Meriden student attends National Youth Science Forum
25 February 2021
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) Year 12 Program is one of the most prestigious STEM experiences in the country. Held annually, the program is designed to encourage young Australians to consider a future in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and provide them with an in-depth understanding of the career options available in these sectors.
Year 12 student, Vernica Mehta, was selected from hundreds of applicants across Australia to participate in the program.
Over a three-week period, Vernica took part in more than sixty digital lectures, workshops, debates, expos and social activities, including a live webinar featuring two Nobel Laureates, Professor Brian
Meriden girls win university public health challenge
11 February 2021
Motivated to spread awareness about the importance of wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, seven Meriden Science Club members entered and won prizes in the University of Wollongong Community PPE Mask Challenge.
Following widespread debate regarding the compulsory requirement for members of the community to wear face masks in public spaces, the University challenged students to investigate the effective use, design and production of personal protective equipment. Students were then tasked with developing public health campaigns – intended for a teenage audience on social media platforms – that effectively communicated scientific research about the transmission of airborne particles and
Girls represent country as Junior Falcons
11 February 2021
Meriden students, Sydney Tjonadi and Isabella Yan, have been recognised as two of Australia’s top-performing badminton players, with the girls invited to join Badminton Australia’s National Development Program. Sydney and Isabella are the first young people to be appointed to the high-performance program and its national team, the Junior Falcons.
Isabella, who has been playing badminton for over four years, took out first place in both the Under 13 Singles and Doubles events at the 2020 Western Suburbs Badminton Association Championships.
“Being involved in the National Development Program makes me really happy but it’s also
CNC machine prepares girls for careers in STEM
11 February 2021
By the time a Meriden girl graduates, she has amassed many hours of practical experience with a range of STEM technologies, from coding to 3D-printing. In 2021, students will work with yet another high-tech device that will help future-proof their education with the addition of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine to the School.
The CNC machine has been installed in The Foundry, a state-of-the-art learning space dedicated to STEM. The space is already equipped with two 3D printers as well as virtual reality, coding and robotics technologies.
CNC machines are essential tools in the industrial manufacturing process. They are designed
HSC student triumphs after twelve months of remote learning
22 December 2020
Yennis Li is one of the 2020 cohort’s most tenacious students. Among her achievements is placing fourth in the state in Chinese and Literature and her success is remarkable, considering she has not been on site at Meriden since Year 11. Yennis, one of the School’s international students, travelled to China at the end of 2019 to visit her family and became unable to return to Australia due to border closures brought on by the global pandemic. With the support of Meriden staff, Yennis undertook her entire HSC year learning remotely.
“My subject teachers gave me a lot
Meriden’s top HSC achievers reflect and look ahead
22 December 2020
Meriden’s top-achieving students have shared the secrets to their success as they plan their post-HSC futures in Australia and overseas. While their achievements, interests and aspirations span a vast range of areas, all girls said the challenges faced in 2020 were lessened by the support of the School community, a universal lesson about the importance of connection that many have learned as the world continues to navigate momentous challenges.
Catherine Wang, one of the School’s thirty HSC All-Round Achievers, was offered not one, but two Co-op Program scholarships for actuarial studies, one through Macquarie University and another
Outstanding HSC results across the board for Meriden girls
18 December 2020
Meriden students have once again performed at the top of the state in the HSC. Exceptional results were earned by the Class of 2020, a resilient cohort which has faced unprecedented challenges to both their lives and learning.
Dux of the School, Julia Chung, received the highest possible ATAR, 99.95, and came sixth in the state in Biology. Julia was on the state’s HSC All-Round Achievers list, having earned Band 6 results in Biology, Chemistry, English Advanced, Latin Continuers and Latin Extension.
Olivia Arvanitis came equal first in the state in Biology and second in the state in Science Extension, earning
Three Meriden girls top the state in HSC subjects
17 December 2020
Meriden girls have come first in the state in three HSC subjects in 2020.
Congratulations to Olivia Arvanitis, who came equal first in Biology; Belinda Ji, who came equal first in Community and Family Studies; and Christiana Stone, who took out first place in Spanish Beginners.
Olivia, Belinda and Christiana are dynamic young women and exceptionally hard workers. They are members of a cohort of impressive students who have been optimistic, courageous and focused throughout 2020. The School is proud of their exceptional achievement.
Meriden students invited to Science Olympiads
8 December 2020
The School community congratulates Year 10 student, Shirley Wang, and Year 11 student, Anna Zhou, who have been recognised as two of the country’s top performing Science students with invitations to the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School. The event will be held virtually and is an enrichment program for secondary school students who perform at the top of their national cohorts in the Australian Science Olympiad Examinations.
Shirley has been invited to attend the Earth and Environmental Sciences Olympiad Summer School and Anna has been invited to the Physics Olympiad Summer School.
The workshops will see the students work with
Mrs Mirabito earns Pride of Workmanship Award
8 December 2020
Meriden is proud to announce that the School’s Music Academy Administrator, Mrs Carolyn Mirabito, has been recognised by the Rotary Club of Strathfield for the dedication, care and professionalism she brings to her work. Mrs Mirabito was presented with a Pride of Workmanship Award at a ceremony held in recognition of accomplished individuals who offer invaluable support to the Strathfield community.
The School congratulates Mrs Mirabito on the award, which acknowledges the multifaceted and dynamic nature of her work at the Music Academy, at which she is responsible for organising music, speech and drama lessons for over 350 students