Firetech are taking their courses online these school holidays. Visit the Firetech website to explore the course options available:
– Live Tutor-led sessions
– Secure and moderated online classroom
– Rolling start times
– Small groups (maximum eight students per group)

Firetech are offering 50% off for this inaugural run. Join them at

Year 7 Maths Pathway Information Session

We will be holding a Parent Information Session at the school on 26th March at 5.30pm, where we will discuss your child’s mathematics learning in further detail and answer any questions that you might have. We will also show you how to log in to Maths Pathway and how to use the data in the Parent Portal to check in on your child’s progress and discuss how you can support your child in their mathematics learning.

Details for this event are as follows:

Date: 26th March 2020

Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Location: Glenda Parkin Building (Yr 7 Building)

Recommended: Please bring your child and their device with you so that you can log in to the Parent Portal on our school network during the event.

We look forward to see you there,

Year 7 Mathematics Team



St Stephen’s is a subscriber to the study skills website

This is a website that helps students develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on topics such as improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory.

There are heaps of resources, including useful handouts, grids and planners on the Things to Print page. We spend time in Forum and Education Plus working through some of the Study Skills Handbook activities, as well as using other resources. Parents are encouraged to chat to their children about the study skills covered at school, as well as to take a look at the site for advice and assistance with their child’s study routine.

To access the handbook, go to and login as a subscriber with these details:

username:   ststephens

password:   100success

Dr Liz Criddle

Deputy Head – Teaching and Learning

Notice for Parents Year 7 & 8

Dear Yr 7 and 8 Parents

Earlier in the year your child may have opened a Pinterest account using their school email address. Pinterest is an excellent visual learning tool for students to document their research. Some of your children may have received some diet and body image advertising emails through their school email. You may wish to check with your child to see if they received any of these emails and talk to them about the content.

We have given time and instruction to the students in the classes affected to delete these accounts. Therefore no further emails should be coming through the school email system. Protocols for using such online learning tools are now in place. Here is a link where you can find further information about the protocols and how you can make using this learning tool as private and secure as possible.

More information on Pinterest

If you have any further queries please contact Mrs Penny Herd, Head of Learning Area, Technologies.



Join our mission into the 31th season of FIRST®! Are you ready to build a better tomorrow together?

Architects design and construct buildings. They combine science and art to make buildings and structures for their clients. Sometimes they make new buildings and sometimes they redesign old ones.

They work as part of a larger team, just like yours. Structural, civil and environmental engineers make sure a project suits its site. Construction workers like electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and project managers make sure the job stays on time and within budget. Every role is important to get the job done.

What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?

Our cities and towns face big issues, like transportation, accessibility and even natural disasters. How can we shape a better future for everyone? It will take teamwork and imagination.

You will 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

Try outs to make the team Thursday 29th August @ Lunch Time in the Library

Amy Aldous

Digital Learning Specialist Secondary – Cross Campus/Teacher – Science


Parents are reminded that the school Assessment Policy, and SCSA protocols, require that a Medical Certificate is submitted to the class teacher if a student is unwell and misses an assessment. Certificates can be obtained from pharmacists not just from the doctor. Please encourage your child to be proactive – if they are not very unwell they can organise with their teacher to attend school just to sit the assessment then return home. It is important that students are not avoiding assessments, and that they are coming to school whenever possible to sit them on the scheduled day so that assessments are valid for the whole cohort. Of course, circumstances can arise where this has not been possible, please contact your child’s class teacher if this is the case.

Mobile phones should be switched off and in lockers during the school day, unless permission has been given to use them in a specific class. The Assessment Policy requires that students do not have any electronic devices on them when sitting any assessment. This is not just phones, it also includes items such as smart watches for example. Please be aware of this in encouraging your child to be responsible and to plan ahead.

The school Assessment Policy is available on the Parent Portal.

Please contact the class teacher, relevant Head of Learning Area, or myself, if you have any questions.

Dr Liz Criddle

Deputy Head of Secondary (L&C)