Student Leadership
‘May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation, Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.’ - John O’Donohue

The Term III student leadership season is a highly anticipated one on our School calendar and often one of mixed emotions. Assemblies, Chapel Services and Year Meetings over coming weeks will be dedicated to addressing some of the philosophical aspects of leadership as well as some practical elements of the roles, including the qualities required to fulfil such a service.

Later in the term, all girls and staff in the Secondary School will be invited to vote for the 2019/2020 Prefects and House Leaders. First, voting for House Prefects, House Vice Captains and House Committee will take place in House Meetings on Monday 2 September. Then, voting for Head Prefect, Deputy Head Prefect, and School Prefects will take place after Assembly on Monday 9 September with all of Years 10, 11 and 12.

Students wishing to be considered as a Prefect or House Leader will be required to apply by completing and submitting a written application to me and therefore only those students’ names will appear on the ballot forms. Before being elected to the position, I want every future student leader to have taken the time to reflect on the importance of the role and the extent of its influence. I want every future student leader to have considered how her personal values and School values are aligned and demonstrated. I often remind the girls how valuable it is that we are a school where young women are prepared to put themselves forward confidently. It requires courage to apply and own one’s God-given talents. In doing so we also risk failure and while there is great joy for many in the Term III student leadership process, it is accompanied by great disappointment for others. Not all students will receive the highly coveted badge or role. I know that many girls dream of being a student leader at SCEGGS. I hope that many, many girls do apply. Lessons from women in leadership in corporate and professional life clearly teach us the importance of putting yourself forward and being confident of yourself and your abilities.

We seek not only good leaders in this process but also good followers. Good followers are discerning and judicious. When exercising their voting powers, good followers look up to and therefore elect those students whom they believe lead by example. I want all girls to reflect on the qualities and skills they see exemplified. We expect that our student leaders will be: positive role models, loyal to the School, young women of integrity and honesty, enthusiastic and joyful, compassionate and caring, reliable and committed, capable and resilient.

Being elected to School Prefect and receiving the badge does not mean that you have arrived and reached an endpoint. It marks the beginning of something formal and it also marks the continuation of the display of good character that others have recognised. It reflects the quote above and reminds students that leadership is about service.

The newly elected student leaders will be announced in the Final Assembly of the term on Friday 27 September. I look forward to working with them all in Term IV and beyond.

Jenny Allum
Head of School



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Silent Auction
We hope everyone has received the 2019 Festival on Forbes Silent Auction catalogue last week - we have some amazing items on offer! Thank you to all the wonderful people in our school community for your generous donations. Look out for an updated catalogue coming via email next week. We are still seeking additional prizes, so if you would like to make a contribution, no matter how large or small, please contact Penny Gerstle or Daisy Bahen Bidding for the Silent Auction will take place online, so look out for details on how to register.

We also need donations of small prizes for the Chocolate Wheel, such as scented candles, soaps, stationary, picture frames, slime, puzzles, umbrellas, toys for boys and girls and grandparents too!

We also need bottles of wine for the Coin Toss.

The Recycled Clothing Stall would like more donations of pre-loved women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. The Book Stall and the Recycled Clothing Stall also need unwanted shopping bags and the Cafes need more pre-loved coffee cups (clean and unchipped please) for our ’Mug Swap’.

The Green Team are still collecting unwanted new and used bras for the Wayside Chapel for homeless women. Place your donations in the marked basket outside the Maintenance Office.

Cakes and Cake Boxes for The Cake Stall
It would not be the Festival on Forbes without the legendary Cake Stall. To make it a success we will be calling upon the entire school to contribute one baked cake. Flat packed cake boxes are being distributed this week to each girl from Kindergarten to Year 12.

For some ideas and recipes, please click here. Traditionally, whole cakes such as lemon meringue pie, lemon drizzle, fruit flans and chocolate cakes sell well. Muffins, cupcakes, slices, tarts, gluten free and sugar free cakes are also be very popular.
What you need to know:

•  Cake boxes will be sent home with every girl this week. Instructions and a label for ingredients are included in each box.
•  Cakes can be delivered to the General Office Reception on Friday August 23 (8.00am to 5.00pm) and Saturday August 24 between 9.00am and 2.00pm.
If delivering on Sunday, please deliver directly to the Cake Stall located on the ground floor of the Old Girls Building.

The SCEGGS Maintenance team would love to hear from volunteers to help move goods in the morning before the Fair and/or help pack up and prepare classrooms for Monday morning from 3.00pm-4.00pm.

And please do not forget to volunteer on your Fair stall! Class Parents have sent out rosters for everyone to volunteer some time on the day.

Patrons please remember that no dogs are allowed on the School grounds at any time and will not be admitted to the Fair (this excludes Assitance Dogs).

See you all on Sunday 25th August!

 Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes






There has been a confirmed case of Influenza A in the Secondary School. Influenza A is highly contagious, so please pay attention to any flu-like symptoms and see your GP as soon as possible if you are concerned.

Winter is the peak time to catch the flu, and in places like schools it can spread between children easily. It is passed from person to person by the droplets produced by coughing or sneezing and can also be picked up from touching surfaces that these droplets have landed on.

You and your child can help prevent this spread in several ways. If your child is unwell, keep them away from school or other activities, encourage them to cover their mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing and throw tissues straight in the bin, and make sure your daughter knows to wash her hands thoroughly and often, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing her nose.

For further information see the fact sheet below: 



We don’t often think about how much electricity we use up as a school. If you think for about 10 hours a day about 300 days a year, we have lights on, computers charging, heaters and air conditioners running in every single classroom all over the school. Now we don’t have the brains to calculate this but if you did, the amount of energy needed to keep our school running for just one day would churn out a HUGE number. To produce this HUGE number, you need a HUGE amount of coal and a huge amount of solar power, which is expensive and most importantly very damaging to our environment.

So we are giving you a challenge. (You can practise this at home by turning off lights when no one is in a room, just heat one room and put on extra clothes when walking around the house, run the washing machine/dishwasher when they are totally full, eating all the food you purchase and pausing before you purchase anything new!)

Next Tuesday Maailma will be holding our very first "Toasty Tuesday" in the Secondary School, where we challenge ourselves to go ONE day without turning on a single heater and as few lights as possible.

This will be a mufti day, so come to school rugged up in whatever clothes you want to keep you warm. Scarves, beanies, jumpers, uggboots... anything to keep you toasty.

And speaking of toasty, the canteen will be selling toasted sandwiches at lunch and hot chocolate on the lawn for anyone with a keep cup and a gold coin donation. First in, first served basis!

The aim is to save as much energy as possible and we will also be holding a guessing competition on how much energy we save as a result of this effort. We will be sending an email around shortly with more information.

So remember next Tuesday we are turning off the heaters and some lights and we want you to bring:

• your warmest clothes/rugs
• your keep cups
• a gold coin donation for the hot chocolate

And get excited for Toasty Tuesday!

Amelia Board and Marie Karantanis
Maailma Environment Club



Book Week Parade
We are all looking forward to next week’s Book Week Parade, to be held on Tuesday 20 August at 12.30pm in the Primary School Playground. We know the girls are already planning their costumes – some of the teachers too! Parents, grandparents carers and friends are invited to join us.

Full details about all the other events planned to celebrate Book Week this year, across the Primary School, were published in last week’s Behind the Green Gate.

Happy Book Week!

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School



Secondary Sport

SCEGGS will be sending buses to Frensham for our upcoming Saturday fixtures on August 24 and September 7. Please indicate numbers with Ms Axford in the PDHPE Dept: 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

City to Surf
Congratulations to Nancy Newton who did a PB on Sunday at the City to Surf in the C2S with a time of 67 minutes which finished her 6th place in the under 12 girls! This represents a 6 minute reduction in her time from 2018 and up from 10th place.
Nancy has been training hard all year running for Cure Brain Cancer and her group raised over $7000 this year.

Year 3 Sport and Years 4-6 IPSHA Sport
There are no Primary Saturday games for SCEGGS this Saturday 17 August. Training will resume as usual next Tuesday 20 August.

Congratulations to Poppy Hegarty Yr 4 and Emmeline McLeod Yr 3 who competed in the Level 4 State Artistic Gymnastics Trial at Homebush. Both girls will move on to the next trial in two weeks where 40 of the competitors will be selected for the National Competition. Good luck to both of these girls for their next trial.

Sports Choice Forms
Please remember to submit your daughters’ sports choice form by Friday 16 August. Please note if your daughter has participated in Gymnastics, Tennis, Get Ready for Games or Yoga in Term 3, you must re-enrol for Term 4.

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Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator



We have a few students that are being confirmed this year and we also have a date for the service which will be 10am on Thursday 19 September. If anyone would still like to take part in confirmation please let me know by 23 August.

Confirmation has been part of the SCEGGS tradition since 1927. It is the Christian practice of confirming the promises made on one’s behalf at baptism. By being confirmed you are saying that you understand the Christian faith and want to commit to its teachings and values. It is a formal way of declaring publicly your belief in Jesus Christ. The confirmation ceremony is not only an expression of faith but also a welcoming into the worldwide Christian church. Confirmation is offered to all girls in Years 7 to 11.

Garry Lee-Lindsay



SPAN is delighted to bring you our 2019 panel event “Raising the voices of all women” on Thursday 5 September from 6.30pm-8.30pm in the Great Hall.

Our dynamic and engaging panel will consist of Old Girls Elizabeth Bryan (Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director of Virgin Australia and Insurance Australia Group), Dr Kirstin Ferguson (Deputy Chair ABC, Non-Executive Director SCA Property Group Ltd, EML Payments Ltd & Hyne, Author and Creator #CelebratingWomen) and Taya Conomos (Olympic and Commonwealth Games Project and Communications Manager, Seven Network), as well as Professor Michelle Simmons (2018 Australian of the Year and the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW).  Moderated by Taya, the panel will discuss why all women deserve to be supported, have their achievements celebrated and the continued need to campaign for greater progress towards gender equality and opportunity.

Ticket bookings are now open online at 

A light supper and drinks will also be served.

We hope that you can join us for what is certain to be an insightful and inspiring evening!



The Trust is delighted to invite the community to tour Wilkinson House during the Festival on Forbes. The SRC students will take tours of the building on the half hour from 10.30am, starting and finishing on Level 1 of the Joan Freeman Building (next to the Silent Auction). SRC students will provide a great insight into learning environment in the current building and following the tours, members of the Trust will be available to answer questions regarding the redevelopment. For more information on the day regarding the tours please visit the Information Booth.

In support of the 2019 Festival on Forbes, the SCEGGS Trust traditionally runs the School Fees Raffle to raise money for the School. This year, all funds raised will go towards the Shining Light Program in support of the transformation of Wilkinson House.

To purchase tickets please go to:

First Prize: 50% discount on your daughter’s school fees in 2020

Runner Up Prizes: 4 x $250 vouchers to the SCEGGS School Shop

Ticket Prices: $100 for one ticket
  $175 for two tickets
  $400 for five tickets

The raffle will be drawn at 2.30pm on Sunday 25 August 2019. Winners will be notified and names will be published in the SMH.

Conditions of Entry:
• 50% off one year’s school fees for one girl attending SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 2020
• Prizes must be taken in 2020
• No cash alternative to be taken
• Prizes may be transferred at the Head’s discretion
• The girl may be entering any academic year in either the Primary or the Secondary School in 2020



SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
A showcase of Music 1 and Music 2/Extension students performing their HSC Performance program coming to you...

Week 7 – 2 September 2019
Great Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
The following ensembles will be performing as part of Festival on Forbes:

Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst.
Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta.
Rock Bands
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

Click hereto view performance times and locations.

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30th August, Primary Music Room 1.10 – 1.40pm

The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
a link to the website so that parents can read a bit more about the Festival: 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music



HSC Drama Showcase
HSC Drama students will present a showcase of their practical works on Friday August 23 at 6pm in The Playhouse. The school community is warmly invited to attend to support the girls in their final display of Individual Project and Group Devised Performances prior to their assessment by NESA markers.

We wish the girls every success for the next few weeks as they complete Trial assessments and the NESA practical exams.

Fangirls at Belvoir
Old Girl Yve Blake has written a musical and plays the leading character in Fangirls playing soon at The Belvoir Street Theatre.

Yve is joined by a stellar cast of new talent, including teen sensation Aydan from The Voice, making his stage debut as popstar Harry. Fangirls is an ode to anyone who has ever been a fan; a show about teenagers and how powerful they truly are.
We are currently in the process of arranging an excursion. Stay tuned. 

Chicago – The Musical
We are off to see the musical Chicago at The Capitol Theatre on Sunday September 15 at 6pm. This productions stars Natalie Bassingthwaite, Tom Burlinson and Casey Donovan.

Girls in Years 9-11 Drama will be receiving invitations to attend the show. The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.

A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed. Hopefully you can join us.

Break A Leg?
Break a leg is an idiom in theatre used to wish a performer "good luck" in an ironic way. Well-wishers typically say "Break a leg" to actors and musicians before they go on stage to perform. The origin of the phrase remains obscure.

The expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person "good luck" is considered bad luck. The expression is sometimes used outside the theatre as superstitions and customs travel through other professions and then into common use.

Greek origin
In the time of Ancient Greece, people didn't clap. Instead, they stomped for their appreciation and if they stomped long enough, they would break a leg. Or, some would have it that the term originated during Elizabethan times when, instead of applause the audience would bang their chairs on the ground—and if they liked it enough, the leg of the chair would break.

“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”
― Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama



Come on down at lunchtime and join the fun in the Secondary Library. We have lots of activities to enjoy and prizes to win.

Tuesday – Guess who?
Wednesday – How good are you at colouring Photoshop?
Friday – Test your knowledge with the library quiz...

Most importantly – Enjoy yourself

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If time flies when having fun, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award girls must be having a great time, as they find themselves already more than half-way through the year’s hiking program. Having completed the last Practice hike in the cold of early June with a group Year 9s, we started up the Qualifying season with a Bronze Expedition on the weekend. Although windy, the clear skies provided dry and mild conditions, and the girls were able to enjoy a spectacular sunset at the secluded North Era beach. We are looking forward to more adventures between now and the year’s end, with hearty meals in the evenings and laughs on the track.

We encourage the girls to prepare very carefully for their hikes – researching the route, checking out the weather forecast, carefully planning meals and collaborating with friends. Often the difference between a fun and safe hike and a disappointing experience is in the thought and care taken prior to departure. Girls should also, by now, have mapped out their service, recreation and skill commitments, so that they have a likely completion date to aim for.

Finally, a reminder that the Cognito page at 
provides an abundance of information to prepare for Expeditions, such as suggested meals, clothing, navigation etc.

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We wish everyone good luck and success for the rest of the year.

Joanne Bower & Doric Swain
Duke of Edinburgh Award Leaders



P & F Events
Fri 13 - Sun 15 September
  Year 10 Father/Daughter Camp
 Where   Glenworth Valley Camping 
69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley
 Cost   Father/Daughter $194
Daughter only supplement $85
 Online Booking
 Contact   Dougal Kennedy at:
Friday 13 September   Year 11 Parents Cocktail Drinks
6:30pm   Hosted by Katharine Seymour and Grant Leonard
Online Booking
Contact   Anne-Valerie is the contact for further information
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 


Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association