Careers Expo

As students enter High School their thoughts start to turn towards their future pathway and where that might lead.  This can be equally daunting and exciting for students. To help our students make informed choices we are hosting a Careers Expo on Thursday 14 June from 4.15 – 6pm at our Carramar Campus.

There will be representatives from universities, TAFEs, and various industries who will be available to answer any questions you might have about courses, admission procedures, employment opportunities or apprenticeship pathways. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about your own particular pathway and find out what opportunities are available for you in the future. We strongly recommend that you make the time to come along and find out more.

The year 10 students will be taken by bus to Carramar immediately after school and all other students and their families are encouraged to join them at the Carramar campus. All students will be required to make their own way home.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions please call

Rob Crewe at Carramar 9306 7190 or Sarah Cooke at Duncraig 9243 2154

We Remember Them…

Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Yesterday Duncraig held a Anzac Day Service on the Quad.

It was attended by the whole school.

“This is a day not of celebration but of national memory. It’s a day when we learn, and learn again, of the horror of purposeless war. It is a day for looking after your mates, cherishing your home, your neighbourhood and family. It’s a day for realising how rare this wonderful country of ours is and how precious it is.” – Unknown

Welcoming Swiss Exchange Student

St Stephen’s School is excited to welcome Rotary youth exchange student Chloe Aeschlimann from Switzerland to our School community later this year.

Chloe will study as a St Stephen’s School for a year. She will be studying as Year 11 student in Semester 2, 2018, then as a Year 12 student in Semester 1, 2019.

Hillarys Rotary Club is inviting St Stephen’s School families to host Chloe while she lives in Australia. Chloe will need two host families for the following periods:

  • 23rd January to 24th April, 2019
  • 25th April to approximately mid-July 2019, as students start to return home in the first or second week in July, 2019.

Chloe has already been placed with host families from July 2018 to 22nd January, 2019.

If you would like further information on hosting or if you would like to offer your support as a host family, please contact Linda Sweeney from Hillarys Rotary Club on 9305 9240 / 0449 101 720 or email Linda is more than willing to meet with any family interested in hosting a Rotary youth exchange student.

We are looking forward to Chloe joining our community in just a few short months.


ACC Swimming – Inter-School Competition

Dear Parents of Swimmers competing in the Inter-School Competition

At the ACC Council of Principals meeting on the 5th April , we were presented with some background and history on the time frame of the ACC A Division Swimming Carnival. The carnival was originally held on a Friday evening and then in the early 1980’s was moved to an “in school” time model. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s student spectator numbers were very high with the stands usually full, but with very few parents at the carnivals. From the mid 1990’s to the current day, there has been a steady decline in student spectator numbers to the point that most ACC swimming carnivals have few or no student spectators. During the same time period the number of Parent spectators has increased and the overall standard of the meets has improved in terms of swimming and event management.

The ACC Council was then asked to consider undertaking some research with the ACC schools and community to ascertain if the general consensus is that we should consider moving the A Division Swimming Carnival back to a twilight/evening event. The purpose being to increase the opportunity for families to attend the carnival and to raise the community profile of our top swimming division.  At this point in time there is no suggestion to move the other carnival divisions. The move would also allow other divisions opportunity to swim indoors.

Community Survey

The ACC is conducting a “Have Your Say!” survey through social media channels. This is simply to provide a snapshot of community thinking on the suggestion and a rough gauge of interest in making the change. The community survey will be open to anyone to complete. Schools have a part to play in helping the ACC gauge community thoughts on this matter. Should you wish to voice your thoughts, the link to the public survey is below.

ACC Social Media Survey – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

Bruce Titlestad

Head of Secondary School

Coffee & Conversation

Transitioning into Secondary School can be a bit daunting for students and parents as their children move into the next stage of their schooling. We have an event coming up for parents of Year 7s to come and chat and see how they’re adapting in class.

This Friday (March 16) Duncraig Secondary will hold their first Coffee and Conversation for 2018 where Year 7 Coordinator Suzy Mettam will discuss the transition into Secondary in the Community Room from 8.30-9.30am. Attendance is free. Contact the School for more information.

Mobile Phone Use

St Stephen’s is very privileged to have such supportive parents. This is evident with the new directive of limiting students access to mobile phones during school hours. Having this message reinforced at home has been fundamental in making this initiative a success.

Did you know?

Nomophobia is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power. A phobia is an irrational fear. Do you know this word? Nomophobia is a term describing a growing fear in today’s world — the fear of being without a mobile device, or beyond mobile phone contact. Among today’s high school and college students, it’s on the rise. An increasing number of college students now shower with their cell phone (one of the most important reasons for water-proof mobile phones!). The average adolescent would rather lose a pinky-finger than a mobile phone.

It has been most pleasing to see evidence of mobile phones at School decreasing. We would appeal to parents not to call their children during the School day – this places students in a compromising position. In the case of an emergency, please contact student services. Thank you for the continued support of both parents and students as we pursue the mental health and intellectual benefits of school being a “no phone zone”.


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!” – Psalm 133:1

UWA Health Campus Open Day


Any students interested in studying healthcare or pursuing a career in the fast-growing and in-demand health industry, UWA is holding a Health Campus Open Day on Sunday 8 April.

Those attending will be able to meet staff and current students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and discover courses available in areas like medicine, biomedical engineering, sports science and pharmacology. The full program is available through the link below.

UWA Health Campus Open Day

Sarah Cooke

Careers Advisor




Year 11 and 12 Drama students will entertain us once again with their thought-provoking production of ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ by Bertolt Brecht. Classed as a political play with a twist, the show is set to make you laugh, gasp and jump, but will leave you thinking about deeper matters that impact our world today. Tickets are $5 and are available at Be sure not to miss out! Please note, this production contains simulated violence.

“Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.” – Alicia Witt



Community Freezer

We are really excited to continue with our initiative of the school community freezer. It is located in the Get Well Room in the Primary School Office. The purpose of this freezer is to support families from Pre-Kindy to Year 12 at SSS Duncraig with a home cooked meal when they are going through a very difficult family situation.

If you would like to contribute to this freezer by cooking a meal we would greatly appreciate it. We are looking for simple, nutritious meals that are both family and freezer friendly. These include meat and vegetable based casseroles, lasagnes, hearty soups and mild curries. Please do not use any nut or nut products. Please include all components of the meal e.g. “Casserole with rice” to make it as easy as possible for the families receiving the meals.

For further details Community Freezer notice (002)-ve9iyv