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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 the thermometer continues to rise, at the end of a very challenging year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful St Stephen’s Community who have supported us during 2020.
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Fiona Drew. I am sure when school started this no-one could have imagined what the year would bring. Thanks to the staff who continue to work as a TEAM and have supported each other through the many challenges that COVID has thrown at us, including teaching via the TEAMS platform when many students were unable to attend school in person in term 2 but faithfully logged onto their class teams site everyday ready to engage in on-line learning. Our Administration staff, School Officers, cleaners, and groundsman have maintained their cool and always seem to be there with a smile to help us through the day.
Secondly, I would like to thank the parents and members of the wider community who embraced the new way of learning that we engaged in during term 2. Dr Judith Locke said that children need to develop a set of essential skills to help them successfully negotiate their school years. One of these skills is RESOURCEFULNESS. “Resourceful people adjust their actions to suit their situation”. People who are resourceful do more than just cope, they adjust their behaviour to make things go better for them and those around them.
2020 has certainly forced us to be resourceful. Nearly everything we did as a school had to be tweaked, changed, rewritten, or cancelled and substituted with something else. Resourceful people use personal initiative to improve situations. The more resourceful we are the more confident we become. We also learn that we must learn to go with the flow when events turn out to be very different to what we had expected.
On the flip side, children and adults who have poor resourcefulness tend to focus more on the problem then solving the problem. This is when the complaints set in and we can get bogged down in thinking about the problem rather than how we might solve the problem.
This year has been a difficult year; however, we still have much to be grateful for. This week we say farewell to our year 6 children. They have grown into exceptional young people. This term has been jam-packed as we cheerfully got on the bus to go to school camps, excursions, and gala days. On Thursday, the year 6 children and their parents will celebrate mass together and on Thursday evening we will gather together at Adora Downs to share a meal and tell stories about the wonderful memories we have made at our little country school.
On behalf of everyone at St Stephen’s school, I would like to wish you and your families a blessed and happy Christmas. I hope you get to spend time with those nearest and dearest to you. COVID has certainly taught me to take nothing for granted.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
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