Welcome to St Stephen's Algester




 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



Guitar Designershttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Guitar-Designers.aspxGuitar Designers<p style="text-align:justify;">​As of next week, when you walk into the school’s reception office you will notice a beautiful painted guitar on the wall. This art installation is the result of a Term 1 project where all students were invited to design my guitar. To enter the competition the students donated $2. This money went to St Paul’s school who used the money to assist two families of asylum seekers with basic necessities. The guitar will stay in the front office as a sign to those who visit that we are a school of welcome; a place where people are valued for who they are! </p><p style="text-align:justify;">I want to congratulate and thank Hannah, Tara, Alegra and Elise for your awesome designs. These four girls combined their designs to create this masterpiece! I would also like to thank Mrs Cath Land, who put many hours into this art work, preparing the guitar and paints and collaborating with the 4 girls. We are extremely blessed to have her on staff at St Stephen’s! We will recognise these students’ achievements at assembly this coming Monday. </p>
Year 6 Story Bridge Climbhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Year-6-Story-Bridge-Climb.aspxYear 6 Story Bridge Climb<p style="text-align:justify;">​Today our Year 6 students participated in our annual Story Bridge Climb. This activity is eagerly anticipated by all of our Year 6 students and staff. The Story Bridge Climb is designed to help our students get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves by taking on the climb. It is wonderful to see the Year 6 students supporting each other and work together as a cohesive team. The Story Bridge Climb is available to our Year 6 students through the generosity of LJ Hooker - Algester. Colin and Cheryl O’Connor and their amazing team have generously sponsored this climb for many years. Please join me in thanking Colin, Cheryl and the team at LJ Hooker - Algester for their amazing generosity. </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;"><em>The next P and F meeting will be held on Wednesday 13th June 7pm, in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend. </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​If you would like to receive a copy of the P and F Meeting Minutes by email, please contact our P and F General Secretary, Cathy at <a href="mailto:ststephens.pnf@gmail.com">ststephens.pnf@gmail.com</a>  to be added to our email list. This is a great way to stay informed of what’s going on in our school community. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Upcoming events: (please refer to information on Parent Portal) </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:justify;"> Resilient Kids Conference – 26th May </div></li><li><div style="text-align:justify;"> Lions Club Queensland Day Event – 10th June (info to come) </div></li><li><div style="text-align:justify;">Qld Catholic Schools Parents Biennial Conference – Collaborating for Success (Townsville) – 8-10th    June </div></li></ul>
NAPLANhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/NAPLAN.aspxNAPLAN<p style="text-align:justify;">This week our Year 3 and Year 5 students participated in the annual NAPLAN testing. This year our students completed the tests on-line. Thank you to the students who handled this change so well and thank you to Mrs Clark, Mrs Johnston and the classroom teachers for all of your hard work in preparing our students for the NAPLAN tests. </p>
Prep 2019http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Prep-2019.aspxPrep 2019<p style="text-align:justify;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Prep2019.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/Prep2019.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:103px;" />We have limited places available for student enrolment in Prep at St Stephen’s in 2019. If you have a child eligible for Prep next year and have not put in an application form, please do so as soon as possible. I will begin sibling interviews shortly. </p>
Literacy Buddieshttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Literacy-Buddies.aspxLiteracy Buddies<p style="text-align:justify;">​The Year 3 students have been involved in a “Literacy Buddies” program with the Year 3 students from St Paul’s, Woodridge. Each student has written a letter to their “Literacy Buddy” and received a letter in return. This has been very exciting for all students involved. There is nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The purpose of this program, is to provide real-life experiences for students to utilise their literacy skills to communicate with others. It provides students with a practical platform to practice their reading and writing skills and enables them to write for a personal purpose.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The students will continue to write to each other this term and hope to meet up later in the year!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Well done Year 3!​</p><p><img alt="literacybuddies.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Literacy-Buddies/literacybuddies.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:475px;" /><br> </p>


 Regular Events

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