UWA Visit

Today a group of Year 10 Students from St Stephen’s  were fortunate enough to spend the day chatting with top researchers from UWA about their careers and opportunities in the Sciences. Hearing so many stories from young science researchers creating new knowledge and understanding for the human race is an inspiration to us all.

The students were amazed at the incredible variety of science fields that are available and that these are open to students that have a passion to make a difference in the world and that the years ahead are in fact a very exciting and interesting time. And our young people will be at the forefront of this.

Charles Biddle

Head of Learning Area Science





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.

Year 9 & 10 (2020) Subject Information Evening

Date:                     Monday 17 June

Time:                     6:30pm

Where:                 Theatre

This evening will provide an overview of requirements for WACE Graduation, presentations about elective subjects, and the opportunity to ask questions of Heads of Learning Area. Parents and students are invited to attend.

The 2020 Duncraig Curriculum Handbook is available online, and can be found either in the Parent Portalhttps://portal.ststephens.wa.edu.au/parent-and-student/learning-resources/curriculum-handbook.html, or in School Documents – Parent Information on SEQTA. The Handbook will assist when choosing electives for 2020. The slide presentation from the evening will be uploaded to SEQTA Documents.


A group of Year 10 students tried their hands at plastering, tiling and bricklaying during the School’s recent Try-A-Trade program at the North Metropolitan TAFE’s Clarkson campus.

The students spent three days learning new skills, with plastering proving very popular – shown by the amount of plaster spread around – and groups enjoying the tiling and bricklaying opportunities as well.

Try-A-Trade is a short course to give students a chance to participate in a trade environment and experience what an apprenticeship may be like.

VET in Schools liaison officer Vicki O’Connor said it allows the students to have a better overview for subject selection at school as they can make an informed decision on the course of study they would like to follow.

“Students were totally engaged in each trade, displaying excellent skills and behaviour, prompting positive comments from the lecturers at North Metropolitan TAFE, and they represented our School in an extremely positive way,” Mrs O’Connor said.

“Parents were also very supportive with phone calls, emails and chats at your Careers Expo on the positive effect it had on their child as it had given them a direction for upper school studies.”

The VET Liaison Officers from both campuses were very impressed with the students’ “have-a-go” attitude and the questions asked about pathways into trades.


Moving up to Secondary can be a bit daunting for some but the Year 7-10 Mentoring Program helps to welcome the newest recruits into the fold. Year 10 students recently spent time playing games with some of the Year 7s, helping to bridge the gap from Primary to Secondary, with Celebrity Heads, UNO and Two Truths and Lie offering lots of laughs. The groups meet twice a term to provide the younger students with a familiar and friendly face before they transition into their Houses in Year 8.


There’s nothing quite like a good story time at the ELC, especially when the Year 10s come to visit! Year 10 students recently created their own children’s picture books of the Bible to read to the Year 2s. The Year 2s were delighted to listen and share the knowledge they have learned in their own Biblical Studies class.


Year 10 Biblical Studies

In Year 10 Biblical Studies, students spend 12 weeks completing an overview of the Bible learning how the 66 books of the bible all point to Jesus Christ. A central part of this course has the students creating their own children’s picture book of the Bible. To celebrate the successful completion of their storybooks the Year 10s visited the Year 2s at the Early Learning Centre and read their books aloud to a small group of students. The Year 2s were delighted share their own knowledge about Jesus from the Bible Mr Stephens has been reading to them. It was a wonderful time for all involved.

Mairead Taylor

Head of Learning Area – Humanities & Social Sciences and Biblical Studies

Dancing the Day away!

Year 10 History students participated in the Charleston Dance lesson earlier in the term.  Yr 10 History covers Australia from the end of WW up to the Civil Rights movement.  It is important that students actively engage in Australian history and enjoyed learning a dance from the 1920s.  It is always impressive to see how much effort out students put into activities and the joy they receive from engaging in these activities.

Leeanne Shanks

Teacher – Humanities and Social Sciences & Assistant Dean Alethea