What a year 2018 has been at our wonderful school, one filled with celebration,change, personal bests, innovation and direction.
Achievements reached far and wide this year, from academic excellence and service to astounding performances and works of art.
We had students selected to attend a special Space Camp in the USA while another went on a Physics study trip to Oxford University.
Locally, our Food Rescue partnership continued with UnitingCare West, with staff and students collecting food for the homeless. Our new Community Cook-Up has also seen volunteers whip up meals in the School’s commercial kitchen to donate to those less fortunate.
We have enjoyed visits to Rocky Bay, Creative Arts by Rise, Regents Garden and many more places where our students and staff can live out our motto of ‘Serve God, Serve One Another’. Our Global service tours provided opportunities for our students and community to contribute in assisting others in South Africa,Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, India and, closer to home, the Kimberley.
I was blown away by the sheer talent on display at our annual Fusion and Synthesis K-12 Exhibitions. There was a range of creativity on show from colourful artworks and short films to inventive Design & Technology creations.
A highlight of the year had to be the Secondary cross-campus production of Grease. The commitment of staff, students, parents and alumni to producing such a professional and entertaining show was incredible. From the colourful set, beautiful voices, music and choreography to the foyer set-up, marketing and technical aspects – it was a show of epic proportions, not to mention the super cool red Cadillac! No wonder it was a sell-out!
To the sporting fields, race tracks and in the pool - our students were impressive as they represented our School. We competed well in carnivals and competitions held throughout the year, with sportsmanship and camaraderie strong.
Students excelled in their extra-curricular sporting commitments and pursuits, with great news of awards in various arenas – speed-boat racing, swimming, equestrian events, golf, basketball, netball and more – flooding in throughout the year.
The St Stephen’s School’s gamification app Abydos, developed in partnership with Edith Cowan University, was named as having the most Transformative Impact on Education at this year’s INCITE Awards. This was another string in our bow as an innovative school, alongside hosting the FIRST Lego League once again, with an even bigger number of teams travelling to the School from around the State to compete and two of our teams selected to compete in the Nationals in Sydney.
Thank you to each and every one of our passionate staff who help our students achieve their best and make our School the special place that it is. To the staff who are leaving, thank you for the legacy you leave behind – we wish you God’s blessings for the future.
To the School Council and Executive thank you for your dedication and support. To our parents – your dedication and support for our community continues to help us to build our School into a strong and vibrant place.
Finally, may I wish each of you a Christmas filled with peace and a New Year full of possibilities.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Take care and God bless.
Mrs Donella Beare.