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Important Dates
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11th October
P&F Meeting 7pm

12th October

Year 5/6 Lodge Mass 10.30am

16th October

Year 1 Mass 9am

17th October

Year 5/6 Celebration 2.30pm

19th October

Read with Me
Early Years Event 9.15am
Pittsworth State School

21st October

School Family Mass 8.30am
Patronal Celebration

22nd October
Pupil Free Day

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For over 100 years, St Stephen’s has been proudly serving the community of Pittsworth and surrounding areas. We strive to be a community in which gospel values permeate the daily life of the school.  

In 2018 St Stephen’s consists of 141 students, in six classrooms. All members of our staff quickly get to know all children and families. Our shared vision for the students of St Stephen’s is for each person to be highly literate, numerate, open to and excited by the prospect of learning, healthy, well-rounded individuals who are good citizens.

Specialist programs are Physical Education, LOTE (Indonesian) and Music, including school choir, and private music lessons.

Parents and community members work within our school classrooms and enjoy interacting with students and staff. Our volunteers gain particular satisfaction and a sense of fulfilment from assisting a child to master something new. Families are encouraged to participate in the School Pastoral Board and the School Parents and Friends and its committees in order to develop and extend the programs the school can offer and its facilities. All parents are welcome to attend Parents and Friends meetings.

                    St Stephen’s – We strive for success.  Celebrate our Spirit.


Community News 

Towards the end of term 3 we received the NAPLAN results for our school. At the time there was a lot of discussion in the media and on ‘My School’ website. The Toowoomba Catholic School’s Office asked Dr Judy Smeed to analyse the NAPLAN results of the local schools. Dr Smeed compared the Catholic Schools and Catholic Independent schools in Queensland using a Comparative ICSEA Analysis (CIA). The ICSEA of a school (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage is an indication of a school’s level of advantage. Schools in Australia are allocated an ICSEA which is reviewed annually. The median is 1000. This method is a socially just method of analysis and underpinned by the Catholic Principles of Social Justice developed for the Use of Data Review.

The ICSEA for St Stephen’s this year is 1009. Using the Comparative ICSEA Analysis of NAPLAN data this year, Dr Smeed concluded that our school outperformed all other schools with the same ICSEA in Queensland. This is something that we are extremely proud of. As a school we have been working at improving not only our reading but our numeracy and writing. Teaching staff met with me at the end of last term to discuss the progress of their classes. The biggest improvement across the board was in the area of reading. Students are taking ownership of their learning and setting goals and targets alongside teaching staff who also set goals and targets. I am very proud to be a part of a school that values learning so highly.

Mission of Mercy Fundraiser
In Week 10 of Term 3, we witnessed the nail biting Grand Final of our Ping Pong Competition. Set up in the Sports Hall with a huge following of fans, Charlotte and Tom fought it out. There was plenty of cheering and we were pleased to have Father Thomas in attendance. Tom was the winner and he then had a friendly game with Father Thomas – just for fun but some shots looked quite serious!! Father Thomas is always very thankful for the support we offer his charity ‘Mission of Mercy and Hope’. Thank you to all who participated. We will now be able to give $100 toward this worthy charity.


Socktober Fundraiser
MacKillop Club are busily working on Term 4 fundraisers. To support Catholic Mission, students will be able to wear crazy socks on the 31st of October. Catholic Mission is an international fundraiser that both our Catholic schools and churches support annually. In 2018, Catholic Mission is reaching out to Myanmar by helping to give them the gift of education. They are supporting the construction and renovation of school to give children better access to a quality education. If your child wishes to participate, they will need to bring a gold coin and wear some crazy socks.

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