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Students take part in State Honours Ensemble Programme

Six very talented musicians from Saint Stephen’s College enjoyed a challenging State Honours workshop week at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in the second week of their spring holidays.

Each year, the State Ensemble Honours Programme (SHEP) brings together the finest young musicians under the tutelage of a team of eminent international and national conductors, in a world-class environment. Its pursuit of excellence defines it as one of the highest quality performance avenues available to young ensemble-based instrumentalists in Queensland.
The programme sees voice, string, wind, brass and percussion students take part in an intensive four-day programme that culminates in a Gala Concert in the Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank. Saint Stephen’s College was represented by Andress Obenza, Tabatha Ashmore, Mitchell Hobbs, Matthew Thompson, Jin You and Naomi Lorimer. Well done!

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An official opening and blessing of new age learning facilities on Saint Stephen’s Day

The Saint Stephen’s College new multi-million dollar Science-in-Action, Team Projects, Learning Enhancement and Arts and Applied Technology precinct was officially opened and blessed on Saint Stephen’s Day - Friday 19 September 2014.

Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment and Member for Surfers Paradise the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, and the Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen opened the state-of-the-art facilities, with a plaque unveiling.

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Year 3 Sleep Over

On Friday 22 August, the intrepid Year 3 students and their daring teachers were involved in the annual Year 3 Sleepover at Saint Stephen’s College. Although we were greeted by a cool and rainy day, that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Year 3 students as they busied themselves with a variety of fun activities. Being allowed to come to school in free dress certainly added to the excitement of the day!

The students participated in a ‘Giggle Poetry Workshop’ which was run by ‘Miss Helen’, guest author and children’s poetry writer, Helen Ross. The students listened to a variety of poems, wrote some poems with Miss Helen and wrote some poems of their own. This workshop linked perfectly to the Poetry Unit we have been studying in English this term. It was wonderful to listen to the students answer Miss Helen’s questions about poetry, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the topic.

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Saint Stephen’s College Drumline takes out national titles for the third time.

The explosive, high energy Saint Stephen’s College Drumline has taken out top honours at this year’s Australian Percussion Eisteddfod in Brisbane.

In addition to their third national win in four years, the 14-piece ensemble placed first in the 2014 Open A Percussion Ensembles and Drumlines section at the recent Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

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Great community service shown by our international students from Japan!

This year eight students from our Japanese sister school, Okayama Gakugeikan, added to the international flavour of the Gold Coast marathon by running on Saturday and volunteering to serve drinks on Sunday.

These students attend our College for a year to learn English and experience our culture. These students decided the marathon weekend was a great way to become involved in both the College and community activities. It was quite noticeable the positive impact on the many Japanese runners who participated in the event when they heard encouragement in their native language! This service included a couple of very early mornings and our international students did this with a smile and a lot of enthusiasm. Well done, guys! We are very proud of you and we know the runners from Australia and Japan were very grateful.

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