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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.
What a different start to the year this has been! With most places receiving more rain this month than we did in all of 2019, it has certainly been a welcome change and relief to the community. In schools, rain always seem to come at the most inappropriate times – either lunchtimes or school pick up! Many thanks to the staff and students who have coped with last minute changes to duties and play areas over the last week – many have been happy to sit and watch the rain falling during lunchtimes!
The rain has brought its own set of challenges to families as some attempt to make it home before roads are blocked off. We appreciate the communication by parents to ensure we can get students to the office in time for you to come and collect your children. Our Parent Welcome and Information Evening was one event many families were unable to attend due to rising waters and impending storms. Thank you to those who were able to join us and to the teachers for the wonderful efforts they put in to their displays. We tried a different approach by having a ‘marketplace’ where parents were able to wander around and speak to their children’s teachers, but also to see what was happening in other classrooms. Thanks must also go to the P&F for organising the refreshments for the evening and for setting up their wonderful stall; and to Wendy from Outside Hours School Care and Dr Estela Estoria from ECEI for coming with information and handouts as well.
THE MUSIC BUS OPEN DAY
Information has been sent out about The Music Bus Open Day on Tuesday 18th February. This will be an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about what The Music Bus has to offer and if there is enough interest, for the bus to visit St Stephen’s and deliver lessons to students. We encourage parents to attend the information session at 8.25am to tour the bus and ask any questions.
YEAR 6 LEADERS
Our Year 6 students spent most of the day with Mrs Kathy Doherty, an Education Officer from Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office on Monday 10th February. They participated in a variety of activities that asked them reflect on who a good leader is, what characteristics a good leader has and what can they do to be the best leader in 2020. They finished the day in a most fitting way by receiving their Seniors Shirts from their Prep Buddies. Although having a buddy is certainly a fun experience, there is also lots of responsibility that comes with this, and our Year 6 students have already shown great leadership with this task. The students will also spend more time learning about leadership, mateship and perseverance at their day at Emu Gully next week!
Year 6 Leadership Mass
The Year Six students will receive their leadership badge next Wednesday 18th February at 9am in St Stephen’s Church. This will be the first time we celebrate mass with Father Thomas as a school community this year. All parents are invited to join us for the morning, in particular, Year 6 parents as they will be asked to come forward to place the badge on their son/daughter during the mass. We look forward to seeing you all there.
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