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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>Phil Manitta</strong><br>Principal</p>

 Latest News & Events



Remarkable Momentshttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Remarkable-Moments.aspxRemarkable Moments<p style="text-align:justify;">​Writing Rocks in 2C! </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="remarkablemoments.fw.png" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/remarkablemoments.fw.png" style="margin:5px 15px;width:207px;" />Last week 2C explored the idea of what it means to be a writer in Year 2. We discussed some things that good writers do and what we try to include in our writing. Once we came up with some ideas, we then thought about our own writing and compared it to some examples. The purpose of this is to have the children recognise what they already do when they are writing and to consider what they can do next, to improve. Soon, we will have discussions with the students, so they can get a realistic picture of themselves as a writer. Following that process, students will work out what the next step is for them as individual writers. </p>
P and F Newshttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/P-and-F-News.aspxP and F News<p style="text-align:justify;">​Invitation to all in our school community! The next P and F meeting will be the AGM, and we would love to have everyone from our school community come along.  We are requesting nominations for each committee position. Position descriptions and nomination forms are attached, and are also be available in the school office. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">When: Wednesday 7th March, 7pm </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Where: In the library </p><p style="text-align:justify;">We would love a great turn out and hope you can come!  Please feel free to bring along a friend! </p><p style="text-align:justify;">MOVIE NIGHT</p><p style="text-align:justify;">We are looking for volunteers to help out on our movie night on Friday 16th March (please see flyer on Parent Portal). If you are able to offer your assistance please SMS Chantell on 0424 447 346. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents and Friends Federation – QLD Catholic Schools </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Are you aware our P and F is a member of the Federation of P and F Associations of Catholic Schools in QLD. Their website - <a href="http://www.pandf.org.au/">http://www.pandf.org.au/</a>  - has lots of valuable resources for the parenting community. Check out one of their resources - Parent Engagement in Learning and Wellbeing Parent Fact Sheet – on St Stephen’s parent portal in the P and F Section. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Check out the latest P and F Federation parent information and updates at </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://pandf.schoolzineplus.com/newsletter/37951">https://pandf.schoolzineplus.com/newsletter/37951</a>   </p><div style="text-align:justify;">Please refer to the flyer on the parent portal regarding the upcoming Brisbane Archdiocesan P and F Council AGM 2018 with Guest Speaker – A Discussion of School Improvement in Catholic Education on Thursday 8th March.</div><div style="text-align:justify;"><div> </div><div>PARENT PORTAL NEWS </div><div style="text-align:justify;">Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Parent Portal. In the "Class News" section, you will be able to access the P and F section which will contain P and F newsletter items, upcoming social event flyers and all the latest P and F news. </div></div>
Sacramental Programhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Parish-Sacramental-Program.aspxSacramental Program<div style="text-align:justify;">​From 2018 onwards, in our local parishes at Sunnybank and Acacia Ridge, only children in Years 4, 5 and 6 can enrol in the sacramental program to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation, First Communion and Reconciliation. Parents of children in Years 3 and older who wish to enrol their child in the Sacramental program are invited to contact the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Office on ph: 3345-3766. Enrolments for the primary school program will close on Wednesday, 21 March 2018.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. <br></div>
School App - BCE Connecthttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/School-App---BCE-Connect.aspxSchool App - BCE Connect<div style="text-align:justify;">​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="bceapp.bmp" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/bceapp.bmp" style="height:182px;width:182px;margin:5px;" />Our school App is up and running! It’s called BCE Connect and you can download it from the Apple or Google App Stores right now. </div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">You will need your Parent Portal Login to access the locked areas of the App. (ie. announcements, calendar) Early next week the office will send all Parent Portal logins to the nominated email account. If you know your Parent Portal login then you will be able to start using the App right now.</div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">The BCE Connect mobile app makes it easy for you to keep up to date with school events and information. The App will allow you to easily access the school calendar, school contacts and you’ll also be able to use the ‘absences’ button to quickly notify the school if your child is away. The latest version of BCE Connect allows us to send announcements as a push notice to anyone who has installed the app and ‘favourited’ our school.</div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">The push notification feature may be used to send an emergency announcement or to highlight an important message. The notification presents on a mobile device similar to a SMS text message. You do not have to open the app to see the notification. The app has an in-built feedback form, and anyone can send feedback to the BCE Connect development team.</div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">Please note: The BCE Connect App will be added to communication systems already in place at St Stephen’s. That is, our school website, Facebook page, absentee phone line etc, will continue to operate as they have in previous years. The App is NOT replacing any systems that are already in place.</div> ​​
Car Park and Drop Off Areahttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Ackama-Street-Changes.aspxCar Park and Drop Off Area<p>For the safety of our students, teachers and parents who use the school’s ‘Drop-off and Pick-up Zone’, I ask you to take note of the following:-</p> <ul><li>For everyone’s safety, the speed limit in the car park is 5 km/hr.</li> <li>Drivers should remain in their vehicles at all times in the ‘Drop-off and Pick-up Zone’</li> <li>The school’s Drop-off and Pick-up Zone is only a 2 minute parking spot. Any longer than this and you are likely to be asked by a staff member to move on and re-enter the Pick-up queue. Please be aware that the purpose of this zone is purely to: “Stop – Drop – Go”. Make sure your child has their bag ready so that they can get out of the car quickly. Stopping to get bags out of the boot, put jackets on and etc., slows the traffic down and adds to congestion.</li> <li>Children are only to get in or out of the car when you pull up alongside one of the 3 designated ‘Drop-off / Pick-up’ bays.</li> <li>Children are to get in or out of the car on the pavement side only.</li> <li>Please do not queue jump if there are free drop-off bays.</li></ul> <p>Please note that there is a “No Right Turn” sign as you exit the main car park. This applies between the hours of 8am – 9am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm. There is also a new ‘ No Right Turn“ sign at the end of Ackama Street. Please be aware of the safety of everyone around you, and the precious cargo you have in your car at these times.</p> <p>Please pass this information on to all who are responsible for the dropping off and/or collection of your children. The parking regulations around the school are enforceable and if drivers choose to do the wrong thing, then they could be fined by the Police, who regularly do blitzes in our area.</p> <p>Thank you to all of our students and drivers who always do the right thing and set a safe and courteous example to others.</p> <div style="text-align:center;"><img width="1077" height="809" alt="AckamaStreet.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/AckamaStreet.jpg" style="height:302px;width:403px;margin:5px;" /></div>


 Regular Events

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