Welcome back to School! We look forward to another busy and bountiful term. Principal, Mrs Donella Beare, shares her latest musings about taking time to slow down and plans for Term 4 here: http://bit.ly/2VG3nif
I recall when Term 1 was known as the ‘quiet term’ among school circles, yet I’m not sure that title still stands as our first term was a flurry of activity filled with various learning and wellbeing pursuits both at home and abroad. We had students achieve in a variety of areas, from The Arts and Debating to the sporting grounds and in the pool. Our South Africa Global Tour contingent left with more than 400kg of donations of shoes and clothes on their trip over the holidays, the materials lovingly received by those in need. A big thank you to the community who helped us to pass on the goods.
The Arts Tour also took place over the holidays, with across-campus contingent of staff and students treated to a smorgasbord of creativity. After taking in the sights of Melbourne, the group saw stage shows of West Side Story and Muriel’s Wedding, participated in a samba percussion workshop and visited the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. They then flew to Sydney for NIDA workshops, popped in to Brett Whiteley’s studio and enjoyed Sydney Theatre Company and Ensemble Theatre productions.
Today, we start Term 2 with reflections for Anzac Day and the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. Looking at the legacy these men and women have left provide a constant inspiration and to be thankful for all we have as well as looking forward to the future they helped to forge for us.
While there were many days spent in the pool for swimming carnivals in Term 1, the focus now turns to the track, with both Interhouse and Interschool Cross-Country Carnivals seeing our runners putting their best foot forward.
An information evening on ‘Navigating the Teenage Years’ has proved popular, selling out not long after tickets were released, as we all – students, parents and staff – work our way through some of life’s challenges, questions, changes and decisions.
Students will also be able to uncover the best pathway for them at the 2019 Career’s Expo, with representatives from universities, TAFEs, industry and other post school options gathering in the one place to chat about choices with students and parents. Keep an eye out for more information.
Our musicians will showcase their talent in a series of music concerts and the Arts & Academic Festival will bring out the creative side for all.
Many of our students go on camps this term, forging friendships, learning life skills and making memories in the process. Others will depart on a range of tours including the International Music Tour, Indonesian, Bethany Home, Canberra and Kimberley Tours.
This week, the School will also be announcing a special ‘Community Camp Out’ event at our Nanga property in Dwellingup for Term 3 to celebrate our 35 years. Families can enjoy an afternoon of activities and a night under the stars. There are limited tickets for what is sure to be a wonderful free community event so make sure you reserve a spot soon.
We continue our 35-year reflections with regular profiles of old staff, alumni and material from the archives – what a treat it has been to see where we began, where we are and where we hope to be.
So, here’s to another great term at St Stephen’s School. I look forward to sharing it with all of you.
Mrs Donella Beare
Did you spot St Stephen’s School in The West Australian’s Choosing a School liftout today? Mrs Beare discusses how we harness ‘soft skills’ such as critical thinking, creativity, resilience and versatility to prepare our students for the world beyond the school walls.
“We can’t predict the jobs of the future but we can prepare students for the changing world.”
This year, students have been meeting regularly with key personnel including Principal Mrs Donella Beare to help St Stephen’s better understand their school experience and to assist us in guiding pragmatic and impactful change.
By creating avenues for student voice to be heard, we seek to cultivate an environment in which student perspective not only holds nominal value, but can authentically shape policy, environment and pedagogy.
Validating that voice through action reinforces the learning for these students that their viewpoints matter and encourages them to be a voice for change beyond their years at St Stephen’s School.
The first assembly of 2018 was held today in the gym. It was also the first assembly that the new Year 7 cohort has attended. The school band was in attendance which is always special.
A school assembly is a gathering of all or part of a secondary school for a variety of purposes, such as celebrating achievements, announcements, raise the roof with singing, others are so quiet you can hear a pin drop but it is an ideal opportunity to communicate information on a regular basis.
Pictured below is Principal, Mrs. Donella Beare, Head of Secondary, Mr. Bruce Titlestad, and Deputy Head of Secondary, Dr. Liz Criddle.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23
In our final Presentation Evening for 2017, the St Stephen’s School community recognised the efforts and achievements of our Duncraig Secondary students. Congratulations to all students for their many achievements throughout School life. A full list of award winners can be found on our website: http://bit.ly/2BLj6lF
“For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6