Murdoch University Upcoming Student Events


  • A Day in the Life of a University Student – This free event invites Year 9 & 10 students to experience what life is like as a Murdoch University student during the Term3 school holidays. Students will choose from either Wednesday 27th September or Thursday 28th September to explore the campus, meet new friends and participate in hands-on workshops in subject areas of interest to them. Places are limited and students can register by visiting the website.
  • MESH at Murdoch awards – The MESH at Murdoch Awards recognises and rewards Year 10 and 11 high school students in Western Australia for excellence in areas of media. We are searching for outstanding submissions in Screen Production, Photography, Journalism, Creative Writing, Games Art, Graphic Design, Sound Production, Theatre and Drama, Radio, and Web Communication. Student submissions will go in to the running to win the coveted Golden Mesh trophy and a $500 gift voucher, courtesy of Murdoch’s School of Arts. Submissions are due 6 October 2017. For more information, visit
  • On-Campus Visits – Term 4 is an excellent time to bring Year 10 & 11 students on campus to explore campus, courses and careers. Take a tour of campus, hear from current students and experience disciplines of interest in an engaging experience for students. To secure your preferred date in Term 4, email
  • Year 10 & 11 Presentations – The Future Students Team can come to your school to talk to students in Year 10 & Year 11 about studying at university, with tips on how to pick the right course for you, how to decipher university language and alternative pathways to university entry. To make a booking, email with your preferred date.
  • Career Tasters – conducted at your school, or on campus, the career tasters are ideal for Year 9’s who are beginning to explore future careers and consider their interests and aptitudes.  The career tasters utilise our Student Ambassadors, putting your students in touch with current and credible university students who are studying and on a pathway to careers and futures that may be outside of a Year 9 student’s current experience.  These sessions are informative, entertaining and a great catalyst for further discussion and exploration. To book, email with your preferred dates.

Stephen Kernutt

Careers Advisor

Abseiling in Bickley

A group of Year 11s lead by Mr Lickfold went on a abseiling adventure in Bickley today in perfect conditions.

This activity is part of their certificate in outdoor education.

Abseiling is the mastering of all surfaces and the incredibly useful skill of using a rope to get down vertical drops. Practiced on everything from mountains and bridges and even out of helicopters, abseiling lets you descend from great heights at a pace that suits you.


Winners of the Synthesis Film Competition


Huge congratulations go to Year 11 students Joshua Zimmermann, Cale Davis and Jamie Wright for winning the Synthesis Film competition last week with their short film, Limbo.

ECU judges were impressed with their effort, creativity and cinematography.

Here is a tiny snippet of the film:


Subject Confirmation and Booklist

Students in Year 7, 8, 9, and 11 will be receiving their subject confirmation for the five term 2018 academic year in Homeroom this week.

Students in Year 10 have already received this information.

Information on Booklist requirements will be emailed to families on Friday 1 September.

Please contact Mrs Stout in the Library if you have any questions about the Booklist.

Murdoch University: Applications are now open for Semester 1 2018

If you know someone who wants to start university in 2018 and achieved an ATAR of 80.00 or above, they may be eligible for the Murdoch First Scholarship worth $2,000. And if they accomplished an ATAR of 90.00 or higher, they may be awarded with a $3,000 scholarship.

All they have to do is choose a Murdoch undergraduate course as their first preference through TISC and enrol full-time in Semester 1, 2018. Be sure that they get their preferences into TISC by 11pm on Friday 29 September to avoid a late application fee.

Please see the Murdoch University Website for further information.

Stephen Kernutt

Careers Advisor

Reminder Elin Nusantara will be coming to St Stephen’s School on September 14







They will be presenting ‘Enchanting Bali through Music & Dance – Experience the Cultural Wonders of Bali’.

Book your ticket here: (gold coin donation on entry).

We hope to see you there!

Basketball Report – Students vs. Staff


SSS Staff Wipe the Court with Student Team

The current St. Stephen’s Duncraig Senior Boys Basketball team has proven that they are one of the most accomplished teams in SSS history. Their impressive win-loss record certainly supports this claim. However, last Thursday this team bit off more than it could chew when they foolishly decided to challenge the SSS Duncraig staff to a ‘friendly’ playoff.

After an exhaustive drafting process and extensive pre-season training regime, the SSS staff fielded an intimidating all-star line-up. It was a team that proceeded to systematically and mercilessly dismantle the hapless student side with their signature balance of experience and skill.

From the starting tip-off, the boys knew that they were in for a whipping.

Daniel Ramsey set the pace early on, penetrating the lane like a bullet train and draining more buckets than the Titanic bailing team. His sweet running play was complimented by resident bad boy Phil Timms’ dominant physical presence in the paint, providing the muscle for a potent inside game to match. Add to this the dead-eye outside accuracy of Anna Sargeant (who was shooting the lights out from deep) and the student side were forced to call a time out in an attempt to break the staff’s early momentum.

It was a futile call, however, as team captain Bronwyn “Magic” Hart dictated the play with sublime handling skills, snapping student ankles and pulling proverbial rabbits out of the hat with her dazzling array of look-away passes. Magic’s partner in the backcourt, Ellie Ormerod, started to get the hot hand herself by the end of the first half – blowtorching the J from all corners.

By halftime, the difference in the score was as broad as the average ages between the two teams.

It was more of the same in the second half. Greg Hatfield proved why he is known as “Mr. Triple-Double Trouble” with an MVP performance while Matt English showed that he has more moves than a bowlful of jelly. Hatfield-English truly is SSS’s answer to the NBA’s Curry-Durant combination.

Adam Merrifield was at his Swiss army knife best again this match – his full court hustle causing endless problems for the opponent backcourt. Simon Haydock’s patent brand of shake-and-bake offense once again was at the fore – the man known as “The Doctor” was diabolical with his dispensing of the pill all game.

By the time Karalyn Plummer sauntered onto the court late in the second half, the damage was already well-and-truly done. But “Kara-kazi” continued to put the game beyond doubt, because that’s just what elite professionals with a center’s height and a guard’s game do.

The SSS staff offered no mercy for the hapless students as they effectively rotated their bench.

“There was no escaping their onslaught,” bemoaned Christopher Wilson-Smith in a post-match interview. “Their defensive pressure was suffocating and their run-and-stun transitional offense was devastating. It was almost as if they had 7 players on the court towards the end of the game!”

“Their performance really was quite unbelievable,” stated Kyle Venables, who had great difficulty getting the ball in his hands. “You couldn’t dream up a more dominant game.”

With the 2017 exhibition game now in the record books, the SSS Staff can once again humbly return to the more mundane task of being educators. Until next year, when the students once more build the confidence to feebly challenge the reigning champions.

Rest assured, the staff will be ready.

Final Score

Students = $586 worth of official NBA apparel

Staff = Athletic shorts that pre-date to the ‘90s

Mr Damon Eaton

Media Teacher

Year 11 River Cruise

The River Cruise was well received by the students on Friday night. They came dressed in costumes for the theme “The Award Goes To…”

Prizes on the night were awarded to:
Isaac Reid for dressing as Jack Sparrow
Charlotte Deney-Johnson for dressing as Rita Skeeta from Harry Potter
Caiiln Brewer, Paige Brandwood, Caitlyn Ribbons and Brianna Glasson as Superheroes

Special mentions also went to:
Emi Rad-Mel and Jonathan Tushingham as Buttercup and Inigo Montoya from Princess Bride
Sonja Jeyabalan and Courtney Shipham as Ghostbusters
Corey Newland as Arthur from the children’s cartoon
Zoe MacAdam as Nurse Lee from Call the Midwife
Ryan Sewell as the boy from the movie UP.

Below are just a few photos from the night.


Highlights from the recent Lou Morrison Kimberley Tour


The Year 9s visited two independent indigenous schools: Yiyili and Purnululu.

What an amazing experience they had!