Fast Facts and Bell Times

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People who walked alongside Stephen, the patron saint of this secondary school community, knew him to be a wise and faith-filled man. They placed profound trust in his leadership as they believed he was willed with, and guided by, the power and grace of the Holy Spirit. Stephen put every ounce of his energy and wisdom, and ultimately his very life, to the service of the Gospel and the building of the Christian church. He was the first Christian martyr.

Did you know that...

  • We were the first Catholic Secondary School in Clarington
  • In 1985 we opened with 42 students on the upper floor of St. Stephen's Elementary School
  • From 1988 to 1998 we were located in a former prisoner of war camp on the outskirts of Bowmanville
  • Our school mascot is a lion and we are the home of the "Royals" athletic teams
  • In the 2004-2005 school year, our staff created a new Mission and a new Vision Statement for St. Stephen's Secondary School

School Statistics:



School Expansion & Upgrades

$2,743,000 expansion in 2012


300 Scugog Street 
Bowmanville, Ontario 
L1C 6Y8 
Phone: 905-623-3990



Mr. Trevor Poechman

Vice Principal

Mrs. Lisa Diachenko   A-K  & Mrs. Daniela Conforti   L-Z 

School Chaplain

Mrs. Toni Bellefontaine

Number of Students


Number of Staff


Number of Academic Departments


Class Duration

75 minutes

Number of Activities, Sports & Clubs


Feeder Schools

St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary

Holy Family Catholic Elementary

St. Francis Catholic Elementary

St. Joseph Catholic Elementary

Bell Times

Each school day has the following schedule. Bells ring at the beginning and end of each period.


Warning Bell


Period 1

8:25 - 9:40 (75 min)

Period 2

9:45 - 11:00 (75 min)

Period 3 Lunch

11:00 - 11:40 (40 min)          (Gr. 10 & 12)

Period 3 Class

11:05 - 12:20 (75 min)

Period 4 Lunch

12:20 - 1:00 (40 min)             (Gr. 9 & 11)

Period 4 Class

11:45 - 1:00 (75 min)

Period 5

1:05 - 2:20 (75 min)


Warning Bell

8:25 - 9:22 (57 min)

Period 1

ASSEMBLY 9:22-10:22  (80 min)

Period 2

10:42-11:38 (56 min)

Period 3 Lunch

11:38-12:18 (40 min)           (Gr. 10 & 12)

Period 3 Class

11:43-12:39 (56 min)

Period 4 Lunch

12:39-1:19 (40 min)             (Gr. 9 & 11)

Period 4 Class

12:18-1:14 (56 min)

Period 5

1:19-2:20 (61min)

PA Days

September 27, 2019, October 25, 2019, November 22, 2019, January 31, 2020, April 24, 2020,  2020, June 26, 2020.

Chaplaincy and Parish Information

St. Stephen is an inclusive community with a mission to develop the spiritual potential of all students as much as their academic and social potentials.

Academic programs at St. Stephen exist within a spiritual orientation based on the Catholic faith. The tone of the school reflects a theme of respect and responsibility, a collaborative approach to problem solving, and a community focus made up of students, staff, parents, parish, and the wider community.

As of means towards the development of a Catholic Graduate, the following are encouraged:

  • A significant consciousness, in both teachers and students, of their responsibility to express Christian faith through what they say and do;
  • Close cooperation between the home, the school and the parish community;
  • An atmosphere of mutual tolerance, trust and respect;
  • Positive discipline: a sense of order and student responsibility:
  • A spirit of social concern: locally, nationally, and internationally;
  • Strong student-teacher relationships;
  • Faculty involvement in all school affairs;
  • Common prayer experiences for staff and students, especially in the form of liturgical celebration; and
  • Grade level retreats.

The school comes together to celebrate school masses with its affiliated parishes, St. Joseph Catholic Parish, led by pastor Fr. Paul Hogan, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish led by Fr. Asisclo Podelino.  A school chapel is also accessible to staff and students for personal reflection, and weekly masses.

St.  Joseph Parish -  Bowmanville

St. Francis  of Assisi  - Newcastle

Facility Rental

Community groups are welcome to use the St. Stephen facilities for appropriate activities, as long as community use does not interfere with our regular school requirements. A user fee will apply to offset costs associated with the use of school property.

St. Stephen has the following facilities available to rent:

  • Single gym
  • Double gym
  • Cafetorium
  • Classrooms
  • Meeting Room

To request a booking, visit the Board's Facilities Rental page to submit your request online.