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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 wonderful finish to term 2. Last week we had three visitors to our school, Mr Hunter a consultant from Brisbane, Mr Poulton, Principal of St Monica’s School Oakey, and Mr Murphy, Senior Education Leader from Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office. During the week the three men interviewed parents, staff and students from the school to discuss what they thought we did well as a school and what they thought we could improve on. On Thursday afternoon the panel met with the staff to give us feedback about the process. A full report will be sent to the school in approximately two to three weeks. Overall the feedback was very positive. The panel said there was not doubt in their minds that St Stephen’s was a very good school. Staff found the process very affirming and many parents commented to me about how they too felt the process of giving parents the opportunity to commend the school about positive things they see happening and make recommendations about other areas they would like to see improve, as a worthwhile process.
Team work and a strong sense of community was probably the main thing that stood out to the panel. Staff, students and parents working alongside each other for the common good of the school. This sense of community was seen again at our Athletics’ Carnival yesterday at the Bridgman Oval. We are truly blessed with a strong collective efficacy. Parents commented to me about how well organized the carnival was and how lucky I was to have such hard-working staff. Similarly, the teachers commented to me how lucky we were to have such committed parents who support the school as we work alongside each other with the teaching and learning of our students. I would like to thank all of you for your support. We are a strong, proud community here at St Stephen’s School. Our little country school is surely the jewel in the Toowoomba Catholic Schools’ Crown. Enjoy your break. God Bless, Janine
HALL-THORPE AFTER SCHOOL CARE INFORMATION
Following on from the information session at the last P&F meeting, Hall-Thorpe is keen to proceed with After School Care at St Stephen’s School. The commencement date will be the first day of school in term 4. The Sports Hall will be used to facilitate the program. During term 3 the school needs to do an audit to ensure all government requirements are met. The usual time is 90 days for a license to be issued.
Initially Hall-Thorpe will be offering After School and Vacation Care to all primary school students.
After School hours 3:00pm to 6pm
Vacation Care 6:30 to 6pm.
Ratio is 1:15 Students
$25/day/child after school
$33/day/child after school- casual rate
There are of course Government rebates and each family will need to look into this for their own situation. Most should be able to claim at least half of the fees if the parents are working or studying at least 15hours per week. The other part of the government rebate is Means Tested.
Halls Thorpe provide a list of what food the students will be provided with along with the proposed activities for each afternoon/day ie Sport/Craft/Cooking/Games.
Please feel free to call into the office as there are some extra information packs for those who would like some more details. Robyn from Hall-Thorpe is happy to answer any other questions you may have.
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