SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

I have had a number of comments and responses to my Behind the Green Gate article of a couple of weeks ago about the School Strike 4 Climate which is happening on Friday. I do thank all of the parents who wrote to me – some thinking that I had made the wrong decision, and others who agreed with or supported my stance.

I also received a letter which was signed by a very large number of (mostly) younger Old Girls, encouraging me to take a different position.

I met with two of the SCEGGS Alumni who were signatories to that letter – Olivia Schmidt and Stella Maynard. They are two of the most impressive young adults you could ever wish to meet. They were thoughtful, considered, intelligent, well-informed. They were also so empathic – wanting to demonstrate solidarity with students at SCEGGS who are rightly expressing significant concern, anxiety and sometimes despair surrounding climate change, but also demonstrating empathy to me, understanding the complexities of my position and wanting to listen, understand and engage with me on my concerns and hesitancies. I couldn’t be prouder of those two and would hold them up as beacons of all I want our young people to be!

I have been somewhat swayed by them both! I have already articulated my beliefs around Climate Science, and I repeat it here for clarity:

As I said last time, I believe the scientific evidence which tells us that the currently observed Climate Change is real and anthropogenic, and that the impact of human life on our world is significant. I believe that Governments should be doing far more long term thinking and specifically much more than they are doing currently about Climate Change, to protect the future health and sustainability of our planet.

I asked my Scientist friend (Prof Tony Haymet, Distinguished Professor and Director & Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California) about how to think of this. Here is what he said:

Yes, things are looking very bad for planet earth. Most of the heat caused by burning of fossil fuels has gone into the ocean (93%), causing sea-level rise, changes to fisheries and ecosystems, changing ocean currents, and changes to rainfall for almost all our farmers. Air temperatures are rising inexorably. Glaciers currently on land are melting, adding even more to sea-level rise. It’s bad. When I visited Bangladesh twice earlier in 2019, I felt famine was just around the corner.

Fortunately, we know EXACTLY what is causing this. It is not natural. It is 100% caused by humans emitting extra Greenhouse gases (GHG). What we have done in 150 years, we can undo, although simple chemical kinetics tells us it will take much much longer in the reverse direction than in the forward direction. Up to 2000 years according to Susan Solomon at MIT.

More good news: we know how to produce all the electricity we need without making more GHG. For example, California will do that by 2030, possibly sooner. In transport, we can use electric small cars, or hydrogen power small cars, all running on pollution free fuel. For trucks and construction equipment, we have more research to do. But no-one in my world is daunted.

For aeroplanes and big ships we need to manufacture liquid fuel which uses up as much GHG in its manufacture as it emits. We can already do that with fuel produced with algae. Aeroplanes have flown on algae fuel. The US Navy has green ships.

We need to reduce GHG pollution from agriculture. We have more work to do, but there are plenty of young scientists and farmers stepping up to the challenge.

Probably we will overshoot the “sustainable” amount of GHG in our atmosphere. So we need to actually remove some. Again, we have not perfected that technology yet, but there are great ideas out there, and pilot plants in operation. Sweden for example has CO2 removal built into its GHG legislation.

So what’s the problem? The problem is politicians, and vested interests who have been allowed to pollute “for free” since the industrial revolution, clinging onto their historical, mistakenly-granted privilege.

So what do we need? We need more young, ethical, well-educated scientists & engineers, farmers, economists and politicians. We need great teachers to educate not just this generation but the next and the next and the next until we have recovered from this global pollution overload.

I am not yet convinced that time off school to protest is more important or significant than doing a whole range of other things – some local action, some global movements (but in a student’s own time!). But it is a moot point anyway – you don’t get permission to strike either! So if parents give written permission for the girls to go to the strike, they will be marked Absent without Leave, but they won’t be punished, or “thought badly of”, and no negative consequences will flow in any way. I have been persuaded that this is a “unique and significant moment in international public advocacy about the future of the planet”.

As always, please let me know your thoughts and ideas about all this.

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

Social Justice

“Social justice” is a term that has become commonplace in our public discourse. But what does it mean? To me – a mother of four - social justice in an aspiration for a fairer, more decent and empathetic society, where the fortunate use their privilege, opportunities and resources for the greater good.

We’ve tried to promote these values to our son and three daughters and I know I’m supported by schools like SCEGGS, which embrace the values of fairness, kindness and humility. We’re confident they will continue these values throughout their lives.

I think the School’s understanding of social justice partly stems from its unique location in a diverse part of Sydney. Our daughters have been exposed to a cross-section of Australian life. At one end of the spectrum, you’ll find Sydney’s powerful institutions in politics, business, medicine, law and the Arts, surrounded by gentrified terrace homes, fancy cafes and boutique fashion stores.

Alongside this privilege however, are communities experiencing acute disadvantage – the working poor, the homeless community and of course the LGBTQI+ community, who have toiled for decades in these streets just to gain the most basic tenet of social justice – acceptance.

It’s hard for SCEGGS girls to ignore these contrasts and histories. They underline an important lesson – that our society is not equal, life can be truly unfair and that it doesn’t take much for a person to fall through the cracks: a bad relationship, a trauma, a lost job, addiction, family breakdown, bad health or discrimination based on race and sexuality.

Understanding one’s privilege and considering these life experiences of others is the first step to achieving a more just society.

We’ve encouraged our children to become involved in social justice initiatives through school. Our daughters have been fortunate enough to go on school trips to Uganda, Cape York and soon, to Cambodia. They’ve also been involved with Community Service at Wayside Chapel, Rough Edges, Our Big Kitchen and delivering meals in surrounding streets. They’ve learnt that simple acts of kindness and modest donations of time can make a substantial difference.

Once school is done, I’d encourage parents to talk with their children about considering taking time to become involved in a social justice initiative. After the HSC, our three eldest travelled and volunteered in far flung places from Cusco in Peru to Kathmandu in Nepal. They taught English, provided manual labour in rural schools and assisted in health clinics. The experience exposed them to new cultures and languages and helped to broaden their understanding of the world.

Back in Sydney, we’ve encouraged our children to use their skills and passions in their local volunteering efforts. Our son’s strength is writing, so he volunteered once a week through “Sydney Story Factory”, working with marginalised students at Plunkett St Public School in Woolloomooloo. It taught him patience, compassion and the value of elevating those children’s voices.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that our children have pursued public service in their studies and careers. Our son works for a public broadcaster in Regional WA, providing a critical service during emergencies; our oldest daughter is a Registered Nurse providing compassionate care to patients in ICU at their most vulnerable times. Our middle daughter is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and the protection of the environment. She’s pursuing post-graduate studies in public policy, volunteering at a domestic violence refuge in Sydney and is very involved in grassroots work for action on climate change – the greatest social justice challenge of our time.

My own parents are still very generous in supporting causes they are passionate about including medical research, overseas aid, the Guide Dogs and educational scholarships (including SCEGGS). This has influenced how our family understands society and what we can do to help make a difference.

Most recently my daughter, Georgi in Year 11 and I fulfilled one of my dreams to visit Kenya and see first hand the work of “So They Can”, a charity which was established 10 years ago by two mothers in our local suburb. Our family have followed the growth of the school they created in collaboration with the Kenyan Government. The primary school now has 1080 students. We have been exchanging letters with the students we support at the school for some time, so to finally visit them was amazing! To learn first hand how our sponsorship contribution has made a difference to a group of “Internally Displaced People” will stay with us forever. These families fled for their lives due to political unrest and were left with nothing. Many children ate food from the local tip. They had became refugees in their own country. Now the children are educated and given two nutritious meals a day at school. We gained a better understanding of how education is the best route for sustainable change for children. It has a ripple effect that is felt by women, their children and whole communities. The school is now well run by the local Kenyans, so the charity is branching out to other areas in Kenya and Tanzania.

We learnt first hand that empowering and educating women has a wonderful cascade effect for families and communities. In addition to its school operations, the charity trains women in business skills and provides a small loan to enable their enterprises to get off the ground. We met four resilient, optimistic women whose lives had been transformed with this micro-finance. One woman, who had HIV, used her loan to buy a goat, some chickens and a rainwater tank. She was so positive about her future. Another has set up a successful little shop in the local village and now employs three people. Her entrepreneurial ideas were inspirational. Our group had 14 teenagers who will never forget their experience.

Getting involved in social justice pursuits is a win-win for all. Participants develop a fuller undertsanding of the world in which they live and marginalised people are afforded the basic dignity, respect and love they deserve. There are so many ways we can make a difference and it can all start at our doorstep.

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Our three sponser kids at Abardare Ranges Primary School - Nakuru, Kenya.

 

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We bought kids much needed new uniform items! A local Kenyan man makes the shoes by hand, so the money is kept in the community.


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Geogi doing a maths lesson at a Kenyan high school.

Juliet Schmidt
Old Girl and current parent

 

 

In this edition of SchoolTV - Internet Addiction
In today’s digital environment, the internet can be a valuable tool for education and research, but it is also a key mode of entertainment too. Young people today tend to go from one screen to another, so how much is too much? Of course, each family will have different rules and expectations about this, but it is important to discuss what feels right for you. Time spent in the "screen world" has parents concerned that their kids may be missing out on real life experiences and we know that especially for girls their connections on social media can, if not monitored, become all-consuming. Therefore, it is vitally important to a child’s wellbeing for parents to regulate a child’s internet use.

Internet addiction can cause significant psychological and social problems for children in years to come. The true effects on future generations is not yet known, but there are strategies that parents can implement now. In this edition, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg discusses what causes internet addiction, who is most at risk and what parents can do to regulate the amount of time their kids spend online each day.

Here is the link to the Internet Addiction edition of SchoolTV : https://sceggs.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/internet-addiction 

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact the School for further information.

Bethnay Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 

 

Thank you to everyone who made representations to the City of Sydney regarding the proposal to trial the reopening of St Peters Street to vehicular traffic. The City of Sydney has decided not to go ahead with this proposal!

I received notification from them which read:

The City of Sydney recently consulted on a proposal to trial the reopening of St Peters Street to vehicular traffic except in between school drop off and pick up times and special school events. The City would only proceed with the trial if it was strongly supported. After carefully reviewing all the submissions, the City has reconsidered the proposal and will not proceed with the trial.

I really appreciate all your support. Thank you!!!

I know that a number of neighbours in the local streets around SCEGGS were also very opposed to this trial and I think they would thank you too!

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

On Friday students worldwide, are taking a stand against climate change. In response to this, the Maailma Environment club has decided to host a number of activities throughout the day that promote positive environmental action.

Students will be provided with the opportunity to write and discuss their questions and concerns about climate change. A panel of politicians will be invited to speak to these concerns at an event to be organised in November.

Pedal powered smoothies will be made at recess and lunch using bicycles in the Secondary School.

These will be sold for $2 and will be available in two flavours; mango & banana and strawberry & banana. Students will also be required to bring their own keep cups if they wish to purchase a smoothie. There will be a number of ‘borrow a mugs’ available for use.

You can also show your support for the environment by wearing a green ribbon or scrunchie on the day.

Amelia Board and Lily Helene
Maailma Environment club

 

 


Secondary Sport

Netball Grand Finals
Good luck to all our Netball teams who are playing in the IGSSA Grand Finals on Saturday:

Teams Grade Venue

Teams   Grade   Venue
SCEGGS 2 vs Danebank 1   Grade S05   SCEGGS Sports Hall at 8am
SCEGGS 4 vs St Catherine’s 3   Grade S10   St Catherine’s Indoor 1 at 8am
SCEGGS 12 vs Abbotsleigh 14   Grade S18   Abbotsleigh Sports Hall 1 at 10am
SCEGGS 13 vs Pymble Ladies’ 15   Grade J03   SCEGGS Sports Hall at 10am
SCEGGS 15 vs Abbotsleigh 20   Grade J07   Abbotsleigh Sports Hall 2 at 9am
SCEGGS 16 vs Pymble Ladies’ 19   Grade J09   SCEGGS Sports Hall at 9am
SCEGGS 19 vs Meriden 14   Grade J15   Meriden Indoor 1 at 9am

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Congratulations to Ilana Patkar, Madison Liew, Cassandra Davies, Sally Webster and Laura Davies for their performances at the Levels 5-8 State Championships held on Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 September at Abbotsleigh.

Ilana Patkar (Level 5 Senior A):    12th in Rope, =7th in Ball, =14th in Ribbon and 13/31 overall
Madison Liew (Level 5 Senior B):    11th in Rope, 12th in Ball, 18th in Ribbon and 16/25 overall
Cassandra Davies (Level 6 Junior):   16th in Rope, 17th in Ball, 12th in Clubs and 15/19 overall
Sally Webster (Level 7 Junior):    9th in Freehand, 9th in Rope, 6th in Hoop, 8th in Clubs and 8/9 overall
Laura Davies (Level 8 Junior):   9th in Freehand, 8th in Rope, 11th in Ball, 12th in Clubs and =9/15 overall

Cassandra Davies also placed 2nd overall in the Level 6 Junior team division.

Good luck to all girls who are heading up to the Gold Coast to compete at the Nationals Club Championships.

Touch Trials dates:
Year 7 Trials
Friday September 20 – Rushcutters Bay
3:30pm – 5pm

Year 8/9 Touch Trials
Tuesday 24 September - Moore Park Synthetic Field
6.30am - 7.50am

Touch Skills
Tuesday September 24 – Moore Park Synthetic Field
6:30am-7:50am

Year 10 & 11 Trials and Senior A Trials
Monday September 25 – Moore Park Synthetic Field
6:30am-7:50am

Indoor Hockey Trials
Years 7, 8 & 9
Friday September 20 – SCEGGS Sports Hall
6:45am-8am

 

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Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

CIS Athletics
Congratulations to the following girls who competed for IPSHA at the CIS Athletics Carnival on Thursday 12 September. Stella Argyrides, Bondi Barlow, Camille Coonan, Coco Espie, Abigail Grace, Isla Hootman, Stella Manos and Zara Torrance.

Congratulations to Stella Argyrides, Abigail Grace, Isla Hootman and Stella Manos who gained 3rd place in the Senior Relay and to Coco Espie who came 1st in the Multi Class shot put, 2nd in Multi Class discus and 3rd in the Multi Class 100m. This is an amazing achievement and these girls will progress to the NSWPSSA Athletics Carnival on 6 and 7 November.

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Years 4-6 IPSHA Basketball Trials
IPSHA Basketball trials will be held on the following date:

Date: Tuesday 24 September, Week 10
Venue: Moore Park Netball and Basketball Courts
Moore Park, Cnr Robertson & Lang Road.

Girls will need to have a water bottle and SCEGGS Basketball top (available in the School Shop).

Pick up from the venue is at 4:50pm or from the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5:20pm.

Year 3 Football Trials
Year 3 Football Trials will be held on:

Date: Tuesday 24th September, Week 10
Venue: Moore Park All-Weather Turf Field. Parking on Robertson Road.

Girls will need to have a water bottle, shin pads and long SCEGGS sports socks (socks available in the School Shop).
Pick up from the venue is at 4:50pm or from the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5:20pm.

IPSHA Years 4-6 Touch Football
We have had a great season of Touch Football. Thank you to the coaches, parents and especially the girls for their efforts over the term. It was wonderful to see improvement in all teams and some excellent sportsmanship displayed by our girls. There will not be any games on Saturday 21 September.

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Family Fun Run
Congratulations to Annabelle Jessup who ran the 3.5km Family Fun Run over the Harbour Bridge on Sunday 15 September. She finished with a time of 18 minutes 58 seconds. She came 30th out of 1,202 finishers for her age group (females under the age of 12).

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Primary PE Lessons Term 4
In Term 4 Kindergarten to Year 6 will be involved in Swimming during their PE lessons.

K to Year 2: wear a one-piece swimming costume and bring goggles, cap and towel.
Years 3-6: wear SCEGGS Swimming costume, a cap, goggle and towel.

Please ensure all items of clothing are named. All classes will go by bus to and from the pool.

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

 
Design Competition – Production Poster for Saving SCEGGS

The Competition:
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.

The Brief:
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 by email PeterEyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au.

Closing date: Wednesday October 23 (Term 4, Week 2)

Winner announced on Monday October 28.

Chicago
A finely executed production of the Musical Chicago was enjoyed by students on Sunday afternoon. The show plays the Capitol Theatre and offered our girls another experience of live performance and an opportunity to practice excellent theatre etiquette.

Stay-tuned for the details of our Term 4 excursion – Fangirls by Yve Blake at Belvoir Street.

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“All arts contribute to the greatest of all arts. The art of life”
- Bertolt Brecht (1948)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Music Examination – Music 2 and Music Extension
Well done to the Music 2 and Music Extension students who have completed their HSC performance examinations this week.

The practical components for the HSC Music students are now completed. They will return in Term 4 to complete their Aural skills paper (Music 1) or Musicology/Aural skills paper (Music 2) during the HSC examination period. We wish the girls all the very best on their musical journey beyond SCEGGS.

Clarinet Lunchtime Concert – Studio of Ms Nicole Barrett
Congratulations to the students of Ms Nicole Barrett who performed in their lunch time concert on Monday 16 September in the Primary Music Classroom. It was wonderful to see the talented students in the Primary school who are making wonderful progress on their instruments. Thank you to Ms Barrett for her enthusiasm and guidance of her students. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Upcoming performances and events in Term 3:
Primary Piano Concert – Friday 20 September
3.30 – 4.30pm Great Hall

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

We were delighted to once again see so many students from the Primary and Secondary School enter the prestigious Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The theme for this year, “Is Anybody There?” encouraged students to probe a wide range of provocative topics; from refugee and environmental crisis to family relationships. In the Lower Primary section Samantha Cutbush (Year 3) was Commended for her poem entitled “What Do You Do?” Celeste Georgiou (Year 6) was Shortlisted in the Upper Primary section for her Villanelle “The sadness drowns me.” The Villanelle is a very complex poetic form and the judges commented on Celeste’s ability to effectively employ the form of the Villanelle without having her poem sound repetitious.

In the Junior Secondary section Ruby Cooney (Year 8) and Samantha Dawson (Year 8) were both Highly Commended. The judges commented on the “lush imagery and clever structure in Ruby’s poem “Paper Stars” and on the “strong imagery and powerful message” in Samantha’s poem “In the Crater”. Lucia Gelonesi (Year 9) entered a number of poems and was Highly Commended for “Sicilian Music Box” and Shortlisted for “Mothers as Others.” The judges described Lucia’s Shortlisted work as “a cracker of a poem - oozing with confidence and clever use of metaphor.”

We are so proud of all the students who submitted work for this competition. Certificates will be awarded to all participants in Year meetings. The high standard of SCEGGS entries was noted as we were Commended in the Secondary Schools’ Award. Well done to all entrants and their teachers.

Jenny Bean
English Teacher

 

 

The Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture 2020 is now open for submission. There is a specific Youth Prize. The judges will be looking for sculptures which have been inspired by the human form. Representational as well as abstract, innovative and contemporary interpretations are welcome. There are no restrictions on medium.

Open to Australian residents 16 years and over. Entries close 22 November 2019 www.tombassprize.com.

Heidi Jackson
Visual Arts Teacher

 

 

The past few weeks has seen much activity within the Award. This includes four Bronze Qualifying Expeditions to the Royal National Park, with the girls enjoying superb coastal scenery, stunning pristine beaches and, of course each other's delightful companionship, over two days. Congratulations to all those girls for what is a step up in difficulty and commitment, and a test of character.

Many may have seen the media reports of Prince Edward presenting Gold Awards at Sydney Town Hall last week, at what was literally a star-studded event with guest presenters including actor Jack Thomson AM, surfing superstar Layne Beachley AO, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, maths teacher extraordinaire Eddie Woo, and many others. We were proud to see our own Emmanuelle Dunn Lewis and Hiroi Migita receive their awards from INXS celebrity Kirk Pengilly, and also make acquaintance with Dawn Fraser AC. Again, congratulations to those two - and all other Year 12 girls that have completed, or are close to completing, their Award commitments.

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Fortunately, special encounters are not just limited to extravagant chic events, as some girls (Romy Burke, Octavia Cortese, Xanthe Kibble and Emma Jan, pictured below) on the last Bronze Expedition found when meeting a friendly local who was happy to share some time with them.

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Finally, we would like to highlight that the next few months have a number of Silver and Gold Expeditions scheduled, and that, as well as the normal preparations for extended hikes, girls should also be organised with their Permission notes/Medical Forms - please, no later than the Wednesday prior to departure, though the earlier, the better.

Joanne Bower
& Doric Swain
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Leaders

 

 

Lost Property - Reminder
We have accumulated a collection of lost property items from Term 3 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.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

There have been a few cases of head lice reported in the Secondary School. Head lice are very common in schools, and it is important that all parents check their daughter’s hair regularly and follow the necessary procedures if needed. For further information, please refer to the NSW Health Department: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/headlice/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

 
Rethinking Stress

“I’m so stressed!!”
This is a comment I hear many students make, particularly when coming into an exam or an assessment period. Something I find helpful in my sessions with students is to remind them that stress is not inherently a bad thing. In fact, stress is a normal reaction that we all feel as human beings towards situations that are challenging. Not enough stress in life can result in boredom, apathy, low mood and ultimately a lack of working to one’s potential. However, too much stress also costs our performance by creating distress, and can result in fatigue, physical ill-health and anxiety. Our aim at SCEGGS is to facilitate students to experience an optimal amount of stress. This is when students are pushed out of their comfort zone and rise to that challenge. Optimal stress can have a range of benefits including an increase in energy and focus, a sense of pride and can lead people to accomplish things they never thought they could. This idea is backed by research that suggests short term moderate stress for a few hours, like an exam or speech, primes the brain for alertness resulting in better learning and memory (Jaret, 2015).

So how can you as parents make stress more beneficial for your daughters?

Stay calm and connected
It's normal to feel stress coming up to exams, big assessment periods or waiting for results. But, stress as an emotion can be catching. You may have noticed this in your own household. If one person is stressed this feeling may go through the entire household and before you know it everyone’s heart is racing!

Regular communication during a shared activity like going for a walk or driving in the car or doing something they like to do can be helpful. Get a good understanding of your daughter’s study routines and plans so that you can help them balance out schoolwork with time for fun, family and friends in an age appropriate way. Communicate regularly with your daughter in a calm, non-judgmental, non-blaming way, as this will encourage them to speak honestly with you about how they are feeling. And if you do notice yourself, or your daughter, beginning to become distressed, one of the most effective things to do is to take a few deep breaths and stay calm. This breaks the cycle and helps contain and regulate emotions.

Encourage helpful thinking
It’s important for us all to help your daughters keep things in perspective. To remind them that you and their teachers are here to support them. Tell them that while there their exams or assignments are important, their value as human beings and the value of their education is not reflected simply in a mark. Thinking inflexibly about situations or jumping to the worst possible scenario is not going to be helpful in keeping them at the optimal level of stress, which is where they learn and perform best. We need to help them to think in a balanced way, recognising that they will need to prioritise tasks and develop the resilience to deal with minor setbacks and disappointments.

In order to do this, you can ask things like:

  • Is that a helpful way of thinking about that situation?
  • What is a more helpful way of thinking about it?
  • Is that the only possible explanation?
  • What are some other ways of thinking about this situation?

It is so important that you try to ask these questions rather than react to your child’s worry in the moment and try to fix things for them.

Nurture a healthy lifestyle
Often when I first meet students, I ask about their sleep, diet and level of exercise. I talk about this being the foundation of our emotional house. If our foundations are rocky, our emotions too will be more susceptible to extremes and more likely to be unstable.

Encourage your daughter to not forget the simple things like sleeping. According to the Student Wellbeing survey we conducted last year over half of our High school students (60%) report waking up feeling quite exhausted or exhausted. According to experts’ school aged children 6-13 years old require 9-11 hours of sleep per night and young people aged 14-17 need 8-10 hours of sleep (Sleep Connection, 2019).

Remind your daughter to go to sleep at a regular time and remove phones before bed. Good sleepers usually take 30 minutes to fall asleep at night and may wake a few times throughout the night. It is unrealistic for your daughter to expect that she will fall asleep straight away. Encourage your daughter to engage in a non-screen activity in bed 30 minutes to 1 hour before sleep time to help your daughter unwind and prepare for sleep. As a household you may consider turning off main lights and using just lamps 1-2 hours before bedtime. Low lighting helps the release of melatonin which encourages human bodies to sleep.

Keep a watchful eye
The most commons signs of too much stress is when you see changes in your daughter's emotions (for example agitation, anxiousness or sadness), behaviour (this may include withdrawal from activities they normally enjoy or too much socialising and not enough studying), physicality (such as headaches, or a gain or reduction in appetite or weight) and cognitions (difficulties with memory, inability to focus and negative perspective). It’s important to point out that most young people leading up to an exam period or an assignment period are going to show signs of stress and this is perfectly normal. But if changes are intense, frequent, persist for more than two weeks and are not easily explained or alleviated by an external stressor such as an exam period there may be something more going on.

If you do notice changes in your daughter that you find concerning, telling your daughter what changes you have noticed in their behaviour, without nagging or blaming, and asking them whether they have noticed changes too, can be helpful. You can also contact their Year Co-ordinator, Form Teacher, Director of Pastoral Care, one of the School Counsellors or speak to your GP. I have also included a few apps that you, and your daughter, might find helpful in managing stress at the end of this article.

References
Jaret, P. 2015, The Surprising Benefits of Stress Greater Good Science Centre at UC Berkeley, viewed 4 Sept 2019, https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_surprising_benefits_of_stress 
The Sleep Connection, Sleep for Children and Teenagers: Amount of Sleep Required, viewed 4 Sept 2019, https://thesleepconnection.com.au/sleep-for-children-teenagers/#2amount 

Apps to help manage stress

  • Reachout Breathe
  • Reachout worry time
  • Smiling Mind

Resources

Dr Melissa Saxton
School Psychologist

 

 

How green was the Festival on Forbes? The numbers are in and the community has achieved an outstanding result!

This year the Festival committee made a conscious effort to reduce what was being brought into the School. It is estimated that the 2017 Festival on Forbes produced 20,000 litres of unsorted waste. You may have noticed there were no balloons and no excess plastic or packaging this year. As a result, the amount of waste removed after the fair was only 12,020 litres. 28% of the waste was cardboard and paper, 3% was organic food waste, 4% was green waste and 52% was mixed recycling. Only 13%, or 1580L, of the waste from the Festival on Forbes went to landfill. This is an amazing result! However, it could not have been achieved without the fantastic student waste warriors who worked tirelessly at the bins helping people to correctly dispose of their waste and the maintenance team.

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Festival goers were clearly thirsty! The Sydney water refill stations were constantly used throughout the day consuming 217 litres of water. Combined with the availability of the reusable water bottles, this meant we saved 362 600ml bottles from being purchased. This would amount to 5Kg of plastic going into landfill and a saving of 543 litres of water which would otherwise have been used in manufacturing the bottles.

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Finally, single use takeaway coffee cups and lids were reduced to just a single bag, thanks to the "Borrow a mug" campaign. Of course, we also thank everyone who contributed to this result by bringing their own keep cup!

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Overall the campaign to make Festival on Forbes a more environmentally friendly event was a huge success. These excellent results could not have been achieved without the support of the school community. The planet thanks you for your efforts.

 

 

Ulrika Aroney, Juliet Schmidt, Sarah Stuart-Jones (FoF Green team)
and Sue Zipfinger

 

 

All girls from K-12 must be in full summer uniform commencing Week 1 of Term IV.

Summer uniform items are now available for purchase through the School Shop.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

The English Department is very pleased to announce that entries by Year 8 students, Ruby Cooney and Samara Foulds, were shortlisted in the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature, Annual Prose and Poetry competition, 2019.

At a presentation on 28 August, Samara Foulds’ short story, Finding Happiness, was announced the winning entry. We congratulate Samara and encourage both her and Ruby to keep writing!

en Misman Youth Award Samara Fouls

Marilyn Pretorius
Head of English

 

 


Secondary Sport

Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships
SCEGGS had six girls compete at the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships held at Mt Buller over the past week and they produced some outstanding results.

Division 1 Cross Country
Phoebe Cridland placed 1st individually to win the Gold Medal.

Division 1 Moguls
Isabelle Senes and Claudia Holmes placed 9th as a team.

Division 1 Skier Cross
Eliza-Grace Gannon and Claudia Woods placed 8th as a team.

Division 2 Alpine
Lily Punch placed 3rd individually and won the Bronze Medal.

Further congratulations to Phoebe Cridland who also won the Australian U’20 5km cross-country event in Falls Creek and who has qualified for the Australian Junior Team. Well done to Lily Punch who also competed in Falls Creek at the Australian Junior Nationals to record some excellent results in the U’16 Giant Slalom events finishing 7th and 6th in both her races.

As we conclude the Snowsports season for 2019, I would like to give a big thank you to all the families involved this year. Thank you so much for your support given to me and Ms Axford, getting girls to their races on time and performing team manager duties. Well done to our two captains Phoebe Cridland and Isabelle Senes for supporting the girls and keeping everyone updated with your daily reports.

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Fencing
Well done to Amelia Whelan who represented NSW in the 2019 Joseph D'Onofrio Challenge in Melbourne. Amelia gained Silver Medals in both the U14 and U12 Girls Foil categories.

Any students wishing to try fencing for the first time you are welcome to attend the Fencing NSW Centre in Alexandria on a Wednesday or Friday afternoon and ask for Adriano.

Sports Amelia Whelan Fencing

Touch Trials
Tuesday Sept 17 – Years 8 and 9 must attend
3:15pm–5:00pm at Moore Park Synthetic Turf
A bus will bring all players to and from Moore Park after school

Indoor Hockey Trials
Indoor Hockey trials are commencing on Friday September 13 from 6:45am–8am for all players. Players are to bring their own indoor hockey stick, shinpads, gloves and mouthguard.

Good cheap indoor sticks can be purchased at Just Hockey:
https://www.justhockey.com.au/sticks/shop-by-products-sticks/indoor-sticks.html?p=2

Players should also consider buying a left-handed indoor glove (or both)
https://www.justhockey.com.au/player-protection/shop-by-category/gloves.html 

Expectations on the sidelines at Saturday Sport
With the last rounds approaching and semis and finals coming up in the secondary school we thought it timely to give some reminders for being a spectator at sport.

Saturday sport is a wonderful time for families and can become very exciting when scores are close. We ask that all parents keep a two metre distance from the sidelines of sports such as Touch, Hockey, and Soccer. Parents should spectate well away from the coach and team, so players are completely engaged with their teammates and coaches.

Players, especially younger students, can find it very intimidating and embarrassing when parents are yelling constantly at them or are creeping onto the field/court themselves. Parents need to be mindful that their own children are not the only players on the field and should be politely cheering for the whole team. It also makes it very difficult for umpires to adjudicate the match when they are dodging parents on the field.

We all love our dogs and they are very much part of the family but please be respectful when bringing them to matches. Not all venues allow dogs at their grounds so you should check first before bringing them. Under no circumstances should dogs be brought into school gyms or pool areas (unless they are an assistance dog). Please make sure all dogs are kept away from the teams, especially during the half time team talk. That adorable new family puppy becomes a massive distraction when showing it off before the game and at half time. Finally, please come prepared and clean up after your dog!

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Congratulations to Hannah James and Georgia Farrow for their performances at the Level 4 Trial competition held on Sunday 25 August at MLC School, Burwood.

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Artistic Gymnastics
Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the Kincoppal-Rose Bay Invitation Artistic Gymnastics Carnival on Sunday 8 September.

Level 1
Sarah Ibrahim - Gold Banding
Victoria Poniros - Gold Banding - First Ever Competition

Level 2
Nina Genc - Gold Banding
Lily-Mae Cook - Gold Banding
Stella Argyrides - Silver Banding
Lucinda Cook - Silver Banding
Ella Chong - Silver Banding

Level 3
Katarina Giannikouris - Gold Banding - 3rd Overall
Emma Talbot - Silver Banding
Zoe Lindner - Silver Banding
Isobel Murray - Silver Banding
Olga Giannikouris - Silver Banding

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spP Gym Photo 1

Years 4-6 IPSHA Basketball Trials
IPSHA Basketball trials will be held on the following dates:

- Tuesday 17 September, Week 9
- Tuesday 24 September, Week 10

Venue: Moore Park Netball and Basketball Courts
Moore Park, Cnr Robertson & Lang Road.

Girls will need to have a water bottle and SCEGGS Basketball top (available in the School Shop).

Pick up from the venue is at 4:50pm or from the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5:20pm.

Year 3 Football Trials
Year 3 Football Trials will be held on Tuesday 24 September, Week 10
Venue: Moore Park All-Weather Turf Field. Parking on Robertson Road.

Girls will need to have a water bottle, shin pads and long SCEGGS sports socks. (socks available in the School Shop).

Pick up from the venue is at 4:50pm or from the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5:20pm.

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Music Examination – Music 2 and Music Extension
Well done to the Music 1 students who have completed their HSC performance examinations this week.
Next week, the Music 2 and Music Extension students will be examined by NESA markers on their performances. Good luck girls!

Vocal Lunchtime Concert – Studio of Jessica O’Donoghue
Congratulations to the students of Ms Jessica O’Donoghue who performed in their lunch time concert on Monday 9 September in the Diana Bowman Music Classroom 1. It was wonderful to see the array of talented vocalists who are progressing well in their stages of development. Thank you to Ms O’Donoghue for her teaching and guidance of students. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Year 3 Choir Visit to Beehive Industries
Congratulations to the Year 3 Choir who performed in Beehive Industries on Monday 9 September. The students’ performance was much enjoyed by the staff and volunteers. They sang five songs, including "My Favourite Things" and "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah". Thank you to their teachers, Ms Kate Brown, Ms Felicity Permezel and Ms Ellen Sheil, who accompanied the students for this performance. Special thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth who directed the performance and to Ms Stephanie Holmes who accompanied the choir. This was a lovely opportunity for our students to share their music with our local community.

Australian School Band & Orchestra Festival
On Sunday, three SCEGGS String Ensembles performed in the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (ASBOF) at the University of NSW – Sinfonietta and Chamber Strings from the primary school and Amati Strings, the top string ensemble in the Secondary School. Girls from Year 2 to Year 11 represented the School with their music making. Sinfonietta, Chamber Strings and Amati Strings each gained a Gold Award for their performances in different sections of the Festival. Mrs Anne Sweeney was joined by Mrs Stephanie Holmes, Ms Dominique Gallery and Ms Rachel Valentine who assisted greatly on the day. Congratulations, girls!

Have a listen to Sinfonietta's performance below.

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Upcoming performances and events in Term 3:
Primary Clarinet Concert – Monday 16 September
1:10–1:40pm Primary Music Room

Year 8 and 9 Elective Music Excursion – Meet the Music with Sydney Symphony
Wednesday 18 September, 6:30pm – Sydney Opera House (Concert Hall)

Primary Piano Concert – Friday 20 September
3:30–4:30pm Great Hall

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

Theatre Club
Our theatre club enjoyed its final play for the season on Monday night, attending a production of Splinter by Hilary Bell at Griffin Theatre.

In the dark of a Sydney winter, Hilary Bell’s disquieting and downright chilling thriller Splinter channels tabloid news and primal fears alike.

A couple are reunited with their missing daughter. Fierce love has sustained them through her unbearable absence. But now she’s home...something just isn’t right. How do they stop their imaginations running wild? Maybe if they return to the beach house where they spent their happiest summers, they’ll return to their old selves.

The play featured actors Simon Gleeson and Lucy Bell giving powerful performances and impressing with their emotional range. A thought-provoking play to end the subscription.

Thankyou to Mrs Jan Morice who convenes the Theatre Club each year, offering the girls access to a range of live performance and venues. Theatre Club 2020 will be announced in Term 4.

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Upstage and Downstage
While you probably know that upstage is farther away from the audience and downstage is closer to the edge of the stage, do you know why? Theatre pros coined the term due to the use of raked, or inclined, stages. The sloped architecture creates better sightlines and acoustics for audiences. But this also meant that as performers walked away from the house, they were hiking up the stage. (Speaking of stage directions: Stage Right and Stage Left always refer to the perspective of the performer when standing on the stage and facing the audience.)

It's all a circus, kid. A three-ring circus. These trials - the whole world - all showbusiness. But kid, you're working with a star - the biggest!
– Billy Flynn (Chicago)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 
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   https://www.trybooking.com/BEFAV
 Contact   Dougal Kennedy at: j.dkennedy@bigpond.com
     
     
Friday 13 September   Year 11 Parents Cocktail Drinks
6:30pm   Hosted by Katharine Seymour and Grant Leonard
Online Booking   https://www.trybooking.com/BESBO
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

 

 

School Strike for Climate Friday 20 September
I am aware that there is another School Strike for Climate on Friday 20 September. I am writing to let you know my position on this – that girls will not be allowed to leave School to attend this strike.

As I said last time, I believe the scientific evidence which tells us that the currently-observed climate change is real and anthropogenic, and that the impact of human life on our world is significant. I believe that Governments should be doing far more long term thinking and specifically much more than they are doing currently about climate change, to protect the future health and sustainability of our planet.

I applaud the girls who want to take a stance on this issue, but there are many things that they can do directly about this instead of attending the demonstration. So, we will be doing something on the day, and later in the year as well. On the initiative of Zoe Brenner in Year 11, and with my complete support, we are inviting some politicians to come one lunchtime to answer questions about their party’s environmental policies from an important group of first-time voters at the next election. To quote from her email to the politicians:

“Approximately 60% of the current girls in the high school will need to vote in the next Federal election (assuming that it is in three years) and about 75% will need to vote in the next State election.

The students at SCEGGS are concerned about what they can do about issues like the environment, jobs in the future, how our parents and families will be affected and what all of these things may mean for Australia.”

In particular, we would like you to share your views on climate change and the long term sustainability issues that face our country and the world."

In association with the day of the strike, we will have some activities – thinking of questions for the politicians, collecting ideas, having speakers and petition-signing on the School lawn, and a few fun activities as well.

I know that not everyone will agree with my decision not to let the students go, and some of you would have wished me to make a different one. I acknowledge the correspondence and discussions I had with some girls and parents after the last strike, and a couple of you who have approached me already about this next one. There was definitely a diversity of views! I do try to balance all these and make the best decisions possible. I trust I have your support.

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

As part of SCEGGS celebration of Science Week, the annual Inter-House Science Trivia Competition was held on Thursday 22 August.

The theme for Science Week this year was “Destination Moon”, celebrating the awesome achievements of humankind in its quest to carry astronauts to the moon, land on its surface and safely return, the first successful mission taking place 50 years ago on 20 July 1969.

After a hard-fought four rounds of trivia, we had a very close and exciting finish. Here are the results of the competition:

• Equal 5th place were Barton and Beck on 55 points
• 4th place was Badham on 58 points
• 3rd place was Docker on 63 points
• 2nd place was Langley on 65 points
• 1st place (for a second year in a row) was Christian on 68 points

Congratulations to Christian House for taking out the competition, and thank you to all girls who participated for their house or who supported the teams as audience members.

Luke Hanson
Head of Science

 

 

This week the SCEGGS community was a vibrant environment with everyone busy at recess and lunch every day enjoying the wide range of fundraiser activities organised by the students and teachers attending the Cambodia Housebuilding trip in the upcoming holidays. These activities were organised for SCEGGS students with the intention of making a profit that will be contributed towards making a difference to the lives of the Khmer (Cambodian) community.

Starting off on Tuesday Karaoke was run in the Great Hall, collecting a gold coin donation from viewers and competitors. Groups from all years signed up with highlight songs "Gotta go my own way", from High School Musical, "Bad Guy", "Tequila" and the Cambodia staff group singing "We Built This City". As well as this, tropical themed baked goods were sold outside the event.

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On Wednesday, “Cambodia Build Master Challenge” was organised at lunch. This challenge involved multiple teams working together to construct the best replica of the Siem Reap Angkor Wat Temple out of wooden blocks. Students and staff formed teams of four and battled it out to build this ancient temple.

CambodiaFundBuildMasterChallange

Thursday was the highlight according to SCEGGS students. A dodgeball competition in the sports hall was coordinated and significant donations from players and spectators were greatly appreciated.

CambodiaFundDodgeball

The week could not have been finished without a classic successful bake sale.

CambodiaFundBakesale

A massive thank you must go to Ms Connolly, Mr Stevenson and the entire staff team who worked tirelessly to pull off this activity-packed week, as well as all 55 students travelling to Cambodia who coordinated activities and baked goods.

Amara Mathialagan and Jaime Gordon
Year 10

 

 

On Saturday 31 August, eight teams of girls from Years 7–10 represented SCEGGS in the Secondary division of the 2019 Regional Competition of the Tournament of Minds. Students combined teamwork and creative problem solving to generate original and innovative solutions to challenges in the areas of Social Science, Language/Literature, STEM and The Arts. On Tournament day, teams were required to present their solutions to a panel of judges and an audience, using chosen styles in a given space and a specified timeframe.

This year, three SCEGGS Secondary School teams met with success to gain the following placings for their creative, well-scripted and researched interpretations of their specific challenges. Both Arts Teams 1 and 2 were awarded "Tournament Honours" for their contemporary, Australian recreations of the famous musical "The Wizard of Oz". The STEM Team 2’s innovative scientific explanation, via both digital and working models of a carousel that collects and stores the DNA of endangered species, also gained them honours in their division.

All SCEGGS teams did extremely well in formulating and presenting their solutions in both the spontaneous and long-term challenges. Congratulations are also extended to the SCEGGS Primary School STEM Team who won their division and will be competing at the State Finals. Thank you to parents involved for their support in maximizing the value of this educational activity on the day.

The 2019 SCEGGS Secondary School Team participants were as follows:

Language Literature Team 1: 
Allegra Emery
Amelie Byrne
Jemima Smith
Ella McGrath
Alice Volfneuk
Charlotte Newton
Mia Freeland
Staff Facilitator: Michael Fischer

Language Literature Team 2: 
Sybilla Hooke
Zara Buchen
Ruby Cooney
Jessica Millin
Lucy Juneja
Ella Moffat
Dominique Liew
Staff Facilitator: Dynielle Whitney

STEM Team 1: 
Catherine Park
Molly Espie
Samara Foulds
Annie Furness
Mia Lintzeris
Olivia Chu
Dakota Kedzier-Hurst
Staff Facilitators: Caroline O’Sullivan
and Anne Rumpler

STEM Team 2: 
Hannah Guest
Teagan Barrack
Sally Webster
Maya Barnett
Evie Watson
Taliah Maunsell
Emma Jan
Staff Facilitators: Caroline O’Sullivan
and Anne Rumpler

Arts Team 1: 
Jemima Hanning
Beatrix Rivers
Kate Ambrogio
Sienna Monahan
Angelica Philips
Lucia Gelonesi
Scarlett Gibson-Williams
Staff Facilitator: Sophie Craddock

Arts Team 2: 
Jemima Sirtes
Sophia Chu
Tessa Kuijper
Isabella Morgan
Harriet Darnell
Olivia Dennison
Laura Lowe
Staff Facilitator: Emily Quirk

Social Sciences Team 1:
Hannah James
Chiara Weaver
Leyla Ozen
Helena Piazza
Clementine Hooper
Hannah Mavrakis
Amelia Board
Staff Facilitator: Darryn Sullivan

Social Sciences Team 2: 
Alexandra West
Josephine Jarvie
Alexandra Kuo
Arella Plater
Xanthe Kibble
Maeve Hopper
Lily Helene
Staff Facilitator: Angela Pizzinga

 

Darryn Sullivan
TOM Secondary School Facilitator

 

 


Secondary Sport

IGSSA Athletics Championships
Well done to all the SCEGGS competitors who competed at the IGSSA Athletics Championships last Thursday in very wet and difficult conditions. A big thank you to Year 7 who were enthusiastic spectators for the day.

2019 IGSSA Athletics Highlights (Ribbon and Medal Winners), SCEGGS placed 17th Overall

Name Place Event Heat/Final
Emily Gyton 3rd Division 2 – 12 Years Hurdles Heat
       
Eleanor Lawson 1st Division 2 – 12 Years 100m Heat
  3rd 12 Years 100m FINAL
  3rd Division 2 – 12 Years 200m Heat
  3rd 12 Years 200m FINAL
       
India Hopkins 2nd Division 2 – 12 Years Long Jump Heat
       
Tessa McCarthy 2nd Division 2 - 13 Years 200m Heat
  2nd Division 2 - 13 Years 400m Heat
       
Hannah Guest 3rd Division 2 – 13 Years Long Jump Heat
       
Samara Foulds 2nd Division 2 – Junior Javelin Heat
       
Alia Levi 1st Division 2 – 14 Years Shot Put Heat
  3rd 14 Years Shot Put FINAL
  3rd Division 2 – Junior Discus  Heat
       
Lilli Krawitz 2nd Division 2 – 15 Years 800m Heat
       
Emily Michel 3rd Division 2 – 15 Years Long Jump Heat
       
Laura Roderick 3rd Division 2 – 16 Years 800m Heat
  3rd Division 2 – Intermediate 1500m Heat
       
Matilda Meers 2nd Division 2 – 18 Years Long Jump Heat
       


Secondary Water Polo Trials
Mondays September 16 & 23:
Years 7, 8 & 9
Wednesdays September 18 & 25: Years 10, 11 & 12

Venue: National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE), 180 George St, Redfern
Time: The trials run from 6:30am to 7:30am. (All students are to be ready to jump in the water at 6:30am so they need to arrive a little earlier)
A bus will bring all students back to SCEGGS at the completion of the trials.
Please speak with Ms Dill-Macky if you have any questions.

Secondary Touch Trials
Friday September 6: Year 7
3:15pm-5:30pm at Robertson Rd, Moore Park
A bus will bring all students to and from SCEGGS.

Tuesday September 10: Junior A Final Trial
6:30am – 7:55am at the Moore Park All Weather Turf, Robertson Rd
A bus will bring all students back to SCEGGS at the completion of the trials.
Please speak with Ms Rogers and Ms Thompson if you have any questions.

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Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

IPSHA Gymnastics
Congratulations to the following girls who will be competing in the IPSHA Gymnastics Competition on Thursday 31 October.

IPSHA Rhythmic Gymnastics
Foundation 1
Olivia Phillips (Hoop)
Sienna Morris (FX/Hoop)
Stella Wilson (FX/Hoop)
Zoe Argyrides (FX) / Bronte Treffiletti (Hoop)
Foundation 2
Sophia Papadakis (FX/Rope)
Isabella Conroy (FX/Rope)
Category 3 Group
Cassandra Davies
Georgia Farrow
Bianca Hardge
Lucia Scala
RES: Sophia Papadakis

IPSHA Artistic Gymnastics
Level 2
Nina Genc
Olivia Roberts
Lily-Mae Cook
Lucinda Cook
Level 3
Katerina Giannikouris
Abigail Tattersall
Zoe Lindner
Isobel Murray
Meike Bannister
Level 4
Ingrid Weaver
Emmeline McLeod
Poppy Hegarty
NPL 5,6
Emilia Narev
Sarah James
Abigail Sauer
Annalise Zimmerle

CIS Athletics
We wish the following girls the best of luck when they compete for IPSHA at the CIS Athletics Carnival on Thursday 12 September at SOPAC.

11-13 Years Relay
Stella Argyrides
Abigail Grace
Isla Hootman
Stella Manos
12 Years 100m
Isla Hootman
12 Years 200m
Isla Hootman
8-10 Years Discus
Camille Coonan
8-10 Years Shot Put
Zara Torrance
12 Years Discus
Bondi Barlow
Under 13 Years Multi Class 100m
Coco Espie
8-10 Years Multi Class Shot Put
Coco Espie
8-10 Years Multi Class Discus
Coco Espie

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Music Examination
Congratulations to the Music 1 and Music 2/Extension Class of 2019! The students presented part of their HSC Performance program on Monday 2 September in the annual SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert. It was a wonderful showcase of our very talented students in Music 1 and Music 2/Extension courses.
The class teachers this year are Mr Peter Jewitt for Music 2 and Ms Chow for Music 1 and Extension. Special thank you to Ms Heidi Jones and the team of supporting musicians who accompanied the students in their ensemble performances. Thank you also to the following students: Charlotte FitzSimons (Year 10), Sarah McNaughton (Year 11), Uma Volkmer (Year 11) and Hiroi Migita (Year 12) who have also supported the students in some of the ensemble items.
We wish the girls all the best as they complete their HSC Examinations in the coming weeks.

AMEB Flute Examination Achievements
Congratulations to the following students of Ms Lucie Benz who achieved the following grades in their recent AMEB examinations:

Grace Morrow Grade 6
Alma Lawrie Grade 4
Holly Salter Grade 5
Janet Zheng Grade 5
Emilie Chick Grade 4

Thank you to Ms Lucie Benz for her careful preparation of the students and to Ms Belinda McGlynn for her accompaniment. The girls achieved wonderful results and are to be congratulated for their hard work!

AMEB String Examinations
Congratulations to the following students who have completed their AMEB String Examinations on Monday 2 September:

Anara Murugesan – Preliminary Grade Violin
Isabella Anastasiou – Preliminary Grade Cello
Karla Ng – Preliminary Grade Cello
Amelie Hewitt-Taylor - Grade 2 Violin
Anais Hewitt-Taylor - Grade 3 Double Bass
Cassandra Davies – Grade 5 Cello

Well done girls on this achievement! Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney who organised the students for the examinations. Special thanks to Ms Rachel Valentine and Ms Stephanie Holmes for accompanying the girls in the examinations.

SSO Fellows 3-Day Orchestral Workshop
Congratulations to Anais Hewitt-Taylor (Year 9) who successfully auditioned for a place in the Sydney Symphony Fellows 3-Day Orchestral Workshop in Parramatta. The workshop will take place from 2 to 4 October with students being mentored by the Sydney Symphony Fellows and performing together on the final day in a concert together. Well done, Anais!

Primary Brass Concert
Congratulations to the Primary Brass students who performed in their lunch time concert last Friday 30 August in the Primary Music Room.

Beehive Industries
Congratulations to the Year 4 Choir who performed in Beehive Industries on Tuesday 3 September. The volunteers and staff enjoyed the students’ beautiful singing. The students also had an opportunity to share the work created by the artists and volunteers. Thank you to Ms Kate Brown, Miss Emma Corbett and Miss Bree Johnstone who accompanied the students. Special thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth who directed the performance and to Ms Allison Harrigan who accompanied the choir.

Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival
Good Luck to members of Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta who are competing this Sunday 8 September in the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival (ASBOF). The competition is being held at the University of NSW in the Clancy Auditorium. Special thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney for her preparation and direction of the students. Thank you also to Ms Stephanie Holmes who will accompany the ensembles in the competition.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:

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
To read more about the Festival, go to the following link:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Jessica O’Donoghue Vocal Studio Concert – Week 8, Monday 9 September 1:15pm DB 1 classroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

In the Limelight
Limelight was the first gas lamp alternative for lighting theatres. Invented in the early 1800s, limelight was generated by heating calcium oxide with a blend of oxygen and hydrogen.

Theatres first began using limelight in the 1830s as the first spotlight. Now, we continue to say that those in the limelight are the centre of attention.

“Giving voice to characters that have no other voice—that’s the great worth of what we do.”
—Meryl Streep

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who concluded their participation in this year’s Mock Trial competition a couple of weeks ago in the second elimination trial against St Catherine’s. This was a civil case in which the SCEGGS team defended a dog owner against a charge of negligence. Although the pursuit of #JusticeForMason was unsuccessful, it was another fantastic team effort and a high quality Mock Trial with only two points separating the teams.

Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton (barristers) were excellent in their preparation and questioning, with first-rate support from Kristina Comino (solicitor). They explored all angles in their cross examination to raise as much doubt as possible about the veracity of the witness statements.

Phoebe Masnick and Aisha Imtarnasan (witnesses) were strong and articulate witnesses who handled their cross examination admirably.

Lily Helene was a professional and efficient magistrate’s clerk.

The magistrate commented that this was yet another top notch trial and he commended the improved manner and ability of both teams, having adjudicated them in previous rounds. Unfortunately the competition is over for SCEGGS this year, but we are proud to have progressed into the elimination rounds and we look forward to returning next year.

Thank you to coach and ex-student Maeve Curry who has worked with the team this year.

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

Well done to the Years 10 and 11 History Debating teams for their recent participation in the JA Thompson History Debating Competition.

The Year 11 team contested an elimination round against St Benedict’s Catholic College. The topic was "That the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb is overrated by historians" with SCEGGS taking the affirmative. This was an interesting topic in which both teams explored the work of archaeologists and historians and pondered historical memory and the role of history in popular culture. Unfortunately the SCEGGS team lost the debate and are now out of the competition, but we are proud of them for having made it through to the elimination stage. Congratulations to Aneka Henshaw, Sophia Hruby, Aisha Imtarnasan and Katarina Kuo for your outstanding team work and speaking skills. It has been a pleasure to watch your debates over the past two years.

The Year 10 team faced Newington in the Quarter Finals and were the affirmative side for the topic "That World War II was won on the Eastern Front". The team of Amelia Board, Annika Deitz, Ella Godhard and Dominque Liew prepared a thorough and detailed case about a topic they initially did not know too much about and were rewarded with a convincing win! We wish them all the best in their Semi Final debate.

Kelly McManus
History Debating Co-ordinator

 

 

 
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   https://www.trybooking.com/BEFAV
 Contact   Dougal Kennedy at: j.dkennedy@bigpond.com
     
     
Friday 13 September   Year 11 Parents Cocktail Drinks
6:30pm   Hosted by Katharine Seymour and Grant Leonard
Online Booking   https://www.trybooking.com/BESBO
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

 

 

Dear Everyone

A huge thank you from me for everyone who worked so hard to make Sunday’s Fair an absolute success. What a fantastic day! Beautiful weather, great food and drink, wonderful games and activities, books, fashion, flowers, bargains, treasures... and the most uplifting celebration of the School community.

I know there were many parents who worked on the variety of stalls all day, hardly having time to go to the bathroom! I know there was a huge effort before the day too – making things, planning, coordinating everything needed.

So, thank you to:

• The Fair Convenors Penny Gerstle and Emma Holmes
• All of the Fair Committee and the Class Parents who coordinated the Year Group Stalls
• All those parents who volunteered on the day – in treasury (particularly Alex Locke, the P&F Treasurer), the Merry Men logistic team, and those who worked on the stalls themselves
• Keith Stevenson, our Facilities Manager, and his team of staff
• Daisy Bahen, Michelle Kadi and Airlie Murray from the Development Office
• Angelique Cooper, Tina Mavritsakis and Sarah Walters from the General Office
• The Musicians and the Music Staff who performed so delightfully
• Those staff and Prefects who agreed to participate in the Dunking Machine
• Sue Zipfinger, Juliet Schmidt, Sarah Stuart-Jones, Ulrika Aroney and the Green Team and the Waste Warriors
• Everyone who donated prizes for the Silent Auction
• All those who baked cakes, jams and all of the other goodies on sale
• Anna Pizanis for all of the beautiful flowers which she donated, and also to all of the other donations for stalls, large and small
• Everyone who came along on the day, enjoyed the community, smiled and laughed, enjoyed themselves, and spent up big!

I was truly thrilled – it was absolutely perfect!!!

Thank you.

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Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

 
A Teacher’s Perspective

Creative persons differ from one another in a variety of ways, but in one respect they are unanimous: They all love what they do. It is not the hope of achieving fame or making money that drives them; rather, it is the opportunity to do work that they enjoy doing.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Two personal experiences

Recital
In 2001 I had to prepare for a recital performance. The brief: present a 45–50min programme on my chosen instrument, the saxophone. To put this into some perspective, it is worth noting that up until this point I used to get extremely nervous about performing. Every time I did so my legs would shake, I would overly sweat and generally the experience was not an enjoyable one - yet I loved playing the saxophone. In preparation for this recital I was putting in approximately six hours of practice a day, which involved a range of activities from technical preparation through to learning the music in detail, as well as working with my chosen accompanist. Throughout this preparation I was honing my skills through the repertoire in order to be as fluent as possible. One day, I was speaking with my accompanist, and it was interesting when he said how enjoyable playing the repertoire that I had chosen was and that for him, that the music was so challenging also made the experience a rewarding one. And, as we continued working together, he actually said, “you might actually come first you know!”. I scoffed at this but carried on regardless. In my mind, it was impossible that I would come first and indeed it wasn’t even something I was aiming for.

The time came for the performance and I distinctly remember waiting in the green room to go onstage. After my performance, I came out smiling. In my mind I had done what I had set out to do - and then I suddenly realised that, for the first time, I hadn’t had any nerves throughout the performance whatsoever and – while I didn’t come first - I was really happy!

What had just happened?

Engineers and chemists, writers and musicians, businesspersons and social reformers, historians and architects, sociologists and physicians – and they all agree that they do what they do primarily because it’s fun.
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi

Ordinary man, extraordinary event
This year I took part in what is widely known as the World’s Toughest Footrace. What I realise now is that the experience had many similarities to that of my recital many years earlier. The preparation was different but no less arduous. The time I invested in preparing every detail, from physical training to understanding how my body reacts to strain and stress; preparing and understanding nutrition, putting together my kit, as well as the mental preparation and balancing all of this with a busy role as a teacher was all part of the challenge.

Each day in the Sahara Desert brought new challenges, whether traversing the many kilometres over sand dunes (as many as 21kms at one point), climbing a mountain, dealing with an injury, food deprivation, heat exhaustion, foot preparation, sand storms, sleeping conditions (the desert floor is like a sea bed and within your assigned bivouac it feels as though you’re packed in like sardines - compromising all personal space) – it all combines to make an incredibly tough experience.

What impressed me most, however, were other people in the race with far more difficult challenges ahead than me: the lady with a prosthetic leg; the elderly man with scoliosis. These people were an inspiration. And they were, daily, proving that anything is possible.

On reflection, I realise that in both scenarios – recital and ultramarathon - I had learnt to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. To exist and even thrive outside of my comfort zone. And that this is something we can all learn from. That rewarding experiences, achievement and success are not easy, and that good and personally satisfying experiences come only from careful preparation of both body and mind. Failure at both of these events didn’t even register in my mind; it was not an option because I had prepared.

In order to achieve, a person must take control of, to "own", the goal. Learning to normalise difficult and intense situations, whether this be examinations, presentations or performances is integral to achievement. By taking oneself to an extreme situation we can begin to learn to normalise difficult situations. For example, in order to complete the ultramarathon, I first had to be comfortable achieving a marathon and it is worth noting that in Googling "top 10 life goals", you will more than likely come across articles that tell you to complete a marathon – and I was ticking this off purely as part of a bigger goal!

If one does these things a certain way, they become intrinsically rewarding, worth doing for their own sake.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The best things in life do not come easily. Achievement in any activity or subject requires dedication, practice, endeavour, resilience, concentration, self-belief and above all enjoyment. We live in a society where we have become obsessed with assessment. Assessment is just a means to end. If I had thought for a moment that my recital was worth 25% of my entire university degree, you would’ve had to drag me into the recital hall kicking and screaming and the experience would have been dreadful. If I thought about where I would place in the ultramarathon, I would have lost sight of the achievement of just doing the event. If you aim for your best with careful and thorough preparation, results will follow.

To quote Mark Strand, the flow state can be considered as "[when] you lose sense of your time, you’re completely enraptured, you’re completely caught up in what you are doing."

But, interestingly, you often don’t realise that you have been in the flow state until you come out of it and evaluate the situation.

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a "spiritual" person per se, but the "flow state" I achieved on both the fourth day of my race and throughout my recital have since taken on an almost spiritual significance. I went through the check points, up and down the mountain, and I didn’t even notice there was pain in my knee. When the finish line was in sight, I began to feel almost overwhelmingly emotional – followed by the elation of knowing I had completed it.

It is more important than ever that we teach students to enjoy doing things that are challenging, whether it be problem solving, maths, poetry, music or science – or any subject. It is far too simple to find pleasure in things that we find we can do with ease.

And, while I cannot tell anyone which co-curricular activities to join, I can say this: whatever you do choose you must do so for the right reasons, and undertake it with commitment, passion and determination.

Peter Jewitt
Music Teacher

 

 

What a truly wonderful day on Sunday for the 2019 Fabulous Green Festival on Forbes. The P&F would like to thank the entire School community for a relaxed and happy day, filled with fun, laughter and SCEGGS spirit. The weather of course was perfect and capped off a truly fantastic day. Special thanks to the Festival on Forbes Committee, all 26 of them, for the enormous amount of work they put in to making sure that Sunday ran so smoothly. The green theme was particularly popular and we have had a lot of feedback thanking “The Green Machine” who put the Enviro Hub together. We were not sure how the Coffee Mug Exchange would go, but it was a huge success and the mugs have been put aside for future Festivals. Thank you to everyone for embracing those efforts. Keith (Facilities Manager) and his team carefully monitored the amount of rubbish that we created and in due course we will have some statistics about how much landfill we avoided! Speaking of the Maintenance Team, the Festival would not have been possible without their hours of work to make sure the School was ready. A thousand "thank yous" to each and everyone of Keith’s team.

Our very special Class Parents also deserve the heartiest of congratulations for their fantastic stalls that have taken so much of their time this year. How beautiful it all looked. Thank you so much, the Festival is nothing without your efforts. And of course it is the tireless support of the School, the General Office and Nelson House staff that underpins all preparations for our Festival.

Lastly, and on a personal note, I would sincerely like to thank Emma Holmes , Co-convenor of this year’s Festival on Forbes for her outstanding contribution over the last 12 months to make Sunday everything it was. Always with a smile on her face and a spreadsheet at the ready, Emma was the Co-Convenor that all fairs need. Deepest appreciation.

I am also pleased to report that our preliminary financial accounts show that the Festival generated almost $100,000. A terrific outcome which will go towards the redevelopment of Wilkinson House and the school's scholarship prorgam.

Warmest regards and sincere gratitude to all the SCEGGS’ Community.

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Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association

 

 

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 available online at https://www.trybooking.com/BECQR 

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 Secondary School community certainly took on the challenge of reducing our electricity consumption by going without heating and reducing our lighting on Tuesday 20 August. Staff and students came dressed in a variety of warm clothes and enjoyed toasted sandwiches and hot chocolates on the lawn at lunch time.
The results are in - we consumed 1979.7kWh on the day, which was 25% down on last year’s average! This was a power saving 560.3KwH of electricity or the equivalent of charging 50,523 mobile phones. Click here to see the Secondary School electricity load on Tuesdays in August 2019.

Thank you to everyone for being so involved in this initiative and remember even turning you heater down one degree at home will significantly reduce your power bill.

toasty tuesday

Maailma Environment Committee

 

 

In Term 4 we will be offering a Study Without Stress group program for Year 11 students to assist with studying and performing in exams more effectively and with less stress.

Study Without Stress is a psycho-educational program developed by Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health. It has been designed to equip students with knowledge and practical tips on how to approach and overcome the stress associated with workload and exams in their final high school year. The program uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques to help participants get the most out of their final year at school whilst keeping stress to a manageable level.

Topics covered will include:
- Understanding stress (including causes, symptoms and the role of the stress response)
- Goal setting
- Managing expectations and beliefs about exams
- Creating effective timetables
- Learning how thoughts can affect performance
- Challenging negative or unhelpful thinking patterns
- Understanding perfectionism
- Understanding procrastination
- Tips to deal with work avoidance
- Building good study habits
- Procedures for problem solving
- Exam preparation

The program will be run across six sessions starting in Week 2 of Term 4, with a group limited to 12 students. If there is demand for more places, we will aim to run the program again in Term 1 next year. Each participant will be provided with a workbook and handouts, and will be required to spend a little time each week between sessions practising their skills or completing short tasks to facilitate their learning.

The group will be run by me and Carol Saunders, Head of Academic Support.

Further information on the program is available from the Macquarie University website:
https://www.mq.edu.au/about/campus-services-and-facilities/hospital-and-clinics/centre-for-emotional-health-clinic/how-we-can-help/study-without-stress 

If your daughter would like to participate in the Study Without Stress program in Term 4, she should email janetmcewen@sceggs.nsw.edu.au  by Thursday 12 September 2019.

Janet McEwen
School Counsellor and Registered Psychologist

 

 

This year students in Year 3 to Year 10 will be again participating in the ICAS competitions. These tests will start taking place next week with the ICAS Science competition. Years 4 to 6 will complete this test on Thursday 5 September. Years 7 to 10 will complete the test in one of their Science lessons over the course of the week. ICAS English and ICAS Mathematics will both take place later in September.

For the first time this year, the tests will be delivered online. All students will complete these tests, which are multiple choice in structure, through the specially designed online platform. This new experience will provide students with the opportunity to become more familiar with completing a test in an online environment and provide us with timely feedback on each student’s performance.

If you have any questions, please or you would like more information please contact me at any time.

Andrew Gallagher
Director of Curriculum

 

 

Acclaimed young poet Margot Lee (Year 12) has been shortlisted for the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize for her poem “Translunar.” Margot is invited to a writing masterclass in Melbourne where the prize will be announced on 5 September as a part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. We congratulate Margot on this wonderful achievement and wish her all the best for this opportunity to work with other writers and further develop her considerable writing talents.

Jenny Bean
English Teacher

 

 

You are warmly invited to attend an exhibition of co-curricular artwork in JF1 until Thursday 5 September.

Black and white photographs made in the darkroom by students from Years 9 to 11 and drawings made by students from Years 7 to 11 will be on display. For the first time the exhibition will also include drawings made by the dedicated teachers who have attended drawing class each Wednesday from the beginning of the year.

Darkroom photography is taught by Ian Lever and drawing by SCEGGS Old Girl Lilli Stromland (Class of 2012).

JF1 will be open from 8am to 4pm every school day until 4pm Thursday 5 September.

Art Chloe contos

Art claudia leonard

Art samantha Klein

Art Madame malmoux

Katrina Collins
Head of Visual Arts

 

 

Festival on Forbes
Congratulations to all members of Basie, Beginners’, Bugles’, Clarion and Holst bands, Amati Strings, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong, Sinfonietta, Rock Bands, Percussion ensembles and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE). Your performances were filled with energy and much appreciated by those who attended the Festival on Sunday.

Thank you to the conductors and assistants who were on hand to help the students perform – Mr Mark Brown, Mrs Alexandra Dalman, Ms Jayne Groves, Ms Allison Harrigan, Ms Stephanie Holmes, Ms Heidi Jones, Miss Alice Kotowicz, Mr Garry Lee-Lindsay, Mr Matt Moore, Ms Alison Ryan, Ms Alex Siegers, Mrs Anne Sweeney, Ms Rachel Valentine.

Special thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt who co-ordinated the music performances and organised the logistics for the event. It was a mighty effort by everyone to share their music with the SCEGGS community.

Assembly Performance
Congratulations to members of Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE) who performed “Bellas Final (Mashup)” from Pitch Perfect. It isn’t easy to sing in five parts and the girls did this very well! Thank you to Ms Alex Siegers for her direction of the performance and to Ms Stephanie Holmes for her accompaniment. Well done CVE!

SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
We warmly invite everyone to attend this concert featuring our students from both HSC Music 1 and Music 2/Extension courses. The concert will showcase some of the students’ performances from their HSC Performance program.

Week 7 – Monday 2 September 2019
Great Hall
Refreshments served from 5:00pm
Concert commences at 5:30pm and concludes by 7:00pm

This is the final opportunity for the students to share their work before the commencement of the HSC Music Practical Marking period starting on Monday 9 September. Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Flute Lunchtime Concert
Congratulations to the students of Ms Lucie Benz who performed in a lunchtime concert on Monday 26 August in the Diana Bowman Centre. The students performed repertoire from their AMEB examination program. Special thanks to Ms Benz who worked carefully with each student in preparation for their performance and to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 August, Primary Music Room 1:10–1:40pm
The concert will feature 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
To read more about the Festival, go to the following link:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Jessica O’Donoghue Vocal Studio Concert – Week 8 Monday 9 September 1:15pm DB 1 classroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 


Secondary Sport

Snowsports
SCEGGS had 17 students represented at the Northern States Snowsports Championships that was held at Perisher over the past week.

The two outstanding individual highlights of the week were Phoebe Cridland’s bronze medal in the Division 1 Freestyle Cross Country event and Lily Punch’s bronze medal in the Division 2 Alpine.

Division 1 – Moguls Team placed 6th overall with strong individual results from Eliza-Grace Gannon (10th), Phoebe Cridland (12th) and Claudia Holmes (20th).
Division 1 Alpine – Georgia Skidmore placed 12th overall. Eliza-Grace Gannon was sitting in 7th place before crashing on her second run. Isabelle Senes skied strongly to finish in 22nd position.
Division1 Skier Cross – Team placed 4th overall with Georgia Skidmore (8th), Eliza-Grace Gannon (15th) and Claudia Woods (26th)
Division 2 Snowboard GS – Xanthe Kibble placed 24th
Division 2 Boarder Cross – Xanthe Kibble placed 31st
Division 3 Freestyle Cross Country – the team consisted of Scarlett Phillips, Tilda Meggitt & Sophia Isaias-White who all improved on their results from 2018 and finished 13th overall as a team.
Division 3 Alpine – The team placed 12th overall with Scarlett Phillips narrowly missing out on an individual berth for nationals. Sophia Isais-White, Madeleine Tudehope and Julia Richards also made up the team and performed strongly.

The Primary School was represented by Abigail Grace, Zara Grace, Jessica Grace and Olivia Liu who all performed strongly in tough windy and wet conditions for the first half of the competition week.

The following students have qualified to compete at the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships in Mt Buller next week: Phoebe Cridland, Eliza-Grace Gannon, Claudia Holmes, Lily Punch, Isabelle Senes, Georgia Skidmore and Claudia Woods. We wish them well in the final events for the season.

Sport Olivia Liu and Jessica Grace

Sport cross country

Term 4 Sports Choice Forms
Sports Choice Forms for Term 4 are now overdue. Please note that the Friday evening Secondary Futsal competition has been cancelled. If students would like to enrol in another activity, please email Ms Axford.

Touch Skills
The secondary students have been getting ready for the upcoming touch season with early morning skill sessions in Centennial Park. On Tuesday morning this week they practiced diving to score tries as evidenced by their muddy shirts!!

Sport Touch Skills

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

IPSHA Athletics
Congratulations to all the girls who competed at the IPSHA Athletics Carnival on Monday 26 August. Every girl competed with pride and did their very best. It was wonderful to see enthusiastic team spirit, cheering and support for each other.
Congratulations to the following girls who gained places in their events:

Senior Relay
Stella Argyrides - 1st Place Heat 3
Abigail Grace
Isla Hootman
Stella Manos

8 Years 100m
Allegra James - 1st Place Heat 7
Georgina Auld - 1st Place Heat 9
Emmeline McLeod - 3rd Place Heat 9
Ashanti Gilles - 2nd Place Heat 10

9 Years 100m
Rosie Pallett - 1st Place Heat 5
Lilla Brennan - 1st Place Heat 9
Antonia Neal - 1st Place Heat 11
Charli Hedley - 1st Place Heat 12

10 Years 100m
Marni Hootman - 1st Place Heat 8
Camille Coonan - 1st Place Heat 9
Olivia Davis - 1st Place Heat 10
Poppy Hegarty - 2nd Place Heat 12

11 Years 100m
Abigail Grace - 2nd Place Heat 8
Sadie Juneja - 1st Place Heat 10
Lily Cooney - 2nd Place Heat 10
Helena O’Brien - 4th Place Heat 11

12 Years 100m
Isla Hootman - 1st Place Heat 2
Stella Argyrides - 1st Place Heat 5
Stella Manos - 1st Place Heat 10
Madeleine Soo - 1st Place Heat 12

11 Years 200m
Sadie Juneja - 4th Place Heat 2
Grace Luck - 2nd Place Heat 5

12 Years 200m
Isla Hootman - 4th Place Heat 1
Stella Argyrides - 1st Place Heat 2
Madeleine Soo - 4th Place Heat 6

8-10 Years Discus
Camille Coonan - 2nd Place

12 Years Discus
Bondi Barlow - 6th Place

8-10 Years Shot Put
Zara Torrance - 5th Place

Our Field event team of Zoe Andrea, Bondi Barlow, Pippa Brenner, Camille Coonan, Stella Manos, Anjola Petrie, Mahlia Petrie and Alexandra Tavendale all had great results, most improving on their school carnival distances. A special mention to our 800m runners Anjola Petrie, Nancy Newton and Lily Cooney for their determined efforts in their respective races.

Congratulations to the following girls who will represent IPSHA at the CIS Athletics Carnival on 12 September at Sydney Olympic Park.

11-13 Years Relay
Stella Argyrides
Abigail Grace
Isla Hootman
Stella Manos

12 Years 100m
Isla Hootman

12 Years 200m
Isla Hootman

8-10 Years Discus
Camille Coonan

8-10 Years Shot Put
Zara Torrance

12 Years Discus
Bondi Barlow

PS 8 Yrs 100m PS 9 Years 100m
PS IPSHA Senior Relay PS IPSHA I. Hootman S. Argyrides Z. Andrea M. Petrie

PS IPSHA Athletics Team

Artistic Gymnastics
Poppy Hegarty and Ingrid Weaver competed in the second Level 4 Inner City trial for State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 25 September. Both girls achieved a silver medal in the All-Around banding. An excellent display and result for the girls.

PS Poppy Hegarty Ingrid Weaver

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Stories in the Dark
Congratulations to Sophie Forward and Evie Watson who have been cast in the ensemble of the Cranbrook Junior Production – Stories in the Dark by Debra Oswald.
The production takes to the stage in Term 4 and we look forward to supporting the girls in this terrific opportunity to "tread the boards".

Bravo Sophie and Evie!

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

The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.
Year 9-11 Drama students have now received permission forms. A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed.

"Wing It"
This theatre phrase has now been incorporated into the greater colloquial lexicon, but when actors would “wing it” they were going on unprepared. It comes from the practice of playing a part without memorizing the lines, relying on the prompter in the wings or pages of text affixed to set pieces like the wing flats.

“For me, our job as artists is to serve the story, serve the director, and serve the fellow actors. And if you do that, by osmosis you’re serving yourself because you’ll get the best out of yourself.”
—David Oyelowo

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 
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   https://www.trybooking.com/BEFAV
 Contact   Dougal Kennedy at: j.dkennedy@bigpond.com
     
     
Friday 13 September   Year 11 Parents Cocktail Drinks
6:30pm   Hosted by Katharine Seymour and Grant Leonard
Online Booking   https://www.trybooking.com/BESBO
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

 

 

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We hope everyone is ready for the Green Festival on Forbes this Sunday from 10am. Remember to bring your own reusable water bottles for our Sydney Water refill stations and reusable cups or mugs for hot drinks!

SCEGGS reusable cups will be available to purchase on Sunday, or you can borrow a mug from our Mug Swap at the cafes. Your enthusiasm on the day to assist our green-vested "Waste Warriors” is appreciated and will help reduce waste to landfill.

There are so many amazing stalls at the Festival on Forbes this year as well as regular favourites like Sports Zone and Dunk the Teacher, jumping castles, an animal farm, craft activities and face painting. The Book Stall and the Vintage Clothing Stalls are not only popular but truly sustainable, and market stalls will be selling gift wrapping and cards, hand-made ceramics, fashion, homewares and gifts.

Don’t forget to bake a cake for the Cake Stall and deliver it on Saturday or early Sunday morning. If anyone needs an extra cake box, please contact the General Office. There will be loads of delicious food stalls too, with Aussie and Greek BBQs, Spanish Paella and the Forbes Street Diner offering pies and gourmet sandwiches. We also have hot chips, a candy store and ice cream from Gelato Messina.

Look out for our three roving photographers kindly provided by Michaela Lawrence from Photoflyer. For just $2 you can have your photo taken in front of one of our photo backdrops and receive a Festival on Forbes framed memento.

One of the major fundraisers for the Festival is the Silent Auction, and the P&F has worked hard with the wider community to obtain brilliant prizes. Donations to the Silent Auction have an enormous impact on the Festival’s success and we value greatly the generosity of every donor who has contributed to the auction.

To view the catalogue and register online to big please click here.

Check out the Program here for all the fun activities, stalls and food available at the Festival.

We are looking forward to a fantastic day on Sunday – see you there!

Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes

 

 

During the Term 3 school holidays, 54 Year 10 and 11 students and 10 teachers will be travelling to Cambodia as part of the School’s Social Justice Program. The group will be working with Habitat for Humanity in partnership with families to build safe homes in their communities.

Next week the group will be undertaking a range of activities to raise awareness and funds for this Immersion – so you too can contribute to making a real difference to the communities in Cambodia without leaving Darlinghurst! Here is what’s on.

• Tuesday 27 August – Karaoke + Fruit Themed Food, lunchtime in the Great Hall
• Wednesday 28 August - Cambodia LEGO Build Challenge, Lunchtime in the Old Gym
• Thursday 29 August - Dodgeball + Lolly Guessing Competition, Lunchtime in the Sports Hall
• Friday 30 August – Bake Sale, Lunchtime on the Lawn

Plus on Friday keep an ear open for the Khmer Pop Music bells.

We look forward to seeing you at some (or all!) of these activities.

From the Cambodia Immersion Team 2019

 

 

Confirmation
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
Chaplain

 

 

Our English Extension 2 candidates will showcase on Monday 9 September the major works they have completed this year. Each candidate will discuss the evolution of her work and present a reading / or viewing of a chosen extract from her piece.
Teachers, parents and friends of the girls presenting, as well as Year 11 students considering Extension 2 next year, are warmly invited to attend.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to: sarahhawkins@sceggs.nsw.edu.au  by Friday 30 August, 2019.

Sarah Hawkins
English

 

 

HSC Drama Showcase – Tomorrow Night
HSC Drama students will present a showcase of their practical works on Friday 23 August 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.
Markers from NESA will visit the School on 27 and 28 August to examine the HSC Drama class practical works.

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.
The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.
Year 9-11 Drama students have now received permission notes. A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed.

Saving SCEGGS
Our November production of Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson has commenced rehearsal and looks set to become another SCEGGS Drama experience not to be missed.

The Creative Team guiding the girls (and five boys from Grammar) are:

Director: Ms Eddi Goodfellow

Technical Design: Ms Eddi Goodfellow

Designer: Mr Peter Mussared

Choreographer: Ms Amy Petsalis

Associate Director: Ms Vivienne Rodda

Producer: Mr Peter Eyers

Production Assistant: Ms Jodine Wolman

Historical Consultant: Ms Prue Heath

22.8 Saving SCEGGS Play Reading

Saving SCEGGS Play Reading

The Scottish Play
Never say "Macbeth" inside a theatre; always refer to it as “The Scottish Play”.
Of course, Shakespeare was a British playwright, but the euphemism refers to the Scottish setting.
The superstition also extends to calling the title character the "Scottish King" or "Scottish Lord" and his wife the "Scottish Lady".
A wildly popular play, "The Scottish Play" was often put on in theatres with financial troubles to attempt to reverse their fate. Thus began the association of the work with failing theatres.

“I’ve always approached things with hunger and just enough fear. Plenty of confidence, you know, but just enough fear to work extra hard. Paralyzing fear does nothing, but the kind of fear that makes you nervous enough to really be aware and focused? I like that kind of fear.”
—Queen Latifah

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Year 7 2020 Orientation Morning
Congratulations to members of Amati Strings who performed for the incoming group of Year 7 2020 students and their parents and carers at the Orientation morning last Friday 16 August. The students played a variety of pieces to entertain the guests. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney for her direction of the ensemble. Well done Amati Strings!

SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
We warmly invite everyone in our school community to attend this concert featuring our students from both the HSC Music 1 and Music 2/Extension courses. The concert will showcase some of the students’ performances from their HSC Performance program.

We are going to have a slightly different format for our concert this year and we would like to offer some light refreshments at 5pm before commencing the concert at 5:30pm.

When: Week 7 – Monday 2 September 2019
Where: Great Hall
Time: Refreshments served from 5pm
Concert commences at 5:30pm and to conclude by 7:30pm

This is the final opportunity for the students to share their work before the commencement of the HSC Music Practical Marking period starting from Monday 9 September.
Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Flute Studio Concert – Monday 26 August
The Flute students of Ms Lucie Benz will be performing a lunchtime concert on Monday 26 August at 1:15pm in the DB1 classroom.

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
Percussion
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)
Click here to view performance times and locations.

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 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:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

Jess O’Donoghue Vocal Studio Concert – Week 8 Monday 9 September DB 1 classroom 1:15pm

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Tours
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.

Raffle Tickets
Online sales closes at 11pm tonight and will reopen for sale from the Information Booth at the Festival.

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 the following link before 11pm tonight: https://www.trybooking.com/BCTHW

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

 

 

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 https://www.trybooking.com/BECQR 

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!

 

 

 
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   https://www.trybooking.com/BEFAV
 Contact   Dougal Kennedy at: j.dkennedy@bigpond.com
     
     
Friday 13 September   Year 11 Parents Cocktail Drinks
6:30pm   Hosted by Katharine Seymour and Grant Leonard
Online Booking   https://www.trybooking.com/BESBO
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

 

 

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 penny@gerstle.com.au or Daisy Bahen daisybahen@sceggs.nsw.edu.au. Bidding for the Silent Auction will take place online, so look out for details on how to register.

Donations
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:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/influenza.PDF 

 

 

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

 

 


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: xantheaxford@sceggs.nsw.edu.au 

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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15.8 Year 4 Touch 2019Year 4 Touch Football

15.8 Year 5 Touch FootbalYear 5 Touch Football

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Confirmation
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
Chaplain

 

 

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 https://www.trybooking.com/BECQR 

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!

 

 

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