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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

19th October
Children's Mission Prayer Celebration
2.15pm in the Hall - Year 1 and Year 3

22nd October

School Family Mass 8.30am
followed by a Family Fun morning

24th October
9am Mass - Year 1

31st October
9am Mass - Year 4

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For over 99 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 2016 St Stephen’s consists of 132 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. All students participate in the social and emotional development program: YOU CAN DO IT.

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 

Next week is Family Week (22nd to 28th October) and what better way to begin this week than with a celebration. This Sunday, 22nd October, is the final School Family Mass at 8:30am in St Stephen’s Church. (We will also celebrate our patron saint during this mass). Thank you to those families who have indicated their availability to assist in the mass. After mass we will move over to the school grounds for morning tea and some ‘old-style fete’ activities.  Activities for the morning include;

  • Decorated bike / scooter competition
  • Bottle stall
  • Face painting
  • Roll the dice game
  • Trash and treasure stall
  • Fairy floss
  • Target the teacher game

Morning tea will be served from the tuckshop for a gold coin donation (tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available). The parish Silver Circle is scheduled to be drawn at approximately 10:45am with the morning concluding after this. In the case of poor weather, morning tea and activities will be conducted in MacKillop Hall.

Please note – supervision of children is the responsibility of parents at this outside of school event and the playground fort and prep playground will be out of bounds.

Any donations of morning tea items would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped to the school tuckshop after
mass to Mrs Jackie McGlashan. I would love to hear some ways that families have marked Family Week next week. Some suggestions include:

  • Make time to do a favoured family activity eg fishing or go on a picnic
  • Play a board game together
  • Get out the ‘good’ crockery for a family dinner at the table
  • Read your favourite book as a child to the family
  • Pray together as a family

There are events on in the Toowoomba region, just follow the link for more information www.familyweek.com.au .

During the last week of School holidays, Lottie represented St Stephen’s in the QLD Team at Interschool Equestrian Nationals. The event was held at Toowoomba Showgrounds with over 300 riders representing all states of Australia.

Lottie competed in Primary Combined Training, where she had to complete a dressage test & showjump course on her horse Kings Gina. Lottie scored a PB in her dressage and a clear round in her jumping, resulting in 4th place. She received a sash & was named in the QLD Primary High Points Team which were awarded 3rd overall.

Towards the end of Term 4 we will be hosting two different organisations who will be coming to educate our students about Cyber Safety. Prep to Year 3 will participate in an interactive workshop with presenters from Connect – a branch of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Our Year 3 to 6 classes will then participate in a presentation by Susan McLean, Australia’s leading expert in Cyber Safety. In today’s digital world, it is essential that our young people know how to navigate online environments safely. As parents and teachers we can help our children to do this by;

  • supervising them whilst online (this includes using phones, social media and chat rooms)
  • educating them about the pitfalls and dangers
  • ensuring they stay safe at all times

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