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For over 99 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 2016 St Stephen’s consists of 132 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. All students participate in the social and emotional development program: YOU CAN DO IT.
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.
We are well and truly in overdrive preparing for the school centenary. It promises to be a wonderful weekend of celebrations. The beautiful mosaic of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop was put up under drizzly conditions on the last day of term. Many thanks go to Craig Porter, Don Cameron and Vince White who assisted Alain Colfs as the mosaic was carefully bolted onto the front of the school. Amazingly, as the mosaic was lifted carefully out of the car, the rain paused momentarily for the small group of people gathered around to marvel at the magnificent picture that will be unveiled on Sunday 7th May. Beside the mosaic will be the names of past pupils and parishioners who have contributed to this piece of art.
Michelle Arnold has been working tirelessly with the school staff and local members of the art society in preparation for the Art Show. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, I recommend you start sending in your orders as there are only 300 tickets. Over the holidays, Suellen Dennis and Anne Thomas added the finishing touches to the song written by Suellen for the Centenary which will be performed by our talent-ed choir after the Centenary Mass on Sunday.
The Centenary book, “Celebrate Our Spirit”, compiled by Kaye O’Connell and Mary Sullivan is being printed and will be launched at 7:30pm during the Art Show. It is filled with wonderful memories and photos that together, tell the story of a community that has worked together over the past hundred years to build a school founded on Faith, Hope and Love.
If you can help out in any way over the Centenary week-end, please fill out the form in this newsletter. Whether it is for an hour or two days, we will need the help of many as we showcase to the community how we “Celebrate our Spirit” and continue to “Strive for Success” for the next hundred years.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
The week of 24 July to 30 July heralds the arrival of Catholic Education Week for 2016. The theme for this year is ”Opening the Doors in the Year of Mercy”. Throughout the week staff will focus on the Josephite Charism which will provide a wonderful foundation for our School Centenary on 7 August, St Stephen’s Catholic School history and the symbols and staff of the Diocese of Toowoomba. Staff will also explore the notion of Catholic Identity and will talk with students about how they fit into the Diocese of Toowoomba. There are also a number of activities planned for the week. These include;
Tuesday 25 July – Students and staff will experience school life in the early 1900’s as they dress in period clothes from this era. This will also include a Scavenger Hunt that will include important historical artefacts situated around the school.
Wednesday 26 July – Catholic Education Week Mass which will be held in the Church commencing at 9am.
Wednesday 26 July – A special school assembly will be held at 2.15 pm in Mackillop Hall that will acknowledge the contribution of our parents to the school community. A panel of parents from the School Board and P and F Association will be interviewed in a Q and A style format.
Thursday 29 July - All Year 4 to 6 students will participate in the Catholic Schools Netball and Touch Carnivals in Toowoomba.
Please note that the annual Bishop’s In-service Day for school staff will take place on Friday 19 August.
NOW BEING TAKEN FOR 2017
Interviews for Prep 2017 will be held in July, if you have any siblings who have not enrolled yet, please collect an enrolment package from the office and return to the school by Friday 24th June 2016.
Children born between July 11, 2011 to June 30, 2012 are eligible for Prep 2017.
ST STEPHEN'S -
CELEBRATING OUR CENTENARY IN 2016
Click here to download the Invitation to our 100 Year Celebrations
On Saturday 6th August 2016 there are plans for some fete celebrations in the school grounds followed by an Art Show in the evening. On Sunday 7th August there will be a mass followed by some more family fun activities.
Please visit our special Centenary Celebrations page for more information and pass the link on to any past students you know. The page includes accommodation suggestions for Pittsworth.
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