Arts and Academic Wrap Up

Arts and Academic 2022

What an amazing week we have had with our students eagerly participating, supporting, cheering and encouraging each other while training their brains in the multiple categories of the Arts and Academic Festival.

And the winners are…………

Arts Award – Charis House

Academic Award – Charis House

Congratulations to Charis House and to all of the students who participated. Well done, you all contributed towards your House’s overall points and you should be very proud of your part in this exciting event!!

Here is a selection of photos taken during this week where we celebrated our students many skills and talents!

Term 2, Week 8

Children’s University – Let’s Explore WA!

I saw some lovely examples of what learning outside the classroom can look like at today’s stamping session and so wonderful to see that sometimes it involves the whole family getting out and about!

With the school holidays less than a month away, many of you are likely to be planning a little trip somewhere in WA.  If you and your family are heading away, why not research a little about where you are going before you get there ….. AND earn one hour in your CU passport at the same time.  Attached is a Challenge set by ECU to explore our WA towns.  If you are not going away, you can still complete the challenge and maybe it will inspire you to travel to a town in WA you have not explored before.

Remember passport stamping sessions are every Tuesday in the Primary Forum from 8.15am.  Don’t feel like you need to have completed lots of activities to get your passport stamped.  One activity at a time is fine and makes for a quick and easy stamping session.  Demand for stamping sessions in Term 3 can get high as students try to qualify for graduation and can lead to long waiting times for passports to be stamped.

Makuru Music Showcase


Create a “Bucket of Love”

Starting Over Support (SOS) are an offshoot of People Who Care. They do not receive any funding and rely on volunteers and donations. They support individuals and families who have suffered domestic crisis. Once the consumers have been granted housing, SOS provide essential items for a functioning household, from the front door mat through to the back door mat. This year our school will be supporting them through the WACD program to purchase single mattresses and second-hand fridges.

We would love for each Primary class to fill two buckets. Our Captains have already distributed buckets to all classrooms and we would appreciate if our generous community could donate any items from the suggested list . This fundraiser will close on 28 June. We thank you in advance for your donation.

Creating your “Bucket of Love”
Fill it with any of the items listed below:
• Micro Cloths
• Toilet Cleaner
• Toilet Brush
• Sponges and Scourers
• Laundry Liquid
• Dishwashing Liquid
• Spray and Wipe
• Pegs
• Disinfectants
• Dustpan and Brush
• Mops and Brooms


End of Term Canteen Meal Deal


Special Edition – Mother’s Day Stall reminder

A reminder that our students will be able to purchase gifts for Mother’s Day in the Primary Forum from tomorrow. Gifts range from $5 to $25 – CASH ONLY

Due to some unexpected  illness we do need extra volunteers to assist each day. If you can help please contact Sita van Loenhout on 0439 091 600 or email

Students will be offered the opportunity to purchase in the following times:

Tuesday 3 May

8am – 8.30am Kindy and Pre-Primary accompanied by a parent.

8.30am – 8.45am Year 6’s and Pre-Primary students needing assistance

8.45am – 9am Year 3’s and Pre-Primary Students needing assistance

9am – 9.15am Year 2’s


Wednesday 4 May

8am – 9.15am Pre Kindy’s accompanied by a parent

8.30am – 8.45am Year 5’s

8.45 – 9am Year 4’s

9am – 9.15am Year 1’s


Thursday 5 May

8.30am – 9.30am

Anyone who hasn’t purchased and wishes to do so.

Mother’s Day Stall 2022

One of our lovely mum’s has sourced a beautiful selection of gifts for your children to purchase for Mother’s Day. There is a wide selection available from $5 to $25 – Cash only

Students will be offered the opportunity to purchase  on the following days in the Primary Forum.

Tuesday 3 May

8am – 8.30am   Kindy and Pre-Primary accompanied by a parent.

8.30am – 8.45am  Year 6’s and Pre-Primary students needing assistance

8.45am – 9am Year 3’s and Pre-Primary Students needing assistance

9am – 9.15am Year 2’s


Wednesday 4 May

8am – 9.15am                 Pre Kindy’s accompanied by a parent

8.30am – 8.45am           Year 5’s

8.45 – 9am                       Year 4’s

9am – 9.15am                  Year 1’s


Thursday 5 May

8.30am – 9.30am

Anyone who hasn’t purchased and wishes to do so.

Thank you to the volunteers that have offered their assistance to run this event. Any funds raised will go towards our annual end of year family event.

Arts and Academic Dance!!

The Show Must Go On (Part 2)!

Already half way through our Arts & Academic Festival week! Time flies when you are having fun! Mrs Gamble (EA to the Principal and Head of School) has kindly put together the below video of the beautiful dancing performances we witnessed yesterday. Congratulations to all participants! We were very impressed by their courage and willingness to share their talents with us. We were also blown away by our very own Mrs French dancing skills! We look forward to more performances tomorrow in our Music event, stay tuned!





Hope you enjoy 😊!

Madame Pilote

Arts and Academic 2021 – Important Information


The Arts and Academic Festival is one of the most exciting weeks in the St Stephen’s Primary Calendar. Entries have now been collated and finalised and it is  time for students to prepare themselves ahead as much as possible.  Please find below the links to the final schedule,  a copy of the entry information and judging criteria, audience details and other helpful notes.

Click here for the Festival Schedule

Please be aware that we cannot confirm the exact order or time that a student will be performing or presenting in each section.

Media Entry Information

Media Audience: Parents/guardians are welcome to attend

Please note: Media submissions have now closed to allow for prejudging.

Spelling Entry Information

No audience

Writing Entry Information

No audience

Drama Entry Information


Drama Scenes

Drama Audience: Parents/guardians are welcome to attend

Maths Entry Information

No audience

Dance Entry Information

Submissions for Accompaniment music have now closed

Audience: Parents/guardians are welcome to attend

General Knowledge Entry Information

No audience

Science Entry Information

No audience

Public Speaking Entry Information

Audience: Parents/guardians are welcome to attend

Music Entry Information

Audience: Parents/guardians are welcome to attend

Final Assembly and Winning House Announcement

Audience: Parents/guardians are welcome to attend the Assembly.

Should you have any further questions please contact Mrs Louise Streeter or Mrs Rosie Gamble via email on

Good luck everyone!

Madame Pilote




Term 3, Week 4



A friendly reminder to ensure that your child’s hairstyle and accessories adhere to the School’s uniform policy. Please refer to the Parent Handbook for further details

We appreciate your support in this matter.



We are excited to announce that Oceanridge Tennis Academy will be conducting before school tennis lessons at St Stephen’s School Carramar in Term 4. The tennis lessons will run for 8 weeks, providing your child with an introduction to tennis and allowing them to start the day in an active and engaging manner.

Details of the program are as follows:
Year Groups: 1 – 6
Dates: Thursday 15 October – Thursday 3 December (8 week program)

Time: 7.30am – 8.15am (45 minutes)
Cost: $130 per child
Where: Secondary Tennis Courts

To register your child, please email or call Glen Popovsky on 0433 340 646 with the following information:

– Child’s Full Name

– Child’s Date of Birth

– Mobile number

– Email address



A group of Year 3 students took the initiative of making and selling goodies to their peers last week, raising funds for Cancer Council. It is inspiring to see our young students wanting to make a difference and reaching out to help those in need. Another example of our core value of Service in action! Thank you Sofia Wong, Deeyani Hirani, Charlotte Tanner, Nahla Hirani, Amelia Whyatt, Tehya Shah, Raya Sanghavi, Niam Karania, Addison Leer and Sophie Cochrane for raising over $258!





FRENCH DAY Wednesday 26 August 2020


Dress-up French style (prizes for best-dressed students, staff and class)

Remember to wear comfortable clothing which can be suitable for sport.

  • Primary Meal Deal (orders via Canteen)
  • Wednesday August 26, with a special assembly at 10.40am for staff and students only
  • Dress up: All Primary students and staff are invited to dress up French or Francophone style. Everyone can simply wear bleu, blanc et rouge or they can become a celebrated hero, artist, sportsman, politician, designer, entertainer…the possibilities are endless. Check out the display in the library

There will be a parade and prizes for the best students and staff.

Merci de Mesdames Carniello et Richardson



Our Captains were busy serving our community by collecting food for the homeless from restaurants at Lakeside Joondalup last Wednesday afternoon. Our value of Service in action! Thank you Captains!



Dear Dad’s

Due to current restrictions in place we unfortunately need to inform you that we are unable to accommodate all our wonderful fathers on campus for our usual Father’s Day celebrations this year. Fortunately our special performance for you, which the children have already been rehearsing for, will be filmed and available online through your year level blog on Friday 4 September. Your child will also bring home a special little surprise to give you for Father’s Day.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding during this time.

Warm regards

Your Early Childhood Team



This year’s Father’s day stall will be held from 31 August to 4 September under the canteen under cover area. More information will follow in next weeks blog.




400m and 800m RACES

The Primary Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be taking place on Friday 11 September (Week 7). We will be running our 400m and 800m events in the weeks leading up to the carnival. Students in Years 1 – 6 are invited to participate in these events on the dates below:

Week: Event: Year Group: Date: Time:
5 400m 1 – 3 Monday 24 August Recess time
10.55am – 11.20am
5 400m 4 – 6 Monday 24 August Lunch time
12.40pm – 1.10pm
6 800m 3 – 6 Monday 7 September Recess time
10.55am – 11.20am

Students who would like to participate in the optional 400m and 800m events must make their way down to the oval at the times listed above. Students who would like to practice their running in the lead up to the Interhouse Athletics Carnival are encouraged to attend Kilometre Club every Thursday morning on the oval from 7.45am – 8.15am.

Little Athletics is a fantastic way to keep fit and builds the foundation skills of running, jumping and throwing, which are all transferable to other sports. If your child is interested in participating in Little Athletics outside of school, please visit the WA Little Athletics link to find your local club. The WA Little Athletics season usually runs from October until March.



Please note that students are now permitted to use the playground equipment after school, providing there is an adult supervising them at all times. Staff members are NOT available for after school supervision. Please be vigilant when supervising your child/ren. We thank you for your support in this matter.


Term 2, Week 10

Fundraising – Donut Day

The Donut Day on Thursday last week raised $500.70.  Congratulations to our Captains who did a wonderful job of organising this event!


Primary Reporting Day (Monday 27 July 2020)

A reminder that, due to the easing of restrictions, Reporting Day can now be held ‘face to face’.

Please book appointments through the Parent Portal ( using your parent username (e.g. and parent password.

Your current booking will remain in place but should you wish to amend the time, you can also log in here to edit.

Students return to school for Term 3 on Tuesday 28 July


Parent Information Evening  for Yr 5 & 6 Parents (Wednesday 29 July 2020)

A reminder to parents who wish to attend the “Transition to Secondary School Parent Information Evening” to book tickets via the following link. The evening is for Parents only.

Ticket Booking Parent Info Evening

School Holiday Workshop

Visit for more information.


The Danish Way of Parenting – ‘T’ for Togetherness

Research shows that one of the top predictors of well-being and happiness is quality time with friends and family. Feeling connected to others gives meaning and purpose to our lives. “Hygge”, which literally means “to cozy around together”, is a way of life for Danish people.  The concept of Togetherness and “Hygge” has many implications, but essentially it is putting yourself aside for the benefit of the whole. There is even an “Hygge Oath”! I find this incredible! Families and friends spending quality time together on a regular basis, following the principles of the “Hygge Oath”, plays a big part in Danish people’s success in being voted the happiest people in the world for so long. Below is the “Hygge Oath”. It includes some very basic, but fundamental “rules”. Definitely something to think about in your future family gatherings !

On a final note, I hope you have enjoyed learning a little more about The Danish Way of Parenting this term. This book definitely resonates a lot with me from both a parent and an educator’s perspective. Everything about it makes sense to me. In order to have happy kids who will grow up to be happy adults, it is crucial for us to help children build resilience through Play, be more Authentic with them, Reframe as much as we can, impart Empathy in them, endeavour Not to give Ultimatums and spend some quality time Together. Simple, but effective recipe :-)!

If you would like to learn more about The Danish Way of Parenting, feel free to look at the following website

Madame Pilote

Thank you to parents for Term 2!

Dear Parents/Carers

As the end of term draws near (and not before time for students and staff!) we would like to thank you for the incredible support you have given your child/children and the staff throughout this most difficult of semesters. COVID-19 has tested us all in so many ways and no family has been untouched however, together we have not been daunted and have accomplished an awful lot; well done!

Psalm 46:1-3 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

We also wish to publicly extend our heartfelt thanks to the staff of St Stephen’s School, Carramar, who worked over-time, under extreme pressure, to deliver on-line learning only then to have to back up, and work doubly as much, to bring us all back to face-to-face and re-establish what we believe to be ‘normal’. They are a mighty group of professionals who deeply love and care for our community and, specifically, our students. Thank you, team!

We remind you that this break for students is three weeks in duration because staff use Week 1, Term 3 for professional development. May you enjoy the opportunity for rest and recreation together and perhaps reclaim some of the true family time rediscovered during the on-line, isolation period.

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to His people; He blesses His people with peace

Looking forward to another invigorating and engaging semester.

Brett Roberts & Isabelle Pilote


Term 2, Week 9

IMPORTANT notice for the Primary Interhouse Cross-Country (Year 2 – 6)

Due to the severe weather warning on Friday 26 June, we have decided to bring this year’s Primary Interhouse Cross-Country (Year 2 – 6) forward to Thursday 25 June where we believe it to be a beautiful clear day.

What to Wear: 

  • House Sport Uniform (Physical Education shorts and House shirt)
  • Appropriate running shoes

What to Bring: 

  • Clearly marked hat and water bottle
  • If your child has asthma, please ensure they bring their own inhaler.

In light of the current ease on restrictions, we are pleased to inform you that parents/guardians will now be able to spectate from a distance. Parents/guardians may only spectate their own child’s race and must leave promptly at the end of the race. Parents/guardians will not be permitted in the area designated for students.

Group: Timeslot: Distance:
3 Boys 8.45am – 9.35am  1.5km
3 Girls 8.45am – 9.35am 
4 Boys 9.35am – 10.15am  2km 
4 Girls 9.35am – 10.15am
2 Boys 10.15am – 10.55am  750m 
2 Girls 10.15am – 10.55am
6 Boys  11.20am – 12pm 2.5km
6 Girls  11.20am – 12pm
5 Boys 12pm – 12.40pm  2.5km
5 Girls  12pm – 12.40pm 

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing our students participate this Friday!


Canteen Meal Deal – Order Online or Print and Complete the form below.

Orders close Friday 26 June


            N is for No Ultimatum!!!

When starting to read this chapter, I must say that I was quite intrigued as to how any parent could do this! Referring to my own experience as a mum, I must confess that I have found myself giving a few ultimatums to my daughter here and there…. Once again, parenting is a journey and no journey is perfect in life …

One of the ways Danish schools promote democracy is by allowing students to create the rules together with their teacher every year. Everyone decides the code of conduct together. Having worked in education for over twenty-five years now, I have found this approach to be the most effective one for me and the students in my care. Danish teachers, just like St Stephen’s teachers, also help students set up goals regularly (academic, personal and social). Setting goals helps us to keep motivated, get maximum results, remain focus and creates accountability. Here are some pieces of advice found in the book in relation to No Ultimatum:

  • Remember to distinguish the behaviour from the child. There isn’t a bad child, just bad behaviour.
  • Avoid power struggles. Always think win-win, not “How can I win?”.
  • Don’t blame the child. Take responsibility yourself and try to do better next time.
  • Try to see that children are inherently good. Children are supposed to push boundaries and test rules ;-)!
  • Teach your children. Guide them, nurture them and educate them. Don’t just punish them and see them as needing more discipline. Don’t label them as ”sneaky” or “manipulative” or “terrible”. Words matter. The behaviour is the behaviour; it’s not the child. Explain to your child why something can’t be done. Teach respect, be respectful, and you will be more respected.
  • Reframe. Find a better story line about your children and other people. Learning how to reframe and teaching your children to do it makes everyone more caring and happier.
  • Remember; the cycle comes back  to you! Good begets good. Bad begets bad. Out of control begets out of control and calm begets calm.
  • Always think of your child’s age. What can you expect from your child in relation to his/her age? Children are not small adults…
  • Remember, protest is a response to something. Remember that protest is a way of communicating.

Finally, one of my favourite pieces of advice; it is important to know what your triggers are. Where is your breaking point, and what can you do to stop yourself when you get there? Having dealt with teenage years myself a little while ago ;-), I now know the difference between the battles and the war! Don’t take every battle :-)!

Madame Pilote

Term 2, Week 3

Everyone is back, yay!


It’s been amazing to have all our Kindy to Year 6 students back at school this week! Everyone is smiling and learning; what a feeling! As per Mr Robert’s email last week, we thank you for the way in which you are dropping your child off in the morning by remaining outside the gate or the external door to the classroom and not entering the building. Saying goodbye quickly and returning to your car rather than lingering and chatting has been very much appreciated.

A friendly reminder that it is important for the afternoon pick-ups to occur in the same manner. Please collect your child and leave promptly, until restrictions are eased further. We cannot wait to be able to gather again as a community, but for now, we need to ensure everyone remains safe and well.

Many thanks,

Madame Pilote

Drawing Competition

Theme: Out of this World (think space, astronauts, stars, aliens, etc.)

Colouring pages are available in the Primary Forum or print your own. Printable Entry Form

1 entry per student

Option 1 – using any drawing material drawing your own original drawing

Option2 – submit a completed colouring in page

Please label your drawing clearly with your name and class.

Please place all completed entries into the entry box  located in the Primary Forum by Friday 22 May.

Please see Mrs Zuchetti in the Art Room if you have any questions.



Icy poles are back!

Our Captains will start selling icy poles again this Friday at Recess for 60 cents! Please note that we are changing the “sale format”. Captains will now be going to every year level courtyard to sell the icy poles every Friday at 10:50AM, just before play time. A reminder that all profits go to charity.