I wish you all a Merry Christmas and may you bring in the new year with joy and peace. May the holidays also offer you all the opportunity to recharge, rejuvenate and spend quality time with loved ones.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Head of School
Thank you to everyone who brought in all of the socks and undies over the last few weeks. We have literally collected thousands of items which will go to organisations working with the most marginalised in our city and I’ll be delivering them this week.
And another big thank you to those who donated to our Anglicare Christmas toy drive and the collection taken at the Festival of Lessons and Carols. I’m always impressed by the generosity of so many within our community and it is well noticed and appreciated in our local area. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a truly blessed Christmas.
Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
Joey and Koala Sewing Patterns
Year 10 Design and Technology students along with several staff have been making koala mittens for the survivors of the recent fires. Members of the School community with sewing skills who would like to help, can find patterns and instructions for mittens as well as joey pouches in the attached files;
These can be sent to:
PO Box 126
Balgowlah NSW 2093, Australia
Amnesty International Lolly Jar Guessing Competition
Amelia Board and Lux Strugar from the Amnesty International Group Committee
The Amnesty International Group organised a lolly jar guessing competition to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Bushfires Appeal and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Throughout last week students and staff donated gold coins at recess and lunch for a chance to win two tempting prizes. Donations can also be made at the following links;
- St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Bushfires Appeal- https://donate.vinnies.org.au/appeals-nsw/vinnies-nsw-bushfire-appeal-nsw
This goes towards providing food, clothing, furniture and other essentials and funds to pay bills for families and communities affected.
- Port Macquarie Koala Hospital- https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-thirsty-koalas-devastated-by-recent-fires
Over 300 koalas have perished in the Port Macquarie region of NSW. Donating to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to help them to develop and build watering stationing for koalas.
Bottles for the Bush
The School community is also encouraged to support this bottle and can recycling initiative, aiming to help rural families affected by drought and bushfires. The Primary Enviro Girls have been collecting bottles in Term IV for this cause. Details can be found at: https://www.bottlesforthebush.org.au/
Amnesty International, Year 10 Design and Technology classes and Primary Enviro Girls
Lucia Gelonesi (Year 9) Wins the Secondary Red Room Poetry Object Competition
Last Thursday Lucia was invited to the Powerhouse Museum for the presentation of the Red Room Poetry Object Competition Winners. Lucia won the Secondary Competition for her poem Broken Umbrella. The three winners had a workshop with professional poet Emilie Zoey Baker before a live telecast of the Poetry Object Winners in which each poet recited their work. They then had a private tour of the Powerhouse collection and some of its unusual objects. Lucia gave an impressive recitation of her poem and was remembered by the Red Room organisation for being a Highly Commended entrant in last year’s competition. Her poem was selected from over 2,500 entries received by the competition and we congratulate both Lucia and other SCEGGS entrants on putting their work forward for this competition.
Lucia’s vivid and poignant poem can be read here;
The Year 10 team has concluded their History Debating season with an outstanding victory in the Grand Final against Tara. Both teams presented strong arguments and rebuttal but in a split decision, the SCEGGS team were declared the winners. A huge congratulations to the speakers in the Grand Final: Amelia Board (1st), Dominque Liew (2nd) and Mia Freeland (3rd) who spoke passionately and persuasively to negate the topic "That the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights has not been adequately upheld since 1948".They were supported by Hannah Mavrakis at 4th. Thank you to the other members of the team for contributing this year throughout the rounds, quarters and semis, including Annika Deitz, Ella Godhard and Maeve Hopper. Congratulations on a fantastic season Year 10 History debaters! We look forward to seeing what you can achieve next year.
History Debating Co-ordinator
IPSHA Years 4-6 Football Trials and Year 3 Basketball Trials
Thank you to all parents and carers who have transported and cheered on our Primary girls at various sporting events and Saturday games this year.
We are holding two Saturday trial sessions at the beginning of Term I 2020 in preparation for the IPSHA Football (Soccer) competition. These trials are for girls going into Years 4 to 6 in 2020. Competition games will commence in Week 3, Saturday 15 February 2020.
|Saturday 1 February||8:00 – 9:30am||All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park|
|Tuesday 4 February||3:10 – 4:50pm||All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park|
|Saturday 8 February||8:00 – 9:30am||All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park|
|Tuesday 11 February||3:10 – 4:50pm||All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park|
All girls should wear their SCEGGS Sports uniform and bring with them a hat, water bottle, shin pads, long SCEGGS sport socks (available at the School Shop) and joggers. Football boots are allowed but not compulsory.
We are holding two Saturday trial sessions at the beginning of Term I 2020. Competition games will commence in Week 3, Saturday 15 February 2020.
|Saturday 1 February||8:30 – 10:00am||SCEGGS Sports Hall|
|Tuesday 4 February||3:10 – 5:00pm||SCEGGS Sports Hall|
|Saturday 8 February||8:30 – 10:00am||SCEGGS Sports Hall|
|Tuesday 11 February||3:10 – 5:00pm||SCEGGS Sports Hall|
Girls need to wear SCEGGS PE shorts, basketball top (available at the School Shop) and bring a water bottle and a small healthy snack.
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator
Touch Football Grand Finals
Grand Final Day on Saturday 30 November began with repetitive checking of the weather app, with relief to finally receive the “it’s on” email, SCEGGS girls picked up their boots and headed down to Queens Park for the big morning ahead. We were so happy to see so much support from teachers and students at the fields, this growing culture is amazing and it is so motivating to see so many people cheering on the sidelines. With Teams 1, 2, 8, 10 and 11 playing Grand Final matches it was a great morning.
The senior firsts game was a toughie, playing in the top division against Monte 1, they knew they had a big match ahead and put up a competitive fight until the 40th minute. The final score of 6-11 to Monte was no demonstration of the game. From the slide dives to the scooping plays, they worked as a team and played their best game, only to have the Monte coach say at the end “you really gave us a run for our money''.
The senior seconds battled it out against Reddam in an exhilarating game of finals footy. The 2 Teams had previously drawn in a round match, meaning it was anyone's game to win. It was neck and neck from the second the whistle was blown. There were some outstanding team tries scored throughout the game. the girls may have fell short in the end, but they put up a strong fight and did SCEGGS proud.
Team 8 had a tough ask facing their Schools opposition after a crushing defeat in the early rounds but brought their A game in the Grand Final showdown. The girls held on 1-0 until half time, frustrating their opposition. They may have fell short in the end, but they should be proud of their efforts finishing their season with their best game yet. They can hold their heads up high and be proud.
Team 10 have had an outstanding season in the lead up to the Grand Final. Spirits were high as they stepped onto the field against St Scholastica's College. The score was 0-1 at half time and the girls went into the second half fired up. They continued to work together and run their plays during the second half, unfortunately losing in a close match. Team 10 should be proud of their achievements this season.
Team 11 had some strong competition going into the Grand Final, also against Reddam, who were undefeated throughout the season. The girls played their hardest and ended the game at a tie of 3 all. In a drop off they came down to 4 players and unfortunately lost. Despite the loss, the girls played their best game of the season, with amazing defence throughout the entire game and good communication. The girls put up a fight and it was a win in our eyes.
Director of Sports
Christmas in the Primary School
Congratulations to the team of Primary musicians who performed Christmas carols for the school on Wednesday. It was lovely to hear the angelic voices of Cantare and the orchestra of budding string musicians. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney, Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth, Ms Dominique Gallery, Miss Allison Harrigan and Ms Rachel Valentine for their direction and assistance with this event. A lovely way to end the term with plenty of Christmas cheer!
Download the below to hear a sample;
Festival of Lessons and Carols
Well done to all the students from the Primary and Secondary School who performed in last Thursday evening’s Festival of Lessons and Carols. It was a beautiful ceremony and the musical items really enhanced the occasion.
Congratulations to the following students who performed a solo feature in the ceremony: Emma Kirkland (Pie Jesu), Eva Harris and Scarlett Pearce (Once in Royal David’s City), Madison Au and Alice Wong (Concerto for Violin and Oboe 2nd Movement – Bach).
A special thank you to the Music staff who had worked tirelessly to prepare, accompany and assisted with the performances: Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth, Mrs Alexandra Dalman, Miss Allison Harrigan, Miss Ginger-Rose Harrington, Ms Stephanie Holmes, Mr Kurt Ison, Mr Peter Jewitt, Miss Alice Kotowicz, Mr Heinz Schweers and Mrs Anne Sweeney.
AMEB Results – Certificate of Performance (C. Mus)
Congratulations to Jedda Thorley who achieved her Certificate of Performance (C. Mus) on the Violin. The Certificate of Performance is the bridge that forms between the graded exams and before a student is examined at diploma level. The examination is a recital and requires a student to demonstrate a high level of musicality as well as stamina through a substantial musical program. Well done Jedda!
Vocal Concert – Ms Eloise Evans
Congratulations to the students from Ms Eloise Evans’ studio who performed in the final lunch time concert of the year last Friday 29 November. Thank you to Ms Eloise Evans for her careful preparation of the students’ performances and to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.
From all of us in the Music Department – we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We look forward to sharing many more musical moments with you in 2020!
Head of Music
Theatre Excursions - School of Rock & War Horse – Going Fast – Few Remaining
We have secured a limited number of tickets to two exciting theatre events that will take place early in the 2020 school year. Registration of participation is now open.
School of Rock is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on the film of the same name. The show features many talented young musicians in the cast. This show plays the at Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We will attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm (week 2 Term I).
War Horse is the theatre juggernaut that originated at the National Theatre in London. It is a masterwork of theatricality, cleverly employing puppetry and stagecraft to transport us to another time and place. The play is based on the popular novel by Michael Morpurgo. It is not to be missed. We attend on Thursday 27 February at 7:30pm. The show plays at the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont.
These theatre excursions are open to all girls across Years 7-12 in 2020. Permission letters are now available and may be obtained from Mr Eyers.
The new year is full of exciting Drama projects and classes. St Peter’s Players will continue to offer terrific experiences in Drama and details will be announced upon our return to school. Monday will be a day for Year 6, Tuesday will host Years 7-9 and Thursday will be for Years 10 and 11.
Early in Term I, auditions will be conducted for the musical, Ladies in Black. Rehearsals will commence in week 5 and the show will be presented on 4-6 June at The Eternity Theatre. The production team consists of Director/Choreographer: Ms Chloe Dallimore, Musical Director: Ms Bev Kennedy and Set/Costume Designer: Ms Anna Gardiner.
A brand new play will have its premiere in November. Old Girl, Olivia Satchell (class of 2008) has been writing it for us and it is called Pretty Strange. We look forward to presenting this work to conclude the year in Drama. The Director will be Ms Vivienne Rodda. Both productions will be open to girls in Years 7-11.
Excursions will continue to live theatre and will give access to some exciting theatre practitioners.
Thank you for making my first year at SCEGGS a rewarding one. And thank you for being an audience.
Ms Rodda, Ms Goodfellow, Ms Morice and I wish you all a jolly Christmas and a safe and restful break! See you in 2020!
“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day! Don't clean it up too quickly.” Santa Claus
Head of Drama
Girls in the Secondary School who are awarded a blazer "Pocket" for excellence and outstanding achievement in a co-curricular activity may have their blazers embroidered only during holiday periods.
Blazers may be left at Student Services until 1:00pm on Monday 9 December when all blazers will be sent to the embroiderers.
Students with previous awards not yet embroidered can also leave their blazers at this time. All blazers will be dry cleaned before being embroidered, as this is a requirement of the embroiderers.
Blazers cannot be accepted after 1:00pm Monday 9 December. Any late submissions will need to wait until the next school holidays.
Embroidery and dry cleaning will be done during the holidays and the cost will be charged to your daughter’s account.
Group photographs taken on Photograph Day 3 on Thursday 17 October, can be ordered online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school's unique 9 digit Online Order Code, available on the home page of the SCEGGS Portal. Ordering Envelopes for cash orders are available from Student Services in Reception or the Primary Office.