St Stephen's at the History Bee and Bowl in Monza on 11 November!

Congratulations to Giorgia (grade 9), Andres (grade 11), Eric, Fabio, Julien, Lucas, Maysara and Pascal (all grade 12) for their achievements at the International History Bee and Bowl of Northern Italy held at the International School of Monza on 11 November. Both St Stephen's teams rocked in the preliminary rounds of the Bowl. Our B team won all rounds. Our A team only lost against our B team. They then both lost the semi-finals against teams they had beaten earlier in the day. Giorgia reached the last eight in her age category of the Bee (the individual competition), as did Fabio, Julien, Maysara and Pascal. Pascal won the bronze medal. Our students qualified for the finals with two teams so the students, all members of the History Club, will get ready for those now. The finals will most likely be held in Sweden in May or June.

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Why We Take Trips

As Head of School, I often say to the students that it would be far easier to lead a school without trips.  They are complex, expensive, and require a great deal of effort.  However, trips are essential to the identity of St. Stephen’s and have been from the school’s inception.  


Trips allow mixing with students with whom they don’t usually interact.  Leadership opportunities implicit in any trip, and trip leaders know how to encourage students to seize those moments.  As adults, we know that trips engage other parts of ourselves — our imagination, our awe, the joy of discovery, our place in nature.


And trips force us to view the world anew, often from the vantage point of someone quite different from ourselves.  We may learn or hone a new skill — scuba diving, or oration, or drawing the human figure.  We’ve even had students choose their university major based on the experience of a school trip.  Trips change the way we perceive the world, and therein lies their power.

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An SAT prep course (see description below) for the December 2nd exam will be offered beginning on Saturday, October 28th. 


Additional meetings are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, October 29th 
  • Wednesday, November 1st
  • Saturday, November 4th
  • Saturday, November 18th 
  • Sunday, November 19th 

The course will be taught by Ms Hollis, former IB history teacher at SSS. Ms Hollis has taught the SAT for six years at St. Stephen's and elsewhere. 

An additional course for the May exam will also be made available, given interest. 


For further information, contact Ms Hollis directly at:


Please register by Friday, October 13th



SAT Course Description

The course covers the range of test-taking strategies specific to the SAT and covered by test prep companies; however, the real benefit, to my view, lies in the extent of the practice and disciplined review offered. We begin the course with a diagnostic test covering all sections. Based on this, I estimate each student’s baseline score range in order to give each of them an idea of how his or her performance matches up against the requirements of those colleges to which he/she hopes to be admitted. Thereafter we devote our class time to learning test-taking strategies, as well as the niceties of, and tactics specific to, each section.  The remainder of the semester is devoted to practising the implementation of those strategies; identifying individual strengths and weaknesses; developing skill sets both independently and through collaboration; and becoming familiar and comfortable with the internal logic of the test. These aims are accomplished by taking, reviewing, and discussing practice sections at every meeting.


For the course, we use the practice tests released by the College Board. The cost of the course is 550 Euros.

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