We hope this blog post finds you all settled into the new school year.
The year has started well. Over the last week, our students in Year 2 had a wonderful Science incursion. They had an opportunity to participate in lots of hands-on experiments and explore forces and movement as they research for their inquiry. Our Year 5 students took part in a band demo, with lots of fun and excitement as the instruments were demonstrated by Year 6 and high school students. Across the other year levels, the students are settling well into their classes.
It is wonderful to see the school community reaching out to our new families. Please continue to extend a warm welcome to them all and introduce yourself and your family. Moving schools can be an emotional time, but this can be greatly eased when new friendships and connections are quickly made.
Please take note of some things happening this week:-
Wednesday 15 Feb – Pre-Kindy Photo Day & Catch Up Photos
Friday 17 Feb – Worship
A message from Mr Parker;
Dear Year 5 and 6 Parents
I regret to inform that due to unforeseen circumstances, surfing lessons for year 5 and 6 students have been rescheduled for later dates in term 1. Surfing dates will now be as follows;
Year 6 – Tuesday 14 March to Friday 17 March (week 7)
Year 5 – Monday 27 March to Thursday 30 March (week 9)
Lesson times are yet to be determined and will be communicated when complete.
The delay is certainly disappointing, however it may give some students a bit of extra time to master their cutbacks or tube riding.
In Week 5 there is an opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss how they are settling into their new class. Parent meetings can be organised face to face or online through TEAM’s. Meetings are set to 10 minutes to ensure that all parents have the opportunity to meet with the teacher. This is a busy period for our teaching staff and we ask that you work with us in keeping these meetings on time. If you do require a longer meeting, please contact the teacher. You will shortly be notified as to when the online booking system will be available.
At our 3-6 Worship assembly this Monday morning, Mr Steven reminded us of the significance of our school motto – Serve God, Serve One Another. We reflected on the importance of caring for one another, our wider community and those in need further afield. As a community we were encouraged to look for ways in which we can help those around us and serve in different areas to make a positive impact on others. St Stephen’s School strives to grow students awareness of others needs and grow our empathy for others. We are fortunate to be active in several Service Learning opportunities as a school which are greatly supported by you our families, and the local community. Our hope as a school is that our students will continue to serve when they leave the school and be the impact of positive change in our world.
“This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Hannah Lockwood-Jones & Andrew Johnston
St Stephen’s Primary – World’s Greatest Shave 2023
There are many worthwhile causes to support throughout the year and this is one that I would like to draw attention to. In 2014, my then three year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Thanks to a privileged medical system and God’s mercy, my daughter is now fit and well. She is in her sixth year since treatment finished and her recovery has been very positive.
Throughout that treatment period and even beyond, the support for families dealing with blood cancers has been amazing. Fundraising initiatives like the Greatest Shave helped our family through a difficult time of our lives. We are extremely grateful to all of the selfless people who have generously given to this cause.
To further the cause, I would like to support the World’s Greatest Shave at St Stephen’s School. For those interested in supporting this fundraising effort, these are the details…
- Our Greatest Shave Day will be held on Wednesday 5 April(second last day of term 1)
- Participating on the day can be done in the following ways
- Register online with parent permission (parents please email me at email@example.com to express consent), fundraise and then have hair shaved or cut (you must be registered and have sent in parental permission and fundraised to do the shave or cut)(some students like to participate by cutting off their pony tail)
- Don’t register online, but still colour your hair at home or wear a wig and then bring a donation on the day
- Students/staff/parents can support by giving online or registering as a participant at the link below
st Stephens School 2023 | World’s Greatest Shave | Leukaemia Foundation
*Under the red box saying “donate our team”, in little text it says “sign up and join our team” – click on that to join.
I am fully aware that there are many worthwhile causes to support, so please do not feel any obligation to give to this fundraising, but of course we welcome it if you are willing and able.
Mr Daniel Parker – Primary PE Specialist at St Stephen’s Duncraig
Year 3 & 5 NAPLAN INFORMATION:
Parents and carers of Year 3 and 5 students please be aware that tomorrow, Tuesday 14 February your child will bring home an information brochure regarding NAPLAN 2023. Please make sure you receive this from your child and if you have any questions, please contact Mr Johnston, or visit nap.edu.au.
A full timetable of test dates will be sent out closer to the testing time to enable you to advise any music tutors and specialists so that lessons can be rearranged.