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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



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><div><div><p>I am pleased to announce that our Scripture Challenge books have arrived from the printery and are ready for sale.  ​If you would like to purchase a book, you can either order them through the Qkr! app (tuckshop and uniform app) or buy them from the year 6 students outside the Hall in the mornings between 8am and 8:25am.<br><br>The books are $10 each. All of the proceedings will be donated to Emmanuel City Mission (a local Catholic Homeless outreach centre).<br><br></p><p>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.<br></p><p>If  you would like to find out more about Emmanuel City Mission. Please 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></p></div></div></div><p>​<img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/ScriptureChallengeBook.jpg" alt="ScriptureChallengeBook.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>
Parent Connecthttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/ParentConnect.aspxParent Connect<p>​<strong><em>The next session is on Tuesday 27th ​July.</em></strong></p><p>​<br></p><p>The purpose of Parent Connect is to encourage positive community engagement and friendships in our community. We start with a prayer and welcome. Then there is be a relevant topic for discussion.<br></p><ul><li><strong>Where</strong>: in the Yarning Circle on the St Stephen’s Way near the Ackama St Entrance <br></li><li><strong>When</strong>: Tuesday morning 8:30am in odd weeks (Week 3, 5, 7 and 9). <br>The sessions will go for about 20 – 30 minutes.</li><li><strong>Who</strong>: All parents and caregivers are welcome. ​<br></li></ul><p><strong>Covid Regulations:</strong></p><ul><li>There will be a QR Code at code for you to check in.</li><li>Practice social distancing by sitting on the cushions provided.</li><li>We will also need to make sure that the session is finished by 9am.</li></ul><p></p><p style="text-align:center;">​​<img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/hands.jpg" alt="hands.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:217px;" />​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p>
Social & Emotional Skills Programhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Social-&-Emotional-Skills-Program.aspxSocial & Emotional Skills Program<p>St Stephen’s has started the term with a new unit in our School-Wide Social and Emotional Skills program: <strong><em>Courage</em></strong>. In this first week we looked at defining fear and courage.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/courage.jfif" alt="courage.jfif" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>It would be helpful if you could revisit these key messages at home:​<br></p><ul dir="ltr"><li dir="ltr"><p>Fear is a normal human response to situations that might harm us. Fear motivates us to check out whether or not the situation really is as dangerous as it seems and then, if it is, to take action to protect ourselves.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p>Everyone feels scared sometimes. Some people pretend they never feel scared but everyone does.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p>Different things scare different people. One person might feel nervous about riding a rollercoaster but not about acting on stage. For someone else it might be the opposite.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p>Courage means facing fear and not being overwhelmed by it. We need courage if we experience misfortune. We also need courage to face some of the ‘everyday’ challenges in our lives such as learning a new skill or sorting out friendship issues.</p></li></ul><p><br></p><div><div role="heading" aria-level="3"><div><p>What can you do to help your child be brave?</p></div></div></div><div><div><div><div><ul dir="ltr"><li dir="ltr"><p>Talk about when you have felt scared and what you did to overcome your fears and be brave. Give examples of times in your life of when you tackled your fears and ‘had a go’ at something that was difficult. Stress how pleased you felt afterwards.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p>Discuss the gains that being brave can bring (e.g. self-respect, confidence, skills).</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p>Remind your child about the things that took courage for them to do when they were little but now seem easy to them. Explain that things that take courage for them to do now will seem easier and less scary as they get older.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p>Stress that throughout life there will always be new challenges that will require courage. Facing our fears is one of the ways we become stronger.</p></li></ul></div></div></div></div><p><br><br></p><p><br></p><p>​</p>


 Regular Events

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