Meriden students selected to debate against the best of the best

1 September 2015

Two of Meriden’s top debaters, Emily Halloran and Zoe Whelan-Young, are busy sharpening their skills of persuasion ahead of the 2015 Representative Debating competition. Held over three weeks in September, Representative Debating brings together the best debaters from four separate debating competitions as they vie for the title of NSW Champions. The four competitions represented are GPS (Greater Public Schools), CAS (Combined Associated Schools), CHS (Combined High Schools) and Archdale (administered by the Heads of Independent Girls’ Schools), Now in Year 11 at Meriden, Emily and Zoe have competed in the Archdale Debating competition since Year 7.  Stellar performances

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Leading politician inspires Meriden students with her career journey

26 August 2015

‘When you set your mind to do something, and be absolutely determined, doors open.’ This was Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop’s powerful message to the group of Meriden students who attended a ‘Women in Leadership’ talk on 24 August. The event, held in Burwood, was organised by Member for Reid, Mr Craig Laundy MP. The group of Year 12 students from Meriden joined other young women from schools in the electorate of Reid to hear Ms Bishop recount her journey from lawyer to politician and the people who have influenced

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra premieres composition by young Meriden musician

7 August 2015

A work composed by Meriden student Chloe Kinmont has been performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO).  The short piece entitled Fanfare opened the Kings and Peasants concert held on 30 July at the ABC Centre. Chloe, who is Year 5 at Meriden, said she was thrilled to have her composition performed by the SSO.  “The SSO is one of the finest orchestras in the world, so I felt very privileged to have my composition selected.  My dad, who is a trombonist, taught me to arrange music, so I have done a little arranging in the past. 

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Meriden’s IGSSA Basketball success

18 June 2015

This term Meriden has seen a resurgence in the sport of Basketball. We entered 11 full teams of eager basketball players into the IGSSA competition, and matched them with some of the best coaches Meriden has seen. This included our returning MER01 team coach Craig Jaques, former Australian Wheelchair Basketball champion Gerry Hewson and one of Australia’s most successful representative coaches, Tracey Samuels. In a first for Meriden, Craig guided our MER01 and MER05 teams to nail bitting grand final victories. Our MER05 team lost player Quaneisha Williams to injury after only a few minutes and it took the

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Making waves in Water Polo

16 June 2015

Many would think the winter months is a time to stay clear of a swimming pool, it has been so far a very busy time for our Water Polo girls who have commenced their winter club seasons and for some of our girls taking part in representational games and tournaments for their state and country. Both Cathryn Prout and Brooke McClean represented NSW at the Australian All Schools tournament, with NSW dominating the tournament and eventually winning. Both Brooke and Cathryn had excellent tournaments, with Brooke being named as the grand final MVP and eventually going on to be selected

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Teamwork achieves great results

5 June 2015

On Thursday, 28 May, the girls from Meriden Junior School’s Think Twice Group took part in in the Da Vinci Decathlon. The decathlon offers the opportunity for students from across the state to compete in ten different areas of study: English, Mathematics and Chess, Science, Philosophy, Art and Poetry, Creative Producers, Cartography, Codebreaking, General Knowledge and Engineering. Eight girls from each of Years 5 and 6 took part, competing against over a hundred other schools. It was all about teamwork on the day as the girls worked on activities including chess problems, deciphering codes and maps as well as recognising famous

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Meriden secures sixth consecutive Tildesley Tennis victory

19 March 2015

Meriden has defended its title as the champion of Tildesley Tennis for the sixth consecutive year. Meriden’s players dominated the two-day tournament claiming victory in the singles and doubles competitions.  Stunning performances by the Meriden players earned them the unprecedented position of securing all places in the singles and doubles grand finals. Meriden's Linda Huang matched it out with Michaela Haet to take the singles title 8 - 5. The closely contested doubles finals saw Alisa Jeregui and Claudia Furdi narrowly defeat Amne Ghamraoui and Shubhika Dubey. Twenty-five teams competed in this year’s

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Meriden wins World Schools Tennis Championship

16 March 2015

Meriden’s tennis team has claimed the title of top schoolgirls’ tennis team in the world after winning the 2015 ISF World Schools Tennis Championship in Qatar last Saturday. Organised by the International School Sport Federation, the ISF tennis tournament showcases some of the best young players from around the globe.  As well as Australia, participating nations included England, Germany, Italy, Turkey, France, Belgium, China and Brazil. After placing fourth at the event in 2011 and third in 2013, the six-member Meriden team took out the top prize this year with a convincing performance at

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Meriden claims IGSSA Water Polo title

1 December 2014

Team 1 from Meriden has claimed victory in the IGSSA 2014 Water Polo competition. Team members Cassandra Penrose, Sarah Harnwell, Jessica McClean, Anna Linfield-Kent, Mackenzie Marnell, Cathryn Prout, Georgia Mirabito, Mollie Williams, Brooke McClean and Zoe Whelan-Young were named S1 Division Champions after sealing the tightly-contested grand final in the last quarter to win 8-7. The win marks Meriden’s third S1 Division grand final win in five years and its fifth consecutive S1 Division grand final appearance. Meriden Teams 2 and 3 also had a strong season in Water Polo, placing third in their divisions.

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Meriden wins the Australian Schools Tennis Championship

25 November 2014

Meriden claimed its fourth Australian Schools Tennis Championship title with a stand-out performance at the Albury Tennis Centre from 23 to 26 November. The tournament brings together the rising stars of tennis from across Australia each year, competing for the coveted national title. The Meriden team delivered a clean sweep at this year’s event, wrapping up their final victory 4-0 after remaining undefeated throughout the entire four-day tournament. The win has earned Meriden the honour of representing Australia at the World Schools Tennis Championship which will be held in March 2015 in Qatar. This major junior tennis championship showcases the best

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