Monthly Archives: May 2017

St Stephen’s School Music Department

May 29, 2017

On Friday evening we held our first Senior Concert for the year.

The audience was treated to a huge variety of music from Concert Band, Orchestra, Swing Band, Fellas and Stellas Barbershop, String Quartet, Guitar Ensembles and the St Stephen’s Singers. Our students performed with passion, pride and professionalism. Being a part of the Music program at St Stephen’s School equips your child with excellent organisation and time management skills. It gives them the opportunity to be a part of a team working at an elite level and develops creativity and performing skills that can be transferred to every walk of life. Research has shown that learning a musical instrument and singing creates new neural pathways in the brain and leads to academic success across all subjects. It’s never too late to become involved with the music program at St Stephen’s!

Please visit the Music page of the Performing Arts portal on the school website for more information.


Reconciliation Day Assembly

May 26, 2017

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

May 27 Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

At the assembly today we had a visiting primary choir, Dryandra , who joined forces with the St Stephen’s primary choir to sing three songs.

We were treated to a display by students of Wesley College.

They performed traditional dances accompanied by the didgeridoo.

This wondelful assembly was co-ordinated by HASS teacher Matt Smith and HASS HOLA Leeanne Shanks.


Duncraig Theatre

May 25, 2017

The Theatre provides students with a modern, professional space with which to hone their craft, be that in performance, music or production.

The space promotes excellence in the visual and performative arts.

The theatre has hosted many diverse types of performances, from multicultural; choirs and rock bands to musicals. The space is also used for lectures, seminars and film and video presentations.

Look out for future productions.

Tour Morning

May 25, 2017

Hospitality students were busy cooking up a storm for our Term 2 Tour Morning. 50 prospective families enjoyed the morning as they were guided around the campus by some of our best tour guides… our students!

Thank you to everyone for coming!

Olympic Dream

May 25, 2017

Year 11 student Mikayla Hatten is another step closer to her Olympic dream after she was selected to represent Australia in Modern Pentathlon. Mikayla will travel to Japan in September to compete in the Youth Olympic Games qualifiers.

What an incredible achievement Mikayla!

Young Achievers Early Offer Program

May 24, 2017


Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program gives high-achieving students a chance to secure their place at university before they sit their final exams. Applications are now open. Students can find our application form and instructions on how to apply at:

Why students apply for Young Achievers Early Offer Program

  • Early Offer takes the pressure off Year 12 students by allowing them to secure their university spot before final exams
  • Notre Dame is the #1 university for skills development, graduate employment rate, student support and overall quality of educational experience (
  • Students are recognised for their dedication and passion to a broad range of activities, including volunteer work, leadership, sport, the arts and academic achievement
  • Young Achievers get access to Notre Dame’s Leadership Program, including workshops, guest presentations and volunteering opportunities


Stephen Kernutt

Careers Advisor

Year 12 ATAR Psychology Project

May 23, 2017


The year 12 ATAR psychology classes at St Stephen’s School are currently studying developmental psychology and are looking to conduct some investigations.

These investigations are going to be aimed at various age groups, including pre-primary aged children (5 years old) to young adults (16 years old).

The tasks will involve the year 12 students asking participants various questions. Based on Piaget’s cognitive development stages (conservation measures and problem solving), and Kohlberg’s moral development theory, a Moral Dilemma will be explained to them and then be asked how they would respond.

All information obtained will be kept completely confidential and destroyed at the end of the investigation.

All participants will be assigned a number to ensure confidentiality during data collection.

If you understand the terms and conditions of your child partaking in this study and you give permission for them to do so, please complete the permission slip by clicking the link below and fill out the form online by Monday

Project Permission Form

Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Aldous or Mr Richmond.


Kind regards,

Year 12 ATAR Psychology,

Mrs. Aldous and Mr. Richmond


Year 7 Science

May 23, 2017


The Year 7s have been learning about different types of forces in Science, including electrostatic force!

Two of our students particularly enjoyed this hair-raising experience.


Mr Benjamin Nicholson

Science and Mathematics Teacher

Boost for students as St Stephen’s School strikes partnership with Curtin University

May 19, 2017

St Stephen’s School students’ entrepreneurial and innovation skills have been given a major boost following the announcement of a partnership with leading WA education institute Curtin University.

As part of Curtin’s Innovative Schools Consortium, St Stephen’s School students will now be able to participate in workshops, and game-based learning to develop new skills and attributes valued by universities and employers.

Curtin will also provide support to St Stephen’s School to enable staff to develop new curricula applying STEM approaches and transdisciplinary thinking to address real-world challenges.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Curtin and excited by the opportunities this relationship will bring,” St Stephen’s School Principal Donella Beare said.

“We are committed to giving our students every opportunity to pursue their academic goals. By working collaboratively with Curtin, we are ensuring our students are provided with an excellent education and that our staff our always at the leading edge of teaching.”

Curtin Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Jill Downie said the partnership, cemented with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement, was a great opportunity for both institutions to work together on developing new ways of learning.

“Curtin is delighted to partner with St Stephen’s School and work with its students, teachers and senior staff to focus on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship,” Professor Downie said.

Pictured below is Curtin Deputy Vice-Chancellor (academic) Professor Jill Downie and Principal Donella Beare