Community Freezer Warms Hearts

The Community Freezer originated from a desire to show God’s love, in a practical way, for families in times of need.

We aim to keep a stock of freezer meals and non-perishable items. If you are able to supply a meal, or other items, it would be greatly appreciated. Just one meal a term or even one meal a year would be invaluable.

 

Thank you for supporting this service to our community.

 

Tour of Service – Bethany Home

Ms Ntoumenopoulos and Mr Lance Owen accompanied eight Year 11 students from across our campuses on the St Stephen’s Global Programs visit to Bethany Home in Malaysia. The life-changing trip saw the group live and work at Bethany Home – a school for students with various disabilities – helping with daily tasks and leaving their mark with a beautiful mural on the buildings.

“It’s a privilege to leave a part of ourselves at such a beautiful place, although the etchings Bethany Home has left on us cut far deeper and will no doubt last much longer,” Duncraig English and Drama Teacher Ms Stefani Ntoumenopoulos reflected.

See more about their adventure at Bethany October 2017 Tour

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

Service Learning Excursion for C5

On Thursday C5 went on a Service Learning Excursion to St Nicolas Anglican Church in Warwick.

What is Service Learning you may ask? Its a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students. . . seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves. In the process, students link personal and social development with academic and cognitive development. . . experience enhances understanding; understanding leads to more effective action.

Student Benefits of Community Engagement

Learning Outcomes

  • Positive impact on students’ academic learning
  • Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
  • Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
  • Improved ability to understand complexity and ambiguity

Personal Outcomes

  • Greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
  • Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills

 

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35

Bike Safety

 

As we edge towards finer weather, we are sure to come across more bicycles on the roads around St Stephen’s. Please remind your children of the importance of obeying road rules, particularly around local, busy intersections. Students riding to and from school should be encouraged, but also reminded that standard road rules applying to motorists also apply to cyclists using or crossing a road.

 

Mr. Andrews

“God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

Importance of Road Safety

Parking and overall traffic congestion around schools is an ongoing issue and is further exacerbated with vehicles parking in contradiction to parking signs, on footpaths or in dangerous locations such as on bends at intersections.  So to minimise this issue below are a few suggestions to ease stress during these periods:

  • Organise with your child to meet in a pre-arranged location away from the busier areas after school.
  • Tell your child/ren that you will arrive a little bit later after the final bell and advise them to wait within the school grounds until you get there.
  • Use the Kiss and Drive if there is one at the school and ensure you use it appropriately.  This means if your child is not there, drive around until you see your child waiting.
  • Park further away and walk to meet your child.

 

 

Thank you for being considerate of our students and the communities safety.

 

 

R U OK? DAY

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.

 

 

 

Record Breaking

A record number of food was collected for Food Rescue last week by our Service Learning Coordinator Donna Lund.

Donna takes a food cart around to cafes and restaurants around Perth CBD and collects left over food for the homeless. 

Who is Food Rescue…

Food Rescue is a UnitingCare West program feeding disadvantaged people in Western Australia.It aims to alleviate hunger by rescuing perishable, fresh and nutritious food from cafes, caterers, supermarkets and wholesalers and delivering it to disadvantaged, vulnerable people.

The program assists a variety of people in need including people experiencing homelessness, women and children in crisis, vulnerable young people, indigenous communities, elderly people, refugees and new arrivals and families on low incomes.

Food Rescue relies on the support of public donations, corporate funding and the dedication of volunteers.

‘Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.’ – Isaiah 58:7

Important notice: National data collection on students with a disability

Dear Parents,

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on school students with disability (NCCD) provides all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with a clear picture of the number of students receiving adjustments because of disability in schools, and the adjustments they are provided to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students.

The Australian Education Regulation 2013, requires that all schools, provide information to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the Department) for the purposes of the NCCD.

The information that Schools must give to the Department includes, in relation to each student with a disability at a school:

  • the student’s level of education (i.e. primary or secondary)
  • the student’s category of disability (i.e. physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional)
  • the student’s level of adjustment (i.e. support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive adjustment).

Please note, any information collected, will not identify any individual student, in any way.

For further information regarding the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data school students with disability, please visit: https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/2017_-_nccd_-_fact_sheet_for_parents_and_carers_v5.pdf

If you have any queries regarding the NCCD, please contact the relevant Learning Enrichment staff, for your specific campus:

Duncraig

Mrs Toni Mills (Secondary)

Toni.Mills@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Mrs Christine Roddy-Clark (Primary and ELC)

Christine.RoddyClark@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Carramar

Michael Crawshaw (Secondary)

Michael.crawshaw@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Helen Coombs (Primary Yrs 3-6)

Helen.Coombs@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Mrs Celeste de Villiers (K-2)

celeste.devilliers@ststephens.wa.edu.au