SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

It has been an absolute treat for me to watch Ashleigh Barty win the French Open. What a fantastic role model for all young people in Australia. She is such a wonderful Sportswoman – a fantastic tennis player and a gracious, down to earth young woman.

There have been other examples, too, of other female athletes at the top of their game – the Matildas, Women’s Rugby 7s, Women’s AFL... There are so many great role models in Australia for women and sport. And a little closer to home, in an earlier edition of Behind the Green Gate, we acknowledged the achievements of Old Girl and current SCEGGS Netball and Cross-country coach Amy Parmenter. Amy is a member of the Giants Super Netball team (Sydney’s premier Australian league team in the Suncorp Super Netball competition) and was voted MVP in a recent match. It should be inspiring for all the students here at SCEGGS – I hope they are seeing what can be achieved with talent and hard work.

On this note, you might like to read this article about the captains of four English women’s teams in cricket, netball, football and Rugby Union: English women's teams.

On a different but related note, there is a great deal of research about the importance of Sport and Physical Activity for all young people. All the research points to the fact that young people who participate in sport and organised recreational activity enjoy better mental health, are more alert, and more resilient against the stresses of modern living.

If you are interested in more, here is an article on this topic: importance of Sport and Physical Activity.

Co-curricular activities at SCEGGS have always been important, and I want our girls and young women to participate in a broad range of activities. I want them all to be accomplished, well-rounded young women - active, contributing, healthy, flourishing. Being involved in sport and physical activity (either inside school, outside school or both) is an important part of that.

We have been reflecting on this at SCEGGS, and how we can strive for an even better Sports program. There will be three prongs to this drive for further improvement.

Firstly, we want a renewed emphasis on the importance of commitment to participation when a girl signs up for an activity. I wrote about this in last week’s Behind the Green Gate. We want to ensure that there are clear expectations of turning up to all matches and training sessions and that girls consistently meet those expectations with 100% attendance, save in exceptional circumstances.

We also want to help girls not to be over-involved – to make careful decisions about their activities so that they can effectively manage all their commitments and make a good contribution to each.

We also want to work on the consistency of our sporting program, ensuring that the quality of coaching is as good as possible. We will employ some additional specialist Sports coaches who will oversee the development of a cohesive and coordinated program across all the grades and years of schooling, working with the coaches to improve their work with all teams and provide a more specialised and refined skills program.

Finally, we want to give a higher profile of Sport in Assemblies, particularly in the Primary School, giving greater recognition to sporting achievements and celebrating successes. I want to give a higher profile to Sport in our publications, profiling some high achievers (students, Old Girls, coaches, etc) and also promoting the broad range of Sports offered at the School, and also some of the other Sports which our students participate in outside of the School.

I want our girls to enjoy sport and physical activity – to be proud of representing their school, to strive to be the best they can be – individually as athletes and sports women and as team players, and to celebrate their own and others’ achievements in this arena. I want all girls to think that Sport is important and that SCEGGS does really well in this area, as much as academic studies, and cultural pursuits such as music and drama.

As always, please do give me a ring or drop me a line if you have comments or questions about this, or just to share your ideas.

I hope you all have a happy School holiday.

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

As Semester 1 draws to a close and the girls look forward to a well-deserved break, I thought it timely to offer some advice about engaging with the feedback offered by teachers in the end of semester report.

There is a great deal of information contained in both the Primary and Secondary reports. However, too often the achievement grade or mark becomes the sole focus of both girls and parents. Yes, this data is very important, but the report contains so much more information that is designed to offer feedback and to guide the student in the best way forward to see improvement in their learning. How can you as a parent assist your daughter to unpack the content of her report and help in the development of learning goals for the second half of the year?

Parents of girls in Kindergarten to Year 10 will be receiving an email next week to let you know that your daughter’s report is available to be accessed on the portal. Once you receive this message, I think it is important to sit down with your daughter and read through the report together. By taking the time to do this, it gives you the opportunity to assist your daughter to ask a number of questions that will help her to analyse the information from the report. This could begin with an initial reading of the report with a focus upon questions such as:

• What are three things of which you are most proud in this report?
• What are three areas that you think need further development?

By commencing with these types of questions it will allow your daughter to not only consider what some of the positive things that come out of the report feedback but also encourages her to start to consider the areas that require some attention to see an improvement.

A more detailed reading of the report comments could follow to fully unpack the feedback provided in each subject comment. May I suggest a very useful strategy to do this, one that I use in my teaching of essay writing, that I think can be applied to the reading of report comments to enable the identification of the key messages of the comment. Take three different coloured highlighters and a printout of the report. Who does not enjoy an exercise that involves multicoloured highlighters! Read through each comment again. As you read, highlight in a different colour each of the following:

• Suggestions about what has gone well
• Suggestions about what has not gone so well or needs improvement
• Advice or strategies in order to see improvement

By identifying these things in the comments, you can then have a discussion with your daughter about what the report suggests are the main areas for development in the coming semester. This is a strategy that we use regularly but by starting this conversation at home it will give you the opportunity to discuss with your daughter some possible goals that she can set for herself as a learner in Term III. In the Secondary School, activities such as this will happen early in the new term but if your daughter has gone through the process at home first it will give her a chance to really consider the main pieces of advice and what she wants her focus to be in the coming semester.

These are just some suggestions to help you and your daughter to get the most out of the feedback in their semester report. Of course, as always, if you want to discuss any of the feedback in the report do not hesitate in contacting the relevant class teachers or other appropriate staff member.

Andrew Gallagher
Director of Curriculum

 

 

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

Awards will be announced at Final Assembly tomorrow. Blazers may be left at Student Services on Friday or before 1.00pm on Monday 1 July (the first day of the School Holidays).

Students with previous awards not yet embroidered can also leave their blazers at this time. As above, blazers cannot be accepted after 1.00pm Monday 1 July. Any late submissions will need to wait until the next School Holidays.

Embroidery and drycleaning will be done during the holidays and the cost will be charged to your daughter’s account.

 

 

CFC
Excitement is building as we finalise the details for the Colours for Cambodia Fun Run to be held on Sunday 28 July 10.30 – 12pm at Cooper Park.

Girls from the Cambodian House Building Team 2019 will be manning the colour stations as participants run, jog or walk the gentle 3.5km route. This is a family friendly event so we are really encouraging all members of the SCEGGS community to come and participate.

The cost is $10 per person with all money raised contributing to the SCEGGS Habitat for Humanity House building fund. In order to gauge numbers please use the link below to register. Should you be unable to participate, but would like to support the cause, there is also the facility to make a donation!

There will be a coffee van and cake stall to meet your Sunday caffeine needs. Should the event be cancelled due to wet weather, all proceeds will be forwarded to Habitat for Humanity as no refunds will be made.

Please use the link to purchase you tickets or make a donation: Colours for Cambodia.

Looking forward to a great colour event!

 

The Cambodian House Building Team 2019

 

 

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A large contingent of SCEGGS students and staff attended the Sunday evening performance of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory last Sunday. For many students this was their first experience of live theatre and were certainly taken on a journey by the performances and stage "magic".

All agreed it was a terrific show and a perfect rendering of the Roald Dahl classic. The unfortunate endings for Augustus Gloop, Veruka Salt, Violet Beuregard and Mike Teevee were deliciously shocking and vital lessons in behaviour.

Stay tuned for another grand theatre excursion to be announced in Term III.

A Chorus Line Photography

Our production of A Chorus Line was captured brilliantly through rehearsal and production by our photographer Christopher Hayles. He has captured perfectly, moments from the show and in rehearsal.

The album of photos may be viewed at: http://www.hayles.com.au/productions


Saving SCEGGS
On Wednesday and Friday, last week, a most impressive number of 55 students from Years 7 to 10 auditioned for our November production of Saving SCEGGS. Students were led through a group audition by Mr Eyers, Ms Rodda and Ms Goodfellow (our Director). The audition focused on improvisational, creative and performance skills. All auditionees presented themselves with great enthusiasm and ability.

The tough task for the creative team is to now assemble the cast. Many considerations come in to play here; chiefly finding an actor to fit a character and balancing them with the rest of the ensemble. The quality of the auditionees will make this a difficult task and we are very excited about assembling an exciting company.

Casting will be announced in the next edition of Behind the Green Gate in Term III.


Porky Pig

“That's all Folks!”
- Porky Pig (Cartoon Pig)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

House Music - Beatles!
Get ready for this Friday as the Houses share their Beatles themed performances on the stage in the Great Hall! Our adjudicators for this year are Ms Jacqui Dark and Ms Tanya Christensen. The Rock ensembles “Small Seas” and “Second Nature” will also be performing while the final judging takes place. Looking forward to hearing the array of performances from each House.

International House Guests and the World Choral Festival
The Music Department is thrilled that SCEGGS’ Choirs are playing an important part in the Gondwana World Choral Festival in the third week of the school holidays. Only three Australian school choirs were invited to perform so we are feeling very fortunate to be chosen. The festival is the greatest gathering of international choirs in Australia this century and promises to be a life changing experience for our SCEGGS choristers. Our choristers, and some of our staff, have generously opened their homes for a week to billet the world famous Inner Mongolian Youth Choir. If you are interested in supporting our SCEGGS choristers in their performances then please click on the links below to secure tickets:

Wednesday July 17: 2.30pm: Harbour City 2 Concert featuring SCEGGS Darlinghurst and Inner Mongolian Youth Choir in Music Workshop Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Tickets to this concert can be purchased at: Wednesday Concert.

Sunday July 21: 3.00 – 5.00pm: Sounds of the World Closing Gala Concert at Sydney Opera House. Please note SCEGGS are not presenting their own bracket of songs in this concert but are singing in the final two massed items with the combined international choirs. This concert is selling out fast and features all of the international choirs so will be a once in a lifetime chance to hear some of the best choirs in the treble choir world all in one place. Please use the following link to book tickets: Sunday Concert.

Primary Piano Concert
Well done to the Piano students who performed in the concert last Friday afternoon in the Great Hall. It was wonderful to see the array of talented pianists who for some, was the first time they had played on a Steinway Grand! Thank you to Heidi Jones for her preparation and organisation of the concert.

Strings Studio Concert
Congratulations to the students who performed in the Strings Concert in the Primary Music Room. The concerts were held over three afternoons from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June. It was a positive learning experience for the string students, playing with the support of their family and friends. Thank you to Anne Sweeney for her organisation of the afternoon concerts. Thank you also to the team of String studio teachers and Stephanie Holmes who assisted with the accompaniment.


Upcoming performances in the Holidays and Term III:

World Choral Festival
Harbour City 2 Concert – Wednesday July 17 at 2.30pm
Featuring SCEGGS Darlinghurst Choirs and Inner Mongolian Youth Choir at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sounds of the World Closing Gala Concert - Sunday July 21 3.00 – 5.00pm
SCEGGS Darlinghurst Choir are performing in 2 massed items with combined International choirs at Sydney Opera House

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

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Darkroom Photography classes with Ian Lever will be running for Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in JF3 from 3.15pm until 4.45 pm. Students will need a manual 35mm camera.

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Drawing classes with Lillie Stromland will be running for Years 7-12 after school on Mondays and Tuesdays in JF4 from 3:15 until 4:15. All materials will be provided.

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Classes will start in week 2, the week beginning Monday 29 July and run until the last week of Term IV.

Could you please sign the note saved in Cognito under Co-curricular Classes, and email the signed note to Michaela Gleave in the Art Department MichaelaGleave@sceggs.nsw.edu by Friday 26 July.

Class sizes are limited and priority will be given to the first students to return their notes.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

  Katrina Collins
Head of Visual Arts

 

 

 

 

FOF

The Book Stall and Vintage Clothing Stall are calling for donations so please take the opportunity to clear out your wardrobes and bookshelves during the school holidays! We also need your unwanted coffee mugs for our cafes at the fair, (please make sure they are 11cm or less in height).

The General Office will be open throughout the school holidays to accept donations and prizes on weekdays from 8am-4pm.

Book Stall
Adults and children’s books are needed for the Festival on Forbes Book Stall. Please donate all your unwanted books in good condition and drop them off at the General Office. We also need sturdy boxes to transport the books, so please bring your book donations in a box or strong bag if you have one handy. All inquiries please contact Bade Mathialagan on 047 813 8170.

Vintage Clothing and Handbags
Calling for donations of pre-loved clothing for the Year 7 Vintage Clothing Stall! We are looking for women’s, teens and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories in excellent and resaleable condition. Please ensure items are laundered and ready for immediate sale. Inquiries please contact Jo Wandmaker via email jo@piamento.com.au

The Green Team are working hard to ensure this Festival on Forbes is the most sustainable SCEGGS fair ever! Our wonderful Green Team – Ulrika Aroney, Juliet Schmidt and Sarah Stuart-Jones are planning loads of interesting things for the Enviro Stall.

NOT SO FUN FACT: Did you know 1 million plastic bottles are bought EVERY MINUTE around the world? That number is estimated to exceed half a trillion by 2021. The sad fact is that less than half of those bottles end up being recycled. Too many end up in landfill or the ocean, taking an estimated 450 years to breakdown. So please remember to bring your own water bottle to the 2019 Festival on Forbes!

 

Congratulations to the Primary B and Year 7 ISDA teams for winning the ISDA Grand Final on Friday night!

The Primary team consisted of: Sophia Barry, Abigail Grace, Stella Manos, Aasha Maunsell, Simran Murphy, and Georgia Tsangaris.

The Year 7 team consisted of: Molly Espie, Catherine Park, Beatrix Rivers, Julia Richards, Sienna Taylor, Lucy Thomsen, Alexandra West, and Janet Zheng.

This is a fantastic achievement for all the girls, and it is a testament to their hard work, consistency, and skill over the season.

This was SCEGGS’s first year in the ISDA competition so it is fantastic that we have already done so well.

Congratulations also to Badham for winning the Senior Inter-House Debating Competition.

Archdale will begin on the first Tuesday back next term, Tuesday 30 July, and the debates are at Queenwood. A bus will leave at 3:15pm and return to SCEGGS at the conclusion of the Senior Debates at 8pm. The season so far has been a great success for SCEGGS, as after 5 of 7 rounds we are ranked first out of 22 schools in the Archdale Competition.

Imogen Harper
Debating Co-ordinator

 

 

Rostrum State Finals
Nicola Allen was one of six state finalists in the Junior Division of the Rostrum Voice of Youth held at Sydney University, June 22. She spoke on a topic close to her heart, Human induced Climate Change, which she declared to be “My generation’s war”

Nicola was announced runner up which was a wonderful result especially as it was her first public speaking event.

From eight competitors in the Voice of Youth, 5 SCEGGS girls reached the Regional Finals.

Juniors: Nicola Allen, Catherine Park and Ishara Verdickt. Seniors: Amara Mathialagan and Sarah McNaughton. Well done to all.

Legacy Junior Speaking Award
School heats will be held in the Speech Room Wednesday July 24 at 1.10pm.

If you were 14 years of age January 1, 2019 and are in Year 7 or above you are eligible to compete. Talk length is 5 minutes. Topic, up to you but should engage the audience with fresh ideas about a contemporary issue.

 

Sandra Carter
Speech and Public Speaking

 

 

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who enjoyed a convincing win in their Round 4 trial against St Vincent’s College.

This was a highly entertaining criminal trial regarding the wilful destruction of property. It was truly a team effort with all participants contributing excellent performances. The case was thoroughly prepared by our solicitor Pip Wolstenholme, with outstanding addresses and questioning by the barristers Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton. Our witnesses, Aisha Imtarnasan and Ella Godhard, remained steadfast under intense questioning during cross examination. The trial ran smoothly under the watchful eye of court officer Lily Helene. As always, there were plenty of lessons learned with sound advice provided by the magistrate. No doubt the team will continue to improve as they progress into the first elimination round next term.

Congratulations girls and we look forward to the next trial against Sydney Grammar!

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

To reduce what SCEGGS sends to landfill we have installed a box to recycle highlighters, mechanical pencils, markers, permanent markers and caps. The box is located in the Secondary Library. Tamsin Hughes will be looking after what goes in this box. We look forward to your "end of life" donations and thank you for helping to reduce the waste produced by SCEGGS.

Terracycle pen box

Maailma Environment Committee

 

SCEGGS and Grammar cadets of the 306 Squadron participated in the NSW Air Force Cadets Squadrons' Competition held over the long weekend at RAAF Base Richmond. The Competition sections covered military drill, aircraft recognition, service knowledge, fieldcraft and rifle shooting.

Our Squadron's team won the Fieldcraft section of the Competition (consisting of survival, teamwork, navigation and bushcraft). We did this competing against 30 other Squadrons from throughout NSW (with about 400 participants).

Cadets

Fieldcraft is seen as the most competitive and toughest section of the competition, so this first State-wide win is of special significance for our Squadron. The leadership, knowledge, ability and expertise of Cadet Warrant Officer Zara Soars and Leading Cadet Ella Walters-Adams in particular were vital to this terrific result, which showcases both their abilities and the great training they receive at the School and through their participation in the Squadron.

 

 

 


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Country and Western Disco               3.45pm-5.00pm          6.00pm-7.30pm    
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Commitment to Co-curricular Activities at SCEGGS

We have been having some discussions about co-curricular activities at SCEGGS, and how better to help girls understand the importance of commitment, reliability, teamwork and dependability in activities at School, and in life generally. We have become increasingly concerned about students who feel that they can sign up to activities, but turn up to two-thirds of trainings, rehearsals and practices (and indeed sometimes only to the actual game, performance or concert).

Why is commitment important? We all want SCEGGS girls to be accomplished, confident, competent, compassionate and ready to make a difference in the world – women of strength and character! We want them to be responsible, dependable, reliable, collaborative, good team players and people who can be counted on by those around them. Even when it means going out of your way or putting the needs of your team first, we think people of strength and character are people who follow through on the commitments they have made.

In the co-curricular program, we want girls to understand that, when they sign up to a group activity or a team, it is no longer just about them as an individual! They are making a commitment to fulfil their obligation to their teammates, to the staff running the activity and to the School. We want them to understand that it is important to follow-through because others are counting on them. We want them to understand that there are obligations which flow from agreeing to participate in something because “their word” actually means something and that a sense of commitment and obligation is important. And it is important to have grit and determination to push through when something gets difficult or you are tired or distracted.

We also think it is really important for the girls to learn that you can’t do absolutely everything in life – sometimes you will have to choose between two things you’d really love to do. And this means that sometimes, you will miss out too. We all have to help kids learn to make these sorts of tricky choices – and then be OK about missing out on other things. We also have to help them learn that how you do things matters - it is better to do a few things well, than a whole lot of things badly, half-heartedly or superficially.

From now on, there will be a change of rules and expectations for all School co-curricular activities. If a girl puts her name down for some activity, she will be expected to fulfil all requirements of that activity - 100%! We expect girls not to sign up for something if they already have another conflicting commitment, unless some arrangement is agreed between the staff involved beforehand.

We will be doing our “bit” too! We are working towards a better method of scheduling activities, particularly in the Secondary School, to try to avoid some clashes. Now there is so much on at SCEGGS that we won’t be able to do this entirely. Students will regularly have to choose between two or more activities (often times when they really want to do them all!). But we will be looking for ways to reduce clashes. We are also looking at some ways that might co-ordinate and centralise student choice and the method of enrolling in all the co-curricular activities at SCEGGS, so that students can see which activities are offered at the same time and understand the choices that they are making when they sign up to something. I’ll keep you informed about this initiative.

Now, we do understand that sometimes something completely unavoidable comes up – a funeral of a close relative, or an urgent medical appointment, for example. We expect that parents will request permission for any such Leave from Liz Cumming or me, in the same way that you would ask for a period of time for Leave from the ordinary school day. There will be a range of consequences for girls who don’t fulfil their obligations unless arrangements have been negotiated beforehand. I do want to make it clear that we will not give permission for girls to miss a prior commitment for a friend’s birthday party, or to celebrate a friend’s Bat Mitzvah or to go “trick-or-treating” for Halloween.

In our co-curricular program, commitment matters. And in life and work, we know just how important it is for our girls to learn how to be a reliable, dependable member of a group or team. We do expect parents to support us in this regard and ensure that their daughters understand the importance of their commitment to any team or group or activity they sign-up for, to give it 100% and to be a person of character who can be counted on by their teammates.

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

Intermediate Inter-House Speaking Challenge Results 2019

 

Place                House                   
1st Christian
2nd Barton
3rd Docker
4th Badham
5th Beck
6th  Langley

 

Individual Results

1st  Lucy Juneja                      Christian
2nd                      Mia Freeland Barton
3rd  Clementine Hooper Christian
4th  Kate Brenner  Docker


Congratulations to the girls who took part in the challenge. You engaged us with some very individual interpretations of the topics.

Sandra Carter
Co-ordinator Public Speaking

 


 

 

Drama Tour: New York & Chicago - BOOKING EXTENDED
The Drama Department will be running a tour to the U.S.A. in April 2020.

The tour is for girls in Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2020. You do not need to be a Drama student.

Date for deposits and Booking forms has now been extended until today. Extension is not possible after this date. Please contact me for a Booking Form.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
All the Golden tickets have been secured!

We’re off to meet Willy Wonka and the delights of the Chocolate Factory this Sunday June 23. The performances commences at 6.00pm.

Participating students will be reminded of arrival and departure procedures during this school week.


A Chorus Line
What an exhilarating season of performances we were witness to during last week’s run of A CHORUS LINE. Audiences were amazed, moved and delighted with the talent expressed by our students on stage and behind the scenes.

Production week is a very taxing experience as the show moves into the theatre and all of the elements come together. We were very proud of the professionalism and skill demonstrated by the company.

The School Musical is an experience like no other and equips the participants with valuable skills and cherished memories. Not only performance and technical skills but the skills to collaborate, problem-solve, broaden a world view and work to deadlines.

An enormous thank you to the Creative Team who supported the students in this journey – Aaron Farley (Director), Nigel Ubrihien (Musical Director), Anna Gardiner (Designer) and Eddi Goodfellow (Lighting and Technical Design).

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  A Chorus Line 3  
     
  A Chorus Line 4  
     
  A Chorus Line 6  

 

“When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that you are addressing the whole world, and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen”
- Stella Adler (Acting Coach)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Congratulations to Dakota Kedzier-Hurst (Year 9) who performed the introduction and recessional items for assembly. Dakota played excerpts from Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A minor.

Primary Percussion Ensemble Lunchtime Performance
Congratulations to members of the Primary Percussion Ensemble who had their lunch time concert last Thursday 13 June in the Primary Music Room. The students had a wonderful time! Thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth for her preparation and direction of the ensemble.

Amati Strings – RPA Arterie performance
Well done to the members of the Amati Strings ensemble who performed a short lunch time concert at the RPA as part of the Arterie program. Arterie is an Arts and Health program that was founded in 2013 and is currently delivered to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital - Arterie @ RPA - and Chris O'Brien Lifehouse - Arterie @ Lifehouse - both under the umbrella of the Local Sydney Health District (LSHD). This performance was a wonderful opportunity for the students to share their music with the wider community. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney, Director of Strings, for her preparation and direction of the performance, and to Mr Peter Jewitt for his assistance on the day.

No rehearsals in Week 9 – House Music
Due to the final preparations for House Music, all music ensemble rehearsals have been cancelled in Week 9, except for Choir and Madrigal Ensemble which will be held as usual.

Upcoming Performances:

Thursday 20 June
SOH 6:30 – 8:20pm

 

SSO MTM Concert – Years 11 and 12 Music 1

Friday 21 June
Great Hall 3:30 – 4:15pm

 

Primary Piano Concert

Monday 24 to
Wednesday 26 June
Primary Music Room 3:30 – 4:15pm 

String Studio Concerts

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to the Year 7A, 7B, 8A, 9, 10 and Senior Archdale teams for winning their fifth round of Archdale debates this Tuesday. This was the last round of for this term, and the fifth round of seven. At this point the 7A and Senior teams are undefeated, and the Year 8A, 8B, 9, and 10 teams have won over half the debates of the whole season already.

Congratulations also to the Primary B and Year 7 teams who won their ISDA Semi Finals unanimously last Friday. This Friday they will be competing in the Grand Final at Monte Sant’ Angelo – best of luck to both teams!

Primary IPSHA Debating is also taking place at Kambala this Friday, on the topic "That we should ban violent video games." The final rounds of Inter-House Debating are also taking place this Friday after school.

Imogen Harper
Debating Co-ordinator

 

 

During Term 1 the Year 10 Information and Software Technology class has been working on the unit Digital Media. As part of this unit the students have created their own cartoon animations and special effects videos using the industry standard products of Adobe Animate and After Effects.

The students have learnt a variety of techniques including key-framing, the use of chroma key, layering and applying special effects. They also experimented with Character Animator to produce animated puppets as well as using the 3D printer to create and print props for their films. Students then had approximately two weeks to design and create each animation and video. The animations were to be between 10 to 20 seconds in length, whereas the special effects could be up to one minute long. Each clip was to incorporate the motif of “Light”. The students interpreted this quite differently with some including candles, light switches, moonlight, firelight, light-portals, explosions of light, and even “light as a feather.”

Over the last few weeks they have worked together to promote their Film Festival, designing promotional posters, building a website to display their work and creating a loop for the TAS TV in the Joan Freeman foyer. The website allows you to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” so we encourage you to go to annual digital film festival to view their work and to vote for your favourite cartoon or movie. Voting will close on Friday 28 June.

     Sarah greengate              GreenGate Alys

 

Anne Rumpler
Computing Teacher

 

Lost Property
All secondary students with identifiable items in Lost Property are encouraged to collect them before the end of term. We also have water bottles, lunch boxes and sundry un-named items waiting to be claimed.

As the community of SCEGGS is aware, the School Uniform Shop has never supplied a SCEGGS issue shopping bag for purchases. When shopping in the future, in the interests of re-using and re-cycling we encourage customers to bring with them their own shopping bags if required.

The School Shop will close Friday 28 June and reopen Tuesday 23 July.

Have an enjoyable term break.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

Thank you very much to Jan Owen AM who presented a thought provoking and reassuring discussion on the future of work for young Australians, at the P&F term talk last week. A number of parents have asked for further links to the Foundation for Young Australians’ work so please visit their website at https://www.fya.org.au/. Our next P&F Term meeting and talk will be on 5 November in the Lecture Theatre, from 7.00pm.

My term as President of the P&F will conclude at the P&F’s next AGM in March 2020. The P&F is seeking candidates interested in taking on the President’s role. It is a two year commitment and I would be delighted to talk to any parent from SCEGGS who would like to find out more about the role. Please contact me on 0408 291196 or by email penny@gerstle.com.au.

 

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association
 


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Photo day 1B, which was washed out on 6 June, has been rescheduled to Monday 29 July, when all Primary and most of the remaining group photos will be taken.

Further details will follow shortly.

Contact Director of Administration Sarah Walters with any questions.

 

 

Inter-House Gym Results 2019
Congratulations to all the competitors!

Overall Places

Place                House                   
1st Beck
2nd Docker
3rd Langley
4th Christian
5th Barton
6th  Badham

 

Points

House Rythmic
(out of 10)
Artistic
(out of 10)
  Total
   Points 
  Place  
Badham 8.9 6.3 15.2 6th
Barton 8.5 7.4 15.9 5th
Beck 9.6 9.4 19 1st
Christian     9.2 7.0 16.2 4th
Docker 8 9.7 17.7 2nd
Langley 8 8.3 16.3 3rd

 


 

 

Primary Sport

Primary Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to all the Primary girls for a fabulous effort at the Athletics Carnival yesterday. It was wonderful to see so much participation in the field events, and optional 800m.

Thank you also to the teachers and coaches who worked very hard on the day to ensure things ran smoothly.

Congratulations again to everyone.

NEW RECORDS 2019

    Name   
House Event   Old Record  
  New Record 
  Anjola Petrie 
Barton  800m 10 Years 
3:09.35 2:57.90
    Nancy Newton    
    Langley   
   800m 11 Years   
2:55.73 2:54.86
 

    Age Champions  
  Name  House     Points   
8/9 Years Rosie Pallet Docker 38
10 Years      Camille Coonan         Christian   44
11 Years Alexandra Tavendale Docker 36
12 Years Stella Argyrides Badham 46
 

   Primary Championship  
Name House
Open 100m     Isla Hootman 0:15.02        Langley   

 

   Primary Running Cup    Name   Points  
  House 

Awarded to the
person who achieved
the most individual
points

 1st   Stella Argyrides       46  Badham
 2nd  Stella Manos  44  Langley
 2nd  Camille Coonan  44    Christian 

 

PRIMARY ATHLETICS HOUSE WINNER

     Place                  House                  Total Points    
1st Langley 406
2nd Docker 351
3rd Christian 311
4th Barton 301
5th Badham 297
5th Beck 262
 

The squad for the IPSHA Athletics Team will be announced at the end of week 8.

A reminder that the Primary 1500m will be run at Athletics training on Monday 17 June at ES Marks Athletic field. The girls will take the bus to the field after school. Pick up at the field is at 4.50pm or outside the Sports Hall at approximately 5.20pm. Please email me suephillips@sceggs.nsw.edu.au if you would like your daughter to participate.

                Primary 100m Champion I. Hootman. Overall Primary Champion S. Argyrides. Equal 2nd C. Coonan and S. Manos         Age Champions. R. Pallett C. Coonan A. Tavendale Z. Argyrides                

 Langley House leaders

 

IPSHA Touch Football and Year 3 Minkey Trials
Trials for Term III sport will be held at Moore Park, Cnr Robertson Road, on Tuesday 24 June. The girls will take the bus from SCEGGS to Moore Park at 3.15pm and can be picked up at the field at 4.50pm or return to school on the bus, arriving at the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5.20pm. Please ensure your daughter is wearing her SCEGGS Sports uniform and has a large water bottle.

Year 3
Girls will not be able to participate if they do not have a mouth guard and shin pads. Mouth guards can be purchased at the chemist and moulded at home. Hockey sticks can be purchased at large sports stores. The top of the stick should be in line with the waist when the stick is resting vertically on the ground.

 

 
Secondary Sport

Years 7-12 Athletics Carnival
ES Marks Field, Tuesday 18 June 2019


Roll Call: All students are to arrive at school as usual in correct sports uniform in time for Roll Call in their Form room at 8.20am.

Travel Arrangements: Since the Carnival may be cancelled if there is likelihood of rain it is essential that all students make their way to school and travel by hired coaches. No student is permitted to make her own way to the Carnival.

The School will leave ES Marks Field at approximately 2.30pm. All girls will be taken back to school on the buses. Under no circumstance can any girl make her own way home until dismissed after the return to school. If parents are present at the Carnival students may be dismissed at the conclusion of the Carnival, after contact has been made between the parent and the Form Teacher.

Uniform: Girls must wear their correct school sports uniform which can include a T-shirt in their House colours.
A school sports hat, sunscreen, and school jumper and/or school tracksuit, must be brought to the Carnival. Students will be sitting in an exposed area which can get very cold.

Lunch: There are no canteen facilities. All girls must bring their own lunch and plenty of water to drink during the day. No girl will be allowed outside the area for any reason.

Behaviour: SCEGGS has been very fortunate to have the opportunity to use the ES Marks Field. The staff at the venue have been very co-operative and helpful. Please return their hospitality by showing thoughtful behaviour.

Generally: There are to be no electronic devices, phones, Tablet PCs etc and definitely no chewing gum. Just bring your House spirit and participate enthusiastically.

All girls must sit in their allocated areas when they arrive at the venue.

NOTE: House Officials and competitors in the first three events will leave school on the first bus.

Sports Training/Rehearsals: There will be no sports trainings on the day.

There will be NO Secondary Music co-curricular rehearsals on the day of the Carnival.

St Peter’s Players will go ahead as scheduled.

Wet Weather: Be fully prepared for wet weather (umbrellas, raincoats, etc.). In the case of extremely inclement weather a decision will be made at 8.00am. If WET WEATHER results in the cancellation of the Carnival, we will operate on the Day 2 Timetable. Girls should be as prepared as possible for the day, although we will understand if they are not able to have every single thing they need for the four lessons!



Good luck to all Houses.

 Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

 

St Peter’s Players – Semester II New Directions

St Peter’s Players will take on new structure and content in Semester II. Exciting new classes include Dance and Acting for Camera. For the first time, we also welcome Year 5 to the St Peter’s Players experience. Participation will require re-enrolment and an indication of class selection(s). Correspondence communicating the revised format of our co-curricular program is available in the attached document. You will find the dates of all classes and our Tutor profiles.

Students are requested to submit their enrolment form to me no later than Monday June 17. Confirmation of classes will then be communicated in the last week of term.

Audition Notice - Savings SCEGGS
SCEGGS Darlinghurst will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson in Term IV. The play examines a critical chapter in the history of SCEGGS and will be a perfect way to enter the schools 125th celebrations in 2020.

Ms Eddi Goodfellow will be directing.

Auditions will be conducted at SCEGGS, St Peter’s Playhouse on Wednesday June 19 and Friday June 21 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Please note that the audition will take the form of a workshop and all applicants will audition together. You need not prepare anything but cold reads will be given on the day.

Callback auditions will be conducted on Tuesday June 25. Applicants will be contacted by email on Friday June 21 if they have received a callback audition and will be required to prepare an allocated speech.

The production will feature a cast of students from years 7 to 11 and you are invited to express your interest in auditioning. Please email your intention to audition to petereyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au and include a headshot (this is only for identification purposes and may be taken with mobile phone or your school photo), some detail about your performance experience and your preferred audition day.

Production dates: Thursday November 21 to Saturday November 23 at 7.00pm. Saturday November 23 at 3.00pm

Venue: The Great Hall – SCEGGS Darlinghurst.

 

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Drama Tour: New York and Chicago – Booking extended
The Drama Department will be running a tour to the U.S.A. in April 2020. The tour is for girls in Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2020. You do not need to be a Drama student.

Date for deposits and Booking forms has now been extended to Thursday June 20.

Extension is not possible after this date. Please contact me for a Booking Form.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
All seats have now been taken for this excursion.

 

A Chorus Line: Opening Night - Thursday June 13
Huge "Chookas" to cast, crew and orchestra of our 2019 School Musical, A Chorus Line. Final preparations have realised an excellent production. The nuance, skill and passion that the students have committed to this very sophisticated work has been extraordinary. You are in for a real treat.

Thank you to the boys from Grammar, Knox and Shore who have completed the cast. And grateful thanks to parents and teachers who have supported the students through this experience. This musical, in particular, has been a taxing production physically and emotionally. All participants have risen to the challenge.

Tickets may be obtained from The Seymour Centre box office.



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“Music blows lyrics up very quickly, and suddenly they become more than art. They become pompous and they become self-conscious ... I firmly believe that lyrics have to breathe and give the audience's ear a chance to understand what's going on. Particularly in the theater, where you not only have the music, but you've got costume, story, acting, orchestra. There's a lot to take in.” 
― 
Stephen Sondheim (Composer)


Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Armour (Year 12) who is one of four students selected for a masterclass with Margaret Crawford in the Australian Flute Festival. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for Elizabeth who currently preparing her HSC Music 1 Performance program.

Year 11 Preliminary Music 1 and Music 2
Year 12 HSC Music 1 and 2/Extension Concerts
Well done to Year 11 and 12 students who performed in their respective class concerts. Year 11 students presented one piece each and Year 12 students presented two pieces each from their performance programs. Thank you to the class teachers Year 11 – Ms Alison Ryan (Music 1) and Ms Stephanie Holmes (Music 2), Mr Peter Jewitt (HSC Music 2) for their work preparing the students. Special thank you to Ms Heidi Jones for her accompaniment.

Contemporary Strings – Ardency Trebartha
Well done to the members of the Contemporary Strings ensemble who performed a short lunch time concert for the residents of Ardency Trebartha. The audience were delighted by the performance and it was a lovely way for the students to share their music with the wider community. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney (Director of Strings) for her preparation and direction of the performance.


Strings at Ardency Trebartha

No rehearsals on Tuesday 18 June for Secondary Ensembles
Due to the Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 18 June, there will be no rehearsals for Van Reyk Percussion Ensemble, Clarion Concert Band and Contemporary Strings.
Morning rehearsal for Bugles’ Band will take place as usual.

Upcoming performances:
Primary Piano Concert
Friday 21 June, Great Hall 3:30 – 4:15pm

Amati Strings Performance
Wednesday 19 June, RPA 12:30 – 1:30pm

SSO MTM Concert – Years 11 and 12 Music 1
Thursday 20 June, SOH 6 – 8:30pm

String Studio Concerts
Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 June, Primary Music Rooms 3:30 – 4:15pm

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

SPAN’s Women in Business and Finance networking event was held last Tuesday. Guests ranging from current students and teachers to Old Girls were privileged to hear from Sally Auld, Chief Economist and Head, AUS/NZ Fixed Income and FX Strategy at JP Morgan.


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Year 7 student Catherine Park provides an account of the evening below:

Dr Sally Auld is clearly a woman ahead of her time. She holds a distinguished position in the male-dominated field of economics, yet she doesn’t work in the industry because she believed it would give her a stable job; she does so because she has a passion for economics. And this enthusiasm is what makes her a truly remarkable person.

Last Tuesday, she delivered an insightful SPAN talk to an appreciative audience. The topics included the nature of the economics industry, her ideas about leadership, her life experiences and female representation. And yet, she still managed to provide countless take away messages all in ten minutes.

When she talked about her experience at JP Morgan, she provided a rather surprising fact. Women there make up only 20% of the workforce, and not many hold high-ranking positions. More hopefully, she discussed opportunities for women such as scholarships or looking for competent women in the industry and inviting them in.

As a natural SCEGGS feminist, I held a glass of orange juice in one hand and a microphone in the other and asked a pressing question; how will organic change come about so that women can feel comfortable joining male-dominated industries such as STEM or economics?

Dr Auld replied with a truthful, insightful response – organic change is happening, but it is not happening fast. She said that people are hired based on ability, not gender, yet women are sometimes intimidated by the male-dominant workforce or are not recruited based on their ability. She then offered a very notable piece of advice; if you want something, you must ask for it.

As the talk ended and the mingling began with an excess of snacks, tea and coffee, I began to think. I personally aspire to work in the Science industry which is, however, male dominated. And I now know that when I leave the school gates for the last time as a student at the end of 2024, the door-knocking will start for me.

These SPAN talks are one of a kind. They are home to a range of inspirational speakers who are unique, and these nights are a time to share tips, tricks and experiences. For me, they inspire, educate and entertain, and give me a new-found insight into industries outside of school.

And I will definitely be attending the next one!

 

 

 

 

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A charity initiative of the Cambodian House Building Team 2019. Raising funds for local projects in the villages where the SCEGGS team will be working.

More information will follow next week!

 

 Margaret Nilon
Social Justice Co-ordinator

 

 

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Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. The first Refugee Week events were organised in Sydney in 1986 by Austcare. In 1987, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) became a co-organiser of the week, which became a national event from 1988. In 2001, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) coordinated the first World Refugee Day. The 2019 theme for Refugee Week in Australia is #WithRefugees.

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the peak body supporting 200 organisations and 900 individual members who work to support the needs of refugees. You can read more about the work of the RCOA here. One of the organisations supported by RCOA is the House of Welcome at Granville. The House of Welcome provides support for asylum seekers living in the community by providing practical assistance in a variety of different ways. One such means includes their Food Bank where those with limited or no income can access familiar and nutritious food, as well as other important non-food items.

How can we help? The shelves very quickly run dry and the House of Welcome has trouble keeping up with the demand. In response, SCEGGS is running a K-12 food and non-food item drive in the last weeks of term, beginning on Monday June 17. More information about the House of Welcome can be found here http://www.houseofwelcome.com.au/.

It would be wonderful to deliver in abundance to the House of Welcome at the end of term. Items are specified below by year group. Thank you in anticipation for your generosity.

Distribution of items

Year Group Item(s)
K-2 Honey, jam
3-4 Canned tuna (in oil), canned tomatoes, canned chickpeas, canned corn (not creamed), canned fruit
5-6 Instant noodles, basmati rice
7 Savoury biscuits
8 Shampoo & conditioner
9

Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush

10 Sugar, flour
11 Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid
12 Coffee, tea, cooking oil

Please note: We pay heed to the wishes, habits and palates of those receiving our donated goods and respectfully request that you do not supply soup, baked beans or tinned spaghetti.

Margaret Nilon, Social Justice Coordinator and
Year 8 Form Classes

 

 

A window into the past
Hi there, I’m Emily, the new intern in the Business Office. As an intern, I find myself doing a myriad of tasks all for the purpose of gaining experience and lending a hand. One of these tasks is aiding Prue Heath in Archives.

Now to begin with, I believe the Archives office should not be named an Archives office at all, naming it a Treasure Trove, or a Brief History of 20th Century Australia would be much more appropriate.

Whilst I am only cataloguing the public research files, there have been gems of interesting information hiding between the yellowing envelopes - newspaper clippings, letters and diaries - which shine a light on the lives of ex-students, ex-teachers and their families.

One life these records took me to, was Kate Waddy. Whilst only here a brief time, Kate attended SCEGGS from 1899 to 1900. Kate wrote letters to a friend regarding her life as a SCEGGS Boarder.



Archive Article Kate Waddy Letters October 1889

Now Kate regarded the Boarding House as a “prison”. Although it seems to me, reading these letters, the Boarders had a rather full and exciting agenda. For example, they undertook leisurely visits to Bondi Beach and Manly with a spot of paddling and a picnic; played tennis, rowed with the girls and travelled into town for shopping, painstakingly deciding on a fancy dress for the upcoming ball.

Of course, the trials of a teenager don’t finish there. I couldn’t help but grin when she wrote to her friend “I am sure Keith Doyle never saw me kiss Fred Haydon”. Or wondering who sent her an anonymous invitation to The King’s School sporting event. Or sending apologies to Bruce as she didn’t invite him to a dance – on account of him not enjoying dancing.

These adventures were not faced alone. One of the frequent characters in Kate’s letters is Pearl Haydon. They become roommates in Kate’s second year at SCEGGS. It isn’t long till they are arranging camping trips for the school holidays, and Kate is having to wait for her one afternoon as “Pearl bought nearly every shop out”.

Another frequent character is James Hilton Doyle. Hilton as he preferred to be called, was a friend from her childhood who offered Kate a bit of friendly tennis rivalry and was a bike riding companion, With a little deduction, I discovered Hilton was also later to be Pearl’s husband.

It seems to me that the life Kate lived in the 19th Century was not so unfamiliar as a teenage girl from the 21st Century might live today.

Certainly, the vernacular and fashion might be quite different, although I can picture Kate on the train to Town Hall, shopping in Pitt Street Mall or even down at the beach with Pearl and her friends.

Emily Buckley
SCEGGS Intern

 

 

As we have some extra copies, if families would like a further copy of Lux from either last year or 2017, they are welcome to purchase one or more copies from Student Services. This offer remains open until the end of Term II, after which extra copies will be recycled.

 

 


P & F Events
   
     
Thursday 13 June
  Year 3 Class Parent Cocktail Party
 7.00pm    Private Home
 Cost    $60 (covers food and drink)
 Online Booking   Details to come
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 7 Class Parent
Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
1.00pm-5.00pm   The Greens Bowling Club, North Sydney
RSVP   14 June
Online Booking   Year 7 Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
Contact   Louise Hogan logmur@bigpond.com
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
5.00pm   Love Supreme, 180 Oxford St Paddington
Cost   $35 per head
RSVP    6 June 2019
Online Booking   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
Contact   Sancia de Jersey
     
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 


 

 

 

Firstly, I wanted to share two great resources – not individual articles or podcasts, but whole websites with a mine of information to help you through a range of topics!

1. You might have noticed some advertising in a variety of media outlets from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner about keeping kids safe online. There are a variety of resources for parents and carers which you might find helpful:
https://www.esafety.gov.au/

2. The Parents Website, published by Independent Schools Victoria, has a range of articles and other resources for parents of children of all ages. There will be something for you there for sure!

Secondly, we are interested in knowing what you might want from this section of our Newsletter. What ideas would you like us to talk more about (or less about!). Are there topics you are interested in, or resources to help you more than we could locate and share? Please let us know! Send me an email at jennyallum@sceggs.nsw.edu.au

Have a good week, everyone!

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

Festival on Forbes Logo

Did you know our primary aim for this year’s Green Festival on Forbes on Sunday 25 August is to reduce rubbish going to landfill by 50%? There are so many ways the whole SCEGGS community can help us achieve this goal.

BYO Water Bottle and Keep Cup
Our wonderful Green Team have organised two Sydney Water refill stations for the Festival on Forbes plus all the school’s regular water bubblers to allow everyone at the fair to refill their water bottles for free!

Please remember to bring your own Keep Cup or reusable cup along for your coffees and hot drinks. There will be a free mug swap too, just pick up a clean mug from one of the baskets beside a coffee cart and hand it to the barista.

And don’t worry if you forget, there will be reusable water bottles and keep cups for sale. Single use cups will also be available, along with separate waste bins for the cups and the plastic lids.

Make sure to pop into our Enviro Stall where lots of interesting things will be happening all day, with great things to buy to help save our planet.

NOT SO FUN FACT: Australians consume more than 50,000 cups of take away coffee every half hour. An estimated 1 billion takeaway cups end up in landfill every year in Australia, taking more than 50 years to break down. Can you believe the plastic lids take 500 years to breakdown?

A big thank you to our wonderful Green Team – Ulrika Aroney, Juliet Schmidt and Sarah Stewart-Jones for all their hard work to date, you are doing an awesome job!


Year 7 Vintage Clothing Stall
Are there wearable items in your wardrobe that no longer "spark joy"? You can donate these to the Year 7 Vintage Clothing Stall. Click here to find out more.

The Festival on Forbes Committee

 

 

Primary Sport

Artistic Gymnastics
Several of our Level 3 and 4 Artistic levels girls attended an Inner-City Region clinic at Homebush on Sunday June 2nd. They were guided by expert coaches at six different stations where they refined current skills and were exposed to new techniques to work on. Thank you to Glen Hay, Taylor Jones and Mariennne Butler for accompanying the girls.

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Our Rhythmic gymnasts competed in the SCEGGS in house competition on Saturday 1st June. Congratulations to Bianca Hardge, Georgia Farrow, Hannah James, Ilana Patkar, Madison Liew, Cassandra Davies, Sally Webster and Laura Davies for their performance. All girls competed with confidence in their new Rhythmic Gymnastics routines in freehand, rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

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CIS Cross Country
Nancy Newton and Anjola Petrie have been training hard and will be competing in the IPSHA team at the CIS Cross Country on Thursday 13th June at Eastern Creek. We wish them both the best of luck in their event.


Cross Country Relay
Congratulations to Nancy Newton who competed in the State Cross Country 4 X 2k relay on Saturday 25th May. Her team came second in the event.

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Athletics Carnival
The Primary Carnival will be held on Wednesday 12th June at E.S. Marks Athletics Field, Cnr Boronia St & Anzac Parade, Kensington. The carnival will commence at approximately 9.15am and end at 2.00pm.

All girls will be in a 100m sprint race, their class relay and can enter all field events and the 800m. Girls receive a point for their House when they compete in an event.

We have been informed by IPSHA that NSWPSSA has added 1500m as an event. IPSHA will also have the 1500m event as the last event of the day at their carnival. The 1500m will also be run at CIS this year.

In light of this we will run a Primary 1500m event at Athletics training on Monday 17th June at ES Marks Athletics field for any girls interested. The girls will catch the school bus at 3.15pm, and can remain at training until the finish at 4.50pm. Pick up is at ES Marks at 4.50pm or at the Sports Hall at approximately 5.20pm.

If you would like your daughter to participate, please let me know via email suephillips@sceggs.nsw.edu.au. Please see below the qualifying times for IPSHA:
1500m GIRLS 8-10yrs 5m59s
1500m GIRLS 11yrs 5m40s
1500m GIRLS 12/13yrs 5m33s

All Primary Co-curricular sport on Wednesday 12th June will go ahead after school.

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

St Peter’s Players – Semester 2 New Directions
St Peter’s Players will take on new structure and content in Semester 2. Exciting new classes include Dance and Acting for Camera. For the first time, we also welcome Year 5 to the St Peter’s Players experience. Participation will require re-enrolment and an indication of class selection(s). Correspondence communicating the revised format of our Co-curricular program is available in the attached document. You will find the dates of all classes and our Tutor profiles.

Students are requested to submit their enrolment form to Mr Eyers no later than Monday June 17th. Confirmation of classes will then be communicated in the last week of term.

Audition Notice – Saving SCEGGS
SCEGGS Darlinghurst will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson in Term IV. The play examines a critical chapter in the history of SCEGGS and will be a perfect way to enter the School's 125th celebrations in 2020.

Ms Eddi Goodfellow will be directing.

Auditions will be conducted at SCEGGS, St Peter’s Playhouse on Wednesday June 19th and Friday June 21st from 4pm to 6pm. Please note that the audition will take the form of a workshop and all applicants will audition together. You need not prepare anything but cold reads will be given on the day.

Callback auditions will be conducted on Tuesday June 25th. Applicants will be contacted by email on Friday June 21st if they have received a callback audition and will be required to prepare an allocated speech.

The production will feature a cast of students from Years 7 to 11 and you are invited to express your interest in auditioning. Please email your intention to audition to petereyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au and include a headshot (this is only for identification purposes and may be taken with mobile phone or your school photo), some detail about your performance experience and your preferred audition day.

Production dates: Thursday November 21st to Saturday November 23rd at 7pm. Saturday November 23rd at 3pm
Venue: The Great Hall – SCEGGS Darlinghurst

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Drama Tour – New York & Chicago
The Drama Department will be running a tour to the U.S.A. in April 2020. The tour will travel to Chicago and New York taking in visits to extraordinary theatre and participation in workshops, along with awesome sight-seeing and mandatory shopping. The tour is for girls in Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2020. It is open initially to girls currently studying Drama. If places are available, we will offer it to other girls who can demonstrate a strong interest in Drama.

Deposits and Booking Forms are due by Tuesday June 11th to secure your place.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
An excursion to the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been planned for students in Years 7-11 St Peter’s Players and Academic Drama. This trip to the theatre will take place on Sunday June 23rd at 6pm. Keen students are advised to return permission slips in a timely fashion to secure participation.

There are six seats remaining. Please be quick to ensure you secure a Golden Ticket!

A Chorus Line – Bookings
Bookings are now open for our 2019 Musical – A Chorus Line. Final rehearsals are developing impressively as all departments merge to form the show. We look set to enjoy another superb production at SCEGGS. Tickets may be obtained from The Seymour Centre box office.
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You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single, fleeting moment when you feel alive.
Merce Cunnigham (Dance Pioneer)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Assembly Performance
Well done to Hiroi Migita (Year 12) who played the introduction and recession pieces for Ms Gyton on Monday. Hiroi played excerpts from Green Parrot Street by Peter Dasent. This work is part of Hiroi’s Music 2 Performance program. You will hear more from Hiroi and other Year 12 Music students who will be performing pieces from their HSC program in a concert next week.

Sensational Porridge!

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Congratulations to all Year 4 students who took part in the Year 4 Musical, Porridge! There were many memorable moments from the performance and the characters from nursery rhymes will never be seen in the same light after this production. Well done and congratulations to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth for her preparation and direction of the performance. Thank you also to Ms Stephanie Holmes, Ms Jayne Groves and Mr Tim Paillas who were the musicians for the production.

Congratulations to Astrid Girdis (Year 10) who has completed her Grade 4 AMEB Singing examination. Astrid achieved an outstanding result for this examination and is to be congratulated for her hard work and preparation.

Vocal Soirée Performances
Well done to students of Ms Kylie Bailey who performed in lunchtime soirées held on Monday and Thursday of this week. Many of the students are quite new to this art form and should be congratulated for their hard work and perseverance in preparing for this performance. Thank you to Ms Bailey for her preparation of the students and to Ms Heidi Jones and Ms Stephanie Holmes for their accompaniment.

Upcoming Performances:
Year 11 Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying Preliminary Music 1 and 2 courses. The performance will take place in the Great Hall Thursday 6 June, starting at 5:30pm.

Year 12 Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying HSC Music 1, 2 and Extension courses. The performance will feature part of each student’s Performance program. The concert will be held in the Great Hall next Wednesday 12 June, commencing at 5:30pm.

Primary Piano Concert
This will take place in the Great Hall on Friday 21 June from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.

String Concerts
Join us on Monday 24 June, Tuesday 25 June or Wednesday 26 June (or all three days!) from 3.30pm - 4.15pm for the String Concert in the Primary Music Room.

Madrigals Excursion Reminder
A reminder that members of the Madrigal Ensemble will be attending Last Night of the Proms with Ms Allison Harrigan on Thursday 6 June at Sydney Opera House. The performance begins at 6:30pm, but students are required to meet Ms Harrigan at 6:00pm near the Box Office to collect their tickets.

Labelling of Instruments and Cases
All students who store their instruments in the Diana Bowman Centre must label their instruments/cases clearly. There have been some instances where students’ instruments have been mistaken for school instruments and were moved. Please check with members of the Music staff if you wish to borrow an instrument for short term use. Students are also encouraged to take their instruments home at the end of the day as there are limited spaces in the storeroom.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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In 1974 the United Nations proclaimed June 5 as World Environment Day. The aim of the day is to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. The theme for 2019 is air pollution.

In the Secondary School, the focus of Monday’s assembly was on how the individual can make a difference. Mark Piwkowski, CEO of Quayclean, was our special guest explaining the state of recycling in Australia and how our waste is recycled. His take home message was, as consumers, we need to think carefully about what we purchase so as not to create the waste in the first place. A group of Maailma girls created a video on how the small changes they make can make a difference to the waste in the school.

In Form meetings this week, Maailma girls will be going to Year meetings to run a Kahoot quiz on how waste is recycled through the various bins at school.

During lunchtime, the girls are experimenting with the GIS Locater app to photograph and map rubbish left around the school. This will help us determine if we have bins located in the correct areas and the right mix of bins to minimise the rubbish left around the school. Some of the Staff and students will be positioned at the bins to help educate the community on what goes into what bin.

The Year 7 Form groups are having a competition to see who can come up with the best message for the environment and decoration of the paper bins in their classrooms.

For more information about World Environment day click here.

What can you do to make a change for the environment?

Maailma Environment Club

 

 

There have been cases of head lice reported in the Secondary School. Head lice are very common in schools, and it is important that all parents check their daughter’s hair regularly and follow the necessary procedures if needed. For further information, please refer to the NSW Health Department. 

 

 

As we have some extra copies, if families would like a further copy of Lux from either last year or 2017, they are welcome to purchase one or more copies from Student Services. This offer remains open until the end of Term II, after which extra copies will be recycled.

 

 

Congratulations to the Year 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9, and Senior Archdale teams for winning their third round of Archdale debates this Tuesday. Congratulations also to the Primary B and Year 7 ISDA teams who won their Quarter Final debates last Friday – they will compete in the Semi Final on 14 June.

Archdale debates next week will be held at Tangara; the bus will leave SCEGGS immediately after school, and will leave Tangara to return to SCEGGS at 8pm. The topic area is Law and Justice.

Primary IPSHA debates will be held at SCEGGS this Friday, on the topic “That parents should never feed their children junk food.”

Imogen Harper
Debating Co-ordinator

 

 


P & F Events
   
     
Thursday 13 June
  Year 3 Class Parent Cocktail Party
 7.00pm    Private Home
 Cost    $60 (covers food and drink)
 Online Booking   Details to come
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 7 Class Parent
Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
1.00pm-5.00pm   The Greens Bowling Club, North Sydney
RSVP   14 June
Online Booking   Year 7 Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
Contact   Louise Hogan logmur@bigpond.com
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
5.00pm   Love Supreme, 180 Oxford St Paddington
Cost   $35 per head
RSVP    6 June 2019
Online Booking   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
Contact   Sancia de Jersey
     
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 


 

 

 

School Photograph Day

School photographs will be taken over two days: Secondary School individual and Year Group photographs will take place on Thursday 6 June and Primary School Individual and Year Group photographs and all sibling photographs will take place on Friday 7June.

Semester 1 Co-curricular photographs will take place over both days.

Orders for photograph packages can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school’s unique 9 digit Online Order Code. Sibling photographs must be pre-ordered online up until midnight the day before photography.

The Online Order Code is located on the ordering envelope or on the Details page of the SCEGGS Parent Portal.

All girls in Years K-12 will have received an ordering envelope. Online portrait and group package orders are due by June 5.

 

NSW Health offers all school students free vaccinations recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council. These vaccines are important and protect students through to adulthood.

All Year 10 Students will be offered the meningococcal ACWY vaccine on Thursday 12 June. An information pack has been sent home to year 10 parents which includes a consent form and a record of vaccination for parents to keep after their child has been vaccinated. If a student is absent for any of the clinics, they will have the opportunity to catch up at the next school visit.

Please sign the consent form and have your daughter return it to Student Services by Wednesday 5 June, UNLESS you do not wish your daughter to be vaccinated. Please note: the nurses will be unable to vaccinate any student if their form is not signed by their parent or guardian.

 

 

 

Secondary Sport

NSW All Schools Water Polo
Congratulations to Sienna Green and Lana Oppenheim who represented NSWCIS last week at the NSW All Schools Water Polo Championships. NSWCIS won the competition which included teams from NSW Combined High Schools, NSW Combined Catholic College and Queensland. A special congratulations to Sienna who was selected in the NSW All Schools Team at the completion of the tournament.

Current Coach and Old Girl Attacking her Goals
The School community is proud to acknowledge the achievements of Amy Parmenter. Amy is an Old Girl (Class of 2015 and 2015 Head Girl) and a current SCEGGS Netball and Cross-country coach. As a member of Giants Super Netball, Sydney’s premier Australian league team in the Suncorp Super Netball competition, Amy was voted MVP in her most recent match. Amy balances her sporting and coaching commitments while studying a double university degree in Law and Public Communications. Amy has caught the attention of the sporting world and we encourage you to read this SMH article (if you haven’t already!) which also details Amy’s strength of character off the court as well.

Hockey Trials
We will be commencing trials for all girls who wish to play hockey in Term III. Buses will transport all students to and from the venues for all trials. Shin pads, hockey sticks and mouthguard are compulsory.

SNR Trials (Years 10, 11 and 12) Monday 3 June
3.10pm – 5.00pm
David Phillips Complex
SNR 1st CALL BACKS:  Wednesday 12 June
3.10pm – 5.00pm
David Phillips Complex
  Monday 17 June
6.45am-8.00am
SCEGGS Top Court
  Tuesday 25 June
3.10pm – 5.00pm
David Phillips Complex
JNR Trials (Yr 8 & 9) Monday 17 June
3.10pm – 5.00pm
David Phillips Complex
JNR 1st CALL BACKS Wednesday 26 June
3.10pm – 5.00pm
David Phillips Complex
YEAR 7 Trials Wednesday 26 June
3.10pm – 5.00pm
David Phillips Complex

Please ensure you have a hockey stick, shin pads and a mouth guard for each session as these are compulsory. If you need to borrow a hockey stick, please see either Ms Gowan or Ms Smith in the PE staff room. Any problems or concerns, please see Miss Smith as soon as possible.

Buses to Frensham for Saturday Sport
SCEGGS will be sending two buses to Frensham for our upcoming Saturday fixtures on June 22. Please indicate numbers with Ms Axford in the PDHPE Dept if your daughter requires transport: xantheaxford@sceggs.nsw.edu.au

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

Primary Sport

Athletics Carnival
The Primary Carnival will be held on Wednesday 12 June at E.S. Marks Athletics Field, Cnr Boronia St & Anzac Parade, Kensington. The Carnival will commence at approximately 9.15am and end at 2.00pm.

All girls will be in a 100m sprint race, their class relay and can enter all field events and the 800m. Girls receive a point for their house when they compete in an event.

We have been informed by IPSHA that NSWPSSA has added 1500m as an event. IPSHA will also have the 1500m event as the last event of the day at their carnival. The 1500m will also be run at CIS this year.

In light of this we will run a Primary 1500m event at Athletics training on Monday 17 June at ES Marks Athletics field for any girls interested. If you would like your daughter to participate, please let me know via email. suephillips@sceggs.nsw.edu.au Please see below the qualifying times for IPSHA:

1500m GIRLS 8-10yrs 5m59s

1500m GIRLS 11yrs 5m40s

1500m GIRLS 12/13yrs 5m33s

All Primary Co-Curricular sport on Wednesday 12 June will go ahead after school.

 

Touch Football
Several girls have been participating in Touch football skills on Wednesday afternoons. They are building on their fitness and ball handling skills, as well as strategies to use in game situations.

Years 4-6 Touch Football trials will be held in Week 9, Tuesday 25 June at Moore Park, Cnr Robertson and Lang Road. The girls will go by bus and can be picked up at 4.50pm at the field or approximately 5.20pm outside the Sports Hall in Forbes Street.

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Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator


 

Audition Notice – Saving SCEGGS
SCEGGS Darlinghurst will present Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson in Term IV. The play examines a critical chapter in the history of SCEGGS and will be a perfect way to enter the School's 125th celebrations in 2020.

Ms Eddi Goodfellow will be directing.

Auditions will be conducted at SCEGGS, St Peter’s Playhouse on Wednesday June 19 and Friday June 21 from 4pm to 6pm. Please note that the audition will take the form of a workshop and all applicants will audition together. You need not prepare anything but cold reads will be given on the day.
Callback auditions will be conducted on Tuesday June 25th. Applicants will be contacted by email on Friday June 21st if they have received a callback audition and will be required to prepare an allocated speech.

The production will feature a cast of students from Years 7 to 11 and you are invited to express your interest in auditioning. Please email your intention to audition to petereyers@sceggs.nsw.edu.au and include a headshot (this is only for identification purposes and may be taken with mobile phone or your school photo), some detail about your performance experience and your preferred audition day.

Production dates: Thursday November 21 to Saturday November 23 at 7pm. Saturday November 23 at 3pm.
Venue: The Great Hall – SCEGGS Darlinghurst.

 

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Drama Tour - New York & Chicago
The Drama Department will be running a tour to the U.S.A. in April 2020. The tour will travel to Chicago and New York taking in visits to extraordinary theatre and participation in workshops, along with awesome sight-seeing and mandatory shopping. The tour is for girls in Years 10, 11 or 12 in 2020. It is open initially to girls currently studying Drama. If places are available, we will offer it to other girls who can demonstrate a strong interest in Drama.

Deposits are now due to secure your place.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
An excursion to the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been planned for students in Years 7-10 St Peter’s Players and Academic Drama. This trip to the theatre will take place on Sunday June 23 at 6.00pm. Keen students are advised to return permission slips in a timely fashion to secure participation.


A Chorus Line – Bookings
Bookings are now open for our 2019 Musical – A Chorus Line. Tickets may be obtained from The Seymour Centre box office. 


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Here’s another glimpse, inside our rehearsal room:

  

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Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
― Martha Graham – Teacher / Choreographer

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

 

 

The past few days have been filled with exciting activities to celebrate Languages Week at SCEGGS!

Assembly
We started the week with the secondary school Assembly, which featured activities and announcements in a number of different languages.

Students in Assembly were greeted by a rousing version of the Spanish song ‘Despacito’. Two Year 12 girls, Shae-Lee Trindall and Amber Boyden, then read an Acknowledgement of Country in Spanish.

The Bible reading, taken from the letter of Paul to the Corinthians, was read in Latin by Year 12 students Louise Godhard and Cindy Purvis, and the Lord’s Prayer was recited in Japanese by Year 12 girls Eloise Loewy and Christine Wong.

Information about Languages Week was given to students at Assembly in French by Year 12 students Olivia Kibble and Mia Hasson, and details of the Mondovision song contest were provided in Chinese by Year 11 students Aisha Imtarnasan and Emma Senkevics. Translations of these announcements were on the large screens, so that everyone could follow them.

We are proud that so many languages are spoken by SCEGGS students, and the girls in Assembly were treated to a video of dozens of students giving a short greeting in languages such as Greek, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Maori, Marathi, Russian and German.

The next item in Assembly was a report on the wonderful Japan trip, organised by Yamaguchi Sensei in the April school holidays. Year 11 students Catriona Denholm and Mia Slater recounted some of their amazing experiences and introduced the slide show of fascinating photos.

Ms Allum then presented the International Latin Examination medals and awards to Latin students in Years 9-12. Every girl who sat for the examination achieved a score substantially above the international average; our girls won nine Gold Medals and four Silver Medals. Three girls – Orania Varvaris (Year 9), Alice Wong (Year 10) and Miranda Woodcroft (Year 10) achieved a perfect score – an outstanding feat!

Special thanks to Ms Boyes and Senorita Storrie for organising a wonderful Assembly, showcasing so many aspects of language study and background at SCEGGS.
Mondovision

The next exciting event in the busy Languages Week calendar was the Mondovision Song Contest. Groups of students from Years 7 to 12 had been rehearsing songs performed in French, Latin and Mandarin, and they came on Monday to audition for a place in the Highlights Concert. It was amazing to see the time and effort the girls had devoted to their songs!

Six groups were chosen to participate in the Highlights concert at lunchtime on Thursday. The Great Hall was filled with hundreds of enthusiastic girls, eager to watch the performances. Two Year 12 girls, Madeleine Kowalenko and Teya Phillips, did a superb job as MCs, keeping the crowd entertained and interested.

There were groups from Year 11 French, Year 10 French, Year 10 Latin, two groups from Year 8 Latin, and a mixed group of Years 10-11 Mandarin students. The Year 12 French students made a guest appearance, providing additional entertainment for the audience while the judges were deliberating.

The three judges, Dr Melissa Saxton, Dr Joseph Guss and Mr Keith Stevenson, were very impressed by the standard of all six groups. The final results were very close, with first place being awarded to the Year 10 Latin students, with a superb performance of the Spice Girls favourite ‘Wannabe’, with a special rap highlight!

It was a fantastic highlights concert, and it was wonderful to see so many students using languages they are studying at SCEGGS, challenging themselves and, most of all, having fun!

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Staff mystery language competition
Another popular activity of Languages Week was the competition to identify the voices of ten members of staff and the language each was speaking. The staff were drawn from the across the school, from the primary, secondary, administration and IT areas:

1. Ms Lale Arbabzadah - Farsi
2. Mrs Eva Stepasiuk - Polish
3. Mr David Scott - Spanish
4. Dr Joseph Guss - Finnish
5. Ms Susan Zipfinger - German
6. Mr Wayne Zong - Mandarin
7. Mrs Lina Mazzotti - Italian
8. Ms Ngaire Boyes - Maori
9. Ms Katie Treacy - Gaelic
10. Mrs Vickie Kalocsay – Hungarian

Some of these languages are related to each other and have the same origins. Four of the above languages are in this category but belong to two different families. Which languages go together?

Answer: Spanish and Italian are Romance languages. Finnish and Hungarian are Uralic languages.

Thank you to all those who entered the competition – it was great to have staff and students involved. Congratulations to the winning group for identifying all 10 staff and the languages spoken – Jedda Thorley, Elenarose Plaister, Sophie Kuijper, Chloe Zheng and Naina Bhonagiri!

Friday lunchtime activities
The last day of Languages Week saw a flurry of student activities on the lawn and in the old gym at lunchtime. It was a wonderful celebration of the languages taught at SCEGGS.
The French teachers opened a photo booth for students to dress up as famous characters in French history and have their photo taken. Hats, scarves and other accessories transformed the girls into Napoleon Bonaparte, Coco Chanel and other well-known French characters! Students are able to view the photos in their French classes.

Spanish culture was celebrated through an energetic dance-off run by Ms Boyes and Senorita Storrie in the old gym, and all had great fun with this activity.

An origami session and a paper-cutting activity celebrated the Japanese and Chinese cultures, and the girls produced some beautiful works of art.

Years 7 and 8 students had the chance to participate in the Latin Treasure Hunt, running to five locations throughout the school to answer questions on language and culture. Thanks to the Year 11 Latin girls for sitting in their togas at the various stations to check off the younger girls as they ran from place to place. Congratulations to the Year 8 winners of the Treasure Hunt – Georgia McCormack, Natayleah Georgetown, Maggie-Rose Dunlop and Ianna Fatouros!

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Thank you
The Languages staff would like to thank the hundreds of students and teachers who participated in the various activities at school throughout Languages Week. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the many different languages represented in our school community!

Angelique Deleeuw
Head of Languages

 

 

School Photograph Day

School photographs will be taken over two days: Secondary School individual and Year Group photographs will take place on Thursday 6 June and Primary School Individual and Year Group photographs and all sibling photographs will take place on Friday 7June.

Semester 1 Co-curricular photographs will take place over both days.

Orders for photograph packages can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using our school’s unique 9 digit Online Order Code. Sibling photographs must be pre-ordered online up until midnight the day before photography.

The Online Order Code is located on the ordering envelope or on the Details page of the SCEGGS Parent Portal.

All girls in Years K-12 will have received an ordering envelope. Online portrait and group package orders are due by June 5.

 

 

 

Week 6 is Library and Information Week and this year’s theme is “Truth, Integrity and Knowledge”.

Come and help us celebrate! All events and competitions will run at lunchtime in the Secondary Library.

Participate in these events and competitions and win a prize or two:

Monday - Try your hand at Spine Poetry
Tuesday – Make a bookmark to add to your collection
Friday – Play True or False (it’s a new competition!)

Ms Hughes
Library Assistant

 

 

Year 4 Musical
Year 4 will be presenting their musical this Friday 31 May in the Great Hall. The performance will begin at 2.00pm. We look forward to seeing everyone there!


Congratulations to Annika Deitz (Year 10) who had just participated on the musical success of her tour with Gondwana Voices to London and Berlin over the past two weeks. Last night she performed in the famous Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Radio Choir and Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra singing a work by Australian composer Brett Dean. We are incredibly proud of Annika’s achievement in being chosen for this opportunity and look forward to hearing of her experiences when she returns this week.

Upcoming Performances
Year 11 Performance Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying Preliminary Music 1 and 2 courses. The performance will take place in the Great Hall starting at 5.30pm.

Year 12 Performance Concert
The concert will feature performances by students studying HSC Music 1, 2 and Extension courses. The performance will feature part of each student’s Performance program. The concert will be held in the Great Hall commencing at 5:30pm.

Madrigals Excursion Reminder
A reminder that members of the Madrigal ensemble will be attending “Last Night of the Proms” with Ms Harrigan on Thursday 6 June at Sydney Opera House. The performance begins at 6:30pm but students are required to meet Ms Harrigan at 6.00pm near the Box Office to collect their tickets.


Billeting for Inner-Mongolian Choir

There are still a small number of choristers from the Inner-Mongolian Choir who will need a place to stay for their short time in Australia (it will take place in the third week of the school holidays). If you are interested, could you please contact Ms Harrigan for further details.

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who won their Round 3 trial against Sydney Boys’ High School last week. Their task was to defend a major shopping centre in a civil case involving negligence. It was a fascinating and demanding trial, but the team won convincingly. Katarina Kuo and Amelia Board (barristers) gave outstanding opening and closing addresses and demonstrated quick thinking in cross examination. Kristina Comino (solicitor) provided excellent support on the basis of her detailed preparation. Phoebe Masnick and Aisha Imtarnasan (witnesses) were steadfast in the face of aggressive cross examination. It was a wonderful team effort and a satisfying reward for all the hard work. Congratulations girls! We look forward to Round 4 against St Vincent’s College.

Kelly McManus
Mock Trial Co-ordinator

 

 

The P&F are proud to present Jan Owen AM Hon DLitt as the Term II Guest Speaker.

Jan Owen is the CEO of the Foundation of Young Australians, (FYA) a social entrepreneur, innovator, influencer and author ( Every Childhood Lasts a Lifetime and The Future Chasers). Jan will be discussing the future of work for young Australians.
For those not familiar with Jan’s work, her lifework work has been dedicated to unleashing the talent of young people, propelling social innovation and entrepreneurship and revolutionising education.

At the helm of FYA for the past eight years, Jan has led the organisation’s strategic mission to enable young people to create, lead and thrive into the future. This has included ground-breaking research about the future of work and education for young Australians, the largest in-school entrepreneurship and youth social enterprise programs in Australia and the launch of several new initiatives like YLab.

In 2018 Jan was recognised as one of Australia’s “True Leaders” and was the recipient of the Inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac “Women of Influence” in 2012. Adding to her accolades, are honorary Doctorates from the University of Sydney and Murdoch University in Perth and membership to the Order of Australia in 2000 for her services to the Australian community.

There is no cost for this evening but we do ask that you RSVP for catering purposes via https://www.trybooking.com/BDARR

So, join us from 7.30pm on Tuesday 11 June in the Lecture Theatre to hear from this game-changer.

 


P & F Events
   
     
Saturday 1 June    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 6.30pm    Private Home
 Dress    Cocktail
 Cost    $70 per person
 Online Booking    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 Queries   nunik@hotmail.com
     
     
Thursday 13 June
  Year 3 Class Parent Cocktail Party
 7.00pm    Private Home
 Cost    $60 (covers food and drink)
 Online Booking   Details to come
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 7 Class Parent
Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
1.00pm-5.00pm   The Greens Bowling Club, North Sydney
RSVP   14 June
Online Booking   Year 7 Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
Contact   Louise Hogan logmur@bigpond.com
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
5.00pm   Love Supreme, 180 Oxford St Paddington
Cost   $35 per head
RSVP    6 June 2019
Online Booking   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
Contact   Sancia de Jersey
     
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association

 

 

 

At SCEGGS we recognise the benefits of exchange and immersion experiences not just for students but for teachers too! One such experience was undertaken by Drama teacher Vivienne Rodda to the Nightingale Bamford School in New York. In this issue of Behind the Green Gate, Ms Rodda writes about the community behind the "Blue Door". 

I had the tremendous good fortune late last year of being selected to visit The Nightingale Bamford School in New York. This was a wonderful opportunity to engage with the teaching and learning in a like environment, in an international city, and be a fly on the wall to the similarities and differences in pedagogy and our 21st Century learners.

The Nightingale Bamford School is located on the Upper East side on the corner of Madison Ave and East 92nd street, adjacent to Central Park, and right around the corner from The Guggenheim. While being slightly smaller, enrolling approximately 650 students between its Lower School and the Upper Schools, it is remarkably similar to SCEGGS; just as we have the Green Gate, through which our girls enter, the Nightingale students all come through their "Blue Doors", an entry way on 92nd Street. The Blue Doors is also coincidentally the name of the regular publication Nightingale produces just as we have our own Behind the Green Gate!

BTGG 2019 05 23 Teacher Exchange View from the LibraryThe building in which the school operates is, like SCEGGS, a combination of the old and the new, with a beautiful, expansive, Edith Wharton-like window that provides picturesque views from their library. It is very old New York, and part of the original 1920 school building. In more recent years, several modern buildings and additions have been integrated with the original block, and the school now occupies approximately seven floors of its building, with each year group or stage occupying a floor.

In my two weeks at the school, I was fortunate to have a wide variety of experiences, attending an excursion to a glass blowing factory in Brooklyn with Year 8, serving lunch in a soup kitchen on a visit with the lower school, attending a PE class in Central Park, and seeing the school production of Noises Off among many other things, all of which were routine when you are as well located as Nightingale.

It was fascinating to learn of the differences in subject and course selection and how a school creates a program of study in an Independent New York School. The school follows no approved or endorsed program or curriculum and are permitted to create their own. This provides a great deal of freedom in the devising of courses and the programs set for study. Some subjects such as English are mandatory until Senior Year. Staff and Heads of Department (Chairs) write course proposals, which are submitted and approved, before they are offered to students. An elective English course in a Senior Year of study may include an intensive analysis of a poet or playwright or be more thematic covering a topic such as New York City Literature or Shakespeare’s Tragedies.

Nightingale was very proud of its strong focus on student-centred learning, and its belief that the school’s role was to prepare students for a largely unknown future. Everyday Nightingale timetables a half-hour for the entire school community, called "Enrichment time", simply designed to allow the students the freedom and independence to pursue whatever they best felt fit. This was used variably, covering everything from meeting with teachers, completing homework or study, playing in the playground, or spending time in one of the student lounges with friends.

Many of my observations and experiences at Nightingale came from informal discussions with staff during lunch, as well as sitting in formal meetings and discussions where people were very generous and willing to share their thoughts about their school community. A topic among some long-standing staff was their disgruntlement at the direction in which the school was heading, particularly around things such as the allocated half an hour for enrichment, which they felt lacked efficacy. Accompanying this pursuit of student freedom also was the reduction of formal assessment tasks and formal reporting. Staff were both thrilled and baffled to learn that we held formal assessment blocks, where students were assessed, graded and reported upon formally twice a year.

Additional to the organisation of their secondary school, I further developed an understanding of tertiary entrance requirements, which were, again, vastly different to our own. As we have seen in the recent College Admissions Scandal, university entrance in the U.S.A. can be skewed towards those from more advantageous backgrounds, and as such, the system lacks the equality available in our own university entrance schemes. Without a prescribed syllabus to follow, courses taught at a high school level have a depth and breadth available to them in terms of choice, but also seem to have the pressure of making decisions as to what and how to prioritise the courses that students must include for the various requirements needed for entrance to their preferred university.

Accordingly, to prepare for college there is no standardised test like our HSC that significantly determines admission. American students do sit for their HSC equivalent, the SATs, but primarily there is a deeper, more complex process of essays, references, community involvement and submission of academic reports and GPA scores that are submitted for consideration. I was privy to numerous discussions amongst staff about the system of college entrance and the drive of students to appear to have achieved a well-rounded educational experience through numerous participation in extra-curricular activities, clubs, volunteering for a school newspaper, or being involved in community outreach programs, and the careful preparation and writing of the all-important college essays which were being taught in the junior year class I sat in on for a few days.


When I wasn’t at Nightingale I was absorbing all that New York has to offer and of course spending plenty of time on Broadway. The opportunity to see (and meet!) Bryan Cranston in Network, Daniel Radcliffe in The Lifespan of a Fact, Jeff Daniels in To Kill A Mockingbird and the exceptionally fabulous production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was all wonderfully inspiring and enriching.

My learning and observations can only be touched upon in this article, but it was a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to supporting further collaborations between SCEGGS and the Nightingale Bamford School ahead. Their Head of School Paul Burke and Director of Global Operations Damaris Maclean were wonderful hosts and supported an experience that was enriching and impossible to forget.

Vivienne Rodda
Drama Teacher

 

 

 
The Power of Play


Is child play and “free-time” frivolous and something no longer needed or valued in our world? In our fast-paced lives, do our children even have time to play?

I recently attended a forum led by Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Educational Policy and Deputy Director at the Gonski Institute for Education School of Education. The discussion centred on the differences between the philosophy and culture behind educational practices in Finland and here in Australia. Professor Sahlberg highlighted a few key differences but one struck a chord with me; the power of play. Educational policy in Finland stipulates that children have the right to 15 minutes of play in each hour of learning, additional to Recess and Lunchtime. Play in Finland is generally outdoor play, despite freezing temperatures, and is always child led. It seems to me that children often aspire or are encouraged to grow up quickly and to therefore dismiss play as something superfluous and not conducive to real learning. Professor Sahlberg’s concept of children having a “right” to play inspired and challenged me to reconsider the function of play for children.

As someone who grew up in the 1970s, unstructured play both indoors and outdoors was very much part of my everyday life. As an educator and a parent, I have often queried how much time this current generation of children dedicate to simply playing, and whether the decreased focus on play is something that negatively impacts their development and wellbeing. Play was something I took for granted as a child and yet I wonder if children today have the same experience or feel the same sense of entitlement. According to research by the American Psychological Association, children today spend more time on competitive sports, additional academic pursuits and screen-based entertainment than any previous generation. Whilst these are meritorious experiences for children, I also wonder if we are risking the elimination of a child’s natural predisposition to exercise their curiosity and creativity by limiting their chances of unstructured play? Having listened to Professor Sahlberg and having read the latest research from around the world, I think the answer is a resounding yes!

Current research shows that play is a powerful tool in the social, emotional and even educational development of a child. It therefore concerns me to read statistics arising from a study of 1,000 students conducted by University College London’s Institute of Education which show that just 1% of Secondary School students now have down-time in the afternoon compared to 41% of students 30 years ago. A child growing up in Finland experiences a shorter school day than their Australian counterparts and the Finnish Primary School child has a guaranteed 15 minutes of play in each hour. By the time a child within the Australian education system is 15 years old they have had the equivalent of 5 extra years of face to face teaching than their peers in Finland. As a teacher, I know how much thought, time and effort teachers invest in planning and delivering learning opportunities for students. Yet despite the additional years of teacher instruction, Finland has, according to data from the OECD’s international PISA tests, outperformed Australia in terms of results in literacy, Maths, Science and problem-solving as well as subjective measures like student happiness and positive wellbeing for the past two decades. The emphasis on wellbeing through play in Finland is deeply embedded in their education system and has been for several decades. Whilst it is no simple thing to change government policy, the correlation between a focus on play and improved results academically and emotionally is something I believe is worthy of discussion in our schools and homes.

There are many different types of play; imaginative, physical, sociodramatic, symbolic to name just a few. What these all have in common is that they have a positive impact on a child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Children develop and practise social skills as they learn to respect one another through the rules they make and break through their collaborative games. I find it hard to keep up with the ever-changing versions of traditional chasing games in the playground, but the girls are quick to adapt to these rule changes and the joy each girl feels as she charges around the playground connecting with others is palpable. Play enables children to build social connections and it also fosters confidence and resilience as the girls learn to negotiate the rules and inevitable challenges to those rules!

At the end of Term I, I worked with a group of Year 6 leaders to review our Primary School House Families and to seek their ideas for activities in Term II. The girls enthusiastically shared their ideas and I admit I was surprised by the number of girls who requested the inclusion of traditional games such as Cat’s Cradle and Elastics. They also wanted time to “invent” games and dramas within their Family groups. The fact that they felt the need to ask permission to devise their own games made me stop and think. Are we guilty of trying so hard to engage our children in learning activities that we are in danger of overlooking the power of spontaneous, unstructured play? The games the girls requested had a distinct lack of “rules” and so, by their very nature, offered endless opportunities for imaginative thinking. This is the power of play. Unstructured play allows children the chance to explore, invent and think creatively and critically; all skills which are critical for the world they will enter once they complete their education.

Research suggests that play promotes self-initiated learning and offers a child agency over their learning. I only need to spend a few moments on the playground to see how true that is. At any given playtime there are girls involved in active collaborative play whilst others are building worlds with wooden blocks, some are quietly tracking native stingless bees in the flowers and others are testing their superpowers in fantastical worlds. This led me to reflect on the wise words of Sir David Attenborough who is, amongst other things, the Learning through Landscapes Patron. Sir David suggests that “outdoor environments can offer a very special kind of learning experience: the opportunity for discovery and learning through touching and feeling, the chance to explore and take risks, the stimulations of the fresh air and limitless skies. And yet, we are steadily depriving our children of these wonders.”

It seems to me that play enables children the chance to step outside the world we structure for them. Play offers children the chance to think boldly, to see and explore limitless worlds at their own pace. The power of play is simple; it helps children to show us and themselves what they are capable of. As we all aim to empower our girls and equip them with skills to take out into their world, perhaps play is something we should focus on as a superpower in their learning toolkit. Play can be a way of liberating thoughts, of embracing change, building resilience and forging social connections, all of which encourage a positive sense of self. Therefore, it seems to me that play and learning are inextricably linked and in the busyness of our world more important for children than ever before. Perhaps through their play, children can teach us all lessons on how to see the world and ourselves.

Kate Brown
Head of Student Wellbeing K-6

 

 


Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage

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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for our school community to learn about Australia’s shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

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At SCEGGS, NRW has always been a week of reflection, consideration and action. As a School community we acknowleded this at a special Assembly on Monday with special guest speaker Josephine Cashman of the Warrimay People. Josephine is a lawyer, entrepreneur, media commentator and Chair of the Big River Impact Foundation, an Indigenous-led public benevolent organisation. The girls will be involved in other activities throughout the week.

The 2019 theme for National Reconciliation Week is Grounded in Truth: Walk together with Courage. This theme reminds us that at the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This week at SCEGGS, both teachers and students will be invited to consider the truths of our Nation’s history, because to foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds. At SCEGGS we are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.

Sarah Kearney
Kindergarten Teacher

 

 

Parents are required to provide a written explanation promptly for any full day or partial absence (arriving late or leaving early). This explanation must include the reason for their daughter’s absence from school.

Email or note?
Parents can provide written explanations by either providing a signed absence note or an email from a registered parental contact email address.

             o Email sent to: Absences@sceggs.nsw.edu.au  should
                include the student’s FULLNAME and FORM CLASS in the SUBJECT FIELD and be
                sent from a contact email address that the parent has provided to the school. 
                The email must include the reason for absence.

     o Signed note to Students Services or Primary Class Teacher:
        must include the student's FULL NAME and FORM CLASS, be signed by a parent
        and should be handed directly to Student Services (7-12) or Primary Class Teacher
        (K-6) on the morning that the student returns to school. The note must include the
        reason for absence.

Within 7 days
Parents MUST provide a written explanation for their daughter’s full day or partial absence (arriving late or leaving early) at school due to illness or other unforeseen events within 7 calendar days of the daughter’s absence, or the absence is required to be recorded in a category labelled ‘unexplained or unjustified absence’. After 7 days, a written explanation must still be provided, but for our official records, for school reports and for records provided to Government agencies such as Department of Education and the Department of Human Services, the absence must remain categorised as unexplained/unjustified.


• Check the portal
Students and parents are able to view the details of the student’s personal absence summary, including whether a written explanation has been provided, by logging into the SCEGGS Portal and selecting the absences tab.

Holly Gyton
Deputy Head of School

 

 

Ray Russell – OAM
Congratulations to Ray Russell on being awarded an OAM for Service to Athletics. Ray has been coaching discus, javelin and shotput at SCEGGS for over 12 years and is an integral part of our athletics program.

Ray is a specialist throws coach and has coached many junior athletes to achieve wonderful results at NSW, Australian and World Youth Championships. He has also had several of his athletes selected for the Youth Olympics. Ray has dedicated a lot of his time and energy in instructing and coaching so many athletes and helping them all to reach their potential and achieve their goals.

Ray Russell

Helping young athletes achieve their dreams has spurred Ray on as a top coach in the St George and Sutherland Shire over three decades. Ray has coached and held various committee positions with St George and Districts Athletics Club and Port Hacking Little Athletics since the 1990s. He is also a Life Member of SGDAC.

Ray has coached more than 300 young athletes in throwing (javelin, shot and discus) from Little As through to seniors. “My goal is to be there for my athletes and help them achieve their dreams,” said Mr Russell of his six-days-a-week commitment, which is mostly voluntary.

Some of Ray’s previous achievements include:

* Australian Level 4 High Performance Coach (Specialist in Throws)
* Australian Track & Field Coaches Association Coach of the Year
* Runner Up ANSW Junior International Coach of the Year

For those of you who do not know Ray you will see him helping adjudicate at our upcoming Primary and Secondary Athletics Carnivals in June. We are truly blessed to have Ray as part of our sporting program.
 

IGSSA Cross Country
BTTG 2019 05 23 Sport IGSSA XC 3A big congratulations to all girls who competed at the IGSSA Cross Country Championships that were held at Frensham on Friday. SCEGGS finished 9th overall which was a wonderful result.
Highlights of the day included:

15 years team placed 4th overall – Gabriella Ibrahim, Audrey Ewington, Lilli Krawitz
• Gabriella Ibrahim – 5th in the 15 years
• Audrey Ewington – 10th in the 15 years
• Laura Roderick – 4th in the 16 years

17 years team placed 4th overall – Abigail Johnstone, Aneka Henshaw, Rose Byrne
• Abigail Johnstone – placed 11th in the 17 years

18 years team placed 4th overall – Phoebe Cridland, Jacqueline Lee, Adrienne Thackway
• Phoebe Cridland placed 12th in the 18 years
• Jacqueline Lee placed 15th in the 18 years

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Thank you to Ms Thompson who has worked tirelessly in co-ordinating and training the team over the past year. Thank you also to the following staff who assisted on the day: Ms Tucker, Ms Dill-Macky, Ms Wymer and coach Jacob Flanagan.

Equestrian
Congratulations to Claudia Woods in Year 12 who has been selected to represent NSW at the Australian Equestrian Championships later this year. This is a wonderful achievement and the result of lots of hard work in preparing her horse.

Swimming
Well done to Daisy Message in Year 12 who represented Sydney University Swimming Club at the 2019 UniSport Nationals held at SOPAC recently. Daisy swum well and qualified for the Open 800m event.

Buses to Frensham for Saturday Sport
SCEGGS will be sending buses to Frensham for our upcoming Saturday fixtures on May 25 and June 22. Please indicate numbers with Ms Axford in the PDHPE Dept if your daughter requires transport: xantheaxford@sceggs.nsw.edu.au

Sydney Interschools Snowsports – July 16 - 20 at Thredbo
If any families are wanting to join the SCEGGS Snowsports team for 2019 this is your final chance. I will be finalising the individual teams this weekend. Events are open to all girls from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The emphasis is on participation and competitors do not need to be outstanding skiers or snowboarders, just capable of getting down a blue run on their own.

If you would like more information, please contact me on 9052 2721.

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

Trials for Term 3 sport will be held at Moore Park, Cnr Robertson Road, on Tuesday 24 June. The girls will take the bus from SCEGGS to Moore Park at 3.15pm and can be picked up at the field at 4.50pm or return to school on the bus, arriving at the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5.20pm. Please ensure your daughter is wearing her SCEGGS Sports uniform and has a large water bottle.

Year 3
Girls will not be able to participate if they do not have a mouth guard and shin pads. Mouth guards can be purchased at the chemist and moulded at home. Hockey sticks can be purchased at large sports stores. The top of the stick should be in line with the waist when the stick is resting vertically on the ground.

Athletics Training
The girls have had a great start to training for Athletics at ES Marks Athletics field. The Primary Kindergarten to Year 6 Carnival will be held on Wednesday 12 June at ES Marks field.

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Gymnastics
We welcome Glen Hay our new Artistic Gymnastics Coach to SCEGGS. The Artistic program is near capacity.

Some of our Level 3 and 4 levels girls will be attending an Inner-City Region clinic at Homebush on June 2. This is a great opportunity for SCEGGS gymnasts in WAG level 3 and 4 to refine their skills in a variety of areas including Bars, Beam, Vault and Floor choreography.

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Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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Calling all members of the SCEGGS community who are interested, studying or working in Consulting, Economics, Finance, Investor Relations, Banking, Accounting, Business, International Relations, Stockbroking, Sales, Operations and more...

There is still time to book your tickets to our SPAN event, Women in Business and Finance. Sally Auld will be the keynote speaker. Sally is a Managing Director and Chief Economist and the Head of Fixed Income and FX Strategy for Australia and New Zealand at J.P. Morgan.

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

 

When: Tuesday 4 June
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Where: SCEGGS Darlinghurst
Cost: Tickets are $20 each. Please click here to secure your ticket
RSVP: 29 May

 

 


Christian Groups 2019

This is a reminder for girls interested in learning more about Christianity that there are opportunities available for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12. All girls (of any faith or none) are welcome.

Primary
“SWITCH-IT” is held in the Multi-Purpose Room at Monday lunchtimes, starting in Week 4 (Monday 20 May), running from 1.15 – 1.45pm for a time of games and activities and a brief discussion. This year the group is divided into two groups, with Kindergarten to Year 3 having a separate session once a term, this term on the Monday 3rd June, and Years 4 to 6 on the other Mondays. All K-6 is welcome on the final Monday of term when we show a Veggie Tales DVD.

Secondary
A Year 7-12 Co-ed "InterCru" is being held at Kambala on Friday 24 May after school. InterCrus are informal afternoon teas run by Crusaders for students interested in Christianity to meet students from other schools in our area. There is a guest speaker and music and they are a lot of fun. For more information and permission slips contact Dr Armstrong or Ms Cull.

Food & Faith for Years 7-12 meet with Mrs Cull every Friday lunch in G10. New members are always welcome.

If you are interested or would like to know more about any of these opportunities, contact Dr Armstrong in the RE staffroom or by email: LeonieArmstrong@sceggs.nsw.edu.au.

Confirmation

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. There will be a number of meetings held during lunchtime that will give those involved the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and what it means to them. Participants are welcome to withdraw from the course at any stage if they find that it is not right for them. We will be looking at the basics of the Christian faith a little closer, discussing their importance and answering any questions that arise. Neither baptism nor connection with the Anglican Church is necessary. There is an opportunity for those seeking baptism within the confirmation process. A confirmation service will be held in third term in the school chapel. Relatives and friends are invited to this very special occasion and dates and times will be confirmed soon.

If you are interested in being part of the confirmation process this year or have any questions about it please contact me before Friday 31 May.

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay

 

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