Making memories at MHS
Memorable experiences in education are important at Meridian High School as the provide engaging opportunities for students to apply their learning and experience events outside of the classroom.
On Thursday 23rd June, 15 students from Meridian High School visited Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge to find out what it is like to study at a Russell Group university.
Students first had a presentation about the University of Cambridge and Russell Group universities. This included information on how to apply, what courses are on offer, what student life is like and how to choose A-Level subjects.
Students then had an opportunity to explore the college through a guided tour. Students visited the chapel, gardens, library and student accommodation, before going to the 'Hogwarts' style main hall for lunch.
After lunch, there was a Q&A session with the admissions tutor and current Selwyn students. Our students asked many insightful questions linked to college life, university study and future job prospects.
Dr Tom Smith, Research Fellow in History and American Studies, then led an example supervision (tutorial) session on American Empire and the Hidden History of Hawai'i. Our students had to analyse and discuss a variety of sources to answer challenging questions such as 'Why did America want control of Hawai'i' and 'Was the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy evidence that America had an empire'. Our students came up with lots of great ideas, leaving Dr Smith extremely impressed!
Finally, we had time to explore one more college, Robinson, before we headed back to school.
GLF Debating Competition 2022
On Friday the 8th of July, Meridian High School participated in the GLF Debating Competition against the GLF Sdecondary schools.
Round 1 saw Meridian High School compete against Merstham Park. Meridian High School were awarded the victory and praised for their level of professionalism and strength of their debating which secured their place in the debating final.
The final of the debate was held between De Stafford and Meridian High School. Both schools had 20 minutes to plan for the unseen topic of whether cars should be banned from city centres. After a lengthy debate with questions from the audience- Meridian High School were awarded the win and commended for their articulate counterargument and passion for the debate.
We look forward to defending our title next year!
Disneyland Paris- Maths conference
Our students have the opportunity to engage in maths in action at our Maths LIVE! conference. Students get the opportunity to come face to face with speakers who are specialists in their field - all whilst enjoying the magic of Disneyland® Paris!
Expert speakers are selected to meet the learning objectives of the maths curriculum at KS4 and students can put their own questions to our experts during a Q&A session. As part of this immersive maths event students take part in park challenges covering the fundamentals of maths at KS4 in a practical and fun way.
Geography Field Trip 2022
Geography Field Trips are a fascinating opportunity, in which students are able to explore the land, characteristics, populations, and phenomena of the Earth. This enables students to gain real life experience in fieldwork techniques and to apply their learning.
Between Monday 4th July and Thursday 7th July, our Y10 geographers went to the River Tillingbourne to complete their first GCSE field trip. Students visited five sites along the river to investigate changes to river discharge from source to mouth, getting into the river at each site to record its width, depth and velocity. It was a fun (and very wet) few days!
Globe Players Visit
Macbeth is a play of contrasts: good/evil, light/darkness, thought/action, witchcraft/divinity, appearance/reality. These contrasts are examined in this production, in which we follow Macbeth’s inexorable decline as he treads, in the Porter’s words, “the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire”. A fascinating examination of the main themes of Shakespeare’s darkest play.
We were treated to a spectacular production of one of Shakespeare’s most famous works. The actors really brought Macbeth to life, and even had year 11 students laughing out loud at the Porter’s scene! Students and staff alike were ‘rapt withal’ from start to finish.
Year 10 students participated in LEGOLAND Windsor Resort and Whizz Education Maths-Whizz Workshops for school classes.
Science Museum- STEM
The Science Museum in South Kensington welcomes over 2.8 million visitors each year and cares for our national collections in science, technology, industry and medicine – over 300,000 objects, some of which date back to prehistoric times, and including more world ‘firsts’ than any other single institution. Through permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions, special events, an IMAX 3D Cinema and our Learning and Outreach programmes the Science Museum’s remit is to make sense of the science that shapes our lives and be the best place in the world for people to enjoy science.
Our year 9 students participated in a museum tour, visited the launch pad and completed activities linked to the development of STEM skills.
Community Christmas Lunch
We are always happy to engage with our community and what better way to show our respect for the community we serve than to invite local residents to join our students leaders for Chirstmas lunch.
The feeback from our student leaders was that it was a privilege to serve our residents as well engage in coversation about the history of New Addington and Meridian High.