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THE DOVE A Christian community in the Uniting Church tradition inspiring learning that transforms and empowers lives

Winter 2012, Edition 83

The Study of Metallurgy Past Student News The Rite Journey Nutritious Food The School Fete

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Contents Contents From The Principal.................................................................................................................................................................3 The Quilting Club...................................................................................................................................................................4 The Study of Metallurgy.....................................................................................................................................................5 Drench Your Visual Senses.................................................................................................................................................6 Music Camp 2012..................................................................................................................................................................7 ELC Mothers’ Day..................................................................................................................................................................8 ELC Wet Carnival..............................................................................................................................................................8-9 Sonshine FM Radio Interview..........................................................................................................................................9 The Rite Journey..................................................................................................................................................................10 The Year 6 Science Fair!....................................................................................................................................................10 A NEiTA Teacher.................................................................................................................................................................11 Duncraig Year 12 Ball.........................................................................................................................................................12

Cover Photo Photographer: Urban Creations Photography St Stephen’s School Fete

Carramar Year 12 Ball........................................................................................................................................................13 Duncraig House Swimming Carnival.......................................................................................................................14 Carramar House Swimming Carnival......................................................................................................................15 Nutritious Food....................................................................................................................................................................16 V8 Supercars..........................................................................................................................................................................17 Liminal Adventures.............................................................................................................................................................17 Write a Book in a Day.....................................................................................................................................................18 A French Experience.........................................................................................................................................................19

Editors: Keira Robertshaw Kerry-lee Riley Design and Layout: Kerry-lee Riley Printer: East Perth Print 4/93 President Street Welshpool, WA 6106

A Day With an Eagle!........................................................................................................................................................19 Relay For Life..........................................................................................................................................................................20 Barbershop Success...........................................................................................................................................................21 Visual Art Excursions.........................................................................................................................................................21 St Stephen’s School Upcoming Events............................................................................................................ 22-23 International Future Problem Solving Finals.........................................................................................................24 A Day at The Zoo...............................................................................................................................................................24 Past Student News.....................................................................................................................................................25-27 St Stephen’s School Fete................................................................................................................................Back Page

Photographers: Kerry-lee Riley, Photo Hendricks, Urban Creations Photography and St Stephen’s School staff Address: Duncraig (Year 3 - Year 12) 100 Doveridge Drive, Duncraig WA +618 9243 2100 Early Learning Centre (K - Year 2) 9 Brookmount Ramble, Padbury +618 9243 2480 Carramar (K - Year 12) 50 St Stephens Crescent, Tapping WA +618 9306 7100 admin@ststephens.wa.edu.au www.ststephens.wa.edu.au

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From Principal From TheThe Principal “St Stephen’s School is a wonderful school. Yet it’s not the buildings or the curriculum that make St Stephen’s School wonderful - it’s the people. While our School achieves excellent academic results in NAPLAN and WACE across all our campuses, the consistent motivation of parents wanting their children to be a part of St Stephen’s School is the kind of people they want their children to grow into. We grow people.” - Tony George • Principal

Christianity and the History of Western Human Development Human history began with the invention of writing 4,000 years ago. Time before writing is simply known as pre-history. The oral histories of pre-history, in story and song, gave way to the written histories we now take for granted. Writing allowed us to extend our minds and our memory. For example, we could send letters rather than be present in person, and instead of having to rely on remembering things we could simply write them down. The Bible is widely recognised by scholars as one of the oldest and longest written histories of humanity effectively covering the first 2,000 years of human history in the Levant through to the height of the Roman Empire. The Christian Church covers the second 2,000 years of human history, particularly but not exclusively, in the Western World through to the present day. Consequently, the Bible is argued by both proponents and opponents of Christianity as one of the most, if not the most, significant influences on Western Civilisation our history, education, science, literature, culture, politics, law, health, and morality. It is the Bible that has informed the Christian Church and influenced Western Civilisation as we know it today. It is those countries of the world that exhibit a predominantly Christian heritage that value humanity and have advocated for human rights and freedoms, and it is these countries that are now predominantly multicultural. It is of further irony, that it is these countries that have afforded Atheism the freedom to express its views against religion, and against Christianity in particular. Yet it is also these opponents of Christianity that rightly remind us that the Church is not without valid criticism as it has also been responsible for significant abuses throughout history. However, the openness of the Christian Church to accepting all people and of valuing the sanctity of human life has seen ongoing reflection, reform and renewal. The past century, however, has seen another transformation as we have extended the media of history to include audio, photographic and video recordings. Further, the rise of the Internet and personal digital devices has seen an accelerated shift towards a

fascination for the future with its novelty and immediate satisfaction, and a consequent devaluing of our historical, cultural and social heritage. Children of today, especially those in a young multicultural country such as Australia, are at risk of losing connection with their historical roots, and therefore their cultural as well as theophilosophical roots. The increasing rate of technological change serves to discount the value of an outdated, outmoded and superseded past. Consequently, historical ideas, values, beliefs and virtues are thrown out along with old televisions and computers. The materialist mantra of the new being better than the old has contributed to the heart being severed from the soul, and personal gratification being prized over communal responsibility. Many of today’s ills may be related to this historical amnesia - ecological woes, refugee woes, family woes, poverty woes, etc. We need to revive our soul and reconnect our heart with our soul. Education academics and writers are questioning our modern educational fascination with skills and curriculum. Skills and curriculum cannot keep up with our rapidly changing world. We need to think differently about education as we teach and learn for an unknown future. Prof Ronald Barnett of the University of London remarks in a recent paper that “what is in question in a situation of supercomplexity is neither knowledge nor skills but being.” This educational emphasis on “being” turns us towards human qualities such as “carefulness, thoughtfulness, humility, criticality, receptiveness, resilience, courage and stillness.” The Christian perspective of humanity has stood the test of 4,000 years of human history. While knowledge and skills are being constantly updated and outmoded, the nature of humanity remains the same. Indeed, the need for human wisdom, integrity and character is possibly more pertinent in this present time of angst and change. The distinctive contribution of St Stephen’s School to education in Australia and for our world is that we grow people who will serve God and serve one another. The contribution of the Bible and the Christian Church should not be underestimated in the growing of people for today. Winter Edition 2012 - 3 The Dove


The Quilting Club On the week of her birthday, a young ten year old girl in foster care was delighted to receive her very own hand made quilt, created by a group of Year 5 girls at St Stephen’s School Duncraig. The students met every Friday during lunch in Semester 2 of 2011 to design and sew the quilt to give to her.

at this level - that is: the skills required, the time involved and the commitment of the girls.

Mrs Elizabeth Jackaman organised the Quilting Club as part of the School’s Active Servant Hood (ASH) program. After looking at the UnitingCare West website, Mrs Jackaman saw that there was a need for new linen for foster children.

Mrs Jackaman will be running the Quilting Club again in Semester 2 this year. She will work with another small group of Year 5 girls, who this time will be designing a quilt for a young foster boy.

The little girl’s foster parents were very appreciative and are in the process of organising a date to come and meet the girls to thank them personally.

“Our aim was to create a quilt for a young girl, who could take the quilt with her when she moved between residences, be it with her parents or her foster parents” Mrs Jackaman said. Foster children often have to borrow or share toys and belongings, and when they move on to their next home, they often have to leave toys, bedding and other items behind. The Quilting Club realised the need for foster children to own something special that is theirs to keep, that they can take with them from home to home to provide some comfort and familiarity for them when they are in a new home with new faces and surroundings. Mrs Jackaman contacted Leone Cottam-Williams, the School Liaison Officer at UnitingCare West, who the students presented the quilt to at a Primary School assembly. She was very touched and greatful that the Year 5 students took on this project, and explained to the primary school students how meaningful something so small is to a foster child. She also expressed how impressed she was that students so young would take on such a project, as it was usually secondary school students who engaged in projects Winter Edition 2012 - 4 The Dove

From L - R: Monica Wood, Leone Cottam-Williams (UnitingCare West), Caitlin Fern, Kathryn Ward, Zoe MacAdam, Chelsea Binnie, Mikayla Hatten and Chiara Cosgrove


The Study of

Metallurgy

The Year 10 and 12 Earth and Environmental Science students were given the opportunity to take part in some exciting hands-on experiments, when Mr Graeme Thompson (a past Chemistry teacher at St Stephen’s School now completing his PhD at Murdoch University) and Sue Farr came to talk to students to demonstrate the wonders of Science, and in particular, Metallurgy. Graeme and Sue work in the Metallurgy and Chemistry department of Murdoch University and are sponsored by Rio Tinto to visit schools to promote the study of Metallurgy. They explained to the students how different metals can be identified by their flame colours and how metals can be extracted from their ores. The students were able to take part in some experiments and extracted their own sample of copper from an ore and also watched a spectacular demonstration of molten ore falling into a beaker of cold water and producing a piece of iron. They were also able to touch and feel various samples of metals and ask Graeme questions about the field of Metallurgy. The students heard about opportunities in the mining industry for qualified Metallurgists and learnt about the courses offered at Murdoch University and where these courses could lead them in the future. This is certainly an area that Science staff encourage interested students to investigate and consider as a career path.

- Elizabeth McIlveen • Science teacher

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Drench your Visual

Senses The Year 11 and 12 Visual Arts students from the Carramar campus immersed themselves into a true Visual Arts experience at a recent Arts excursion/incursion. Despite the relentless rain, they had an enjoyable and informative day, visiting a variety of galleries from central Perth to Fremantle inclusive of a tour of Central TAFE. The students commenced the day on Friday by visiting two small galleries; FORM gallery on Murray Street where the impressive Pilbara landscapes of Larry Mitchell were on show, and The Turner Gallery in Northbridge, which had two contemporary and easily accessible female artists, Elizabeth Marruffo with her realistic but surreal figures and Claire McFarlane with her contrast of nature and pattern within her work. Both artists were appealing to the students, and their styles could easily be incorporated into their own work. While in Northbridge, students made their way to Central TAFE for a tour of the facilities and to discover more including fashion design, media and film, graphic design, practical visual arts and print media. The tour enabled students to view their work spaces and it allowed them to consider a variety of options for future study. No tour of galleries would be complete without visiting the Art Gallery of WA, where students were involved in an art criticism activity in small groups. This encouraged students to talk about images using art terminology and the various frames to extract information about the images. The most enjoyable experience of the day was visiting the Pericles Studio in Mosman Park as students were fortunate enough to meet the artist Leon Pericles in person. He was very friendly, polite and informative in regards to how he developed ideas for his art works by incorporating both humour and knowledge. His new works were very impressive, based on small colourful boxes that are rotated 360 degrees, which Leon has named Ophthalmic Confections. The Fremantle Arts Centre was a great location and the most popular exhibit, called Richard and Famous by Richard Simpkin (NSW), chronologically represented photos of Richard with famous people he has seen from 1980 2012. It was amazing to see how many celebrities he has encountered.

“Richard Simpkin started his Richard and Famous project in 1989 when he was just 15, for 23 consecutive years he has documented his life in photos, and that in itself is impressive but then you add the celebrity aspect to it and the project evolves into a unique piece of art. It is still ‘a work in progress’.” The last gallery visit was the Moore Building in Henry Street Fremantle where the popular work of Michael O’Connell, depicting popular culture and superheroes within his work is on display. Students loved the large funky space of the Moore Building. The next day, the students gathered in the Technology Hub to spend the day totally involved in the creative process, after a day of viewing and appreciating artworks of inspiration. Students took part in a life drawing workshop with Camille as the tutor and Bianca who was a fabulous model. In the afternoon, the Year 12s completed their projects for Semester 1 while the Year 11s participated in an oil painting workshop with Art Technican Mrs Bowers. Life drawing allowed students to use different materials and learn different ways to use them by involving their hands and freeing up their style. They became involved in the action of drawing and painting. ‘Drench your Visual Senses’ was a busy and productive two days for the upper school art students, which was a highly beneficial and rewarding experience.

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- Jodie Taylor • Head of The Arts


Almost 90 Duncraig students from our Senior Ensembles participated in a Music Camp early in Term 1. Concert Band, High School Orchestra, Girls Chorale, Male Ensemble, St Stephen’s Singers and Swing Band enjoyed two days at Club Capricorn where they participated in a variety of activities. There were intensive rehearsal sessions for all the ensembles and the students learned a vast amount of new repertoire to prepare for performances in 2012.They were also fortunate enough to have Janet and Justin Lowson, the Principals of Helen O’Grady’s Drama Academy and former St Stephen’s School staff members, run a number of workshops. The students thoroughly enjoyed learning about movement and presentation in fun-filled sessions with these talented presenters.

Music Camp 2012

Bec Mutton, one of Australia’s leading barbershop artists, also came to the camp and ran separate coaching sessions with our male and female barbershop ensembles. The students loved staying in chalets where they were able to make their own breakfasts and snacks and spend some time together socialising and completing homework. The camp culminated in an informal concert to which parents and friends were invited. It was wonderful to hear just how much had been achieved during camp and we look forward to our performances later in 2012.

- Marion Jamison • Director of Music

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ELC WET Carnival

ELC Mothers’ Day Students from the Early Learning Centre invited their mums to a special Mothers’ Day celebration on Friday 11 May. The Kindergarten students set up their classrooms with tables and made special placemats so their mums knew where to sit, and served them scones and biscuits that they had baked themselves. After morning tea, the students painted their mum’s nails, gave them massages and spent some time together doing puzzles and reading stories. At the end of the morning they sang a song to their mums and gave them special hand made gifts. The Pre-Primary students had a wonderful afternoon tea with their mums having baked delicious chocolate muffins and lemon slices. They also presented their mums with gifts they had made in class and a short video presentation of why they love them. The Year 1 students prepared for the day by writing stories, cooking and painting pictures of their mums. Tables were decorated and gifts lovingly made. On the morning everyone danced and read books together. The children took part in a small performance and all the mums felt proud of their wonderful children. The Year 2 mums arrived at the ELC an hour before home time. After a loving welcome, parents and children were divided into four groups and rotated between some fun activities. It was wonderful to see mums and children sharing, creating and working together. It was a time when they were making lovely keepsakes but best of all, they were making special memories together. Winter Edition 2012 - 8 The Dove


Sonshine FM Radio Interview Reporter Nadia King from Sonshine FM 98.5 created some excitement in the Primary School at Carramar campus on Monday 2 April, where students were invited to speak about Easter as part of the radio station’s Christian broadcast over the Easter period. Students from Pre-Primary to Year 4 that showed eagerness to speak into a recording microphone, shared their ideas on the Easter story, what happened on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, why they felt Easter was special and what they do on Easter Sunday. Some of the thoughts they shared were:

“You can spend time with your family and eat chocolate and go to church” “Easter’s awesome ‘cause you get to go to exciting places where you have Easter egg hunts with all your brothers and sisters and cousins and family” “You remember Jesus and God and you go to church” “It’s when we celebrate how Jesus died on the cross for us” The snippets of student recordings were put together in a montage and aired on Sonshine FM 98.5 over the April school holidays. The podcasts can be found on Sonshine FM’s website if you missed the promotional broadcast. Visit www.sonshinefm.ws/AOD/ and search for St Stephen’s School Carramar.

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The Rite Journey On a crystal clear morning as the sun rose over the city, the Year 9 class along with teachers, parents, caregivers and mentors gathered at the Kings Park War Memorial for the twin rituals of The Calling and Departure. The Rite Journey is designed to support the development of self-aware, vital, responsible and resilient adults.

“Given the current lack of Rites of Passage in the Western World, young people are left to invent their own, which are often unhealthy and unsafe. The Rite Journey provides young people with the opportunity of experiencing rites of passage, created and guided by caring adults.” (The Rite Journey website) The Calling is to acknowledge the end of the students’ childhood and for them to show gratitude to those who have influenced their journey throughout that childhood. The Departure is for students to receive a blessing from their parents, care-givers and mentors. It is a further example of their commitment to work with the students as they depart on their Rite Journey. It is with thanks to God that we celebrate this occasion and look forward to what awaits us.

- Hollis Wilson • Head of Faith & Values

The Year 6 Science Fair! The Primary Forum was a buzz of excitement in Term 1 with erupting volcanoes, videos of tornadoes and spectacular models of avalanches and other natural disasters on display for parents and students to see. The Year 6 students worked in pairs to put on a wonderful display at the 2012 Science Fair as they took on the task of researching natural disasters as part of their focus on Earth & Beyond in Science. Their research formed the basis of their Science exhibit which had to contain visual material, a working model and a video to support their material. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had great fun learning about natural disasters.

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“A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.” - Author unknown

A NEiTA Teacher Congratulations to Mr Glen Prideaux, Mathematics teacher at Carramar campus, who was nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and was a recipient of a State and Territory award. Glen was nominated by students in his Mathematics Specialist class, and was one of 1401 nominations received by the Australian Scholarships Group. After the nomination was made public, Glen was required to provide a written ‘self portrait’ and a grant proposal detailing how a grant of $5000 would be applied in the event that he was one of the ten national winners. Glen was selected to receive one of the State and Territory awards, and his ‘self portrait’ was then utilised to create his profile on the NEiTA website. Glen was notified that he had been selected as one of 568 finalists, and was awarded one of the NEiTA 2011 ASG Inspirational Teaching State and Territory Awards on World Teachers’ Day, on 28 October 2011. Glen, along with the other finalists, were recognised as outstanding and inspirational teachers.

“Teachers count because they play such an important role in encouraging and helping students to reach their education potential,” NEiTA’s Chairperson, Mr Terry O‘Connell said in a NEiTA media release. On 24 November 2011, Glen was advised that of the 60 recipients of the State and Territory awards, he had been selected for the shortlist of 35 for consideration for one of the ten national awards. This required him to prepare a written paper, resubmit a grant form, and prepare a video interview. He completed these and submitted them in February this year. Although Glen was not selected to receive the NEiTA National Award, St Stephen’s School proudly recognises his outstanding achievement in making it so far through the selection process. We congratulate Glen on his award, and for inspiring his students to reach their potential.

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Duncraig Year 12 Ball

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Dunc r aig Hou se Swim m ing C arniva l

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C a r r a m ar House Swim m ing C arni va l

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Nutritious Food

The St Stephen’s School Canteens pride themselves on preparing and serving nutritious meal options for our students, encouraging them to eat a healthy diet including plenty of fresh fruits, salads and vegetables. In Term 2, the Duncraig campus Canteen menu was put to the test by three students from Curtin University who are studying to become dieticians. Jessica Quintero-Sabogal, Courtney Mizen (past student) and Elizabeth Keegan visited the Canteen as part of their University course, and spent time learning how the staff prepare and cook nutritious meals for our students as well as analysing the food on offer to students in regards to nutrient content.

“We came to the Canteen to obtain more knowledge on how a canteen works, what methods make a canteen run well and what struggles come along with running a canteen. But most of all we came to analyse the food that is being offered to the children,” explained Courtney. The University students, who are all currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), worked alongside the Canteen staff preparing pumpkins for freshly made pumpkin soup and other nutritious meals to be cooked for lunch that day. The girls were impressed by what the Canteen had to offer for students, and were surprised by how time consuming it was to prepare healthy meals.

“The thing I learnt most from this experience was how long it takes to prepare fresh fruit and vegetables. I gather this is why a lot of canteens do not provide this,” explained Courtney. Once the students had gone away and analysed the menu, they provided the Canteen with some valuable feedback. Overall, they thought the Canteen had a very healthy menu.

“The Canteen is run very well and has a great menu that meets nutritional dietary requirements of the students and staff members,” Courtney said. The university students also provided some feedback on areas that could be improved such as eliminating ‘red food’ items and adding salads and fruit as a side to pastries. The Canteen is grateful to the students for their help, and will consider all the feedback provided.

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V8 Supercars As part of the Certificate II in Motorsport, students have the opportunity to gain experience with the Pit Crew at the V8 Supercar competition held at Barbagallo Raceway each year. The students are assigned to a car and driver and work with the Pit Crew throughout the weekend until the driver finishes the race. The Cert ll in Motor Sport course focuses on learning how the high powered vehicles work and how to assist in servicing them. This can lead onto further studies in this field and provides the students with an opportunity to gain an apprenticeship in the motorsport/automotive industry. At other times during the year they are also Pit Crew for their lecturer who races go-karts. Together, this forms valuable hands-on experience in an industry they are passionate about.

- Nicki Hipgrave • Vocational Education and Training

Liminal Adventures I I remember well the first time I resigned from a teaching post; I was young and, if I am honest, I wanted the principal to protest, to persuade me to stay, to suggest somehow that I was too valuable to let go. I recall the moment wryly: I was in my early twenties and still deluded that the world was “all about me”. Nearly two decades, three schools, two continents and thousands of students later, I find myself nearing the end of another chapter, a schism which promises to cast me anew into a liminal phase where change and challenge stand ready to test, grow and strengthen me in ways I am yet to conceive. It is a wonderous time, an exciting time, an adventurous time . . . it is a time to let go and it is a sad time. It is also the right time. Undoubtedly, I could stay; I mean, why leave? It is a comfortable and safe place, a place populated with passionate people dedicated to their craft, leaders who lead rather than manage, and students who want to learn. I have friends here, some whom I will cherish for a lifetime, and each day I have the utter joy of seeing my own child beneath the peppermint and gum trees as she meanders up from the Primary School.

Phill Taylor • Head of English

I know that I have been blessed here and that its echoes within me will exclaim the loss. But there is another sense in me too, a voice calling from the wilderness, a voice calling me to mission; it is the same voice I heard when called to St Stephen’s School in 2007. It is a call to adventure, to journey, to change. It is a call to love God and to love others, to open up to the fullness of the possibilities He has in store for me, to see His world and my place within it. In the truest sense of adventure, it is He who leads me into the future, into an adventure that has chosen me. I am sure that in the months to come, I will feel the pain of separation, the loneliness of letting go, and the insecurity and doubt that accompanies the liminal space of change. But as I step over the threshold I am reminded and comforted by the notion that life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Farewell and God Bless

- Phillip Taylor • Head of English, 2007 - 2012

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nce upon a time, 22 students and two teachers arrived bright and early for a 7.00 am start at St Stephen’s School Duncraig. Their challenge: to write an entire book in just one day. It was dark. Very dark. Students had gathered in front of the main door of Timae, like a crowd awaiting the announcement of the entrants into the Hunger Games on Reaping Day. The teachers unlocked the door and the students entered the arena, eager to put their best foot forward, to write with all their might and to get warmer. At 7.30 am the two teams received their parameters: specific characters, settings and words that had to be included in their books, for the story that they would be working on for the next 12 hours. Your time starts…NOW! The iPad digital clock app was ticking, sort of, and the next hour was spent planning, with each student adding ideas to the collection that would eventually come together to become their final product. For the rest of the morning students sat writing their respective chapters whilst the illustrators sketched frantically, in what can only be described as ‘the illustrator’s zone,’ to keep up with each new idea. The two teachers, Ms Crewe and Mrs Carrick ran around completing important, supportive tasks, such as reminding students of the limited time frame that remained and serving cups of Milo and healthy snacks to ensure students remained focused. 12.00 noon brought the first reading. It was time to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The students from two teams all sat with their individual team members and teachers and read what had been written, continuously picking up consistency errors and giving each other constructive criticism. Laughs filled the discussion area as more and more errors were found. These narratives had more bumps than a Super-sized McFlurry. It seemed as if it would never flow smoothly, but eventually, after another five hours of work, editing and re-reading, the story was practically complete and was left to our editors to make the final finishing touches. Winter Edition 2012 - 18 The Dove

The remaining writers moved over to the illustrating HQ and everyone pitched in with the last bit of colouring. It was almost 7.00 pm, and time was running out. Fast. The editors were going crazy, the illustrators and writers were colouring at maximum speed, with constant reminders of the lack of time remaining to finish and submit the completed book, blurb and all. At last everyone gathered in the Library for the final formatting, after scanning every illustration onto the computer. At 7.15 pm the formatting was finalised, both teams book were finished, and all that was left was printing. The students and teachers surrounded the printer, watching their hard day’s work tumble out. It was a race to bind the copies and email the complete package off to the judges. The job was done, and all the food came out - parents came to the Library bringing scrumptious dinner and desserts. Laughter filled the Library as stories of the day were shared, and everyone - writers, illustrators, teachers and parents, lived happily ever after.

- Justin Pereira and Gizi Ruscoe • Year 10 students


A French Experience Secondary school students learning French at St Stephen’s School had the opportunity of hosting students from the region of Provence in France in Term 1 this year. Our guests were in Perth for two weeks and attended normal classes with their host students. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with native French speakers, share cultural experiences and practise their language skills. This annual exchange program has become an invaluable experience for our students as it enriches language skills, cultural understanding and fellowship. The exchange program finished on a high note with a real Aussie BBQ! Thank you to all the families who kindly hosted our guests.

- Nicola Resta • Head of LOTE

A day with an Eagle! West Coast Eagles player Jeremy McGovern ran a skills clinic with students from Year 3T and Year 5S as part of the Primary Sports program at St Stephen’s School Duncraig. The students were very excited to play football with the WCE team member, and were a buzz of excitement for the rest of the afternoon. The students learned some great skills such as how to kick the ball, how to pass and how to correctly hold the ball. Jeremy McGovern was fantastic with the students, and was kind enough to even give out his autograph. It was a wonderful experience that our students will be talking about for a long time to come!

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On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May, a team of 17 students, staff and parents from the St Stephen’s School community, took part in the Cancer Council’s annual Relay for Life. The Relay for Life is a 24 hour event, running from 2.00 pm on the Saturday to 2.00 pm on Sunday, in which teams must keep the team “baton” (which must be light enough to carry, portable, representative of the team’s theme and can be anything from a wooden spoon to a hula hoop) moving around the track continuously for 24 hours. Team members could walk, jog or run. The relay team did a lot of fundraising before the event to raise as much money as possible. Raffle ticket books were sold, tins were rattled and morning tea held in the lead up to the day. The team members were Mrs Dee Cunninghame (Captain), Mr Hollis Wilson, Mrs Louise Judge, Mrs Anneline Neethling, Mrs Jo-Anne Urquhart, Mrs Lise Legg, Ms Leanne Shanks along with Mrs Sarah Pemberton and Mrs Nicole Crewe, who although were not registered team members, were walking shifts for us. Student team members were Jessica Mills, Lauren Cahill, Isabella Wilson, Hannah West, Zeidri Van der Walt, Oskar Graetz (a past student), and Mrs Leanne Geneve (a current parent with three children at the School) joined us as well. The day started off with the threat of rain. Mrs Cunninghame arrived at the WA Athletics Stadium about 10.30 am to set up the site.The rain held off and the starting ceremony took place at 1.55 pm in glorious sunshine. Our banners certainly stood out from the crowd as we participated in the team march after the cancer survivors and carers. Then the relay began and some team members said a temporary goodbye until they returned for their rostered time to walk. The rain did not hold off, however, and the heavens opened later in the day. In the afternoon, the whole Geneve family arrived to walk with friends. The youngest of the Geneve family, Max, was born during the Relay for Life seven years ago and this year marked the return of this family to the event. At 7.00 pm, Mr and Mrs Mills left to return with pizzas for everyone in the team. The warm food was certainly very welcome! Teams soldiered on until the very moving candlelight ceremony at 8.00 pm, when all the lights were switched off on the track and everyone stopped walking for Winter Edition 2012 - 20 The Dove

half an hour (the only time the rain actually stopped). Then it was on again through the night. The arrival of Ms Shanks was certainly very welcome. She kept us entertained, walked and then left us to get some sleep. Mrs Judge again did more than a 12 hour stint through the night. The early hours of the morning heralded the arrival of the indominable Mrs Mills, who very thoughtfully took the baton and walked for us so the rest of the team could have breakfast.The day whizzed by as teams woke up, walked and new members arrived. Mrs Pemberton and Mrs Crewe were welcomed when they arrived to take over for a few hours. Then the ever cheerful Mrs Neethling arrived complete with food and reinforcements (Mrs Urquhart, Mrs Legg, Mrs Davies) and set off at a cracking pace with the baton. Zeidri and Mrs van der Walt arrived again to walk for a few hours. Zeidri rose to the challenge and sprinted around the track for the final countdown, to increase our lap count and then it was all over. The team again grabbed the banners for the final lap team march and the site was packed up. Our team raised $3,908 this year, thanks to the very generous donations some of the team members received. Duncraig and Carramar staff were generous too, donating at a morning tea, social event and during the first day back at school.

- Dee Cunninghame • Teacher Librarian


Barbershop Success The St Stephen’s Male Vocal Ensemble is an auditioned group of young men from Years 8 - 12 who sing in barbershop style - unaccompanied singing in four parts. This year they have chosen the name Sandwich Press - barbershoppers like to choose interesting names! Sandwich Press were recently awarded the inaugural school trophy at the Western Region Barbershop Competition held at Hale School. Following their success in the competition, Sandwich Press have been invited to be part of the National Competition which will be held in Perth in 2013. The members of Sandwich Press can be very proud of their achievements and of representing the School so well. St Stephen’s School students have won several prizes in barbershop competitions over the past 11 years. Sandwich Press also recently took part in a Music Assembly at the Early Learning Centre. As well as singing several items for the younger students, Sandwich Press demonstrated the instruments which they play and played some arrangements of songs to which the ELC students could sing along. The older students enjoyed spending time in the classrooms and playground with the ELC students.

- Marion Jamison • Director of Music

Visual Arts Excursions T

he Upper School Visual Arts students have participated in several excursions and workshops this term as part of the Stage 2 and 3 WACE Visual Arts programs. Beginning with a series of Life Drawing Workshops at Central, the Year 12 students honed their observational drawing skills and produced some exquisite drawings. These will form part of this year’s Annual St Stephen’s School Art Exhibition in September. The Picasso to Warhol Exhibition was a must see event for our budding young artists and the Year 11s and 12s were fortunate to see many original artworks that had previously only been available in publications. The day was a great success and most inspirational for our young artists. We had a wonderful Dancer ‘Tara’ model for our Drawing Incursion for the Year 11 Stage 2 program and again some wonderful drawings and collages were produced. These will be on display in the Lorraine Paul Centre and Foyer in the near future. St George’s Cathedral Exhibition Congratulations to Year 12 Visual Art students Brittany George, Julia Bassell and Tori Wilson, whose work has been selected for display at the St George’s Cathedral Art Exhibition. Their work will be on display at the Cathedral in July 2012. The Mandorla Religious Art Prize Congratulations to Year 11 Visual Art students Isabella Wilson, Sarah Jongeling and Elizabeth Younger, who have had their works selected for the Mandorla Art Youth Awards which will be on display at the Town Hall in Perth in August 2012. A sneak preview of a selection of the above works will be on display at the Technology & Enterprise Expo on 24 July in the Lorraine Paul Centre and Administration Foyer at the Duncraig campus as part of the Parent Information evenings in August.

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St Stephen’s School St Stephen’s School Production of

Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico Based on the 1951 Disney film “Alice in Wonderland” and the novels “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agent for Music Theatre International, NY

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ST STEPHEN’S SCHOOL PRESENTS ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

Friday 7 September: Past student and Staff sundowner Staff, past students and past staff of the Primary School are invited to a Sundowner to view our memorabilia displays, enjoy live music by past students and more. Invitations with further information will be distributed in July. If your contact details have changed, please contact Keira Robertshaw on 9243 2446 who will send you more information. Please Note: The event is strictly 18+.

Tuesday 11 September: Parent and Student Carnival

Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 November 7.00 pm start Enquiries: 9243 2012

Primary School students and staff will be celebrating the 20th year of the Primary School at an assembly starting at 9.00 am. Parents are welcome to attend and then to share in an Open Day where there will be various activities throughout the day. Dr Phil Ridden, the first Head of the Primary School, will be speaking at this special assembly.

Tickets available at the start of Term 3 from Duncraig Administration

Thursday 13 September: St Stephen’s School Community Service of Worship

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The St Stephen’s School community will celebrate ‘Your Life is Not Your Own’ at a Service of Worship held in the Sports and Learning Centre at the Carramar campus. Please visit www.trybooking.com/28608 to find out more and to register your attendance by Thursday 6 September 2012.


Upcoming Events Technology

& enterprise

EXPO filling your tool box for life Tuesday July 31st

LORRAINE PAUL CENTRE 3pm-6pm

SHOWCASING YEARS 7 - 10 AT WORK DUNCRAIG CAMPUS

Tour Mornings: Future Families and Current Parents

Come and view our wonderful facilities, meet our students and enjoy morning tea with our Leadership staff. Duncraig campus (Year 3-12) Wednesday 5 September, 9.00 am Main Administration Early Learning Centre, Hepburn Heights (K-Year 2) Tuesday 4 September, 9.30 am Carramar campus (K-Year 12) Thursday 6 September, 9.00 am Collinson Library

St Stephen’s School Fundraising Golf Day 2012 Past students, parents and businesses in our School community are invited to support our Fundraising Golf Day on Monday 10 September 2012. This year we have developed a Golf Day with a target to raise seed funds for our Foundation which will launch next year, our 30th year of operation as a school. The Foundation’s aim is to support our School with the development of capital projects and a scholarship program, as well as an overseas aid fund in the future.

Bookings are essential, please visit the Admissions page of the School website to register for a tour morning.

The event will be hosted at the internationally renowned Joondalup Resort Golf Club.

www.ststephens.wa.edu.au

The St Stephen’s School Golf Day is a fantastic opportunity to play at this private club with a championship course that provides a thorough test for most golfers; and at the same time raise money for our School community.

Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 November Primary School Production - Alice in Wonderland Please come along and join in the fun as the primary students put on a wonderful production suitable for all ages. St Stephen’s School Duncraig Theatre, at 7.00 pm. Tickets available from Main Administration throughout Term 3.

Please see the invitation enclosed for more information. For further enquiries please contact Keira Robertshaw on 9243 2446 or email Keira.Robertshaw@ststephens.wa.edu.au who will be happy to answer questions on how we can engage you and your business further in this initiative.

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International Future Problem Solving Competition Finals

Phoebe Moses, Year 8 at St Stephen’s School Carramar, represented Australia in June 2012 in the International Future Problem Solving competition at the Indiana University, USA. As the National Junior Scenario Writing Champion in 2011, she was invited to compete in the futuristic short story writing section of the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference. At the conference, under exam conditions, Phoebe wrote a story based on ethical practice in the pharmaceutical industry of the future. Her international team with representatives from Australia, Florida, California and Alabama was awarded third place in the competition. Phoebe’s insightful individual story was awarded fourth place out of the 27 countries and USA states represented in her division.

At the colourful Opening Ceremony procession, Phoebe joined with all the international flagbearers in costumes representing their nation. She proudly carried the Western Australian flag and was dressed in a surf-life saving costume. Other students in the Western Australian affiliate were from Wesley College and Kensington Primary School. All the Australian competitors sat together at the Opening Cermony and there was a great feeling of camaraderie. Prior to the Opening Ceremony, over 1000 international students met outside the auditorium and exchanged stick pins from their country. Phoebe’s black swans, kangaroos and Australian accent proved to be very popular. The students and teachers enjoyed sharing ideas at the beautiful university campus with its impressive limestone architecture, maple and sycamore trees and wild squirrels and rabbits. Throughout the week there was a wonderful atmosphere of intercultural exchange.The conference itself was evidence of the important role that international collaborative thinking and cooperation plays in creating a positive future. - Elizabeth Drieberg • Gifted & Talented teacher

A Day at The

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ne wonderful sunny day in May, the two Year 1 classes went on a bus to Perth Zoo. We were studying animal coverings and found so many busy animals to study. Gigantic giraffes, elegant elephants, marvellous meerkats, bemused birds, languid lions, old orang-utans and tired tortoises were just some of the animals we observed. We thought the animals were actually people watching while we were watching them! Thank you to all the parents who came along to make the day such a success.

- Kate Hilder and Heather King • Year 1 teachers

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Shauna Thomson (Class of 1992, Duncraig) In 1992 Shauna was awarded Dux of St Stephen’s School and following graduation went on to study and work in the field as a Chartered Accountant for various international companies based in the UK. Today, Shauna is employed by Woodside Petroleum and is a Senior Projects Accountant for the Northwest Shelf Project.

David Thomson (Class of 1995, Duncraig) David was awarded Dux of his year group in 1995, and after graduating from St Stephen’s School went on to study Medicine. After some years as a Resident in the ICU and Cardiac Care Unit at St Johns Subiaco Hospital, he moved to Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital last year to further his career in Cardiology. David is also a member of the Australian College of Physicians and is currently Interventional Cardiac Fellow at QE2 Medical Centre. He expects to be a qualified Cardiac Consultant in the coming months, and next year plans to spend time overseas as part of his Fellowship.

titled Victory. This lead to huge publicity around Australia as an Independent musician receiving press in most states. When asked about her favourite memories from St Stephen’s School she recalls the “Year 7 Rockband pracs and tour bus to other schools to play a show, ripping our lungs out singing in the Library with Daniel Wilson and Art classes with Sara O’Neil and Amber Pitts-Hill” as highlights. “The school camps and playing silly country songs to the Carana House every month was so much fun and provided a lot of great memories” Danni said. Danni says her future plans are “to become an innovative performer and role model and expand my fan base, merge Aussie musicians in the UK, continue to record music and a body of work that I am proud of whilst having the right team around me.” Also to become a “confident organic performer and an aligned person.” “I am so honoured to have all the supporters from Perth and abroad, all the students and staff from St Stephen’s School are still so supportive and behind me in my musical ventures. I believe the past 11 years of ground work, gigging, recording, collaborating and travelling have made me the artist I am today.”

Danni Stefanetti (Class of 2006, Duncraig) Danni left school in Year 12 to persue her music career and set out on the road to tour at the age of 16. Today she has recorded four records and has been honing her craft by gigging live, touring the USA, UK and Europe and has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville Tennessee as well as major International festivals. Her recent indie pop rock track Do no wrong is being used for a TV advertisement in the coming months. Over the past few years Danni has been the recipient of various awards including WA Performer of the Year in 2004, winner of the ASA Australian Songwriting Awards in 2002 and 2007 and recipient of the Glenn Shorrock Music Scholarship in 2007. Most recently at the 2012 Unsigned Arias Danni received the MusicOz Award and the Song of the Year for her track Winter Edition 2012 - 25 The Dove


Kirstin Mackay - (Class of 2007, Carramar)

Sam Timmerman (Class of 2008, Duncraig) Sam graduated from WAAPA at the end of 2011 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition, and has been involved in teaching trumpet at schools and performing at various venues. Recently Sam performed at the Ellington Jazz Club with some of Perth’s best established and up-and-coming bands (WAYJO, Horizon Art Orchestra, Beans Buma’s Boys of Rhythm). As a Freelance Musician, Sam has had the opportunity to work with many different artists, including playing bass and percussion with singer/songwriter Minky G, and playing trumpet in school musicals around Perth. Outside of music, Sam’s other passion is playing for the North Coast Raiders Hockey team in the top mens’ squad. Sam hopes to keep up with his current musical activities and become involved in playing in major musicals in the future.

After studying French at St Stephen’s School, I went on to study French and Politics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and then briefly at the University of New Caledonia. Surprisingly, it was back in Wellington that I met my now husband Denis, who happened to be French. I believe that it is a shame to learn a language, and not to use it, so I went to France for a working holiday. I travelled through Provence, backpacked (and got lost many times) in Italy, and then stayed with Denis’ family on their vineyard in Pommard, a small village in Burgundy. There, I did some vineyard work as well as some waiting in a local restaurant, and in my spare time I tasted wine, picnicked with the locals and watched the men play pétanque. In August Denis and I took a trip to Strasburg where we got engaged. Since then, we have found an apartment in Dijon and I have found my dream job teaching English. Every day is different: sometimes I am teaching runway workers at the airport, and other times I am teaching lawyers that work for large French banks. Perhaps my favourite parts of the job are the ‘dejeuners avec formateur’, where I meet clients for long English-speaking lunches and taste some of the famous dishes that Burgundy has to offer. The French still make fun of me because I don’t really like baguettes or cheese, and I especially don’t like piano-accordions. But in spite of that, I have found love and happiness in France. I never would have guessed how useful French could be. I owe my thanks to Madame Isabelle Pilote, who fits the description of Brazilian Paulo Coelho, one of my most inspirational writers, “What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows.”- (The Witch of Portobello) The inspiration to give my best that I found at St Stephen’s School is a seed that was planted, and will continue to grow for the rest of my life. So give thanks to your teachers, the ones who motivate you and believe in you, because the gifts they give you are forever. And keep an open mind, because you never know what life has planned for you. Winter Edition 2012 - 26 The Dove

Alex Williams (Class of 2008, Duncraig) Since graduating from St Stephen’s School, Alex studied at WAAPA for the past three years and has recently moved to Sydney to pursue his career in acting. Alex has just finished shooting a tele-movie in Melbourne for Channel 10 and NBC called Underground which follows the early years of Julian Assange. “Rachel Griffiths plays my mother (Christine Assange) and Anthony Lapaglia plays a cop trying to hunt down the young hacker. The movie was penned and directed by Robert Connolly (Balibo, Romulus my father). The tele-movie is expected to be televised in October on Channel 10.” This is a wonderful start to Alex’s career, where he hopes to continue to be involved in productions, movies or television series, as well as some theatre with major theatre companies around Australia. Joshua Cammack (Class of 2009, Carramar) Joshua was one of a handful of St Stephen’s students that scooped a place at the Western Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts this year. Joshua is studying a Bachelor of Music (Composition and Technology) and said his course so far was interesting, learning how different sounds and textures can influence one’s emotions or perspective on something. Josh hopes to become a composer for video games, or become a famous solo musician in the future. Samuel Gibson (Class of 2011, Carramar) Only graduating from St Stephen’s School last year, Sam was another past student that has been accepted in to the highly sought-after Western Australian Academy of


Performing Arts this year. Sam, who is studying Bachelor of Music Education (Jazz), said his ultimate goal is to become a professional musician, playing and writing original music. His passions is teaching music, travelling and performing and hopes one day to positively influence people by his music.

School Reunions Class of 2002 – 10 Year Reunion Saturday 1 December 2012, 8.00 pm – 12 midnight St Stephen’s School Duncraig 100 Doveridge Drive, Duncraig

Michael Hamer (Class of 2004, Duncraig)

Tickets available from www.trybooking.com/27312 RSVP by Friday 10 October 2012 Class of 1992 – 20 Year Reunion Saturday 6 October 2012, 7.30 pm – 12 midnight After graduating from St Stephen’s School Duncraig in 2004, Michael studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Curtin, graduating at the end of 2009 with honours. After working for a year in Perth, Michael decided that the office lifestyle was definitely not for him, and thus began a journey that led him to where he is today - Zürich, Switzerland. This journey began with six months of hard training, resulting in Michael being selected to play in the Australian Floorball Team. In December 2010, Michael travelled to Helsinki, Finland with the team to compete in the world championships. After spending a month training and competing in Helsinki, Michael travelled around Switzerland, Germany and Austria, eventually settling in Regensburg, Germany for three months to learn German. During this time, Michael applied for and was offered a myriad of Master’s programs and scholarships at various European universities, eventually choosing to study a Master’s in Robotics, Systems and Control at ETH Zürich in Switzerland, “because of the snowboarding possibilities in Zürich, and the interesting projects available at ETH”. In June 2011, after spending two weeks in northern Norway, Michael travelled down through Sweden and Denmark, eventually arriving in Zürich, Switzerland, where he began a three-month internship before commencing his studies in September 2011.

The Carine Tavern Function Room 493 Beach Road, Duncraig Tickets available from www.trybooking.com/27384 RSVP by Friday 21 September 2012 Class of 1997 - 15 Year Reunion Sundowner Saturday 6 October 2012, 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm The Breakwater (Reid’s Lounge upstairs) 58 Southside Drive, Hillarys Tickets available from www.trybooking.com/27382 RSVP by Friday 21 September 2012. Tickets can also be purchased in person from St Stephen’s School Duncraig Main Administration between 8.00 am - 4.00 pm weekdays. Reunion event enquiries to Keira Robertshaw on 9243 2446 or Keira.Robertshaw@ststephens.wa.edu.au

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During his internship Michael was involved with the Flight Assembled Architecture project. This project involved programming a group flying robots to autonomously (not controlled by people) build a structure from styrofoam bricks and a blueprint. A group of Swiss architects worked with the team to design a structure, which was later built by the robots in front of a live audience at an exhibition of modern architecture in Orleans, France. Michael is currently completing his Master’s thesis at ETH Zürich and hopes to begin a PhD next year. For information and videos on the Flight Assembled Architecture project visit www.idsc.ethz.ch/Research_DAndrea/fmec

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