SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

Social Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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Geogi doing a maths lesson at a Kenyan high school.

Juliet Schmidt
Old Girl and current parent

 

 

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

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

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

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

Bethnay Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 

 

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

I received notification from them which read:

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

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

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

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

R U OK? Day
The girls in K-6 have been reflecting on the power of conversation as a way of checking in with friends and asking how they are feeling. The girls enjoyed many activities around R U OK? Day in their classrooms and through House Families. There have been conversations inspired by our love of Winnie the Pooh and his friends which helped us all to talk about our different feelings. Year 6 girls organised a lunchtime of physical activities and invited all the K-6 teachers to come and enjoy playing in the playground which saw Mrs Lodge and Miss Permezel being particularly adventurous on the playground equipment! We even had a flash mob dance led by Miss Sheil and some wonderful Year 5 and 6 girls which saw girls and teachers in K-6 dancing happily at lunchtime on R U OK? Day. The girls enjoyed all these opportunities and we hope they will now continue to check in everyday with each other, asking the simple but heartfelt question, “R U OK?”

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Community Service in the Primary School
Community Service plays a key role in our K-12 pastoral care program, and care and compassion are at the forefront of all we do within and outside our school community. Our hope is that each SCEGGS girl will gain a deep understanding of how she can help those in need and experience a sense of personal joy by giving to others. Over the last two weeks our Primary girls have been making meaningful contributions to our community and building their sense of social responsibility. Our Year 3 and 4 girls delighted the volunteers at Beehive Industries when they shared pieces of work, conversation and songs with them and our Year 6 girls will be making sandwiches and delivering them to Wayside Chapel on Friday this week. Our K-2 girls are thinking about ways in which they can perform an act of service inside or around their home over the next few weeks. They will then reflect on and share their acts of kindness together in Term 4.

Kate Brown
Head of Student Wellbeing K-6

 

 


Secondary Sport

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

Teams Grade Venue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

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

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

Jenny Bean
English Teacher

 

 

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

All secondary students with identifiable items in lost property are encouraged to collect them before the end of term.

We also have water bottles, lunch boxes and sundry un-named items waiting to be claimed.

The School Shop will close Friday 27 September and re-open Monday 14 October.

Have an enjoyable term break.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

 
Rethinking Stress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apps to help manage stress

  • Reachout Breathe
  • Reachout worry time
  • Smiling Mind

Resources

Dr Melissa Saxton
School Psychologist

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 


Secondary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

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spP Gym Photo 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

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

Have a listen to Sinfonietta's performance below.

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

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

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

Congratulations Primary Tournament of Minds Team!
Congratulations to this year’s Primary Tournament of Minds team, who gained first place in the STEM division of the NSW Sydney South East region competition of Tournament of Minds 2019. The team will now go on and compete in the Branch Finals, to be held at UNSW on September 15.

The intrepid team of seven girls from Year 5 and 6 presented at last Saturday’s competition showcasing their STEM design solution to the problem of trying to extract and store DNA from the 41,415 species currently listed as endangered. Over the last six weeks, Sophia Barry, Cassandra Davies, Samantha Millin, Madeleine Soo, Georgia Baker-Wood, Sadie Juneja and Shernesrin Tambyrajah have worked collaboratively through the STEM challenge posed by Tournament of Minds. The girls worked assiduously both at school and in their own time to solve this extremely challenging problem. They researched the species, agreed a criteria to prioritise which species to collect DNA from first and then used the design thinking process to design, prototype, test and re-design a motorised carousel to enable them to extract DNA from each of these species. There were many moments where the girls were deep inside the Learning Pit! Ultimately they produced a very sophisticated piece of engineering as the working model of their carousel, and an outstanding creative performance to present their idea to the judges and their very proud families and teachers. It has been such a pleasure working with the girls, and we are so very proud of them. And now the preparations begin for the finals!

Primary TOM

Helen Dempsey (Head of Teaching and Learning K – 6)
& Kate Brown (Head of Student Wellbeing K -6)

 

 

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

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

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

The 2019 SCEGGS Secondary School Team participants were as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Darryn Sullivan
TOM Secondary School Facilitator

 

 


Secondary Sport

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming performances in Term 3:

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
To read more about the Festival, go to the following link:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

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

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

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Dear Everyone

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

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

So, thank you to:

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

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

Thank you.

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Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

 
A Teacher’s Perspective

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

Two personal experiences

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

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

What had just happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Jewitt
Music Teacher

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Penny Gerstle
President of the P&F Association

 

 

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

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

Ticket bookings are available online at https://www.trybooking.com/BECQR 

A light supper and drinks will also be served.

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

 

 

The Great Book Swap
On Wednesday 11 September the Primary students will be participating in The Great Book Swap to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day, which takes place on September 4. The Book Swap is very simple - and fun! Before the actual day, each girl is asked to bring in a favourite book and put it in the special box in her classroom. On the day, the girls will visit the library with their class, where their pre-loved books will be displayed, and the girls can then choose a "new" book they would like to keep.

Each girl is asked to bring in a gold coin (or more) which will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. All the money raised will provide culturally relevant books and resources for Indigenous children living in remote communities.

Please encourage your daughter to choose a book to bring to swap that is in very good condition, that she feels other girls her age will enjoy and that she is happy to give away. Please ensure it is a book that she would be happy to receive in relation to its condition and reading age. Girls are encouraged to bring in their book as soon as possible.

We think this is a lovely opportunity to both encourage reading in our own school and to help others in the wider community.

Mrs Louise Cluff
Primary Teacher-Librarian

 

 

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

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

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

Andrew Gallagher
Director of Curriculum

 

 

Congratulations to all teams making it through to the Archdale Semi-Finals.

Congratulations to the Year 7A, 8B, and Year 10 teams who won their debates on Tuesday to progress through to the Archdale Semi Finals. The Semi Finals will be held next Tuesday, and teams will be emailed once the location of their debate has been confirmed.

The Year 6 IPSHA team will have their final lunchtime debate this week against St Catherine’s. They will be debating the topic that parents should be punished if their children commit crimes. The Primary Gala Day will be held on Friday 13 September, so all Year 6 IPSHA debaters should be sure to attend training next week.

Imogen Harper
Debating Coordinator

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming performances in Term 3:

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

ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival) – Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta
Date – Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue – University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington
To read more about the Festival, go to the following link:
https://asbof.org.au/ 

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 


Secondary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

Sport Olivia Liu and Jessica Grace

Sport cross country

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

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

Sport Touch Skills

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8-10 Years Discus
Camille Coonan - 2nd Place

12 Years Discus
Bondi Barlow - 6th Place

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

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

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

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

12 Years 100m
Isla Hootman

12 Years 200m
Isla Hootman

8-10 Years Discus
Camille Coonan

8-10 Years Shot Put
Zara Torrance

12 Years Discus
Bondi Barlow

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

PS IPSHA Athletics Team

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

PS Poppy Hegarty Ingrid Weaver

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Fab Green FoF logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes

 

 

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

book week 1

book week 2

book week 4

book week 3

 

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

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Primary Sport

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

Zozo Andrea Water Polo team 22.8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

To purchase tickets please go to the following link before 11pm tonight: https://www.trybooking.com/BCTHW

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Ticket bookings are now open online at https://www.trybooking.com/BECQR 

A light supper and drinks will also be served.

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

 

 

Winter Primary Pants Available in the School Shop

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

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Silent Auction
We hope everyone has received the 2019 Festival on Forbes Silent Auction catalogue last week - we have some amazing items on offer! Thank you to all the wonderful people in our school community for your generous donations. Look out for an updated catalogue coming via email next week. We are still seeking additional prizes, so if you would like to make a contribution, no matter how large or small, please contact Penny Gerstle penny@gerstle.com.au or Daisy Bahen daisybahen@sceggs.nsw.edu.au. Bidding for the Silent Auction will take place online, so look out for details on how to register.

Donations
We also need donations of small prizes for the Chocolate Wheel, such as scented candles, soaps, stationary, picture frames, slime, puzzles, umbrellas, toys for boys and girls and grandparents too!

We also need bottles of wine for the Coin Toss.

The Recycled Clothing Stall would like more donations of pre-loved women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. The Book Stall and the Recycled Clothing Stall also need unwanted shopping bags and the Cafes need more pre-loved coffee cups (clean and unchipped please) for our ’Mug Swap’.

The Green Team are still collecting unwanted new and used bras for the Wayside Chapel for homeless women. Place your donations in the marked basket outside the Maintenance Office.

Cakes and Cake Boxes for The Cake Stall
It would not be the Festival on Forbes without the legendary Cake Stall. To make it a success we will be calling upon the entire school to contribute one baked cake. Flat packed cake boxes are being distributed this week to each girl from Kindergarten to Year 12.

For some ideas and recipes, please click here. Traditionally, whole cakes such as lemon meringue pie, lemon drizzle, fruit flans and chocolate cakes sell well. Muffins, cupcakes, slices, tarts, gluten free and sugar free cakes are also be very popular.
What you need to know:

•  Cake boxes will be sent home with every girl this week. Instructions and a label for ingredients are included in each box.
•  Cakes can be delivered to the General Office Reception on Friday August 23 (8.00am to 5.00pm) and Saturday August 24 between 9.00am and 2.00pm.
If delivering on Sunday, please deliver directly to the Cake Stall located on the ground floor of the Old Girls Building.

The SCEGGS Maintenance team would love to hear from volunteers to help move goods in the morning before the Fair and/or help pack up and prepare classrooms for Monday morning from 3.00pm-4.00pm.

And please do not forget to volunteer on your Fair stall! Class Parents have sent out rosters for everyone to volunteer some time on the day.

Patrons please remember that no dogs are allowed on the School grounds at any time and will not be admitted to the Fair (this excludes Assitance Dogs).

See you all on Sunday 25th August!

 Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

There has been a confirmed case of Influenza A in the Secondary School. Influenza A is highly contagious, so please pay attention to any flu-like symptoms and see your GP as soon as possible if you are concerned.

Winter is the peak time to catch the flu, and in places like schools it can spread between children easily. It is passed from person to person by the droplets produced by coughing or sneezing and can also be picked up from touching surfaces that these droplets have landed on.

You and your child can help prevent this spread in several ways. If your child is unwell, keep them away from school or other activities, encourage them to cover their mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing and throw tissues straight in the bin, and make sure your daughter knows to wash her hands thoroughly and often, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing her nose.

For further information see the fact sheet below:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/influenza.PDF 

 

 

Book Week Parade
We are all looking forward to next week’s Book Week Parade, to be held on Tuesday 20 August at 12.30pm in the Primary School Playground. We know the girls are already planning their costumes – some of the teachers too! Parents, grandparents carers and friends are invited to join us.

Full details about all the other events planned to celebrate Book Week this year, across the Primary School, were published in last week’s Behind the Green Gate.

Happy Book Week!

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School

 

 


Secondary Sport

SCEGGS will be sending buses to Frensham for our upcoming Saturday fixtures on August 24 and September 7. Please indicate numbers with Ms Axford in the PDHPE Dept: xantheaxford@sceggs.nsw.edu.au 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

City to Surf
Congratulations to Nancy Newton who did a PB on Sunday at the City to Surf in the C2S with a time of 67 minutes which finished her 6th place in the under 12 girls! This represents a 6 minute reduction in her time from 2018 and up from 10th place.
Nancy has been training hard all year running for Cure Brain Cancer and her group raised over $7000 this year.

Year 3 Sport and Years 4-6 IPSHA Sport
There are no Primary Saturday games for SCEGGS this Saturday 17 August. Training will resume as usual next Tuesday 20 August.

Congratulations to Poppy Hegarty Yr 4 and Emmeline McLeod Yr 3 who competed in the Level 4 State Artistic Gymnastics Trial at Homebush. Both girls will move on to the next trial in two weeks where 40 of the competitors will be selected for the National Competition. Good luck to both of these girls for their next trial.

Sports Choice Forms
Please remember to submit your daughters’ sports choice form by Friday 16 August. Please note if your daughter has participated in Gymnastics, Tennis, Get Ready for Games or Yoga in Term 3, you must re-enrol for Term 4.

15.8 Year 3 Minkey 2019Year 3 Minkey

15.8 Year 4 Touch 2019Year 4 Touch Football

15.8 Year 5 Touch FootbalYear 5 Touch Football

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

Ticket bookings are now open online at https://www.trybooking.com/BECQR 

A light supper and drinks will also be served.

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

 

 

The Trust is delighted to invite the community to tour Wilkinson House during the Festival on Forbes. The SRC students will take tours of the building on the half hour from 10.30am, starting and finishing on Level 1 of the Joan Freeman Building (next to the Silent Auction). SRC students will provide a great insight into learning environment in the current building and following the tours, members of the Trust will be available to answer questions regarding the redevelopment. For more information on the day regarding the tours please visit the Information Booth.

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

To purchase tickets please go to: https://www.trybooking.com/BCTHW

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SCEGGS HSC Encore Concert
A showcase of Music 1 and Music 2/Extension students performing their HSC Performance program coming to you...

Week 7 – 2 September 2019
Great Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Come and support our talented Year 12 students before they perform for their HSC Practical Examination. We would love to see you there!

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
The following ensembles will be performing as part of Festival on Forbes:

Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst.
Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta.
Rock Bands
Percussion
Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

Click here to view performance times and locations.

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30th August, Primary Music Room 1.10 – 1.40pm

The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Come on down at lunchtime and join the fun in the Secondary Library. We have lots of activities to enjoy and prizes to win.

Tuesday – Guess who?
Wednesday – How good are you at colouring in....in Photoshop?
Friday – Test your knowledge with the library quiz...

Most importantly – Enjoy yourself

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At the end of each term, we have an Assembly to celebrate the achievements of the term, to profile the various activities in the co-curricular sphere, and to present a range of certificates, prizes, medals and other awards to outstanding students in each activity.

One of the many fantastic aspects of those end-of-term assemblies are the speeches given by the student captains of the particular activities of the term. They are always inspirational, and reflect the particular personalities and aspirations of the girls involved. The end of last term was no exception.

I thought you might like to read one such speech – from Aneka Henshaw, the Captain of Cross Country Running. Enjoy!

I know you’ve heard the rumours. Sylvie Stannage passing out on the IGSSA Cross Country course. People vomiting at our training sessions in Centennial Park. Girls actually using the showers in the sports hall change room – I know, shocking. This is the reality of SCEGGS Cross Country.

I’d like to preface my speech by saying that I do love running and cross country BUT the truth is, sometimes I’d rather lie down in the mud than try to keep up with Laura and Gabby. Running is hard, and I’ve been continually teased this term for talking TWO MONTHS ago about an “easy 3km run” – I have been assured that this is an oxymoron, so to those who were insulted by this turn of phrase, I offer my sincere apologies.

Honestly, though, I quite like hard things. Hard things like running, or physics or not pressing snooze on the alarm, teach us hard lessons. Cross Country doesn’t just make you physically fit, it forces you to become more disciplined, perseverant and courageous. My Cross Country girls know this well; there are no half-hearted efforts under Ms Thompson’s keen eye. All this talk of hard things, though, may be intimidating so I’ll stop. Let’s just say pushing through the hard stuff is worthwhile for the euphoric feeling afterward, for the Easter egg hunts and for the sunrise runs over the Harbour Bridge.

At the IGSSA Carnival we were blessed by Ms Dill-Macky and Ms Tucker in matching outfits, Ms Wymer who did the recording and helping girls in the spew tunnel at the finish line, as well as our usual support crew of Ms Gowan and Ms Thompson to whom we are all incredibly grateful. Five girls qualified for NSWCIS Championships: Audrey Ewington and Abigail Johnstone as well as Jacqui, Phoebe and Gabby who also qualified for NSW All Schools. So the infamous day down at Frensham went smoothly until Sylvie rounded a bend, fainted, fell on a fence, landed on a gravel road, was transported back to our tent in a car and then lain in a bed that she’d conveniently brought. Yes, a literal blow-up bed. She brought a bed to the Cross Country Carnival.

Like many things in life, running is hard, and this shouldn’t be understated because the effort that my Cross Country girls devote to this activity is immense and deserves recognition. So, thank you to all my running pals for what has been a crazy, challenging, laughter-inducing season of running up and down muddy hills in Centennial Park.

 Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

 


Helping Students in the Early Years of School

Over the last couple of years, I have noticed an increasing number of articles and reports about what we as parents and educators can do to help our children grow into confident, resilient and productive adults. It’s given me cause to reflect on the changes I have observed in how children are parented and in how we provide for their learning at school. There is no doubt that our girls are part of a more challenging and complex world than their parents experienced as children. What then can we, as parents and teachers, do to support them on their journey to adulthood?

At SCEGGS we aim to provide the girls with an education that builds their confidence and the skills to be part of this rapidly changing world. The girls now in their first years of school are still ten or more years away from leaving SCEGGS and we can only imagine what the world will be like for them as adults. Nevertheless, the staff here are committed to doing all they can to support their academic, emotional and social development.
One of the most dramatic changes that takes place in the first few years of school is the huge shift in independence demonstrated by the girls. Many arrive at school having had to make very few decisions for themselves. They are quickly encouraged to take responsibility for their belongings, their learning and make decisions about a whole range of things, from who to play with, what to eat at recess or lunch and how to look after their belongings. We encourage this independence and support the girls to take responsibility for their actions and their choices.

We understand that effort is key to success, and that making mistakes encourages a commitment to keep trying, building grit and resilience. Both effort and mistakes are applauded at school, because we understand that risk taking is an integral part of learning. Only by taking risks, making mistakes and continuing to struggle will the girls develop the mindset that things may not always come easily, and that reward may not be immediate. When faced with challenges in class, we encourage the girls to say, “I can’t do it...yet!” This supports students to believe that, with practice, they will master a concept or skill.

There is much talk in the media about the increasing prevalence of anxiety and depression in young people. At SCEGGS we are quite aware that we have a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of our students. The Head of Wellbeing in the Primary School provides leadership to teachers and support for students with emotional concerns, friendship or family issues. As well, many teachers include mindfulness in their form programs. In the early years we provide sessions on topics such as understanding emotions, staying calm and remaining attentive. The intention is that these skills become part of the natural behaviour of the students.

At home, too, there are things you as parents can do to support your daughter in her learning and more generally, as well. Over the last few years I’ve observed the changes our girls face and have some ideas about the ways in which I believe girls in their early years of school can best be supported by their parents. I’ve included a few of them here.

Allow time for free play, or even boredom! Nothing encourages creativity more than allowing the time and space to explore. By not overscheduling children they are able to engage in play, both alone and with others. It is considered to be one of the most important things we can do to promote health and wellbeing, as well as school success.

Alongside time for free play is limiting the amount of screen time – sometimes easier said than done, I know! I see families out at dinner where the young children are entertained by a phone or iPad. Encourage the kids to be part of the conversation. At home or in a restaurant, instead of a screen I suggest providing your daughter with a colouring book and pencils, or a pile of books to read.
Allow your daughter to take risks and make mistakes. Children who avoid all fearful situations don't have the opportunity to face their fears and don't learn that many of them are manageable. Anxious kids worry about things not working out as they should, things not being quite perfect. At school we see students who need to do everything perfectly and who have difficulty giving things a go because they might make a mistake. Perfectionism is the antithesis of a growth mindset, so celebrate mistakes and praise struggling to do difficult things.

Get into nature. Earlier this year I took my Year 1 class on an excursion to Vaucluse House. One of the things the girls loved most was playing in the long grass. They hid, they ran, they made things with the grass. It was so rewarding for me to see them in this lovely natural setting, but I was also aware that for a few of them it was an uncommon experience.

Have meaningful discussions. Ask questions. I love to hear a child’s perspective and am often amazed at what they know and how they perceive the world. They don’t learn these things in a vacuum and we at school are just a part of the whole learning process. Teach your daughter to confidently articulate her feelings and share her ideas. Girls who have the opportunity to experience the world – a train ride, art gallery, or farm for example, or who have a rich view of the world through discussions and books bring that to their learning at school.

Encourage routines, doing chores and taking responsibility. If possible, stick to regular bedtimes during the week, including Sunday night! So often I see girls on Monday morning who look like they need a weekend! Lack of sleep really does impact on learning and I feel sorry for students who are so tired at school their brain doesn’t work properly. In addition, gradually increase the amount of responsibility your daughter has for getting herself ready for school. I often suggest a class timetable on display at home so that together you can see what she needs for the next day.

A final word - be less worried about comparison with peers and more concerned with progress. If there’s anything I’ve learnt over the years about how children grow and learn it’s that they really do all learn at different rates. I’ve seen students who’ve required academic support for reading or Maths in the first year or two of school achieve at a high level in later years. It’s much more important that a love of learning is instilled in the girls and that we do all we can to develop this love both at home and school. We really are in this together!

Anne-Maree Lodge
Year 1 Teacher

 

 

Book Week in the Primary School
The theme for Book Week this year is Reading Is My Secret Power and we have some wonderful events planned, in and around the official Book Week, to celebrate reading with the girls.

Yesterday author Deborah Abela spoke to the girls in two separate sessions, one for girls in Years 3 and 4, the other for Years 5 and 6. The older girls will be interested to know that Deborah’s third book in her Grimsdon series, Final Storm, is being launched this week. Deborah’s other books include the very popular Max Remy series and Teresa A New Australian, based on her own father’s family fleeing Malta during WW2. More information about Deborah Abela and all her books can be found on her website: www.deborahabela.com 

Another author, Yvette Poshoglian, will be speaking to the girls in Kindegarten, Year 1 and Year 2 on Thursday 15 August. Yvette is the bestselling author of over 30 books for children and young readers. She writes the wildly popular Ella and Olivia series (23 books and counting!), the Frankie Fox Girl Spy books and has written historical fiction novels including My Australian Story: Escape from Cockatoo Island. Her brand-new series, Puppy Diary, is coming out this month.

A highlight of our celebrations, to be held on Tuesday 20 August, is the always popular and fantastic fun Book Character Parade. The parade will take place in the Primary School playground from 12.30 pm – 1.00 pm (weather permitting). All parents and friends are welcome. The girls are encouraged to dress up as a book character, or anything in line with this year’s theme, Reading Is My Secret Power. The girls may come to school already dressed up, but if travelling by public transport must get changed into their costume at school.

Finally, on Friday 30 August an in-school performance by Perform Education has been organised. The show, Big Dreams, looks at different episodes in each character’s journey where they learn not to be discouraged by negative messages in order to follow their heart’s desire. Filled with humour, suspense and featuring student interaction throughout, this educational musical adventure will encourage the girls to pursue their ambitions. There will be two different versions of the show, one for Kindergarten to Year 3 and the other for Years 4 to 6.

We are all looking forward to a wonderful Book Week 2019!

Louise Cluff
Primary teacher-Librarian

 

 


Secondary Sport

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Congratulations to Ilana Patkar, Madison Liew, Cassandra Davies, Sally Webster and Laura Davies for their performances at the Levels 5-8 State Trial competition held on Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 August at Sylvania.

Ilana Patkar (Level 5 Senior A) =5th in Rope, 10th in Ball,
10th in Ribbon and 9th overall
Madison Liew (Level 5 Senior B) =7th in Rope, 6th in Ball,
10th in Ribbon and 8th overall
Cassandra Davies (Level 6 Junior) 8th in Rope, 3rd in Ball,
6th in Clubs and 6th overall
Sally Webster (Level 7 Junior) 5th in Freehand, 4th in Rope, 5th in Hoop,
5th in Clubs and 5th overall
Laura Davies (Level 8 Junior) =5th in Freehand, =5th in Rope, 9th in Ball,
6th in Clubs and 7th overall

 

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Fencing
Well done to Georgina Dandolo and Amelia Whelan who competed at the Australia National Fencing Championships in July.

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In the U15s Amelia and Georgina won Silver in the Foil and Sabre Teams. Individually Amelia placed 7th and Georgina 15th in the foil.

The foil team also recently won the Gold Medal for the Intermediate Schools Competition. The team consisted of Ishara Verdickt, Georgia Dandolo and Amelia Whelan.

Requesting Absence from Sport
Please note that as per Ms Allum’s article in the Green Gate on June 20, all parents are required to request permission to seek leave from Saturday Sport from Ms Allum (Secondary) or Ms Cumming (Primary).

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“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 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” Ms Allum

SCEGGS Mid-term Break – August 19
A reminder that all students are still expected to play their Saturday morning sports fixtures over the SCEGGS Mid-term break. It is the school expectation that all girls will honour their commitments to their teams.

Sports Choice Forms Term 4
Sports Choices Forms for both Primary and Secondary students will be sent out this week. Please check the schedule carefully and ensure that your daughter can commit fully to the sporting activities that they are signing up for. Please contact the PDHPE Dept if you have any questions.

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

IPSHA (Primary) Artistic Gymnastics Trials
The IPSHA trials will be held on Monday 12 August, in the SCEGGS Sports Hall, during the normal afternoon session from 3:15pm – 6:00pm. Any girl who is in a competitive program in Years 3-6 is eligible to trial for selection. Please contact Sue Phillips if you have any queries.

Sports Choice Forms
Sports Choice forms have been emailed to parents this week. Please ensure the forms are completed as soon as possible. Please note if your daughter has participated in Gymnastics, Tennis, Get Ready for Games or Yoga in Term 3, you must re-enrol for Term 4.

IPSHA Saturday Sport
It is wonderful to see positive involvement and enjoyment in Touch Football and Minkey on Saturday mornings. As a courtesy to your daughters’ team and coach, please ensure she is at the venue 30mins prior to her game, in SCEGGS PE uniform, SCEGGS sports top, a water bottle and the necessary equipment for her sport.

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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Win a vocal recording and production session at Studios 301 in the Festival on Forbes Silent Auction on Sunday 25 August. It’s just one of the amazing prizes in this year’s Silent Auction, with the full-day session valued at $1500, generously donated by Studios 301 to work with Grammy nominated, ARIA Award winning vocal engineer Simon Cohen. Simon recorded the vocals for Justin Bieber's worldwide smash hit “Love Yourself” and has worked with international artists like Jessica Mauboy, Troye Sivan, Illy and Starley.

The Fair Committee still needs donations for Silent Auction prizes and there’s only three weeks to go! Popular prizes for the Silent Auction include hampers, work experience opportunities, holiday home stays, concert tickets, art, gift certificates, beauty products, fashion and homewares.

This year we are lucky to have three roving photographers kindly provided by Michaela Lawrence from Photoflyer www.photoflyeraustralia.com.au For just $2 you can have your photo taken in front of one of our photo backdrops and receive a Festival on Forbes framed momento.

The Year 9 Gourmet Pantry Stall invites anyone in the school community to donate jams, chutneys or other gourmet treats – please contact Susan Bray on 0421 950 806 or email salexbray@aol.com.

The Vintage Clothing and Book Stalls are calling for donations NOW so please take the opportunity to clear out your bookshelves and wardrobes! While you are it, got any old bras you don’t need? The Green Team are now collecting unwanted new and used bras for homeless women to donate to the Wayside Chapel. Look for the clearly marked basket outside the Maintenance Office (beside the stairs leading up to the chapel opposite the honours board).

We also need your unwanted coffee mugs for our cafes at the fair, (please make sure they are 11cm or less in height).

We look forward to seeing you all at the Green Festival on Forbes on Sunday 25 August!

Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes

NOT SO FUN FACT: Clothing is the fastest growing household waste and the largest producers of greenhouse gasses on Earth.

 

 

 

 

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

To purchase tickets please go to: https://www.trybooking.com/BCTHW

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August, Week 5
Not long till the Festival on Forbes on Sunday 25 August. To provide some musical entertainment, the following ensembles will be performing at various times throughout the day:

  • Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst
  • Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta
  • Rock Bands
  • Percussion
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

The times and location for each ensemble’s performances will be shared with students and families over the next week. We look forward to seeing you there!

Music Tuition and Lesson Interruptions
The Peripatetic tutors who come to teach at SCEGGS take great care with their allocation of times for their students. Tutors abide by the school’s rule that music lessons cannot take place during the following times:
• During Chapel or Assembly times, or during Year Meetings (Secondary only).
• Music Lessons must NOT take place during timetabled Religious Education lessons (Yr 7-10) or PE lessons (K-10).

The decision by families to have individual music tuition in school time does mean that students will miss a part of their lesson. Tutors who come to the school have limited time and their rotation of lesson times is dependent on the size of their teaching studio.

The school has 80-minute lessons to facilitate for the missed time. Music tuition are 30 minutes in length and allows students to attend the remaining portion of their class lesson to catch up with work missed.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind families that tutors require at least 24 hours with regards to a change of lesson time.

With these points in mind, it is hoped that the working relationship between tutors and students can result in a successful musical outcome.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes – Sunday 25 August Week 5
As mentioned earlier in this article!

Primary Brass Concert – Friday 30 August, Primary Music Room 1.10 – 1.40pm
The concert will feature the Primary Brass students from the studios of Ms Louise Horwood, Ms Alex Silver and Ms Cindy Sims.

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

HSC Drama Showcase
HSC Drama students will present a showcase of their practical works on Friday 23 August at 6pm in The Playhouse. The school community is warmly invited to attend to support the girls in their final display of Individual Project and Group Devised Performances prior to their assessment by NESA markers.
We wish the girls every success for the next few weeks as they complete Trial Assessments and the NESA practical exams.

Saving SCEGGS
Saving SCEGGS commenced rehearsals this week with an enthusiastic dance/movement class. Dance Tutor, Amy Petsalis, lead the girls in an enthusiastic rendition of the Can-Can – a featured highlight of the play. How is it used? You’ll have to come and see.

The cast will complete the Dance classes over the next three weeks to support their movement skills, encourage company bonding and ensure much fun is had.
Saving SCEGGS by Linden Wilkinson plays in The Great Hall, November 21 to 23.

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Festival Of Speech
The NHIS Festival of Speech will be conducted on Saturday 26 October at Meridan College. We have assembled a team for the Drama category who will construct a piece of theatre in response to the theme LOOK ME IN THE EYE. Our team consists of Year 10 students Mia Freeland, Hannah Mavrakis, Stella Middleditch, Isabella Habib and Samantha Jones.

Playwave
I urge enthusiastic playgoers aged 15 to 20 to consider joining Playwave. This is a great way to see theatre presented in Sydney at affordable ticket prices. The program offers discount tickets to members and an opportunity to review theatre. Check it out.

https://playwave.com.au/pages/what-is-playwave

St Peter’s Players
The new look St Peter’s Players is off and running with favourable reviews from the students participating. Year 5 girls have had much fun in their first experience with the program whilst secondary girls continue their enthusiastic work in Lights, Camera, Action and explore Acting techniques in Drama Bootcamp – led by our tutors Ms Romy Bartz and Mr Nick Gell.

“The theatre is a beautiful lie”
 - Matt Cameron (Playwright)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

Tonight, SBS will release The Hunting, a new four-part series which explores the impact of a nude teen photo scandal. As stated on the SBS website, “Tackling themes of misogyny, privacy, sexuality and sexualisation, online exploitation, toxic masculinity and gender, the series uses this singular event as a way of exploring some of the most pressing issues of our time.”

Whilst you may not yet have given your daughter a mobile phone or let her access a computer in an unsupervised environment, we thought it was a timely reminder that discussions around appropriate use of technology, healthy relationships and consent should begin from a young age, both at home and at school.

We know that the series will be uncomfortable viewing for some. You may choose to watch this with your daughter, but this might be something which you choose not to do due to the sexually explicit content. However, regardless of whether you decide to watch it as a family or not, it is important to take care how you respond to the issues the show raises, as judgement or interrogation will quickly shut down any opportunity to have a discussion in an open and healthy way.

And we hope that you do have conversations with your daughter about the different topics raised (of course in an age appropriate manner). Should your daughter watch The Hunting, please also observe her response and take seriously any behaviours you notice, as the series may leave her worried about an incident in her past, a current relationship, or a friend’s behaviour. No matter what, remaining calm and listening without judgement will show your daughter that she can talk to you about the difficult things which she experiences, now and in the future.

If you watch the show, you might have more questions, concerns or simply want to understand why young people might choose to engage in ‘sexting’ and other risky online behaviours. The SBS website offers a viewing guide to parents, as well as some interesting interviews and articles related to the series which will help you to reflect on the content. You will also find the following websites will give you some more information:

• Office of the eSafety Commissioner https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents
• Think U Know https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/
• Reach Out Parents https://parents.au.reachout.com?/
• Youth Law Australia https://yla.org.au/
http://teenhealth.org.au/

You might also like to access the SchoolTV edition on "Sexting" which can be found here https://sceggs.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/sexting

There is no doubt that technology has changed the way that relationships are conducted, but it doesn’t have to impact how we teach young people about trust, communication, consent or any other aspect of a healthy and loving relationship.

Bethany Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 


10 Things We Can Do Right Now To Be A Better Indigenous Ally


On Thursday July 18, more than half a million people stopped to watch the film The Final Quarter (available to watch on 10 play,) which documents the final three years of Adam Goodes’ playing career. Hosted on Channel 10 by Waleed Aly, he invited the viewer to reflect where, as a nation we go from here; “the question now really is whether it can become a productive national conversation. And the answer to that question rests with each of us.”

In the wake of the film’s release I read the voice of many prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers to try and deepen my understanding of the “conversation” that needs to happen. This reading strengthened my already held position that it is not up to Indigenous people alone to continue to carry the weight of our nation’s last 250 years – it is vital that non-Indigenous people listen and act on what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been saying for so many years in so many ways. In her article How to be a Good Indigenous Ally Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman, academic and writer, urges all non-Indigenous people to be a useful ally to Aboriginal people: “We need good allies. We are only three per cent of the Australian population. We can’t raise the profile of issues affecting us without our allies.”

But what does a good ally look like? What can we do in our roles as teachers, friends, daughters, parents, mentors and community members to be a better ally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Inspired by Summer May Finlay’s article as well as a recent article by Shannan Dodson 8 Things you Can Do Right Now to be a Better Indigenous Ally, I’ve created a list for the SCEGGS Community, outlining some actions we can take to stand with and be an ally to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

1. Read the Uluru Statement from the Heart
Read the statement aloud at a meeting, or show this short video by Blackfella Films to better understand its history and meaning. Talk about it to your friends, parents, children and students.

2. Say something when you hear inappropriate speech about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Summer May Finlay says;
“If you hear someone say something racist, reinforcing stereotypes or being dismissive about Aboriginal people and culture — say something. Not saying something means condoning their attitudes, making you as bad as them.”
https://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/documentary/let-s-talk-race-guide

3. Request a cultural tour in our local area as part of your professional learning
Then make the effort to remember at least one interesting fact to share with your friends, family and students. As an example, on a recent tour of Centennial Park, I was taken to a special site and told that the fresh groundwater made it a safe and clean place for Gadigal women to give birth. I later shared this fact in an Acknowledgment of Country.

4. Regularly Acknowledge Country
Traditionally, Acknowledgement of Country protocols have been used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as part of a process of ensuring safe passage while on Country. It is an honour for non-Indigenous people to continue this ritual and is a clear and obvious way to show respect and reconciliation.
https://www.narragunnawali.org.au/rap/actions/1/acknowledgement-of-country

5. Listen to Indigenous voices
Watch, read and learn from the Koori Mail, IndigenousX and NITV to better understand and represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.

6. Support Indigenous business and local Indigenous creators
Economic participation is a significant indicator of self-determination and engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses is a simple way to be a better ally. From graphic designers to small and large catering businesses, Supply Nation is Australia’s database of verified Indigenous businesses.

7. Attend Indigenous events in our community
Search out at least two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events in our community and invite your friends and family to them. Some ideas are Bangarra, Blak Markets, Aboriginal Arts Market at Carriage Works, Stan Grant and Adam Goodes in conversation at the Art Gallery of NSW.

8. Volunteer or donate to local Indigenous organisations or causes
Mudgin-Gal (which means “Women’s Place) is an organisation I connect with and support. Located in Redfern, it offers support for women, girls and their young families through drop in, in-home family support, legal, medical and accommodation referral and educational and vocational support programs. Other organisations include The Tribal Warrior Association, Redfern Foundation and WEAVE Community Centre.

9. Share the voice/perspective of Indigenous people with solidarity and respect rather than with a saviour mentality
This point speaks for itself.

10. When teaching about Aboriginal perspectives, wherever possible teach with an Aboriginal person
In Kindergarten I feel honoured to teach about the Stolen Generations with Renee Cawthorne, a Wiradjuri woman and educator. We write the lesson together, teach it together and reflect on it together.
https://indigenousx.com.au/8-things-you-should-know-when-teaching-indigenous-culture/

There are many more actions we can take as individuals to be more effective Indigenous allies, but these few points are a start. If you can add to this list, don’t hesitate to let me know. Let’s work together.

The SCEGGS Reconciliation Action Plan is committed to listening to and teaching Indigenous perspectives, celebrating Indigenous culture and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. I look forward to sharing its vision with the SCEGGS Community in future articles.

Sarah Kearney teaches Kindergarten at SCEGGS. She leads the SCEGGS Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which aims to make Aboriginal histories, perspectives and culture more visible across the School.

 

 

Primary Sport

Years 4-6 IPSHA Touch Football
The Touch season started well on Saturday. Many thanks to parents for rearranging schedules at the last minute to have your daughter arrive on time for their games. A reminder to check that your daughter has a named water bottle at training and Saturday games please. The uniform for touch football is the SCEGGS PE Uniform.

Year 3 Minkey
Minkey training started on Saturday at SCEGGS. Training will go ahead again on Saturday 3 August at SCEGGS. Parents will receive a draw at the beginning of week 3 and Saturday games will commence on 10 August at Kambala.

Artistic Gymnastics IPSHA Trials
Trials for the Year 3-6 IPSHA Gymnastics competition will be held on Monday 12 August at SCEGGS from 3.15pm-5.00pm. Any girl training at a venue other than SCEGGS is eligible to participate in the trials. The IPSHA competition is in Term 4, Week 3 on 31 October.

 

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

Secondary Sport

NSW All Schools Cross Country
SCEGGS had three girls represent NSWCIS at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last week.

The results were:
15 Years: Gabriella Ibrahim – 14th
18 Years: Jacqueline Lee – 9th
18 Years: Phoebe Cridland – 11th

Sailing
A big congratulations goes to Gretel Payne who recently travelled to Portugal and competed in the 2019 420 Class World Championships in Vilamoura. This was her first ever World Championship that she has competed in.

There were over 200 boats at the event. Gretel placed 68th in the Women’s fleet and was the 2nd Australian female.

Gretel and her skipper are pleased with the result and have begun training again for the National Championships in January in Melbourne. We wish them well with their preparations.

Snowsports
Congratulations to the 35 girls who represented SCEGGS at the Sydney Regional Snowsports Competition at Thredbo over the holidays. All girls produced strong results and certainly brought the SCEGGS spirit to the slopes.

Highlights from Sydney Regionals
Div 1 Alpine: Team placed second (Silver Medal)
Eliza-Grace Gannon (Bronze Medal 3rd), Georgia Skidmore (5th), Claudia Woods, Isabelle Senes

Div 1 Skier Cross: Team placed second (Silver Medal)
Eliza-Grace Gannon (4th), Claudia Woods (5th), Georgia Skidmore (6th)

Div 1 Moguls: Team placed second (Silver Medal)
Isabelle Senes (Bronze Medal 3rd), Phoebe Cridland (5th), Claudia Holmes (8th)

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Div 2 Alpine: Team placed 8th
Lily Punch (Gold medal 1st), Jessica Vernon, Xanthe Kibble

Div 2 Skier Cross: Team placed 6th
Lily Punch (Gold Medal 1st), Claudia Holmes, Jessica Vernon

Div 2 Snowboard GS – Xanthe Kibble (10th)

Div 2 Boarder Cross – Xanthe Kibble (12th)

Div 3 Alpine: Team placed 5th
Scarlett Phillips (5th), Sophia Isiais-White, Madeleine Tudehope, Julia Richards

Div 3 Skier Cross: Team placed 6th
Scarlett Phillips (5th), Sophia Isiais-White, Madeleine Tudehope

Div 3 Moguls: Scarlett Phillips (8th)

Div 4 Alpine: Team placed 6th
Abigail Grace (14th), Claudia Parker, Elizabeth Shin, Zoe Andrea

Div 4 Skier Cross – Abigail Grace (11th)

Div 4 Mogus: Abigail Grace placed (14th)

Sport Secondary Snow Div 4

Div 5 Alpine: Team placed 8th
Zara Grace (8th), Lucinda Morgan, Amelia Wilcsek, Sara Girgis

Div 5 Skier Cross: Team placed 10th
Zara Grace, Lucinda Morgan, Amelia Wilcsek

Div 5 Moguls: Team placed 8th
Zara Grace 15th, Amy Resnik

Sport Secondary Snow Sports 2

Div 6 Alpine: Olivia Liu (12th), Jessica Grace (15th)

Div 6 Skier Cross – Team placed 3rd
Olivia Liu (5th), Jessica Grace (10th)

Sport Jess and Olivia

 

Team for Northern States Interschools 2019
The following competitors have qualified for the Northern States Interschools Competition to be held at Perisher in a fortnight:

Div 6 Alpine & Skier Cross - Jessica Grace, Olivia Liu
Div 5 Alpine & Moguls - Zara Grace
Div 4 Alpine, Skier Cross & Moguls - Abigail Grace
Div 3 Alpine & Moguls - Scarlett Phillips
Div 3 Alpine – Scarlett Phillips, Sophia Isiais-White, Julia Richards, Madeleine Tudehope
Div 2 Alpine & Skier Cross - Lily Punch
Div 2 Snowboard GS & Boarder Cross – Xanthe Kibble
Div 1 Alpine - Eliza-Grace Gannon, Georgia Skidmore, Claudia Woods, Isabelle Senes
Div 1 Skier Cross - Eliza-Grace Gannon, Claudia Woods, Georgia Skidmore, Isabelle Senes
Div 1 Moguls - Isabelle Senes, Phoebe Cridland & Claudia Holmes
Div 1 Cross Country - Phoebe Cridland
Div 3 Cross Country - Tilda Meggitt, Scarlet Phillips and Sophia Isiais-White

Sport Secondary Snow Sports 1

Sport Secondary Snow Sports 3

Sport Secondary Lily Punch

Congratulations also goes to the Lily Punch who has been named in the 2019 NSW Children’s ski team. 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

During Term III there will be several orientation days for students and their parents. As subject selection is very important, parents are encouraged to attend these meetings with their daughters. For each Year group, there will be a Subject Information Booklet distributed digitally (except the current Year 9 girls where last year’s booklet covers both years). These information booklets are distributed beforehand and expand on the NSW Education Standard Authority (NESA) requirements and the details about the subjects offered. These will be available closer to the relevant orientation dates. Several teachers and Heads of Department will also be available for consultation at these orientations.

Year 7, 2020 (Current Year 6 girls)
Orientation Morning
Friday, 16 August – SCEGGS Great Hall, 9.00am-11.30am

Year 8, 2020 (Current Year 7 girls)
Elective Subject Selection
Thursday, 15 August – Lecture Theatre, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Year 9, 2020 (Current Year 8 girls)
Record of School Achievement and Elective Subject Choices
Wednesday, 14 August – Lecture Theatre, 2.30pm-3.30pm

Year 10, 2020 (Current Year 9 girls)
Record of School Achievement and Elective Subject Choices
Tuesday, 13 August – Lecture Theatre, 8.30am-8.50am in Form time (girls only)

Year 11, 2020 (Current Year 10 girls)
The Higher School Certificate
Tuesday, 13 August – Lecture Theatre, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Please note: ALL subject selections for 2020 must be submitted by Friday 30 August. After this date, elective lines for each Year group will be determined by the girls’ preferences, thus placing restrictions on student choices and changes to original preferences. I encourage all girls to think very carefully about their subject choices for next year and ensure that their form is in before the due date. Please do not hesitate to contact your daughter’s subject teachers or me if you have any questions about subject selections for next year.

Andrew Gallagher
Director of Curriculum

 

 

FoF

Only 4 weeks to the 2019 Green Festival on Forbes!

There’s only 4 weeks to go until the Fabulous Green Festival on Forbes! As always, we need help from the whole SCEGGS community to create a wonderful fun-filled event that the whole family will enjoy and raise funds for the new Wilkinson House building project.

Donations
Everyone is encouraged to donate all their unwanted books and vintage clothing for the stalls. Please drop them in at the General Office. The Book Stall needs books in good condition. 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. Please ensure your good quality donated clothing, shoes and accessories for the Vintage Clothing & Handbag Stall are clean and ready for immediate sale.

Prizes
The Fair Committee also needs donations of bottles of wine and prizes for all ages valued from $10 for the Coin Toss and Chocolate Wheel. We also need a range of prizes for the Silent Auction, such as hampers, work experience opportunities, holiday home stays, concert tickets, art, gift certificates, beauty products, fashion and homewares etc.

Volunteers
Don’t forget to volunteer an hour of your time on the day to help out on your stall - contact your Class Parents and ask how you can help. We also need lots of strong and energetic volunteers to help pack up after the fair from 3pm to 4pm (or a bit longer). The School's Maintenance team work very hard in the weeks leading up to the Festival, but they only have a few hours on Sunday afternoon to have classrooms ready for school on Monday. We would love 20 volunteers to please give them a hand.

Student Craft Stalls
This year for the first time, students will have the opportunity to sell arts and crafts they have made and anyone from Year 5 and above can participate. All sales from this stall will contribute to total funds raised from the Fair. Student arts and crafts can be delivered to either the Primary or Secondary Office by Friday 16 August. For more information please contact Shahnaz Irani parsee45@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you all at the Green Festival on Forbes on Sunday 25 August.

Penny Gerstle & Emma Holmes
Convenors, Green Festival on Forbes

 

 

Genetic diseases or birth defects affect one in 20 kids. They are the leading causes of death in kids under 4 and the main cause of ongoing hospitalisation.

This Friday Year 11 are hosting Jeans for Genes Day at SCEGGS to raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. The money we raise will help to facilitate the ground-breaking research that will reduce these statistics and help thousands and thousands of kids.

So, when you’re carefully curating your outfits, please remember that you are supporting a fundraiser, and your outfit isn’t complete without a gold coin donation!

Year 11 will be at each and every Form class K-12 ticking off names, so scour your car, couch, (sister’s piggy bank...) to make your contribution.

We are all super excited to see everyone get involved and help support this fantastic cause.

Can’t wait to see you all dazzling in denim!

Lauren Miller and Phoebe Masnick
Year 11

 

 

Annual NSW School Band Competition
Congratulations to members of the Holst Concert Band who performed in the Annual NSW School Band Festival on Sunday 28 July at the Conservatorium of Music. The students performed in the Graham Lloyd Concert Band Event and were awarded a Gold award! The band performed “Horkstow Grange” by Percy Grainger and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff. Thank you to Mr Peter Jewitt for his organisation of the band and to Mr Mark Brown who prepared and directed the performance. Well done Holst Band!

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Holst Band Assembly
On the back of their Gold performance, Holst Band shared their performance with the School community at Monday’s Assembly. Thank you to members of the Holst Band and to Mr Mark Brown for his direction of the performance.

City of Sydney Eisteddfod
Congratulations to Madison Au (Yr 9) who was awarded second place in the 15 & Under Woodwind Instrument Solo event. Well done to Madison on this wonderful achievement!

HSC Music 1 and 2/Extension Performance Evening
Well done to the HSC Music 1 and Music 2/Extension students who shared part of the Performance program last Thursday evening in the Great Hall. The performance evening formed an important part of the students’ preparation as they embark on their Trial assessments in the coming weeks. Many thanks to Ms Heidi Jones for her organisation of the musicians who supported our students and for her coaching of their performances.

Reminder for members of Clarinet Ensemble
Rehearsals for Clarinet Ensemble will commence on Monday 5 August with Ms Nicole Barrett at 7:30am in DB1.

Upcoming performances in Term 3:
Festival on Forbes
The following ensembles will be performing at the Festival on Forbes:

  • Bands – Beginners, Basie, Bugles, Clarion and Holst
  • Strings – Amati, Chamber Strings, String Power, Stringalong and Sinfonietta
  • Rock Bands
  • Percussion
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE)

Times and location of the performances will be advised soon.


ASBOF (Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival)
 
Amati Strings, Chamber Strings and Sinfonietta

Date:  Sunday 8 September 2019
Venue: University of NSW, Clancy Auditorium, 9 High St, Kensington

Click here to read a bit more about the Festival.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

Primary Sport

Congratulations to Nancy Newton who competed in the State Cross Country Championships in Nowra on 22 June. Nancy ran in the under 11 years and came 12th. A great achievement.

SCEGGS Artistic Gymnastics Invitation carnival
The SCEGGS Level 1-3 Artistic Gymnastics Competition was held on the first Saturday of the school holidays, 29 June. Congratulations to the following girls who competed so well on the day:

Lily-Mae Cook, Olivia Chua, Ella Chong, Nina Genc, Sarah Ibrahim, Zoe Lindner, Isla Roberts, Olivia Roberts and Bridget Weaver.

Thank you to our head coach Glen Hay for organizing the carnival and coaches Maddy, Taylor and Lucy for helping the girls.

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Permission to go with another parent
A reminder to all parents if you have organised for a friend or relative to pick up your daughter/s from training please notify me or Xanthe Axford in the PDHPE department, before 11.00am on the day. It is very important we have this information early to ensure the coaches and staff can be notified.

Team Draws and venues on Cognito
The team draws and venues will be on the school portal, Cognito Parent access. Look for Co-curricular Sport.

 

 

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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