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 2018, whatever that might bring. See you next year.
Parents will have received a letter from Ms Allum, detailing the organisation for Speech Night this year. Rehearsals will be conducted throughout the afternoon at the Sydney Town Hall with the ceremony commencing at 7.30pm.
Students are not required to attend school on the Thursday morning, as the school will be closed. Attendance at Speech Night is compulsory for all girls from Years 3-12. Please be advised, there is only limited seating in the Sydney Town Hall. It is anticipated that Speech Night will conclude at approximately 9.30pm. Correct summer uniform should be worn (blazers are not required).
Students in the Secondary School will go straight to the Town Hall on Thursday afternoon, arriving progressively for their rehearsals. All instrumental musicians are required at the Town Hall from 2.30pm onwards, while the School Choir, Madrigal Ensemble and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble are required from 3.30pm. Further details will be provided to all musicians by the Music Department. All remaining students in the Secondary School will be required to meet their Form Teachers at the Town Hall at 4.30pm, for the full school rehearsal.
Parents of Secondary girls who are in groups that rehearse prior to the arrival of the majority of the Secondary School should be aware that girls will be dismissed for short, unsupervised breaks in the vicinity of the Town Hall. Students in the Secondary School will also be dismissed for a short dinner break from 6.15pm-6.45pm when students will also need to remain in the vicinity of the Town Hall. All Secondary students will need to be seated, with their Form Teachers, in the Town Hall before 7.00pm.
All Primary girls (Years 3-6) will meet at school and travel by hired buses to the Town Hall for the rehearsal. Supervision will be provided from 3.00pm, but all girls must be at school by 3.30pm. It is important the girls are at school on time.
After the rehearsal, there will be a 45 minute break before the girls need to be seated for Speech Night. The girls are asked to bring with them a light evening meal, including a drink, packed in fully disposable wrappings - please no lunch boxes/drink containers. An area has been reserved within the Town Hall for all the Primary girls, and their teachers, during this break.
Primary girls will not be given permission to meet at the Town Hall, or to leave the Town Hall between the rehearsal and Speech Night.
At the conclusion of Speech Night, parents of Primary girls are asked to collect their daughter from her seating area within the Town Hall.
We look forward to seeing you all on Speech Night.
ICAS Medal Winner
Congratulations to Ruby Cooney in Year 6 who has been awarded a medal for her performance in this year’s Year 6 ICAS English Competition. Ruby achieved the top score in the competition, and was awarded her medal at a ceremony at the University of New South Wales. A wonderful achievement - well done Ruby!
Years K-2 End of Year Celebrations
Wednesday 6 December is the last day of the school year for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. Parents are invited to join us for an End of Year Celebration at 2.00pm in the Primary Playground - and hopefully a ‘special visitor’ will join us too! We look forward to seeing you there.
Head of Primary School
Well done to everyone who made Chicago such a huge success last week. The musical played to an audience of almost 1300 people - a record for a SCEGGS show - with two nights sold out!
Productions are team efforts, and Chicago was a success because of the tireless efforts of everyone who worked on the show. A very big thank you to our Director, Mr Richard Drysdale, for his vision, passion and his ability to help each and every one achieve their very best!
Head of Drama
Niamh Brazil from Year 10 has been highly commended in the Red Room Poetry Object Competition for her poem about eyeliner, “Ocular Cartography.” The Judge commended on the deft, musical language in Niamh’s poem and her command of the poetic line. Niamh’s poem will be published by Red Room Poetry and can be read online, along with other winning poems, at https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object/winnersannouncement/. Niamh has competed successfully in a number of poetry competitions throughout Secondary School and it is wonderful to see her being celebrated as she hones her craft as a young poet.
The School will close for the Christmas Holidays on
Tuesday 19 December.
The General Office will open on
Wednesday 3 January, 2018
During the holidays, hours will be
9.00am to 3.00pm.
School resumes on
Tuesday 30 January, 2018
The Final Fee Account for 2017 was due for payment on 12 October 2017, we ask any families that have not yet paid to please settle your account before the end of the term.
Payments can be made via the SCEGGS Portal, https://parents.sceggs.nsw.edu.au/ - Go to Finance Tab and select "Make an account payment" or by calling the Business Office with your credit card details.
Holiday School Shop Hours
We will be closing on Thursday 7 December and will reopen on Thursday 4 January. If you are in need of a full uniform fitout in January please make sure you ring to make an appointment as some days are already fully booked out. If you need only a few things it would be advisable to ring first to find out how busy we are on the day you intend to visit to avoid long delays.
All girls in the Secondary school with identifiable Lost Property have been emailed to collect their items before the end of term. We have a large collection of unnamed or illegible labelled items so if you are missing anything please come and ask for us to look if it is here. We have many small sized items, which could belong to Primary or Secondary girls.
We have a collection of water bottles and lunch boxes and bags needing to be collected before the end of term. They are in a tub in the School Shop entrance and could belong to Primary or Secondary students.
Wishing you all, a safe and happy holiday and all the best for the New Year.
School Shop Manager
As the year's end rushes towards us, we can look back at all the Duke of Edinburgh hikes (the last being a Bronze qualifying on the past weekend) with much satisfaction and many fond memories. Mr Doric Swain, Ms Ashleigh Smith and I have led 17 hikes, comprising around one hundred and thirty individual girls, exploring Brisbane Waters, the Royal and Blue Mountains National Parks, during heat waves and cold snaps, thunderstorms and glorious Spring days. We have seen tumbling waterfalls and grand canyons, native forests and bubbling rivers, towering cliffs and restful dales. The girls have sung the latest hits en masse, bathed in crystal clear swimming holes, and seen the sun rise over ocean and mountain. Every one has earned their Summer break.
Mr Swain and I would like to thank the School and staff for their on-going support of the program, the girls for their un-dousable enthusiasm, energy and joyfulness, and also the parents and guardians who entrust their precious daughters to us so that we may introduce them to fresh experiences and ancient environments. We also give thanks to all those in the past that had the foresight to protect and preserve so much of our amazing Australian landscape for our future generations to experience and enjoy.
Some parents may be aware that each year the school produces and presents in Assembly a video that reflects some of the sights and experiences of the Expeditions, so I am pleased that this year the 2017 video has been placed on "DVC" for parents and relatives to enjoy. I hope you enjoy watching it, and get more of a sense of the girls' adventures.
I would also like to make participants aware of upcoming upgrades to the International Online Record Book in December. The current online record book will be going offline on 13 December 2017, to enable the upgrade, data transfer and testing to occur, and will not re-open until 9 January 2018. During this time you will not be able to log into the system at all. You can continue your activities, but you will have to keep written records of your dates and hours and then enter them online after the ORB NextGen (new online record book) is open in January.
I suggest that you do the following before the system closure on 13 December to ensure that the new system has all your files and records transferred correctly:
- Log in to your online record book and make a note of your progress in each section of your Award.
- Make a note of all documents/images/videos that you have uploaded.
After the new ORB goes live, you can compare your notes with the files stored in the new system and enter any hours that you recorded while system was closed.
If you were thinking of registering online for a new Award or are in Year 8 and wanting to commence your Award, I would suggest waiting until the new online record book is open in January. An email will be sent when it is ready. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Mr Swain and I wish you and all your family a wonderful Summer break, hopefully including some experiences in the outdoors and even around a campfire (with some loved ones), and look forward to more invigorating exploits next year.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leader
Term IV - Week 8
String Ensembles from the Primary School for their delightful courtyard concerts each morning of last week. What a treat to share with parents, teachers and friends. So many lovely and very well polished pieces. There was dancing and singing and lots of fun. A lovely way to end the year. Thanks to Mr Whitting and the string team.
Clarion Concert Band for a lively lunchtime concert in the Primary school playground and an afternoon of music shared at the Wayside Chapel. Appreciative audiences all round. Thanks to Mr Brown and Mr Jewitt for their support of girls participation.
2018 Music Ensemble Enrolment Form (Secondary)
Electronic surveys have been emailed to all current members of Secondary Co-curricular Music Ensembles. Responses were due Friday 24 November. Please contact Mr Jewitt if you did not receive the emailed survey.
Been a busy few weeks of most enjoyable performances. Well done to Clarinet and Saxophone students of Mr Christian Eder for their energetic performances. Very pleased to hear the Clarinet Ensemble in their final performance for the year...love that sound. Thanks to Mr Eder for his work with girls throughout the year, and Ms Jones for her accompaniment.
Congratulations to all musicians and staff for their contributions to music-making at SCEGGS in 2017... Carols and Speech Night... what a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the year.
Head of Music
All girls intending to play Softball in Term I are required to attend a trial on Tuesday morning at 6.45am in the Sports Hall. We are still looking for more players in Years 7- 9 to make up a junior team. Please contact Ms Gowan if you would like to sign up to play.
Sports Information for 2018
The start and finish dates for Term I, 2018 will be loaded onto Cognito shortly. We will continue to update Cognito as further information such as draws etc become available in January and early February.
The PDHPE Department would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing holiday over the Christmas break.
Director of Sport
IPSHA Football Trials
A reminder that trials for 2018 will be held on Tuesday 5 December at Moore Park from 3.15pm-4.50pm. (Corner Robertson Road and Lang Road). If you are picking your daughter up from the field please be there before 5.00pm otherwise your daughter will have to catch the bus back to school. Pick up at school is approximately 5.20pm outside the Sports Hall.
Primary Sport and PDHPE Co-ordinator
These school holidays we are hosting Code Camp where your child can learn to code and build their very own app!
Every child attending the holiday camp will build incredible games on our software platform "Code Camp World" and walk away with their very own app, playable via the Code Camp App store that they can take home to share with family and friends!
Camps will be held for children in Years K-6.
There are currently no Class Parent Events to report.