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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>Mike Quinn​</strong><br>Principal</p>

 Latest News & Events



Year 5 Games Grouphttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Year-5-Games-Group.aspxYear 5 Games Group<p></p><p>This week a group of Year 5 students organised some games at Snack play for students to participate in. The group was responsible for setting the games up, assisting students to play the games, and pack the games away at the end of play time. Many students enjoyed participating in the games. The games the group organised were:<br></p><ul><li>Giant Chess</li><li>Giant 'Connect 4'</li><li>Hopscotch</li><li>Ball targets</li><li>Soccer goals on the oval</li></ul><p>Well done to to these students for your great display of Leadership!<br></p><p>The games will run each Snack play for the rest if this term.​<br></p><p>​​<br>​<br><br></p>
STEM Competitionhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/STEM-Competition.aspxSTEM Competition<p></p><p>It's that time of year again! The St Stephen's STEM Competition is here! Two lucky winners will win a scholarship for Jnr Engineers 'Coding Club' for Term 3.<br><br></p><p>Students in Years 2 - 6 are invited to enter. The competition is a Stop Motion Animation competition. Students need to create a stop motion animation about our school rules, which are:</p><ul><li>Keep Safe!</li><li>Engage in Learning!</li><li>Yes, I Am Responsible!</li><li>Speak and Act with Respect!<br></li></ul><p>Entries close on Friday 24th June (last day of term).</p><p>To enter: </p><ul><li>Email Mrs Doyle before the due date   (<a href="mailto:Naomi.Doyle@bne.catholic.edu.au">Naomi.Doyle@bne.catholic.edu.au</a>) with your name, year level, and name of your animation.</li><li>Either bring your animation on a USB to school, or email or Airdrop it to Mrs Doyle before or on the due date.</li></ul><div><p>The Leadership team will judge the entries on Friday 24th June and winners will be notified that day. We can't wait to see the creative ways our students can show our school rules!</p><p>There is an app on all school ipads called 'Stop Motion Studio'. This app is very easy to use. It can also be uploaded onto home devices for free.</p><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/animationcompetition.jpg" alt="animationcompetition.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></div><br></div>
Athletics and Discus - Thank you!http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Athletics-and-Discus---Thank-you.aspxAthletics and Discus - Thank you!<p>​This week we hosted our athletics carnival for students in Years 3-6. After consultation with staff and students, we adjusted the format to previous years, which would allow all students to have an opportunity to participate in the field events. With all the recent rain, the carnival had to be moved from Col Bennett Park to our own school oval and we are so proud of how the da​y unfolded. The engagement of the staff and students was impressive and it was incredible to see and host so many parents back on our grounds for a school event as it helped to create atmosphere and spark healthy competition between our students. We were blessed to have approximately 20 students and 2 teachers from St Thomas More College come to assist us run our carnival on the day. The students were very helpful and were an asset to our carnival. We thank them and their teachers for their time and contributions to our school community. We look forward to our Junior School Athletics carnival which will be held on Friday 22 July on our school oval, commencing at 8:30am.​<br></p>
Social Emotional Learninghttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Social-Emotional-Learning.aspxSocial Emotional Learning​<div><p>If we think optimistically it means that we expect things to mostly turn out well and we focus on the positives rather than the negatives in a situation. It also means that we understand that setbacks and difficult times happen to everyone but that things get better after a while. Teaching our students to be optimistic will help them to be better equipped to ‘bounce back’ when they face difficulties, frustrations and problems. It means that when they are faced with a problem they will be more likely to look for solutions rather than giving up and not trying.<br></p><p><br></p></div><div><div><h3>Key messages to communicate to your child about being optimistic this week:</h3></div><div><p><strong><br>Look for the small good bits in the bad things that happen.</strong><br>Sometimes things happen that you don’t like. But you can usually find something good in the situation if you try. Sometimes the good thing is that it could have been worse. Sometimes the good thing is the lesson you learned from it. Sometimes a small good thing happened anyway even if the rest was bad.<br><br></p><h3>What can you do to help your child to look on the bright side this week?<br></h3><div><div><p><strong><br>Good memories</strong><br>Help your child to make a photo album, slide show or little book of their favourite photos and to look at the photos to help them remember the good times when they need ‘brightening up’.<br></p></div></div></div></div><p>​</p><p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/brightside.jpg" alt="brightside.jpg" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><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: Wednesdays and Fridays 2.50pm to 3.50pm​
~Assembly:  Monday afternoons at 2:10pm