SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and may you bring in the new year with joy and peace. May the holidays also offer you all the opportunity to recharge, rejuvenate and spend quality time with loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

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Thank you to everyone who brought in all of the socks and undies over the last few weeks. We have literally collected thousands of items which will go to organisations working with the most marginalised in our city and I’ll be delivering them this week.

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And another big thank you to those who donated to our Anglicare Christmas toy drive and the collection taken at the Festival of Lessons and Carols. I’m always impressed by the generosity of so many within our community and it is well noticed and appreciated in our local area. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and a truly blessed Christmas.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
School Chaplain

 

 

Joey and Koala Sewing Patterns

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Year 10 Design and Technology students along with several staff have been making koala mittens for the survivors of the recent fires. Members of the School community with sewing skills who would like to help, can find patterns and instructions for mittens as well as joey pouches in the attached files;

pdfJoey_Pouch_Making_Guidlines.pdf
jpegKoala_Mitten_Pattern.jpeg

These can be sent to:

Jacqui Fink
Little Dandelion
PO Box 126 
Balgowlah NSW 2093, Australia

Amnesty International Lolly Jar Guessing Competition

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Amelia Board and Lux Strugar from the Amnesty International Group Committee

The Amnesty International Group organised a lolly jar guessing competition to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW Bushfires Appeal and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Throughout last week students and staff donated gold coins at recess and lunch for a chance to win two tempting prizes. Donations can also be made at the following links;

This goes towards providing food, clothing, furniture and other essentials and funds to pay bills for families and communities affected.

Over 300 koalas have perished in the Port Macquarie region of NSW. Donating to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to help them to develop and build watering stationing for koalas.  

Bottles for the Bush

The School community is also encouraged to support this bottle and can recycling initiative, aiming to help rural families affected by drought and bushfires. The Primary Enviro Girls have been collecting bottles in Term IV for this cause. Details can be found at: https://www.bottlesforthebush.org.au/

Amnesty International, Year 10 Design and Technology classes and Primary Enviro Girls

 

 

Lucia Gelonesi (Year 9) Wins the Secondary Red Room Poetry Object Competition

Last Thursday Lucia was invited to the Powerhouse Museum for the presentation of the Red Room Poetry Object Competition Winners. Lucia won the Secondary Competition for her poem Broken Umbrella. The three winners had a workshop with professional poet Emilie Zoey Baker before a live telecast of the Poetry Object Winners in which each poet recited their work. They then had a private tour of the Powerhouse collection and some of its unusual objects. Lucia gave an impressive recitation of her poem and was remembered by the Red Room organisation for being a Highly Commended entrant in last year’s competition. Her poem was selected from over 2,500 entries received by the competition and we congratulate both Lucia and other SCEGGS entrants on putting their work forward for this competition.

Lucia’s vivid and poignant poem can be read here;
https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object-2019-winners/

Jenny Bean
English Teacher

 

 

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The Year 10 team has concluded their History Debating season with an outstanding victory in the Grand Final against Tara. Both teams presented strong arguments and rebuttal but in a split decision, the SCEGGS team were declared the winners. A huge congratulations to the speakers in the Grand Final: Amelia Board (1st), Dominque Liew (2nd) and Mia Freeland (3rd) who spoke passionately and persuasively to negate the topic "That the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights has not been adequately upheld since 1948".They were supported by Hannah Mavrakis at 4th. Thank you to the other members of the team for contributing this year throughout the rounds, quarters and semis, including Annika Deitz, Ella Godhard and Maeve Hopper. Congratulations on a fantastic season Year 10 History debaters! We look forward to seeing what you can achieve next year.

Kelly McManus
History Debating Co-ordinator

 

 

Primary News

IPSHA Years 4-6 Football Trials and Year 3 Basketball Trials

Thank you to all parents and carers who have transported and cheered on our Primary girls at various sporting events and Saturday games this year.

Football

We are holding two Saturday trial sessions at the beginning of Term I 2020 in preparation for the IPSHA Football (Soccer) competition. These trials are for girls going into Years 4 to 6 in 2020. Competition games will commence in Week 3, Saturday 15 February 2020.

Saturday 1 February 8:00 – 9:30am All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park
Tuesday 4 February 3:10 – 4:50pm All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park
Saturday 8 February 8:00 – 9:30am All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park
Tuesday 11 February 3:10 – 4:50pm All weather Turf Field- Robertson Road, Moore Park

All girls should wear their SCEGGS Sports uniform and bring with them a hat, water bottle, shin pads, long SCEGGS sport socks (available at the School Shop) and joggers. Football boots are allowed but not compulsory.

Basketball

We are holding two Saturday trial sessions at the beginning of Term I 2020. Competition games will commence in Week 3, Saturday 15 February 2020.

Saturday 1 February 8:30 – 10:00am SCEGGS Sports Hall
Tuesday 4 February 3:10 – 5:00pm SCEGGS Sports Hall
Saturday 8 February 8:30 – 10:00am SCEGGS Sports Hall
Tuesday 11 February 3:10 – 5:00pm SCEGGS Sports Hall

Girls need to wear SCEGGS PE shorts, basketball top (available at the School Shop) and bring a water bottle and a small healthy snack.

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Secondary News

Touch Football Grand Finals

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Team 1

Grand Final Day on Saturday 30 November began with repetitive checking of the weather app, with relief to finally receive the “it’s on” email, SCEGGS girls picked up their boots and headed down to Queens Park for the big morning ahead. We were so happy to see so much support from teachers and students at the fields, this growing culture is amazing and it is so motivating to see so many people cheering on the sidelines. With Teams 1, 2, 8, 10 and 11 playing Grand Final matches it was a great morning.

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Team 1

The senior firsts game was a toughie, playing in the top division against Monte 1, they knew they had a big match ahead and put up a competitive fight until the 40th minute. The final score of 6-11 to Monte was no demonstration of the game. From the slide dives to the scooping plays, they worked as a team and played their best game, only to have the Monte coach say at the end “you really gave us a run for our money''.

The senior seconds battled it out against Reddam in an exhilarating game of finals footy. The 2 Teams had previously drawn in a round match, meaning it was anyone's game to win. It was neck and neck from the second the whistle was blown. There were some outstanding team tries scored throughout the game. the girls may have fell short in the end, but they put up a strong fight and did SCEGGS proud.

Team 8 had a tough ask facing their Schools opposition after a crushing defeat in the early rounds but brought their A game in the Grand Final showdown. The girls held on 1-0 until half time, frustrating their opposition. They may have fell short in the end, but they should be proud of their efforts finishing their season with their best game yet. They can hold their heads up high and be proud.

Team 10 have had an outstanding season in the lead up to the Grand Final. Spirits were high as they stepped onto the field against St Scholastica's College. The score was 0-1 at half time and the girls went into the second half fired up. They continued to work together and run their plays during the second half, unfortunately losing in a close match. Team 10 should be proud of their achievements this season.

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Team 11

Team 11 had some strong competition going into the Grand Final, also against Reddam, who were undefeated throughout the season. The girls played their hardest and ended the game at a tie of 3 all. In a drop off they came down to 4 players and unfortunately lost. Despite the loss, the girls played their best game of the season, with amazing defence throughout the entire game and good communication. The girls put up a fight and it was a win in our eyes.

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Alison Gowan
Director of Sports

 

 

Christmas in the Primary School

Congratulations to the team of Primary musicians who performed Christmas carols for the school on Wednesday. It was lovely to hear the angelic voices of Cantare and the orchestra of budding string musicians. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney, Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth, Ms Dominique Gallery, Miss Allison Harrigan and Ms Rachel Valentine for their direction and assistance with this event. A lovely way to end the term with plenty of Christmas cheer!

Download the below to hear a sample;
mp3Primary_Lunch_time_Carols.mp3

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Festival of Lessons and Carols

Well done to all the students from the Primary and Secondary School who performed in last Thursday evening’s Festival of Lessons and Carols. It was a beautiful ceremony and the musical items really enhanced the occasion.

Congratulations to the following students who performed a solo feature in the ceremony: Emma Kirkland (Pie Jesu), Eva Harris and Scarlett Pearce (Once in Royal David’s City), Madison Au and Alice Wong (Concerto for Violin and Oboe 2nd Movement – Bach).

A special thank you to the Music staff who had worked tirelessly to prepare, accompany and assisted with the performances: Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth, Mrs Alexandra Dalman, Miss Allison Harrigan, Miss Ginger-Rose Harrington, Ms Stephanie Holmes, Mr Kurt Ison, Mr Peter Jewitt, Miss Alice Kotowicz, Mr Heinz Schweers and Mrs Anne Sweeney.

AMEB Results – Certificate of Performance (C. Mus)

Congratulations to Jedda Thorley who achieved her Certificate of Performance (C. Mus) on the Violin. The Certificate of Performance is the bridge that forms between the graded exams and before a student is examined at diploma level. The examination is a recital and requires a student to demonstrate a high level of musicality as well as stamina through a substantial musical program. Well done Jedda!

Vocal Concert – Ms Eloise Evans

Congratulations to the students from Ms Eloise Evans’ studio who performed in the final lunch time concert of the year last Friday 29 November. Thank you to Ms Eloise Evans for her careful preparation of the students’ performances and to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

From all of us in the Music Department – we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. We look forward to sharing many more musical moments with you in 2020!

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Theatre Excursions - School of Rock & War Horse – Going Fast – Few Remaining
We have secured a limited number of tickets to two exciting theatre events that will take place early in the 2020 school year. Registration of participation is now open.

School of Rock is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on the film of the same name. The show features many talented young musicians in the cast. This show plays the at Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We will attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm (week 2 Term I).

War Horse is the theatre juggernaut that originated at the National Theatre in London. It is a masterwork of theatricality, cleverly employing puppetry and stagecraft to transport us to another time and place. The play is based on the popular novel by Michael Morpurgo. It is not to be missed. We attend on Thursday 27 February at 7:30pm. The show plays at the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont.

These theatre excursions are open to all girls across Years 7-12 in 2020. Permission letters are now available and may be obtained from Mr Eyers.

2020

The new year is full of exciting Drama projects and classes. St Peter’s Players will continue to offer terrific experiences in Drama and details will be announced upon our return to school. Monday will be a day for Year 6, Tuesday will host Years 7-9 and Thursday will be for Years 10 and 11.

Early in Term I, auditions will be conducted for the musical, Ladies in Black. Rehearsals will commence in week 5 and the show will be presented on 4-6 June at The Eternity Theatre. The production team consists of Director/Choreographer: Ms Chloe Dallimore, Musical Director: Ms Bev Kennedy and Set/Costume Designer: Ms Anna Gardiner.

A brand new play will have its premiere in November. Old Girl, Olivia Satchell (class of 2008) has been writing it for us and it is called Pretty Strange. We look forward to presenting this work to conclude the year in Drama. The Director will be Ms Vivienne Rodda. Both productions will be open to girls in Years 7-11.

Excursions will continue to live theatre and will give access to some exciting theatre practitioners.

Thank you for making my first year at SCEGGS a rewarding one. And thank you for being an audience.

Ms Rodda, Ms Goodfellow, Ms Morice and I wish you all a jolly Christmas and a safe and restful break! See you in 2020!

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day! Don't clean it up too quickly.” Santa Claus

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Group photographs taken on Photograph Day 3 on Thursday 17 October, can be ordered online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school's unique 9 digit Online Order Code, available on the home page of the SCEGGS Portal. Ordering Envelopes for cash orders are available from Student Services in Reception or the Primary Office.

 

 

As we near the holidays, I thought it timely to write about social media and update you on some of the latest research and resources for parents. One of the conversations we are having on a regular basis with parents in the Primary School and Secondary School is about social media and phone use. With the upcoming break, I am conscious that these are conversations you will be having at home too. We want you to feel supported and equipped to have conversations with your daughter- we are "in this together"- and so I thought it was a timely topic. This Christmas, some of you may be buying your daughter her first phone, others battling with her to reduce screen time. Regardless, talking about how you will manage the use of technology in your home is important, even more so when you have a long period of holidays looming.

The eSafety Commissioner has recently updated their website and has some fabulous resources for parents. If you have not yet accessed these, here is the link: https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents.

On their website you will find information about the latest research, strategies and information on a range of topics. Their resources are for parents with young children, and teenagers. I particularly like their hints for magaing screen time:

  • Stay engaged with what apps your child has on their phone and encourage balance, rather than punitive measures;
  • Create a plan as a family for balancing screen time with other commitments;
  • Set a positive example by reducing your own screen time;
  • Use the available technology to monitor and limit your child’s internet use.

We know that young people use a huge range of apps and other social media platforms for communicating with their peers. These can be fun and harmless, but sometimes young people don’t always think before they post. It can be difficult for young people to navigate and to understand the consequences of the choices they make online. And they don’t always make the best choices!

On the eSafety Commissioner website you will find easily downloadable resources on topics such as how to have the difficult conversations with your child, how to build digital intelligence and help your child act responsibly, and how to know what age feels right to give your child access to different devices and apps. They also regularly update information about the latest apps, games and websites young people are using (https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/esafety-guide), providing thorough information which can help you decide what you are happy for your child to access. We are also seeing an increasing number of families opting for so-called "dumb" phones for their daughters to have during the school day. This might be something you would also consider to help your daughter better manage her phone use and reduce her screen time. I would definitely recommend that all parents spend some time browsing through the website and having conversations together, with other parents, and with your children so that you can feel better informed and decide what feels right for you and your family.

We also recently provided a link to the wonderful SchoolTV resources in Behind the Green Gate on managing screen time. Below are links to two other past issues which you may find helpful:

These links provide a wealth of information but also tips on how to have conversations with your child. You may also find other resources there which may be of help, too, when you click on the "All Editions" tab.

Lastly, remember that although you have given your daughter a phone, you are the one (in most cases) who pays the bills. It is ok to have access to their accounts (up to an agreed upon age), to follow your daughter’s social media accounts, and to monitor what she posts. It is a "new world" and it can be daunting try to make sense of the many apps, games and websites that they use. However, giving your child a smartphone also means helping them to use this wisely.

Bethany Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 

 

Why it is Important for our Graduates to be Technologically Literate

There are two schools of thought about the future of our workforce: one leans towards “human” skills such as flexibility, adaptability, resilience, creativity and innovation, the other that high level skills in technology development and programming will prevail.

As educators in the Technology and Applies Sciences (TAS) discipline, our role is to equip our students with the skills and aptitude to excel at both.

In 2018, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched “The Future of Education and Skills 2030” Project [i]. The aim of the Project is to help countries and educational organisations answer the questions:

1. What knowledge, skills, attitudes and values will today's students need to thrive in and shape their world?
2. How can instructional systems develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and values effectively?

The Project has identified five important principles underpinning the future of education systems:

  • The need for new solutions in a rapidly changing world;
  • The need for broader educational goals to benefit the individual and the collective wellbeing of students;
  • Learner agency: Navigating through a complex and uncertain world;
  • Competencies to transform our society and shape our future;
  • Need for a broad set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in action.

In summary, the OECD Project identifies that “students who are best prepared for the future are change agents. They can have a positive impact on their surroundings, influence the future, understand other’s intentions, actions and feelings, and anticipate the short and long-term consequences of what they do”.

The relationship between these principles and the curriculum we develop is crucial to equipping our students with the skills and knowledge necessary for future fulfilling lives, which leads us to explore why is relevant and contemporary education important for high school graduates and girls' education in general?

Our students will face a future where technology is ubiquitous in their homes, workplaces and in their relationships. Some will go onto be CEOs or CFOs of large companies or run their own businesses and will need to make decisions about which technology they use. They will all face a future where AI is used, whether it is in approving loans, influencing their purchases, voting or controlling transport. It is important that they understand how computer systems work so that they can make wise decisions, and that they can make valuable contributions to ongoing conversations about the implication of technology in our lives.

Cody Swann, CEO of software development company Gunner Technology, believes teaching children and adults how to code is one of the best ways to teach logic and persistence, two skills he says that are being lost in today’s connected society.

When programming, you learn how to break down a problem into individual steps and to use a language that the computer understands to logically create a program. In doing so, you develop a certain mindset about approaching problems and processing large amounts of information that is necessary with conquering any new topic. In other words, you learn to look at problems from a “big picture” perspective and overcome the frustrations of hitting brick walls to solve issues.

At SCEGGS, our aim is to teach students not only to code and produce electronic systems, but also to develop their depth and breadth of knowledge in understanding technologies and how to think critically and creatively about them.

Our students begin with visual programming and then transition into the open world of text programming as their confidence and competence grows. This is the approach advocated by Karsten Schultz [ii] and the approach we have taken here with the new Technology syllabus. In our introduction unit, students used “Scratch” coding software to create their own animated story. The excitement of seeing their code generate movement and sound on the screen was infectious - all students achieved success, and many produced very sophisticated animations using a range of programming techniques. Watching them help each other debug their programs was rewarding for us as teachers and instilled in them the confidence that they can problem-solve.

In our exploration of how to engage young women in technology, we have sourced and referenced young female engineers, technologists and entrepreneurs who model their journey to success with determination and perseverance.

One such contemporary woman is Limor Fried, or more commonly known as “Ladyada”, (a moniker that is a tribute to Ada Lovelace - the 19th Century mathematician widely credited as the world’s first computer programmer) a young engineer and entrepreneur who founded Adafruit Industries, a company that designs and creates technology and associated platforms and equipment. The purpose of her company is to create learning that is fun, engaging and accessible for all ages. She was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine, her company is ranked #11 in the top US Manufacturing companies and is a 100% female owned company.

Fried has created her products with the distinction that “it’s not technology for technology’s sake, in other words a lot of traditional programming education is super-focused on the academic aspects. That’s great if you are trying to get a job with Facebook or Google” Fried says, “and bless them, we need them to do that stuff.” [iii]

Coding is a challenging skill and to help increase its appeal to all students, we have tailored our teaching and learning to open our students' minds to possibilities and discovery - you might say those “a-ha” moments. Using Adafruit products such as a Playground Express circuit and various sensors and motors, our Year 8 students identified real life programs, contemplated how a system may resolve the problem and explored how to code the microcontroller. The circuits we use allow students to start programming in a visual environment and then progress to a text-based language such as Javascript or Python as their confidence grows.

Another female role model is journalist and activist Caroline Criado Perez. In her book Invisible Women Caroline has consolidated research and case studies which illustrate the hidden ways women are excluded in the collection of data and therefore excluded from the building blocks of the world we live in. Criado Perez states that “data not only describes the world; it is increasingly being used to shape it. The first programmers were women – the human "computers" who performed complex calculations for the military during the second World War. Now women make up just 11% of software developers, 25% of Silicon Valley employees, and 7% of partners at venture capital firms. Bytes may be neutral, but programmers are often – wittingly or unwittingly – biased”.[iv]

In a world increasingly driven by data and immersed in AI, it has never been more important for women to be equally represented in the design and development of technology.

Preparing our students to be valued contributors, designers and engineers of the future is not merely based in competent programming skills; we also need to teach our students how to use industry standard products, understand information and processing systems and to create with technology.

So, what do we identify as the best strategies to engage girls in technology education?

· Teaching and learning through project-based activities to allow scope and individual pursuit and development;

· Making the projects creative and fun;

· Designing experiences that are accessible and have a safety net. If each student finds a level of success to their ability and interest, they won’t turn away from the learning and value the competencies they have developed.

Whether it is driven by the agenda of governing bodies, new syllabus requirements or philosophical educational values, the TAS Department at SCEGGS genuinely believes that our students will be better prepared for their future with purposeful and meaningful technology education. At each stage of our curriculum, we are building capacity and competencies through diverse technology programs and drawing relationships between student experiences and real-world industries. We want our students to “tinker”, and to “level the playing field” that fosters the spatial learning and confidence their male counterparts will have in their working future. We want our graduates to be part of the next generation of inevitable equal representation and making the decisions that will shape our society and the design and development of technology.

References

[i] Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, The Future We Want, https://www.oecd.org/education/2030/E2030%20Position%20Paper%20(05.04.2018).pdf, 2018

[ii] Schulz, K., Visual or Text Programming, https://blog.aca.edu.au/visual-or-text-programming-c75046312ff7, 2018

[iii] Sierra, J., What you need to know about the CEO and chief engineer of Adafruit Industries, https://opensource.com/article/19/5/award-winner-limor-fried, 2019

[iv] Criado Perez, C., Invisible Women – Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Penguin, 2019

Anne Rumpler & Caroline O’Sullivan
TAS Department

 

 

Anglicare Toys and Tucker
Every girl in the School is asked to contribute towards providing a Christmas gift for a child of a certain age group which will be collected at our School Christmas Service on Monday 2 December. Most of these gifts will go to Anglicare who will then deliver them to families struggling with poverty in our city. This always brings a lot of joy to the children as well as the parents. Some parents feel ashamed that they cannot provide a gift for their children due to their circumstances and our donations help them to have something to celebrate during Christmas. Form and class teachers will help the students to plan and prepare for this activity over the next few weeks.

“Mr Lee-Lindsay needs new undies”
For those new to our community I would like to introduce you to our socks and undies drive. There are a number of welfare organisations that are always asking for NEW socks and undies for their clientele. This is a serious issue amongst the homeless in terms of hygiene and good foot care. This is a whole school activity and because we want to get a variety of sizes this is how we would like the different year groups to donate:

Primary
(Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2) – Girls Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 3 and 4) – Boys Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 5 and 6) - Socks and/or Undies for 8 to 12 year olds.

Secondary
Year 7 – men’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 8 – women’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 9 - men’s large undies and/or socks
Year 10 – women’s large undies or socks
Year 11 – men’s or women’s small undies or socks

Students are welcome to leave their donations in the basket outside the Chapel for collection, like what we do for Harvest Festival (only we will not decorate the chapel with the items!) I will distribute our collection to local organisations next week. Thank you in anticipation.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
School Chaplain

 

 

K – 2 Concert “The Animal Band”

This year’s K – 2 concert, "The Animal Band", was held last Friday. And what a wonderful concert it was! A wonderful story about caring for our environment, combining Music, Drama and Visual Arts, the girls obviously enjoyed every minute of their performance. Congratulations to each of them! And many, many thanks to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth for orchestrating it all – what an amazing teacher!

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Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School

 

 

Primary News

Artistic Gymnastics Display

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Congratulations to Glen Hay and his team of coaches for putting together a very entertaining Artistic Gymnastics concert on Monday 25 November. The girls show cased skills acquired throughout the year. The following girls were awarded Achievement Certificates:

Level 1 Victoria Poniros
Level 2 Olivia Roberts
Level 3 Helaina Travassaros
Level 3 Emma Talbot

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Years 5 & 6 IPSHA Tennis Team

We have a team playing in the IPSHA Tennis competition, the first for a number of years. The girls have shown great improvement over the term and have worked so well supporting each other. We hope this is the first of many more tennis teams to come.

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Join us at the SCG for the Women’s T20 World Cup

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A fabulous opportunity to see the Women’s T20 semi final at the SCG. The Australian women are the current World Champions and we hope to see them go all the way again in 2020.

The ICC Women's T20 World Cup is the biennial international championship for women's Twenty20 International cricket. 

We’ve secured our own SCEGGS bay for the semi-finals (double header) at SCG on Thursday 5 March. These tickets are open to family and friends. Click on this link http://bit.ly/2NDoVtu  to get your tickets. Kids tickets only $5 and adults $35!

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Secondary News

Oztag

Congratulations to Frankie Ryan who has been selected in the Australian U18 Oztag team!

IGSSA Water Polo

Congratulations to Lana Oppenheim, Sienna Green and Sophie O’Connell who have been selected in the IGSSA Water Polo team to trial for the NSWCIS Team early next year.

Easts Touch Grand Final Day – Queens Park

SCEGGS has five teams participating in Grand Finals this weekend at Queens Park. We encourage all students not involved in sport this weekend to head down to cheer them on.

SCEGGS 2 v Reddam 8:00am
SCEGGS 8 v Schols 8:55am
SCEGGS 10 v Schols 8:55am
SCEGGS 11 v Reddam 8:55am
SCEGGS 1 v Monte 9:50am

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

All I Want for Christmas – is to be taken home!

As the school year is drawing to a close… there are some instruments in the Music studios and storeroom that are begging to be taken home.  Show your instruments some love, take them home and play them to spread Christmas cheer to your family and friends.

This is especially important for students who are performing as part of SPO (Special Projects Orchestra) for Speech Night. The Music Department will not be opened prior to Speech Night on Thursday 5 December.

AMEB Results

Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and achievement in the following levels for their instrument’s examinations:

Preliminary Piano for Leisure Harriet Watson
5th Grade Piano for Leisure Hannah Guest
5th Grade French Horn Samantha Millin
Grade 3 Oboe Georgia Baker Wood

Thank you to Ms Chloe Waldron Reilly (Piano), Ms Cindy Sims (French Horn) and Ms Zoe Sitsky (Oboe) for their teaching and careful preparation for their students’ examinations.

String Exams – Students of Ms Kathryn Crossing, Ms Evelyn Drivas, Ms Dominique Gallery, Ms Vicki Parkin, Ms Rachel Valentine and Mrs Anne Sweeney

Congratulations to the 30 girls who have completed their String examinations this week. The girls worked very hard to prepare all areas of the syllabus for these examinations and they are to be congratulated for their efforts!

Preliminary Grade Cello Akansha Singh, Giselle Wharton and Victoria Lincoln
Grade 1 Cello Ruby Peters and Ofelia Imm Smirk
Grade 1 Violin Anjola Petrie, Audrey Rivers, Darcey Farrell, Allegra James, Olivia Chua and Olivia Flanagan
Grade 2 Violin Chelsy Diec, Meike Bannister, Jessica Venetoulis, Stella Manos and Paige Lee
Grade 3 Violin Grace Chandler, Ashley Diec, Josephine Mitchell and Simran Murphy
Grade 4 Violin Zoe Andrea and Charley Masnick
Grade 5 Violin Natalie Assaad, Georgina Dandolo and Elizabeth Shin
Grade 6 Violin Bondi Barlow, Lauren Miller, Scarlett Cooper, Mary Williams and Erin Zikos

Special thanks to Heinz Schweers for accompanying the upper grade exam candidates and to the string tutors Ms Kathryn Crossing, Ms Evelyn Drivas, Ms Dominique Gallery, Ms Vicki Parkin, Ms Rachel Valentine and Mrs Anne Sweeney for their careful preparation.

Wayside Chapel – Basie Jazz Band

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Well done to the students who performed at the Wayside Chapel last Thursday 21 November. The students performed a small set for a luncheon that was being served to the Wayside community. The staff and community loved the girls’ performances. This is a venue that we would like to return and perform throughout next year.  Thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt who organised, performed and directed the performance.

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Download a recording of their Jazz piece "Mood Indigo", "Blues Machine" and "It Don't Mean a Thing".

mp3Mood_Indigo.mp3
mp3Blues_Machine.mp3
mp3It_Dont_Mean_a_Thing.mp3

Clarion Band “Come and Play”

Well done to the members of Clarion Band who participated in the first “Come and Play” initiative last Tuesday afternoon.  This was a new idea to welcome new members of the band who will formally join the ensemble in 2020.  We had several participants both internally (from SCEGGS Primary) and external students who will be commencing Year 7 next year.  The afternoon finished with a short performance of three works that the students had workshopped in the session.  You can hear one of the pieces in the sound file below. 

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Thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt for his assistance and to Ms Alison Ryan for her organisation of the event and direction of the band.

Download a recording of their piece "Bird Land".

mp3Bird_land.mp3

Beginner’s Band – Final Performance

Congratulations to all members of Beginner’s Band on your final performance last Friday morning in the Primary School.  The performance was well attended and “Power Rock” was clearly a favourite with the audience!  Thank you to Ms Alison Ryan for her work to reintroduce this band as part of the ensembles program at SCEGGS.

K-2 Concert “The Animal Band”

Well done to the students who performed in the K – 2 Concert last Friday afternoon in the Great Hall.  “The Animal Band” is a musical with an important message for our children on the care of our planet.  A very special thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth who scripted and designed the musical, based on the songs by Niki Davies. 

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Festival of Lessons and Carols

An invitation is extended to all families and friends of the SCEGGS Community to listen and be a part of the beautiful performances by the School’s Choir, Madrigal and Amati String ensemble.  This is a special service and the students have worked hard to prepare for this event. The music is a wonderful accompaniment to the lessons to celebrate the birth of Christ.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you from the National Trust

This week, Ms Allison Harrigan received a lovely thank you note to our students who performed at Lindesay House last week as part of the National Trust’s Christmas event;

"On behalf of the National Trust Women's Committee NSW I thank you for bringing The SCEGGS Madrigal Ensemble to entertain the visitors to the Lindesay Gift Fair.

They were the highlight of the day and the positive feedback was appreciated. We all love to hear the traditional Christmas Carols and your 16 girls certainly did a great job. To listen to them singing and watching the reaction of the people it brought a tear to my eye. I thought it was a natural stage around the Plane Tree, slightly elevated so we all had a great view. Even without amplification or keyboard support their voices were clear and moving.

Wishing you and the girls a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kind Regards

Glenys Nice

Convenor Lindesay Gift Fair"

Messages like this highlight what an important role Music can have when shared with our local community.  Well done to the students from the Madrigal ensemble and to Ms Harrigan for her hard work.

Clarinet Concert – Tuesday 26 November

Congratulations to the students of Ms Nicole Barrett who performed in a lunchtime concert on Tuesday in DB1.  The students have worked hard to prepare and are congratulated for their performances.  Thank you to Ms Barrett for her careful preparation of the students and to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Does your SCEGGS Hire Instrument require a service?

Thank you to the families who have brought or returned their instruments to the Music Department for the year.  If you would like to have you instruments assessed for service, Week 7 is the last week for us to do so.  The holidays are a great opportunity for a clean and service so that your instrument is ready for the new year.

Please contact our Music Administrator, Ms Stephanie Holmes so she could make the necessary arrangements.  The instruments would then need to be handed into the Music Department by Monday 2 December in Week 8.

Upcoming performances and events in Term 4:

Vocal Concert – students of Ms Eloise Evans will be performing in the final lunchtime concert for 2019.  The concert will take place in DB1 Friday 29 November 1:10pm.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Saving SCEGGS

A triumphant season of Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson concluded its four performance season on Saturday night. Over 700 audience members attended the show, delighted by the return to 1976 and enthralled by the 37 strong cast.

Opening night hosted three of the players who had been significant in saving SCEGGS – Ted Davis, Sam Cullen and Denise Fleming. Their presence added another dimension to this riveting narrative, connecting the student actors to their real-life counterparts and giving their performances an emotional weight.

The excitement continued at the matinee performance where the company played to a Great Hall full of old girls attending the show as a feature of their reunions. They relished the opportunity to re-visit school days via the play and the immense recognition of themselves and Miss Chisholm on stage.

Linden Wilkinson has crafted a magical memory play, told in the Verbatim style. The real words and experience of the event’s players are recorded, dramatised and preserved like a time-capsule, which we may open from time to time to relish our story. At its core, it is a play about community – and don’t we have a glorious community at SCEGGS?

It takes a community to pull together a performance like Saving SCEGGS and many people contribute. Thanks to staff and students who chaperoned and built and ushered and ticketed and fed and dressed and printed and advised. The students who performed and crewed the show never failed to impress with their competency, commitment and confidence.

Bravo to our Production Assistant Ms Jodine Wolman and our Set and Costume Designer Mr Peter Mussared. They guided the students with imagination and care.

And a standing ovation to our Director/Technical Wiz, Ms Eddi Goodfellow. She was the perfect person to direct this play being an exceptional theatre-maker and great supporter of the School. She applied tremendous vision and passion to the project and we thank her for giving us a wonderful treat!

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Theatre Excursions - School of Rock & War Horse – Going Fast – Few Remaining

We have secured a limited number of tickets to two exciting theatre events that will take place early in the 2020 school year. Registration of participation is now open.

School of Rock is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on the film of the same name. The show features many talented young musicians in the cast. This show plays the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm (Term 1 week 2).

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War Horse is the theatre juggernaut that originated at the National Theatre in London. It is a masterwork of theatricality, cleverly employing puppetry and stagecraft to transport us to another time and place. The play is based on the popular novel by Michael Morpurgo. It is not to be missed. We attend on Thursday 27 February at 7:30pm. The show plays at the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont.

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These theatre excursions are open to all girls across Years 7-12 in 2020. Permission letters are now available and may be obtained from Mr Eyers.

“The difference between a theatre with and without an audience is enormous. There is a palpable, critical energy created by the presence of the audience” Andy Goldsworthy

 

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Group photographs taken on Photograph Day 3 on Thursday 17 October, can be ordered online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school's unique 9 digit Online Order Code, available on the home page of the SCEGGS Portal. Ordering Envelopes for cash orders are available from Student Services in Reception or the Primary Office.

 

 

 
P & F Events
     
Friday 29 November
Year 7 End of Year Cocktail Party
Time
6:30pm 
Where
The Tilbury Hotel 
12-18 Nicholson St,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Cost
Per head (for food) $35
Drinks can be purchased at the bar
Online Booking  
Via TryBooking link;
Contact
Simon Hallgath-Jolly or Year 7 Class Parents
Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

 

Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association

 

 

Anglicare Toys and Tucker
Every girl in the School is asked to contribute towards providing a Christmas gift for a child of a certain age group which will be collected at our School Christmas Service on Monday 2 December. Most of these gifts will go to Anglicare who will then deliver them to families struggling with poverty in our city. This always brings a lot of joy to the children as well as the parents. Some parents feel ashamed that they cannot provide a gift for their children due to their circumstances and our donations help them to have something to celebrate during Christmas. Form and class teachers will help the students to plan and prepare for this activity over the next few weeks.

“Mr Lee-Lindsay needs new undies”
For those new to our community I would like to introduce you to our socks and undies drive. There are a number of welfare organisations that are always asking for NEW socks and undies for their clientele. This is a serious issue amongst the homeless in terms of hygiene and good foot care. This is a whole school activity and because we want to get a variety of sizes this is how we would like the different year groups to donate:

Primary
(Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2) – Girls Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 3 and 4) – Boys Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 5 and 6) - Socks and/or Undies for 8 to 12 year olds.

Secondary
Year 7 – men’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 8 – women’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 9 - men’s large undies and/or socks
Year 10 – women’s large undies or socks
Year 11 – men’s or women’s small undies or socks

Students are welcome to leave their donations in the basket outside the Chapel for collection, like what we do for Harvest Festival (only we will not decorate the chapel with the items!) I will distribute our collection to local organisations in the last week of Term 4. Thank you in anticipation.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
School Chaplain

 

 

Years K – 2 Concert and End of Year Celebrations

We are all looking forward to this year’s K – 2 Concert, “The Animal Band”, to be performed this Friday at 2:00pm in SCEGGS Great Hall. The musical is a story about caring for our planet, and is a wonderful collaboration of Music, Drama and Art. The girls have delighted in their preparations for their final performance, and we know the audience will love it too!

The final day of the school year for our Years K – 2 girls is Wednesday 4 December. On this last day, Years K – 2 parents are invited to join us at 2:00pm in the Primary Playground to enjoy some special Christmas celebrations.

We look forward to seeing you at both these end of year events!

Good Luck Year 6!

As our Year 6 girls enter their final days of their Primary schooling, we thank them for being the terrific people they are, and for the wonderful leadership they have shown the younger girls this year. They are ready for the new challenges the Secondary School will present them, and they are excited! A wonderful party was held in SCEGGS Great Hall last Friday evening, for all the girls, their parents and their teachers, to celebrate the end of their Primary School years. And what a wonderful celebration it was. Thank you so very much to those parents who organised it all – it was brilliant!

Parents are also invited to a special Years K – 6 Assembly, to be held on Friday 29 November at 12:20 pm in SCEGGS Great Hall, at which we will farewell Year 6 and wish them every success and happiness in the next stage of their learning journey.

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary

 

 

The International Competitions and Assessment for Schools - English is Australia-wide and Global and is administered annually by The University of New South Wales.

Of the 346 girls in Years 7-10 who sat the English competition in 2019, 14 received High Distinction Awards (the top 1% of participants), 53 Distinction Awards (the next 10%), 86 Credit Awards (the next 25%) and 25 Merit Awards (the next 10%)

Congratulations to those girls who achieved High Distinctions and Distinctions:

High Distinctions

Year 7 Year 8
Beatrix Rivers Nicola Allen
Ilaria Roncolato Kate Ambrogio
Ruby Cooney
Laura Davies
Samara Foulds
Sienna Monahan
Jemima Louie Smith
Katherine Wardlaw

 

Year 9 Year 10
Olivia Dennison Maeve Hopper
Emily Wu Charlotte Newton

Distinctions

Year 7 Year 8
Maggie Harper Lydia Bodsworth
Josephine Jarvie Samantha Dawson
Eleanor Lawson Leilani Howitt
Georgina Madsen Alexandra Kuo
Catherine Park Coco Lavigne
Julia Richards Mathilde Leys
Lillian Shields Alice Martin
Simone Turner Jessica Millin
Chiara Weaver Scarlett Moir
Alexandra West Eliza Newton
Jemima Woodman Leyla Ozen
Zi Qi Zheng Mietta Paipetis
Helena Piazza
Angelica Philips
Arella Plater
Ivy Rush
Luella Smith

 

Year 9 Year 10
Amy Ambrogio Zoe Abicht
Maya Barnett Cassidy Cogin
Clare Crawford Juleena High
Emily Feller Claudia Hunt
Lucia Gelonesi Marie Karantanis
Alice Harper Isabella Machliss
Lucy Juneja Hannah Mavrakis
Laura Lowe Olivia McGrath
Ella McGrath Gretel Payne
Kiara Wijesinghe Olivia Slater
Mary Williams Emily Weaver
Jessalyn Xia
Lynette Zhang

Well done to all.

Marilyn Pretorius
Head of English

 

 

SRC Mother/Daughter Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who supported our SRC Breakfast in support of Wayside Chapel. Our guest speaker Jon Owen, CEO and Pastor from Wayside, was an engaging and inspirational speaker, who talked to us about the work and mission of Wayside, including their Christmas initiative to “Donate a Plate”. This initiative seeks to ensure that “those experiencing homelessness and social isolation can enjoy a free meal (with all the trimmings!) on Christmas Day, surrounded by a loving community.”

To find out more about “Donate a Plate” please see the following link: https://donate.waysidechapel.org.au/event/donate-a-plate

SCEGGS SRC

 

 

An Imaginative Drawing

Eve Wilson is a student in Year 7 and she has worked for many hours on this beautiful imaginative drawing.

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Katrina Collins
Head of Visual Arts

 

 

Primary News

Poor Air Quality Co-curricular training

Parents are reminded to check SCEGGS Twitter for information about any co-curricular training session or Saturday games.

What may look like a nice clear day, may have dangerous levels of particles in the air that are not immediately visible. We take advice from the NSW Government Air Quality Indicator.

Year 6 Basketball Players – Trials for Junior Team 2020

Sport icon

In following up from our announcement at school assembly and email to your parents earlier in the term, just a reminder that we are going to be trialling this term for the Junior (Years 6/7) Basketball team. Trial details below:

Date Wednesday 27 November
When 6:45-8am
Where School Sports Hall
Open to All girls in Years 6 who are currently playing basketball either at a representative level or school level

Come and see Ms Connolly if you have any concerns or queries about this

Year 3 Football

The Year 3 Footballers have had a great season so far. Parents please remember to arrive 30mins prior to the scheduled start time, and ensure your daughter has a full water bottle.

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Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Secondary News

Easts Touch Semi Finals

Good luck to all our touch teams who are involved In semi-finals this weekend.

GRADE TEAM A TEAM B GAME POSITION FIELD TIME
Junior A SCEGGS 6 KRB 6 2 v 3 2nd Queens Park 3 8:00am
Year 7 A SCEGGS 14 Wenona 17 5 v 6 5th Queens Park 4 8:00am
Senior A SCEGGS 1 Kambala 1 2 v 3 3rd Queens Park 3 9:40am
Junior B SCEGGS 7 Kambala 6 1 v 4 4th Queens Park 1 10:30am
Year 7 B SCEGGS 15 Wenona 18 5 v 6 5th Queens Park 4 12:10pm
Junior D SCEGGS 8 SVC 3 2 v 3 3rd Queens Park 3 12:10pm
             
Junior J SCEGGS 12 KRB 14 5 v 6 5th Queens Park 15 11:00am
Junior K SCEGGS 13 Loreto 8 2 v 3 3rd Queens Park 13 11:50am
             
Senior C SCEGGS 2 Schols 1 2 v 3 3rd Reservoir Field 5 8:00am
Year 7 D SCEGGS 16 Schols 5 5 v 6 5th Reservoir Field 2 8:50am
Senior D SCEGGS 3 KRB 3 5 v 6 5th Reservoir Field 6 8:50am
Year 7 E SCEGGS 17 Schols 6 2 v 3 3rd Reservoir Field 4 9:40am
Senior F SCEGGS 4 Ascham 6 1 v 4 4th Reservoir Field 1 10:30am
Junior E SCEGGS 9 Loreto 6 1 v 4 4th Reservoir Field 3 10:30am
Senior G SCEGGS 5 Wenona 8 5 v 6 5th Reservoir Field 6 11:20am
Junior H SCEGGS 11 KRB 13 2 v 3 2nd Reservoir Field 4 12:10pm
Junior G SCEGGS 10 Wenona 15 2 v 3 2nd Reservoir Field 5 12:10pm

 Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

 The Australian women are the current World Champions and we hope to see them go all the way again in 2020.

The ICC Women's T20 World Cup is the biennial international championship for women's Twenty20 International cricket.

We’ve secured our own SCEGGS bay for the semi-finals (double header) at SCG on Thurs 5th March. These tickets are open to family and friends. Click here to get your tickets. Kids tickets only $5 and adults $35!

Tickets available until 29 November so get in quick.

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Music Captain and Committee Members

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected as Music Captain and Committee members for 2019 – 2020:

Music Captain & String representative Erin Zikos
Band representative Elenarose Plaister
Choral representative Annika Dietz
Rock representative Stella Gray

Vocal Concerts

Congratulations to the following students who performed in Ms Jo Burton’s studio concert on Wednesday 13 November in DB1:

Eleanor Purcell
Beatrix Rivers
Emma Kirkland
Zara Rubinsztein
Stella Burgess

Congratulations also to the following students who performed in Ms Helen Saltos’ studio concert on Friday 15 November in DB1:

Scarlett Gibson Williams
Dakota Kedzier-Hurst
Millicent Fairlie
Isabelle Lowe
Ava Nunley
Jemima Sirtes
Eva Harris
Emily Weaver
Lucie Natalizio
Annika Dietz
Marie Karantanis

Congratulations to the students who performed as a part of Ms Kylie Bailey’s studio concert on Monday 18 November DB1:

Elizabeth Lapham
Ella Fogarty
Molly Murray
Scarlett Pearce
Grace Waszczack-Gadd
Anabelle Lapham
Olivia Gock
Astrid Girdis
Isabella Habib

Well done girls – both concerts demonstrated your progression as vocalists and the careful teaching from Ms Jo Burton, Ms Helen Saltos and Ms Kylie Bailey. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones who accompanied both performances.

Music in the Community

Congratulations to members of Amati Strings who performed last Wednesday afternoon at the AGM of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s “Centre for Education and Workforce Development Centre” in Rozelle. The performance was very well received and special thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney who had prepared the students for this event.

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Amati Strings

Well done also to members of the Madrigal Ensemble who performed last Thursday lunchtime at “Lindesay House” in Darling Point, as part of The National Trust of Australia (NSW) annual Christmas Gift Fair event. The students were sharing the Christmas cheer with a selection of carols. Special thank you to Ms Allison Harrigan for her direction and Ms Stephanie Holmes who accompanied the students for this event.

Twilight Concert – Thursday 14 November, Great Hall

Congratulations to the students who performed in last Thursday night’s Twilight Concert. It was wonderful to hear and see the array of performances from both Primary and Secondary ensembles from the Band, String and Chamber ensembles (Flute Choir, Clarinet ensemble and Percussion ensemble). It was a beautiful representation of the Co-curricular Music program.

Thank you to our tutors, accompanists and conductors who were involved in the concert: Mrs Anne Sweeney, Mrs Alexandra Dalman, Ms Nicole Barrett, Ms Dominique Gallery, Ms Kellie Grennan, Ms Jayne Groves, Mr Matt Moore, Ms Alison Ryan and Ms Stephanie Holmes.

Special thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt who co-ordinated the concert and to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth who supported the evening.

This was our final Musicale performance for the year. We look forward to sharing more with you in 2020.

Does your instrument require a service?

A reminder for some families who are currently hiring an instrument through the Music Department. It would be helpful for the Music Department to know whether your instrument will require a service and a clean over the Christmas holiday period. The holidays are a great opportunity to do this so that your instrument is ready for the new year.

If you would like this for your school instrument, could you please contact our Music Administrator, Ms Stephanie Holmes before Friday 22 November in Week 6 for us to check what needs to be done. The instruments would then need to be handed into the Music Department by Monday 2 December in Week 8.

Upcoming performances and events in Term 4:

Years K to 2 Concert – SCEGGS Great Hall Friday 22 November, 2 - 2:45pm.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Theatre Excursions - School of Rock & War Horse

We have secured a limited number of tickets to two exciting theatre events that will take place early in the 2020 school year. Registration of participation is now open.

School of Rock is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on the film of the same name. The show features many talented young musicians in the cast. This show plays the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We will attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm. (Term 1, week 2)

“War Horse” is the theatre juggernaut that originated at the National Theatre in London. It is a masterwork of theatricality, cleverly employing puppetry and stagecraft to transport us to another time and place. The play is based on the popular novel by Michael Morpurgo. It is not to be missed. We will attend on Thursday 27 February at 7:30pm. The show plays at the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont.

These theatre excursions are open to all girls across Years 7-12 in 2020. Permission letters are now available and may be obtained from Mr Eyers.

Saving SCEGGS – Opening Night

Production week has arrived, and our enthusiastic young actors and crew have been attending to final preparations for “Saving SCEGGS” by Linden Wilkinson.

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The original play was commissioned in 2015 by Ms Inga Scarlett and received its premier production as a promenade performance. The audience would travel to various locations around the school to engage with the actors and locations.

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In this revival production to signal the School’s 125th year, our Director, Ms Eddi Goodfellow brings the school and its story to The Great Hall.

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With two out of the four performances already SOLD OUT, the season looks set to be a triumphant one with the school community taking a trip down memory lane and celebrating the extraordinary feat saving SCEGGS was.

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Years 7-10 cast and crew will present “Saving SCEGGS” by Linden Wilkinson from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November at 7pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 23 November at 3pm. Bookings are now open from TryBooking.

 BTGG 2019 11 21 Drama poster

Theatre Terms

Ensemble/Chorus
This term is typically reserved for cast members in musicals and plays. They are performers who create the background and the world of the show. They don’t necessarily have lines or solo songs but appear in group scenes and musical numbers to give a sense of context. They are a vital contribution to the stage picture and just as important as leading characters. The role of the chorus has its origins in Ancient Greek theatre.

“Acting is a sport. On stage you must be ready to move like a tennis player on his toes. Your concentration must be keen, your reflexes sharp; your body and mind are in top gear, the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre people pay to see energy.” Clive Swift

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Lost Property - Reminder
As the school year draws to a close this is the final reminder to all who have misplaced school uniform and other miscellaneous items such as laptop bags, pencil cases, folders, casual clothes and sleeping bags.

We also have a sizeable collection of water bottles and lunchboxes.

The last day of trading for the School Shop will be Thursday 5 December 2019.

We will re-open on Monday 6 January 2020 to conduct uniform fittings for new and returning students. Please remember to book in an appointment.

Have a happy, safe holiday season and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

 
P & F Events
     
Sunday 24 November
Year 3 Parents & Girls End of Year Party
Time
3:00-6:00pm
Where
Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Cost
Adults $35
Children $15
Siblings welcome
Online Booking
Refer to invitation for TryBooking link
RSVP
Friday 15 November 
Friday 29 November
Year 7 End of Year Cocktail Party
Time
6:30pm 
Where
The Tilbury Hotel 
12-18 Nicholson St,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Cost
Per head (for food) $35
Drinks can be purchased at the bar
Online Booking  
Via TryBooking link;
Contact
Simon Hallgath-Jolly or Year 7 Class Parents
Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

 

Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association

 

 

Why we should all be Creative Writers

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Lewis Carroll “Jabberwocky”

So many of us remember from childhood the magic and beauty of Carroll’s poem. Perhaps most baffling is that despite being nonsensical, the reader is offered a clear picture of this heroic battle of a “beamish boy” against “The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame.” Sound patterning and the characteristics of a heroic narrative create familiarity in Carroll’s playful poem, however his invented language represents this battle of boy and beast in a new and engaging fashion.

As the young writers in the Primary and Secondary Schools develop their creative skills, I am hopeful that they are also inspired by a sense of inventiveness, wonder and play. As an English Department at SCEGGS, we are fortunate to teach so many students with a passion for literature and a love of writing; students who write poetry late into the night, who are happy to experiment with new hybrid genres of “Creative Non-fiction” and who win national and international writing competitions.

What does Creative Writing look like?
There is no doubt that the art of creative writing continues to evolve. For the first time this year, under the guidance of SCEGGS English teachers - Dr Cook and Ms Hawkins, two of our Year 12 Extension 2 students composed “Creative Non-fiction” works. This genre enabled them to explore political and literary topics in an inventive and imaginative fashion; blending reflection and literary conceit in their work. In Advanced and Standard English the new “Craft of Writing” Module also encourages students to experiment with “discursive” writing, a form that again allows them to blend personal reflection, imagery and analysis.

One of the prescribed texts for this module, Zadie Smith’s Lecture “That Crafty Feeling,” reflects powerfully on the way that all writing is part of a larger discourse. She asserts that “much of the excitement of a new novel lies in the repudiation of the one written before. Other people’s words are the bridge you use to cross from where you are to wherever you’re going.” Her beautiful metaphorical image of the “bridge” offered by “other people’s words” is a perfect example of the way that creative imagery can enable us to understand and imagine the interrelated nature of literature and the process of writing in a new way.

As Smith’s Lecture clearly addresses, the work of a creative writer is rarely completely “new” and “original.” She imagines the life of Romantic poet John Keats, of him “slogging away, devouring books, plagiarising, impersonating, adapting, struggling, growing, writing many poems that made him blush and then a few that made him proud.” There is a popular TEDx talk by Austin Kleon “Steal Like an Artist” in which he traces the genealogy of his own creative “blackout poems,” acknowledging that “nothing is original. All Creative work builds on what came before”. He evokes a quote from Picasso, “good artists copy, great artists steal.”

While Carroll’s “The Jabberwocky” is inventive and new, the debt it pays to the Arthurian Legends and ballad poetry is clear; it is a nonsense poem which builds upon, and parodies, texts that have come before. The Year 11 Extension English course requires students to trace the way that classic fables, myths or religious tales have been appropriated over time. They also creatively appropriate and rewrite a classical tale, subverting or shifting the values in the original tale to contribute themselves to this literary discourse.

What if I am not naturally creative?
Reading or listening to any writer talk about their craft, it usually becomes clear that it is practice, the “slogging away” of Keats in Smith’s lecture, the experimentation discussed in Kleon’s TEDx, which builds a writer. In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers he unpacks the notion of “genius and IQ” tracing success at an elite level to opportunity and practice as much as to innate talent, “Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.” After some rough calculations it appears to me that students will spend about one thousand hours in an English classroom during their high school career; a long way off Gladwell’s ten thousand, but hopefully still enough time to develop valuable skills and confidence!

Smith’s Lecture develops the conceit or extended metaphor of writing a novel as being like building a house, she explains that “building a novel you will use a lot of scaffolding.” In an English classroom we often try to develop students’ writing with similar “scaffolding”; explicitly exploring how symbolism or pathetic fallacy might develop a setting, how narrative perspective and focalisation can develop a particular kind of relationship with the reader, for example.

The creative writing components of each of the new HSC courses requires students to both experiment with different types of writing and to be able to reflect on their own writing. This process of reflection is a crucial way of helping students to evaluate their own work; to recognise its strengths and weaknesses and to acknowledge the way that, as Kleon notes, they have “built on what came before.”

As English teachers, we want our students to take risks with their writing, to experiment and try new things as they find their own voice. I don’t think it is an accident that two texts placed on the prescribed text list for the new Year 12 Standard “Craft of Writing” module are about creative pioneers who failed before they found success. One of these texts is J K Rowling’s speech to Harvard graduates, “The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination.” In this speech she declares dramatically that “rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

While I don’t think that any English teacher would wish “rock bottom” on their students, I think that most of us are keen to ensure that “fear of failure” is not preventing the inventiveness and experimentation that will enable a young writer to discover their own voice and talents. While we may provide Smith’s “scaffolding” to help students with their creative writing, Smith also warns that while scaffolding can “hold up confidence when you have none” you mustn’t forget to “dismantle it later.”

What role might Creative Writing play in the future of education?
In all the discussion about how technology and Artificial Intelligence will change the workforce, it seems clear that creativity is one of those attributes which super computers and algorithms may never be able to fully replicate. At SCEGGS, we were privileged to have academic Erica McWilliam visit and prompt discussion on what classrooms of the future might look like. In her reading, she quoted Florida’s The Rise of the Creative Class and his argument that the young people thriving in the conceptual age are those who exhibit attributes like “risk-taking, self-criticality, a “seriously-playful” approach to problem-solving.” I would argue that today’s world needs readers and writers more than ever, and that for all students creative writing is a skill that will help them to build empathy and understanding. JK Rowling’s speech celebrates imagination as “the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

Looking at the NSW Curriculum Review Interim Report it identifies “Creative Thinking” as one of the skills integral for any future curriculum. The report also highlights the importance of Major Projects, like the Extension 2 English Major Work, and the ability of assessment like this to develop engagement, deep learning, research and evaluation skills. While this is already done to a certain extent throughout the English Curriculum, I imagine that future courses will offer students even more opportunities to conceive, plan, research, draft and evaluate their own creative work.

I feel fortunate to work in a school that has Creative Writing within its traditions and DNA. We have many published writers within our community and the School is willing to devote time and resources to encouraging extracurricular opportunities for keen writers, and to invite professional writers and performers into the school to interact with our students. This is such a wonderful way of breaking down the mystique that sometimes surrounds creative writing and of encouraging our students to envisage themselves as writers.

At each annual Speech Night at SCEGGS there are five prizes awarded for specific creative writing projects; each commemorating a teacher or student of the past – three of them influential English teachers – Ms Edith Badham, Ms Enid Miller and Ms Gwen Cockell. Over the last week in the English Department we have been reading entries for these prizes and it is a joy to see the insight, perception and play in these pieces.

I have just read, written by SCEGGS students, an Elegy to a Broken Umbrella, “Forced to hang upside-down/ like a bat in the airless hallway” and A Retelling of Persephone who runs “Trampling green tendrils of grass as I go, my feet fall heavy on the ground and I become a cataclysmic earthquake.” These are pieces of writing which are playful, and which are powerful. Just like the magic of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, it is so inspiring to see the imaginative ways that these young writers are envisaging and understanding the world around them.

Jenny Bean
English Teacher

 

 

We all have moments where we feel worried. This is a natural response to different factors and events in life. However, helping young people to understand why they might feel anxious or worried is an important step in preventing the cycle of anxiety that can arise when we avoid or ignore what is causing these thoughts in the first place. So, I wanted to share with you a beautiful article I recently read which encourages young people (and the people who care for them) to reframe anxious thoughts by asking some simple questions:
https://www.heysigmund.com/anxiety-in-children-and-teens-the-two-questions-to-set-their-brave-in-motion/

Enjoy!

Bethany Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 

 

Nelson Mandela said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. In my nine years at SCEGGS I have constantly been told to question the world around me because by asking questions, we learn about the world in which we live.

Climate change will be the greatest threat to my generation. What scares me most is that the majority of people struggle to understand exactly what climate change is. It is an idea plastered across the front pages of newspapers and thrown around by politicians, but what exactly is it and why should it concern me? I will be voting in the next Federal election along with 60% of current high school girls. Why and how should I consider climate change when casting my ballot and how do I balance the need for jobs and economic security? We ask these questions because, as one of the teenage activists at the UN General Assembly so aptly said, “adults are having a party with the environment and the next generation are stuck with cleaning up”.

I am not the only girl at SCEGGS asking these questions, from the Maailma Environmental Club to the lively debate surrounding the climate strike, we want answers! So, we decided we would start to change the world from inside the Green Gate asking questions to an incredible panel of speakers from a range of different environmental backgrounds on topics ranging from youth’s role in the climate crisis to western moralising.

Jillian Broadbent AC – she received her AC for being a climate fighter and a trailblazer for women. She is an economist who was the inaugural Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Reserve Bank Board Member and is on the boards of Woolworths and Macquarie Bank. We were inspired by the way in which she advocated a gender-neutral response to the climate crisis and so clearly laid out strong economic arguments for facing into the challenges.

Lara Olsen – an engineer and energy executive, who has just returned from working with Tesla Energy, California. She works in renewable energy and was involved with the big zero emissions battery in South Australia. We were astounded that only 13% of engineers are women. After hearing from such an amazing role model as Lara, there are lots of girls now seeing engineering as a great career option.

David Haslingden – Chair of the Australian Geographic Society and WildAid, a conservation organisation. Previously a senior Executive with News Corporation globally and has run the National Geographic channels. He owns and runs a production company that makes natural history and wildlife programs that are shown globally. I think the loudest cheer was when he announced that we must be "revolutionaries" and take charge of our futures.

Martijn Wilder AM – is the founder of Pollination Capital Partners and Chairman of WWF Australia. He is recognised as an international expert in tackling the world’s most pressing environmental issues through the use of innovative legal and financial models. Martijn discussed the idea of fake news, in a world where we have information at the tip of our fingers and anyone can be a journalist, we must be careful of the media we consume, particularly when it comes to understanding and discussing climate and environmental issues.

Hearing from these amazing speakers was an invaluable experience. I would like to thank Ms Allum for her support in helping us address climate change. As SCEGGS girls, we will continue to ask questions, looking for the answers we need, to help change the world, both inside and beyond the Green Gate.

Zoe Brenner
Year 11

 

 

Anglicare Toys and Tucker
Every girl in the School is asked to contribute towards providing a Christmas gift for a child of a certain age group which will be collected at our School Christmas Service on Monday 2 December. Most of these gifts will go to Anglicare who will then deliver them to families struggling with poverty in our city. This always brings a lot of joy to the children as well as the parents. Some parents feel ashamed that they cannot provide a gift for their children due to their circumstances and our donations help them to have something to celebrate during Christmas. Form and class teachers will help the students to plan and prepare for this activity over the next few weeks.

“Mr Lee-Lindsay needs new undies”
For those new to our community I would like to introduce you to our socks and undies drive. There are a number of welfare organisations that are always asking for NEW socks and undies for their clientele. This is a serious issue amongst the homeless in terms of hygiene and good foot care. This is a whole school activity and because we want to get a variety of sizes this is how we would like the different year groups to donate:

Primary
(Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2) – Girls Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 3 and 4) – Boys Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 5 and 6) - Socks and/or Undies for 8 to 12 year olds.

Secondary
Year 7 – men’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 8 – women’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 9 - men’s large undies and/or socks
Year 10 – women’s large undies or socks
Year 11 – men’s or women’s small undies or socks

Students are welcome to leave their donations in the basket outside the Chapel for collection, like what we do for harvest festival (only we will not decorate the chapel with the items!) I will distribute our collection to local organisations in the last week of Term 4. Thank you in anticipation.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
School Chaplain

 

 

Congratulations to Grace Barr, Grace Campbell-Avenell, Emilia Doohan, India Hobbs, Sascha Richards and Mia Robson from the HSC Class of 2019, on receiving nominations for their Major Design Projects in "SHAPE 2019"; the annual exhibition of a selection of exemplary Major Projects.

All the students developed challenging and innovative projects addressing genuine needs and opportunities in the process. Grace Barr created a functional shoulder brace for tennis and other sports that assists with on-court stabilisation and support. Grace Campbell-Avenell designed a History study game for students who are social learners and to help with anxiety and stress. Emilia Doohan designed and created a colourful versatile backpack that could be used as a conventional backpack for students, as well as a specialised camera bag. India Hobbs designed a range of contemporary homeware pieces for the dinner table to bring families together without the distraction of modern technology. Sascha Richards' “Stilla” is a flexible modular shelving system which maximises space and minimises sound integrating sound diffusion creating a customisable and creative solution. Mia Robson’s aim was to create contemporary garments attempting to use 100% of the material with no excess pieces, reducing textile waste, with the use of CAD to create zero waste patterns.

Congratulations to all these students as well as the entire Year 12 Design & Technology 2019 cohort on their extraordinary endeavours and an innovative collection of projects.

Caroline O'Sullivan
Head of TAS

 

 

Congratulations to Grace Apted, Georgia Brogan, Grace Guthrie and Ava Lacoon-Robinson who have all been nominated for ART EXPRESS. We wish them luck with the selection process. 

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Grace Guthrie

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Grace Apted

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Georgia Brogan

BTGG 2019 11 14 Art Lacoon Robinson

Ava Lacoon-Robinson

Katrina Collins
Head of Visual Arts

 

 

Primary News

NSW PSSA Athletics Championships
Congratulations to Coco Espie who competed on Wednesday 31 October and Thursday 1 November in the multi class Discus, Shot Put and 11-13 years 100m. Coco gained a first place in the Shot Put and second place in the Discus.

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Congratulations to our Primary Senior relay team of Stella Argyrides, Abigail Grace, Isla Hootman and Stella Manos who competed at SOPAC on Thursday 1 November. The girls came 10th overall in the semifinals. They missed out by one spot to run in the finals. They ran beautifully in very hot conditions.

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This was an outstanding achievement for all the girls.

Years 4-6 IPSHA Basketball, Tennis and Year 3 Football
The basketballers, football and tennis players are having a great season. Parents please ensure your daughter has a large water bottle for both training and Saturday games. We ask that the girls arrive 30min prior to the start of the game to ensure an adequate warm up is undertaken. It has been very pleasing to see excellent sportsmanship from our girls, particularly those teams who have needed to play the "Mercy rule".

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Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Assembly Performance
Well done to Olivia Papadakis in Year 9 with her performance of “Andantino” by Niels (Wilhelm) Gade. The work was performed by Olivia for the processional and recessional items at assembly. Thank you and well done, Olivia!

AMEB Flute and Oboe Exams
Congratulations to the following students who have achieved the following grades in their AMEB exams:

Eva Ancher    Grade 3 Flute
Amelia Whelan    Grade 3 Flute
Josephine Jarvie    Grade 4 Flute
Olivia Jarvie    Grade 6 Flute
Zoe Moyes    Grade 3 Oboe

 





This is a wonderful achievement and testament to the hard work by these students. Thank you to Ms Kellie Grennan and Ms Zoe Sitsky who have carefully prepared these students for their examination. Well done, girls!

Secondary Brass Concert Tuesday 12 November
Congratulations to the following students who played in the Secondary Brass concert on Tuesday lunchtime in DB1; Maggie Harper, Lily Helene, Charlotte FitzSimons, Sarah McNaughton and Uma Volkmer.

Thank you to the Brass teachers Ms Louise Horwood and Ms Alex Silver who have prepared the students for the performances. Well done girls!

Twilight Concert Thursday 14 November, 5:00-6:30pm, Great Hall
The Music Department would like to invite members of the School community to our final concert for 2019. The Twilight Concert will take place on Thursday 14 November. The concert will feature performances by the Bands, Strings, Percussion and Chamber ensembles. All performers will need to be at the Diana Bowman Centre by 4:30pm on Thursday afternoon to tune and warm up before the concert.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Does your instrument require a service?
A reminder for some families who are currently hiring an instrument through the Music Department. It would be helpful for the Music Department to know whether your instrument will require a service and a clean over the Christmas holiday period. The holidays are a great opportunity to do this so that your instrument is ready for the new year.

If you would like this for your school instrument, could you please contact our Music Administrator, Ms Stephanie Holmes before Friday 22 November in Week 6 for us to check what needs to be done. The instruments would then need to be handed into the Music Department by Monday 2 December in Week 8.

Upcoming performances and events in Term 4:
Twilight Concert – Thursday 14 November, Great Hall 5:00pm

Studio Concert of Ms Kylie Bailey – Monday 18 November 1:10 – 1:40pm DB1

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Theatre Excursions - School Of Rock & War Horse
We have secured a limited number of tickets to two exciting theatre events that will take place early in the 2020 school year. Registration of participation is now open.

“School of Rock” is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is based on the film of the same name. The show features many talented young musicians in the cast. This show plays the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket. We will attend on Thursday 6 February at 7pm (Term 1, week 2).

“War Horse” is the theatre juggernaut that originated at the National Theatre in London. It is a masterwork of theatricality, cleverly employing puppetry and stagecraft to transport us to another time and place. The play is based on the popular novel by Michael Morpurgo. It is not to be missed. We will attend on Thursday 27 February at 7:30pm. The show plays at the Lyric Theatre at Star City in Pyrmont.

These theatre excursions are open to all girls across Years 7-12 in 2020. Permission letters are now available and may be obtained from Mr Eyers.

Saving SCEGGS
Year 7-10 cast and crew will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November at 7pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 23 November at 3pm. Bookings are now open from TryBooking.

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BTGG 2019 11 14 Drama rehearsal 1

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BTGG 2019 11 14 Drama rehearsal 3

Theatre Terminology
Strike
To strike the set means to take down the set and make way for the next production. On a smaller scale, you can strike an object from the stage, as in “strike that ladder,” in order to remove it from the stage. This is actually one of the dozens of dictionary definitions for the word “strike,” meaning “to haul down; to dismantle and take away.”

This ‘pack-up’ stage of production is also known as the bump-out.

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.” Robert Evans – Hollywood Film Producer.

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 
P & F Events
     
Sunday 24 November
Year 3 Parents & Girls End of Year Party
Time
3:00-6:00pm
Where
Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Cost
Adults $35
Children $15
Siblings welcome
Online Booking
Refer to invitation for TryBooking link
RSVP
Friday 15 November 
Friday 29 November
Year 7 End of Year Cocktail Party
Time
6:30pm 
Where
The Tilbury Hotel 
12-18 Nicholson St,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Cost
Per head (for food) $35
Drinks can be purchased at the bar
Online Booking  
Via TryBooking link;
Contact
Simon Hallgath-Jolly or Year 7 Class Parents
Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

 

Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association

 

 

 

BTGG 2019 11 7 Cambodia airport BTGG 2019 11 7 Cambodia Angkor Wat

Over the holidays a group of 54 girls and 10 teachers visited Cambodia for nine days with the aim of helping Habit for Humanity build five houses in the rural village of Sambou, about 45 minutes out of Siem Reap city.

BTGG 2019 11 7 Cambodia TukTuk BTGG 2019 11 7 Cambodia cultural

From the get-go we were immersed in brilliant Cambodian culture, beginning the trip with delicious meals and exciting cultural trips. Throughout our stay we participated in activities that showed us all sides of Cambodian culture including a tuk tuk ride, a dinner watching traditional Khmer dances and a visit to the Phare circus. And, of course, a trip to Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without visiting the iconic Angkor Watt complex. Immersing ourselves in Cambodian history and culture was such an enriching benefit of the trip which certainly expanded our cultural world horizons. 

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Of course, our main objective of our trip was to build five houses in the rural Sambou village. We were split into five smaller build groups with 10-11 girls and 1-2 teachers in each of them and allocated a build site where we would be constructing a house for the family living there. Every day we faced new, challenging and complex tasks which every girl met with a smile on her face and willingness to put in the hard work required to get a job done including sawing, hammering, chiselling, mixing concrete, brick laying, and so on. Build sites were hubs of activity during the day with girls working alongside professional skilled workers (called "bosses"), kids playing with girls during breaks – running around enjoying the excitement of it all – and the adults of the families regularly chipping in a helping hand and being a valuable presence on the site, a reminder of why we faced the heat and hard work when things started to become very challenging.

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At the conclusion of the five days it was time to leave the village for the final time. In the morning each group did a handover ceremony where the houses we officially given to each of the families to move into that night. Then we converged as a group at the main Habitat for Humanity Hub to hear some final remarks from key figures in our journey and say a final, official farewell. The family’s remarks about how thankful and happy they were to have a house to live in were deeply emotional for us all and certainly brought a tear to many a girl's eyes. When we had to board the buses for the final time, many of us cried to be leaving such a beautiful group of people who had influenced us in such a profound way. They had helped us grow and experience life from a new point of view that we never could have imagined before.

BTGG 2019 11 7 Cambodia build complete

On behalf of the group, we thank all the staff who accompanied us on the trip: Ms Stepasiuk, Ms Smith, Ms Ford, Ms Bean, Ms Thompson, Ms Kalt, Ms Demaine and Ms Kidston and of course the biggest thank you to Mr Stevenson (the only male out of all 64 of us) and Ms Connolly for their enduring hard work and determination organising the whole trip to make sure we had the best experience ever, we are so grateful. 

Phoebe Masnick, Georgia Williams and Imogen Powell
Year 11 & Year 10 Students

 

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This year’s Year 6 Musical, a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was performed last Friday evening. What a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for the girls, and what magical performance it was! The girls did such an impressive job – not only in each of their performances, and in learning so many lines, but also being involved in choreography and stage work. And it was the girls’ own artwork in the program, and the posters advertising the production. It was a truly spectacular performance, in every way. Well done to each and every one of the girls, and to Mrs Alex Dalman for leading the girls so beautifully throughout the process. This year’s musical is one the Year 6 girls will remember for many, many years to come.

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Midsummer 1

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Midsummer 2

ICAS Medal Winner

Congratulations to Jemima Lowe, Year 5, who has been awarded a medal in this year’s ICAS English competition. Medals are awarded to students with the top score in each subject in each year level. This year over 980,000 entries were received and only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement. Jemima will receive her medal at a special ceremony at the University of NSW. Well done Jemima!

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary

 

 

The Howard Tanner Award for drawing has been awarded to Samantha Klein in Year 9. This award is given to a student for observational drawing and is awarded to a student once over their years at SCEGGS. The prize is awarded at Speech Night.

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Samantha Klein

Judged by our drawing teacher Lilli Stromland, Lilli commented that Samantha “rendered a wide range of everyday subjects to create exciting, intriguing visuals. This outstanding group of drawings convey her commitment to drawing, a strong sense of intentionality, sophisticated techniques and keen observational skills.”

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Elenarose Plaister

Three students were Highly Commended; Elenarose Plaister in Year 11 (who was awarded this prize in 2017), Adeline Wan in Year 10 and Hannah Guest in Year 7.

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Adeline Wan

Congratulations to all the students involved.

All the work is on display in JF1 until 15 November. We warmly invite you to attend.

Katrina Collins
Head of Visual Arts

 

 

There is still time to book your ticket to SPAN's, Women in Marketing, PR and Communications with Nestle’s Head of Marketing, Michelle Katz as the keynote speaker.

Michelle has extensive Marketing and Communication experience across multiple marketing sectors and has spent the last eight years leading the development of integrated marketing and communication plans at Optus, Unilever and now Nestle. This networking opportunity is not to be missed if you are currently working or aspiring to work in this highly competitive industry.

Please join us for drinks and canapés alongside like-minded women.

Monday 11 November
6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Joan Freeman Terrace

Cost: Tickets are $20 each
Please click here to secure your ticket

 

 

Anglicare Toys and Tucker

Every girl in the School is asked to contribute towards providing a Christmas gift for a child of a certain age group which will be collected at our School Christmas Service on Monday 2 December. Most of these gifts will go to Anglicare who will then deliver them to families struggling with poverty in our city. This always brings a lot of joy to the children as well as the parents. Some parents feel ashamed that they cannot provide a gift for their children due to their circumstances and our donations help them to have something to celebrate during Christmas. Form and class teachers will help the students to plan and prepare for this activity over the next few weeks.

“Mr Lee-Lindsay needs new undies”

For those new to our community I would like to introduce you to our socks and undies drive. There are a number of welfare organisations that are always asking for NEW socks and undies for their clientele. This is a serious issue amongst the homeless in terms of hygiene and good foot care. This is a whole school activity and because we want to get a variety of sizes this is how we would like the different year groups to donate:

Primary
(Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2) – Girls Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 3 and 4) – Boys Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 5 and 6) - Socks and/or Undies for 8 to 12 year olds.

Secondary
Year 7 – men’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 8 – women’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 9 - men’s large undies and/or socks
Year 10 – women’s large undies or socks
Year 11 – men’s or women’s small undies or socks

Students are welcome to leave their donations in the basket outside the Chapel for collection, like what we do for harvest festival (only we will not decorate the chapel with the items!) I will distribute our collection to local organisations in the last week of Term 4. Thank you in anticipation.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
School Chaplain

 

 

Primary News

IPSHA Gymnastics

Congratulations to the girls below who all competed in the IPSHA Gymnastics competition on Thursday 31 October.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Team

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Gym F1

Foundation 1; Zoe Argyrides, Sienna Morris, Olivia Phillips, Bronte Treffiletti and Stella Wilson

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Gym F2

Foundation 2; Isabella Conroy and Sophia Papadakis

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Gym C3

Category 3; Cassandra Davies, Georgia Farrow, Bianca Hardge and Lucia Scala

Artistic Gymnastics Team

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Gym L2

Level 2; Lily-Mae Cook, Lucinda Cook, Nina Genc and Olivia Roberts

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Gym L3

Level 3; Meike Bannister, Katerina Giannikouris, Zoe Lindner, Isobel Murray and Abigail Tattersall

BTGG 2019 11 7 Primary Gym L4

Level 4; Poppy Hegarty, Emmeline McLeod and Ingrid Weaver

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Level 5; Sarah James, Emilia Narev, Abigail Sauer and Annalise Zimmerle

The girls have been training all year and competed in many state and regional competitions in preparation. Congratulations to; 

Foundation 1 Rhythmic 3rd in Division 1
Foundation 2 Rhythmic 7th in Division 1
Category 3 Rhythmic Group 1st in Division 1
Level 2 Artistic 1st in Division 2
Level 3 Artistic 1st in Division 2
Level 4 Artistic 5th in Division 2
Level 6 Artistic 6th overall

Thank you to all our Artistic and Rhythmic coaches, in particular; Rachel Weiner, Head Rhythmic coach and Glen Hay, Head Artistic coach.

Sports Choice Forms 2020

Parents should have received by email Sports Choice Forms for 2020. If you have not received this to date, please check in your ‘spam’ or ‘junk’ mail.

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Secondary News

IGSSA Gymnastics

Well done to the SCEGGS Gymnastics team who competed at the IGSSA Gymnastics Carnival at Rooty Hill last week. SCEGGS placed equal 9th overall with our neighbours at Ascham.

Well done to the following girls on some outstanding results.

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Rhythmic Gymnastics Highlights

Congratulations to Laura DaviesAisha ImtarnasanHannah JamesMadison LiewIlana Patkar and Sally Webster who competed in the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition.

Level 4

Hannah James: Rope 3rd, Freehand 2nd, Ball 4th

Level 5

Ilana Patkar: Rope 2nd, Ball 5th, Ribbon 4th

Madison Liew: Rope 4th, Ball 1st, Ribbon 3rd

Level 6

Aisha Imtarnasan: Rope 7th, Ball 7th, Clubs 7th

Level 7

Sally Webster: Rope 6th, Clubs 7th, Freehand 7th

Level 8

Laura Davies: Ball 9th, Clubs 9th, Freehand 10th

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Milla Brown and Zara O'Shea

Artistic Gymnastics Highlights

SCEGGS had a small but enthusiastic group of girls who competed in the Artistic Gymnastic competition: Olga Giannikouris, Billie Palmer, Emma Talbot, Zara O’Shea and Milla Brown.

Level 3

Emma Talbot: Vault 13th

Level 6

Milla Brown: Floor 4th

Zara O’Shea: Vault 9th

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

Free Books Available in the Library

The Library is currently weeding old and second copies of books to make way for new items. Whether you use them for an artwork, an installation or just the pleasure of reading, please come and browse the trolley near the circulation desk and help yourself!

Alison Conliffe
Head of Library

 

 

Year 6 Musical “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Congratulations to the Year 6 students who presented a beautiful musical and visual feast with their performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream. There were many stunning elements to the performance and the students have worked diligently as a cohort to making it a success. Thank you to Mrs Alexandra Dalman who worked tirelessly on this production and for her direction of the students. Thank you also to the staff Musicians who played: Mrs Anne Sweeney, Ms Stephanie Holmes, Ms Jaynes Groves and Mr Matt Moore with Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth as Assistant Musical Director. We also had some talented Year 6 girls play with the band, Bondi Barlow, Emma Chang and Amelia Whelan. Thank you also to Mrs Kate Wenham, who completed the choreography for the production.

Flute and Oboe Concert Monday 4 November

Congratulations to the following students who performed in the Flute & Oboe concert on Monday 4 November in the Diana Bowman Centre; Josephine Wheater, Georgia Baker Wood, Sadie Juneja, Saskia Sostaric, Eva Ancher, Amelie Singer, Amelia Whelan, Josephine Jarvie, Lauren Ransom and Olivia Jarvie.

Thank you also to members of the Flute Choir who performed.

Thank you to Ms Kellie Grennan (Flute) and Ms Zoe Sitsky (Oboe) who have prepared the students for their performances. Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment of the students.

Percussion Concert Thursday 7 November

Congratulations to the students from the percussion studio of Ms Jayne Groves. It was great to hear the array of percussion featured in the lunch time concert and to see the progression of each student. Thank you to Ms Groves for her preparation and direction of performances in the concert.

Twilight Concert Invitation Thursday 14 November

The Music Department would like to invite members of the School community to our final 2019 concert. The Twilight Concert will take place on Thursday 14 November in Week 5. The concert will feature performances by the Strings, Bands, Percussion and Chamber ensembles.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Suzuki Graduation Concert – Sydney Opera House 3 November

Congratulations to the students who performed in the Annual Suzuki Graduation Concert at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 3 November. It was great to see several students from Primary and Secondary who performed as part of this event and as a record of their progression on their instrument. Well done!

Upcoming performances and events in Term 4:

Twilight Concert – Thursday 14 November, Great Hall 5:00pm

Studio Concert of Ms Kylie Bailey – Monday 18 November 1.10 – 1.40pm

Voice students of Ms Bailey will be performing in a lunch time concert in DB1 classroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Theatre – Fangirls

What a treat to experience this new Australian musical at Belvoir Theatre last Tuesday evening.  The show was conceived and performed by SCEGGS old girl Yve Blake (2010) who has crafted a very engaging work and performs it with great humour, energy and skill.

The musical has proven to be a big hit with audiences and Yve’s career looks assured.

Saving SCEGGS

Year 7-10 cast and crew will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson from Thursday 21 November to Saturday 23 November at 7pm. There will also be a matinee on Saturday 23 November at 3pm. Bookings are now open from Trybooking.

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The School Production – an Active and Responsible Participation 

With the imminent arrival of Saving SCEGGS in week 6, I felt it timely to reflect on why we present a School Production – and the commitment required to make it a truly satisfying experience for all involved.

School productions offer a co-curricular experience in which students enter an opportunity to expand their drama and theatre skills. They are also stimulated by an investigation into other worlds and time. It as an opportunity to work with staff and creatives in a parallel environment that is nurturing, collaborative and a recognition and appreciation of shared interest and objectives.

The school production also requires a great deal of passion, challenge and commitment to achieve the inevitable reward – cohesive and shared excellence. The production certainly provides a social experience and the opportunity to meet and work with students from other year levels and schools; but participation in a school production should chiefly be driven by a desire to embrace the art, tell stories and excel in a product that has been crafted though collaboration in pursuit of the best art possible.

The success of a production, like any sports team, choir, orchestra or ensemble requires an unseen ‘contract’ that is acknowledged by the individual to confirm absolute support of the project for the duration of its rehearsal and production period. It is not acceptable for a participant to check in and out as they please. Or to assume that their role is insignificant. Every role (on-stage and behind-the-scenes) is vital in the construction of a play or musical.

Communication too is paramount in these experiences. Staff are very mindful of the busy times in the school calendar and will amend rehearsal expectations as necessary. Participation in a production experience is great grounding/preparation for dealing with those times in life when we feel overwhelmed but with forethought, organisation and self-discipline we can achieve. Staff are always mindful of student commitments and will not place unnecessary expectations on workloads. We are all here to support each other and achieve the most successful theatre of which we are capable.

There is no doubt that the memory of our school arts experiences linger long – music concerts, drama productions, musicals, dance shows and so on occupy fond recall for a lifetime. What is it that each of these experiences have in common? Part of the positive memory is tied to the discipline, practice and training that precedes the performance and contributes to the satisfaction of working towards performance standard and being stage worthy. Best practice in the performing arts is hard fun. And that is what creates those lifelong memories.

I ask you to consider carefully your desire to contribute to a school play or musical. Participation does come with expectations of continuity, rehearsal, communication and commitment.  It is a family consideration also. We depend on our parents to get us to rehearsal and to collect us, to sacrifice occasional functions because rehearsal is called. The various parts of production cannot function completely unless we are all present.

I hope you will one day experience the great reward of being in a school production – but also realise that it is hard fun!

Theatre Terminology – Blocking

The precise staging of the actors, their path of movement in scenes, is known as blocking. The term came into popular use in the 1960s based on the tradition of 19th-century theatre directors who worked out their scenes on a mini model of the stage, using blocks to represent actors. Sir W.S. Gilbert was known for using blocks of different heights to represent men and women in his operas. The men were three inches high and the women two-and-a-half inches. The blocks were color-coded to illustrate the different voice parts—so Gilbert could create the correct sonic blend. Green and white were tenors, black and yellow were sopranos, red and green were contraltos.

“To enter a theatre for a performance is to be inducted into a magical space, to be ushered into the sacred arena of the imagination.” Simon CallowCharles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 

 
P & F Events
     
Sunday 24 November
Year 3 Parents & Girls End of Year Party
Time
3:00-6:00pm
Where
Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Cost
Adults $35
Children $15
Siblings welcome
Online Booking
Refer to invitation for TryBooking link
RSVP
Friday 15 November 
Friday 29 November
Year 7 End of Year Cocktail Party
Time
6:30pm 
Where
The Tilbury Hotel 
12-18 Nicholson St,
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Cost
Per head (for food) $35
Drinks can be purchased at the bar
Online Booking  
Via TryBooking link;
Contact
Simon Hallgath-Jolly or Year 7 Class Parents
Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

 

Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association

 

 

Jillian Broadbent AO – inaugural Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, former Chief Executive Women president.

David Haslingden – Chair of the Australian Geographic Society and WildAid, a conservation organisation.

Lara Olsen – Engineer, energy executive, formerly of Tesla Energy, California.

Martijn Wilder AM – Global Climate Change Law Partner at Baker McKenzie, founder of Pollination: advisory and investment on the transition to a net zero emissions future.

These amazing environmental thinkers are coming to SCEGGS for one lunchtime only, on Thursday 7 November at 1pm in the Lecture Theatre, to answer this important question posed Zoe Brenner, the Year 11 organiser of this event:

"We are all wanting to educate ourselves so that we can make the best decisions as many of us will vote for the first time at the next state and federal elections. We all want to do things in our own lives and future education and jobs that are good for the environment and the planet.  What are your thoughts and advice on this important area?"

All students from Year 5 up are invited to come and hear these speakers. Bring your lunch and be seated in the Lecture Theatre at the start of lunch.

 

 

Howard Tanner Drawing Prize and Year 7 Klippel Sculptures

Exhibition running in JF1 from 8am – 3:30pm until 15 November.

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Hannah Guest

The Art Department welcomes you to view an exhibition of student works in JF1.  On show are works from the Howard Tanner award for observational drawing which includes students from Years 7 to 11.  The winner of this award will be announced at Speech Night.  The prize highlights the outstanding drawing occurring in the classroom and the cocurricular drawing class with Lilli Stromland.

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Samantha Klein

Also included in the exhibition are Year 7 sculptures made in the style of Robert Klippel.

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Elenarose Plaister

We are very proud of the works that students have made so please take the time to come up and see them.

Michaela Gleave
Art Assistant

 

 

Anglicare Toys and Tucker

Every girl in the School is asked to contribute towards providing a Christmas gift for a child of a certain age group which will be collected at our School Christmas Service on Monday 2 December. Most of these gifts will go to Anglicare who will then deliver them to families struggling with poverty in our city. This always brings a lot of joy to the children as well as the parents. Some parents feel ashamed that they cannot provide a gift for their children due to their circumstances and our donations help them to have something to celebrate during Christmas. Form and class teachers will help the students to plan and prepare for this activity over the next few weeks.

“Mr Lee-Lindsay needs new undies”

For those new to our community I would like to introduce you to our socks and undies drive. There are a number of welfare organisations that are always asking for NEW socks and undies for their clientele. This is a serious issue amongst the homeless in terms of hygiene and good foot care. This is a whole school activity and because we want to get a variety of sizes this is how we would like the different year groups to donate:

Primary
(Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2) – Girls Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 3 and 4) – Boys Socks and/or Undies for 3 to 7 year olds.
(Years 5 and 6) - Socks and/or Undies for 8 to 12 year olds.

Secondary
Year 7 – men’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 8 – women’s medium undies and/or socks
Year 9 - men’s large undies and/or socks
Year 10 – women’s large undies or socks
Year 11 – men’s or women’s small undies or socks

Students are welcome to leave their donations in the basket outside the Chapel for collection, like what we do for harvest festival (only we will not decorate the chapel with the items!) I will distribute our collection to local organisations in the last week of Term 4. Thank you in anticipation.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay
School Chaplain

 

 

 

Paddle popFriday 8 November – Primary Playground, Lunchtime

Paddle Pops and Icy Poles all $1.50.

Girls are asked to have the correct change as this will greatly help the parents who are organising this treat.

 

 

For the second year in a row, Lucia Gelonesi, has been shortlisted in the Red Room Poetry Object Competition. Her whimsical poem “Broken Umbrella” personifies an umbrella “forced to hang upside-down like a bat in the airless hallway” in order to explore deeper ideas about the transience of life. We congratulate Lucia on this exemplary achievement; her thoughtful poems are always a joy to read. Red Room will announce the winner of the competition on 28 November; we wish Lucia all the best for this announcement. Her poem can be read at the following link; https://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/poems/18907/

Jenny Bean
Acting Head of English

 

 

SCEGGS is delighted to host our next SPAN event, Women in Marketing, PR and Communications with Nestle’s Head of Marketing, Michelle Katz as the keynote speaker.

Michelle has extensive Marketing and Communication experience across multiple marketing sectors and has spent the last eight years leading the development of integrated marketing and communication plans at Optus, Unilever and now Nestle. This networking opportunity is not to be missed if you are currently working or aspiring to work in this highly competitive industry.

Please join us for drinks and canapés alongside like-minded women.

Monday 11 November
6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Joan Freeman Terrace

Cost: Tickets are $20 each
Please click here to secure your ticket
RSVP by 6 November

 

 

International Games Week

Join the Secondary Library in Week 4 to celebrate National Games Week. The Library will host a wide variety of games at both Recess and Lunchtime. If you like Uno, Pick up sticks, Dominoes, Ludo, Twister etc.  -  come and play!

Tamsin Hughes
Library Assistant

 

 

Primary Sport

PSSA Athletics

On 6 and 7 November Stella Argyrides, Abigail GraceIsla Hootman and Stella Manos will compete in the junior relay at the PSSA Athletics carnival. Coco Espie will also compete in the multi class discus, shot put and 100m. We wish them all the best of luck.

Saturday Sport Photos

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 Primary Basketball Team

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Primary Basketball Team

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Primary Soccer Team

 

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Theatre – Fangirls

SCEGGS alumnus Yve Blake (2010) has penned and performs in a new production called Fangirls. It has just opened a season at Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. The reviews have been splendid.

“Having written the book, music and lyrics, Blake adds a compelling stage presence, charisma to burn, and superb acting skills to a list of credentials that seems somehow implausible in someone who, onstage, genuinely does look 14 (the age of her character). Through sheer star power, Blake draws you in until you’re sharing every rollercoaster emotional moment”.

A theatre party of staff and students will be in attendance at the show on Tuesday 5 November to support Yve in triumphant success.

Theatre Club 2020

I am delighted to announce that Ms Morice and the Drama department have assembled another exciting line-up of theatre to form SCEGGS Theatre Club 2020. There is a variety of style, content and theatre venue to compliment your theatre experience and post-show discussion.

The shows that will feature in the Theatre Club for next year are:

  1. The School of Rock – a musical at The Capitol Theatre
  2. War Horse – you may have seen the film or read the book but the theatrical storytelling of this narrative is not to be missed – The Lyric Theatre.
  3. No Pay, No Way by Dario Fo at The Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
  4. Dance Nation by Clare Barron at Belvoir Theatre
  5. Jump For Jordan by Donna Abela at The Eternity Playhouse
  6. Super Heroes by Mark Rogers at The Griffin Theatre

It is a very eclectic selection that will amuse, engage and enlighten. Each theatre visit is followed by an enthusiastic debrief the next day with Ms Morice in the school cafeteria.

The Theatre Club is only able to cater to 30 students so first in, best dressed as they say. Participation in the Theatre Club is open to all SCEGGS girls in Years 10 – 11. You do not need to be studying Drama as a subject. You should have a passion for attending live performance, be responsible in arriving and departing the venues, practice excellent theatre etiquette and enjoy the company and conversation of your peers.

Saving SCEGGS Poster Competition

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The poster selected as the winner of our Saving SCEGGS poster design competition has been designed by Hannah Guest. Hannah will receive a gift voucher for her sterling work in communicating the production to our school community.

Entries were received from Annie Furness, Isla Dawson-Damer, Ishara Verdickt, Arella Plater and Sophie Kuijper. We acknowledge and thank them for their creative contributions to this project.

Saving SCEGGS Bookings

Bookings are now open for the 21 to 23 November production of Saving SCEGGS.

Bookings can be made using the link:

https://www.trybooking.com/BFTRF

Stories in the Dark

The Cranbrook School are presenting the Debra Oswald play Stories in the Dark from 6 to 9 November.

Congratulations and best wishes to Sophie Forward and Evie Watson for a successful season.

Festival of Speech

Congratulations to Hannah Mavrakis, Stella Walker, Georgina Harley-Macdonald, Taylor Shutes and Mia Freeland who competed in the Drama section of the annual AHIGS Festival of Speech conducted at the Meriden school last Saturday. The girls were coached by Ms Juliet Timmerman. The ensemble finished 5th in a competition of 15 schools and earned valuable points that contributed to the overall tally.

It was pleasing to note that SCEGGS was awarded first place in the overall competition.

"My jump is not high enough, my twists are not perfect, I can't place my leg behind my ear. Please don't do that. Sometimes there is such an obsession with the technique that this can kill your best impulses. Remember that communicating with a form of art means being vulnerable, being imperfect. And most of the time is much more interesting. Believe me." Mikhail Baryshnikov

 

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 

AMEB Cello Results

Congratulations to the following students who have achieved the following grades in their AMEB Cello examinations; Helaina Travassaros Grade 4 and Maree Karantanis Grade 6. Special thanks to Ms Rachel Valentine for working with the girls to prepare the syllabus and to Mrs Stephanie Holmes for accompanying the girls for their exams. Well done girls!

String Concerts Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 October

Congratulations to the string students who performed in a series of after school concerts from Monday to Wednesday this week.  The students are from the teaching studios of Mrs Anne Sweeney, Ms Dominique Gallery, Ms Evelyn Cirevski, Ms Kathryn Crossing, Ms Vicki Parkin, Ms Rachel Valentine and Ms Bonita Williams.  It was wonderful to see the development of the young string players with some preparing to complete their AMEB examinations in November.  Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney and the string tutors for their dedication in preparing the students’ performances.  Thank you also to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment of the string students.

Ensemble Rehearsals Resume Week 4

A reminder to all Secondary students that rehearsals are as per their scheduled times after Week 3 Assessments.  Attendance is important with the preparation for Twilight Concert in Week 5 and end of year school events of Christmas service and Speech Night.

Upcoming performances and events in Term 4:

Year 6 Musical – Friday 1 November, Great Hall 6:00pm.

Flute and Oboe Concert – Monday 4 November.

The students of Ms Kel Grennan, Ms Zoe Sitsky and members of the Flute Choir are performing in the Primary Music Room, 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Percussion Concert – Thursday 7 November.

All percussion students of Ms Jayne Groves are performing in a concert in the Great Hall, 1:10 – 1:40pm.

Twilight Concert – Wednesday 14 November, Great Hall 5:00pm.

Secondary Brass Concert – Tuesday 12 November, DB 1 1:10pm.

Studio Concert of Ms Jo Burton – Wednesday 13 November DB1 1:10 – 1:40pm.

Studio Concert of Ms Helen Saltos – Friday 15 November DB1 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Studio Concert of Ms Kylie Bailey – Monday 18 November 1:10 – 1:40pm.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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