SCEGGS DARLINGHURST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you all have a happy School holiday.

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Gallagher
Director of Curriculum

 

 

Secondary Sports 

Term 2 Sport
Well done to all our basketball and football teams who competed in the IGSSA competitions this term. There were no semi-finals or finals with “first past the post”.

Basketball
Highlights

SCEGGS 1 Runners Up      Grade S03
SCEGGS 3 Runners Up Grade S08
SCEGGS 7 Won Grade S13
SCEGGS 8 Runners Up Grade S14
SCEGGS 9 Runners Up Grade S15
SCEGGS 11      Runners Up Grade J02
SCEGGS 12 Won Grade J04
SCEGGS 13 Won Grade J07


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Football

SCEGGS 8    Won       J07
SCEGGS 9       Runners Up     Yr 701

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Netball Skills
Friday morning Netball Skills for Term 2 has now finished.

Our SCEGGS girls have been busy getting fit and honing their skills with some of the best coaches in Australia. Australian player Kim Green and captain of the Giants team has led the sessions each week with Swifts player Taylah Davies. They have been supported by an array of elite level players and coaches including Laura Towell (Netball NSW Junior coach of the year), Claire O’Brien (Swifts and Waratahs), Grace Hill (Canberra Giants) and our very own NSW Waratah player - Miss Styles. We look forward to having several of these coaches back again in Term 3 for the IGSSA competition.

Netfit June 2019


NSWCIS Cross Country

SCEGGS had 5 girls represent IGSSA at the NSWCIS Cross Country Championships.
Results were:

15  Years      Gabriella Ibrahim      6th
15 Years Audrey Ewington 20th
17 Years Abigail Johnstone 15th
18 years Jacqueline Lee 10th
18 Years Phoebe Cridland 11th

Good luck to Gabriella Ibrahim and Jacqueline Lee who have qualified for the NSW All Schools Cross Country to be held on July 26.


Fencing

Our SCEGGS fencers have had some excellent results of late competing in various competitions.

Most recently the foil team beat Sydney Girls High in Round 1 of the Junior school competition. The team consisted of Ishara Verdickt, Georgina Dandolo and Amelia Whelan.

Amelia won Bronze at the U’17 Cadet State Championships and Silver at the U’15 State Championships.

At the Roberta Nutt Shield Schools Competition Amelia won silver and Georgina won Bronze.

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Snowsports
SCEGGS has 37 girls who will be competing at the Sydney Regional Snowsports Competition to be held during the July holidays at Thredbo. We wish them all the best for a successful week.


Rhythmic Gymnastics
Congratulations to Ilana Patkar, Madison Liew, Cassandra Davies, Sally Webster and Laura Davies for their performances at the Club PERO Friendly Meet held on Sunday 16 June at Tara Anglican School for Girls, North Parramatta.

Ilana Parker (Level 5 Senior A):   2nd in Rope, 9th in Ball, 9th in Ribbon and 9th overall
Madison Liew (Level 5 Senior B): 5th in Rope, 8th in Ball, 1st in Ribbon and 3rd overall
Cassandra Davies   (Level 6 Junior): 4th in Rope, 5th in Ball, 5th in Clubs and 4th overall
Sally Webster (Level 7 Junior): 3rd in Freehand, 3rd in Rope, 3rd in Hoop, 3rd in Clubs and 2nd overall
Laura Davies (Level 8 Junior): 3rd in Freehand, 3rd in Rope, 1st in Ball, 4th in Clubs and 2nd overall

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The coaches look forward to seeing their progress and development throughout the year. Well done!

 

 Athletics Carnival Prize List 2019

Junior 200m Champion   Tessa McCarthy Barton
Intermediate 200m Champion      Grace Stuart-Jones      Badham
Senior 200m Champion Lucia Mavris Langely

 

12 Years Age Champion      Eleanor Lawson Langley
13 Years Age Champion Tessa McCarthy Barton
14 Years Age Champion               Alia Levi Langley
15 Years Age Champion Emily Michel Barton
16 Years Age Champion Grace Stuart-Jones      Badham  
17 Years Age Champion Abigail Johnstone Barton
18 Years Age Champion Jacqueline Lee Barton

 

Junior Champion   Alia Levi Langley
Intermediate Champion                Emily Michel                 Barton
Senior  Champion Abigail Johnstone Barton

 

New Records

Name House Event Old Record    New Record
Alia Levi       Langley        Junior Shotput       9.7m   12.13m
Alia Levi Langley Junior Discus 24.41m 25.60m



Overall House Points

House    Competition  
Points
    Participation   
Poitns
   Total  
     Points    
    Place   
Docker   226 587 813 5th
Badham 358 548 906 3rd
Beck 269 517 786 6th
Barton 554 599 1153 1st
Christian           356 519 875 4th
Langley   483 586 1069 2nd
 

 

Athletics Cup Winner: Barton

Athletics Cup

 

Primary Sport

1500m
Congratulations to the following girls who gained places in the 1500m on Thursday 20 June.

1st place                   Nancy Newton             5.55.25
2nd place    Lily Cooney 5.58.11
3rd place Anjola Petrie 6.04.79
4th place Abigail Grace 6.21.60

 

Artistic Gymnastics
A number of Artistic Gymnastics girls will be competing in the SCEGGS Invitation competition on Saturday 29 June. We wish them the best of luck, for some, their first competitive experience.

IPSHA Touch Football and Year 3 Minkey
All Saturday matches will begin in week 1, Saturday 27 July. A draw will be emailed to parents as soon as we receive it from IPSHA.

 

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

A Chorus Line Photography

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

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


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

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

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


Porky Pig

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

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Upcoming performances in the Holidays and Term III:

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

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

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

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

FOF

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imogen Harper
Debating Co-ordinator

 

 

 


P & F Events
   
     
Friday 2 August    
  Years K-3 Years 4-6
Country and Western Disco               3.45pm-5.00pm          6.00pm-7.30pm    
RSVP Week 1, Term III
Contact Claudine Cooney
 
   
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 


 

 

 


Commitment to Co-curricular Activities at SCEGGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

Secondary Sports 

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The SCEGGS sport spirit was in full swing yesterday at our Inter-House Secondary Athletics Carnival. Well done to all the girls who participated in events and proudly cheered their House. Results will be published in next week’s issue of Behind the Green Gate.

 
Primary Sport

Congratulations to Nancy Newton and Anjola Petrie for their very impressive efforts at the CIS Cross-country Carnival on Thursday 13 June at Eastern Creek Raceway. Nancy finished 18th in the 11 Years age group and Anjola finished 12th in the 10 Years age group. Thank you very much to Lisa Thompson and Jacob Flanagan for their help over the season training the girls. A huge effort for the girls as they both broke their respective 800m records at our Primary Carnival the day before.

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IPSHA Touch trials Year 3 Minkey trials
Trials for Term 3 sport will be held at Moore Park, Cnr Robertson Road, on Tuesday 25 June. The girls will take the bus from SCEGGS to Moore Park at 3.15pm and can be picked up at the field at 4.50pm or return to school on the bus, arriving at the SCEGGS Sports Hall at approximately 5.20pm. Please ensure your daughter is wearing her SCEGGS Sports uniform and has a large water bottle.

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

Sue Phillips
Primary PDHPE and Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

P&F K-6 Country and Western Discos
This year’s P& F Primary School Discos are to be held on Friday August 2 in the SCEGGS Great Hall, Kindergarten – Year 3 from 3.45 pm – 5.00 pm, and Years 4 – 6 from 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm.

The theme this year is Country and Western. Notes, which contain all details, will go home with the girls this week. RSVPs are due back to the Primary Office by the end of Week 1 of next term.

This is always a great event, thoroughly enjoyed by the girls. Thank you to the parents, particularly Claudine Cooney, for organising this again for the girls.

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School

 

 

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Performances:

Thursday 20 June
SOH 6:30 – 8:20pm

 

SSO MTM Concert – Years 11 and 12 Music 1

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

 

Primary Piano Concert

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

String Studio Concerts

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

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

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

Imogen Harper
Debating Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

Have an enjoyable term break.

Clare Reid
School Shop Manager

 

 

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

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

 

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association
 


P & F Events
   
     
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Primary Sport

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

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

Congratulations again to everyone.

NEW RECORDS 2019

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

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

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

 

   Primary Running Cup    Name   Points  
  House 

Awarded to the
person who achieved
the most individual
points

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

 

PRIMARY ATHLETICS HOUSE WINNER

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

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

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

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

 Langley House leaders

 

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

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

 

 
Secondary Sport

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Peter’s Players will go ahead as scheduled.

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



Good luck to all Houses.

 Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

 

St Peter’s Players – Semester II New Directions

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

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

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

Ms Eddi Goodfellow will be directing.

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

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

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

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

Venue: The Great Hall – SCEGGS Darlinghurst.

 

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

Tickets may be obtained from The Seymour Centre box office.



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


Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

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

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

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


Strings at Ardency Trebartha

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

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

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

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

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

 

 

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

More information will follow next week!

 

 Margaret Nilon
Social Justice Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

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

Distribution of items

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

Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush

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

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

Margaret Nilon, Social Justice Coordinator and
Year 8 Form Classes

 

 

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

 

 


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


 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Have a good week, everyone!

Jenny Allum
Head of School

 

 

 
Years K - 6 Athletics Carnival

The Years K-6 Athletics Carnival will be held at ES Marks Athletics Field, corner of Boronia Street and Anzac Parade, Kensington on Wednesday 12 June.


Year 3 to Year 6 events will begin at 9.15am. Kindergarten to Year 2 will begin at 11.30am. Years 3-6 will be leaving SCEGGS at 8.30am, while Years K-2 will have classes as usual in the morning, leaving SCEGGS by bus at 10.30am. Kindergarten to Year 6 events will run concurrently. The Carnival will conclude for all girls at 2.00pm. Girls travelling back to school by bus will return by 3.00pm.

Sinfonietta
will meet as usual for rehearsal before school, and Gymnastics, yoga, touch football and netball skills will take place as usual after school for those who would like to attend. After School Care will also run as usual.

Girls are asked to wear full PE uniform to school, including sun hats. Girls may decorate their uniforms with House colours, for example: T-shirt, socks and/or ribbons in House colours and hats decorated with House colours. Girls catching public transport to and from school must wear full PE uniform, adding their House colours upon their arrival at school and returning to full PE uniform before going home in the afternoon.

Things to Take
Girls: Sunscreen, sun hats, track suits (in case of cold weather), recess, lunch, drinks and snacks.
Parents and Friends: There are no canteen facilities available at the track, and unfortunately the field does not permit schools to have their own refreshment stalls. Parents are asked to bring their own refreshments with them.

Transport/Permission from Parents
Girls will be travelling by hired bus from SCEGGS to the track. All girls in Kindergarten to Year 2 will leave by bus from SCEGGS. Girls in Years 3 to 6 may be driven by parents to meet the rest of the school at the track if permission from parents, in writing, has been received by class teachers before June 12. Girls being driven must be at the track by 9.15am. Similarly, girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 may leave the track with their parents, or parents of friends, at the conclusion of the Carnival, again only if permission from parents, in writing, has been received by teachers before the day of the Carnival.

Girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 will not be given permission to leave the field before the end of the Carnival. At the end of the Carnival, girls leaving the field with parents must inform their class teacher, in person, that they are leaving.

Inclement Weather
In the case of inclement weather the Carnival may be cancelled, in which case a normal school day will proceed. A decision will be made at 8.00am. If in doubt please call the PE wet weather line (9332 4179) after 8.05am. Please do not call before 8.05am as this will interfere with the recording of the wet weather message. This information will also be available on SCEGGSSport via the Twitter Feed. To do this, download Twitter from the App Store or Google Play and search for SCEGGS Sport.

We are all looking forward to an enjoyable day, and I do hope parents, grandparents and other people special in the girls’ lives are able to join us.

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School

Primary Success at the 2019 da Vinci Decathlon

Each year the Primary School enters teams into the da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar School. The Decathlon is an academic competition which places particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity. This year, there were over 1300 students participating in the Stage 3 division of the competition.

We entered one Year 5 team and one Year 6 team. Members of the Year 5 team were Natalie Assaad, Pippa Brenner, Emma Conway, Gracie Dunlop, Jemima Lowe, Emilia Narev, Zara Perkins and Audrey Stylianou.

The Year 6 team members were Bianca Hardge, Stella Manos, Aasha Maunsell, Simran Murphy, Elizabeth Shin, Alex Tavendale, Helaina Travassaros and Amelia Whelan. The students worked collaboratively in their teams to solve problems involving engineering, mathematics, code breaking, art and poetry, science, cartography, English and ideation.

Our Year 5 team did very well and were awarded a 2nd place in General Knowledge. Our Year 6 team was also acknowledged and won the general quiz at the conclusion of the day. Congratulations to all members of both teams for their hard work leading up to the competition and their participation and success on the day.

 

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Paul McGrath
Deputy Head of Primary School

 

 

Festival on Forbes Logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Festival on Forbes Committee

 

 

Primary Sport

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

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

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

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

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

Ms Eddi Goodfellow will be directing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

 

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

Sensational Porridge!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

Imogen Harper
Debating Co-ordinator

 

 


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


 

 

 

Secondary Sport

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

Primary Sport

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

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

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

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

1500m GIRLS 8-10yrs 5m59s

1500m GIRLS 11yrs 5m40s

1500m GIRLS 12/13yrs 5m33s

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

 

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

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

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Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mondo2

Mondo3

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Language 3

Language 2

 

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

Angelique Deleeuw
Head of Languages

 

 

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


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

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

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

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


Billeting for Inner-Mongolian Choir

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

 

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Vivienne Rodda
Drama Teacher

 

 

 
The Power of Play


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kate Brown
Head of Student Wellbeing K-6

 

 


Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Kearney
Kindergarten Teacher

 

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

Holly Gyton
Deputy Head of School

 

 

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

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

Ray Russell

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

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

Some of Ray’s previous achievements include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

BTGG 2019 05 23 Sport IGSSA XC 1

BTGG 2019 05 23 Sport IGSSA XC 2

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

Primary Sport

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

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

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

BTGG 2019 05 23 Primary Sport Athletics 1 2

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

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

BTGG 2019 05 23 Primary Sport Gymnastics 2 2

BTGG 2019 05 23 Primary Sport Gymnastics 3 2

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Year 4 Musical: Porridge
We are all very excited about this year’s Year 4 musical, Porridge, to be performed in SCEGGS Great Hall on Friday May 31 at 2.00 pm. Porridge is a wonderful story set in Nursery Land, where things are quite muddled and detectives are needed to sort things out. The audience is sure to recognise many nursery rhymes and characters! The girls have been working hard in preparation for the performance, learning and practising music and drama skills and are greatly looking forward to performing for the Primary School at a dress rehearsal on May 29, and then at the final performance. Parents, grandparents and special friends are all invited to join us for the performance on May 31. I look forward to seeing you there and enjoying the musical with you!

Elizabeth Cumming
Head of Primary School

Years 1 and 2 UR Strong Workshops
Recently our Year 1 and 2 girls enjoyed their introductory workshop to our UR Strong program as, together with their cuddly toys ("fuzzies"), they learnt about making and keeping healthy friendships. This is the first year we have involved Year 1and Year 2 in the program and it was fabulous to see the girls so engaged in the discussion and role-plays. The fuzzies were so excited about the workshop the girls explained that many of them even had a sleep over at school the night before to be sure they were ready for the session!

With their fuzzies as partners, the girls explored how to form new friendships with confidence, the traits of a healthy friend and how to celebrate our differences and unique strengths. The girls were also introduced to the concept of friendship fires and started to build skills in putting a voice to their feelings, as it is inevitable that they will face conflict in friendships at some point as they grow up. By the end of the session the girls, and their fuzzies, were declared "friendship ninjas", ready to apply their friendship skills and understanding in and around the playground and classrooms.

The language and strategies of the UR Strong program are embedded in our Primary School as part of our Pastoral Care program and the girls will have opportunities to practise their newfound skills on many occasions. Additionally, they will have the benefit of a session with the UR Strong team each year to revise skills learnt and focus on new strategies appropriate to their stage of emotional and social development.

Kate Brown
Head of Student Wellbeing K - 6

 

World Environment Day: K – 6 Focus Day
On Wednesday June 5 the Primary girls will participate in a range of activities dealing with environmental issues to celebrate World Environment Day. Integrated exercises in English and Mathematics have been arranged which include making hanging mobiles using environmental vocabulary, creating enviro-friendly posters and using measurement skills to make bird feeders, insect hotels and chair fidgets. They will also play recycling games, sing environmental songs and make musical junkyard beats. A performance group called ‘Happy Time for Kids’ will also host ‘The Sustainability Show’ in the afternoon with a session for the girls about waste, recycling and protecting our environment.

To mark the day, the girls are to asked to bring an "Enviro Superhero" cape to school reflective of some aspect of World Environment Day. The cape is to be made from recycled materials and may be as simple as an old towel with an invented name of a superhero written across it or even an old shirt cut into a cape. Encourage your daughters to reuse materials from home or recycle some unused fabric or cardboard. They are to be as creative as possible. The girls will don their capes and wear them on the playground before school, share them with their classmates during Form Time and then wear them to House Families at lunchtime to share with their House Family friends. When choosing a name for their "Enviro Superhero", the girls are to think about how their character will protect the environment and help make the world a better place.

As you can see, the day will cover a wide range of Key Learning Areas and matters relating to protecting the environment. We will be repurposing resources and products that have already been used, and the girls will be contributing to the notion of sustainability. To resource the day, in the weeks leading up to World Environment Day we would greatly appreciate the girls bringing to school empty food package boxes, clean plastic drink bottles, newspapers and old t-shirts. Various year levels across the school will be using these items on the day.

The teachers are very much looking forward to the day and are excited by the opportunity to immerse the girls in thinking about the personal actions that we can all take to make to look after our environment.

Paul McGrath
Deputy Head of Primary School

 

 


Christian Groups 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Confirmation

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

Confirmation is offered to all girls in Years 7 to 11. There will be a number of meetings held during lunchtime that will give those involved the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and what it means to them. Participants are welcome to withdraw from the course at any stage if they find that it is not right for them. We will be looking at the basics of the Christian faith a little closer, discussing their importance and answering any questions that arise. Neither baptism nor connection with the Anglican Church is necessary. There is an opportunity for those seeking baptism within the confirmation process. A confirmation service will be held in third term in the school chapel. Relatives and friends are invited to this very special occasion and dates and times will be confirmed soon.

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

Rev. Garry Lee-Lindsay

 

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

An information session was conducted last Tuesday and it was great to see a large attendance of keen travellers. If you missed this session and would like information, you may view the presentation on the Parent Portal (accessed via the Links tab) or you may contact Mr Eyers.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
An excursion to the musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been planned for students in Years 7-10 St Peter’s Players and Academic Drama. This trip to the theatre will take place on Sunday June 23 at 6pm. Keen students are advised to return permission slips in a timely fashion to secure participation.

Saving SCEGGS
Saving SCEGGS is a verbatim play written by Linden Wilkinson. It was commissioned by the school and presented in 2015. The play communicates an extraordinary time in the life of the school and is the perfect way to herald our 125th celebrations.
The play will receive a production in November and will be directed by Ms Eddi Goodfellow.

Auditions will be conducted in Week 8 of Term 2. More details will be announced in the approaching weeks. Stay tuned.

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

Here’s another glimpse, inside our rehearsal room:

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BTGG 2019 05 23 Drama 3

 

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A Chorus Line - Poster Competition

To promote A Chorus Line, Year 8 D&T students were invited to submit images for poster consideration. Students needed to consider the narrative of the show and construct a representation of this. Four students submitted posters – Alma Lawrie, Tessa Kuijper, Arella Plater and Annie Furness. The judging panel selected the image submitted by Alma Lawrie.

All images are featured below:

BTGG 2019 05 23 A Chorus Line Poster Alma Lawrie

Alma Lawrie

BTGG 2019 05 23 A Chorus Line Poster

Tessa Kuijper

BTGG 2019 05 23 a chorus line poster Arella Plater


Arella Plater

BTGG 2019 05 23 A Chorus Line Annie Furness yr8

Annie Furness

  “Truth in theatre is always on the move. As you read this newsletter, it is already moving out of date. it is for me an exercise, now frozen on the page. But unlike this newsletter, the theatre has one special characteristic. It is always possible to start again. In life this is myth, we ourselves can never go back on anything. New leaves never turn, clocks never go back, we can never have a second chance. In the theatre, the slate is wiped clean all the time.”

― Peter Brook (Director)

Peter Eyers
Head of Drama

 

Reconciliation Week Assembly
BTGG 2019 05 23 2019 Reconciliation Week Assembly 8Well done to the Stage 2 and 3 students who sang along with the members of the Staff Choir in Monday’s Reconciliation assembly. The students and choir were also accompanied by members of the Year 5 Percussion ensemble as they performed the Indigenous and Torres Strait Island song, Inanay.

Thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Cleworth and Mrs Alexandra Dalman for their preparation of the performance.


From Little Things Big Things Grow
The Year 7 Music classes are currently studying the topic, From Little Things Big Things Grow, which focuses on the songs from Indigenous culture and Torres Strait Island. Inanay is one of the many songs that the students will be learning from the study of this unit.

Beginners’ Band
A reminder that Beginners’ Band will be held this Friday, despite the absence of the Year 3 and 5 students who are away on camp. The band is making exciting new sounds and we look forward to hearing their progress.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

 


P & F Events
   
Friday 24 May   Year 11 & 12 Father/Daughter Breakfast
7.00am-8.30am   SCEGGS Great Hall
Cost   $30 per person
Booking online   Year 11 & 12 Father/Daughter Breakfast
RSVP   Monday 20 May
     
     
Saturday 1 June    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 6.30pm    Private Home
 Dress    Cocktail
 Cost    $70 per person
 Online Booking    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 Queries   nunik@hotmail.com
     
     
Thursday 13 June
  Year 3 Class Parent Cocktail Party
 7.00pm    Private Home
 Cost    $60 (covers food and drink)
 Online Booking   Details to come
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 7 Class Parent
Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
1.00pm-5.00pm   The Greens Bowling Club, North Sydney
RSVP   14 June
Online Booking   Year 7 Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
Contact   Louise Hogan logmur@bigpond.com
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
6.30pm   Love Supreme, Paddington
Contact   Year 9 Class Parents for details
     
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association

 

 

 

SPECIAL REPORT: Parenting Styles - What type of parent are you?

There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy- even when learning ‘on the job’- but it can also raise many questions about how best to support your children as they grow and change. However, children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children. You can also take a quiz to give you information on your own parenting style too.

Here is the link to the latest SchoolTV: https://sceggs.nsw.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-parenting-styles

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Exam Jitters
We also know that Junior Exams are fast approaching and it may be worth looking back at the past SchoolTV issue on ‘Exam Jitters’. In this edition, a range of psychologists and educators answer some common questions parents have about how best to support your child before, during and after an assessment period.

The issue can be found here: https://sceggs.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/exam-jitters

Bethany Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 

 

Primary Library News

National Simultaneous Storytime
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, and many other places around the country. Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 11:00am and the girls in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 will be sharing this year’s book Alpacas with Maracas written and illustrated by Matt Cosgrove, and doing some associated fun craft activities.

Visiting Author for Year 6
Next week, on Thursday May 23, the girls in Year 6 will have the opportunity to listen to author Jessica Sanders speak about her book, Love Your Body. This term Year 6 are studying inspirational people and they will hear Jessica’s inspiring story of her life thus far and how her book came about.

Louise Cluff
Primary Teacher-Librarian

 

 

Secondary Sport

IGSSA Cross Country
Good luck to the 50 competitors who will be representing SCEGGS at the IGSSA Cross Country Carnival on Friday. The bus will depart SCEGGS at 6:30am, please arrive early.

IGSSA Football
Congratulations to Juliet Williams who was selected in the IGSSA Football Team. Juliet will now compete at the NSWCIS Championships on May 27 & 28.

IGSSA Open Hockey
Congratulations to Madeleine Scott who was selected in the IGSSA Open Hockey team to compete at the NSWCIS Championships on May 23.

St George Classic 4km Running Event

2019 05 16 Sport Laura RoderickWell done to Laura Roderick who placed 2nd at the St George Classic Event in the U’18’s Age group in a time of 14 min 22 sec.

Introducing Mr Glen Hay
We welcome Mr Glen Hay as our new Head Coach and Co-ordinator of the SCEGGS Artistic Gymnastics program. Glen comes to us with extensive experience within both school and gymnastics community.

Previously Glen was the Manager of Bunnerong Gymnastics for 10 years and has spent the last several years working with the Ascham, Cranbrook, Emmanuel school and Eastern Gymnastics Academy Programs. We are thrilled to have Glen join our sporting team.

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

SCEGGS Netball Trials
We will be holding the SCEGGS Netball Trials for the IGSSA Term 3 Netball competition on the following dates:

Saturday 18 May at Moore Park Netball Courts Year 8 & 9 12:30pm -2:00pm 
Year 7 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Monday 20 May at Moore Park Netball Courts Years 10, 11 & 12 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Trials are compulsory- if you do not trial you will NOT be placed in a team.

Please make sure you nominate TWO playing positions and if you are currently playing club please answer the questions relating to your club match times. This can be done via the following link:
https://forms.gle/STWjEGC9dYbYrNM37

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

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

Alison Gowan
Director of Sport

 

 

Primary Sport

Sports Choice Forms
The Sports Choice Forms for Term 3 have been emailed to all parents. Please ensure you submit your daughters’ choices by Monday 20 May. If you daughter is doing tennis, gymnastics, get ready for games and yoga you need to re-enrol for next term. We do have limited numbers for some activities, and it is important we have this information early to allow IPSHA to source fields, and for us to engage coaching staff.

Year 3 Netball
Year 3 have taken to netball with great enthusiasm. The girls are playing at Kambala each Saturday and improving each match. Please ensure your daughter arrives with a water bottle, for warm up, 30 mins before the start of the game.

Year 3 Netball

Year 3 Netball 2
Year 3 Netball 3



Permission Notes for Sport Pick up

If your daughter is being collected from co-curricular sport by another parent or you are part of a regular carpool, please give us advanced notice of who your daughter has permission to go home with.

Please send an email to Suephillips@sceggs.nsw.edu.au or to xantheaxford@sceggs.nsw.edu before 12.00pm on the day in question. It is very difficult to get messages to coaches if we receive an email at the end of the day.

Sue Phillips
Primary Sport Co-ordinator

 

 

Well done to all the students who participated in the performances in Musicale 2 which was held on Monday 13 May in the Great Hall. The concert featured co-curricular string, choral, band and percussion ensembles from the Secondary School. Thank you to our Music Captain and Music Ensemble Leaders who did a wonderful job introducing the items. Special thank you also to all the Ensemble conductors and tutors who have assisted with the direction and preparation of the students for the performances.

Thank You to the members of Amati Strings who performed in the Musical Soiree hosted by the Old Girls Union last Thursday 9 May in the Great Hall. It was a wonderful evening which featured performances from Old Girls who have now forged a career in Music. Thank you to Mrs Anne Sweeney who prepared and directed the ensemble for the evening’s performance.

AMEB Examinations – Trumpet and Theory
Congratulations to the following Primary students who have completed the following AMEB examinations:

Charlotte FitzSimons (Year 9) – Grade 8 Trumpet
Nicola Allen (Year 8) – Grade 1 Theory

Well done girls on your achievement!

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

The P&F Trivia Night
The P&F trivia night is on tomorrow, Friday 17 May in the Great Hall, 7.00pm till 10:30pm.

Enquiries to SCEGGSParentsandFriendscontact@sceggs.nsw.edu.au

 


P & F Events
   
     
Wednesday 22 May   Kindy Parents Cocktail Party
 7.00pm   Hotel Centennial
Cnr Oxford St and Victoria Ave, WOOLAHRA
Cost   $70 per person (includes canapes and drink on arrival)
Online Booking   Kindy Parent Cocktail Party
Class Parents   Christina Voitenko, Alison Chiu & Janey Gold
     
     
Friday 24 May   Year 11 & 12 Father/Daughter Breakfast
7.00am-8.30am   SCEGGS Great Hall
Cost   $30 per person
Booking online   Year 11 & 12 Father/Daughter Breakfast
RSVP   Monday 20 May
     
     
Saturday 1 June    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 6.30pm    Private Home
 Dress    Cocktail
 Cost    $70 per person
 Online Booking    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 Queries   nunik@hotmail.com
     
     
Thursday 13 June
  Year 3 Class Parent Cocktail Party
 7.00pm    Private Home
 Cost    $60 (covers food and drink)
 Online Booking   Details to come
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 7 Class Parent
Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
1.00pm-5.00pm   The Greens Bowling Club, North Sydney
RSVP   14 June
Online Booking   Year 7 Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
Contact   Louise Hogan logmur@bigpond.com
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 9 Mother Daughter Pizza Night
6.30pm   Love Supreme, Paddington
Contact   Year 9 Class Parents for details
     
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association

 

 

 

I recently read an interesting article published by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley titled “How to live a more courageous life”. The article outlined a number of areas which were key to this, and creating community was paramount. Research shows that feeling connected to a community is one of the most important protective factors against mental illness and important in building resilience. It is also a key factor in improving academic performance too! This is one of the reasons why schools encourage students to participate in everything from camp to extra-curricular activities. House events, such as the Swimming Carnival or House Drama are also such fabulous opportunities for a sense of belonging to be formed and solidified. So, when I sat down to think about what I would contribute to "In this together", I kept coming back to the Prefects’ theme for 2019, "connection".

I remember sitting with the new group of Prefects last year and listening to what they wanted for the students of SCEGGS. They expressed a desire to see stronger relationships within and across year groups, to hear the buzz of chatter across the playground at lunch times rather than girls looking at their phones, and increased participation in House and Co-curricular activities; in other words they wanted everyone to feel like they were part of a community. It was so heartening to hear these young women express how much they wanted to encourage these connections, and how important SCEGGS was in their lives.

It got me considering the importance of having strong connections between families and the School. I believe that a strength of SCEGGS is the sense of community that exists, not just in the student body, but the community as a whole - students, staff, parents, and Alumni. I have seen moments where families are in real crisis and have marvelled at the way that staff and students at SCEGGS offer support with such care and openness. In the coming weeks we have a musical soiree where a number of Old Girls will be performing, and at the end of last term SPAN hosted another fabulous event that was attended by parents and students, past and present. How wonderful to be part of a community that is enriched by the strong, supportive connections that have been fostered.

Therefore, it saddens me to see stories in the media about "bully parents" or "concierge parenting", because it suggests that the relationship between home and school is one that, in today’s society, may not be valued as highly as it was. What a shame it would be to see this relationship disintegrate or become one of tension, when both school and home want the young people for whom they care to be flourishing emotionally, succeeding academically, and feeling supported socially. This is not to say that each and every day will be a positive one, or that there will not be moments where your daughter feels disappointed by a grade or let down by a friend. However, how we work together to assist your daughter to navigate these moments greatly impacts on their ability to develop the necessary skills to become a resilient young woman.

I particularly liked the idea raised in the Greater Good article that, “As humans, we make meaning out of our experiences by telling stories to ourselves about how the world operates. But here’s the important part: Those stories might not be objectively true. They are more like your personal lens on life, colouring your experiences just as if you were wearing sunglasses.” Not only is this a good reminder for us as adults, but it is also important to teach to young people. There is no doubt that it is difficult to face a school day when your friendships are changing, or you have received a disappointing mark, but it also isn’t the end of the world. Instead, we want to help young people learn the skills to reframe negative narratives that they might tell themselves when they feel overwhelmed, lonely or anxious. Another important factor to consider is the correlation between strong social support, optimistic thinking and a significant reduction in stress. This in turn reduces stress in the home too - something I am sure that many parents would heartily welcome as your daughter faces the different challenges that growing up brings.

This is where having a strong connection between the School and families can be so helpful, as if the message young people are hearing is consistent and empowering, what a difference this can make. Fear, feeling rejected or like a failure are natural and normal feelings, and a very important part of learning, but they do not have to control the way that young people respond to the events in their lives. Instead, as the title of this section of Behind the Green Gate suggests, we are in this together, and together can continue to engender a culture of courageous thoughts and actions here at SCEGGS.

Reference
Swoboda, K., “How to live a more courageous life”, Greater Good Magazine: Science Based Insights for a Meaningful Life, UC Berkley, October 10, 2018.

Bethany Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

As you would be aware from the information provided in Behind the Green Gate last term, NAPLAN testing is taking place online this year (click here to see this article). These tests will take place next week commencing on Tuesday 14 May. The arrangements are as follows:

Years 3 and 5

Tuesday
14th May 

Writing Test
Year 3 will complete this with pen and paper 
Year 5 will sit this test online
Wednesday 15th May  Reading Test and Language conventions Test (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Thursday
16th May
Numeracy Test


Years 7 and 9

Tuesday
14th May
Writing Test
Wednesday 15th May  Reading Test and Language conventions Test (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Thursday
16th May 
Language conventions Test (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)
Friday
17th May
Numeracy Test

If a student is absent on the day of any of tests, arrangements will be made for them to catch up on the test, provided they return to school within the testing window.

If you have any questions or you would like further information about anything relating to NAPLAN please contact either Liz Cumming or myself.

Andrew Gallagher
Director of Curriculum

 

 

Hand, foot and mouth disease in Secondary School
Two cases of Hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported in the Secondary School.

Hand, foot and mouth disease starts with small red blisters which later become ulcers. Blisters can appear inside the cheeks, gums, and on the sides of the tongue. They may also appear on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. People may also have a low fever, sore throat, tiredness, feel off colour or lose their appetite.

More information is available here: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Factsheets/handfootmouth.pdf

This is usually not a serious illness and is not related to the foot and mouth disease that affects animals. However, if you are at all worried, or you notice any symptoms of concern, please see your GP as soon as possible.

Bethany Lord
Director of Pastoral Care

 

 

Assembly Performance
Well done to Madison Au (Yr 9) who performed the 1st movement of Joseph Haydn’s Oboe Concerto in C major. Madison was the winner of both the Outstanding Musician from the Junior Secondary school and the Outstanding Musician of the SCEGGS Eisteddfod. Over the holidays, Madison had also toured with the Sydney Youth Orchestra performing in various venues throughout the United Kingdom.

Musicale 2 - Monday 13 May 6:00pm in the Great Hall. This concert will feature a fabulous line up of the co-curricular ensembles from the Secondary School. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

AMEB Examinations - Violin
Congratulations to the following Primary students who have completed their violin exams at the Clarence Street studios:

Olivia Flanagan (Year 2) Preliminary Grade
Olivia Chua (Year 2)  Preliminary Grade
Allegra James (Year 3) Preliminary Grade
Sophie Downes (Year 3) Preliminary Grade
Radha Bhindi (Year 3) Preliminary Grade
Sophia Barry (Year 6) Grade 4
Ella McCormack (Year 6)  Grade 1


Thank you to Anne Sweeney, Dominique Gallery and Kathryn Crossing for their careful preparation of the students.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

 

Languages

In Week 3, the school will celebrate languages and language learning at SCEGGS.

On Monday, Assembly will be held in Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin and Spanish by senior students (rest assured, there will be subtitles for beginners).

On Thursday, Mondovision Highlights returns with the best six performances (after gruelling auditions) in different languages in the Great Hall at lunchtime. Come and cheer on students from Years 7 to 12 battling it out to win the Mondovision final 2019.

Various languages competitions will be held throughout the week and on Friday at lunchtime, on the lawn – all Secondary Students are invited to take part in fun cultural workshops: a treasure hunt for Years 7 and 8 organised by the Latin senior students, Chinese paper cutting, French Photobooth, Origami and much more.


ともに輝く、 多様な社会へ  Vive la différence!
¡Viva la diferencia!  Diversitas floreat!  理解万岁!

Angelique Deleeuw
Head of Languages

 

 

A reminder to all Class Parents that we have a Fabulous Green Festival on Forbes meeting with all organisers on Wednesday 15th May, from 6pm in the Joan Freeman Lecture theatre. You’ll hear an update from the various organising co-ordinators and will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We hope your stall organising is going well. Don’t hesitate to email at any time if you need a hand (pgerstle@optusnet.com.au).

The P&F trivia night is on next Friday 17th May in the Great Hall, 7pm till 10:30pm. Please book your tables here this week. The event is almost sold out. Enquiries to SCEGGSParentsandFriendscontact@sceggs.nsw.edu.au

The Year 11 & 12 Father/daughter breakfast is on Friday 24th May in the Great Hall from 7am. Our guest speaker will be journalist and news reporter Ms Sally Bowrey. We look forward to seeing as many fathers and daughters as possible. And don’t forget if your Dad can’t make it, you are welcome to bring someone important to you.

 


P & F Events
   
     
Thursday 24 May   Year 11 & 12 Father/Daughter Breakfast
7.00am-8.30am   SCEGGS Great Hall
Cost   $30 per person
Booking online   Year 11 & 12 Father/Daughter Breakfast
RSVP   Monday 20 May
     
     
Saturday 1 June    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 6.30pm    Private Home
 Dress    Cocktail
 Cost    $70 per person
 Online Booking    Year 12 Class Parent Drinks
 Queries   nunik@hotmail.com
     
     
Thursday 13 June
  Year 3 Class Parent Cocktail Party
 7.00pm    Private Home
 Cost    $60 (covers food and drink)
 Online Booking   Details to come
     
     
Sunday 16 June   Year 7 Class Parent
Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
1.00pm-5.00pm   The Greens Bowling Club, North Sydney
RSVP   14 June
Online Booking   Year 7 Barefoot Bowling & Burgers
Contact   Louise Hogan logmur@bigpond.com
     
     
 Go to the Parent Portal for contact information 

Penny Gerstle
President P&F Association

 

 

 

Welcome back to Term II. I hope you all had a lovely Easter break. There is a lot happening this term and more information will be made known in the following weeks.

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

Confirmation is offered to all girls in Years 7 to 11. There will be a number of meetings held during lunchtime that will give those involved the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and what it means to them. Participants are welcome to withdraw from the course at any stage if they find that it is not right for them. We will be looking at the basics of the Christian faith a little closer, discussing their importance and answering any questions that arise. Neither baptism nor connection with the Anglican Church is necessary. There is an opportunity for those seeking baptism within the confirmation process. A confirmation service will be held in Term III in the School chapel. Relatives and friends are invited to this very special occasion and dates and times will be confirmed soon.

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

Food Delivery to the Homeless
SCEGGS has been taking food out to the local street community for many years. One of the activities that we offer girls is the opportunity to take out food to those living on the street in our local area. Our intention is to work towards building connections with our community so that people feel noticed and valued. We are starting up this activity again this term for all girls in the Secondary School and will continue until the end of Term III.

Students will be able to sign up via Cognito and all information can be found on the food delivery sign up page in the SCEGGS Darlinghurst Course. Those who participate will need to prepare food at home to deliver to the homeless on the following day. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.


Garry Lee-Lindsay

School Chaplain

 

 

Term II
Welcome back everyone. I trust you had an enjoyable break – and saw some great theatre or film. We look forward to some exciting events for the Drama department during Term II. Here we go...

A Chorus Line – Personnel
We have a new director working on our production of A Chorus Line. Mr Richard Drysdale commenced work on the show, contributing in many ways from audition through to initial blocking. Unfortunately, Richard has had to withdraw to commence new employment that will take him out of Sydney. We thank him for his excellent work on many shows at the School (Time and the Conways, Chicago, Into the Woods, The Crucible, Anything Goes) and wish him every success in his new venture.

Mr Aaron Farley, who has been choreographing the show, will step up to assume leadership of the production and we congratulate him on his appointment as Director for A Chorus Line. Aaron has an excellent knowledge of the show and has established a terrific rapport with the cast.

A Chorus Line plays The Seymour Centre from 13 June - 15 June. Bookings will open on Monday 6 May via this link.

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

"Inside the Playhouse" – Monday 6 May
In Term II we are introducing the first of a series titled "Inside the Playhouse" being held in the Lecture Theatre. The format is a series of conversations with practitioners in the arts and will examine facets of the entertainment industry and roles that may have pertinence to SCEGGS girls past and present. At the conclusion of the conversation, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A.

The first of these events will take place on Monday 6 May at 6.00pm in the Lecture Theatre. Our guest will be Actor’s Agent, Mark Morrissey. Mark will discuss his role in guiding young talent. This will be a perfect opportunity to learn about what an Agent does, how to obtain representation and the professional relationship essential in a performer’s career.

The School community is warmly invited, along with anyone who you may think will find this conversation of interest. Bookings are not required.

The car park will be open from 5.30pm and entry will be through the glass doors on St Peters Street.

All My Sons at Grammar
SCEGGS girls Katarina Kuo and Olivia Doyle are currently in rehearsals for Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. This is a beautiful and tragic play, one of the greats of the American play canon.

The play tells the story of a family that has lost a son, a fighter pilot, during World War II. They are also carrying the burden of a terrible, crippling secret. As is usual with Arthur Miller, the play touches on the alarmingly wide gulf between noble public ideals and petty, private motives.

19 04 11 sons

We’ve seen two professional productions at The Sydney Theatre Company and The Darlinghurst Theatre Company in recent years. We look forward to another engaging production of the play from Grammar.

Bookings are now open through TryBooking. The play runs 9 May - 11 May.

The Phantom of the Opera at Scots.
This week The Scots College open their production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, The Phantom of the Opera. The production will play the Parade Theatre at NIDA from 1 May - 4 May.

Bookings through Ticketek. Chookas to our students Annika Deitz and Astrid Girdis who are performing in the musical.

Theatre Sports – Wednesday 8 May

SCEGGS will be competing in the School’s Theatresports Challenge on 8 May. The heat will be conducted at Sydney Grammar. Please see information below.

Theatre Sports 1

Check out all the TSC info at www.improaustralia.com.au
Theatre Sports 2
www.facebook.com/Theatresports-Schools-Challenge-presented-by-Impro-AusTheatre Sports 3

The best way to teach people is by telling a story” – Kenneth Blanchard (American Author)

 

Peter Eyers
Head Drama

 

 

Easter Service
The Easter service which was held at the end of last term was a beautiful service filled with wonderful music. Well done to the students who performed in both the evening and morning Easter services. The students sang beautifully and performed some rather challenging pieces. Special thank you to Allison Harrigan for her direction and preparation of the choral groups for the service. Thank you also to Bronwyn Cleworth, Anne Sweeney, Stephanie Holmes and Heinz Schweers for their involvement with different ensembles throughout the service.

ANZAC Service
Thank you to the members of the Holst Wind Ensemble who performed at the school’s special ANZAC day service. It was a solemn and moving service. Congratulations to Sarah McNaughton who played the Last Post and Reveille at the service, this was an amazing achievement. Special thank you to Mr Jewitt for his preparation and direction of the performance.

More Musical Offerings...
Musicale 2 – Monday 13 May 6pm at the Great Hall. This concert will feature a fabulous line up of the co-curricular ensembles from the Secondary School. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Beginner’s Band
The very first Beginner's Band rehearsal will be held on Friday 3 May. Rehearsals will be held in the Primary Music Room from 7:30am – 8:10am. We look forward to putting this enthusiastic bunch of musicians together!

International House Guests?
SCEGGS has been invited to be a Partner Choir for the Gondwana World Choral Festival to be held in Sydney in July 2019. The School Choir and Madrigal Ensemble will be performing in this international festival alongside choirs from Estonia, Canada, France, Latvia, USA, Japan, China and Mongolia. SCEGGS are hosting family accommodation for the Inner Mongolia Youth Choir. At this stage many choristers in our School Choir and Madrigal Ensemble have committed to performing in the festival but we need further support from the school wide community to assist with the billeting of the 50 male and female singers who are travelling from the Inner Mongolian grasslands. The choristers are aged between 10 – 16 years old and they will need to be billeted in a minimum of pairs. This billeting commitment is in the third week of the school holidays not during school term time.

Host families will need to provide breakfast, and a packed lunch each day and dinner at home some evenings. They will also need to transport their billets to and from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music each day. This might be a combination of individual travel in cars, travel in school buses and group travel on public transport. This is a wonderful opportunity for a true cultural exchange with students from a very different country to our own. IMYC will be arriving at SCEGGS Darlinghurst on Sunday 14 July and departing from SCEGGS on Monday 22 July so transport to and from the airport is not required.

Please contact our Director of Choral Programmes, Allison Harrigan allisonharrigan@sceggs.nsw.edu.au if you are able to welcome these children of the Inner Mongolian herders into your homes.

Pauline Chow
Head of Music

 

 

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