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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



Choir Awarded Silver!http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Choir-Awarded-Silver!.aspxChoir Awarded Silver!<p></p><p>The Choir were delighted to receive a Silver certificate for their performance for the QCMF competition. All of the students should be commended for their efforts and proud of what they have achieved! Thank you to parents for assisting with home practicing and late pick-ups. Congratulations St Stephen's Choir!<br><br>If you missed the performance, there is a link to the showcase in our latest newsletter.  You can skip ahead to 32 minutes if you only want to watch St Stephen's. <br><br></p><p>Next term, any students from Year 1-6 are welcome to join the choir for Christmas carols. If your child is interested in joining, please let them know to go to the Year 3 room on Wednesday, snack break, each week. Commitment to rehearsals is encouraged if students would like to sing with the choir in the end of year concert (if there are no restrictions).</p><p>​</p>
School Holiday STEM Projecthttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/School-Holiday-STEM-Project.aspxSchool Holiday STEM Project<p><br><br></p><p><strong><em>You could win a Term 4 scholarship for the Term 4 Jnr Engineers 'Coding Club', valued at $265!!</em></strong><br><br>Over the school holidays, St Stephen's is running another STEM competition for students in Years 2-6. Two lucky winners will receive a Term 4 scholarship to Jnr Engineers 'Coding Club' valued at $265 each.<br><br>Students wishing to enter need to design and create something that includes at least one rubber band in the materials used. Students need to draw their design and list the materials used. They then need to bring their construction and design drawing to school on Wednesday 6th October. The Leadership team will judge the competition and winners will be notified that day.<br><br>If your child wishes to enter, please send me an email with their name, their grade and the name of their creation.<br><br></p><p>I hope that this competition sparks their creativity and innovation and occupies them over the upcoming holidays!</p><p>​<br></p><p><strong>Naomi Doyle</strong><br>Primary Learning Leader<br><a href="mailto:Naomi.Doyle@bne.catholic.edu.au">Naomi.Doyle@bne.catholic.edu.au</a></p><p>​<br><br></p>
Celebration of Learning cancelledhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Celebration-of-Learning---15th-September-3.15pm.aspxCelebration of Learning cancelled<p></p><p>It has been another week where we have had to deal with the impacts of Covid 19. We have had many of our families in quarantine and I have had to cancel a number of school events. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. I know that there were a number of staff, students and parents disappointed about the cancellation of our Celebration of Learning. I will meet with our staff early in Term 4 and see what we can do to invite our parents in to celebrate what our students have been doing at some stage in Term 4. Please keep the families of both St Thomas More and of St Stephen’s, who have been in quarantine since last Friday in your thoughts and prayers. At this stage I am unaware of any of our families or close contacts who have contracted Covid, and I am very thankful for this. Please keep the families who have contracted Covid 19 in your prayers and I hope they have a speedy recovery.<br><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">​<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>
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><p>There are still a few Scripture Challenge books available for purchase. If interested, can you please order them either through the Qkr! app (tuckshop and uniform app). The books are $10 each. All the proceeds will be donated to Emmanuel City Mission (a local Catholic homeless outreach centre).<br><br>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.</p><p>If  you would like to find out more about Emmanuel City Miss​ion, p​lease 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><br></p></div><p>​<img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/ScriptureChallengeBook.jpg" alt="ScriptureChallengeBook.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br><br></p>


 Regular Events

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