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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.
As we near the end of term 2, it’s a good time to look back on what we have achieved during the term. The first five weeks of the term involved the delivery of our first on-line teaching and learning program. Teachers produced learning packages for students and directed students learning via the TEAMS website. All students returned to school in week 6, however, due to restrictions, parents and carers have been saying goodbye to their students at the school gates instead of walking them in, and out, of the school grounds. During the term, many events have had to be cancelled or modified such as, the Mother’s Day breakfast, Inner Downs and Darling Downs sporting trials, Parents and Friends Trivia night and Golf day, and Toowoomba Catholic Schools T-ball gala day.
Early on, when restrictions were put into place and the whole world seemed to change overnight, I remember thinking that everyone in the world has suffered in one way or another, either directly or indirectly as a result of COVID19. Many people have lost jobs, had to postpone family celebrations, not been allowed to attend important events such as funerals or weddings, not been able to live together as a family or visit relatives who live in other states, just to name a few. The list is endless.
What is impressive however, is the way many people have dug deep during all this adversity. That should be celebrated. However, as we continue to grapple with the current world situation, there are some things we can do as adults to help children deal with the multitude of changes and disappointments they are facing.
Firstly, listen to their concerns. Provide some perspective for your children. Change can be both difficult and challenging. The next time your child/ren has a problem, brainstorm some possible solutions with them. However, remind them that they are not unique in their circumstances as other children in their cohort and school are also facing challenges. As parents and teachers, we can continue to encourage them with their schoolwork and not to worry too much about things which are out of their control.
Life is certainly unpredictable. I thank God each day that I am fortunate enough to work in such a positive, happy, supportive, life-giving school environment. It’s times like this I find solace in my faith and the words of Pope Francis.
“Rivers do not drink their own water; The trees do not eat their own fruit: The sun does not shine to itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is…
Life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.” Pope Francis 25/03/2017
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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