GIVING IS THE GREATEST ACT OF GRACE

St Stephen’s School’s Service Learning program spread its wings even further this week with the launch of the brand-new Joondalup Food Cart service – a St Stephen’s initiative in partnership with Lakeside Joondalup, Rotary and for the benefit of UnitingCare West. The cart will be manned by volunteers, including our staff and students, to pick up unsold food from cafes and food outlets at Lakeside Joondalup to go to those in need through UnitingCare West Merriwa. Congrats to all involved! If you have always wanted to volunteer but don’t know where to start, visit our new-look Volunteers website where our Volunteers team can match you with a giving opportunity to suit your needs.

See more at volunteer.ststephens.wa.edu.au.

ECO FRIENDLY

Eager to make a difference in the local community, T1 Homeroom recently rolled up their sleeves to clean up the sand dunes at Hillarys. Participating in Keep Australia Beautiful WA‘s Adopt-a-Spot program, students ‘adopted’ an area in their local community they frequently visit to keep it clean. The group also visited the Department of Fisheries to learn about how plastics enter the ecosystem and the consequences faced by the fish in our coastal region.

RISE Service Learning for T1

T1 went to RISE to work with young people and adults with disabilities.  There were many activities to enjoy like painting portraits, working with clay and wood work.  Our students also enjoyed working alongside the people at RISE and getting to know them and support the staff.  Some of us learnt how to knit, and spent time in the textiles room where there was lots of laughter and chatting.  Other students from T1 supported RISE and the staff by sweep the bricked area in the garden and re arranging the flower pots making it a tranquil and quiet place to sit and enjoy being in nature. After a wonderful time, the T1 students who attended this community service expressed how much fun it was and that the time they spent at RISE was time well spent.  We are thankful for the opportunity to support people with disabilities.

Shannon Fletcher
Teacher – Science

Service Excursion Timae

A group of ten year 11 and 12 students went to Ronald McDonald House to participate in their ‘Lovin’ from the Oven’ experience. They made morning tea for the families staying in the house. These families have children who are sick in the new children’s hospital and Ronald McDonald House is very much their ‘home away from home’. The students were also given a tour of the facilities, including seeing inside the rooms which families can stay in, the teen hang out area and the roof top garden.

Jen Prosser

Assistant Dean Timae  & Mathematics Teacher

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 6:2

 

Reaching Out

Members of CATA Group thoroughly enjoyed a service learning visit from a group of Duncraig Year 11s late last term. Duncraig Year 11s Tamzen Paine, Portia Smulders and Emily Bartlett spent quality time with the adults, laughing through belly dancing and working on pottery pieces.

CATA provides innovative services and creative opportunities that promote people’s lifelong wellbeing in a safe, enjoyable and supportive environment.

Digital Partnership

Yiyili Community School is located 600km inland from Broome in the Kimberley region of WA, yet its remote location is no barrier to innovation.

Staff and students in the K-10 cohort recently enjoyed a visit from members of the St Stephen’s School Digital Learning Team who spent five days passing on digital skills in the areas of robotics, coding, augmented reality and circuitry.

The team also worked with staff in professional development, provided training resources and technical support and updated Yiyili’s devices and programs.

Serve God, Serve One Another

Thanks to RAWimpactOrg for sharing this heartwarming video of St Stephen’s School’s recent Service Tour to Cambodia. Seeing our work in motion like this makes us very proud members of our community.

“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.” – Thessalonians 3:13

Bethany Home Tour 2018 Information Evening

Come along for an informative evening regarding the Year 11, 2018, Bethany Home Tour.

It will be held in Cousins Hall, Duncraig Campus, Monday February 5 at 6:45pm.

There will be plenty of parking.

 “The greatest among you will be your servant.”   Matthew 23:11

Service Tour of India

The inaugural trip to India has been an eye-opening experience for staff and students. After a long journey they finally made it to Woodstock School.

Students are immersing themselves in India’s rich culture on the once-in-a-lifetime India Service Tour. On day four at Woodstock, students spent the morning painting the new library at Kaplani Village School, before setting off on an Indian food safari to the town of Mussoorie.

What an amazing opportunity.  Follow the students’ blog here: http://bit.ly/2jUon5K

Below are just a few of the photos from the trip so far:

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35

Lunch in the Sun

The smell was so appetizing and heralded the Cambodia fund raising sausage sizzle. Ms Shanks and Mrs Libbis had a merry band of helpers for the event. Such was the demand for a sausage and a cold drink in the beautiful weather Ms Shanks agreed to an IOU system.

Well done to all!