. Year 10 student Amelie made her debut in Athletics competitions at the age of nine and since then

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Zara to make a splash in Germany

10 April 2019

Zara Tullipan spends twenty hours per week perfecting the moments she spends in the air between the edge of the diving board and the surface of the pool. The Year 9 student’s dedication to diving is driving her success; she will be representing Australia this month at the International Youth Diving Meet in Dresden, Germany. The competition is considered a segue to the Olympic Games. Zara’s star has been on the rise since she began diving five years ago, when she was scouted by one of Australia’s National Diving Coaches and invited to participate in

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Meriden takes home Tildesley Shield for tenth consecutive year

2 April 2019

Meriden has been announced the champion team at the Tildesley Shield Tennis Tournament for a record tenth consecutive year. The tournament sees the best young players from independent girls’ schools across New South Wales convene on Pennant Hills Park for two days of highly-competitive singles and doubles matches. Day One of the tournament saw Meriden set another new record: the team took out every singles match in which it competed, putting the School in a strong position from the start of the competition. Meriden’s singles players offered some stand-out performances on Day Two, including Year 9 student, Indiya

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Three Meriden athletes head to national Championships in great form

28 March 2019

Three of Meriden’s star athletes will be competing at the 2019 Australian Athletics Championships next week. Head Coach, Mrs Nicole Boegman-Stewart, who will also be on a Coaches Panel at the Championships, said Nakeisha Brimble, Year 9, Amelie Sun, Year 10 and Isabellah Walker, Year 12, have been working hard in preparation for the competition. “The girls have been training consistently throughout the season, which has afforded them fantastic results in the meets leading up to the national event,” Mrs Boegman-Stewart said. “It’s a great opportunity for these girls to compete against the nation’s best

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Meriden alumna’s life lessons from Duke of Ed Award

28 March 2019

Meriden alumna Kathrin Germanos’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award journey has taken her on many an adventure, from volunteering at a nursing home to canoeing under the stars. Now, after a four-year journey through the program, Kathrin has received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award from the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC. The Gold Award is the highest, and most challenging, of three levels of achievement in the program and requires participants to improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure

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The roaring twenties come to Meriden: You’re invited to an evening of madcap merriment

7 March 2019

"Broadway music theatre at its best."

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No certainty without enquiry: Meriden’s Philosopher-in-Residence asks students to think more deeply

21 February 2019

How do you know what’s real? What tests can we apply to truth? Can a law ever be just, yet unfair? These are some of the questions posed to students by Meriden’s 2019 Philosopher-in-Residence, Dr Tim Dean. The eminent philosopher and science writer kicked off his inaugural lecture series with interactive sessions on truth, justice and ethics, major concepts that underpin ideas the girls are currently studying. Mrs Priscilla Curran, Coordinator of Learning Link – Research and Critical Thinking, said Dr Dean’s workshops allowed students to apply important philosophical questions to their own lives and

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Meriden’s oldest Old Girl turns 100

14 February 2019

Judith O’Connor (née Lipton), recently celebrated her one hundredth birthday. She is mother to two Meriden alumnae, a grandmother, great grandmother and an entrepreneur; and her educational journey began at Meriden in 1924. Judith loved her time at Meriden and made many good friends. She graduated from the School in Year 9 in 1934, after completing her Intermediate Certificate. In the 1930s, most young women left school at 15 and went to work. Judith attended Miss Hale’s Business College, where she learned shorthand, typing and business principles. On completing the course, her first job was at David Jones,

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Belinda Ji smashes course record, wins golf tournament

7 February 2019

Year 11 golfer Belinda Ji has secured a stunning victory from three shots behind at the prestigious Jack Newton Junior Golf 2018 Bonville Championship. Belinda didn’t just win the tournament, she fired a final round of six under par, breaking the course record in the process. “On the day, I was quite relaxed and I wasn’t really thinking about how many shots I was behind the leader, but rather about my process, focussing on one shot at a time,” Belinda said. “It was definitely a highlight to achieve a new personal best and break the

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