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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes



Book Week Parade
Fun was had by all at this week’s Book Week Parade! Thank you to all the girls for joining in so enthusiastically and making it a very special parade indeed. So many wonderful photos were taken, here is just a sampling. Please come and see the rest in the Primary Office windows!

book week 1

book week 2

book week 4

book week 3


Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent-teacher interviews will be held across the Primary school over the coming few weeks. Parents will already have received details about the organisation of these. But if you have any questions at all, please contact Paul McGrath, Deputy Head of Primary. The teachers are all looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your daughter’s progress.

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School



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

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

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

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

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

From the Cambodia Immersion Team 2019



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

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

Garry Lee-Lindsay



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

Sarah Hawkins



HSC Drama Showcase – Tomorrow Night
HSC Drama students will present a showcase of their practical works on Friday 23 August at 6pm in The Playhouse. The school community is warmly invited to attend to support the girls in their final display of Individual Project and Group Devised Performances prior to their assessment by NESA markers.
Markers from NESA will visit the School on 27 and 28 August to examine the HSC Drama class practical works.

Chicago – The Musical
We are off to see the musical Chicago at The Capitol Theatre on Sunday September 15 at 6pm.
This productions stars Natalie Bassingthwaite, Tom Burlinson and Casey Donovan.
The opportunity is optional but will once again contribute to the valuable experience of live theatre.
Year 9-11 Drama students have now received permission notes. A limited number of seats are available, so best in best dressed.

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

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

Director: Ms Eddi Goodfellow

Technical Design: Ms Eddi Goodfellow

Designer: Mr Peter Mussared

Choreographer: Ms Amy Petsalis

Associate Director: Ms Vivienne Rodda

Producer: Mr Peter Eyers

Production Assistant: Ms Jodine Wolman

Historical Consultant: Ms Prue Heath

22.8 Saving SCEGGS Play Reading

Saving SCEGGS Play Reading

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

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

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama



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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
The following ensembles will be performing as part of Festival on Forbes:
Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst.
Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta.
Rock Bands
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)
Click here to view performance times and locations.

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 August, Primary Music Room 1:10 – 1:40pm
The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

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

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music



Primary Sport

Water Polo
Congratulations to Zoe Andrea (Yr 6) and Elizabeth Shin (Yr 6) who competed with the U12 Sydney University Water Polo team in the NSW 2019 Winter Metro Competition. The Gold Medal match was held on Sunday and the team were very happy with their Silver medal in a 6-8 final.

Zozo Andrea Water Polo team 22.8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator



Archdale results and information
Congratulations to the Year 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 10, and Senior teams for progressing to the Quarter Finals of the Archdale Debating Competition. Quarter Finals will take place next Tuesday (27 August). The 7A, 8A, and 8B teams will be at St Catherine’s, and the 7B, 10 and Senior teams will be at PLC Sydney. Busses will leave from SCEGGS at 3:15pm. A bus will return back to SCEGGS from PLC at 8pm. There will be no bus back from St Catherine’s. The topic area for all teams is The Environment.

Imogen Harper
Debating Coordinator



The Trust is delighted to invite the community to tour Wilkinson House during the Festival on Forbes. The SRC students will take tours of the building on the half hour from 10:30am, starting and finishing on Level 1 of the Joan Freeman Building (next to the Silent Auction). SRC students will provide a great insight into learning environment in the current building and following the tours, members of the Trust will be available to answer questions regarding the redevelopment. For more information on the day regarding the tours please visit the Information Booth.

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

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

To purchase tickets please go to the following link before 11pm tonight:

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Ticket bookings are now open online at 

A light supper and drinks will also be served.

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



Winter Primary Pants Available in the School Shop

For the K-2 Primary Girls who are feeling the winter chill, we have good news!

The K-2 Winter Primary school pants are available for purchase through the School Uniform Shop. 

The new pants are a tailored wool blend in navy, retailing for $65.00.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager



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


Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association