The Rite Journey

At St Stephen’s Schools, we recognise the importance of each individual student’s personal development. The Rite Journey is a unique educational program designed to support the development of self-aware, responsible, respectful and resilient adults. The year-long program is taught to our Year 9 students where students engage in conversations about who they really are and what type of adult they want to be. The Rite Journey gives students an opportunity to reflect, discuss and develop strategies about their transition to adulthood through conversation, debates, challenges, self-reflection, journal keeping, and service to others.

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Rite Journey – great celebration

The Year 9 students participated in the Calling and Departure ceremony yesterday morning, bright and early (5:30am) at Sorrento foreshore. The ceremony calls all Year 9 students to accept the challenge of growing up, reflecting on who they are, where they are going and how they will positively contribute to our World. This is obviously a life-long challenge, but yesterday could certainly mark a memory for them as a starting point for their introspection.

A HUGE thank you must go to Nicola Kirby for organising a breakfast feast for about 450 people down on the foreshore – all happily cooked by our house captains and the fabulous Phil Timms and Nicola Resta.

Please join me in congratulating our students on their ceremony AND the Rite Journey staff for their tireless support of our Year 9 students – Sue Libbis, Andrea Tinney, Nicola Kirby, Andre Bourgault, Clay Osborne and Bennet Andrews.

Dale Kelly

Head of Rite Journey

Rite Journey EBA Exhibition

The EBA exhibition is part of the Year 9 Rite Journey mentoring program. Student work with a mentor throughout the year to create a project. The project is a space for mentoring to take place.

The range of projects is wonderful to see, especially the service initiatives that have taken place.

Congratulations to all of our Rite Journey students.

Dale Kelly

Assistant Dean Timae, Head of Rite Journey


Pictured below are a few of the many excellent projects.

Heart of Gold

Year 9 student Zac Grosser raised more than $2300 for the Heart Foundation when he ran the 12km City to Surf last month.

The race was Zac’s first ever long distance race and he did it with his uncle who has had a heart condition.

Zac raised the money as part of his EBA project for Rite Journey.

We salute you Zac!

‘The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me.’  – Matthew 25:40