This statement outlines how SCEGGS Darlinghurst uses and manages personal information provided to or collected by it. The School is bound by the National Privacy Principles contained in the Commonwealth Privacy Act.
What kind of personal information does the School collect and how does the School collect it?
The type of information SCEGGS collects and holds includes (but is not limited to) personal information, including sensitive information, about:
- pupils and parents and/or guardians ('Parents') before, during and after the course of a pupil's enrolment at the School;
- job applicants, staff members, volunteers and contractors; and
- other people who come into contact with the School.
Personal Information you provide: The School will generally collect personal information held about an individual by way of forms filled out by Parents or pupils, face-to-face meetings and interviews, and telephone calls. Personal Information provided by other people: In some circumstances the School may be provided with personal information about an individual from a third party, for example a report provided by a medical professional or a reference from another school. Exception in relation to employee records: Under the Privacy Act the National Privacy Principles do not apply to an employee record. As a result, this does not apply to the School's treatment of an employee record, where the treatment is directly related to a current or former employment relationship between the School and employee.
How will the School use the personal information you provide?
The School will use personal information it collects from you for the primary purpose of that collection, and for such other secondary purposes that are related to the primary purpose of collection and reasonably expected, or to which you have consented. Pupils and Parents: In relation to personal information of pupils and Parents, the School's primary purpose of collection is to enable the School to provide an appropriate framework within which excellence in teaching and learning can take place.The purposes for which the School uses personal information of pupils and Parents include:
- to keep Parents informed about matters related to their child's schooling, through correspondence, newsletters and other publications;
- day-to-day administration;
- looking after pupils' educational, social and medical wellbeing;
- seeking donations and marketing for the School;
- to satisfy the School's legal obligations and allow the School to discharge its duty of care.
In some cases where the School requests personal information about a pupil or Parent, if the information requested is not obtained, the School may not be able to enrol or continue the enrolment of the pupil.
Job applicants, staff members and contractors: In relation to personal information of job applicants, staff members and contractors, the School's primary purpose of collection is to assess and (if successful) to engage the applicant, staff member or contractor, as the case may be. The purposes for which the School uses personal information of job applicants, staff members and contractors include:
- in administering the individual's employment or contract, as the case may be;
- for insurance purposes;
- seeking funds and marketing for the School;
- to satisfy the School's legal obligations, for example, in relation to child protection legislation.
Volunteers: The School also obtains personal information about volunteers who assist the School in its functions or conduct associated activities, such as the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, the SCEGGS Old Girls’ Union, the Trust and SPAN to enable the School and the volunteers to work together.
Marketing and fundraising: The School treats marketing and seeking donations for the future growth and development of the School as an important part of ensuring that the School continues to be a quality learning environment in which both pupils and staff thrive. Personal information held by the School may be disclosed to the Trust or the Parents’ and Friends’ Association to assist in their fundraising activities. Parents, staff, contractors and other members of the wider School community may from time to time receive fundraising information. School publications, like newsletters and magazines, which include personal information, may be used for marketing purposes.
Who might the School disclose personal information to?
The School may disclose personal information, including sensitive information, held about an individual to:
- another school;
- government departments;
- medical practitioners;
- people providing services to the School, including specialist visiting teachers and sports coaches;
- recipients of School publications, like newsletters and magazines;
- Parents; and
- anyone you authorise the School to disclose information to.
Sending information overseas: The School will not send personal information about an individual outside Australia without:
- obtaining the consent of the individual (in some cases this consent will be implied); or
- otherwise complying with the National Privacy Principles.
How does the School treat sensitive information?
In referring to 'sensitive information', the School means: information relating to a person's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion, trade union or other professional or trade association membership, sexual preferences or criminal record, that is also personal information; and health information about an individual. Sensitive information will be used and disclosed only for the purpose for which it was provided or a directly related secondary purpose, unless you agree otherwise, or the use or disclosure of the sensitive information is allowed by law.
Management and security of personal information
Staff are required to respect the confidentiality of pupils' and Parents' personal information and the privacy of individuals. The School has in place steps to protect the personal information the School holds from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure by use of various methods including locked storage of paper records and pass worded access rights to computerised records.
Updating personal information
The School endeavours to ensure that the personal information it holds is accurate, complete and up-to-date. A person may seek to update their personal information held by the School by contacting the General Co-ordinator at any time. The National Privacy Principles require that personal information not be stored longer than necessary. You have the right to check what personal information the School holds.
Under the Commonwealth Privacy Act, an individual has the right to obtain access to any personal information which the School holds about them and to advise the School of any perceived inaccuracy. There are some exceptions to this right set out in the Act. Pupils will generally have access to their personal information through their Parents, but in exceptional circumstances older pupils may seek access themselves. To make a request to access any information the School holds about you or your child, please contact the Head of School in writing. You may be required to verify your identity and specify what information you require. The School may charge a fee to cover the cost of verifying your application and locating, retrieving, reviewing and copying any material requested. If the information sought is extensive, the School will advise the likely cost in advance.
Consent and rights of access to the personal information of pupils
The School respects every Parent's right to make decisions concerning their child's education. Generally, the School will refer any requests for consent and notices in relation to the personal information of a pupil to the pupil's Parents. The School will treat consent given by Parents as consent given on behalf of the pupil, and notice to Parents will act as notice given to the pupil. Parents may seek access to personal information held by the School about them or their child by contacting the Head of School. However, there will be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include where release of the information would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, or where the release may result in a breach of the School's duty of care to the pupil. The School may, at its discretion, on the request of a pupil grant that pupil access to information held by the School about them, or allow a pupil to give or withhold consent to the use of their personal information, independently of their Parents. This would normally be done only when the maturity of the pupil and/or the pupil's personal circumstances so warranted.
Contacting SCEGGS Staff
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Fax:- 02 9332 1858
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215 Forbes Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Staff Email List in Alphabetical Order
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Head of Primary
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Head of Administration
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Director of Development
Alumni and SPAN Information
SCEGGS Darlinghurst’s educational offerings have expanded greatly in recent years to provide a broad, liberal education for the 21st Century, an expansive co-curricular program, and access to the latest technologies, all within the framework of a safe, caring and nurturing environment.
Five Heads of School have led SCEGGS since 1895 - Miss Edith Badham (1895-1920), Miss Dorothy Wilkinson (1921-1947), Miss Barbara Chisholm (1947-1977), Miss Diana Bowman (1978-1995) and Ms Jenny Allum (1996 +).
Under their leadership, SCEGGS has expanded from a terrace house in 1895 to a campus incorporating a new Primary School, Senior Studies Centre, Performing Arts Centre, Sports Hall, Great Hall, and many other buildings containing attractive, functional classrooms surrounded by appropriate, appealing outdoor areas and playground spaces for students. Enrolments have grown since that day Mary Watson sat at her desk in July 1895 to more than 880 students from Kindergarten to Year 12.
S.C.E.G.G.S. Darlinghurst Ltd the company was formed in 1976 to govern the school under a Board of Directors. On the school’s 100th anniversary in 1995, the school’s name was changed from Sydney Church of England Girls’ Grammar School, Darlinghurst (S.C.E.G.G.S.) to SCEGGS Darlinghurst.
In 1974, financial difficulties threatened 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, continued to operate. Moss Vale was closed and two years later, Redlands, Wollongong and Loquat Valley became schools independent from S.C.E.G.G.S. Darlinghurst. They have been governed by their own boards since that time.
The early curriculum included English Language and Literature, Geography, Modern and Ancient History, Latin, Greek, Mathematics, French Language and Literature, German or Italian, Needlework and Drilling. Classes were also formed in Botany,Geology and other scientific subjects for pupils who reached a fair standard of proficiency in their ordinary subjects. Classes in Cookery and Dressmaking were also held whenever there was enough demand.
On the afternoon of 17 July, 1895, a new Grammar School for Girls was officially opened in Sydney under the patronage of the Sydney Diocese of the Church of England.
Sydney Church of England Girls’ Grammar School (or 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 and moved to "Chatsworth", a larger home in Macleay Street.
Within five years, 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.
For further information on the history of SCEGGS:
Contact Name: Prudence Heath, Archivist
Telephone: (02) 9332 1133
Fax: 02 9332 1858
1895 - 1920“Everyone who knows anything about schools knows also that the most desirable asset that any school can have is that quality which is called esprit de corps, tradition or atmosphere; none of the names by which it is known is entirely satisfactory, but the quality itself can always be recognised. We are, even now, not very old as a school, only twenty three years old, and it would have been hard to develop a strong tradition in that time; but we are a Church School, and our tradition goes back for 1900 years.”
Edith Annesley Badham, SCEGGS’ first headmistress,was was born at Louth, Lincolnshire in December 1853, the eldest child of Julia and Charles Badham, future Professor of Classics and Principal of the University of Sydney (1867 - 1884). Edith arrived in Australia at the age of 14 and was educated under her father’s supervision. She became an able Greek scholar and taught private students for many years.
Career at SCEGGS
Miss Badham was appointed Head of SCEGGS in 1895 at the age of forty-two. Initially agreeing to be the School’s ‘Lady Principal’ for six months, she stayed till her death, 25 years later.
Dignified, remote and a somewhat forbidding presence for both pupils and staff, Miss Badham was a firm believer in a classical education for women, and in the benefits of a trained mind for the nations’ future wives and mothers. Her views appear to have changed little over the years she remained at SCEGGS.
Other past and present Heads of School
1921 -1947“We have this year passed our 40th milestone. Our first girls are playing their parts as valued citizens of the Commonwealth… may the school grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man”. Principal’s Report, 1935.
“Remember that a school is not great because it has everything it needs but rather because it is doing its job ... giving everyone possibilities for individual development”. Principal’s Report, 1937.
Born in England, Dorothy Wilkinson emigrated to Tasmania at the age of 6, returning to England for her education and then to Melbourne where she completed a Diploma in Education in 1912, Bachelor of Arts in 1913 and Master of Arts in 1920. At the time of her appointment to SCEGGS she was Headmistress of Launceston Girls’ Grammar School.
Career at SCEGGS
Dorothy Wilkinson was appointed the School’s second Headmistress in 1920 at the age of 37. Miss Wilkinson was energetic, warm, frank and approachable.
To the consternation of the ‘Baddhamites’, she soon set about bringing the School into her own image. Within a decade she had doubled the School's enrolment, widened the curriculum and introduced new activities (such as music afternoons) and organisations.
No longer a school for the daughters of the gentry, SCEGGS’ changing social character and the shifting role of women and girls in Australian society was reflected in a new emphasis on sport, including the new House system introduced by Miss Wilkinson in 1926. By the time she retired in 1947 she had seen the School through the Depression and a World War.
Other past and present Heads of School
1947-1977“Above all, I want to carry on the great work of religious training for which this school has been noted. I have left mention of it till last because it is the most important part of our work. If girls can go out from SCEGGS realising that it is ‘people’ not ‘things’ that matter, which count, they will give and find happiness in service.” Miss Chisholm’s Distribution Day Speech, 1947.
Originally from New Zealand, Barbara Chisholm completed her B.A. at Canterbury University College in 1939 and had previously been Senior Mistress at the Waikato Diocesan School.
Career at SCEGGS
At just 32 years of age, Miss Chisholm was appointed Head of School in 1947, bringing with her a much needed vitality and enthusiasm.
During her career, Barbara Chisholm strove to continue SCEGGS’ traditions while making major changes to the run down and inadequate physical fabric of the school including
- The Yellow Building (1951- refurbished in 2001 and renamed The Old Girls' Building)
- The School Swimming Pool (since demolished for the Centenary Sports Hall)
- A new Assembly Hall (1966 - The Barbara Chisholm Assembly Hall),
- The purchase and refurbishment of Wilkinson House as boarders’ accommodation (1962 - refurbished in 2002 as a Senior Studies Centre),
- A new Science block (1967)
- A new Library (1970).
- Moving the Primary School to Begbie Terraces on Bourke St, Darlinghurst (1973)
By the time she left in 1977, Miss Chisholm had also seen the school through perhaps its greatest challenge - the financial crisis and subsequent Save SCEGGS campaign of 1976 - which saw the SCEGGS community come together to raise $1.5 million to keep the doors open.
Other past and present Heads of School
“At SCEGGS we do not want you to conform to any external standards or fashions, but to let your own individual qualities develop in their present form, to the benefit of all - in other words let your light shine. Luceat Lux Vestra.”
Miss Bowman, Foundation Day Address, 1983.
Diana Bowman was the first SCEGGS Old Girl to be appointed Head of School. She was also the first Australian-born Head. A keen sportswoman during her school years, she went on to do a B.A. at Sydney University (1958) and Dip. Ed. at the University of New England (1960).
Ms Bowman taught Classics at SCEGGS Wollongong and Hornsby Girls’ High School before becoming Headmistress of Girton Girls’ School in Adelaide in 1965. She taught at State schools in Sydney between 1970 and 1976 and was Second Assistant at Ravenswood.
Career at SCEGGS
Diana Bowman was appointed as SCEGGS Head in 1978. Under her leadership the School pulled out of a financial crisis and once again became a thriving and prosperous place. Enrolments increased, the curriculum was redesigned and technology was integrated to become more and more a part of school life.
The School’s physical boundaries were also extended with the important addition of the St Peter’s Church site in 1993, new art and primary classrooms, a computer laboratory, drama facility, language centre and, finally, the Centenary Sports Hall opened in 1995.
Much loved by students and staff, Miss Bowman was admired as much for her grace, warmth and compassion as her leadership and progressive educational thinking.
In 1998 she was awarded the A.M. for her “contribution to the education of young women, to the professional development of their peers and to educational management”.
Other past and present Heads of School
Ms Jenny Allum B.Sc. M.A. D.Litt. Dip. Ed. F.A.C.E.
“The quality of education offered at SCEGGS is second to none. The caring and professional approach of our teachers, the wide range of co-curricular activities and the commitment to meeting individual needs, all contribute to this quality. I feel privileged and excited to be leading this special School into the future.”
Ms Allum began her career teaching Mathematics at Abbotsleigh and Pymble Ladies College. Here she developed her interest in the education of young women and strong belief in the value of a broad, rigorous and well-rounded curriculum, supported by an extensive activities program. Her skills and expertise were further developed as Director of Studies at Central Coast Grammar School.
From 1991–1995 she was Manager of the Curriculum Branch of the NSW Board of Studies, developing all school curriculum in the State from Kindergarten to Year 12. She was also responsible for the registration program of non-government schools in NSW.
Career at SCEGGS
Appointed to SCEGGS in 1996, Ms Allum worked to understand the distinctive qualities and values of a SCEGGS education, while strengthening and improving programs where necessary. She believes in listening and reflecting on the thoughts of parents, students and staff to celebrate strengths and successes, and to work on areas in need of improvement.
Under her leadership two strategic plans have been developed and released:
2020 Vision was created in 1997 to outline the school’s values, vision for education and goals for the future centring on education, staff management and facilities. Under Ms Allum’s leadership the curriculum has been expanded and a rigorous staff appraisal process established. This strategic plan was updated and revised in 2003 and again in 2009.
80-minute lessons were introduced in 2002 in response to changing teaching and learning styles that increasingly emphasise independent and small group learning and the seamless integration of technology in the classroom.
Ms Allum has also encouraged a strong pastoral program and expanded co-curricular activities. Staff work very hard to nurture the individuality of students, helping them to be happy and confident young women. Activities such as Skiing, Touch Football, Life Drawing, Photography and Air Cadets (in conjunction with Sydney Grammar), have all been introduced, and the range of Music and Drama activities expanded and enhanced.
Ms Allum works on a fundamental belief that quality staff are the key to a quality education. Staff at SCEGGS are highly valued, encouraged in their professional development and provided with a stimulating educational environment in which to work. Her appreciation and fostering of the excellence of her Staff ensures that under her leadership, SCEGGS remains committed to developing confident, competent and accomplished young women who will become committed, thoughtful and compassionate members of their society.
Underpinning Ms Allum’s work in the educational arena has been the physical development of the School including the:
- Refurbishment of the Old Girls’ Building in 2000
- New Wilkinson House Senior Studies Centre in 2002
- New Primary School completed in 2003
- Opening of The Diana Bowman Centre Performing Arts Centre in 2006
- Refurbishment and expansion of the Dorothy Wilkinson Library in 2013
- Opening of the Joan Freeman Science, Art and Technology Centre in 2013
Past and Present Heads of School
SCEGGS COMMITS ITSELF TO BEING AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR OF GIRLS.
A SCEGGS girl will be distinctive in her love of learning. This will be lifelong, allowing her to embrace change in the complex world of the future. Her individuality will be allowed to flourish and she will be confident and at ease in the city environment.
Her compassion and understanding of people will be based on a commitment to the service of others and in response to the School's Christian foundation.
A SCEGGS girl will be articulate, competent and accomplished; one whose confidence and sense of self worth allow her to make a significant contribution to the community.
Miss Elizabeth Butcher AM
Ms Penny Bingham-Hall
The Rev. Judy Caldwell
Mr Peter Hicks
Mrs Sally Loane
Ms Julie McCrossin
Mr Robert Rae
The Rev. Ross Weaver
Mr Nicholas Yates
The business of SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited, (“the Company”), is managed by its Board of Directors.
The role of the Board of Directors is to determine and maintain the mission and vision of the School and set long-term strategic directions and governing policies whilst supporting the Head in enacting the mission, vision and strategy of the School.
The School Constitution provides that there will be no fewer than three and no more than twelve directors unless the Company, in a general meeting by special resolution, changes the maximum number. Currently there are 12 Directors on the Board.
The constitution requires that the Board comprise nominees from:
- The Company itself
- The SCEGGS Old Girls’ Union
- The Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church
The Company has elected six members of the Board. They are all parents or past parents of SCEGGS girls. At each AGM one third of the Directors elected by the members of the Company retire from office. They are eligible for re-election.
Two members of the Board are nominees of the Old Girls’ Union and four are nominees of the Diocese. The Constitution contains provisions for their appointment and removal.
The School is owned and operated by SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited, a company limited by guarantee. It has over 300 members. All adults within the SCEGGS community are eligible for membership including parents, Old Girls, staff, friends and benefactors.
The cost of a six-year membership is $100. This may be made in the form of a payment or donation. All members receive a copy of the Annual Report and may vote at the AGM. Applications for membership are sent to every person who donates to the voluntary Building Fund or the Trust.
The SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited Constitution complies with the Corporations Act. It sets out the objects of the company and contains provisions about membership, general meetings, voting, the appointment and removal of directors, the powers and duties of directors, audits and accounts and many other matters.
Copies of the Constitution are available to the SCEGGS community.
SCEGGS acknowledges the importance of good governance in all our undertakings. We aim to provide broad, comprehensive and modern governance of the school.
- A Diverse School
- A School of Excellence
- A School of Christian Values
- An Inner City School
- A Caring School
- A Supportive School
- An Accountable School
- Our Vision
A Diverse School
The SCEGGS community of students and their families come together from all over Sydney, united by a commitment to receiving the best possible education. Our school is small enough to be a safe and friendly environment where each girl feels known, valued and nurtured, yet large enough to provide depth across a range of programs.
A School of Excellence
SCEGGS has a reputation for excellence. We are renowned for our academic success in public examinations, challenging curriculum and broad range of co-curricular activities. Our greatest reward is to see a girl who is confident in her own accomplishments by the time she leaves us, regardless of her chosen endeavours.
A School of Christian Values
The Christian faith and its values underpin all that we do at SCEGGS. Religious Education is an important part of the curriculum where questioning, debate, research and inquiry are conducted in an open environment. We welcome girls of every faith and intend to foster Christian values for the benefit of all students, regardless of their religious backgrounds. Girls are given the freedom and support to explore their own spirituality, to come up with their own answers, and to discover their own spiritual self.
An Inner City School
Our position on so many transport hubs means our girls come to SCEGGS from all over Sydney. We are truly an inner-city school.
Being located in Darlinghurst allows us to take advantage of the vast cultural resources in and around the heart of the Sydney. Programs are specifically developed to utilise nearby art galleries, theatres, libraries, museums and sporting facilities. We believe that SCEGGS girls are “savvy” and certainly at ease in a city environment.
Because our students see aspects of real disadvantage within the community around us, we are able to encourage our girls to live their lives with compassion, courage and a determination to benefit society. SCEGGS girls understand something of life’s complexities and they are better people because of it.
A Caring School
Our talented and dedicated staff are the heart of everything SCEGGS has achieved. We attract and maintain the highest quality people to deliver an outstanding education to our girls. Survey results and feedback collected from parents and students continually pay tribute to their hard work, care and professionalism.
A Supportive School
The school supports staff in every possible way, allowing them to concentrate on their role as teachers. We underpin this with a rigorous staff appraisal process and valuable professional development. We provide a stimulating teaching environment and the opportunity to work with motivated students in an innovative workplace.
An Accountable School
We genuinely care about the views and feedback of the SCEGGS community and see it as vital to our success. We conduct regular surveys of parents and girls to gain their feedback and thoughts on our programs. It is so important that we review what we are doing, build on our strengths and prepare goals or improvement targets for the future.
- In a world where the individual is being constantly challenged and roles are changing SCEGGS affirms its intention to equip our students for the future through the best possible education.
- To this end, SCEGGS will be recognised as an outstanding educator of girls, a school which gives each student the opportunity to reach her academic potential.
- A SCEGGS girl will be distinctive in her love of learning. This will be lifelong, allowing her to embrace change in the complex world of the future. Her individuality will be allowed to flourish and she will be confident and at ease in a city environment.
- Her compassion and understanding of people will be based on a commitment to the service of others and in response to the school’s Christian foundation.
- A SCEGGS girl will be articulate, competent and accomplished; one whose confidence and sense of self worth allow her to make a significant contribution to the community.
For further information about SCEGGS Darlinghurst you may like to read our Prospectus or 2020 Vision document.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the SCEGGS Darlinghurst website. I hope that it offers you a glimpse of the many educational offerings and opportunities we provide for our girls.
SCEGGS has an enviable reputation, not only for its academic success and broad curriculum, but also for being a nurturing, caring and friendly environment. SCEGGS girls enjoy coming to school!
I believe this achievement is directly attributed to our outstanding staff members, who are passionately dedicated to developing the most effective ways to help girls learn. They respect the individuality and achievement of each student in all areas of their school life - academic, cultural and sporting.
Our aim at SCEGGS is to help each girl grow into a confident, capable woman who can make a valuable contribution to our society.
Please enjoy exploring our website. To really gain a true sense of the SCEGGS community, the experiences our girls enjoy and the dynamic learning environment that we share, we warmly invite you to visit us. Please contact us to make a time and come experience SCEGGS for yourself.
SCEGGS is a non-selective Anglican school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 with a school population of about 880 girls. Located near the centre of Sydney, it attracts students from all over the metropolitan area and is able to utilise the educational resources of the city. SCEGGS aims to educate its students to become confident, competent and articulate young women in an environment which values diversity and individuality. Its excellent academic record makes it one of Sydney's leading Independent Girls’ Schools.