Saint Stephen’s College scoops win at Australian Education Awards

Saint Stephen’s College has won an impressive accolade at the 2019 Australian Education Awards, beating out schools across the country.

The Upper Coomera independent school took home the Best School Strategic Plan award, and was also a finalist in five other categories including Best Use of Technology, Best Learning Environment, Best Senior School (Non-Government), Best Teacher (Sam Reynolds, Head of Arts and Applied Technology) and Best Head of Department (Iain Taylor, Head of Science).

The school was also the only one on the Gold Coast to secure a win at the national awards.


Headmaster Jamie Dorrington said he was proud of the win and the dedication of the College staff, students and parents who made such accolades a reality.

“This award is fantastic. It affirms that we have a forward thinking, innovative vision for the future and that our plans are well organised and actionable,” said Dr Dorrington.

“Of course, all of our plans are designed to enhance the learning for every student. Our work with technology, our learning spaces, our work with curriculum, our emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Enterprise Education and Project Based Learning, our staff and student wellbeing programs, and our other co-curricular programs are all exceptional, and they will all benefit the students of Saint Stephen’s for years to come.

“We would not be where we are if not for the dedication of our staff and the support of our parent body.”

Dr Dorrington said at Saint Stephen’s College learning excellence was delivered through a unique balance of advanced technology, core community values and life skills.

“While many schools have one amazing learning space, we have many where students can immerse themselves in science, languages, music, performing arts, sport and extra-curricular pursuits including community service learning. It’s an exciting environment where technology works seamlessly with staff-student interaction.

“Arguably we have the best facilities in the country, and judging by the accolades and nominations, also the talented staff and students within. Our mission statement is to develop character and inspire hope – this is what we deliver through our unique balance of advanced technology, core community values and learning life skills.”

Saint Stephen’s College made the 2018 Cambridge University Innovation 800 top 100 list and is the only Kindergarten to Year 12 Gold Coast school recognised by Australian Educator Magazine as a leading innovator three years running – 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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