Monthly Archives: August 2019


August 7, 2019

Year 12 ATAR Biology students recently visited UWA to discover the application of nanotechnology in modern day science and to investigate forensic anthropology. Students learned about how to make cancer self-destruct by inserting Nano gold into cancer cells and how fossils can be used to confirm the age, gender and race of people. Wow!


August 7, 2019

During the holidays a group of our musicians travelled to China to take part in Tutti Festiva, working in masterclasses and performing in festival honour groups with students from Australian and Chinese schools. As well as creating lifelong memories (such as performing on the Great Wall of China and listening to the Beijing Opera) the group was able to contribute to a local charity funding the education for children of migrant workers.


August 6, 2019

Work by Portia Smulders, Year 12, has been selected to be featured in the META 2019 Art and Design Exhibition! Featuring work from Year 11 and 12 students throughout WA, the Exhibition kicks off at North Metropolitan TAFE today and runs until August 24. Be sure to check it out!


August 2, 2019

Parents are reminded that the school Assessment Policy, and SCSA protocols, require that a Medical Certificate is submitted to the class teacher if a student is unwell and misses an assessment. Certificates can be obtained from pharmacists not just from the doctor. Please encourage your child to be proactive – if they are not very unwell they can organise with their teacher to attend school just to sit the assessment then return home. It is important that students are not avoiding assessments, and that they are coming to school whenever possible to sit them on the scheduled day so that assessments are valid for the whole cohort. Of course, circumstances can arise where this has not been possible, please contact your child’s class teacher if this is the case.

Mobile phones should be switched off and in lockers during the school day, unless permission has been given to use them in a specific class. The Assessment Policy requires that students do not have any electronic devices on them when sitting any assessment. This is not just phones, it also includes items such as smart watches for example. Please be aware of this in encouraging your child to be responsible and to plan ahead.

The school Assessment Policy is available on the Parent Portal.

Please contact the class teacher, relevant Head of Learning Area, or myself, if you have any questions.

Dr Liz Criddle

Deputy Head of Secondary (L&C)


NCCD Information for Parents

August 1, 2019


Dear parents, guardians and carers

Re: Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact your Learning Enrichment Department at St Stephen’s School, Duncraig.

Primary – Mrs Chris Roddy-Clark

Learning Enrichment Coordinator (Pre-K – 6)

Phone: 9243 2440


Secondary – Mrs Toni Mills
Learning Enrichment Curriculum Leader – Secondary
Phone: 9243 2137


August 1, 2019

Over the past week our Year 9s have experienced the best of the east coast on the 2019 HASS Tour! Their travels through Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney have included a visit to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, the MCG and the Royal Australian Mint. Between their busy schedule, they also managed to fit in a trip to the Snowy Mountains were some students learnt to ski for the first time!