First and second places earned at Australasian Philosothon
3 October 2019
Meriden’s 2018/19 Philosothon team has reaped the rewards of honing their critical thinking skills. The students demonstrated their abilities to examine complex ethical quandaries at the Australasian Philosothon in Canberra, where Jacinta Rees, Year 8, and Liyang Yu, Year 10, won first and second places, respectively, in their age groups.
The Meriden team included Wanning Cai, Adele Dang, Ananya Deshpande, Jemima Loane, Vernica Mehta, Jacinta Rees, Juna Suh and Liyang Yu. The girls were invited to partake in this event after placing second in the NSW Philosothon in 2018.
An essential component of a Philosothon is the “Community of Inquiry”.
Kate’s outreach work recognised by Order of Australia Association
25 September 2019
The Order of Australia Association recognises those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities and ultimately, our country. Year 12 student and Head Prefect, Kate Jacobs, has been presented with the Association’s John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award in a ceremony at Government House that acknowledged her as a role model and change-maker.
During her time at Meriden, Kate has been a member of Justice League and Interact Club, the School’s social justice cocurricular groups. Since 2014, Kate has presented many insightful sessions on pertinent social and political issues. She has raised money and awareness for
Narrative with social justice bent selected for WriteOn anthology
19 September 2019
Meriden Junior School student, Olivia Kim, was tasked with writing a narrative inspired by a picture of hats. She carefully crafted a story with a homeless protagonist and a hopeful message that all people are unique and should be valued, rather than judged. The piece has been applauded by a panel of experienced judges at the NSW Education Standard Authority and Olivia will soon be a published author.
Olivia’s work has been selected to feature in The Best of WriteOn 2019 which is published by NESA. Her story was assessed based on its structure and language as well as
Magnetic fields propel girls toward success in Tournament of the Minds
19 September 2019
Meriden is celebrating the wonderful performance of its teams which competed in the gruelling Tournament of the Minds, with our STEM team being awarded second place in the competition.
On the day, each team has three hours to prepare a presentation that meets the criteria of a unique challenge in their focus areas. The teams go into “lockdown” and must only rely on their own knowledge, with no access to the Internet.
The Language-Literature team offered an excellent theatrical performance of an online game that explored the ethics of gaming. Girls in the STEM team were challenged to
Meriden girls support climate change with positive action
19 September 2019
“We want to experience the same beautiful earth our parents and grandparents did but due to climate change, this is becoming less likely. We’re keen to take strong action because now is the only time we have to reverse the problems humans have created: by the time we are adults, it’ll be too late.”
Natasha Nguyen, Year 11
Meriden students are concerned about the effects of climate change and are passionately engaged in environmental activism, starting in their own backyards. In lieu of attending Friday’s student protests, Meriden House Officers will be running
Student inventions earn Young Scientist Awards
19 September 2019
Two Meriden girls’ inventions, which have practical applications in emergency situations, have been awarded accolades at the prestigious STA Young Scientist Awards.
Trisha Chari, Year 9, won first place in the Working Technology category for Years 9-10 with her flood detection system. Shirley Wang, who is also in Year 9, received a highly commended award in this category for her invention which disinfects water and generates electricity using solar radiation. Both girls have been invited to submit their work to the BHP Foundation Science and Engineering Awards.
Trisha was inspired to create her flood detector and alarm system after seeing the
Students tackle landfill by starting with lunch boxes
17 September 2019
This week, Meriden Junior School girls will make a special effort to reduce waste, particularly single-use plastic, with the introduction of “Waste-Free Week”. The campaign has been spearheaded by students Mikayla Rodger, Olivia Kim and Year 5 girls in the Environmental Team with the conscientious girls leading the movement to protect the planet from unnecessary waste.
Year 5 student, Mai Chu, said she and her peers were encouraging environmental awareness amongst all Meriden girls by showing them how they can make small but important changes to their daily lives.
“Waste-Free Week reminds everyone in the Junior School to avoid
Girls give Meriden’s best-ever performance at IGSSA Championships
5 September 2019
Meriden’s Athletics Team proved to be the highest-performing team in the School’s history at the IGSSA Track and Field Championships with the girls leading the School to place fifth overall. As a result, Meriden was awarded the Kay Couldwell Cup for Most Improved School, an acknowledgement of extraordinary development of the team, which placed twelfth in the competition just last year.
One highlight of the day was taking out first place in the Junior Relay with a blistering performance that saw all four girls streak away from their competitors to allow Ellen Murphy to cross the
Adele channels Cicero with Latin Reading Competition win
3 September 2019
Meriden student Adele Dang has won the Solo Prose event at the Year 9 Latin Reading Competition. Young people from eight schools across Sydney converged on the annual contest, which challenges students to recite Latin prose and poetry in individual and group events.
Meriden’s Year 9 Latin classes competed in the group events while Adele and her classmate, Rebecca Starling, were selected to compete in the solo events.
“As a Solo Prose competitor, I had to recite a passage from Cicero's speech accusing Catiline and his friends of plotting the destruction of some of the members of the
Year 6 girls passionate about philanthropy
22 August 2019
Meriden’s Junior School students have shared their philanthropic projects with their peers from across the state at the Biennial IPSHA Social Action Expo. The Year 6 Cultural Awareness Team set up a stall to explain the concept and logistics of Meriden’s Great Book Swap which raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Mrs Cath Evans, Dean of Academic Care, said the expo was an opportunity for students to collaborate and share their passion for philanthropy.
“The girls were able to explain the concept of the Great Book Swap so effectively to other students and teachers because