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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 2020 St Stephen’s consists of 154 students, in seven 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.
INSPIRING VISIT FROM ERIC BAILEY
Last Wednesday, I joined our years 4,5 and 6 children when they gathered to listed to Eric Bailey, a motivational speaker who had been invited by the Parents and Friends Association to come and speak to our students. Eric had a rocky start to life. He was put into a shelter as a baby, after doctors told his mother he would never be able to walk or run. When Eric was 3 years old, he was adopted.
School life for Eric was hard. Most days at school Eric was punched, kicked, and spat at. When he was 10 years old, Eric could not read, write or play sport and called a ‘loser’ by his classmates. Eric’s luck changed one day when he picked up a basketball and discovered he had a gift shooting baskets. Fortunately, a teacher at his school had faith in him and encouraged him to join the school basketball team. That is the moment his life turned around. As Eric said, “If someone like me can turn it around then…. You got this”. Eric went onto play for the LA Lakers and today he travels around the country encouraging children to – Have a Goal or a Dream.
Eric’s advice was simple. He asked the children to ask themselves three questions.
Number 1. When you grow up would you like to do something awesome or
Number 2. If you want these things are you prepared to come to school everyday and give 100% of yourself into achieving your goal?
Number 3. Is there anyone in your family that you know of that might need you to help them support them when you become an adult?
The sooner you decide that you want something better in your life, the sooner it will happen. The first step is visualizing yourself doing the impossible. The second step is to surround yourself with friends who lift you up and make sure you stay on the right path.
Finally, when you attend High School, you do not simply want to just fit in. Aim high. Sounds a lot like our vision at St Stephen’s School - “Strive for Success” and “Celebrate our Spirit”.
Thank you to our Parents and Friends for arranging for Eric Bailey to visit our school. The children thoroughly enjoyed his talk. The teachers thoroughly enjoyed his talk and I certainly felt uplifted after listening to Eric explain to the children how he turned his life around by being brave enough to DREAM!
In the words of Walt Disney “If you can dream it, you can be it”.
CHILD PROTECTION WEEK
Week 9 is Child Protection Week, a week dedicated to child wellbeing. Under this year’s theme of ‘Putting children first’ all Australians are invited to look at how they can prioritise children in their lives and communities and to engage in National Child Protection Week – as individuals, and as part of families, organisations, communities and society.
Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. To grow up well, children need to feel safe and loved, have a chance to play and explore, have a say in decisions that affect them, and access to essential things like food, shelter, education and healthcare. For children to thrive we need to come together as a community and put children’s needs first during National Child Protection Week and every week.
ENROLMENTS FOR 2021
We are now taking enrolment applications for 2021. Please have a look at the enrolments section of this website for further information regarding our enrolment process or come into the office to receive an enrolment pack.
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