A year of early morning training, dedication and long hours on the ice rink have paid off for Year 9 student Isabella Djordjevic who was chosen to compete in the National Synchronised Skating Competition in Melbourne recently. Her team Infusion Junior overcame the odds, with all bar one team member brand new to the Junior Division, to impress at the State competition and come in a close fourth in two programs on the national stage. Huge congrats Isabella – a true testament to teamwork and commitment.
The funds raised from last year’s Fete have now been allocated and are making a difference around the Duncraig Campus. The old Primary Smartboard 680 is being replaced with new Smart Interactive Display Panels – at the Primary and ELC (with the school paying for one at Carramar). The 86-inch Ultra HD Displays include SMART Learning Suite including digital whiteboard web browser and wireless screen mirroring. They will allow the teacher to create interactive classes and cloud-based lessons across multiple devices ensuring hands-on learning through 3D interactive resources and collaborative cloud-sharing lessons.
Other exciting additions include new music stands and a trolley, which are already being enjoyed by the primary music staff and students; new Interschool sports uniforms; new art boards for better displays of our young creatives’ works and a range of new reading resources.
Our deepest thanks to the amazing Fete committee whose hard work and time continues to benefit all.
This morning was Tucker’s (our Reading Dog) last day of school for 2019 with the Year 8 English class he has been attending all year. The students produced gratitude certificates and thank you certificates to both Tucker and Karen (owner/volunteer) as well as treating Tucker to a few doggie treats and Karen to a box of chocolates.
A big thank you to Justine Stevens for programming Tucker into her English reading lessons. Tucker will be back with us next term to begin a new year bringing the light of reading into students’ lives at St Stephens.
Learning Enrichment Curriculum Leader – Secondary Learning Enrichment
We witnessed the start of a new tradition thanks to some new cricket wickets! After Mr Herewini kindly provided the stick-on wickets, students and staff gathered to bowl the first ball and kick off a friendly match that looks to become a regular occurrence.
Have you ever wondered: Can smaller potatoes be flung further? Are rounder potatoes better at rolling? Do lighter potatoes create less splash?
These questions and more were investigated on Tuesday afternoon, which saw the Year 7 students participate in the Potato Olympics. The triumphant return of the Potato Olympics to the Duncraig campus saw potatoes being flung, rolled, bowled and dropped – all in the name of maths! Pure spud power was used to collect authentic data and determine which potato athlete and country would fry the competition.
Teacher – Maths
If you thought you saw some people climbing around the roof of the ELC this week, you weren’t seeing things! St Stephen’s is going green with the installation of a 39.6kW solar system to offset our power usage. An almost 100kW system will also be installed on the Lorraine Paul Building at Duncraig shortly and an energy audit is looking at ways to minimise energy demand at Carramar.
Both systems will come with TV monitors so students and staff can monitor power generation in real time, allowing them to see our impact on the environment and how little changes can make a big difference.
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.
Rest, relaxation, and time with family and friends is the main goal for students over the end of year holidays. However there are some things that students might like to consider doing, perhaps towards the end of the holidays, that will make their school year ahead much easier, particularly senior students.
- Organise and rearrange your room and study space to make it a more effective learning area.
- Sort out all of your materials for school, decide what to keep and how to organise your work and if you can improve your filing systems.
- Set up term planners for the year so you can map put your due dates when the year starts.
- Set up a study timetable for the year so you have clear times allocated to complete your schoolwork during the week.
- Think about building your skills in any areas of weakness or any areas you’d like to develop new skills in like touch typing.
- If you can find out any of the novels you will studying in the coming year, read them over the holidays.
- For senior students consider downloading the syllabus documents for the subjects you will be studying.
Of course we also want students to refresh their mind and body, catch up on their sleep and take the time to focus on enjoying a healthy lifestyle.
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Y11 Biology students investigated the range of ecosystems down Busselton. They explored the underwater observatory and was amazed by the marine life, the beaches and their unique vegetation to sustain life in harsh environments, nocturnal organisms by spotlight and the awesome Ngilgi cave.
What an amazing world we live in!