I would like to wish all our students, families and staff a happy Term III holiday break! Best of luck to our Year 12s as they undertake their final preparations for the HSC examinations.
I look forward to seeing you all refreshed and recharged for Term IV.
Head of School
In Term IV, all Year 11 students will transition to their Higher School Certificate program of study. We will hold an Information Afternoon for all Year 11 girls and their parents on Wednesday 16 October at 1:45pm in the Lecture Theatre.
The aim of this presentation will be to provide you with some information about the road ahead for an HSC student, managing commitments during the HSC year, procedures associated with assessment, an overview of scaling and some advice on how best to support your daughter through the next 12 months. We hope that Year 11 parents will be able to join us on this afternoon as we begin this, The Journey of the HSC, together.
Director of Curriculum
Great Book Swap
Students in the Primary School celebrated their love of reading and helped to raise approximately $400 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation during the Great Book Swap.
The Book Swap involved the girls swapping a book they loved for a gold coin donation. Selecting a favourite book was a very hard decision for some of the girls but knowing that they would receive someone else’s book in return and that their gold coin was going to such a wonderful cause, helped the selection process.
Thank you to all the girls for their enthusiastic involvement in this initiative.
Mrs Louise Cluff
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 during holiday periods only.
Award recipients will be announced at Final Assembly tomorrow. Blazers may be left at Student Services tomorrow (Friday) or before 1.00pm on Monday 30 September (the first day of the School Holidays).
Students with previous awards not yet embroidered may also leave their blazers at this time. All blazers will be dry cleaned before being sent to the embroiderers. 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.
Congratulations to Sienna Green who has been named in the Born 2002 Australian Water Polo Squad. The squad will be training over the next 12 months in the lead up to the 2020 FINA Youth Championships.
Good luck to Claudia Woods who is competing in Eventing at the Australian All Schools Equestrian Championships this weekend to be held at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre.
Well done to the following girls on some excellent results at the Intermediate (Years 7-9) Schools National Championships.
Ilaria Roncolato won the bronze medal in the Women’s Individual Sabre.
In the team Foil Ishara Verdickt, Georgina Dandolo and Amelia Whelan won the Gold medal after defeating Sydney Girls High in the final.
In the Individual Foil Georgina Dandolo won the bronze medla and Amelia Whelan won Gold Medal.
Netball Grand Final Results
Well done to all our teams who played in the IGSSA Netball Grand Finals on the weekend. Results were as follows:
|SCEGGS 2 defeated Danebank 1||18-15||in Grade S05|
|SCEGGS 4 lost to St Catherine’s 3||28 -16||in Grade S10|
|SCEGGS 12 lost to Abbotsleigh 14||9 - 35||in Grade S18|
|SCEGGS 13 lost to Pymble Ladies’ 15||21 - 23||in Grade J03|
|SCEGGS 15 defeated Abbotsleigh 20||25 -24||in Grade J07|
|SCEGGS 16 defeated Pymble Ladies’ 19||24 – 19||in Grade J09|
|SCEGGS 19 defeated Meriden 14||24 - 21||in Grade J15|
NSWCIS Athletics Championships
SCEGGS had three students representing IGSSA compete at the NSWCIS Athletics Championships on Tuesday. All three competitors were successful in winning medals.
Eleanor Lawson placed 2nd in the 12 years 200m and 4th in the 12 years 100m
Tessa McCarthy placed 8th in the 13 years 200m and 3rd in the 13 years 400m
Samara Foulds placed 2nd in the 13 years Javelin
Good luck also to Alia Levi and Laura Roderick who are competing at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championships this week.
Director of Sport
Year 3 Minkey
Well done to our Year 3 girls who completed their Minkey hockey season on Saturday 21 September. The girls have developed some great skills over the season and displayed great teamwork and sportsmanship. Thank you to the coaches, Bonnie, Cat and Mrs Edwina Sweeney.
Term 4 Co-curricular Sport
All Co-curricular Sport, except for Water Polo Skills, will commence on Monday 14 October. Saturday games will commence on 19 October.
IPSHA Basketball training venues next term will be as follows:
Years 5 & 6 Moore Park Basketball courts, Robertson Road. Pick up from the courts at 4:50pm or outside the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5:20pm.
Year 4 SCEGGS Sports Hall. Pick up at 5:00pm.
All team draws will be emailed to parents as soon as we receive them.
Primary Sport Co-ordinator
Theatre – Fangirls
SCEGGS alumna Yve Blake (2010) has penned and performs in a new production called Fangirls. It has just opened in Brisbane at The Queensland Theatre Company before a season at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. The reviews have been splendid.
“Having written the book, music and lyrics, Blake adds a compelling stage presence, charisma to burn, and superb acting skills to a list of credentials that seems somehow implausible in someone who, onstage, genuinely does look 14 (the age of her character). Through sheer star power, Blake draws you in until you’re sharing every rollercoaster emotional moment”.
Design Competition – Production Poster for Saving SCEGGS
We are looking for a member of the student body to create a design to be used as the Poster to communicate the show to a prospective audience. It will be displayed around the school early in Term 4.
A Gift Voucher will be awarded to the poster selected and the finalists will receive double passes to the play.
Our November production is a Verbatim Play titled Saving SCEGGS. The play was commissioned in 2015 and is written by Linden Wilkinson. It concerns an unfortunate and critical episode in SCEGGS history, during the 1970s, when the school nearly had to close its doors. The school community and neighbouring Independent schools rallied with much fundraising and crisis meetings to save the school. Fortunately, the play has a happy ending and we are here to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary in 2020.
The Poster Content:
In your design you must consider the inclusion of the following:
• An arresting production image – newspaper clippings? Photos from the day? School photos?
• The best font and colours for your poster
• Does it communicate the story of the play?
• SCEGGS Darlinghurst, in association with Sydney Grammar, presents $aving $cegg$ by Linden Wilkinson
• Performance dates – Thursday November 21st at 7pm / Friday November 22nd at 7pm / Saturday November 23rd at 3pm and 7pm
• Venue: The Great Hall
• Directed by Ms Eddi Goodfellow
• Bookings: TryBooking
Poster entries should be submitted in electronic form to Mr Eyers (PeterEyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au).
Closing date: Wednesday October 23 (T4W2)
Winner announced on Monday 28 October.
Congratulations and good luck to our HSC Drama students as they finish their school days and work towards their end of course examinations. It has been an engaging year of study that has included the topics Black Comedy and Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice and the construction of practical works for the Individual Project and Group Performance.
Farewell Antonia Capelin, Danielle Bouchard, Elizabeth Armour, Elodie Jakes, Emma Sexton, Emma Shirley, Genevieve Cox, Greta Schaffer, Isabella Croker, Jana Hollo, Polly Hanning and Rose Byrne.
Thank you also to Elodie Jakes who has served as Drama Captain through the year.
SCEGGS Productions 2020
We look forward to celebrating SCEGGS 125th year with two exciting student productions.
The first of these will be a musical. I am delighted to announce that we will be presenting Ladies in Black. This is a musical based on the popular novel by Madeleine St John. Tim Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House fame has written the score.
A scrumptious coming of age musical set in the 1950's. The lead character is a teenager Lisa who joins the staff of a fashionable department store while she waits for her exam results.
Over a summer that changes her life, she befriends the colourful characters of the women's clothing department. Each is on the precipice of change - facing independence, working for a living and what it means to be a woman.
The Age called it "a unicorn of the stage: a full-blown, home grown musical that actually works" and "probably the best Aussie musical since Priscilla went global." It wrote "Tim Finn's songs range from Broadway-inspired numbers to true blue ballads, from witty patter songs to shares of blues and jazz standards. They're beautifully integrated with the dramatic action, and the comic lyrics are priceless."
Musical Theatre Performer Chloe Dallimore will Direct and Choreograph the production. Chloe has appeared in significant commercial musical productions including Chicago, Oliver, Crazy For You and delivered star turns in The Addams Family as Morticia Addams, The Producers as Ulla and Annie as Lily St Regis.
The production will play The Eternity Theatre in Darlinghurst from June 4 to June 6, 2020.
The excitement continues with a new play to be staged in November. The school has commissioned playwright alumnus Olivia (Liv) Satchell (2008) to construct a play for the anniversary celebrations. She has been working with students in the development of the work and early glimpses demonstrate something special.
The play is called Pretty.Strange and will be presented in St Peter’s Playhouse.
Ms Vivienne Rodda will direct.
Liv visited the school last week to hear the Year 10 Drama class read a first draft. It is very exciting! The girls were able to contribute dramaturgical advice and embraced the opportunity to be a part of the developmental process.
We look forward to the production to be presented in November 2020.
Both productions will be open to girls from Year 7 to Year 11 to audition.
“Music blows lyrics up very quickly, and suddenly they become more than art. They become pompous and they become self-conscious ... I firmly believe that lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you not only have the music, but you've got costume, story, acting, orchestra. There's a lot to take in.”
― Stephen Sondheim (Composer)
Head of Drama
Year 12 Farewell Service
Well done to the students who performed in the Year 12 Farewell Service. The singing was beautiful with featured items of Mendelssohn’s Lift Thine Eyes and Bach’s The Lord Bless You which showcased the quality of voices in the ensemble. Thank you to Mr Kurt Ison for his accompaniment of hymns in the service. Special thank you to Ms Allison Harrigan for her careful preparation and direction of the ensembles in the service. Well done everyone!
Aachen Cathedral Girls’ Choir Rehearsal at PLC
The students in Madrigal and Choir have certainly been busy with the attendance of a combined choral rehearsal with students of Pymble Ladies College on Monday afternoon. The students are rehearsing for a special combined school performance with the choristers of the Aachen Cathedral Girls’ Choir. This performance will take place at 7:00pm at St James’ Church on Saturday 19 October.
Primary Piano Concert
Congratulations to the Primary students who performed in the Primary Piano concert on Friday 20 September in the Great Hall. The performance was well attended, and it was wonderful to see the range of students in their stages of development. Thank you to the Primary Piano teachers – Ms Natalia Deasy, Ms Catherine Lie, Ms Chloe Waldron Reilly and Ms Therese Watson for their enthusiasm and guidance of the students. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones and Ms Stephanie Holmes with their organisation and assistance of the event.
Congratulations to Madison Au (Year 9) who achieved an outstanding result for her recent Grade 8 Piano examination. She will now progress towards the AMusA program, which is the same level as her oboe. Well done Madison!
The following four students also received outstanding results in their recent trumpet exams:
Georgia Mannix (Year 4)
Pippa Brenner (Year 5)
Astrid Collingwood (Year 5)
Jemima Lowe (Year 5)
Upcoming performances and events in Term 4:
Year 6 Musical – Friday 1 November, Great Hall 6:00pm
Twilight Concert – Wednesday 14 November, Great Hall 5:00pm
Instrumental and Vocal Soirees – TBC
Head of Music
Lost Property - Reminder
We have accumulated a collection of lost property items from Term III in the School Shop.
All secondary students with identifiable items in lost property are encouraged to collect them before the end of term.
We also have water bottles, lunch boxes and sundry un-named items waiting to be claimed.
The School Shop will close Friday 27 September and re-open Monday 14 October.
Have an enjoyable term break.
School Shop Manager