Category: Parents

FREE Cyber Safety PD for Parents Online

October 13, 2020
Wednesday, 14th October 2020 | 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM (AEDT) | (GMT+11:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Teams Live Event We know how hard it is being a parent in 2020. There are a whole new array of complexities, risks and technology you need to navigate for your child, and we want to help.In response to the growing concerns amongst parents and schools, Microsoft has teamed up with cyber safety expert, Yasmin London, to provide a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities that participating in a digital environment presents to students, parents, and schools.Filled with real world, practical advice and content, this FREE webinar will equip parents with solutions that are easily implemented to promote safe online environments.Register now to secure your spot.
Note: Microsoft Teams delivers a rich, interactive experience that works best with the Teams app. We recommend downloading the app if you don’t have it, as not all browsers are supported. When you join this event, your name, email and/or phone number may be viewable by other session participants in the attendee list. By joining this event, you’re agreeing to this experience.

Philosothon 2020

September 23, 2020

The Philosothon was held at UWA Tuesday evening.  Below is the team that competed on behalf of Duncraig.

Kari Whitelock

Nathan Kim

Thomas McIntyre

Sophie Frazer

Jethro Mack

Mitchell Jones

Riley Sobolewski

Coach/GAT teacher:  Catherine Riddle

The judges this year commented that the standard of the competition was the highest they had seen.  There was even a delay as the judges debated themselves on the  final awarding of marks.  Our students competed really well and enjoyed the evening.

A Philosothon is concerned with big questions, questions at the edge of science and reason. Each school selects between 5-8 students to represent the school and together they explore philosophical and ethical issues orally.

Year 11 ATAR Marine and Maritime Studies RST Excursion

September 23, 2020

Class: Year 11 ATAR Marine & Maritime Studies

Staff: Mrs Hudson and Mr Nicholson

Excursion: Recreational Skipper’s Ticket (RST)

As part of the Marine and Maritime Studies course, a number of our students were offered the opportunity to obtain their Recreational Skipper’s Ticket. The students successfully completed the practical component at Hillarys Yacht Club and are now officially qualified boat skippers.

Ben Nicholson

Teacher – Science

Careers Newsletter for October

September 22, 2020

The October Careers Newsletter is on the home page of our school careers website. In it you will find information about the upcoming ECU  Open Day on Campus, a wide variety of short courses that are available, Microsoft Traineeships, the SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo , information about where and how to find Harvest jobs plus a whole lot more.
Please click on the link below to access our Careers Website and take the time to read the newsletter.  If you haven’t already, done so, please find time to explore the careers website too- It pays to know as much as you can about the opportunities that are available to you.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
Kind Regards
Sarah Cooke
9243 2154

OCTOBER 2020 Newsletter

Year 11 River Cruise

September 22, 2020

Dear Year 11 Students, Parents and Guardians

Last night we had a fantastic evening aboard the MV James Stirling for the annual Year 11 River Cruise. Students and staff came dressed to the theme of TV Shows and Movies and there were some amazing ensembles. Most notably: Jethro Mack the Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Seb Oats as The Joker and the incredibly well-attired Star Wars cast. There was also Total Drama Island, the Power Puff Girls, Mario and Luigi, the Mumma Mia Trio, Pirates of the Caribbean and Marty from Back to the Future.

The crew of the MV James Stirling wish to pass on their sincere appreciation to our students for their outstanding behaviour both throughout the cruise and especially at the end of the evening when our students cleaned up their own tables. They also commented on how impressed they were with the costumes and the way our students interacted with one another. The community spirit of St Stephen’s School, the way we care for one another, was shining brightly last night. You were excellent ambassadors for our school.

Thank you to Dr Criddle, Mr Gaby, Mr Knight, Mr Jakeway, Miss Ross, Miss Ntoumenopoulos and Mr Herewini for supervising. Special thank you to Mrs Aldous for being our Chief Photographer and Mrs Kirby for being our Medic for the evening. Thank you also to Tara Eshragi, Georgia La Motte, Emma Hutson and your band of helpers for coming early to decorate the decks

Congratulations, Year 11s on an awesome evening!

Ms Tinney

Teacher – Biblical Studies



September/October Holiday Revision & Exam Prep Program Master Mind Australia

September 22, 2020

Just a reminder that Master Mind Australia will be conducting revision and exam preparation classes for secondary school students in the upcoming September/October school holidays. To view the schedules for the Face to Face Program and the Online Virtual Classrooms please click here


The Venues:

  • On-Line for Year 12 (28 Sept – 2 Oct)
  • Hale School for Year 11 & 12 (5 Oct – 9 Oct)


ATAR Years 11 & 12: The program offers ATAR students an opportunity to receive comprehensive subject revision and exam preparation before their Final Exams.


We are proud of the quality of our classes and the student evaluations for our previous programs as well as more information on our courses can be found at

ECU On Campus Open Days

September 22, 2020

It is our pleasure to invite you and your students to register for our On-Campus Open Days!

We will be hosting Open Days at each of our campuses: Joondalup, Mount Lawley and at our South West campus in Bunbury. Please click the image below to visit our registration page.

All guests who register to attend one of our upcoming Open Days will go into a draw to win a Mavic Mini drone! We also encourage attendees to join our Facebook event pages for the latest updates and information:

Our programs, and online planner will be live next week, allowing you and your students to personalise your Open Day experience. Check back in next Friday to plan your day! []

We hope you have received the Open Day posters that we have mailed out. If you are yet to receive these, please see copies attached.

We look forward to seeing you!

SCSA Advice – Contingencies for WACE Examinations

September 21, 2020


Last week, Year 12 students and families were emailed by the school with advice and reminders about the upcoming WACE Examinations. This information has also been discussed in Education Plus. Of course, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions at all.

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and is providing ongoing advice for students, teachers, school leaders, parents/guardians/carers and the community as the situation evolves. The Board of SCSA continues to work from the premise that no student should be disadvantaged as a result of the COVID-19 situation. SCSA encourages everyone to stay up-to-date with their latest communications and resources as they become available. Students are asked to log into the SCSA Student Portal every day before each examination.

The Student website now includes a general advice page for Year 12s. The page also links to the Curriculum and Assessment Advice – COVID-19 page for students. The updates to the Parent and Community website provide additional information and advice to support Year 12s. The new information is collected under an additional tab: How can I help my Year 12? The focus of the initial SCSA update is on finishing Year 12 (all students) and completing the ATAR course examinations (ATAR students).

Liz Criddle

Deputy Head of Secondary (Teaching & Learning)


September 18, 2020

As part of their transition into Year 3,  Year 2s visited the Primary School this week, guided by some very helpful Year 9 students. After a play in the playground, students took part in French and Music lessons to become familiar with their surroundings before the move next year.

Impressive initiative in science and mathematics

September 18, 2020

Thomas McIntyre (pictured on left) watched a video on statistics in his spare time and decided to do some field testing in the school to verify the findings of the video. The premise is below;

“In the jelly-bean guessing game, participants either guess too high or too low and in roughly equal proportion and to about the same degree of inaccuracy. The individual will usually guess incorrectly, however if a large enough group is sampled and their average guess is taken, the average guess approaches the actual number of beans, even if everybody in the sample group has guessed incorrectly.”

Thomas wanted to test this theory, so he took a jar of M&M’s to the quad during lunch with a few tables and an assistant and surveyed around 100 participants to guess the number of M&M’s in the jar. The jury is still out on whether the theory holds true, but I think the fact that he has gone to all this effort, independently and without prompting, to verify the reliability of a theory on statistics which he read about in his spare time is a great testament to his ambition and promise as a scientist/mathematician.

Ben Lyons (pictured on right) helped Thomas out on the day processing data.

Kaleb Withers

Teacher – Science