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 Principal's Message



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>Mike Quinn​</strong><br>Principal</p>

 Latest News & Events



Students Prepare for QC Netball Cup http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Students-Prepare-for-QC-Netball-.aspxStudents Prepare for QC Netball Cup <p></p><p>The Queensland Schools Netball Cup (QC Cup) Gala Competition Day is coming up on Monday 23 May 2022 and will be held at Wembley Park, Coorparoo. A number of boys and girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 have been attending netball training sessions after school with coaches Ms Anderson and Mrs Burman since mid-way through Term 1.<br></p><p>Two St Stephen's netball teams have been announced recently to compete in the competition and these students are busy finalising their preparations and training for the big day ahead.<br></p><p>​We wish all of these netballers the best of luck as they represent St Stephen's School in a couple of weeks.<br></p><p>​</p>
NAPLAN http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/NAPLAN-2022.aspxNAPLAN <div></div><div><p>Congratulations to all of our Year 3 and Year 5 students and teachers who have completed the four NAPLAN Online tests this week. Students took part in writing, reading, conventions of language and a numeracy test. We are so proud of how all students engaged in the testing environment and took it in their stride. They demonstrated great persistence and resilience throughout the week.​<br></p><p>Due to the number of students who have been away with illness, we have extended the Catch-Up Testing window for our School. Mrs Clark will conduct catch-up tests throughout next week with the last day for catching up being held on Thursday 19 May. Any student who has now missed the writing test, will not be able to make up that test. If your child had been away this week due to illness and you do not  wish your child to complete the catch-up tests next week, please contact Mrs Clark via email kmclark@bne.catholic.edu.au .<br></p><br><br></div><p>​<br><br></p>
Social Emotional Learninghttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Social-Emotional-Learning.aspxSocial Emotional Learning​<div><p>If we think optimistically it means that we expect things to mostly turn out well and we focus on the positives rather than the negatives in a situation. It also means that we understand that setbacks and difficult times happen to everyone but that things get better after a while. Teaching our students to be optimistic will help them to be better equipped to ‘bounce back’ when they face difficulties, frustrations and problems. It means that when they are faced with a problem they will be more likely to look for solutions rather than giving up and not trying.<br></p><p><br></p></div><div><div><h3>Key messages to communicate to your child about being optimistic this week:</h3></div><div><p><strong><br>Look for the small good bits in the bad things that happen.</strong><br>Sometimes things happen that you don’t like. But you can usually find something good in the situation if you try. Sometimes the good thing is that it could have been worse. Sometimes the good thing is the lesson you learned from it. Sometimes a small good thing happened anyway even if the rest was bad.<br><br></p><h3>What can you do to help your child to look on the bright side this week?<br></h3><div><div><p><strong><br>Good memories</strong><br>Help your child to make a photo album, slide show or little book of their favourite photos and to look at the photos to help them remember the good times when they need ‘brightening up’.<br></p></div></div></div></div><p>​</p><p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/brightside.jpg" alt="brightside.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br></p>
2021 Scripture Challenge Book http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/2021-Scripture-Challenge-Book---Coming-soon!.aspx2021 Scripture Challenge Book <div><p>​​There are still a few Scripture Challenge books available for purchase. If interested, can you please order them either through the Qkr! app (tuckshop and uniform app). The books are $10 each. All the proceeds will be donated to Emmanuel City Mission (a local Catholic homeless outreach centre).<br><br>There are 2 books that you can choose from. A lower school version: made up of work from the students at St Stephen's from Prep, Year 1 and Year 2. And an upper school version: made up of work from the students at St Stephen's from Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.</p><p>If  you would like to find out more about Emmanuel City Miss​ion, p​lease visit the ​<a href="https://emmanuelcitymission.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwwqaGBhBKEiwAMk-FtAuR1Joo7f0-O-w-m9mMKgJDXp-8_fcYqD3jnOnyysePW2Pom-ezeRoCpmAQAvD_BwE" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer">Emmanuel City Mission Website</a><br></p></div><p>​<img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/ScriptureChallengeBook.jpg" alt="ScriptureChallengeBook.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>


 Regular Events

~Uniform Shop: Wednesdays and Fridays 2.50pm to 3.50pm​
~Assembly:  Monday afternoons at 2:10pm