TUTTI FESTIVA

During the holidays a group of our musicians travelled to China to take part in Tutti Festiva, working in masterclasses and performing in festival honour groups with students from Australian and Chinese schools. As well as creating lifelong memories (such as performing on the Great Wall of China and listening to the Beijing Opera) the group was able to contribute to a local charity funding the education for children of migrant workers.

China Music Tour

During the holidays a group of our musicians travelled to China to rehearse and perform in “Tutti Festiva”. http://www.tuttibeijing.com/ They spent hours honing their own music skills in masterclasses as well as performing in festival honour groups with students from other Australian and Chinese schools. The festival was held at Kaiwen Academy – a new K-12 school built to educate 2000 students…as well as amazing Performing Arts facilities it also has an ice hockey rink… http://cy.kaiwenacademy.cn/en/

Educationally, this tour was an incredible opportunity for our musicians to reach the next level with their musicianship. The Tutti faculty included professional musicians working at elite levels as professors, conductors, composers and performers in Northern American, Chinese and Australian universities.

As well as creating lifelong memories such as performing on “The Great Wall of China” and listening to Beijing Opera and other musical performances from the faculty, our students, staff and school contributed to “The Dandelion Project”. This charity funds the education costs (including music) for the children of migrant workers as they are ineligible to access an education in Chinese schools. Overall, we were part of a $13500 donation!

Andre and I loved taking these wonderful musicians away to China. They were superb ambassadors for St Stephen’s School. We are very proud of what they achieved and we are excited to see how their experiences will feed back into the Music program. We would also like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Don Candy, who prepared the Classical guitars so well for the tour.

Please enjoy these photos:)

Mrs Andrea Stimpson – Director of Music
Mr Andre Bourgault – Music Teacher

BON VOYAGE

As we look towards the school holidays, we bid farewell to two tour groups taking the world by storm! The Indonesian Service Tour leaves to host cultural lessons, teach English and take part in activities with students and families from the Bali Life Foundation’s school for underprivileged kids.

Meanwhile, the International Music Tour sees a cross-campus group of Secondary students travel to Beijing, China for the Tutti World Youth Music Festival. Students will take part in rehearsals, masterclasses, concerts, sightseeing and will even perform on the Great Wall of China!

Bunnings Training Day Success!

Well done to everyone for completing the Bunnings Day Training Session! Remember how to use the tools and skills you learned because they’ll come in handy when we are in South Africa.

  • Power drill (wood and masonry)
  • Torque wrench (screws, nuts and bolts)
  • Saws (jigsaw and hand saw)
  • Painting (rolling and brushing around trim)
  • Liquid Nails
  • Paving (measuring, levelling, cutting and laying)
  • Bricklaying (making ‘mud’ to keep bricks together and pavers from shifting)

A special ‘Thank you’ goes to Belinda and her team of professionals at the Joondalup Bunnings for hosting this very important training session. Not only did they provide you with the necessary skills and safety training you need while we’re on tour, but they also donated a lot of sports equipment for the children we will be visiting in South Africa.

Mr. C. Osborne

Bethany Home Tour 2018 Information Evening

Come along for an informative evening regarding the Year 11, 2018, Bethany Home Tour.

It will be held in Cousins Hall, Duncraig Campus, Monday February 5 at 6:45pm.

There will be plenty of parking.

 “The greatest among you will be your servant.”   Matthew 23:11

Cambodia Service Tour Departs

Early this morning the first St Stephen’s School Service Tour of 2018 left for Cambodia. The tour is organised through Raw Impact who aim to empower families through innovative and sustainable projects.

We wish them a safe journey and a blessed tour.

Keep updated with their journey and adventure on the St Stephen’s Global Blog or Facebook:

Cambodia Service Tour 2018

RAW Impact – St Stephens 2018

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  – Peter 4:10

Service Tour of India

The inaugural trip to India has been an eye-opening experience for staff and students. After a long journey they finally made it to Woodstock School.

Students are immersing themselves in India’s rich culture on the once-in-a-lifetime India Service Tour. On day four at Woodstock, students spent the morning painting the new library at Kaplani Village School, before setting off on an Indian food safari to the town of Mussoorie.

What an amazing opportunity.  Follow the students’ blog here: http://bit.ly/2jUon5K

Below are just a few of the photos from the trip so far:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35

St Stephens meets the Governor General of Australia

A wonderful time was had by all on the recent HASS Canberra Tour.  This tour was made possible due to the funding and support of the Australian government.  The financial support provided through the PACER contribution alleviated financial stress and allowed more students to participate in this excellent learning experience.

Students were privileged to have a personal meeting with the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove.  Immediately after, Sean MacMillian played a beautiful piece of music in the Drawing Room. Recent guests to this room include former President, Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.  Our students then lost themselves in the Australian War Memorial and followed this with a visit to New and Old Parliaments. Other Canberra highlights included CSIRO, Anzac Walk, Mount Ainslie, Australian Institute of Sport and Questacon.

Students then travelled to Melbourne and after a night walk in central Melbourne and Federation Square, woke up early to visit the Islamic Museum.  Students were given the opportunity to see the contributions of the Islamic community and were interested to find Muslims have been in Australia before Federation (1.1.1901).  Students asked engaging questions which dispelled many myths they had about the Muslim community.  Students then went to the Melbourne Gaol to experience the grim history of the colonial prison system.  Students were then impressed by the lights of Melbourne via the Eureka Skydeck.  Our second last day involved a visit to Sovereign Hill where students saw gold poured and went down an old mine.  They were also excited to see see the original Eureka Stockade Flag.  We ended our trip with a tour to the MCG and shopping at the Victorian Markets.

Verity Palmer and Matt English both agreed that they felt privileged to be involved on this tour and enjoyed themselves due to the excellent behaviour of our students. The students were joyous, courteous and an excellent representation of St Stephens. I hope parents and the school are as proud of their behaviour and care shown to each other on this trip as I was.

Leeanne Shanks

Humanities and Social Sciences

“The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” – Proverbs 18:15

Tour Morning

Selecting a school is a major decision. It is less about predicting the sort of person your child will become and more about providing them with a diverse range of possibilities which will enable them to experience success within a safe and secure learning community.

To develop an understanding of St Stephen’s, we warmly encourage families to attend one of our Tour Mornings. These mornings give families the opportunity to see the School ‘in action’. Many families comment that these tours have allowed them to experience the intangible qualities of St Stephen’s educational offering, beginning a valuable and long-lasting partnership between home and school.

Families are welcome to attend both the Primary Campus, and Secondary Campus. Prospective students are very welcome to attend with their parents or guardians. Places at these Open Mornings are limited, so bookings are essential.

Even though the weather was wild and windy it didn’t stop perspective families coming along. Parents were greeted by Principal Donella Beare and Registrar Gayle Pieterse, School Executive were introduced followed by a short briefing from the Primary School Head, Mrs Tracey Gray, and then Head of Secondary, Mr Bruce Titlestad.

This was followed by a walking tour of the campus, concluding with morning tea. Our Registrar and other key staff members were available to answer any specific questions the families may have.

For more information: Admissions Information