Enquiries call +61 7 5573 8600

Call our absentee line

Years P-6 5573 8673

Email: jnrabsentee@ssc.qld.edu.au

Years 7-12 5573 8675

Email: snrabsentee@ssc.qld.edu.au

Sarah Standage

Sarah Standage

Head of Year 8

Phone +61 7 5573 8624

Mr Mick Skehan

Mr Mick Skehan

Head of Year 7

Phone +61 7 5573 8633

Years 7 and 8


Welcome to Connections! The Saint Stephen’s College Connections Program has been designed to meet the specific academic, social and emotional needs of the emerging adolescent in Years 7 and 8.

The teaching team creates a caring environment in which our students feel empowered to confidently transition from the traditional setting and structure of the Junior School to the greater interdependence required in the Senior School.

Our aim is for our students to connect, in a positive way, to their peers,
teachers and learning.

Connections Curriculum

All students in the Connections Program study the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Humanities and Science. Specialist teachers enhance the core curriculum with lessons in Music, Art, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Health and Physical Education (HPE) and Information Technology (IT). Students also participate in their chosen elective subjects, APS Sports plus a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

The Connections Program teaching team is genuinely committed to providing a positive environment that supports all of our students. As our students search to define who they are, and how they relate to the world, the Connections Program teaching team provides the necessary guidance and boundaries to foster positive decision making skills in these crucial years.

Connected Award

Get connected with yourself, your team and the community!

In times of need, families at Saint Stephen’s College are quick to help out with donations of money, clothes and food goods. We pride ourselves on our ability to help others. But while the above items are very much appreciated, sometimes the greatest donation one can give is your time: time to help; time to listen; time to just show you care.

The Saint Stephen’s College Connected Award is earned by members of the Connections Program in exchange for volunteering their time. It is not compulsory, but is designed to promote Community Service and Awareness, as well as building the individual’s Leadership and Self-Esteem skills.

To earn a Connected Badge, each student must complete four (4) points of Community Service Projects and four (4) points within the Leadership Events. These eight (8) items can be completed at any time over the two (2) years that they are members of the Connections Program.

Community Service Project

To earn the appropriate points, the Connections student must perform community service at organisations within their local areas. Volunteering their time and skills to assist others is the goal. Volunteering Gold Coast is an excellent starting point; but local organisations such as the Animal Welfare League, Riding for the Disabled, nursing homes, community centres and junior sporting teams are always in need of help. Many of these organisations would simply not be able to continue without the support of the Community.

Leadership Events

To earn the appropriate point, students must take themselves outside their comfort zone and test their commitment, inner strength and character. Leadership points are awarded to individuals who take control of the situation by organising others to perform the activities as well as themselves. These students show planning and leadership skills and apply them to benefit others.

To register, contact Mr Skehan for more information and registration forms.

Junior Public Speaking Competition

On Wednesday the 4th September the Saint Stephen’s College Public Speaking Competition was held.

Ten students from each year level in Years 4 – 7 were selected after presenting a speech to each of their respective classes. The level to which these students spoke was outstanding which made it very difficult to appoint winners.

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Year 8 Camp, Northern New South Wales

Mountain biking, high ropes, raft building and an arduous overnight hike were some of challenges that faced Year 8 on camp to Tyalgum Ridge Retreat, in Northern New South Wales.

Battling the inclement weather, students grasped the opportunity to immerse themselves in outdoor activities, to develop teamwork, trust, resilience, and most importantly, friendships. Staff who attended the camp commented that they were proud of how well our students represented themselves and the College.

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Year 7 Camp, Canberra

On Monday 9 July, 109 Year 7 students left Saint Stephen’s at 6.00 am to travel down to Coolangatta airport where we caught a plane to Sydney.

After a scenic drive around the sights of Sydney and lunch near Mrs Macquarie’s Chair we travelled to Canberra. For the next four days we visited the National Parliament, The War Memorial, the National Library, the National Gallery and the National Museum of Australia and Questacon. On Thursday 12 July the students were excited to travel up to the snow.

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