Each year level has an excursion budget which enables teachers to organise incursions and excursions for their students. Teachers organise excursions and activities based around curriculum learning of the students. Excursions or incursions are valued at St Stephen's because they enhance student knowledge of topics, give students real life experiences and thoroughly engage the students in their learning.
At St Stephen's Our Year 5 and 6 students go away oh a school camp. Year 5 students visit Tallebudgera Beach and Outdoor Education Centre in Term 4 each year. They are away at camp for 2 nights with teachers and staff. This camp focuses on leadership, taking risks and being out of your comfort zone. Various activities include high ropes, canoeing, surfing and archery. Students often come back from this camp feeling energised and ready to take on the challenges of Year 6.
Year 6 travel to Canberra each year in Term 3. Students are typically away for 5 days. This camp is intricately linked to the Year 6 Australian Curriculum where the students learn about Australia's government. Students typically visit places like Parliament House, Governor General's House, The Australian War Memorial and The Mint. One day of the excursion is spent in Sydney where students get to nurture their faith with a visit to Mary Mackillop Place.
Often teachers will call on parents/caregivers to assist with excursions or activities. Please note that all volunteers must have completed the BCE Student Protection and Code of Conduct Training for Volunteers and Other Personnel.
Once the training is completed, the registration process must be finalised through the school.
Grandparents or other volunteers who are not parents of students at St Stephen's, must also have a valid Blue Card.