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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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,

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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. The

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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.  

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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

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