Many students find it really difficult to cope with the memorisation that can be needed for tests and exams. Of course you can’t just rote learn and regurgitate, you need to be able to apply the skills of what you have learnt. However there is also a certain amount of memorisation of content, formulas and definitions for example that will be necessary. So how can students make this process easier?

  • Make your notes as brain-friendly as possible, point form, tables, diagrams and no big long sentences or paragraphs.
  • Start the memorisation process of your notes early, don’t wait until just before the test or examination.
  • Memorisation involves testing yourself over and over and over and over. So read a section, then see what you can say or write down without looking. Then go back and see what you got wrong or didn’t know. Put a pencil mark next to these bits.
  • Now focus on the bits you didn’t know. Say them out loud, repeat them to yourself, write them down a few times.
  • Then test yourself on those bits again and see if you remembered more this time.
  • Do this over and over and over again. Then do it one more time again.
  • Make flashcards or use a flashcard App on your phone to create flashcards on the parts you find hard to remember. Review these every day before the test.
  • Make a list of the key concepts you find hard to learn and each night read through them just before you go to sleep and first thing when you wake up as these are powerful memory times.
  • Do lots of practise questions without looking at your notes or the answers to see if you can a) remember and b) apply the information. Review the things you did not remember again.
  • Your job is to keep testing yourself in order to find out which bits have not stuck in your memory yet so you can review these until they do.

Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on . Our school’s access details are:

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Sarah Cooke

Careers Advisor


Dear Parents

SEQTA is an amazing tool for schools and I would encourage both students and parents to check it regularly.

Please note that SEQTA is a resource to supplement teaching NOT an online substitute for the relationship between a teacher and student. Your child spends 320 minutes a day in personal contact with their teachers – and your child has every opportunity to receive help, ask questions and take ownership of their work. I would encourage parents to grow the independence of their children rather than to expect SEQTA to be the prime source of information.

SEQTA is a great insight for parents – but again, the conversations that are then initiated between parents, teacher and student are of the most value. I would encourage parents and students and ensure that they are aware of the documents attached to each course: course outlines, assessment schedules and other resources are available in SEQTA for reference, saving or printing at any time. I would also encourage parents to ask for help and to keep an eye out for the SEQTA information evenings which are often run at the start of each year.

Teachers will on occasion deviate from their teaching plan because students may require extra time for understanding and consolidation. That is part of good teaching and might disrupt a plan previously put in place.  We all know that parents and teachers constantly adapt as the needs of children evolve. Individual teachers will decide the format or formats for the submission of work – sometime these may be in hard copy, sometimes they might be uploaded to SEQTA, emailed or handed in on USB. This will depend on the nature of the task and the format the teacher feels is best. Teachers are striving to meet the expectations below. Some teachers already exceed these and use SEQTA very extensively. The expectations below are our target and while many staff will go beyond these, staff are not expected to.

Cover Page

The purpose of the cover page is to contain an overview of the course. It should be an easy reference for information about the entire year of work. It contains a copy (or a link) to the assessment schedule, program and syllabus. It contains the school Assessment Policy.

For Certificate subjects: The Cover Page includes a paragraph explaining the four compliance requirements, Unit Delivery and Assessment Planner for the whole year, Assessment Tasks (as each is delivered), and RTO Student Handbook.


The assessment schedule should be developed at the start of the year. Lower school students are to have the entire semester of assessments visible to parents and students. Year 11 and 12 are to have the entire year’s assessments visible. Assessment titles should include the weighting and clear labels that are succinct. Task sheet/assessment description and marking guide/rubric are to be added at an appropriate time. Marks for summative assessments should be made visible, within three weeks of the assessment being finalised. If there is more than one class, all marks are to be made visible at the same time. Exam marks are to be released at the end of the exam period. Formative assessments can be visible with a weighting of zero. Assessment feedback will be placed in the Marks Book on a regular basis.

(Lesson) Planning

Students, parents/carers and other staff should be able to see what has been planned on a week-by-week basis (as a minimum). Clarity in lesson naming is essential.

Lesson Resources

It should be clear where students can access resources and links. Students may be required to enter homework themselves on occasion.

Documents Section

This is used to store documents that parents/carers might need to access at any point of the year. Documents include anything from a Parent Information Night slide show, Curriculum Handbooks, and the Assessment Policy.


Dr Liz Criddle and Mr Bennet Andrews.



A year of early morning training, dedication and long hours on the ice rink have paid off for Year 9 student Isabella Djordjevic who was chosen to compete in the National Synchronised Skating Competition in Melbourne recently. Her team Infusion Junior overcame the odds, with all bar one team member brand new to the Junior Division, to impress at the State competition and come in a close fourth in two programs on the national stage. Huge congrats Isabella – a true testament to teamwork and commitment.


The funds raised from last year’s Fete have now been allocated and are making a difference around the Duncraig Campus. The old Primary Smartboard 680 is being replaced with new Smart Interactive Display Panels – at the Primary and ELC (with the school paying for one at Carramar). The 86-inch Ultra HD Displays include SMART Learning Suite including digital whiteboard web browser and wireless screen mirroring. They will allow the teacher to create interactive classes and cloud-based lessons across multiple devices ensuring hands-on learning through 3D interactive resources and collaborative cloud-sharing lessons.
Other exciting additions include new music stands and a trolley, which are already being enjoyed by the primary music staff and students; new Interschool sports uniforms; new art boards for better displays of our young creatives’ works and a range of new reading resources.

Our deepest thanks to the amazing Fete committee whose hard work and time continues to benefit all.

Tucker’s Last Day

This morning was Tucker’s (our Reading Dog)  last day of school for 2019 with the Year 8 English class he has been attending all year.  The students produced gratitude certificates and thank you certificates to both Tucker and Karen (owner/volunteer) as well as treating Tucker to a few doggie treats and Karen to a box of chocolates.

A big thank you to Justine Stevens for programming Tucker into her English reading lessons.  Tucker will be back with us next term to begin a new year bringing the light of reading into students’ lives at St Stephens.

Toni Mills

Learning Enrichment Curriculum Leader – Secondary Learning Enrichment


We witnessed the start of a new tradition thanks to some new cricket wickets! After Mr Herewini kindly provided the stick-on wickets, students and staff gathered to bowl the first ball and kick off a friendly match that looks to become a regular occurrence.

Potato Olympics 2019

Have you ever wondered: Can smaller potatoes be flung further? Are rounder potatoes better at rolling? Do lighter potatoes create less splash?

These questions and more were investigated on Tuesday afternoon, which saw the Year 7 students participate in the Potato Olympics. The triumphant return of the Potato Olympics to the Duncraig campus saw potatoes being flung, rolled, bowled and dropped – all in the name of maths! Pure spud power was used to collect authentic data and determine which potato athlete and country would fry the competition.

Jennifer Prosser

Teacher – Maths


If you thought you saw some people climbing around the roof of the ELC this week, you weren’t seeing things! St Stephen’s is going green with the installation of a 39.6kW solar system to offset our power usage. An almost 100kW system will also be installed on the Lorraine Paul Building at Duncraig shortly and an energy audit is looking at ways to minimise energy demand at Carramar.
Both systems will come with TV monitors so students and staff can monitor power generation in real time, allowing them to see our impact on the environment and how little changes can make a big difference.


Some familiar faces were welcomed back to our Duncraig campus for this year’s Careers Conversations breakfast! Alumni and parents of St Stephen’s School chatted to the Year 11s about their different careers and experience in the workforce, aimed to inspire our senior students who are beginning to explore career options.