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Meriden water polo players make national team

22 July 2021

Winter didn’t slow Meriden’s Senior Firsts Water Polo players, Samantha Hardingham and Zoe Thomas. The girls’ hard work throughout Term 2 culminated in them gaining selection to Water Polo Australia’s Cadet Women team (Born 2005 and 2006) following a highly competitive identification process. To gain selection, the girls participated in a high-performance program alongside some of the country’s most promising young athletes and the process included a five-day training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport. Samantha, who moved to Meriden last year to be part of the School’s highly-successful Olympus Program,

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Cadets recognised for exemplary service

22 July 2021

Nineteen Meriden cadets have been acknowledged for their exemplary service to, and performance in, the Trinity Grammar School Army Cadet Unit. A range of awards was bestowed upon the girls, including the prestigious accolade, The Joseph Sword, which was presented to CUO Lyly Nguyen. This award recognises the recipient’s high standard of care and consideration for the cadets under her command. CUO Nguyen is the first Meriden student to have received this important award. Other awards of significance presented to Meriden girls include the COL (AAC) Christie Award, which was bestowed on CPL Ashley Jackson for consistently showing

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Esther dives into quantum computing

18 June 2021

Esther Wu recently made her first foray into quantum computing but her work is already contributing to the improvement of the functionality of computer systems. The Year 12 student has just completed “Qubit by Quibit’s Introduction to Quantum Computing”, an eight-month-long online course taught by quantum researchers from MIT and Oxford University. As part of the course, high school students utilise IBM Quantum, through which they create circuits and undertake programming, and their work is sent to real quantum processors at IBM! Esther said it was exciting to come to grips with processes that have wide-ranging and

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Meriden girl leads impressive drill squad

18 June 2021

The Trinity Grammar School Army Cadet Unit impressed at the Combined Associated Schools Drill Competition, ably led by RSM Isabella Saville, the only female RSM to lead a drill squad at the event. RSM Saville said she was honoured to lead the unit on the day. “I did feel a bit nervous but I had faith in the capabilities of the TGSACU drill squad and I knew the cadets could complete the movement proficiently,” said RSM Saville. “I am proud to be part of such a dedicated and diverse unit. Every member, regardless of their rank,

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Imogen develops award-winning workflow dashboard

18 June 2021

Year 10 student, Imogen Leon, was awarded first place in a challenge set by an industry expert when she attended the work experience program, GoIT Girls. Imogen said she enjoyed the challenge put to attendees by Ms Anthea Bartlett, Senior Business Analyst at FOXTEL, that required them to design a program that would manage workflow in an IT Department. “I developed a mock-up of a resource management system that included a process request form, an allocation process, notifications for all stakeholders and a system to view the bookings. My project took into consideration the work capacity of staff and new,

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Jasmine on road to Olympic dream

3 June 2021

Jasmine Higgs thrives in high-pressure situations, a useful trait given she’s just been selected for not one, but two, high-performing national water polo teams and all roads lead to the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics. Eighteen-year-old Jasmine is one of the youngest players to have been invited by AIS selectors to train with the Pathway to Paris Squad, a development line-up from which players can be chosen for the Olympic team, the Aussie Stingers. Additionally, she has been selected to the Australian Youth Women’s Gold Water Polo Team (Born 2003) and, this month, will compete in the New Zealand 21

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Lillian fundraises for back-to-back outreach events

3 June 2021

Organising and participating in a twenty-four-hour “Mega Swim” would be enough to exhaust most people but Year 11 student, Lillian Havansky, is still bubbly at its conclusion. Lillian, who has a passion for community outreach, organised the event at her swimming club and, last week, the team’s donations, raised for people living with multiple sclerosis, passed the $9,000 mark. It is the second time Lillian has participated in the MS Mega Challenge. “I wanted to organise the event because I knew it was for a good cause,” Lillian said. “With the support of my parents

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Meriden girls win Chinese Debating Competition

20 May 2021

Team Meriden has been named the winner of the NSW Schools Chinese Debating Championship. Year 10 students, Arianna Li, Elsa Lyu, Meiying Tian and Audrey Zou, were excited to bring home the championship trophy and were proud to witness Arianna being named the most outstanding debater in the finals event. The topic of the debate was “Should young people embrace idealism?” Meriden girls were on the negative team and argued that it was difficult for idealists to live in the real world without experiencing extreme suffering at its imperfection and suggested it would be more realistic and healthier for

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Student athlete works to make sport more sustainable

20 May 2021

Isabella Moon, Year 12 student, Olympus Captain and accomplished international biathlete, will add another title to her name after being selected Sustainability Ambassador to the International Biathlon Union. The role, for which Isabella was chosen from an open-age pool of global applicants, recognises her as an exceptional athlete, positive role model and responsible representative of Australian biathletes. Isabella said she was proud to have been chosen to promote a positive culture within biathlon. “Biathlon is an emerging sport in Australia and I’m really happy to be able to provide an Australian perspective in this international forum. I also

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First in Engineering at Da Vinci Decathlon

20 May 2021

Meriden’s Year 7 students have taken out the Engineering category at the 2021 Da Vinci Decathlon. The win puts the girls ahead of the best and brightest from more than eighty schools across New South Wales. Heidi Bartlett, Vinudhi Silva and Keira Waked made up the Year 7 Engineering dream team. They were tasked with designing and constructing a scale model of a mini golf course that incorporated the concept of chance, with “chance” being the overarching theme of this year’s event. The girls built their model using paper, cardboard, straws and plasticine and designed it to

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