Environmental Club 2.0

Do you care about the environment? Do you want to help St Stephens to be more environmentally friendly?

Then the Enviro-Club is the club for you! The Enviro-Club is a group dedicated to tackling some of sustainability problems around the school and in our community. We will be setting up sustainable gardens, designing and creating recycling stations and learning about the wonderful world of waste management – and that’s not all! To find out more about the greatest club on Earth, come down to S5 at recess on Tuesday the 12th of November – OPEN TO ALL YEAR LEVELS!

Amy Aldous

Digital Learning Specialist Secondary – Cross Campus/Teacher – Science


Mr Stefan Walter was a guest speaker in Mrs Aldous Year 8 Science class recently, demonstrating the Physics of Sound with his electric guitar, carrot clarinet or ‘Clarot’ and real clarinet. They also looked at the difference between electric and acoustic guitars as one of the students showed off his great guitar abilities with a solo.



The Physics of Sound Energy

Mr Stefan Walter was a guest speaker in Mrs Aldous year 8 Science class today, to demonstrate the Physics of Sound with his electric guitar, carrot clarinet or ‘Clarot’ and real clarinet. We also looked at the difference between electric and my acoustic guitar. The students had lots of questions and one of the students Sam even demonstrated his great guitar abilities playing ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ by Guns and Roses.

First Lego League Team going to State Finals

I am tremendously proud of our SSS-Duncraig Team, aka R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddies) they performed exceptionally in the robot game and scored well in the core values part of the competition held today at the Carramar Campus.

As a result we have advanced with 12 other teams to the state finals next weekend at Curtin university!!

We had two other teams from St Stephens advance; The Raging Comets (Carramar Secondary Team) and Galaxy Goats (Carramar Primary Team) and overall Champions of the round!! Our Duncraig Primary Team, Space Doctors, also won an award for their project presentation.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us so far; from encouraging the students, supervising training sessions, allowing time out of regular classes and helping with administration and organisation of equipment.

We will need to continue training this week and improve our robot design and presentation for next week’s competition at Curtin University. So please keep encouraging the students if you see them around campus before the Saturday’s Competition.

Amy Aldous

Digital Learning Specialist

Our Team: SSS Duncraig – aka R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddies)


Tryouts were held in the Community Room at lunch time today under the watchful eyes of Mrs Aldous, Mr Knight and Mrs Yan.

FIRST is an internationally acclaimed robotics program that inspires a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in young people.

FIRST® LEGO® League is a multi-part competition judged on three important elements:

1. Robot

Teams design, build and program a LEGO® robot to complete a series of challenges. The robot has to operate on pre-programmed instructions, and complete as many tasks as possible in only 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The challenge changes every year, and is always based on the years central theme. The 2013 game, Natures Fury, was based on natural disasters and robots had to clear branches of power lines, raise flood warning signs, and more. Teams compete on adjacent tables to score as many points as possible, and a number of awards are given for robot performance, programming innovation and clever design.

2. Project

Every year, teams study the years theme and develop solutions to problems theyve identified in society. Through the project, teams learn more about the competition theme and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Working on the project teaches students to research, think critically, work as a team and speak publicly. The project shows students they have the power to change the world, as teams can share successful ideas with their community, their school, their families, even all of Australia and the world. The international FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award provides teams with a way to share their solution with the entire global FIRST community.

3. Core Values

Throughout the competition, teams are judged on their adherence to the FIRST® LEGO® League core values, including teamwork, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism®. This aspect of FIRST®LEGO® League is designed to develop the students of today into the responsible citizens of tomorrow. Good examples of Core Values are observed and recognised with awards and trophies. Through this celebration of good qualities, FIRST® LEGO® League seeks to make students into better competitors, citizens, problem-solvers and engineers.

For more information:




http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sites/default/files/hydro-dynamics/into-orbit-logo.jpgJoin our mission into the 30th season of FIRST®! Prepare for blast off, break out of your earthly constraints and go INTO ORBITSM. The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season will transport your team into space, where you’ll explore, challenge, and innovate in the vast expanse of space.

Gather your crew and get ready to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space!

Do you have what it takes to go INTO ORBIT?

FIRST® LEGO® League challenges students  to think like scientists and engineers. During the 2018/19 INTO ORBIT Season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under Core Values celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

Are you ready for the Challenge?

Calling all Students who are interested in solving real world problems as part of a team and competing with other schools in November.

Register your interest by filling in the online form OR email amy.aldous@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Try outs to make the team on Thursday 13th September @ Lunch Time in the Library

Year 10 Girls attend Robogals Workshop

Today the Year 10 girls had the opportunity to attend a LEGO Robtotics workshop run by a group of university student volunteers arranged by Mrs Amy Aldous.

In this fun and educational class, students were shown the basics of engineering, robotics and programming using LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits.

The photo below shows students being a human structure.

The purpose of these workshops is to give girls a general idea of what engineering is about and to provide a fun, hands-on engineering experience. The workshops are free for schools and run by volunteers from UWA.

More more information http://perth.robogals.org,au/

SEQTA Engage Information Session – Year 7 Glenda Parkin Learning Centre


Dear Parents and Carers

On Monday 27 February we will be holding an Information Session on SEQTA in the Glenda Parkin Learning Centre (the year 7 building) at 7:00pm. The session will be run by Mrs Amy Aldous, Digital Learning Specialist, and designed for parents with little experience of the program. Please bring a device (phone, iPad, laptop) with you on the night to allow for hands-on instruction. There will also be time allocated for Q&A. We look forward to seeing our parents and carers on the night.

Kind regards

Amy Aldous

Suzy Mettam

Here is the link: https://engage.ststephens.wa.edu.au/