Mr Loane
Head of Campus

The end of term and year rush is upon us. There are several key events coming up in the life of the school that will take place prior to students dispersing for the Christmas holidays.

The Senior School Speech Night is an annual celebration of the achievements of our students. It is a compulsory event for all students in the Senior School. This year, the event will be held at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 6 December, commencing at 6:00pm and concluding at around 7:30pm. All students must present themselves in the vestibule (front foyer) for roll marking at 5:40pm before taking their seats. Parents are encouraged to attend. Complimentary tickets are available to be booked here. Please note students are not required to book tickets. Musicians and prize winners will receive additional information.

Prior to this last event for the year, Music under The Stars Concert will take place tomorrow evening (Friday 24 November). The various music ensembles have been preparing for this joyful event, and the Parents and Friends’ Association is looking forward to providing a BBQ and gelato. Bring your picnic rug and reindeer antlers for this fun family event.

The Cadets Bivouac takes place from Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 November and is a highlight of the year, especially for the new Year 7 cadet recruits and student leaders.

Our Family Carols Service takes place on Thursday 30 November. It is a special time to come together and sing carols as a community as we look forward to celebrating the birth of our saviour, Jesus.

A number of tours are due to take place between now and the start of the new academic year. Activities for Athletics, Basketball, Chess and Tennis, as well as the France Exchange Tour and the History Tour to Germany, are all scheduled to take place. We wish them safety and success in these ventures and look forward to hearing about these amazing experiences early next year.

The following Captains for 2024 were announced at a recent Assembly.

Subject Captains

English Parneet Sandhu and Claire Sun
Maths Ella Cho and Prudence Iu
Science Hannah Harris and Mikayla Rodger
Applied Science Claire Li
DaCA Gabrielle Germanos and Isabel Hong
History Sophie Tan and Maggie Zhang
Languages Olivia Choi and Molly Grogan
Social Science Angelina Le-Lo and Tarini Sathiakumar

Cocurricular Captains

Audio Visual Rudia Chung
Chess Laura Croxon and Leah Har
Drama Krithi Dhiwaharan and Arshia Nanda
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Jemma Dijke and Punyashree Khan
Green Team Isabella Wong
Library Ellie Dong
Media Team Elissa Cheung and Annabel Yuen
Olympus Charlotte Butler and Alyssa Chan
Philosophy Angel Long and Amrita Wadhera
Speech Elena Whitfield and Emma Xu
STEM Annabelle Desmond and Anjana Kailasanathan
Student Research Lucinda Harricks
Tech Club Anjana Kailasanathan

Sport Captains

Athletics Kiera Krebs and Alannah Roberts
Badminton Yoyo Fong, Rachael Hall and Sienna Li
Basketball Theresa Wu
Cross Country Emma Lubke
Diving Emma Bruce
Football Olivia Robinson
Netball Elissa Hook and Abbie Kemp
Swimming Sofia Bisello
Tennis Stacy Lee, Phoebe Strachan and Miranda Xu
Touch Football Claudia Meaker
Volleyball Kaari Ellen and Jiya Nair
Water Polo Lucy Levenberg-Penklis and Keira Rippon

I hope all students and families enjoy some rest over the Christmas break and are reminded, amongst the busyness and presents, of the great joy and hope that the birth of Jesus brings to all people and the work his death and resurrection offer us – reconciliation and peace with God.

I look forward to seeing all girls on Thursday 1 February 2024 for a new and exciting year at Meriden.