Gathering to Remember ANZAC Day

Today, we recall those who, in the tragedy of war gave their lives for Australia and those who died for the freedom of all people.
We remember those who found rest on the ridges of Gallipoli; those who rest in the cemeteries of the great wars; those who rest in the haze of desert and jungle; those who rest in the depths of the seas.

We remember those who have fallen in the defence of peace, on land, in the air and on the sea.

We remember each man, woman and child who has died so that the light of freedom, justice and humanity may continue to shine.

Today, as we remember, we ask God that our praise may be worthy of their sacrifice.

Calling All Campers!

Tow your caravan or pitch a tent at the School’s Nanga property this September for our exciting Community Campout!

As part of the School’s 35th year celebrations, there will be fun for the whole family at the free event with arts and crafts, a treasure hunt, songs by the campfire, and if weather permits, stargazing! Spots are limited, so check out further details and book your place at: https://www.trybooking.com/BBPVG
Be sure to read the terms and conditions.

AN EXCITING SCHEDULE FOR TERM 2

I recall when Term 1 was known as the ‘quiet term’ among school circles, yet I’m not sure that title still stands as our first term was a flurry of activity filled with various learning and wellbeing pursuits both at home and abroad. We had students achieve in a variety of areas, from The Arts and Debating to the sporting grounds and in the pool. Our South Africa Global Tour contingent left with more than 400kg of donations of shoes and clothes on their trip over the holidays, the materials lovingly received by those in need. A big thank you to the community who helped us to pass on the goods.

The Arts Tour also took place over the holidays, with across-campus contingent of staff and students treated to a smorgasbord of creativity. After taking in the sights of Melbourne, the group saw stage shows of West Side Story and Muriel’s Wedding, participated in a samba percussion workshop and visited the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. They then flew to Sydney for NIDA workshops, popped in to Brett Whiteley’s studio and enjoyed Sydney Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre productions.

Today, we start Term 2 with reflections for Anzac Day and the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. Looking at the legacy these men and women have left provide a constant inspiration and to be thankful for all we have as well as looking forward to the future they helped to forge for us.

While there were many days spent in the pool for swimming carnivals in Term 1, the focus now turns to the track, with both Interhouse and Interschool Cross-Country Carnivals seeing our runners putting their best foot forward.

An information evening on ‘Navigating the Teenage Years’ has proved popular, selling out not long after tickets were released, as we all – students, parents and staff – work our way through some of life’s challenges, questions, changes and decisions.

Students will also be able to uncover the best pathway for them at the 2019 Career’s Expo, with representatives from universities, TAFEs, industry and other post school options gathering in the one place to chat about choices with students and parents. Keep an eye out for more information.

Our musicians will showcase their talent in a series of music concerts and the Arts & Academic Festival will bring out the creative side for all.

Many of our students go on camps this term, forging friendships, learning life skills and making memories in the process. Others will depart on a range of tours including the International Music Tour, Indonesian, Bethany Home, Canberra and Kimberley Tours.

This week, the School will also be announcing a special ‘Community Camp Out’ event at our Nanga property in Dwellingup for Term 3 to celebrate our 35 years. Families can enjoy an afternoon of activities and a night under the stars. There are limited tickets for what is sure to be a wonderful free community event so make sure you reserve a spot soon.

We continue our 35-year reflections with regular profiles of old staff, alumni and material from the archives – what a treat it has been to see where we began, where we are and where we hope to be.

So, here’s to another great term at St Stephen’s School. I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

Take care,

Mrs Donella Beare

Principal

INSPIRING ARTIST

Year 11s recently joined Artist in Residence Rohin Kickett, a Noongar artist from the Ballardong region, for a two-hour workshop at Midland Junction Arts Centre. Students were asked to consider their own identity and connection to place, producing abstract representational paintings inspired by the Rohin’s techniques.

LET’S GET QUIZZICAL

The Indonesian Tour group is holding a Quiz Night Fundraiser, and they need your help! They are looking for donations to be used for silent auctions, table prizes and overall prizes – anything from shopping vouchers, dinners, travel, wine, household items, car items…

Items can be dropped at Student Services, labelled ‘Indonesia Tour Quiz’ with your name for acknowledgement. Alternatively, contact the following:
Tim.Drake@ststephens.wa.edu.au
Tanya.Ryan@ststephens.wa.edu.au
Andrea.Tinney@ststephens.wa.edu.au

The Quiz Night takes place on Friday 10 May, from 7pm in Cousins Hall, Duncraig Campus.

 

ISLAND EXPLORING

Soaking up the sun and exploring the sea; that’s the life of a Marine and Maritime Studies student! A group of Year 11 and 12 students and staff ventured out to the Abrolhos Islands in the last week of term, scuba diving through shipwrecks, learning about local marine life and even catching some delicious crayfish for dinner.

TOUR KICKS OFF

A group of Year 10 students and three staff members have eagerly begun their journey on the South Africa Global Service Tour and are already checking out the stunning sights of Cape Town. Thanks to the generosity of the St Stephen’s School community, the group took over 400kg of shoes to be donated to Capetown United Football Club, Sinethemba Homeless Shelter, JJ Haven and Mokone Primary School.

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