Saint Stephen’s College
07 5573 8600
Reserve Road Coomera
Saint Stephen’s College is a co-educational, Prep to Year 12 independent school at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
Our students enjoy impressive success in all areas of academics, sporting and cultural pursuits. The ‘spirit’ of our community truly sets us apart from other schools. We strive to develop students who are full of character, empowered to reach their full potential, and who live their lives as responsible global and local citizens.
We value the development of global perspectives in our students and we achieve this through integrating our domestic students with our thriving community of international students.
All of our students experience rich learning, excellent facilities and visionary technology such as our digitally interactive learning spaces, state-of-the-art Science-in-Action Centre, new-age Arts and Applied Technology Precinct, Foreign Language Centre, iCentre, Multi-Purpose Hall, outstanding Sports and Performing Arts amenities. In all, they aim to encourage rich engagement and collaboration.
Pastoral care is at the core of the positive learning experience that Saint Stephen’s College students enjoy. It is all about building quality relationships, nurturing hopes and dreams and providing a safe and supportive environment where every student’s learning can flourish.
Saint Stephen’s College is a learning community centred on Christian principles. We strive to develop self-directed, determined, courageous and skillful young men and women of substance who will make a positive difference to their communities now and in the future.
The College community values maturity and integrity as the hallmarks of character-based leadership. Saint Stephen’s College opened to students on 1 February 1996 with a blessing and dedication ceremony. In its first year of operation the College welcomed 166 founding students from Prep to Year 7, which has now grown to 1300.
Saint Stephen’s College was the first school of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia. The College Founders included The Right Reverend Albert N Haley, Father Michael Irvine, Michael Yarwood, Councillor Lex Bell, Lester Hughes and Bob Greasley. The founding Headmaster was Brian Rowe. The College is now a Christian Interdenominational school.
Foundations Program: encompasses the education and well-being from Preparatory to Year 3. These crucial early years of education are a special time for children, their parents and their teachers.
Consolidations Program: incorporates the education and well-being of students in Years 4, 5 and 6. Teachers work to create enriched and inclusive learning experiences that encourage personal success.
Connections Program: has been designed to meet the specific academic, social and emotional needs of the emerging adolescent in Years 7 and 8. Our aim is for students to connect, in a positive way, to their peers, teachers and learning.
Experiences Program: guides students (and their parents and guardians) through Years 9 and 10. Our aim is to provide a flexible array of subject choices and education pathways that are built upon a strong foundation of skills for lifelong learning.
Credentials Program: supports and guides students through Years 11 and 12. Opportunities are provided within the College and in the broader community to enhance leadership skills. This assists students in preparing for their future endeavours.
The Goda Foundation provides life-changing opportunities for students to balance learning and discovering. These include:
Global Young Leaders Conferences in Europe, China or the United States of America.
Outward Bound rite of passage experiences.
Young Endeavour sailing adventures.
International Leadership Program (Cambodia) creating global citizens.
Fun and Science Program (Griffith University) 120 students are sponsored each year.
Medical research financial support to the Freidriechs Ataxia and Alzheimer’s disease research program.
Suzuki Program teaches introductory violin to all Foundations students from Preparatory through to Year 2 using the Suzuki instruction method.
Annual Arts Exhibition.
- Science-in-Action is an ultra-modern facility that includes three senior and two junior labs, lecture theatre, physics labs, large gallery with screens and cater for smaller groups.
- Arts and Applied Technology Precinct is a state-of-the-art IT, graphics, film and television facility with sound proof media room, filming, audio recording, green screen facilities and the latest digital facilities, modern learning spaces and gallery.
- Team Projects digital futuristic facility equipped with collaborative learning furnishings and supported by the latest education technology and credible research.
- Multi-Purpose Hall is a well-equipped gymnasium and multi sports facility that complements the College’s quality indoor and outdoor sporting areas.
- iCentre is a modern space that blends the traditional library format with modern and interactive modes of research, collaboration and learning.
- Foreign Language Centre is an award-winning LOTE centre with two lecture theatres, two webinar rooms, shared learning areas with the latest technology.
- Humphrey Firkins Lecture Theatre is a 130-seat modern auditorium fitted with the latest technology.
- Goda Firkins Auditorium for the Performing Arts seats 700 and includes state-of-the-art audio and lighting, portable staging and choir rises and a small break-out theatre.
- College Chapel holds worship on Sundays and is available in times of celebration, illness and bereavement.
- Saint Stephen’s College Childcare Centre is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) as outlined in the national curriculum.