So long, farewell. The Class of 2017 say goodbye

Thursday was all about celebrating the Class of 2017.

Year 12 families were invited to attend this special farewell.

The day started early with the house farewells, after which parents were invited to enjoy a relaxed and delicious morning tea before they made their way to the gym for the traditional, and much anticipated, leavers assembly.

At the assembly, students had the opportunity to thank and farewell staff and put their own unique perspective on their time at St Stephen’s. Mr. Titlestad addressed the students and wished the group every success in their new ventures beyond the school.  After some video compilation’s, Mr. Richmond spoke. The theme of the assembly was the Oscars.

The Year 12 chosen speaker was Tim Corey who spoke on behalf of the leavers and was thoughtful and articulate as he spoke of being proud of the school he has been a part of, and thanked teachers and Mr. Titlestad for everything they have done.  It was an excellent opportunity for the Year 12 group to reflect on their time at St Stephen’s, and on what lay ahead for them in the next phase in their life journeys.

If that wasn’t enough, the cohort also had the Graduation Dinner at the Joondalup Resort later that evening.

Here are a few snap shots of the morning activities:


Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3

Year 10 LIFT Week: Entrepreneurship and Business

The Year 10 Entrepreneurship and Business LIFT week participants spent two days working on innovative business ideas aided by industry mentors, start-up specialists and Spacecubed staff. Spacecubed is a start up ecosystem spread over two buildings in the Perth CBD. The students pitched their ideas to a team of judges from industry and gained some wonderful experience in thinking in a blue sky business environment. Congratulations to our winning team with their pitch of solar panel blinds!

Matthew English

Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher


Year 10 LIFT Week: Elite Sports with Olympian Gemma Hadley

The LIFT Elite Sport year 10 students getting wise words from Gemma Hadley, an Olympic water polo player, as just part of the 2 day program. They also gained experience from elite athletes and coaches (including past students), nutritionists, tours of high performance venues all mixed in with sporting opportunities.

Karry Plummer

Teacher of Science, Health and Physical Education


‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.’ – Isaiah 43:2

Year 10 LIFT Week: Marine and Maritime at WA Fisheries

On Monday and Tuesday students had the opportunity to attend the Western Australian department of Fisheries to experience a day on the life of various marine related occupations. They completed marine science research in the form of intertidal sampling, dissected fish and removed the otoliths in order to age their specimen and enjoyed compiling fish collection information following and afternoon of fishing! A very hands on and insightful two days which has given our Year 10 students a taste of what to expect in the Year 11 and 12 MMS programs in the coming two years as well as the possible careers which it could lead them to in the future!

Rebecca Hudson

Science Teacher


‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind.’ – Matthew 13:47

Murdoch Mail

Murdoch Mail: Volume 9 2017.

Featured in this volume is:

  • New degrees in Communication and Creative Media – Find out more about two brand new industry-driven degrees being offered in Semester 1, 2018 – Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Creative Media. Designed in consultation with industry, we have ensured that the degrees are relevant to today with hands-on practical experience built in to give students the tools and skills they need to secure a job and excel in their chosen career.
  • Media Portfolio Prep Day – An opportunity on Friday 29th September for Year 12 students to participate in creative workshops conducted by our academics, get feedback on their work and learn how to compile it all into a stunning portfolio for submission via the Creative Portfolio application pathway.
  • #codelikeagirl Coderdojo – Is back in Term 4 for Years 7-10 girls. This free afterschool program teaches girls to code in a fun, relaxed, social environment.
  • Global Goals Youth Forum – Murdoch University, in partnership with Asia Education Foundation, is pleased to host the Global Goals Youth Forum, Perth. The Forum is a full-day program (9am-3pm) on Friday 27 October for Years 9-11 students, designed to deepen their understanding of global issues and develop their global competencies.


Murdoch Mail Volume 9 2017


Stephen Kernutt

Careers Advisor


Rite Journey EBA Exhibition

The EBA exhibition is part of the Year 9 Rite Journey mentoring program. Student work with a mentor throughout the year to create a project. The project is a space for mentoring to take place.

The range of projects is wonderful to see, especially the service initiatives that have taken place.

Congratulations to all of our Rite Journey students.

Dale Kelly

Assistant Dean Timae, Head of Rite Journey


Pictured below are a few of the many excellent projects.

Relocation of Student Bike Racks

The student bike racks will be relocated in the next holiday break to two areas on the campus. One set will be placed next to the secondary basketball courts near Timae House, the others adjacent to the Alethea House. The new locations can be viewed on the attached map.  Duncraig Bike Racks 2017

Students can access the bike racks via Doveridge Drive, Hepburn Road or the cycle path on the eastern side of the campus. When on school grounds it is an expectation that students dismount, and walk their bikes to the racks. Please remind your sons and daughters that it is expected that all student bikes are secured using a lock when on campus.

Bennet Andrews

Deputy Head of Secondary (Care)

ACC-C Results

At the ACC Athletics C Division we were placed an agonising 2nd Place by 6 points! It was a fantastic achievement and reflected all the hard work and effort by all students. The Highlights were the Junior Boys taking out the 1st Place trophy in their age group whilst the Junior Girls were runners up by 1 point!!We have built solid foundations and a culture to hopefully build upon this success for next year.

Matt Richmond

HOLA Heath & Physical Education & Teacher of Psychology

‘Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.’ – Timothy 2:5

Hospitality Successes

Last night Vicki O’Connor and I had the pleasaure of attending the HGT ( Hospitality Group Training) Youth Skills Showcase at the Hyatt ballroom. The top 20 young apprentice chefs in WA had been selected to create and present the food. The theme for the night was Australia and featured amazing Australian food and flavours.

We were delighted to see that  Tegan Cardosa, current Year 12 student and completing a Cert II Hospitality front of House certificate in External VET was there, having been selected to help serve the 500 guests.

Then we noticed that Zac Tholen was one of the chefs selected to work in the kitchen in the entre team. I later discovered from his mother that Zac created and was responsisible on the night for the vegetarian entre option for those with dietary needs. Zac is a 1st year apprentice chef at North Beach Deli. Zac left school at the end of last year from year 11 wanting to follow his passion for food.

The highlight of the evening was seeing Sean Woolford (Class of 2014) as Chef de Cuisine for dessert. He created the dessert ( see the picture below) and was responsible for leading the team of dessert chefs for the night. Sean is  finishing his apprenticeship in January next year and is currently at Hillarys Yacht Club a la carte restaurant. It was great to hear him speak about his dessert via video link from the kitchen.

Strawberry gumleaf cake and lilli lilli/orange maramlade, served with vanilla panna cotta , chocolate macadamia crumb and rosella puree.

The students and their families were pleased for me to circulate their photos and their story of success. Sean said he would love to talk to other Hospitality students . I have never heard him speak so passionately.

Cathy Trethowen

VET Liaison Officer

Pictured below: Sean Woolford.

Zac Tholen.

Tegan Cardosa (without tie).

‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.’ – Hebrews 13:2


Duncraig Secondary was awash with yellow today as staff and students embraced R U OK? Day.

R U OK? Day is an annual day in September (the second Thursday) dedicated to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, “R U OK?”, in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling.

Staff enjoyed a lavish and delicious morning tea.

Gold donations were gratefully received.