Year 7 students start the year with a Friendship Camp
16 February 2018
What better way to start a new school year than spending a fun few days getting to know your new classmates and teachers!
On 12 February, Meriden’s Year 7 students travelled to Rathane, near Port Hacking, for the annual Year 7 Friendship Camp.
The three-day camp was filled with exhilarating outdoor activities. The girls took the opportunity to canoe, sail, fish, water-slide, learn outdoor camp and expedition skills and participate in various team building activities. The girls were challenged to meet and talk to everyone in their Year group before the camp was over.
“For some girls, this was the
Outstanding HSC results for Meriden girls
15 December 2017
Meriden's results in the HSC were, once again, simply outstanding.
Meriden students achieved placings within the top three students in NSW in three courses, including second place in Mathematics. The top ATAR achieved by a Meriden student was 99.9 and over half of the cohort received an ATAR of 90 or above. Full marks were awarded to four students in Mathematics and six students in Mathematics Extension 1. Click here for more HSC highlights.
Meriden secures seventh Australian Schools Tennis Championship title
17 November 2017
Meriden has claimed its seventh Australian Schools Tennis Championship title with a stand-out performance at the Albury Tennis Centre from 13 to 15 November.
Each year this tournament sees the rising stars of tennis from across Australia compete for the coveted national title. Every second year, the winning girls’ team and winning boys’ team go on to represent Australia in the World Schools Tennis Championship, an event that Meriden won in 2015.
Meriden entered two teams in this year’s National Schools Tennis Championships – Meriden Blue and Meriden White. Team members for Meriden Blue were Violet Apisah, Komaki
Meriden student named Local Sports Star of the Year
10 November 2017
Year 11 Meriden student, Carla Traplin, was crowned 2017 Local Sports Star of the Year at the Inner West Courier’s Sports Awards presentation on 2 November 2017.
As one of Meriden’s top Water Polo players, Carla has represented the school at state and national level including captaining the 2017 NSW team which won gold at the Australian All Schools Water Polo Championship earlier this year.
Carla was selected to the Australian All Schools team and travelled to Europe in July to represent her country in a series of matches against some of the world’s leading water polo players. Three
Top placings for Meriden students in Young Scientist Awards
7 November 2017
Meriden students collected an impressive number of awards at the Young Scientist Presentation Ceremony held at the University of Wollongong on 1 November 2017.
Organised by the Science Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (STANSW), the Young Scientist Awards encourage the process of scientific investigation and innovation. The competition attracts hundreds of entries from across the state each year.
Six Meriden students achieved top placings for their scientific investigations across a broad range of areas.
An investigation into Nitrate, Phosphate and pH Levels in Sydney Waters won first place for Freja Newman in the Year 7-9 Chemistry category. Freja also received
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