St Stephen’s recognises the importance of the primary school years in establishing firm foundations for your child’s life; academically, socially and spiritually.
Our primary schooling caters to the social and emotional needs of children in their early years (Pre-Kindergarten-Year 2) and the developmental requirements of those in Years 3-6.
A play-based approach appeals to the natural curiosities of children, giving them the best start for a life filled with creativity, learning and growth. Students are encouraged to try new things in a safe and nurturing environment, which sees them develop into resilient and confident young people.
Personalised learning identifies the needs of each student and tailors their education accordingly. Primary students are consistently challenged through the inquiry-based approach where they can discover their niche and potential.
St Stephen’s employs subject-specialist teachers in several key learning areas so students receive the best guidance right from the start of their schooling.
The primary curriculum is offered alongside a variety of co-curricular activities while service learning opportunities, from giving time and philanthropic pursuits to spending time at remote schools in the vast Kimberley region, open doors to different ways of life, learning and living.
The main learning areas in primary school are English, Mathematics, Science, Languages, Sport, The Arts, Biblical Studies, Library Studies and Digital Learning. These are taught in a range of contexts through engaging learning experiences.
One of the best ways to learn is through
experience, which is why our primary students often venture beyond the school
walls through our camp and excursion schedule from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6.
Some of these are held at the School and some offsite. Year 1 and 2 students boost their confidence away from home with a special sleepover at the School while Year 3s take it to the next level, camping in tents around the School grounds. Year 4s connect with nature on a three-day farm camp while Year 5 and 6s spend three days off-site taking part in team-building exercises.
Our physical education program offers specialised programs including swimming, surfing, athletics and cross-country, plus all the standard school sports. Primary students are also enthusiastic participants in a range of Interhouse and Interschool carnivals.
Whether your child is a keen artist,
shines on stage or is more musically-inclined, our rich arts programs provide a
range of opportunities for them to perfect their skills beyond the standard
curriculum with drama performances, orchestral concerts and private tuition.
Students also have the chance to take part in the popular Whole School Musical, exhibitions and festivals to showcase their talents.
St Stephen’s is known and celebrated for
our Service Learning opportunities, which shape
our students into compassionate and caring citizens.
We have a dedicated team committed to providing students, and our wider community, with opportunities to help those who may be disadvantaged.
Ongoing projects include the School’s Food Rescue Cart, where staff and students collect food from cafes and restaurants to give to those in need, donating to UnitingCare West appeals, and a service learning tour to remote Indigenous Schools in the Kimberley, where students learn from and forge friendships with the local students.
Our Outdoor Education program gives students a range of opportunities to understand the importance of the environment, and their role in its future. From mud kitchens and bush school in the early years of schooling to learning adventures at the School’s rural property, The Kaadadjan Centre, in Secondary School, our students are enriched by the teachings provided by nature.
Digital technologies are integrated into
all subjects at our school, equipping students with the latest skills to
succeed in a digital world.
Every student has access to specialist Digital Learning mentors and the School’s iDigital program promotes strong digital citizenship and responsible use of technology.
St Stephen’s operates under a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) titled Many2One, from Years 5-12, which allows students to use multiple devices for educational purposes.
Our advanced wireless infrastructure also positions them safely at the forefront of the digital world.
St Stephen’s School offers state-of-the-art facilities on each campus including contemporary libraries, digital learning hubs, gymnasiums, a theatre, dance and art studios, music rooms, sporting grounds, nature play spaces, chill-out zones and more, creating a home away from home.