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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.
One of my favourite activities to do on weekends is to read the newspaper. Last Sunday I read an interesting article by Dr Judith Locke. Dr Locke is a clinical psychologist who presents parenting workshops around Australia. Last Sunday her article was about dinner table etiquette.
Dr Locke pointed out that one of the ‘easiest ways to improve your child’s vocabulary, conversational skills, eating habits, school results, and even their wellbeing’ is to eat dinner together regularly as a family. As a mother, I value the importance of eating family meals together. When my children were younger it was often the only time, we were all together as a family and could take the time to sit, talk and enjoy a meal together. Dr Locke recommends that the family dinner shouldn’t become a time to complain excessively about anything that went wrong during the day, but a time when we should focus on the positive elements of the day. As a family we would ask each other this simple question, “What was the best thing that happened to you today at school/work?” This was, and still is, a great conversation starter! After family holidays, I still ask all the members of my family the same question, “What were the best three things you did over the holidays?”
I have many, many fond memories of the times spent around the family table. In today’s fast paced world, it can be very challenging to stop and sit down around a table together to share a meal. As a school, we value the health and well-being of the family unit. In week 6, we are going to be having a homework free week. During that week, hopefully you will have a little more time to do things together as a family unit. As an educator and a mother, I believe the family meal times improve children’s ability to hold a conversation with adults and other children whilst increasing their vocabulary. All this sounds quite simple. However, to ensure everyone is entering into the conversation, it is a requirement in my house that the TV set is switched off and there are no mobile devices being used whilst dinner is in progress. (Challenging at times but extremely worthwhile!)
Finally, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in our community. I’m looking forward to sharing a coffee with you at our Mother’s Day Breakfast this Friday at 7:30am. I’m sure there will be lots of interesting conversations being held around the tables in MacKillop Hall between Mothers, grandmothers and their children.
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