Merry Christmas to all our community
A number of girls are leaving us at the end of the school year - you go with our best wishes and genuine desire for you to stay in touch with us. We care about you and your journey after SCEGGS deeply and will always want to hear how you are going.

Once a SCEGGS girl, always a SCEGGS girl!

Also a number of staff members are leaving at the end of the year – either to go to different teaching positions or on different types of Leave. We wish them all the best and thank them for the contributions they have made to the School while they have been with us.

I hope you all have a restful and relaxing holiday and a blessed Christmas. My best wishes to you all, too, for 2019, whatever that might bring. See you next year.


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 Jenny Allum
Head of School


Pocket Awards

Girls in the Secondary School who are awarded a blazer ‘Pocket’ for excellence and outstanding achievement in a co-curricular activity are able to have their blazers embroidered only during holiday periods.

Awards will be announced at Final Assembly on Wednesday 5 December. Blazers may be left at the Student Services Reception on either that day or Thursday 6 December or otherwise no later than 1:00pm on Monday 10 December.

Students with previous awards not yet embroidered can also leave their blazers at this time, however blazers cannot be accepted after the cut-off period on Monday 10 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.



These holidays, Audrey Collingwood and Aneka Henshaw from Year 10 will visit their French host-sisters and their families in Lyon as part of the French Exchange. They will live in that beautiful city for six weeks and go to school there as well. This is a wonderful opportunity for both students to practise the French that they have learnt in authentic contexts and to experience French culture first hand.

Bon voyage Audrey et Aneka!


Angelique Deleeuw
Head of Languages



This year over 70 students from Years 7 – 10 entered the Betty Behan and Gwen Cockell writing prizes. The English Department were delighted to read so many powerful short stories and poems. Students should look out for their work in the Lux magazine released next year as we were able to include extracts from a number of the pieces.

We had so many good entries that we have also Highly Commended students in each competition. The prize winners will be awarded at speech night.

The Betty Behan Memorial Short Story Prize – Junior was awarded to Mathilde Leys in Year 7 for her vivid story “Danse Macabre.” Mathilde drew from her study of Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” to create an ethereal representation of the Dance of Death. Lucia Gelonesi and Mary Williams, both in Year 8, were Highly Commended for this prize.

The Betty Behan Memorial Short Story Prize - Senior was awarded to Jedda Thorley in Year 10 for her short story “Saltbush.” Her poignant coming-of-age story focuses on Ethan, a young man coping with his mother’s serious illness. Claudia Hunt in Year 9 and Phoebe Masnick in Year 10 were both Highly Commended for this prize.

The Gwen Cockell Prize for Creative Writing was particularly hotly contested. We congratulate Lucia Gelonesi who has been awarded the prize after submitting three of her evocative poems. We have also Highly Commended Laura Davies in Year 7 as well as Kate Brenner and Emily Wu, both in Year 8.

Thank you to all of the students who shared their work. We are very proud of all of our writers.


Marilyn Pretorius
Head of English



As part of our on-going commitment to reducing waste in the school, it is timely to celebrate the efforts of the kitchen staff in the dining room. Johan, Mel and Lee have worked tirelessly to eliminate waste going to landfill from the kitchen. The talented team is sending the equivalent of a lunch box full of waste into the red landfill bin each day. This is a phenomenal effort and shows that each of us can make a difference with just a bit of effort. Congratulations to Johan, Mel and Lee.

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Susan Zipfinger and Angela Pizzinga
Maailma Environment Club Co-ordinators


As the year draws to a close, the P&F would like to thank Class Parents for all their hard work during 2018. We have seen a wonderful mix of picnics, parties, coffee mornings, community events, movie nights and  family sporting activities during the year and all have been organised by our dedicated Class Parents.  We cannot thank them enough for all they do to continue the SCEGGS tradition of warm and inclusive community get-togethers.  We have a full contingent of Class Parents for almost all Year groups for 2019 too and we look forward to more fun in 2019.

2019 is of course a Festival on Forbes year and work to organise the Festival is well underway. If you would like to join the organising committee, we still have plenty of roles to fill so please email me at or call me at any time on 0408 29 11 96.

Finally and most importantly, the P&F would like to thank the wonderful teachers and staff of our School for all their hard work during 2018. A SCEGGS school year is always so busy and staff across SCEGGS put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort to ensure our students have every opportunity to participate and learn.  We hope all the staff have a restful break over the summer holidays, and wish you all a merry Christmas and  the happiest of New Years.  Till next year, with deepest gratitude,

Penny Gerstle
P&F President




One year ends, another begins…
It’s been another exciting and successful year of Expeditions, Residential Projects, Skill, Recreation and Service, with the girls busily and (usually) efficiently progressing toward that magical,  sought-after Duke of Edinburgh's badge. We would like to congratulate them all for their dedication, hard work, selflessness and fun approach throughout the year, and look forward to them returning next year, relaxed and revived. We encourage them to continue their activities throughout summer if possible – the surf patrols, shifts at the Vinnies store and tennis tournaments can continue to build their hours.

Please be aware that this year’s Duke of Edinburgh video is available on Clickview, so parents can get a small idea of what the girls see and do on their Expeditions.

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We both wish everyone the best possible Christmas and summer, with maybe even a bit of bushwalking or camping thrown in to keep your mind and soul grounded.

Joanne Bower and Doric Swain
D of E Co-ordinators



A Chorus Line
Congratulations to those girls who have been cast in A Chorus Line, the SCEGGS Musical in 2019. Thank you to the many girls who auditioned as the standard was very high.

Female roles have been allocated and we will be allocating roles for boys at the beginning of next term.

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Character Cast
Bebe Benzenheimer Olivia Reed
Cassie Ferguson Teya Phillips
Connie Wong Lara Feller
Diana Morales Marie Karantanis
Jude Turner Hannah Mavrakis
Kristine Urich Nathalie Wilder
Lara Eliza Wachholz
Maggie Winslow Bonnie Harrington
Michelle Costa Millicent Fairlie
Sheila Bryant Zara Rubinsztein
Val Clark Charlotte Barnes
Ensemble Lillian Barker
Sienna Best
Isabella Habib
Imogen Holmes
Emma Kirkland
Lucie Natalizio
India Poiner
Male (roles to be allocated in Term 1)
Sebastian Carl
Hunter Cole
Zachary Fuller
Hugo Gibson
Sean Hwang
Ryan Lum
Daniel Sirmai
Reuben Wilder


Inga Scarlett
Head of Drama



Term IV - Week 8

Photograph of the Week

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Zoe Moutsopoulos
Year 8


Drawing of the Week

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Elenarose Plaister
Year 10



Congratulations to members of the Bugles Band in the Primary School. Last Tuesday was a lovely chance to celebrate some of their achievements. The day began with an open rehearsal, where they shared some music with parents and Year 6 students were recognised for their contribution. We also recognised four students who had 100% attendance for the ENTIRE year: congratulations to Mia Costa, Hannah Guest, Julia Richards and Alexandra West!  At lunchtime the band performed in the Primary School. They added a little Christmas cheer to the playground and Baby Shark was a popular piece to move to!

Well done to the 23 students from the studios of Jonathan Whitting, Kathryn Crossing and Dominique Gallery who achieved very pleasing results in their AMEB examinations last Friday.

Great work those students who recently performed at the Suzuki graduation concert.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music



Secondary Sport

On Saturday Olivia Kibble rode in the 108km Letape Cycle Event in Jindabyne - run by the Tour de France. She was the sole junior female rider and rode for just over 5 hours. She conquered the Beloka Climb coming 32 out of 201 females and 153 out of 941 out of all the riders, in a ride which was described in the SMH as “brutal”. Well done Olivia on this remarkable achievement.

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Results from Easts Touch Grand Finals
Junior Grade B     SCEGGS 7 defeated Wenona 11 8-2 
Year 7 Grade B SCEGGS 14 lost to Loreto Kirribilli 8    
Junior Grade G SCEGGS 10 defeated Ascham 11 3-2
Senior Grade G SCEGGS 5 lost to Ascham 5 2-4
Senior Grade E SCEGGS 3 defeated Ascham 4 6-2

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IGSSA Water Polo
Well done to the SCEGGS 2 team who finished equal first in Grade S06 in the IGSSA Water Polo competition. SCEGGS 4 were also runners up in Grade J07.


Hornsby-Kuringai District Tennis Association
Congratulations to SCEGGS 2 who finished in 1st place in Grade S7. SCEGGS 3 also finished 1st in Grade S8. Well done to all players!


Well done to SCEGGS 1 Futsal team who were narrowly defeated in Senior Division 1 grand final by Kincoppal Rose Bay on Friday evening. The match a very even with the score 4-5 at the completion of the game.


Indoor Hockey
Good luck to our U’18 Indoor Hockey team who play in their grand final on Wednesday evening.

 Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

IPSHA Years 4-6 Football 2019
On Saturday 2 February, we will have our first training session for the 2019 year at Moore Park Turf fields (Near the cnr Robertson and Lang Rd). We will also be trialling some of the girls who have had injuries this year and will decide final teams in Week 2 of Term 1.

 Time: Year 4: 8.00am-9.30am   and   Years 5 & 6: 9.30am-11.00am
Wear: SCEGGS sports uniform, shin pads, long SCEGGS socks and trainers or boots                 
(Football boots are not compulsory)
Bring: Large water bottle, sunscreen
Wet Weather In case of wet wether please check SCEGGS twitter                            
  Twitter @SCEGGSSports                                                                        

The first Tuesday training session will be on Tuesday 5 February at Moore Park Turf Fields (Near the cnr Robertson and Lang Rd). The girls will catch the bus from SCEGGS and can be picked up at 4.50pm at Moore Park or approximately 5.20pm outside the Sports Hall in Forbes Street.

Please ensure your daughter has a healthy snack, i.e. fruit or cheese and biscuits, no chips etc. and a large water bottle.


Year 3 Basketball 2019
Year 3 Basketball will start with two weeks of training and learning the rules of the game.

Training Dates:   Saturday 2 Feb and Saturday 9 Feb in the SCEGGS Sports Hall from 8.00am – 10.30am.            

Matches will commence on Saturday 16 Feb at SCEGGS.

Tuesday 5 Feb will be the first after school training session in the SCEGGS Sports Hall. The girls will be collected from their classroom at 3.10pm and taken to the Sports Hall. They will have a snack before commencing the session. Please ensure your daughter has a large water bottle as well.

Wear: SCEGGS Sports uniform and sport shoes

Bring: Large water bottle and healthy snack, i.e. fruit or cheese and biscuits, no chips etc.


Sue Phillips
Primary Sport and PDHPE Co-ordinator



Class Parent Functions

There are no scheduled events at present.