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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



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;" />It has been an absolute delight interviewing the younger brothers and sisters of our current students. Sibling interviews will conclude shortly and I will begin interviewing new families at the beginning of Week 2 next Term. Places are filling fast so if you have friends or family who may be interested in a place in Prep for 2019 please ask them to contact the office as soon as possible.</p>
Sacramental Programhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Parish-Sacramental-Program.aspxSacramental Program<div style="text-align:justify;">Primary School Sacramental Programme (Years 4-6) Please contact the Parish Office on 3345 3766 to make an appointment to meet with Sr Stella if you have a child ready to receive the Sacraments. Enrolments close on Wednesday 21st March 2018. Please make sure you contact the Parish well before the 21st of March because they will not take any enrolments after that date.  This year the Our Lady of Fatima Parish are starting a Sacramental Program. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the parish on 3275 1152. </div>
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;">​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. Our next meeting is in Term 2 on Wednesday 2nd May 7pm in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">MOVIE NIGHT</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Friday 16th March is our Kids Disco/Movie Night. <br>If you have forgotten to RSVP, your child may still attend however we will require that a parent stays for the duration of the event as well to ensure we have adequate supervision. For children that are being dropped off, please accompany your child to the hall and have them signed in by one of the event supervisors. Please do not drop your child off in the car park or the drop-off zone. A reminder that the event will finish at 8.30pm and we require parents to be here to pick their children up promptly. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents, please be aware that this is a PG rated movie. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the movie, please google it or contact Chantell – 0424 447 346. </p><div style="text-align:justify;"><div> </div><div>PARENT PORTAL NEWS </div><div style="text-align:justify;">Please refer to the flyer on the parent portal regarding the Qld Catholic School Parents Biennial Conference to be held in Townsville on 8-10 June 2018. The Collaborating for Success conference is to build and strengthen a parent engagement community of practice. </div></div>
School App - BCE Connecthttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/School-App---BCE-Connect.aspxSchool App - BCE Connect<div style="text-align:justify;">​The school app is called BCE Connect and you can download it from the Apple or Google App Stores right now. </div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">You will need your Parent Portal Login to access the locked areas of the App. (ie. announcements, calendar) Early next week the office will send all Parent Portal logins to the nominated email account. If you know your Parent Portal login then you will be able to start using the App right now.</div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">The BCE Connect mobile app makes it easy for you to keep up to date with school events and information. The App will allow you to easily access the school calendar, school contacts and you’ll also be able to use the ‘absences’ button to quickly notify the school if your child is away. The latest version of BCE Connect allows us to send announcements as a push notice to anyone who has installed the app and ‘favourited’ our school.</div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">The push notification feature may be used to send an emergency announcement or to highlight an important message. The notification presents on a mobile device similar to a SMS text message. You do not have to open the app to see the notification. The app has an in-built feedback form, and anyone can send feedback to the BCE Connect development team.</div> <div style="text-align:justify;"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify;">Please note: The BCE Connect App will be added to communication systems already in place at St Stephen’s. That is, our school website, Facebook page, absentee phone line etc, will continue to operate as they have in previous years. The App is NOT replacing any systems that are already in place.</div> ​​
Coles Sports for Schoolshttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Coles-Sports-for-Schools.aspxColes Sports for Schools<p style="text-align:justify;">​<img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="coles.bmp" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/coles.bmp" style="margin:5px 20px;width:195px;" />St Stephen’s School is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools program which runs from 7 February 2018 until 11 May 2018 (this is the last date for receiving vouchers at school).  For every $10 spent at Coles, you will receive one (1) voucher (some product exclusions do apply).  We have a collection box for vouchers in the school office or there is a labelled box at Coles Sunnybank Hills. If you shop online with Coles, you will have the option to select St Stephen’s School as recipient of your vouchers.  Thank you for supporting our school! </p>
Car Park and Drop Off Areahttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Ackama-Street-Changes.aspxCar Park and Drop Off Area<p>For the safety of our students, teachers and parents who use the school’s ‘Drop-off and Pick-up Zone’, I ask you to take note of the following:-</p> <ul><li>For everyone’s safety, the speed limit in the car park is 5 km/hr.</li> <li>Drivers should remain in their vehicles at all times in the ‘Drop-off and Pick-up Zone’</li> <li>The school’s Drop-off and Pick-up Zone is only a 2 minute parking spot. Any longer than this and you are likely to be asked by a staff member to move on and re-enter the Pick-up queue. Please be aware that the purpose of this zone is purely to: “Stop – Drop – Go”. Make sure your child has their bag ready so that they can get out of the car quickly. Stopping to get bags out of the boot, put jackets on and etc., slows the traffic down and adds to congestion.</li> <li>Children are only to get in or out of the car when you pull up alongside one of the 3 designated ‘Drop-off / Pick-up’ bays.</li> <li>Children are to get in or out of the car on the pavement side only.</li> <li>Please do not queue jump if there are free drop-off bays.</li></ul> <p>Please note that there is a “No Right Turn” sign as you exit the main car park. This applies between the hours of 8am – 9am and 2:30pm – 3:30pm. There is also a new ‘ No Right Turn“ sign at the end of Ackama Street. Please be aware of the safety of everyone around you, and the precious cargo you have in your car at these times.</p> <p>Please pass this information on to all who are responsible for the dropping off and/or collection of your children. The parking regulations around the school are enforceable and if drivers choose to do the wrong thing, then they could be fined by the Police, who regularly do blitzes in our area.</p> <p>Thank you to all of our students and drivers who always do the right thing and set a safe and courteous example to others.</p> <div style="text-align:center;"><img width="1077" height="809" alt="AckamaStreet.jpg" src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/AckamaStreet.jpg" style="height:302px;width:403px;margin:5px;" /></div>


 Regular Events

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