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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

15th June
School Athletics Carnival
Bridgman Oval


21st June

Pizza/Popper Day
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Instrumental Concert 12noon


23rd June
9am End of Term Mass
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Last Day of Term 2


10th July

Classes resume for Term 3


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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.

 

Community News 

SKOOLBAG APP
There are many occasions at school that we need to get a message out to our school community immediately. We can post messages on our skoolbag app quickly and you are notified immediately on your mobile phone. Unfortunately less than 25% of our parents are using this service.

It is our preferred method of notifying parents as it is faster, cheaper and more time efficient that paper notes ant text messages.

If you have haven’t got this free app on your phone I respectfully request that you download the App today. Once the app is downloaded you will discover that it has newsletters, notes, tuckshop menus etc. available. For an information sheet please contact Kym at the office. You are required to have a password to access this app. Forward your request for this password to pittsworth@twb.catholic.edu.au.  Ideally we are aiming to go fully digital by 2018 for our newsletters.

RE NEWS
This past weekend, 10 of our young people were inducted as adult members of the St Stephen’s Parish Community through the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion. My warmest congratulations to Nicole, Jessica, Matthew, Harry, Chloe, Charlie, William, Emily, Mitchell and Lottie and their families. I would also like to extend a HUGE round of ap-plause to Michelle Arnold for her role in preparing the candidates along with their families.

Today, Year 2 led the school in the final Celebration for the term. Their focus for this Celebration was “Gifts” and they have highlighted the unique and beautiful gifts each and every one of us bring to the World. I would like to pay tribute to my teaching partner, Kirsty Ostwald, and thank her for the special gift of herself that she has brought to our class this year. It has been a pleasure to work alongside her.

There is no Celebration next week as the students will be participating in our end of term Rewards afternoon. We will have the opportunity to pray together at our end of term Mass on Friday the 23rd of June at 9am. Mass will take place in St Stephen’s Church and Father Thomas will be presiding. All classes will be attending and families are most welcome to come along.

PE NEWS
What a wonderful, busy term it has been. All students have learned the fundamentals of Run, Jump and Throw. Years 2-6 have enhanced their technique in long jump, shotput, discus, high jump, sprints, relays and ballgames. Prep and Year 1 have also worked on the fundamentals of Run, Jump and Throw through a series of Modified Athletics.

Athletics Australia have sent Mr K to continue these skills in his sessions with the children. These sessions have been thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you to Sporting Schools for the generous grant.

More exciting news: St Stephen’s are now proud owners of a long jump pit for our students to enjoy for years to come. Thank you to all involved!!

Reminders:- Sprints will begin Thursday 15th at 9am. They will run until approximately 10:30am. Rotations follow with field events and 5-7 years Tabloid Rotations. Some helpers are still required. Please make yourself known on the day if you would like to assist.

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