SCEGGS Darlinghurst

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SCEGGS Darlinghurst
SCEGGS Darlinghurst crest. Source: (SCEGGS Darlinghurst website)
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Australia Australia
Coordinates 33°52′33″S 151°13′6″E / 33.87583°S 151.21833°E / -33.87583; 151.21833Coordinates: 33°52′33″S 151°13′6″E / 33.87583°S 151.21833°E / -33.87583; 151.21833
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day and Boarding
Motto Latin: Luceat Lux Vestra
(Matthew 5:16:"Let Your Light Shine")
Denomination Anglican
Established 1895
Founder Edith Badham
Chairman Sharon Cook
Principal Jenny Allum
Staff ~120[1]
Enrolment ~890 (K–12)[1]
Colour(s) Navy Blue and White         
SCEGGS students at a French Exhibition at David Jones, 1944
Diana Bowman Performing Arts Centre

SCEGGS Darlinghurst is an independent, Anglican 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 replaced with SCEGGS Darlinghurst in 1995. The school has a non-selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 890 students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The school is regularly amongst the top-performing schools in New South Wales.[1] Whilst 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),[2] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[3] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[4] and is a founding member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).[5]

In 2001, The Sun-Herald ranked SCEGGS Darlinghurst second in Australia's top ten girls' schools, based on the number of its alumni mentioned in the Who's Who in Australia (a listing of notable Australians).[6][a]


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 (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 enrolled, and moved to "Chatsworth", a larger home in Macleay Street.[7]

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.[7]

S.C.E.G.G.S. continued to expand and several Branch Schools were opened – Bowral (1906–1929) relocating 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).[7]

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.[7]

A company, 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 name was changed from Sydney Church of England Girls' Grammar School, Darlinghurst (S.C.E.G.G.S.) to SCEGGS Darlinghurst.[7]


Period Details[5]
1895–1920 Miss Edith Badham
1920–1947 Miss Dorothy Wilkinson
1947–1977 Miss Barbara Chisholm
1978–1995 Miss Diana Bowman
1996 – Current Ms Jenny Allum


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, Lechture Theature, 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.[7] A new music centre has also been added, including a renovated church to be used for performances etc.

House system[edit]

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.


Named after Miss Edith Badham, first Headmistress (1895–1920) and founder and first President of the Old Girl's Union. Colours: Red and Gold.


Named after Sir 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.


Named after Rev Canon Ernest Beck, member of the School Council (1895–1906) and second school chaplain (1901–1928), . Colours: Blue and Gold.


Named after Mrs Lydia Christian, Member of the School Council(1897–1919) and mother of Lilian Mary Christian, pupil 1895–1896. Colours: Red and Black.


Named after Mr Wilfred Law Docker, first treasurer of the School Council (1895–1919). Colours: Blue and Black.


Named after Archbishop John Douse Langley, first Secretary of the School Council (1894–1927) and Bishop of Bendigo (1907–1919). Colours: Green and Gold.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Media, entertainment and the arts
Medicine and science
Politics, public service and the law

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c "SCEGGS Darlinghurst Annual Report 2007" (PDF). Front Pages. SCEGGS Darlinghurst. 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-05-22.
  2. ^ "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  3. ^ "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  4. ^ "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia. 2007. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". About AHIGS. Association of Heads of Independent Girls Schools. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  6. ^ Walker, Frank (2001-07-22). "The ties that bind". Sunday Life. The Sun-Herald. p. 16. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
  7. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Linda (2007-03-12). "The History of SCEGGS". General Information. SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  8. ^ "Keynote Speakers". APSAD Conference 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Professor Elizabeth Elliot". Sydney Medical School. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Tanya Monro's brilliant career | Cosmos". Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  11. ^ Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 348. ISBN 0-474-00177-6.
  12. ^ "Margaret Whitlam defined being a PM's wife". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
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