Week 10, Term 2 2021

Dear Families,

We can never talk about the need to build resilience in our young people too much. From the early formative years to upper primary, adolescence and senior secondary, as parents, teachers and a community, we must coach from the sidelines and let our young people deal with the game on the field. Our world is a new world with new demands and new paradigms in which we live. Their world is, and will be, a world that is more challenging and more confronting than we have experienced or can imagine. That said, our young people are equipped to deal with the 21st Century, they will find their way and be successful if, we prepare them to be hit and to get back up again. If they understand that failure is a part of growth. If they know that things are not always perfect or that unintended endings are normal, then they are better prepared to deal with life. Life isn’t always peachy!

In doing some reading around this topic (as teachers do regularly), I stumbled on a great article by Jessica Lehay, who makes some salient points in conjunction with a study done by QUT, and I thought I would share some excerpts for you to mull over and consider. The timing is good because your child is just about to receive their Semester 1 report, their subject recommendations for Year 11 2022, their acceptance into a Rec Club that they nominated for for Semester 2 or their Year 11 or 12 Examination results and we can use this moment to teach resilience and responsibility, or we can seek to band-aid and ‘there there’ the unexpected or disappointing result. Please enjoy:

“The stories teachers exchange these days reveal a whole new level of overprotectiveness: parents who raise their children in a state of helplessness and powerlessness, children destined to an anxious adulthood, lacking the emotional resources they will need to cope with inevitable setback and failure.

I believed my accumulated compendium of teacher war stories were pretty good — until I read a study out of Queensland University of Technology, by Judith Locke, et. al., a self-described “examination by parenting professionals of the concept of overparenting.”

Overparenting is characterized in the study as parents’ “misguided attempt to improve their child’s current and future personal and academic success.” In an attempt to understand such behaviours, the authors surveyed psychologists, guidance counsellors, and teachers.

 What worries me most are the examples of overparenting that have the potential to ruin a child’s confidence and undermine an education in independence. According to the authors, parents guilty of this kind of overparenting “take their child’s perception as truth, regardless of the facts,” and are “quick to believe their child over the adult and deny the possibility that their child was at fault or would even do something of that nature.”

 This is what we teachers see most often: what the authors term “high responsiveness and low demandingness parents.” These parents are highly responsive to the perceived needs and issues of their children, and don’t give their children the chance to solve their own problems. These parents “rush to school at the whim of a phone call from their child to deliver items such as forgotten lunches, forgotten assignments, forgotten uniforms” and “demand better grades on the final semester reports or threaten withdrawal from school.”

Truly, teachers don’t just teach reading, writing, and arithmetic. We teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint, and foresight. These skills may not get assessed on standardized testing, but as children plot their journey into adulthood, they are, by far, the most important life skills I teach.

I’m not suggesting that parents place blind trust in their children’s teachers; I would never do such a thing myself. But children make mistakes, and when they do, it’s vital that parents remember that the educational benefits of consequences are a gift, not a dereliction of duty. Year after year, my “best” students — the ones who are happiest and successful in their lives — are the students who were allowed to fail, held responsible for missteps, and challenged to be the best people they could be in the face of their mistakes.

Jessica Lahey is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and an English teacher. She writes “The Parent-Teacher Conference” column at The New York Times, is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and is the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

Interesting? Timely? Helpful? I hope all of these.

Yours in Service,

Brett Roberts (Head of Campus – Carramar)


There is a substantial amount of lost property in each of the campus houses, in particular sports jackets and towels  If your child has misplaced/lost something please advise them to thoroughly check the lost property outside staffrooms in Makaria, Charis & Parresia. (check all areas, not just their own house) Any lost property not collected by end of term will be disposed of.  It is advisable for students to clearly name all personal items especially clothing.


Yr 11/12 girls and boys volleyball teams recetly competed in the North Eastern division of the SSWA volleyball competition. The boys team made the grand final but could not quite get the job done. The girls however, went from strength to strength throughout the day to win the grand final!

Adam Dwyer


On the 10th and 11th of June the Yr 9 Outdoor Education students participated in their first camping expedition.  The overnight camp required them to hike and carry all of their equipment from Dwellingup Town Centre to the School’s Kaadadjan Centre.

In the evening we had to contend with the rain as the students cooked their meals on small camp stoves.  Some were more successful than others!

After dinner the students got the opportunity to take on the teachers in a game of “lantern stalk” at night.  The teachers were either too good at spotting or the students were too noisy as the teachers were able to defend their lantern with ease.  The next morning the students woke to a blanket of mist covering the valley.  Dwellingup was living up to its name as the place of fog, dew and mist.  After packing up camp the group set off on the return journey back to the Dwellingup Town Centre.

It was a great introduction to camping and the students reflected afterwards on how much they got from the experience.

Craig Thomas


This term the students in the Athlete Development Program have been working with the experts from Athletic Institute on improving their core strength and flexibility.  The Yr 8’s were able to visit AI’s purpose built  facility that includes an altitude room, while the Yr 7’s were shown the basics of building strength in our weights room.  The students were very positive about their experience and indicated how much they had picked up from the sessions with the trainers.

Next term the program will be focusing on nutrition and mental skills training.

Craig Thomas


Students in Year 7 & 8 have been enjoying interacting in the marine environment this semester in the Marine & Aqua Rec program, which has included snorkelling, body surfing and swimming. Last week students visited Marine Rescue Whitfords at Ocean Reef hearing about marine safety and visiting the operations tower.

David Bosma


Year 9 biblical studies students read to students in Years 1-3 last week. After preparing a “mini bible” over the past term the primary students had the opportunity to enjoy the Secondary students efforts. It was a fantastic sometimes challenging time as students interacted in small groups in the primary forum space.

David Bosma


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Week 8, term 2 2021

Managing our emotions and dealing with the challenges of everyday life, and parenting, can at times, be more demanding that we would hope. The pressures of work commitments, paying bills, raising a family and living in a world of non-stop activity can take its toll on both individuals and families alike. When the pressures come, and things don’t go as planned, it is easy to be quick to anger.

Charles Swindoll, in his book “David: A man of Passion & Destiny: Profiles in Character” states that “Anger is one of the most debilitating emotions we wrestle with. One reason is that it is unpredictable – it can be on us almost before we know it, and it can wear so many faces.” Swindoll goes on to say “another reason it’s debilitating is that it’s so public. You cannot hide anger, it’s on display. It is there for everybody to witness and remember.”

So, the great challenge for us as parents is to manage our behaviours when we do become angry, and in doing so showing self-control and responding in a positive manner, so that we and our children, learn from errors committed, the mistakes that were made and hurts that have been experienced.

Below are 3 simple techniques to assist with controlling anger and staying calm when dealing with your child who has “pressed your buttons” once too often.

  1. Look for the early physical signs of your anger eg: faster heart rate, churning stomach, tense shoulders, clenched jaw and hands. Recognising these tell-tale signs can de-escalate tense situations.
  2. Avoid negative self-talk, it makes anger worse. Internalised commentary like “No-one ever helps me – I have to do everything myself” or “Why do you want to upset me?” are a sign for individuals to take the time to stop, to do something else, and in as a result, helps you to calm down.
  3. Reflect on the situation. If you feel as though you are calming down perhaps you can assess: How important was this issue? Why was I so upset about it? Using our past experiences as learning opportunities helps us to deal more appropriately with future situations.

We all know that no-one is perfect and that when anger arises, it is an enormous challenge to respond well. It is however, in the best interests of all concerned, that we more often than not, display a calm and controlled response to those highly charged moments.

Russell Gilchrist (Dean of Parresia)


There is a substantial amount of lost property in each of the campus houses. If your child has misplaced/lost something please advise them to thoroughly check the lost property outside staffrooms in Makaria, Charis & Parresia. (check all houses) Any lost property not collected by end of term will be disposed of. It is advisable for students to clearly name all personal items especially clothing.

Lost property sign by Stocksigns Ltd


Year 10 French class students have prepared absolutely perfect homemade crêpes, a thinner version of pancakes. A typically French delight which they feasted on with sugar and homemade strawberry jam. They also invited Monsieur Prideaux to join the feast.

In France, crêpes are very popular. The French term “crêpe” derives from the Latin crispa, meaning with “creases”. Sweet Crepes and savoury buckwheat crepes are almost always served for lunch and dinner- Sweet crepes as dessert or an afternoon snack and buckwheat crepes as a main meal at a restaurant or creperie.

The Day of Crepes is celebrated on February 2, with respect to Candlemas. On this day households all over France make crêpes. This is because it is believed that crêpes symbolize prosperity.

Thanks to Mrs Kerry Cross for allowing the French class to use the kitchen facilities.

Laurence Kuntz


The ACC Cross Country was held on Thursday 27 May and we took around 60 competitors to the event that was held at Alderbury reserve. It was a great day and all of the competitors put in an amazing effort. We finished in 29th out of 75 schools. A big thanks Mrs Justine Brightwell for being head coach this year.

Adam Dwyer

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Week 6 , Term 2 2021

As we head toward the halfway point in the academic year, there are a number of events that may cause a significant shift in the outlook of our students.

Students in Upper School sit examinations and receive feedback on their performance. For some students this will be a positive experience but for other students, this will be a time of challenge as they experience results not commensurate with their expectations. At the same time, students in Lower Secondary are preparing for their final semester one assessments and discussions will turn to the results and habits required as adequate preparation for the years ahead.

At this time, the challenge for many students is to maintain their optimism and confidence about their future. Developing a resilient hope for the future is a powerful tool for maintaining wellbeing. Researchers tell us that optimism and hope is a strength that can be learned and developed.

Dr Justin Coulson, Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne advises that much needed hope will grow in response to three things:

  1. A vision or goal;
  2. Pathways towards that goal; and
  3. Agency, which is a belief that by taking action, the stated goal can be achieved.

With these three clear steps in mind, there are three relatively simple practices we can put in place to build hope into young people and to continue to foster optimism for the future.

  1. Build a future focus

Engage young people in discussions about their goals and possible futures. Ask questions such as; “What do you want to achieve and why?”. Have them imagine their potential best selves. Talk to them about what they’re looking forward to, or ask them what they want to have, do and be in the future.

  1. Work with them on plans and pathways

Having identified a stated goal be encouraging and then ask questions such as

“What do you need to get there?”. Discuss pathways, options and possibilities.

Thinking about the future is important but it should be accompanied by then making plans. A stated plan of action is central in fostering optimism and hope.

  1. Promote agency:

When young people get “stuck” rather than giving them an answer to get them through, we can ask; “What do you think is the next best thing to do?” or perhaps

“When have you overcome something like this before?”

These types of questions promote a sense of agency; a confidence that I am able to make things happen. Rather than having our children rely on us for all the answers, they can rely on themselves, their resourcefulness and initiative. They can recall times they have previously succeeded and use that experience to build hope that they can succeed again.

What matters is that we give our children the chance to talk about these ideas. It is important for young people to feel like they are progressing in the right direction. An optimistic view of the future is the beginning of true hopefulness.

Dr Coulson states:

“There is nothing more useful in inoculating young people against depression, anxiety and hopelessness then encouraging hope. Helping them see that there is something to look forward to may be the single most important thing we do each day. Having someone by their side who really cares, and who helps them use their strengths, find the good in their lives and look forward to the future can be all it takes to help them move towards greater resilience and wellbeing.”

Stephen Meagher (Deputy Head of Secondary)


On 13 May the senior girls attended the ACC one day carnival at Mathews Netball Centre. After 3 hard games they worked their way to the grand final match for their pool. It was a challenging game, and they came back from 8 points down with a victorious 2-point win. The girls were outstanding both on and off the court, showed plenty of sportsmanship and were the loudest cheer squad on the day. Bring on the next elimination round as we battle for our spot to be the next ACC overall champs. Stay tuned for more info about how you can support our girls battle it out.

Steph Ransom


On 13 May the Senior Soccer Team participated in the ACC Champion Soccer group fixtures coming up against a number of highly fancied and specialist Soccer Schools from around the State. Despite a number of Year 10’s stepping in to fill the void of those on exam duties the students were competitive all day and fought hard against the older, more experienced opponents.

The day started with an impressive win coming in the form of a penalty shoot out against St. Andrew’s. Young keeper Alistair Bright pulled off a number of fantastic saves to secure the victory.

The toils of the footy game the previous evening was catching up with some of the boys with more than a handful battling through injury and cramp for the remainder of the three games.

Despite falling short in these games, the battle, will and competitive spirit was very impressive from all the boys.

A special mention must go out to those year 10 boys who embraced the step up and played against bigger bodies all day.

Jordan Torquato


The A5 Photo ID Book is now available to view and purchase on the schools Web Gallery.

To access the gallery, follow the below procedure:

  1. Go to photohendriksgalleries.com
  1. Click on the St Stephen’s School – Carramar Secondary logo
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With increased residential development in north-east Banksia Grove as well as the impending completion of the local road network, Transperth proposes to realign the Route 390 bus service onto its long term route previously planned in consultation with the local land developer and Local Government Authority. The proposal involves removing the service from Viridian Drive and extending all trips from Joondalup Drive to Forever Boulevard via Elderiana Link and Grandis Boulevard.

There are no changes proposed to frequency or operating hours. However Transperth does plan to introduce additional deviations to Joseph Banks Secondary College increasing capacity, while also providing more direct access to and from the School.

The opportunity to provide feedback on these changes can be found via the following link: https://www.mysaytransport.wa.gov.au/proposed-extension-route-390.

The consultation period for this change has opened today and will close at 5.00pm Monday 7th June 2021. After this date, Transperth will analyse the feedback received and make changes to the proposal accordingly.


Dear Parents, I am hosting a volunteer cooking event after school on Thursday June 10. Previously parents and staff joined together to cook meals for the Salvation Army to provide to people in our community living in hardship. The produce is kindly donated by Second Bite. To make it speedy and efficient, those participants who own a Thermomix can bring their device along and those who do not have one, we will team up with an owner of a device. Last cook up we produced 70+ meals. If you would like to join in with the fun and help those in need, please contact me direct on my email: donna.lund@ststephens.wa.edu.au

Donna Lund (Service Learning Coordinator)

Week 4, Term 2 2021

With the Year 11 & 12 exam period fast approaching, some students are finding themselves overwhelmed. This does not only apply to students sitting exams but also to those on a non-exam pathway as they have work to complete and deadlines looming.

When a daily routine and self-care are no longer priorities, students can become consumed with studying and completing assessments. Looking after themselves at this important time can help prevent burnout and can enable students to complete all tasks with their mental health in-tact. So, what can they do?

Take a break. It sounds counterintuitive but setting a timer to allow short breaks can help reset and refocus the mind. Make sure to set a timer on breaks too, it’s very easy to be dragged into a 2-hour tik tok binge.

Rest. Working all night may seem like a good plan but your ability to learn can drop by over 40% if you haven’t slept. Pulling an all-nighter is not something to brag about and can have a detrimental impact on retaining information.

Eat. A diet of energy drinks, coffee and chocolate will only lead to an afternoon slump. There’s nothing wrong with treats, just make sure it’s part of a balanced diet that can sustain you through study sessions and exams.

Water. Staying hydrated improves the brain’s ability to send and receive information. When we’re dehydrated, we feel tired and our brain feels ‘foggy’, definitely not ideal conditions for effective learning.

Perspective. Tests and exams are there to find out what you know and what you need to improve upon. You won’t know everything so don’t beat yourself up. Acknowledge mistakes and make a plan for how you might tackle difficult topics next time around.

Good luck Year 11’s and 12’s!

Sarah Stockton-Rice (Dean of Charis)




Week 2, Term 2 2021

This term started off for our Year 12s earlier than most of the school, as they attended the Year 12 Retreat and what was their last ‘camp’ as a group. The theme was ‘Past, Present and Future’ and took place at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre.

This retreat is often a roller coaster of emotions which is the result of lots of fun activities and challenges such as participating in canoeing and flying fox, but also included reflection on their key relationships both in and out of school. This reflection process is a key part of the program and for lots of students is not always an easy one ”Honest self-reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom.” —Unknown

We had the pleasure of inviting back past alumni, Ben Mallis (2007) and Erin Ballard (nee Bell 2005) who shared fond memories of their time at St Stephen’s and also their journey post school, which was intriguing and confronting to many of our students, as they realised that their journey with St Stephen’s on a daily basis was coming to an end in the near future.

The last day of retreat started off with worship before starting a version of an ‘Amazing Race’, which meant that the students in groups were dropped off at the train station and then had to complete various questions and challenges along their journey to Currambine station, from where they were shuttled back to school. This year group has been a pleasure to spend an extended period of time with and we all look forward to seeing them be the best versions of themselves this year and beyond.

Mark Batten (Dean of Makaria)


We would like to thank all families who attended our ANZAC DAY Service last week. It was a special time given to reflect and honor those who have served (as well as those who still serve) our country, making it possible for us to enjoy the freedom we have. Lest we forget.


It was an amazing day, so great to see all the students from PP – 12 out there participating in the cross country and the novelty events. Congratulations to all  individual runner-up and champion girls/boys and to Charis for winning the Primary shield and to Makaria for winning the Secondary and the PP – 12 shield.

Adam Dwyer




Following the success of last Term’s pilot program of the St Stephen’s School Imagineers – an after school STEM prototyping, 3D modelling, printing and robotics club with Fire Tech Australia – we have managed to secure more spots for students in Years 5-7 in Term 2. The club starts on Thursday, April 29 so be quick to book your spot at https://www.firetechcamp.com.au/course/st-stephens-imagineers/.

Week 1, Term 2 2021

Dear Families,

Welcome to Term Two! We are really excited as to what is in store over the coming eleven weeks with regard to extra and co-curricular activities but wish to acknowledge the ‘business’ of Term One in these areas is behind us for a little while and this term the focus will be very much on the curriculum and, in particular, how we prepare our Year 11 & 12 students for their Semester One Examinations.

This coming Friday will be a significant day for us, however, as we start our term with both, sombre reflection and boisterous exertion. Our tradition of holding an ANZAC Day ‘dawn’ Service will start the day on the slope near the Secondary Administration building. We use this time to reflect with sorrow and thankfulness on those men and women who gave their lives in battle in order to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy in this most beautiful country of ours, Australia. I would like to extend to you, your family and your friends therefore, the warmest of invitations to join us at 7.45am as we mark ANZAC Day, a day of remembrance, with respect, dignity and prayer.

After this, please feel free to attend our P – 12 Inter-House Cross Country Carnival that will take place on the oval from around 8.45am. All students will be participating in an effort to have their House crowned ‘champion’ and you will see wonderful interactions between senior and junior students throughout the course of the morning. Additionally, at this event, we will be christening ‘Betty’, our Service-Learning caravan, as she offers snacks and drinks for purchase by students and parents for the very first time. It has been a long time coming, this project, so stay tuned for more information regarding the initial idea, the journey of refurbishment and the intended use of her from this Friday onwards.

I wish you a great term and many blessings.

Brett Roberts

Head of Campus


AND THEY HAD A BALL!! On Friday 16 April the Year 12 ball was held at Fraser’s Restaurant at the picturesque King’s Park. The students all looked amazing as did the staff in attendance. A wonderful night was enjoyed by all. A big thank you to Sarah Stockton-Rice for the wonderful job she did organising the event, the staff that attended and Mel Beale who was a key in helping organise the formal dancing.

Week 9, Term 1 2021


May God bless you and your family over the holiday break. We look forward to seeing you all next term when students return April 20, Term 2 2021.


In Year 9 Outdoor Education we have been learning how to cook a variety of cuisines using trangias to get us ready for our first camp.

Steph Ransom


On Friday 26 March our boys and girls senior basketball teams competed in the SSWA one day competition. Both teams had a great day with the boys managing to get a couple of wins on the day and the girls have now made the knockout phase of the competition.

Adam Dwyer


Year 7 – 12 Students attended swim camp to get them ready for the ACC carnival – on day 2 the physical  education crew organized a fitness circuit to start the day.

Steph Ransom


We are experiencing delays with the delivery of some of our winter stock – COVID has disrupted supply and shipping chains.

We plan to open: Carramar – Wednesday 14th April from 12.00pm to 4.00pm 


If your child has bought their blazer in for embroidery it will be available for collection from Reception during normal office hours on Monday 19 April or prior to class on Tuesday 20 April.




Week 8, Term 1 2021

Celebrations are a time that remind us each, to recognise important days or events. They are often associated with social gatherings and enjoyable activities.

According to Professors Dr. Robert Q. Emmons (University of California) and Dr. Michael McCullough (University of Miami), one of the main reasons for celebrating is because it reflects an overall attitude of gratitude and helps remind us to enjoy what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t have or only on what we want in the future.

Celebrations actually boost our well-being and finding ways to celebrate regularly is very important. As a school, we are intentional in taking the time to celebrate, both with a school focus e.g. St Stephen’s Day, Thanksgiving Service and Polar Bear Day, school productions and camps; but also celebrating significant state and national occasions that remind us on how blessed we are to live in our wonderful country. We have just celebrated Harmony Day, sharing foods from around the world and participating in a wonderful ‘Colour Run” organised by our Year 12s. This day reminds us of the importance of inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

As Easter approaches, I am reminded of the fact that Jesus came to earth to show us each how to live with one another. In John 15:12 Jesus says, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” Jesus loves us each so much that he gave his life as a sacrifice for all mankind”. In John 3: 16 it goes on to say, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It is my prayer that during these Easter time celebrations, that we would each be reminded of and grateful for, His sacrifice for us all.

Russell Gilchrist (Dean of Parresia House)


Congratulations to all students that represented the school at the ACC Swimming Carnival on Monday 22 March. The school is exceptionally proud of their efforts. To be as competitive as we were against much larger schools is a credit to the students attitudes and effort. All results can be found on the ACC website at: https://www.accsport.asn.au/carnivals/swimming/results/2021

We are currently in E grade (for now!). Bring on next year, I firmly believe we can bring home the shield in 2022!!!

The following students achieved exceptional individual results.

Aiden Isgar 3rd U/13 male
Talei Perry 2nd U/13 Female
Harry Blair 2nd U/14 Male
Eleanor Williams Champion U/14 Female
Jaxon Callcott 3rd U/15 Male
Caitlyn Lloyd-Watters 2nd U/15 Female
Ethan Isgar 2nd Open Male

Adam Dwyer


On Friday 19 March as part of Harmony Day & St Stephen’s Day Yrs 4-12 enjoyed an afternoon of games incorporating a colour run. It was a huge effort for the students to pull this event together and whilst it was a group effort Tahlia Beckitt, Jiyona Jipson, Tegan Shirdon and Cameron Kiss took on significant organisational roles that required them to meet with school executives regularly as well as with their peers. It has been a big commitment from them juggling the project with their studies. Just to give some context this had been a project 6 months in the making. It initially started out as a much smaller event for the end of last year but is now a major component of the Harmony/St Stephen’s Day celebration with all of the Carramar campus involved.


On Tuesday 16 March a group of Y11 and 12 students went to Balga Salvation Army as part of the school’s Service Learning program. The aim of the visit was for us to cook and serve a three course meal for 28 less privileged members of the Balga community. In the space of three hours the girls made from scratch a potato and bacon soup for entrée; lasagna, salad and garlic bread for mains; and meringue, whipped cream and fruit for dessert. The students were phenomenal and did a truly wonderful job. The meal was greatly appreciated, and many positive comments were made by both the people attending the lunch and the staff at the SALVOS.

Jonathan Langley


The Year 7 and 8 Horticultural Club have now had three afternoon sessions (as well as a fairly informal roster of regular watering). We have planted over 100 of the Woolworths seed packs and have already begun to transfer our first sprouts into pots. Our immediate goal is to get some appropriate edible flowers, herbs and vegies into the garden outside our commercial kitchen, for the hospitality class. We intend to grow in different directions (if you will pardon the pun).

Our group would like to thank all of the people in our community who have brought in their Woolworth Seed packs for us to plant we hope to bring some fresh vegies to the community in the future.

Rob Crewe



On 26 February Carramar alumni, Chelsea Lee, now a Murdoch University graduate, gave a lunchtime talk as part of our ongoing Career Chats. The talk was attended by many Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

Chelsea graduated Murdoch University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism Studies. She was able to dispense some very clear advice to students about what her six pillars of success were and spoke around issues relating to resiliency, networking, accountability and authenticity to an enraptured audience.

We wish Chelsea well on her future endeavours.

Rob Crewe (Careers Advisor)


Year 10 and 11 ‘French’ students were invited to attend a school screening at Luna Cinemas in Leederville for the French Film Festival on Friday 12 March.

The French film ‘Of Love and Lies’ gave the students an opportunity to test their knowledge, to further train their ears to French language and gain exposure to French culture in an entertaining way.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the excursion.

The French film festival is in Perth until 7 April.

Laurence Kuntz


The week commencing 8 March was the start of our annual Parresia Week celebrations. All things Parresian, “Polar Bearish”, cold and blue were celebrated with all funds raised going towards helping support the work of our service learning trips to Bethany Home in Malaysia, South Africa and the Kimberly.

On Monday, students from Years 5 – 12 shared in a Sausage Sizzle
Tuesday was our annual Polar Bear Day morning tea
Wednesday provided free face painting
And finally, Thursday involved making Ice Cream Polar Bears

Thanks to the Parresian House Captains and Mrs Kerry Cross for all their preparation and hard work and thank you to all students and families for supporting our Parresian initiatives.

Go Bears!

Russell Gilchrist (Dean of Parresia House)


Please note winter uniform is required to be worn during Terms 2 & 3. If you require winter uniform items please ensure they are purchased from the uniform shop prior to the commencement of Term 2.


The due date for returning school photo envelopes is 3pm Monday 29 March. Orders placed after this date will need to be placed online directly with Photo Hendriks. The school will not accept photo envelopes after this date.




In conjunction with the University of Western Australia (UWA), St George’s College’s  OPEN DAY is SUNDAY 28 MARCH 9am  – 2pm.

It will be an opportunity for interested students and families to discover and experience the St George’s College community.  It doesn’t matter if you’re still undecided on which Uni you’re planning  to attend,  St George’s College welcomes students from UWA, Notre Dame Uni, Murdoch Uni, ECU, WAPAA & Curtin Uni.



Following successful programs held in the school holidays in 2020 and January this year, we are pleased to announce the ECU School of Engineering STEM School Holiday Program – CREATE will be offered in April 2021 and the dates are 6 April, 7 April, 8 April 9 April and 14 April. This program is offered at no cost to participating students. CREATE is designed to support the teaching and learning of STEM subjects for students interested in STEM studies, and is suitable for students currently enrolled in Years 9 to 12.

Week 6, Term 1 2021

Over the past few weeks, I have helped a few high school students with their time management skills. Many of us struggle with this. Feeling short of time can lead to frustration and it can become very overwhelming.

Recently, I came across an article by Daniel Wong, author of ‘The Happy Student’. He outlines simple, practical time management tips that are easy to employ. They can help your child remain focused on the task they are working on, reduce stress associated with school-work and free up time for other activities.

If you’re feeling unmotivated, set a timer for two minutes. It’s easier to focus on an activity knowing that it’s only for a short amount of time. Sometimes this is all that’s needed to get started.

Keep a time log for a few days. If your child is going through a period where they feel particularly unproductive, help them keep a time log for a few days. It may highlight areas where they can manage their time more effectively.

Write down the task you’re going to work on. This serves as a reminder and helps stay focused on the task at hand.

Be realistic. Don’t’ overestimate what you can achieve in the time you have. It’s easy to lose motivation if it seems unachievable from the onset.

Write down test/ assignment dates AND set a reminder for when to start studying. If you only have a note of the test date, the day might come around very quickly and you’ll find yourself studying the night before. A bad habit to get into! Reminding yourself to start studying well before the test date, will help you stay on top of your tests and reduce stress.

Introducing one or two of these tips may help your child stay on top of their schoolwork.  It may also reduce the stress that can be associated with upcoming deadlines.



The Year 9 Compass Program provides students with skills around personal development, self-reflection and working towards leading themselves as independent adults. To this end Students spent 24 hours on the Compass retreat last week Thursday and Friday.

Students travelled to the schools Kaadadjan Centre for ‘Solo time’ and to be commissioned by the Head of Campus Brett Roberts.  While it was a little wet with intermittent showers the students enjoyed their time away.

David Bosma


On Monday 8 March the Year 7 girls participated in the Sun Smart Schools Tennis Cup at Alexander Park Tennis Club. Made up of girls who had never played tennis before the girls did really well. They had smiles on their faces all day. Well done girls

Adam Dwyer


On Wednesday 24 February our Western Australian silver medal-winning Ethics Olympiad team from Carramar competed in the Australasian Ethics Olympiad final, competing against first and second-placed teams from their respective heats from around the country and New Zealand via Zoom.  The students were faced with a number of ethical cases ranging from the Covid-19 lockdown in Wuhan to No-platforming protests in universities.  The competition was fierce but our team of Luke Shirdon, Samantha Whittle, Shelby Sirmans, Neha Jim and Ali Bright did the school proud and received an honorable mention from the judges based on their performance.  Congratulations to the team for making it to the Australasian finals and performing so well on the day!

Sarah Phillips


In 2021 the Duke of Edinburgh program will be relaunched at St Stephen’s School.

The DOE award has 4 elements being Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey.  To enrol in the Award you need to be between 14 – 24 years of age.  The Award has three levels with the starting Bronze level that can be completed in a minimum of 6 months however you can take longer.

If you would like to know more about earning this internationally recognised Award please put your name down on the Expression of Interest sheet outside Mr Thomas’ office.


The Australian Army Cadets (AAC) is a leading national youth development organisation, upholding the character and values of the Australian Army including service, courage, respect, integrity and excellence.  We are aimed at young people aged between 13 – 17 years old, in year 8 or higher at school.

The Australian Army Cadets is an equal opportunity organisation that does not discriminate on the ground of race, colour, sex or religion.

It is a program designed to help youth develop their confidence whilst experiencing adventurous training activities conducted in a supportive, safe, supervised and challenging military setting.  We teach leadership, survival, drill, first aid, radio, navigation and fieldcraft skills in both practical and theoretical environments. These skills transfer to building individual resilience, leadership, self-discipline and teamwork skills, which are essential in today’s society in order to become better citizens and prepare our young people for adult life.

There are more than 18,000 Army cadets based in 236 units around Australia.  53 ACU is based at Wanneroo Secondary College and is one of the 236 units. It is the biggest unit in Western Australia with more than 70 male and female cadets across all ages and from multiple schools in the area. We parade on Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 9.30pm.




  • April ATAR Revision Program for Year 11-12

Increase your child’s confidence and start preparing for exam success. We are offering 6-hour ATAR Revision courses in most ATAR subjects, Essay Writing and Study Skills

Running Week 1 & 2 (06th April – 24th April 2021) at Churchlands SHS, Rossmoyne SHS, Perth Modern SHS, Duncraig SHS and now available Online.

  • April Skills Development Program for Year 7-10

Specialist teachers will build your child’s confidence and develop the skills needed to succeed in high school. We are offering 6-hour courses in NAPLAN Preparation, English, Maths, Learning Skills and Essay Writing

Running Week 1 & 2 (06th April – 24th April 2021) at Perth Modern SHS and Duncraig SHS.

Enrol online today at www.academicgroup.com.au or call 9314 9500 or email learn@academicgroup.com.au


Week 4, Term 1 2021

Dear Families, Parents and Carers,

As we commence Week 3 of the term, we pause to position ourselves with purpose, for the task of teaching and learning that lies in the weeks ahead.

The time for students to settle in and set themselves for the demands and expectations of their new courses has passed and a number of important co-curricular events such as the Swimming Carnival and Yr 12 Commissioning Service have been held, setting the scene for our school community to thrive in 2021.

In particular, I want to commend our Yr 7 and Yr 11 students who have handled the two biggest transitions in secondary education with confidence and commitment.

In this article, I want to highlight a couple of special programmes that are of particular focus in the early part of the school year. They are incorporated into our lower secondary teaching and learning programme, impacting and enhancing student outcomes. The first is a programme we have been running for a couple of years, explicitly dealing with digital literacy whilst the second is a new initiative for 2021 and explores personal and character development.

Academic Skills Programme

The Academic Skills Programme is taught in Years 7 and 8 and was born of a recognition that students inhabit a huge digital world and live surrounded by a massive mountain of information. It is an essential need for them to be able to access, evaluate and use this information effectively, critically and purposefully. Our teacher-librarians work in collaboration with Year 7 & 8 classroom HASS teachers to guide students through specific research endeavours to;

  • search for relevant and authentic information
  • evaluate information for credibility, relevance and suitability
  • process, synthesize, evaluate and present information
  • cite sources correctly

Students passing through the programme have demonstrated clear improvement in important skill components such as note-taking, reference lists and use of appropriate sources. Ultimately these improvements should lead to higher results and young people better prepared for life beyond school.

Yr 9 Compass

In recent years, students in Year 9 have participated in a program designed to facilitate their maturing towards being independent, responsible and secure adults. It has challenged them by exploring such questions as: “Who will I be?” “What will I value?” “For what will I stand?” “How will I treat people?”, as opposed to the normal questions contemplated such as: “What will I do?” or “What will I achieve?”

The program has been presented in fortnightly sessions and taught as part of the Biblical Studies and Health Education Program. Also, it has been supported by the independent living and reflection components that are embedded in the Year 9 Camp. It has a Christian foundation and is built around biblical knowledge and understanding. In 2021, we have decided to call this Yr 9 program “Compass” and to develop it further, with some added experiences. In particular, because the program merges into the Yr 9 Camp at the end of the year, we will “bookend” the student development with an overnight retreat experience at the start of the program.

To this end, Yr 9 students will have a one-day “Compass Retreat” at Kaardijan on Friday, March 6. It is hoped that the “Compass Program” will provide students with skills around personal development and self-reflection and be part of a student’s continued progression as they mature into the “Propel Program” for Student Leadership in Yrs 10 /11.

These two programmes, amongst others, work alongside our classroom teaching and learning as we aim to enhance the secondary experience of our students, facilitating their growth and maturing into secure young adults who will make a positive difference in their world.

Stephen Meagher


On Friday 19 February, we continued the tradition of commissioning our Year 12 students as leaders of the School. In presenting them with a red tie, to symbolise their seniority and the responsibilities to the community that go with the position, we also asked the group to commit to upholding the School motto (Serve God, Serve One Another), to pursue excellence in all things, to support the core values of SSS (Learning, Faith, Service, Care and Community) and to be role models in courtesy and tolerance. Congratulations, Year 12s, and we ask that many blessings be upon you in your final year at St Stephen’s.

Mr Roberts and Mr Meagher


It was great to get back into some sport for what promises to be a busy 2021 on the sporting fields. There were some great results in the pool and it was awesome to see smiles on the students faces. Final results were:

Junior boys: Makaria, Junior Girls: Parresia, Senior boys: Charis, Senior girls: Parressia

Overall winning house: Charis

Adam Dwyer


This year Mr Crewe and one of the Year 11’s Henry Baker, who will be undertaking a Certificate in External VET in horticulture this year, have decided to band together and start a horticultural club. The group has met once so-far through the Yr 7 & 8 Rec Program and are very excited about a number of potential plans. Whilst they are still planning exactly how and what they will do, they are determined to plant, grow and produce edible gardens. They aim to engage the community and perhaps raise money for charity.

The group has also received a flood of Woolworths seed packs, from staff,  which they will be starting to plant this week.

Rob Crewe



Anticipated absences should be notified via email to ABSENTEECARRAMAR@ststephens.wa.edu.au or by phone message to 9306 7100 or SMS to 0428 863 144.
Parents are requested to phone Student Services and leave a message on the morning of the Student’s unexpected absence or use the ABSENTEECARRAMAR email or SMS. If for any reason a student must leave the school during the day, parents must advise Student Services by phone, email or a note presented by the student to Student Services. Secondary students must follow the following procedure:
• Notes are to be presented to Student Services prior to the commencement of the school day. Details of student departure will then be recorded for teachers’ information.
• Parents are then requested to collect and sign out students only from Student Services, located in Reception. When students return to School after a temporary absence, they must enter through the Reception and record their return time on the sign out sheet at Student Services.
• If secondary students are late to School they must enter through Reception and present at Student Services with a parent or a signed note explaining their absence. A parent may also phone ahead or email ABSENTEECARRAMAR@ststephens.wa.edu.au advising that their child will be late. Students will be issued with a late slip for entry into class.


The State Government through the Western Australian Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs. Parents/guardians must apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) each school year (annually) – applications do not carry forward to future years. To be eligible for the allowance the parent/guardian must hold a Services Australia (Centrelink) or Veterans’ Affairs card that represents a statement of income for the family.
The allowance consists of two components:
 $115 Clothing Allowance paid directly to the parent/guardian.
 $235 Educational Program Allowance paid directly to the school.
Application is made by the parent or guardian for student/s enrolled in Years 7–12 studying a full-time secondary course at a Western Australian non government (private) school.
Parent or Guardian must hold one of the following cards:
 Centrelink Health Care Card
 Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
 Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card

PLEASE NOTE: The only Veterans’ Affairs Card that meets the criteria is a blue card that is issued each year and expires in December each year. This card is income means tested.

Further Information and application forms can be obtained from Reception.


Opening night is Wednesday 24 February, limited tickets still available.


St Stephen’s School Scholarship applications for Year 7 2022 are open until March 10. Visit https://loom.ly/du8CGms for more information and to complete an application.



Sometime last year, the Beldon Uniting Church and  the Carramar Uniting Church amalgamated to form the NorthWay Uniting Church. The newly appointed Minister is Rev Dr Sonny Rajamoney. The worship services at Carramar will be held in the school auditorium, every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10.30 – 11.30am, followed by refreshments etc. Rev Rajamoney will be in his office at the school every Wednesday from 9am. Please make an appointment before you plan to meet with him. His phone contact is 0421 332 747, and email address, minister@northwayunitingchurch.org.au