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Keeping young girls safe in light of the latest dangerous online content

18 September 2020

This week, horrific footage was circulating for a period on Tik Tok, a social media platform overwhelmingly used by young people. As part of Meriden’s proactive approach to keeping students safe online and the School’s ongoing commitment to caring for the psychological and emotional wellbeing of young women, Meriden Principal, Dr Julie Greenhalgh, has written to parents to ensure a whole-community approach to tackling the ever-present and evolving dangers of the online world. In yesterday’s Newsletter article to Meriden parents, Dr Greenhalgh said the School is ever-vigilant in its multi-pronged approach to online safety,

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Turia Pitt inspires students to change focus

17 September 2020

Year 8 students were excited to virtually meet with inspirational Australian, Turia Pitt, whose book, Unmasked, the girls have recently read. During the video call, Ms Pitt explained the lessons she had learnt as she rebuilt her life after sustaining horrific burns when an out-of-control grassfire swept across her path during an ultra-marathon in 2011. Ms Pitt suffered burns to sixty-five per cent of her body, lost seven fingers, spent over six months in hospital and endured over two hundred operations. She was told she would never walk or be independent again but she has since competed in Ironman Australia and the

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A postcard from a Meriden Old Girl

3 September 2020

Meriden alumna, Ellen Shanahan, completed her HSC in 2019 and is currently undertaking an academic degree while playing in the competitive world of NCAA women’s tennis at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this Q and A, Ellen shares with us a little about this next chapter of her life in the USA. Tell us about your journey to the US and the time you have spent there so far. I arrived in the US on 10 August to begin orientation activities at Duquesne University, which are held for international students and for the incoming class of 2024. These activities were

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From the Pacific Islands to Sydney: Girls make a path for others

3 September 2020

Penina Kamu and Te Akaiti Toa first met in New Zealand in 2014 at opposite ends of a tennis court, Penina representing Samoa, Te Akaiti playing for the Cook Islands. Fast forward six years and the girls are not only playing on the same team, the rising tennis stars are neighbours in the Sydney suburb of Campsie. Attending Meriden, Penina and Te Akaiti have quickly become family – to each other and to Meriden’s tennis team – and the girls are opening doors for other young Pacific Islander players to follow their dreams. The girls’ journey to Australia

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US college the first step to international water polo dream

28 August 2020

Meriden student Nioka Thomas is the first female athlete from outside the USA to be invited to join the champion water polo team at the University of California, Irvine. Nioka, who has already represented Australia at a senior level, has recently accepted a place at UCI in 2021, where she will undertake an academic degree whilst competing amongst some of the best athletes in American college sport. Meriden Head Water Polo Coach, Chloe Wilcox, herself a former Olympian, congratulated the Year 12 student on this historic milestone. She said Nioka joins the UCI squad with a wealth of experience and unique skills

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Meriden athletes stronger, more resilient than ever

20 August 2020

In an uncertain year, Head Coach Nicole Boegman-Stewart’s 2020 IGSSA Athletics Squad has leaned heavily on the consistency and positivity of her training regime – and it’s paying off. Days after news of the cancellation of one of the year’s final and most important track and field events, the IGSSA Athletics Carnival, Meriden girls have instead participated in a virtual trial event where they went head-to-head with athletes from their own team, with record-breaking results. The event held on Monday night saw Meriden athletes compete on the track in 100 metre, 400 metre and 1,500 metre events. On

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Girls take out philosophy essay competition

20 August 2020

Who am I? Who am I really? It’s the question that has intrigued human beings since the beginning of time. This is the question Meriden Philosophy Club students considered when they entered the Philosophy in Schools NSW Essay Competition, with our girls taking out second and third places in the academically rigorous challenge. Year 12 student, Sarah Kostoglou, was awarded second place for her exploration of the interdependence of psychological and physical continuity theories in the formation of an individual’s identity. Year 11 student and Philosophy Captain, Dunja Dudic, was awarded third place for her examination of how

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Meriden girls learning life skills as ball kids

6 August 2020

Behind-the-scenes views of major sports events are usually exclusive to players, managers and media personnel but tennis tournaments have long welcomed young people into this world through their ball kid programs. Many Meriden girls sign up for the opportunity to see professional matches up close and to serve the tennis community. Our students say the skills they learn on these sidelines support them on the tennis court, at school and in life. Year 10 student, Sophie Massey, has been a ball kid at tournaments including the Australian Open, Sydney International and the ATP Cup, sharing the court with the likes of

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Water Polo players on the up and up

6 August 2020

Meriden’s Water Polo athletes continue to rise: several of the School’s players, who are also members of the Olympus Program, have just been announced members of state and national squads. Jasmine Higgs, Bronte Ryan and Nioka Thomas have been selected by Water Polo Australia to take part in the Launch to LA Youth Squad. The national squad has a number of planned training camps in September and October aimed at developing players for selection to the Australian side at the FINA Women’s Junior World Championships in September, 2021. The camps coincide with Water Polo Australia

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Olympus students selected for state cricket squad

6 August 2020

Meriden girls are part of the burgeoning women’s cricket scene as the sport makes strides in championing female talent and opportunity on the pitch. Year 9 students Karina Bell and Brydie Fairfax have been selected for the Under 15 NSW Metropolitan Female Academy Squad 2019/20 amid a record number of applications this season. The Cricket NSW Academy is a state-wide program responsible for the identification and development of talented female cricketers and provides players a pathway to National Championship cricket. This season, Karina has enjoyed the challenge of playing in the Under 18 competition for St George-Sutherland Women’s Cricket Club.

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