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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 2017 St Stephen’s consists of 143 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.
Last week I attended a Leadership Forum in Warwick. In attendance were the Principals from Toowoomba Diocesan Catholic schools. One of the sessions included looking at the qualities of a leader and how to develop these qualities both in ourselves and in our leadership teams in our schools. This Friday we will induct the year 6 leaders of our community. In the lead up to this special day the year 6 children have undertaken a Leadership Retreat facilitated by Tony Worner from Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office and Dennis Wolbers. In this final year of their primary school life it is our role as a community to educate them about the “Art of Leadership”.
Max De Pree says “Respect People. This begins with an understanding of the diversity of (people’s) gifts. Understanding the diversity of these gifts enables us to begin taking the crucial step of trusting each other. It also enables us to begin to think in a new way about the strengths of others. Everyone comes with certain gifts – but not the same gifts. Life is more than just reaching our goals. As individuals and as a group we need to reach our potential. Nothing else is good enough. We must always be reaching toward our potential.
The art of leadership lies in polishing and liberating and enabling the variety of gifts people bring. Leaders owe a certain maturity. Maturity as expressed in a sense of self-worth, a sense of belonging, a sense of expectancy, a sense of responsibility, a sense of accountability, and a sense of equality.”
And so, on Friday when we present the year 6 children with their leadership badges for 2018. We will be asking them to strive to reach their potential. This is the challenge, to not accept stagnating and taking the easy road, but to look inside ourselves, acknowledge the giftedness we all have and to use these gifts to make our school and our community a better place. Year 6 leaders, we challenge you to be strong, be brave and be true!
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