SCEGGS Darlinghurst

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SCEGGS Darlinghurst is an independent Anglican single-sex primary and secondary day and boarding school for girls, located in Darlinghurst, an inner-city, eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Founded in 1895 as the Sydney Church of England Girls Grammar School, the school's official name was changed to SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 1995. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 890 students from Year K to Year 12. The school is regularly among the top-performing schools in New South Wales. While predominantly a day school, SCEGGS offers a small number of boarding places at St Vincent's College, Potts Point. SCEGGS is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA), the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA), and is a founding member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).In 2001, The Sun-Herald ranked SCEGGS Darlinghurst second in Australia's top ten girls' schools, based on the number of its alumnae mentioned in the Who's Who in Australia (a listing of notable Australians).


On 17 July 1895, a grammar school for girls was officially opened in Sydney under the auspices of the Sydney Diocese of the Church of England. The Sydney Church of England Girls' Grammar School (abbreviated as S.C.E.G.G.S.) commenced in a terrace house at 65 (now 55) Victoria Street, Darlinghurst with one pupil, Mary Watson, one teacher, Miss Janet Uther, and the Principal, Miss Edith Badham. Within a year, the school had increased to 50 pupils enrolled, and moved to "Chatsworth", a larger home in Macleay Street.By 1900, the school had 100 pupils, including a Kindergarten and junior school. "Barham" in Forbes Street, Darlinghurst was purchased and the school moved there in 1901. The curriculum at the time included English Language and Literature, Geography, Modern and Ancient History, Latin, Classical Greek, Mathematics, French Language and Literature, German or Italian, Needlework and Drilling. Classes in Botany, Geology or other scientific subjects, were also offered to pupils who reached a fair standard of proficiency in their ordinary subjects. Classes in Cookery and Dressmaking were held whenever there was sufficient demand.S.C.E.G.G.S. continued to expand and several branch schools were opened – Bowral (1906–1929) relocated to Moss Vale (1930–1974), Hunters Hill (1912–1915), North Sydney (1911–1941) becoming Redlands (1945–1976), Wollongong (1955–1976) and Loquat Valley (1967–1976).In 1974, financial difficulties arose due to the controller of the Anglican Diocesan schools misappropriating school funds, threatening the school with closure. Within two years, contributions from the school community and the Sydney Diocese ensured that the original school, S.C.E.G.G.S. Darlinghurst, was not closed but continued to operate. Moss Vale was forced to close in 1974, and two years later, Redlands, Wollongong and Loquat Valley became schools independent from S.C.E.G.G.S. Darlinghurst, and have been governed by their own boards ever since.A not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, S.C.E.G.G.S. Darlinghurst Ltd, was formed in 1976, under a Board of Directors, to govern the school. On the school's Centenary in 1995, the school changed its name from Sydney Church of England Girls' Grammar School, Darlinghurst (S.C.E.G.G.S.) to SCEGGS Darlinghurst.



SCEGGS Darlinghurst has expanded from a terrace house in 1895 to a campus incorporating a chapel, primary school, classroom blocks, assembly hall, science and library block, auditorium, sports hall, senior study building, lecture theatre, play house, Great Hall and performing arts centre and many more. From 1965 to 1983, a preparatory school was operated at Bellevue Hill for boys and girls up to Kindergarten age. A new music centre has also been added, including a renovated church to be used for performances etc.

House system

The house system was introduced in 1926 by Miss Wilkinson to help generate school spirit and sporting enthusiasm, encourage good conduct and to provide girls with opportunities for taking on responsibility. House competitions are held in various sports, in music, drama, science and debating. Badham – named after Edith Badham, first headmistress (1895–1920) and founder and first president of the Old Girl's Union. Colours: red and gold. Barton – named after Edmund Barton, first Prime Minister of Australia (1901–1903), Justice of the High Court (1903–1920) and father of Jean "Muffie" Barton, pupil 1895–1899. Colours: red and white. Beck – named after Ernest Beck, member of the school council (1895–1906) and second school chaplain (1901–1928). Colours: blue and gold. Christian – named after Lydia Christian, member of the school council (1897–1919) and mother of Lilian Mary Christian, pupil 1895–1896. Colours: red and black. Docker – named after Wilfred Law Docker, first treasurer of the school council (1895–1919). Colours: blue and black. Langley – named after John Douse Langley, first secretary of the school council (1894–1927) and bishop of Bendigo (1907–1919). Colours: green and gold.

Notable alumnae

Media, entertainment and the artsGillian Armstrong – film director Sally Bowrey – TV presenter / producer Blanche d'Alpuget – biographer; Bob Hawke's 2nd wife Anne Davies – Sydney Morning Herald journalist and MEAA identity Tania Davis – musician Ursula Dubosarsky – author Celina Edmonds – TV news presenter Susanne Gervay – author Claudia Karvan – actress Julie McCrossin – MC/comedian Pamela Stephenson – comedian, therapist and wife to actor Billy Connolly Sarah Wynter – actorMedicine and scienceElizabeth Elliott – Professor of Paediatrics, Sydney University Joan Freeman – nuclear physicist, Rutherford Medal and Prize winner Tanya Monro – physicist, academic Vera Ramaciotti – philanthropist (established the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation for biomedical research)Politics, public service and the lawVirginia Bell – a Puisne Justice of the High Court of Australia, since 2009 Liz Kernohan – Liberal politician Olive Kelso King – World War I ambulance driver Kay Patterson – Liberal senator and former health minister Esme Tombleson – Member of Parliament in New Zealand, and multiple sclerosis advocate Margaret Whitlam (née Dovey) – champion swimmer, social worker, wife of the 21st Prime Minister of Australia, Gough Whitlam, and a former Australian National Living TreasureBusinessKirstin Ferguson – Company director, Deputy Chair of Australian Broadcasting Corporation Roxy Jacenko- BusinesswomanSportSamantha Marshall – swimmer, Commonwealth Games silver medallist and Malcolm Fraser's granddaughter Amy Parmenter, netballer
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