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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



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>
Welcome Home Year 6http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Welcome-Home-Year-6.aspxWelcome Home Year 6<p></p><p>It was so exciting to welcome home our Year 6 leaders from their Year 6 Camp on Wednesday afternoon. Many students and teachers report what a wonderful camp it was and how beautiful the water and facilities were. Our students were complimented by the staff at the resort for their wonderful behaviour and manners. We are so proud of these beautiful children and all they have achieved. Thank you to the staff who travelled with the students and who were away from their own families for a couple of nights: <br><br>We congratulate our Year 5 students who acted as the leaders of our school while Year 6 students were at camp. They all did a marvellous job, especially leading us at the whole school assembly on Monday afternoon. I am really looking forward to seeing what 2022 brings after this short snippet of leadership opportunity for these students.<br></p><p>​<br><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/Camp2021.jfif" alt="Camp2021.jfif" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>
Parent Connect Is Growing!http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Parent-Connect.aspxParent Connect Is Growing!<p></p><p>At the beginning of the year we put out a survey to all parent to find out how we can strengthen our connection with parents in our school community. In response to that data, we set up fortnightly sessions where parents come together to learn and talk about parenting and how to do it better. We are now going to make it weekly, so that we can cover more of the topics that people wanted and the times that people could attend. Here are the details:<br><br>On odd weeks (Week 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) of this term we will meet on a Tuesday morning at 8:30am to continue our focus on Parenting and Family.<br><br>On even weeks (Week 2,4,6 and 8) of this term we will meet on a Wednesday afternoon at 2:20pm with a focus on Prayer and Spirituality.<br><br></p><p>You are welcome to come to any of these sessions. There is no set group, anyone can come and you don't have to sign up. Just show up! I hope to see you at one of these sessions.</p><p>​</p>
Socktoberhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Socktober.aspxSocktober<p></p><p>For the next 6 weeks, our school is partnering with Catholic Mission by participating in Socktober. We invite our students to connect with young people experiencing challenges in the developing world through education and the world game of soccer.<br><br>This year, our collective fundraising efforts will support vulnerable children in Thailand through a kindergarten run by the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok. The kindergarten provides a caring learning environment for the children and allows their parents, often single mothers, to work and support the family. Check<a href="https://www.socktober.org.au/thailand" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer"> here </a>for more info.<br><br>As a school, we have the opportunity to contribute in a special way. We’d like to invite you to take a moment to register your child for Socktober so they can join their friends and make a difference for children in need in Thailand. Setting up your child’s page takes only a few minutes.<br><br><a href="https://www.socktober.org.au/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer">Click here</a> to register. Make sure you join our school and your class. (See screen shot below)<br><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>In Term 4, 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.<br><p>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.<br></p><p></p><p>​<br>Thank you for your support and for helping your child/ren ‘sock it to poverty!’<br><br><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/SoctoberMissionMonth.jpg" alt="SoctoberMissionMonth.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>
Preparation for Prep 2022http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Prep-Orientation.aspxPreparation for Prep 2022<p><strong>INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN COMMENCING PREP IN 2022</strong></p><p>In order to give your child the best possible start to their schooling, throughout Term 4 of this year, we will be holding some non-compulsory information sessions for parents, which focus on literacy development in the early years. Parents will be given some important information about how you can best prepare your child for school, by boosting their literacy skills at home.<br><br>The information sessions will run for approximately 45 minutes and will be held in the school Chapel. There are several dates and times available for you to choose from. Each session is the same, so there is no need for you to attend multiple sessions. Please note, that these sessions are not compulsory. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, but would like to receive some information about how you can best prepare your child for school next year, please email me at <a href="mailto:Naomi.Doyle@bne.catholic.edu.au" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer">Naomi.Doyle@bne.catholic.edu.au</a> and I will email some information to you.<br><br>Parents will need to sign in at the school office on arrival and check in using the COVID QR code. Masks will need to be worn whilst on school premises.</p><p><br>To book in for a session, please call the school office on 3711 4911, or alternatively send me an email. Please see the available sessions below.<br></p><p><strong><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/ParentInfoSessions2021.png" alt="ParentInfoSessions2021.png" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>PREP ORIENTATION DAY</strong></p><p>Our Prep Orientation Day has been set for Thursday 28 October. On this day our new 2022 Preppies will come in to meet our teachers and make connections with new friends. The Prep Orientation Evening for parents, will be held on Tuesday 26 October at 7pm in the school hall. We look forward to welcoming many new and existing families and students.​<br></p>


 Regular Events

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