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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.
'DO YOUR BIT"
This morning I waved goodbye to our year 5 and year 6 children as they headed off to camp at Lake Moogerah. Amongst the excitement of packing bags for school camp, there is usually some anxiety surrounding the camp adventure. What exactly will we be doing at school camp? What will the activities be like? What will I get to eat for three days? And finally, what will it be like to camp with over 40 other children? And my teachers and aides?
This is the first time we have headed off to Lake Moogerah. However, as a school we have attended many great camps at their sister camp – Burleigh CYC. The camp mantra is: - “If it is to be. It is up to me”.
The aim of these school camps is to help schools create thriving communities. “Thriving communities are built on thriving individuals. Thriving individuals
understand that “If it is to be it is up to me.” This mantra reminds students to take personal responsibility, be vulnerable and honest in their communities. The THRIVE program will not spoon feed students with exhaustive instruction and low behavioural expectations but raises the bar so as to provide a real-life opportunity for individuals to grow and learn by becoming more honest, embracing vulnerability and adopting an attitude of personal responsibility.”
Camps are a great learning experience for all involved. I’m reminded constantly of one of our Mary MacKillop quotes – “Do your bit”. All campers are required to pitch in and lend a hand throughout the camp. Whether it is setting up the tables for breakfast, packing up your dishes, hanging up your towel or making your bed each morning – there certainly is a lot of teamwork involved. Helping out your fellow campers is what it’s all about. That’s what makes it FUN!
Perhaps, most importantly we need to stick together. To encourage each other to climb higher, paddle harder or even try a new food we haven’t tried before. So, when the bus pulls up in Weale Street on Friday afternoon. We will have a bus load of happy campers.
FAMILY MASS / PATRONAL DAY – Sunday 24th October
The St Stephen’s Family Mass and Patronal Day Celebrations will be held this Sunday 24th October. Mass will be held at St Stephen’s church at 8.30am, then we will move to the Weale Street oval to bless the new sign. Following this, everyone is invited to join us at St Stephen’s school for morning tea and fun games and activities. This day is also an opportunity for the parish and school to celebrate Father Thomas and his 40 years in the priesthood. We are so blessed to have Father Thomas as part of our school and parish community.
2021 CATHOLIC MISSION APPEAL – Crazy Sock Day
This term Catholic Mission has begun its Socktober journey which leads to Mission Month in October. St Stephen’s will be partaking in Mission Month by having a Crazy Sock Day on Monday 25th October. Students are invited to donate a gold coin to wear crazy socks to raise money for those less fortunate around the world.
The MacKillop Club will also be hosting some ‘sockball’ making workshops for students to make their own soccer ball out of recycled materials. This is what many children in developing countries must do as they do not have the luxury of readymade sports equipment as students in Australia are accustomed to.
DAY FOR DANIEL
Friday 29th October is Day for Daniel. Students are invited to wear red to raise awareness of child safety, protection and harm prevention. Students will participate in the annual lapathon at Weale Street Oval in the afternoon.
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