Meriden Prefects commissioned at Cathedral
21 February 2020
This week, Meriden’s 2020 Senior School Prefects were commissioned at St Andrew’s Cathedral at the Annual Service for Anglican School Leaders. The service was led by the Archbishop of Sydney, Rev Dr Glenn Davies, who challenged the young people present to consider how they wished to lead their communities and what qualities make a good leader.
Head Prefect, Genevieve McKeown, said Rev Dr Davies’ address reinforced the idea that Meriden’s senior students help model and perpetuate a culture of compassion, courage and integrity, which makes the School a unique and supportive environment.
Alumnae provide words of wisdom to HSC students
13 February 2020
Three of Meriden’s 2019 HSC High Achievers have returned to school to advise current students about the most effective way to achieve success in the HSC.
Emily Lao, Tilda Stafford and Daniela Zapata Rincon addressed the school at Assembly on Monday with messages of hope and encouragement, along with practical advice for thriving academically in what can be a stressful period for many young people.
The three graduates offered a number of effective study tips, including creating study planners, breaking down tasks into small, achievable blocks and finding exciting new ways to study, like brushing up on languages other
Isabella’s winter sport journey across Europe
30 January 2020
Isabella Moon has spent the Australian summer competing in Biathlon events against some of the world’s best athletes on European ski slopes. Biathlons combine fast, precision skiing with timed shooting challenges.
A competitor at an incredible three competitions before representing Australia at the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland, Isabella came away with strong results, despite a fractured finger, which interfered with her skiing and shooting performance.
A proud member of the thirty-three person Australian Youth Olympic Team that competed in January, Isabella placed seventy-sixth out of ninety-three in the Women’s 10 kilometre Biathlon, where she shot 3:5:0:2 and
Girls’ biomedical hub design wins VR challenge
30 January 2020
Meriden girls have placed first in the virtual reality category and second overall in the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation Space in Schools Competition, where they were required to design a company that builds biomedical hubs on Mars.
Angela Lei, Sophie Massey, Ivy Ngo Nguyen, Esther Wu, and Liyang Yu spent four months preparing for the Medtronic Bennelong STEM Challenge. As a team, they designed a company; created a marketing plan; researched Mars, medical facilities and human needs for existing on Mars, then; designed and created a twenty-five square metre biomedical hub in Sketchup in 3D.
The competition day included a formal
Meriden surveys its exceptional HSC results
18 December 2019
Meriden Class of 2019 has performed exceptionally in the HSC and continues the School’s tradition of strong achievement across all subject areas, particularly English, Maths and Science. The girls’ marks put the school in fourteenth position overall in the 2019 HSC Schools Ranking.
Jiaqi Emily Xue topped the state in English EAL/D, while nine other students placed in top fourteen positions:
Position in State
Community and Family Studies
Meriden students accepted into Ivy League Universities
18 December 2019
Meriden students have been accepted into Harvard University and Columbia University, New York City. Yet another will take up a sporting scholarship at Grand Valley State University, Michigan.
Rising water polo star, Daniela Zapata Rincon, earned a place at Harvard University where she will join the highly competitive world of collegiate sport, the next step in her athletic career. Daniela leaves Meriden as Captain of the victorious S01 IGSSA Water Polo Team. In 2019, Daniela was a member of the New South Wales Institute of Sport Talent Squad and a gold medallist at the 2019 Interstate Championships with the NSW Blues Under 1
Meriden student tops state in HSC
18 December 2019
Jiaqi Emily Xue has received the top mark in New South Wales in English EAL/D and has been named one of Meriden’s twenty-seven All-Round Achievers. She received a mark of 90 or above in every HSC course in which she was enrolled, including Biology, English EAL/D, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1, Modern History and Spanish Beginners.
Emily dreams of a career as a User Experience (UX) Designer and is planning to study computer design at university in 2020. She is currently working as an intern in a bank, where she helps to translate documents to and from Mandarin and English.
Meriden student selected for Australian Olympic Team
13 December 2019
Meriden student Isabella Moon has been selected for the Australian Team that will compete at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the sixteen-year-old student will be competing in the Biathlon events, including the 6 kilometre Women’s Sprint and the 10 kilometre Women’s Individual event, with a chance to join other nations in the Mixed Relay events. Isabella is one of the first thirteen athletes selected for the thirty-one person Australian team. The young Australians will take on more than 1,880 athletes aged between fifteen and eighteen from seventy-three countries around the world in
Top school in IGSSA Water Polo
12 December 2019
Congratulations to Meriden’s Senior Firsts IGSSA Water Polo Team, which played the perfect finals match and claimed the coveted S01 title in an 8-6 victory. The team was strongly led by our long-serving Year 12 students, Charlotte Gates, Macy Hansford, Sienna Kolesnyk, Daniela Zapata Rincon and Hayley Spence, who retire from the Meriden team a high note.
Other team members of the winning squad were Evie Glover-Rylah, Josephine Lewis, Olivia Mitchell, Bronte Ryan, Maeve Ryan and Nioka Thomas.
Meriden last won this competition in 2015 and the finals match was enthusiastically supported by Meriden students and staff, who were barracking
Meriden girls National Athletics Champions
12 December 2019
Meriden’s athletes have taken Perth by storm at the Australian All Schools Championships and the National Nitro Schools Challenge, with two of our girls named National Champions. Ellen Murphy and Nakeisha Brimble proved they have bright futures on the track and field when they outperformed their peers nationwide.
It was an achievement in itself that Ellen Murphy, Year 8, qualified to compete in five events at the Australian All Schools Championships. On Day 1 of the competition, she took out silver in the U14 200 metre Track event. On Day 2, she helped the NSW team secure victory in the Relay event.