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

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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

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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.

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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

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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’s representatives

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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

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Meriden students recognised for excellence in Geography fieldwork

30 April 2018

Meriden students, Olivia Yu and Trisha Chari, were awarded first and second places respectively in the Junior Fieldwork section of the Arthur Phillip Geography Fieldwork Competition. The two Year 8 students received their awards in April at a conference of the Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW which organises the competition. This annual competition for secondary school students aims to foster enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic research in Geography. The 2018 awards recognised the work undertaken by Olivia and Trisha in investigating the

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Record 9th win for Meriden in Tildesley Tennis tournament

23 March 2018

Today, Meriden retained its title as the Champion of Tildesley Tennis for a record ninth consecutive year. The 2018 tournament was held from 21 to 23 March at Pennant Hills Park and marked the 100th anniversary of Tildesley Tennis, the longest running tennis tournament in Australian history. Despite wet weather delays, the Meriden team got off to a strong start in the singles and doubles matches. Meriden’s five doubles teams were a force to be reckoned with and by Friday they had secured all places in the semi final matches. Partners Vanessa D’Souza and Komaki Ido and Angelina

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Meriden students learn from businesses which are forging the future

9 March 2018

Investigating the latest innovations of Tesla, Apple, Microsoft and LinkedIn was all in a day’s work for Year 8 students who are undertaking the News and Contemporary Studies subject at Meriden. The aim of this inspiring excursion was to enable the students to experience first-hand the innovation, creativity, passion, service and entrepreneurship of these pioneering businesses which are forging the future in employment and technology. “At Tesla the students were given a private showroom tour and presentation on the history of Tesla and the organisation’s future projects. The girls were thrilled at the opportunity to sit

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Meriden Physics student to represent Australia at APhO

8 March 2018

Year 12 Meriden student, Alicia Lieng, has been selected to join the Australian delegation for the Asian Physics Olympiad (APhO) which will be held in Vietnam in May this year. APhO is the premier physics competition for pre-university students from Australasian countries. It is modeled after the International Physics Olympiad and demands a similar level of capability from participants. Alicia will fly to Hanoi in May to join the top physics students from twenty-six countries to participate in a six-day camp at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. The camp aims to promote international cooperation and networks among high-achieving young

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