Volume 54 No. 7

Sydney Grammar School

Charity week and private functions

Charity Week

The Annual Charity Week in support of Save The Children will take place later this term from Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June. Each House and Form I sponsors a child through the Save the Children fund. The goal is to raise at least $500 per House/Form I and we ask boys to contribute a small amount over the course of the week. Thank you to boys and parents for your ongoing support of this initiative. During Charity week, we encourage the boys to consider the difference they can make as a group to the lives of these children.

Private Functions

Groups of boys from time to time decide to organise private functions. The School is not associated with these events, nor does it assist in their promotion. Boys and parents should know that the School’s name and resources are not to be used in the promotion of private parties or “formals”.

Mr TC Watkins

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College Street Forum

As advertised in the last Newsletter, the College Street Forum will be held on the evening of Tuesday 12 June and all parents are welcome to attend.

Lisa Maltman and Dr Philip Tam will focus on sleep for better health, resilience and performance. Links with mental health and problematic internet use will also be discussed. Lisa Maltman will also be presenting to boys in Form II  on the same day in the afternoon. Further information about her work can be found at http://thesleepconnection.com.au/. Dr Philip Tam is a child psychiatrist and researcher in private practice in Sydney. He is the President of Niira, the Network for Internet Investigation and Research Australia (https://www.niira.org.au/). We hope that parents will join us for this important discussion and leave with some strategies that can be used to promote your son's "healthy digital diet", including healthy sleep.

RSVP: Click here to register for the Forum.

FM Wyndham

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Duke of Edinburgh's Award details

Duke of Edinburgh's Award 

A reminder that all hike permission forms for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Adventurous Journeys (to be undertaken in the coming June/July holidays) are due by Friday 8 June. Any forms received after this date run the risk of not being processed in time and hence, the hike not being counted towards a boy’s award. All qualifying expeditions must be undertaken with direct supervision under the management of the Collaroy Centre, Camp Somerset, The Outdoor Education Group, Southbound Adventures or NSW Sport and Recreation. Parents should book and pay for hikes directly with one of the providers listed above and then complete the School's hike permission form and submit this to me by the due date (Friday 8 June).

Please refer to the School’s website ‘Other Clubs and Activities’ and click on Duke of Edinburgh for further information or boys can see me in my office, opposite WM3. The hike permission form is also on the School website (please download the current form). Please note that this form is only for hikes in the upcoming June/July holidays. Forms for other holiday hikes will be posted each term.

I have also received messages from boys and parents regarding the calculation of hours and weeks under the Award rules. Please click on the link to read further about these calculations.

Boys in Form VI are reminded to complete their logs and obtain sign off from their assessors in good time to avoid a rush at the end of Term III.

Ms R.M. Fin


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Grease is the word...

Sydney Grammar School in association with Ascham School and SCEGGS Darlinghurst presents Grease. Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Venue: Alastair Mackerras Theatre at 6.30pm on June 13, 14, 15 and 16.

Tickets: $40 adult and $25 concession on sale through TryBooking: www.trybooking.com/VBIQ

The 1950s high school dream is about to explode at Rydell High School in this rollicking musical that salutes the rock 'n' roll era. At the heart of the story is the courtship between Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a summer romance, but now back in the environment of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around this romance, through hit songs such as ‘Greased Lightnin’, ‘Look at Me I’m Sandra Dee’, and ‘Summer Nights’, characterising the music of an era that became the soundtrack of a generation. 

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AAGPS representatives, holiday camps and the AAGPS Code of Practice

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Careers Convention, University Scholarships and other Careers information

The 2018 Careers Convention for Forms IV - VI on Monday 4 June

The Careers Convention will take place at the School on Monday 4 June between 3.00pm and 7.00pm. There are three parts to the Convention:

1. An exhibition in the School Gymnasium featuring Universities and other Tertiary Education providers

2. A series of talks by Faculty representatives in the Palladium Theatre and John Vallance Hall

3. Advisers will consult on their own careers and study in the Palladium Building classrooms from 5pm.

Several schools are participating at the Convention including Sydney Grammar School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, SCEGGS and the International Grammar School. Boys in Forms IV - VI and their parents are invited to attend.

If you would like to volunteer as an adviser at the Careers Convention in your career or study area, please contact Mr Whild at pjw@sydgram.nsw.edu.au 

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Kokoda 2019

Kokoda Track 2019

Expressions of interest are now sought from parents and boys to participate in the ten-day expedition on the Kokoda Track, 6 July - 16 July 2019 (dates may change). 

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SGSWA events

Literary Lunch and Silent Auction

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Literary Lunch on Friday 11 May. It was a wonderful day at the Boatshed with a beautiful lunch provided by De’lish and an interesting and humorous presentation by our guest speaker, Debra Oswald. Thank you to Wendy Searle for facilitating the event and to Committee members, Gillian Fox, Anna Reed-Stephenson, Sophie Lin, Karen Kay, Carlie Losanno, Dyan Comino and Dearna Mazzola. Thank you also to Jenny Booth for co-ordinating the day. Further details are available at www.sgswa.com.au/literary-lunch.html

The silent auction raised $1,900 with all proceeds going to Dress for Success. Thank you to everyone who donated items and who placed bids, and to Mona Webb who co-ordinated the auction. If you would like to donate directly to Dress for Success please go to their website. Thank you also to Sophie Lin for delivering all the donated clothes and accessories from the Literary Lunch to Dress for Success.


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Support for the Careers Convention and upcoming events

Support for the Careers Convention – Monday 4 June

On Monday 4 June, the School is hosting the Careers Convention and each year the Fathers’ Association provide volunteers to man the information desk. This takes place between 2.30pm and 6.30pm and we are looking for SGSFA members to assist run the event. In addition, any members who are interested in offering informal advice about their particular profession are also welcome. Please email Wendy Scotter at sgsfa@sydgram.nsw.edu.au


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