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Principal's Messagehttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/About Us/Pages/Principal's-Message.aspxPrincipal's Message<p class="ms-rteElement-P">​​For those of you who have chosen St Stephen's for your child/children, the enrolment of your child marks the commencement of a partnership between school and home.  Together, we can work to provide opportunities for your child to experience success at school. </p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">St Stephen’s School has a commitment to fostering the spirituality and faith development of each child within our Catholic community, where all children and their families are accepted and valued for their uniqueness.  We nurture and support our children in understanding God’s unconditional love by providing opportunities for each child to develop a closer relationship with God.  Our school community is centred on living Gospel values within the Catholic faith tradition.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Our educational program is centred on an outcomes-based curriculum which is responsive to the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, academic, creative and cultural developmental needs of your child.  We plan for both self-directed and teacher-directed learning experiences which are meaningful, active, play-based, flexible, integrated, challenging, open-ended and responsive to the needs, interests and potential of each individual.  In accordance with the Brisbane Catholic Education Guidelines, we aim to build <em>“foundations for learning which are life long and life giving”. </em></p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">We also seek to develop and sustain positive partnerships in our community to enhance learning and living.  We encourage the participation of parents and members of the community in our school program to continue our tradition of parent involvement and collaboration.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">This website contains important information about St Stephen’s School.  I encourage you to refer to it regularly. We intend to keep the site regularly updated however should you have something you would like to see added please do not hesitate to <strong><em><a href="mailto:palgester@bne.catholic.edu.au">contact us</a></em></strong>.</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P">Yours sincerely,</p> <p class="ms-rteElement-P"><strong>Phil Manitta</strong><br>Principal</p>

 Latest News & Events



Scooter Skills Traininghttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Scooter-Skills-Training.aspxScooter Skills Training<p>Riding a scooter makes the school run fun and we’d love to see more students scoot to school. To make sure our Year 1 and 2 students have the skills and experience to safely scoot to school, Brisbane City Council is offering them a FREE 60 minute scooter skills session with a professional coach.<br><br>As part of the Active School Travel program, this session provides our Year 1 and 2 children with invaluable safety skills and will be held at school on Thursday 26th November during school time.<br></p><p>The training will cover:<br></p><p><ul><li>Safety check including helmet, wheels and handle</li><li>Emergency stops</li><li>Scooter control, environment scanning, signalling and riding manoeuvres</li><li>Safely crossing intersections, the road and driveways</li><li>Footpath etiquette</li></ul></p><p><br>Students need to bring their own scooter and helmet, although there are some available to borrow if you need them. A brochure with a permission slip was sent home with interested students and is due back to the school office by Monday, 23rd November.<br><br></p><p>Scooter skills training is fully funded by Brisbane City Council’s Active School Travel Program and places are limited. Be quick to secure your place!<br></p><p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/scooters.jpg" alt="scooters.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br></p>
Year 6 Reflection Dayhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Year-6-Reflection-Day.aspxYear 6 Reflection Day<p>Last Friday, the Year 6 students participated in Reflection Day. A day designed to allow the students to reflect upon their primary school journey. They had the opportunity to consider the highlights and challenges of the past seven years and recall their personal achievements, while also thinking about the future and the transition to secondary school. The day began with prayer and play at the Calamvale District Park, before participating in a number of memorable small group activities.<br><br>A very big thank you to Councillor Angela Owen for joining us to commence our day and explaining the contributions of former St Stephen's students to the design and development of the park.<br><br></p><p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/reflection.jpg" alt="reflection.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br></p>
Vinnies Christmas Appealhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Vinnies-Christmas-Appeal.aspxVinnies Christmas Appeal<p></p><p>The Christmas appeal is about supporting families in need within our local area. We are asking students to bring in any of the items listed below. The Year 6 students will create hampers out of the donated items and The Acacia Ridge Vinnies conference will collect the hampers to give to families in need around our local area.<br><br>Your children can bring in donated items to the Hall in the morning. On the stage, there are baskets with the item name clearly marked. Your child will simply place the item in the correct basket. The Year 6 students will be there to help.​<br></p><p>Here is a list of the items you may send in with your children:<br></p><p></p><ul><li>Instant coffee or tea bags</li><li>Milo or drinking chocolate powder</li><li>Sugar 1 kg</li><li>Long-life milk</li><li>Cordial or soft drink</li><li>Long-life juice<br></li><li>Canned fruit</li><li>Savoury biscuits</li><li>Sweet biscuits</li><li>Long-life custard</li><li>2 pkts jelly crystals</li><li>Christmas cake or Christmas pudding – Aldi brand or store brands are fine</li><li>Fruit mince tarts – Aldi brand or store brands are fine</li><li>Christmas crackers (bon-bons)</li><li>Lollies</li><li>Potato chips or savoury snacks, eg, Twisties, popcorn, etc.</li><li>Long-life shopping bags (not 15c type)</li></ul><p></p><p>If you would like to know more about who St Vincent de Paul’s Society are visit <a href="https://www.vinnies.org.au/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer">https:// www.vinnies.org.au/</a><br><br> <br><br><br></p><p><br></p>
Year 6 Graduationhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Year-6-Graduation.aspxYear 6 Graduation<p>Our end of year formalities will look a little different this year. There are a number of traditions that cannot take place due to Covid19 restrictions but I can assure you that we are doing all that we can to make this a very special evening for you and our Year 6 Students.<br><br>Our Year 6 Graduation will be held on WEDNESDAY 2 December, starting at 7pm in our hall.<br></p><p><ul><li>Each Student will be allowed to bring 2 guests only. This will ensure that we are complying with COVID19 restrictions and protocols.</li><li>There will be one entry into the hall. One exit point from the hall.</li><li>There will be designated seating for students and their guests. Please do not move the chairs and change the seating arrangements.</li><li>There will be a time when the Year 6 Students will leave the hall to have a cohort photo taken by a staff member. All parents MUST stay seated in the hall during this time. We CANNOT have parents standing shoulder to shoulder taking photographs.<br></li><li>There will be no Year 5 students present and there will be no shared food after the Graduation finishes.</li><li>It is important that all families leave as quickly as possible once the evening is finished to ensure social distancing norms are adhered to.<br></li><li>All parents/caregivers who are attending the Year 6 Graduation must complete our COVID Safe sheet that will be sent to you electronically.<br></li></ul></p><p>It is very important that we all adhere to the format that has been set out for 2020. There will be increased scrutiny on schools at this time of the year and we must all play our part in ensuring we are complying with Government and BCEO requirements regarding school events.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/celebration.jpg" alt="celebration.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p>


 Regular Events

~Uniform Shop: Wednesday & Friday 8am to 9am
~Assembly:  Monday afternoons at 2:10pm