Dancing the Day away!

Year 10 History students participated in the Charleston Dance lesson earlier in the term.  Yr 10 History covers Australia from the end of WW up to the Civil Rights movement.  It is important that students actively engage in Australian history and enjoyed learning a dance from the 1920s.  It is always impressive to see how much effort out students put into activities and the joy they receive from engaging in these activities.

Leeanne Shanks

Teacher – Humanities and Social Sciences & Assistant Dean Alethea


Reconciliation Day Assembly

Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

May 27 Marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

3 June Commemorates the High Court of Australia’s landmark Mabo decision in 1992, which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—a relationship that existed prior to colonalisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights or Native Title.

At the assembly today we had a visiting primary choir, Dryandra , who joined forces with the St Stephen’s primary choir to sing three songs.

We were treated to a display by students of Wesley College.

They performed traditional dances accompanied by the didgeridoo.

This wondelful assembly was co-ordinated by HASS teacher Matt Smith and HASS HOLA Leeanne Shanks.


Leading Holocaust Historian Visits Duncraig

HASS students enjoyed a thought provoking visit from Mr Ephraim Kaye the Director of International Seminars at The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem, is the national Authority for the Remembrance of the Holocaust in Israel.

Mr Kaye’s talk was gripping and students were encouraged to engage. Students were shown rare video footage and photos of original Nazi documents.

The visit was coordinated by HASS teacher, Matthew English and HASS HOLA, Leeanne Shanks.


“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.” – Elie Wiesel, Night



ANZAC Day Remembrance Services

Please join us to remember this important day in Australian History.

A commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915.

Duncraig service will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 10.15am in the Secondary Quad.

Carramar dawn service will be held on Friday, April 28 at 7.30am on the green.

Both services will be followed by morning tea.



Deputy Head of Secondary, Dr Liz Criddle, welcomed our Acting Heads of Learning Area to their new roles this week.

Ms Leeanne Shanks will take on the position of Acting Head of Humanities (HASS and Biblical Studies). Ms Shanks joined SSS six years ago and says that she has enjoyed many challenges and special moments over the years. She says “I personally believe leadership is more than a title; it is a privilege and a role I embrace with the highest level of responsibility.  At SSS we are blessed to realise that we serve something greater than ourselves.  It is this in mind that I aim to recognise the skills and talents in others and bring out the best in them. I look forward to enhancing the Biblical Studies and HASS learning area over the upcoming months.”

Mr Matt Richmond will be Acting Head of Health and Physical Education, and has been at St Stephen’s School for ten years. Mr Richmond has taught from Pre – Primary right the way through to Year 12. He has always been keen to learn how sport and Physical Education was developed from foundation level right the way through to elite performers and is a qualified coach in a wide range of sporting activities, seeing how different techniques are used in sport development, across two different countries. He says that his vision for the HPE learning area is to“Maximise levels of participation and strive for excellence in everything we do; Maintain and develop our high standards of teaching and learning in all PE lessons; Maintain and improve our performances at ACC carnivals & CAS sport competitions. It is a real privilege and honour to be acting HOLA and I have appreciated all the support from staff, students & parents, which emphasises the positive impact sport has on the St Stephens’s community.”





Archaeological skills in Year 8 History

This week students used their archaeological skills in Yr 8 History. They determined which ‘poo’ belonged to which historical figure. They did this by identifying the extra ‘items’ that had not been digested.

Students said:

‘I think looking and touching poo to see who it might be from was an awesome activity and I would love to see more like it. – Joshua Silverlock

‘The H.A.S.S. Lesson where we investigated what fake poo belong to who was VERY FUN :)’ –  Lachlan Harrold

‘I found yesterday’s lesson really interesting, really fun and a bit gross’.  – Liam Mascok

“Archaeology holds all the keys to understanding who we are and where we come from.” –  Sarah Parcak