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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



Adventhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Advent.aspxAdvent<p style="text-align:justify;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="advent.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/advent.jpg" style="margin:5px 15px;width:301px;" />This weekend is the First Sunday of Advent. The season of Advent is a time for pause, reflection, and preparation for the gifts of God’s love coming to us through the baby Jesus. The four weeks of Advent are considered to symbolise the four thousand years of darkness before the coming of Christ. We are encouraged to set up Nativity scenes, light Advent candles, and decorate wreaths to signify Christ’s presence coming in the darkness of sin and suffering. The Advent wreath is one of the most beloved of all Advent devotions. Four candles adorn the Advent wreath, one for each week. A fifth candle is sometimes placed in the centre for the beginning of the Christmas season. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">May you and your family experience a blessed and holy Advent and Christmas this year. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p>
Year 3 Literacy Buddieshttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Literacy-Buddies.aspxYear 3 Literacy Buddies<p style="text-align:justify;">​Last Friday, the Year 3 students visited their Literacy Buddies from Year 3 at St Paul's Woodridge. The students have been writing letters to each other regularly throughout the year. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The students were very excited to play with their buddies and be taken on a tour of the St Paul’s school. Some wonderful friendships have been formed through the writing of these letters and the students have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We will continue this initiative between the two schools by writing to one another next year in Year 4! Stay tuned! Big thank you to Jo, Tracy and Bianca for all your hard work in making this happen. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img alt="books.png" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/books.png" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>
St Stephen's 2019http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/St-Stephen's-2019.aspxSt Stephen's 2019<p style="text-align:justify;">​If your child will not be returning to St Stephen’s next year, please inform the office as soon as possible. We have waiting lists for a number of year levels and it greatly assists us if we know who will not be returning to St Stephen’s next year. Please come in and see me if you would like to discuss any matter regarding the 2019 school year. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">We have limited places available for student enrolment at St Stephen’s in 2019. If you know anyone who may like to enrol their child for the 2019 school year please ask them to contact the office as soon as possible. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="tilemosaic.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/tilemosaic.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>
Christmas Carols on the Greenhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Christmas-Carols-on-the-Green.aspxChristmas Carols on the Green<p style="text-align:justify;">​The annual St. Stephen’s Christmas Carols on the Green will be held on Friday 30th November from 6.30pm. The students and teachers have been practising some special items to share with our families, so we invite you to bring a chair/picnic rug and food to nibble, to dress in your Christmas gear and join us for a fun night of singing and dancing as our school year draws to a close. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img alt="choir.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/choir.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p>
Vinnies Christmas Appeal & Romero Giving Treehttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Vinnies-Christmas-Appeal-&-Romero-Giving-Tree.aspxVinnies Christmas Appeal & Romero Giving Tree<div style="text-align:justify;">​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="VinniesAppeal2018.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/SiteAssets/Pages/Vinnies-Christmas-Appeal-%26-Romero-Giving-Tree/VinniesAppeal2018.jpg" style="margin:0px 20px;" />A big thank you to everyone that has already contributed items for both our Vinnies Christmas Appeal and the Romero Giving Tree. We have been inundated with so​ many donations, that our baskets are overflowing. We are so fortunate to belong to a such a generous, caring and giving community. It is not too late to send donations along to school though, as we will continue to collect items until the end of week 8.<br></div><div><div>The desired items for St. Vincent de Paul are:</div><div><strong>Prep</strong>: Coffee, Tea Bags, Jelly crystals</div><div><strong>Yr 1:</strong> Cordial or soft drink, Long-life Juice, Canned Fruit</div><div><strong>Yr 2: </strong>Canned Vegetables, Canned Soup, Canned Baked Beans</div><div><strong>Yr 3:</strong> Canned Spaghetti, Canned Salmon or Tuna, Sweet Biscuits</div><div><strong>Yr 4:</strong> Rice, Jars of sauce to go with rice, Tomato Sauce</div><div><strong>Yr 5:</strong> Dried Pasta, Jars of sauce to go with pasta, Savoury Biscuits</div><div><strong>Yr 6:</strong> Custard Powder or long life custard, Long Life Milk, cooking oil<br></div><div><br> </div><div>Please do not hesitate to contact the office should you have any questions.</div><div>Thank you kindly in advance.<br></div><br></div>


 Regular Events

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