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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



Socktoberhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Socktober.aspxSocktober<p></p><p>As of Thursday 11th, as a school we have raised $8330. Thank you for your efforts so far! There is less than 1 week to go to meet our goal!<br><br>Congratulations to Our Prep cohort for having the most people sign up! They will be having an iceblock party to celebrate their success.​<br><br></p><p>It's not too late to sign your child up if you haven't already, and start raising funds and awareness for children in need in Thailand. More info here: <a href="https://www.socktober.org.au/thailand" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer">https:// www.socktober.org.au/thailand</a><br></p><p><br></p><p>Click the link in our latest newsletter, which corresponds with your child's grade to sign them up to that team.<br></p><p><br>The good news is you don’t have to come up with all the funds. The fundraising works by sharing your child’s page with family and friends and asking them to sponsor the effort. In return, your child can set themselves a number of Socktober goals, which can be found in the Mission Packs, kicking as many as they can and posting about them on the page.<br></p><p><br>You’ll be asked to pick a fundraising goal when you register. Whatever your child/ren raises towards this goal will support the basic needs of vulnerable children around the world, such as food, clean water, healthcare, and education. You might choose from one of the targets below:<br></p><ul><li>$35 can help towards the cost of school supplies for a child for one year.<br></li><li>$102 can help towards the meals and snacks for one child at the kindergarten for a year.<br></li><li>$300 can help purchase milk for all the children at the kindergarten for two weeks.<br></li><li>$1500 could purchase one school uniform each for all 59 girls at the kindergarten for one year<br></li></ul><br>IThis term​, we’ll have a chance to come together at our school’s Socktober Event Day, where the children will be able to kick goals for kids in need around the world. This is a fun and educational day, and you are invited to join us if you are able.  We will keep you updated in school newsletters and emails throughout the term as we continue to build momentum towards our Socktober Event Day on Monday 15th November.<p></p><p>​<br>Thank you for your support and for helping your child/ren ‘sock it to poverty!’</p><p><br></p><p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/socktoberBall.jpg" alt="socktoberBall.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/SoctoberMissionMonth.jpg" alt="SoctoberMissionMonth.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>
Afternoon Tea with the Principalhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Afternoon-Tea-with-the-Principal.aspxAfternoon Tea with the PrincipalOn Wednesday, I had one of the most enjoyable days of my career thus far. I had the opportunity to have Afternoon Tea with 21 of our amazing students! We had afternoon tea in the Staffroom and the students had some great questions to ask me. I also had the opportunity to ask them a number of questions regarding St Stephen’s. I was very impressed with the responses and I will share these with the community after our next Principal Afternoon Tea which will be held in a couple of weeks. Thank to Mrs McKenzie for the amazing smorgasbord of delectable delights we shared and Mr Thomsen and Mrs Burman for looking after us.  Thank you to those students who shared afternoon tea with me:<br><br><div><span style="line-height:0;">​<br></span></div><p>​</p>
Vinnies Christmas Appealhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Vinnies-Christmas-Appeal.aspxVinnies Christmas Appeal<p>​For the Vinnies Christmas Appeal this year, we are collecting the following items which our Year 6 students will compile into hampers so that the Vinnies volunteers in Acacia Ridge can give to people in need this Christmas.<br><br>​You child can bring the items into the Hall any morning of the week and place the item in the labeled baskets at the front of the Hall. Please make sure the items are in date and unopened.<br></p><p></p><ul><li>Instant coffee or tea bags<br></li><li>Milo or drinking chocolate powder<br></li><li>Sugar 1kg bag<br></li><li>Long-life milk<br></li><li>Cordial or soft drink<br></li><li>Long-life juice<br></li><li>Canned fruit<br></li><li>Crackers or biscuits<br></li><li>Long-life custard<br></li><li>2pkts Jelly Crystals<br></li><li>Christmas cake or pudding<br></li><li>Fruit mince tarts<br></li><li>Tinned ham<br></li><li>Christmas crackers (bon-bons)<br></li><li>Multiuse shopping bags - to pack the hampers<br></li><li>Lollies​<br></li><li>Potato chips or savoury snacks, e.g. Twisties, popcorn etc.</li></ul><br>If you want to bring cash or grocery gift cards, please bring them straight to the office<br><br><p></p><p><br></p><p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/VinniesChristmasAppealStStephens.jfif" alt="VinniesChristmasAppealStStephens.jfif" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>
Sport Newshttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Sport-News.aspxSport News<p></p><p>We have kicked off term 4 with a hive of activity, ranging from gymnastics, dance and circus skills. The students and Mrs Moore are very thankful to the PnF for purchasing our new tumbling mat. We have already had some great lessons using it this week.<br><br><strong>Swimming Carnival</strong><br>An email went out this week with some details about our upcoming Swimming Carnival (Monday 8th November) for students in 4-6. Students who have PE next week will begin to nominate for swimming events. If you have any further questions about the carnival, please don't hesitate to contact myself or the school.<br><br></p><p>I am looking forward to talking to some parents next week for our Teacher/Parent Interviews.</p><p>​</p>


 Regular Events

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