Bell Times & Fast Facts

Bell Times During 2021/2022 (Covid19)

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

DAY 1 & DAY 2 Periods 1/2 Classes

8:20 Warning Bell

8:25 Class Begins

11:00 – 11:40 Main Floor Lunch

12:20-1:00 Second Floor Lunch

2:15 Walking/Driving Dismissal

2:20 Dismissal

*Two Scheduled Breaks Throughout the Day

What day is it?


Warning Bell: 8:20 A.M.

Period 1: 8:25 - 9:40 A.M. (75 min)

Period 2: 9:45 - 11:00 A.M. (75 min)

Period 3 Lunch 11:00 - 11:40A.M. (40 min) - Gr. 10 & 12

Period 3 Class: 11:05 - 12:20 P.M. (75 min)

Period 4 Lunch: 12:20 - 1:00 P.M. (40 min) - Gr. 9 & 11

Period 4 Class: 11:45 - 1:00 P.M. (75 min)

Period 5: 1:05 - 2:20 P.M. (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)

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

School Fly By

School Statistics

Established 2001

School Expansion & Upgrades - $2,743,000 expansion in 2012

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

Principal: Mr. Trevor Poechman

Vice Principal: Mrs. Lisa Diachenko A-K and Mrs. Jill Barker L-Z

School Chaplain: Deacon Shawn Panio

Number of Students: 1161

Number of Staff: 113

Number of Academic Departments: 10

Class Duration 75 minutes

Number of Activities: sports & clubs: 32

Feeder Schools:

  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary

  • Holy Family Catholic Elementary

  • St. Francis Catholic Elementary

  • St. Joseph Catholic Elementary


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

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.