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What's been happening at the Collegerss feed

House Swimming Carnivals

On the 5th and 8th of February, Saint Stephen’s College held their annual Senior and Junior House Swimming Carnivals.

As per usual, this major event in the school’s calendar was nothing short of an inspiring spectacle. Whether you found yourself in awe, watching the array of talented swimmers we have at our school, or driven to your feet in support of our international students, some of which have never swum before. In either case, what makes our swimming carnival extraordinary is the sheer student body, parent and staff support that is present during every race and the willingness of students to participate, regardless of their swimming abilities. Every year, there is also a ‘spirit’ aspect that accompanies the carnival. The winners of this award are identified to have exhibited a high level of sportsmanship and support through cheering and war cries, as well as being a house with a high percentage of student participation on the day. This year, all of the houses, both senior and junior, were committed in and out of the pool. Thank you to all the staff and students who helped with various duties throughout the carnival and of course the parents who came and supported on the day. These carnivals are a proud tradition at our school and it’s great to see so many get involved and contribute to its success every year. Lachlan Eyers Sports Captain 2016

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Official opening and blessing of College Administration Building

The newly completed multi-faceted Administration Building at Saint Stephen’s College was officially opened by State Minister for Education, Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones and Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen on 19 February 2016.

Official proceedings included welcome addresses by Chairman of the College Board, Mr Peter Hollett and Headmaster, Mr Jamie Dorrington, music by Drumline and the College Strings Quartet, a blessing by Archbishop John Hepworth and a guest tour.

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Senior students share kayaking skills with special needs ‘buddies’

    About 20 Saint Stephen’s College Year 12 students have spent their final school term as ‘buddy’ kayaking coaches for special needs guests from across the Gold Coast, organised through the local charity JAMS (Joy for all Minds).

    The five-week Special Needs Kayaking Program is part of the College’s Year 12 PE curriculum that has been running for more than 10 years.

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    International Award for leading learning initiatives

      Saint Stephen’s College has been acknowledged internationally as a front runner in blended learning with the presentation of the D2L Brightspace Excellence Award at the 2015 Ignite Asia Pacific (APAC) conference on the Gold Coast.

      The College was one of three institutions in the region (also Victoria University and Singapore Management University) recognised for innovative education experiences using the Brightspace platform created by the EdTech company D2L. Saint Stephens was highlighted as the: “front runner in taking a structured, well-planned, organisation-wide drive towards blended learning. The school embodies the true value of flexibility and has made huge strides in creating engaging experiences for its students. It currently offers more than 160 courses via its Brightspace-based learning platform, all of which were carefully developed to be simple to use...” Director Asia Pacific D2L, Marlon Herft, said award winners had delivered platforms that drove self-paced, catered learning which advanced teachers and students beyond the limits set by the traditional education method. “In doing so, they have created environments relevant to the digital age where teaching and learning surpasses classrooms and lecture theatres, and fosters better outcomes by enabling more resources, insights and predictability than ever before,” said Mr Marlon. Headmaster, Jamie Dorrington, said the College was renowned for delivering rich learning experiences through visionary technology and world-class facilities. D2L, formerly Desire2Learn, is an educational technology company known for its cloud-based platform Brightspace. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.

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