New Flight Itinerary on Emirates

Following our decision to shift our flights to Emirates, please find below, for your information, the new flight itinerary for the forthcoming South Africa Service Tour.

 

CONFIRMED FLIGHT EMIRATES EK 421

Check in at Perth

05 Apr 20                   Sun            Depart           Perth                                              22:20

06 Apr 20                   Mon          Arrive            Dubai                                             05:20

CONFIRMED FLIGHT EMIRATES EK 770

Check in at Dubai

06 Apr 20                   Mon          Depart           Dubai                                             09:05

06 Apr 20                   Mon          Arrive            Cape Town                                    16:45

CONFIRMED FLIGHT BRITISH AIRWAYS BA 6323

Check in at Cape Town

09 Apr 20                   Thu           Depart           Cape Town                                    11:35

09 Apr 20                   Thu           Arrive            Port Elizabeth                              12:45

CONFIRMED FLIGHT BRITISH AIRWAYS BA 6248

Check in at Port Elizabeth

18 Apr 20                   Sat             Depart           Port Elizabeth                              08:20

18 Apr 20                   Sat             Arrive            Johannesburg                              10:00

CONFIRMED FLIGHT EMIRATES EK 762

Check in at Johannesburg

18 Apr 20                   Sat             Depart           Johannesburg                              13:40

18 Apr 20                   Sat             Arrive            Dubai                                             23:59

CONFIRMED FLIGHT EMIRATES EK 420

Check in at Dubai

19 Apr 20                   Sun            Depart           Dubai                                             02:45

19 Apr 20                   Sun            Arrive            Perth                                              17:35

 

 

Final Tour Payment Due

As shown the the Trip Agreement the final payment for the South Africa Tour is due on Monday 10 February. There has been no change to the total amount even though we are now flying with Emirates. Please pay via the parent portal as per the instructions.

Thank you to all those families who have paid the instalments on time. The final balance is needed now to complete our airline and accommodation commitments.

Many thanks

Dr Mark Fielding

Not long now…

Hello Everyone,

We would all like to say a massive well done to all of the students who have been raising money over the holidays. There are students who have already reached their $750 target (with quite a few going well beyond this), however, do not stop there… every dollar we raise will further the projects we can commit to in South Africa!

The South Africa Tour is only just around the corner so it is important that we get on top of the following points:

  1. Please ensure you return a copy of your passport to either Miss Everett, Mr Merrifield or Mr Batten before the end of Week 1. This is of the upmost importance.
  2. If your son/daughter’s medical information has changed recently, could you please update this via the portal on the school website.
  3. Please transfer any money you raised over the holidays via the link, or alternatively, hand the money directly to Ms Everett, Mr Merrifield or Mr Batten and we can hand into accounts on your behalf. The sooner we are able to finalise the amount we have raised, the longer the lead time we have to plan the projects that we can undertake whilst in South Africa.
  4. Please ensure you have (or have purchased) a duffle bag for packing the donations (boots/shoes/clothes) we are taking over.
  5. We highly recommend wearing steel cap boots while we are working at Kiddos Shelter in Port Elizabeth and JJ Haven. Kmart and Big W stock inexpensive pairs.
  6. The “Boot Drive” begins this term, so please have a look at the list below and keep an ear out for anyone that might be looking to donate to the trip. We will be promoting the details on the school’s social media platforms and newsletter. We welcome any ‘sharing’ of this information to spread awareness of the specific items we are looking to take:
  • Priority items included black school shoes of any size, school bags and pencil cases.
  • Uniforms, particularly grey trousers and white polos.
  • Non-liquid toiletries including toothbrushes, sanitary pads, towels and face cloths (flannels).
  • Children’s clothing – particularly warm items.
  • Sports shoes, soccer boots (boys and girls), soccer kits, soccer balls/netballs/rugby balls (deflated)

Finally, some upcoming events for your calendar:

  • February 26thMindarie Bunnings training day. Students are to make their way to and from the venue, arriving at 8.30am and departing at 3pm. Morning tea will be provided, however, there is limited accommodation for dietary requirements by the venue. Students are asked to bring their own lunch/water bottle. Please wear your sports uniform. This is a great opportunity to wear in your steel cap boots.
  • March 18thWA AIDS Council presentation to students (4-5pm) and final parent’s information evening (5.30-6.30pm) in Cousins Hall, Duncraig campus.
  • March 27thPacking Night. Students will meet at the GPLC at the Duncraig campus for the packing night from 4-8pm. Students will be required to bring a duffle bag each (with their name on it) and $5 for dinner.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Ms Everett, Mr Merrifield & Mr Batten

Immunisation Emails Needed Soon

As mentioned in the Trip Agreement, the School requires an email from parents informing us that your child has been satisfactorily immunised for the South Africa Tour. We advise students should see their family doctor or travel doctor and inform them of the location and nature of the tour so the doctor and family can make informed decisions about immunisation needs. This should occur NOW as some vaccinations take a number of weeks to become effective. We do not need to know the nature of the vaccinations or have medical certificates from doctors. We just need an email from a parent saying something like:

____________

“RE: South Africa Service Tour April 2020.

This email is to inform the School that I am satisfied with _____________ (child) immunisation for the for South Africa Service Tour April 2020″

Name of parent and date

_____________

We must have this email by Monday 16 March 2020 at the latest.

Please send your email to:

adam.merrifield@ststephens.wa.edu.au

 

 

 

 

Duncraig Students

Welcome back everyone!

With only 61 days left until we leave, the excitement and anticipation is hopefully growing!

There is a lot we need to do between now and departure and I would like all Duncraig students to meet Miss Everett and myself in A6 this Thursday 6th Feb at recess. Carramar students please liaise with Mr Batten.

Looking forward to seeing you all then.

Kind regards,

Mr Merrifield

This entry was posted on February 3, 2020. 2 Comments

South African Airways and our flights to South Africa

As you know we have received word that our tour carrier South African Airways (SAA) is in financial trouble. We have been following developments over the last month and after meetings with the School Executive and taking all the available factors into consideration we have decided to cancel our reservation with SAA and book Emirates Airlines for our forthcoming St Stephen’s Global tour of South Africa in April.

This was a decision based on all of the available information, in particular, reliable media sources, people we know living in South Africa and our travel agent and industry sources. SAA of course were not a reliable source as they claim ‘business as usual’ as airlines and companies often do, even when on the verge of collapse and bankruptcy. In particular our concerns related to:

  • safety issues when we know the airline is in financial trouble and cutting expenditure
  • reliability issues with airline cancellations occurring and the possibility of SAA collapsing while our students are on tour in South Africa!

Even though no one can be certain of the future of SAA, after taking everything into account, we have now booked Emirates Airlines – a high quality and reliable carrier. Emirates were the best alternative airline given dates and available seats for such a group. The flights via Dubai will be longer but we take comfort in the airline’s reputation and reliability. There will be no change to the cost of the tour for our families and the tour will occur at approximately the same time (there may be one day adjustment at either end).

We are currently examining the flight times and checking our bookings and itinerary. We will be in touch shortly with specific flight numbers and times and confirmation of the itinerary and activities.

Thank you for your ongoing support for this important tour.

Best wishes

Dr Mark Fielding and the staff tour team

 

South African Airways

I want to keep you informed of the situation regarding South African Airlines.

Our travel agent has brought to our attention some industry information indicating the South African Airways business is struggling at this time. Some media reports also confirm this issue. We have been in touch with our travel agent and travel insurance people to explore our options if we are unable to fly with SAA in April 2020. Our airline deposits appear to be covered by our insurance policy and we are investigating other travel options if needed.

At this stage we are waiting on any further information from SAA and monitoring the situation. Our tour plans, fund-raising and preparations need to continue as planned.

We hope and pray this issue does not affect our tour of South Africa in April. We will keep you informed of any relevant developments.

If you have any questions I can help you with please be in touch via email (mark.fielding@ststephens.wa.edu.au)

Merry Christmas and blessings to all.

Dr Mark Fielding

Car Wash

Hello Everyone,

The Great Aussie Car Wash is here!

Feel free to practice on your family’s car this weekend to make sure your skills are up to speed! 🙂

Details:

Monday 9th December – Carramar

Duncraig students to meet at the turning circle at 8.15am for transport to Carramar.

Make sure you have your lunch and water for the day. We will return to Duncraig hopefully by 3.20pm (depending on how many cars we have to wash).

Please wear your PE uniform, hat and sun cream.

Please ensure you bring car cleaning equipment that you can borrow from home – buckets, sponges and chamois etc. We will provide the car wash and tyre shine.

 

Tuesday 10th December – Duncraig

Carramar students to meet between Charis and Paressia at 8.00am for transport to Duncraig.

Make sure you have your lunch and water for the day. We will return to Carramar hopefully by 3.20pm (depending on how many cars we have to wash).

Please wear your PE uniform, hat and sun cream.

Please ensure you bring car cleaning equipment that you can borrow from home – buckets, sponges and chamois etc. We will provide the car wash and tyre shine.

 

Here’s something to get you in the mood….

 

Movie & Cultural Immersion

Hello Students and Parents,

Our next get together is sure to be a great night – the Invictus and cultural immersion night! This will be held on Monday the 25th of November at the Carramar campus running from 4pm – 8pm. We will hopefully return to the Duncraig campus at approximately 8.30pm, however, students can text you when we’re on our way. We will be taking the Duncraig students by mini-bus to Carramar and will return to the Duncraig campus at approximately 8.30pm where parents can pick their children up. If you would rather pick them up from Carramar then please let us know in advance for transport booking purposes. Students can wear the sports uniform on this day.

The evening will begin with a look at the different languages of South Africa and in particular Afrikaans and Xhosa where we will learn a few common phrases to help us when we are there.
This will be followed by some pizza (so please bring $5 and any snacks) before we settle in to watch the movie Invictus which is set during the time that apartheid was being dismantled. The fabulous Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon play the roles of Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar focusing on their critical interaction in the healing process of the South African nation.

Keep going with your fundraising activities. We are hearing some great stories and can’t wait to hear you share your experiences on this night.

If there are any questions then please do not hesitate to contact one of us.

Kind regards,

Mr Merrifield