Head of Learning Area – English and Languages Mr Howie Jakeway was recently asked to write a piece for the English Teachers Association of WA’s quarterly publication on the use of class blogs. Mr Jakeway’s informative article made it into the digital and printed versions of the ETANotes and has been shared internationally on the Edublogger website.

Read the article here: https://bit.ly/2LcGprY


Poetic Problem Solving

Here’s an activity putting a new spin on a good old-fashioned Literature class!

Year 12 ATAR Literature students recently created a physical mind map to deepen their understanding of Seamus Heaney’s poetry and identify key poems in his body of work. The activity got students up out of their seats and collaborating to solve problems using higher-order thinking skills.

WordFlyers Parent Information Evening


WordFlyers Parent Information Evening

19th February

Duncraig Theatre


WordFlyers is an online literacy learning platform for students in Years 7-10. It has been designed to develop grammar, reading, comprehension, punctuation, vocabulary and writing skills in an engaging online environment. As you know, a subscription to WordFlyers was included in the booklist requirements for English in 2018. The WordFlyers Parent Information Evening will be an opportunity for parents to hear from a representative from Blake Education about what this online learning platform can offer both students and parents. Rachel King will demonstrate the functionality of WordFlyers and how it can enhance student learning, both in English and across the curriculum. Her presentation will last approximately 50 minutes and there will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. Howie Jakeway (Head of Learning for English and Languages) will offer a short presentation on how WordFlyers will work alongside existing Programs of Study in Years 7-10 and will also be available to answer any questions. This is an important opportunity to hear about an exciting development in the teaching of English at St Stephen’s School and we look forward to seeing you at this information evening.

Howie Jakeway

Head of Learning Area- English and Languages

Combined Campus Languages PD

Our Duncraig campus hosted a languages PD on Monday which involved teachers from both our Duncraig and Carramar campuses. The PD was lead by Kate Reitzenstein, the languages consultant from AISWA, and focused on deepening student engagement with languages through a range of innovative teaching methods. The PD also involved teachers from the primary and secondary schools. I’m sure our students will benefit from this excellent PD opportunity.

Howie Jakeway

Head of Learning Area- English and Languages

“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.” – Psalm 119:66

Indonesian Consulate Visit

On Friday the 8th of September the year 8 students currently studying Indonesian had the opportunity to visit the Indonesian Consulate in East Perth. They participated in a number of workshops including learning to play traditional Gamelan instruments and learnt Indonesian dance from the island of Sumatera. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience the richness of Indonesian culture and apply the language they have been learning at school in the Indonesian community. 

Hayley Ettridge

Indonesian Teacher


Visit from SMPK Penabur Muara Karang

The Secondary School have been hosts to ten Indonesian students and one teacher (English teacher) visiting us from SMPK Penabur Meara Karang, a Christian School in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn more about Indonesian culture, practice their Indonesian skills and build long lasting friendships.

They presented Mr Titlestad with two gifts to commemorate the visit.



Debating takes over Duncraig


From seniors to juniors the secondary campus was alive with debates during homeroom today.

Debating is a sociable activity that develops valuable life skills. Supported by experienced coaches, students learn how to present and counter persuasive perspectives using structured, evidence-based arguments. Debating also offers opportunities to expand students’ world views. Successful debaters are well-informed, aware of current affairs, engaged with world events and able to articulate diverse perspectives on contemporary issues.

Pictured below are some of the juniors in action.

Visitors from Reunion Island

Mr Peter Quayle hosted a recent visit from 15 staff and students from Reunion Island.

Reunion is an island and region of France in the Indian Ocean.

The visiting students were matched up with Duncraig students for the morning.

Lunch was served and shared with all the Year 9 students.

 Guests bring good luck with them. ~Turkish Proverb