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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.
PREP READING RESULTS
It is with great excitement to share some news from our Prep class. Within Toowoomba Catholic Education, there are reading targets set for Prep to Year 2 students using PM benchmarks as the assessment tool. The target for Prep students is to achieve a level 4 to 8 by the end of the year. As of this week, we now have 100% of our Prep Students who have achieved the target and some beyond! Congratulations to our Prep students for their hard work!
Wow, what a busy start we have had to term four. The library has been abuzz with activity.
On the Friday of week two, our school participated in the Read with me event, along with other early education groups in town. I was located in IGA, right near the checkouts, along with my friend, The Rainbow Bear. What a great initiative to inspire kids to love books and reading. At one stage, I had almost as many shoppers listening to the story as I did kids … what fun!
During week three, we held our Book Fair. I just love the excitement that the opportunity to buy a book of their own inspires in kids. They all thought long and hard when compiling their wish-lists. Thank you for supporting our Book Fair as it provides an additional opportunity for us to add to our book collections.
Our inaugural Pyjama Storytime was a huge success. Who’d have thought that coming to school in your PJs would be so much fun. As I explained to the kids, while learning and practicing our reading in class is serious business, we mustn’t forget that it is also really enjoyable. Once we find the books that bring us joy, practicing becomes so much more attractive and easier to do. Thank you all for supporting this initiative, I hope it will become a regular event in our school calendar.
International games week
Last week, we celebrated International Games Week, a time to celebrate the fun we can have together playing low-tech games with each other. At a time when screens and video games occupy much of our leisure time, sharing a board game with friends can be a great change. During library lessons and lunchtimes, much fun was had by students with our great variety of games.
AT ST STEPHEN'S
This week is a great opportunity for you to reconnect with your child/ren without having the added pressure of homework. Here are some ideas for you to try in Wellbeing Week.
Book chat – Reading as a family is still important each night!! Discussing the content and meaning of books is an important part of reading. Chat about the book before, during and after reading, and encourage your child to share their ideas and to ask questions about the book. There are some ideas for questions in our latest newsletter.
DATE CLAIMER – This year, the Christmas celebration will be a Carols by Candlelight evening held at the school, on the grounds between the Prep building and the tuckshop. Further information will be sent out closer to the date, however, please keep Monday 25th November free in your diaries for this event!
Thank you for your support of Socktober last Thursday. Our community raised $158 which will be sent to Catholic Mission to reach out to the people in Ghana. Our donation will help children with disabilities gain access to the things we enjoy in life. The Church in Ghana is taking a lead in providing life-saving care to chil-dren with disability and fostering their personal development for a brighter future.
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