Meriden’s Senior Singers hit the high note
14 August 2014
The breathtaking performance by Meriden’s Senior Singers at the Australasian Championship for Youth Choir earned the Singers second place in the grand final event of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod.
Meriden won the right to perform in the Championship after placing first in the Sacred/Gospel section and third in the Under 19 Female Youth section of the Sydney Eisteddfod rounds. Only the top three place-getters in each of the five choral sections of the Eisteddfod are invited to perform in the Australasian Championship for Youth Choir. For this reason, the standard of the final was extremely high and comprised
Meriden Water Polo players represent Australia
5 August 2014
Two of Meriden’s top Water Polo players, Brooke McClean and Mollie Williams, were selected to the Born ’98 Australian Team to compete in the Pan Pacific Championships held in New Zealand in July.
This was the first time that the girls had won selection to an Australian representative team and they clearly stepped up to the challenge. Both girls scored goals for their respective teams and Mollie was named ‘Best Player’ in a number of her games.
The squad consisted of twenty-six girls, split into two teams, ‘Australia Green’ and ‘Australia Gold
Meriden’s tennis players take centre stage
1 August 2014
Meriden’s tennis players have continued their impressive run on the court, securing a succession of stunning wins in a round of tough competitions this year.
In April, fourteen-year-old Violet Apisah was crowned winner of the Gallipoli Youth Tennis Cup, an ITF Junior Grade tournament played at Melbourne Park. Violet continued her good form in July, competing against high-ranked opponents to earn the runner up title at the Queensland Junior Winter International, an ITF Grade 4 tournament.
Linda Huang (Year 10) also made her mark at the Queensland tournament, claiming victory in the doubles with her Victorian partner.
The South Pacific
Tennis champions return to Meriden
25 July 2014
Tennis champions and former Meriden students, Amy Clifton (Class of 2011), Alex Osborne (Class of 2013) and Genevie Ulanday (Class of 2013) spent the month of July catching up with the Meriden community and coaching at the Meriden Tennis Academy before heading off to the USA.
The three tennis players are studying on full scholarships at universities in the USA. Amy is studying Mass Communications at Midwestern State University, Alex is majoring in Business Management at Arizona State University and Genevie will commence her studies this month at Jacksonville State University.
Amy, Alex and Genevie were participants in Meriden’s successful
Meriden welcomes home its Olympic Hero
21 June 2014
Meriden Old Girl Taylah O’Neill (Class of 2012) visited Meriden’s Junior School in June to share her experience representing Australia at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The young studentshad been studying Taylah’s progress during the Games and were thrilled to meet their ‘Olympic Hero’.
Taylah placed 16th overall in the Women’s Freestyle Skiing Moguls event and hopes to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Korea.
Meriden tops NAPLAN ranking
21 June 2014
An analysis of 2013 NAPLAN results by The Australian newspaper has ranked Meriden as the top performing school in New South Wales. Meriden was listed in first place in 'The Nation's Top Schools by State' table published in The Australian's 'Your School' feature on 21 June 2014.
Meriden teacher recognised for excellence
4 May 2014
Meriden teacher, Mrs Clare Kinnane, was awarded the Dr Maurine Goldston-Morris Teachers’ Award for Excellence in April.
Presented by the Geography Teachers Association of NSW, the award recognises the high standard that Mrs Kinnane set for her students for their entries in the 2013 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork Competition.
Meriden’s Madeleine Roustas (Year 12 2013) placed first in the competition and Anna Geason and Krystina Mullally (Year 11 2013) placed equal third.
This was the first time that Meriden students had entered the competition and Mrs Kinnane was commended for the breadth and quality of the work that they submitted.
The competition emphasises
Meriden Old Girl meets US President
20 April 2014
Former Meriden student, Jayde Appel (Class of 2011), attended a reception at the White House in March together with her team mates from the USC Trojans water polo team.
The reception, hosted by President Obama and the First Lady, was in recognition of the team’s success. Jayde has been studying at the University of Southern California since 2012 and plays water polo for the university. Her team is currently ranked number one in the country.
Meriden claims fifth consecutive Tildesley Tennis victory
28 March 2014
Meriden has defended its title as the champion of Tildesley Tennis for a record fifth consecutive year. The School was named overall winner of the tournament from a field of twenty-four independent girls’ schools.
Meriden’s players dominated throughout the competition, with three of the team’s seven singles players making it through to the semi finals. Meriden’s representative in the final was twelve-year-old Patricia Apisah. Patricia played exceptional tennis against her seventeen-year-old opponent, narrowly missing out on the singles title but revelling in being the runner up in her first Tildesley tournament.
Meriden girls make an amazing journey to Thailand
10 February 2014
While other students were heading to the beach for the summer holidays, a group of fifteen girls from Meriden’s Interact Club set off on a service trip to Thailand. It was a ten-day journey that the girls, and the people they encountered, will never forget.
After arriving in Chiang Mai, the students travelled to the town of Mae Sariang to volunteer at the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home which is home to twenty-five Indigenous children. “Even though there was a language barrier, the students were so friendly and welcoming. We made friends immediately and were able