Some familiar faces were welcomed back to our Duncraig campus for this year’s Careers Conversations breakfast! Alumni and parents of St Stephen’s School chatted to the Year 11s about their different careers and experience in the workforce, aimed to inspire our senior students who are beginning to explore career options.


Our VET students have been doing us proud in recent weeks, showcasing their skills among industry professionals.
Year 12 Amelia Hodder has been attending a girls only Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship class for her External VET. The class was recently presented with a WA Training Award for Female Participation in the Electrical Industry, with lots of interest from employers at the event.
The annual Hospitality Group Training Showcase also saw school-based apprentice Year 12 Abi Kemp join full-time apprentice chefs to produce a five-course fine dining meal for 300 people. Executive Chef for the night was alumni Zac Tholen.
So great to see St Stephen’s students making their mark.


Year 10 students rounded out Term 2 with a week of work experience, learning about the world of work first hand. Students were introduced to various roles including physios, vets, engineers, electricians and chefs, just to name a few. Thank you to the employers who provided a placement for our students and ensured they had both meaningful work and interesting insights into the workplace.


Out VET students continue to make a positive impact in industry with students selected to represent VET courses to prospective students at a recent information evening at Aranmore Catholic College. Year 12 student Dante O’Leary and his Dad Bradley were asked to represent the Certificate II in Metals along with lecturer Joe Turner.

Dante was a great ambassador for the school.


St Stephen’s School prides itself on the practical learning opportunities given to our students, regularly working with the wider community to assign work experience placements that help both our students and those hosting them.
Some of our students have shown interest in the below industries;
Tiling, Plumbing, Property Valuation, Media, Electrical, Kitchen/Bathroom Renovations and more.
Our Vocational Education and Careers Departments are putting the call out to our alumni and parent communities to see if word of mouth really works!
Let us know if you, or someone you may know, could be interested in hosting some work experience students.


VET Induction Day

Tuesday morning saw the annual VET Induction morning, this year held at Duncraig campus, for all of the students embarking on External VET studies in 2019.

Students listened to Lewis Schofield (2017 graduate) and Megan Wright (2015 graduate) tell them all about where their qualifications have taken them since they left St Stephen’s.

Lewis is now working FIFO for BHP as an apprentice electrical mechanic and Megan has returned briefly from Scotland where she has been working in a stately home (using her Certificate II in Hospitality). While she is home, she is using her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as she does relief work in a childcare centre so that she can save some money before returning to the UK.

The value of a qualification earned at school was clear for all to see!

Notre Dame Experience A Day in the Life of Uni Student

Friday 6 July
Year 10, 11 and 12 students can try uni life for a day Friday 6 July.  
Bring your friends, enjoy delicious eats and plan your own schedule for the day based on your areas of interest. Check out the program for the day and reserve your spot online


Notre Dame upcoming events July and August

A Day in the Life of a Uni Student

Friday 6 July

Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus for A Day in the Life of a University Student to experience what student life at Notre Dame is really like! Visit our campus, take part in lectures and activities, enjoy a tour of our town university, and meet current students and academics.

1-on-1 Advice Sessions

July 9-July 13

Considering your uni options but unsure of the right degree for you? Book in for a 1-on-1 advice session at the Fremantle Campus during the July school holidays. Speak with our advisors about degrees that align with your strengths and interests and how to apply.


Notre Dame Open Day

Sunday 19 August

Kick-start your uni journey at the Notre Dame Open Day. Enjoy the atmospheric Fremantle campus, check out the facilities, enjoy music, food and games and get involved in the festivities.


For more information and to register for any events, visit


Sarah Cooke

Careers Advisor

Try’A Trade

This week some of our Year 10 and Year 9 students are at Try’A Trade at the Clarkson campus of NMetro Tafe. Over 3 days they will have a go at plastering, tiling and bricklaying.

This state-of-the-art facility is the main campus for trades training in Perth’s northern corridor.

Try’a Trade is a day where students can try a number of trades and learn more about the many career options the industry provides. Students might be thinking of a career in the trades or maybe still figuring out what job pathway they might like to pursue. Either way, Try’a Trade is the perfect way to try a whole range of options all in the same day.

The best part about Try’a Trade is that it’s really hands on. Students get the chance to drill, hammer, and plaster while learning from real tradespeople.

Cathy Trethowen

VET Liaison Officer

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” – Philippians 4:13