Winners of the ADF Long Tan Leadership Award

St Stephens School had the pleasure of SGT Damian Woods, who has served in the Australian Regular Army for 15 years and works at 16 RWAR in Karrakatta, to present the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award to Aaron Skinner from Year 12 and Aidan McAuley from Year 10 on the 6th of December, 2016.

St Stephens School was one of the 2200 Australian schools that have agreed to participate in these awards which will be presented to some 3600 students across the continent.

The Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognises and celebrates qualities such as leadership, teamwork, reliability, mateship, integrity, fidelity to name but a few. Each service that makes up the Australian Defence Force (Navy, Army and Air Force) places great importance on these qualities. The Australian Defence Force provides the Long Tan Awards so that young people can appreciate the wider role that the Australian Defence Force plays and the importance they attach to the culture of service and duty.

The Australian Defence Force wishes to recognise and reward students who contribute to their fellow students and the broader community by displaying the qualities of leadership, teamwork, reliability, integrity as well as a willingness to serve within both their own schools and the broader local community.

Well done Aaron Skinner and Aidan McAuley.

From the Deputy Head of Secondary

As the first term of a new academic year draws to a close, I would like to thank our staff and families for their contribution to the life and spirit of our community. It is your involvement in the school that gives St Stephen’s its liveliness. 

This term our students received their Interim Academic reports and their Homeroom Personal Review report. These provide the opportunity for reflection, review and goal setting for the remainder of the academic year. I hope that our students would be able to see the importance of considering not just their academic goals, but also personal goals in areas such as social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.  Please use the ongoing feedback that you receive from teachers through SEQTA and in classes to plan the year ahead.

The upcoming break will give you chance to draw together as a family and to spend time with each other. I hope that all families in our community will have at least a small window of time and space to rest and rejuvenate.

 Best wishes for a happy and holy Christmas.

Dr Liz Criddle

Deputy Head of Secondary.