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

 Latest News & Events



Catholic Education Weekhttp://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Catholic-Education-Week.aspxCatholic Education Week<p>Next week we will celebrate Catholic Education across Australia. Traditionally at St Stephen's we celebrate St Stephen's Day on the Friday of this week. On the Day we will have a Mass at 11am with Fr Lam in the Hall, which I encourage parents and friends to attend.<br></p><div><p>We will then have our Vinnies Colour Run from 1:30pm, which has been coordinated by the Social Committee of the P and F. So far, the school has raised over $20,000! This will go a long way towards helping vulnerable families in our local area. I sincerely thank all of you who have supported this event. I especially thank Jen and Danielle from the P and F for all of your hard work coordinating and promoting the event.<br></p><p>​<br></p><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/CEW_Banner2022.png" alt="CEW_Banner2022.png" style="margin:5px;width:639px;" /><br></div><p><br></p>
Scripture Challenge Books Ready for Sale!http://www.ststephens.qld.edu.au/What's On/latest-news-events/Pages/Scripture-Challenge-Books-Ready-for-Sale!.aspxScripture Challenge Books Ready for Sale!<p>​The pages of the books are made up of the work of students from across the school. The purpose of the book is to challenge readers to engage with Sacred Scripture and allow God's Word to be at work in their lives.<br></p><p>All of the proceeds from the sale of the books go toward Emmanuel City Mission - A Brisbane based Catholic outreach centre for the homeless and vulnerable. We encourage you to Support our school and Emmanuel City Mission by buying a Scripture Challenge Book through QKR!</p><p>There are 2 books. The Red one is made up of the work of students from Prep to Year 2 and the blue one is the work of Year 3 to Year 6.<br></p><p>​<br><img src="/What%27s%20On/latest-news-events/PublishingImages/scripturechallenge2022.jpg" alt="scripturechallenge2022.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>
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><br></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>​​<br></p><p>​​<br><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>


 Regular Events

~Uniform Shop: Wednesdays and Fridays 2.50pm to 3.50pm​
~Assembly:  Monday afternoons at 2:10pm