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2017 Annual Report for St Joseph's School, Atherton
Motto Love, Faith, Knowledge St-Joseph_s-Atherton-Logo-col.jpg
Address Cnr Jack and Alice Streets, ATHERTON QLD 4883
Postal Address PO Box 829, ATHERTON QLD 4883
Phone Number (07) 4091 4211
Fax Number (07) 4091 4214
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 252 Mr Michael Lindsay
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Michael Lindsay
Parish PriestRev Dr Barry Craig PP
Parish Number (07) 4091 1125

About our School

St Joseph's Parish School is an integral part of the Cairns Diocese and the Catholic Parish of Atherton. Located approximately one hour's drive from Cairns, Atherton sits within the heart of the naturally beautiful and agriculturally-rich Atherton Tablelands. Despite its changes over the years, St Joseph's has remained committed to providing its students with a well-balanced and relevant education and curriculum under a Sisters of Mercy charism.

St Joseph's serves the goals of Catholic Education - to foster a Christian community and a belief in the message of Jesus Christ alongside a balanced and quality education. Students are drawn from Atherton itself and a number of smaller towns such as Herberton, Yungaburra, Tolga, Malanda and Walkamin.

St Joseph's has a welcoming feel to it and a group of highly dedicated and motivated parents and carers who genuinely assist with the provision of the best educational environment possible for their children, through their hard work and commitment. St Joseph's is also fortunate to have a skilled staff who see their role as nurturers of the faith and who are committed to their role as Catholic Educators.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • LOTE (currently Italian) taught from Prep to 6
  • Physical Education Teacher (Prep - Yr 6)
  • Swimming Programme as part of the HPE curriculum
  • Access to academic competitions
  • Leadership programme and day-camp for Yr 5 students 
  • Camp for Yr 6 students
  • Cross Country running event
  • School Athletics Carnival
  • Participation for students in District Sports
  • Under 8's celebration

Extra Curricular Activities

  • School Choir
  • Instrumental Music Programme
  • Visiting school performances
  • Involvement in various Community events, eg. Maize Festival, Carols by Candlelight, etc.
  • Involvement in National Walk Safely To School Day and other state and national initiatives
  • Mini Vinnies Club (supporting local St Vincent De Paul chapter) - social justice and community service education and involvement for students
  • Readers' Cup

Social Climate

  • Parent-Staff-Student social events, including in various years: trivia nights, student performances, Christmas family concert
  • Assemblies each Monday afternoon at which parents & friends are always welcome
  • Sports days
  • very active Parents and Friends Association
  • School/class masses and liturgies
  • Father's Day, Mother's Day celebrations
  • Various fundraising events run by the students to support local chairites

Parent Involvement

Integral to the mission of St Joseph's Parish School is our commitment to supporting parents as the first and primary educators of their children. We believe that schooling is a partnership operation. It is in working as partners - in supporting and encouraging each others' efforts - that we benefit in bringing children to a genuine knowledge of themselves and of the world in which they live. Together it is hoped that efforts of co-operation and mutual support will complement each other through the sharing of a common vision and of common goals.

This idea of partnership is lived out in many ways and evident on a daily basis. Some of the ways in which we see parents and staff sharing the journey of learning include:

  • Regular Parents and Friends' Meetings
  • Parents and Friends' social events, eg. Soup Night
  • Parent assistance in the classroom  
  • Support with excursions
  • Regular parent/teacher meetings, reporting and social gatherings
  • Sporting events and carnivals
  • P&F Initiatives eg Working bees for various projects
  • Participation in school celebrations including liturgies and other school-based initiatives
  • Tuckshop (P&F run initiative)

Parent Satisfaction

91 parents responded to the 2017 survey.

82% considered St Joseph's as a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. 87% agreed that they would recommend St Joseph's to others, 84% agreed that St Joseph's has a good reputation in the community.

81% of parents agreed that they have confidence in the teaching staff at St Joseph's. 78% believed that staff, parents and carers work together to deliver quality outcomes for their students.

Data Last Updated Tue 12 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 2% 53% 13% 6%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff25 19.14
Non-Teaching Staff 22 9.41
Indigenous 1 0.54

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$12355

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

During 2015 the staff undertook a variety of Professional Development initiatives which enhanced and improved student learning. These included:

  • Visible Learning
  • English - literacy coaching
  • Mathematics - Numeracy Coaching
  • Religious Education
  • Various other curriculum-specific PDs
  • Social Emotional Learning - Circle Solutions
  • Mandatory Compliance Training
  • Explicit Instruction
  • NAPLAN analysis
  • Student Protection

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days98%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year83.00%

Staff Satisfaction

 13 staff members responded to the 2017 satisfaction survey.

100% of staff agreed that the school staff live out their values and actions. As well, 100% of staff believed that St Joseph's is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect.

100% of staff agreed that St Joseph's delivers quality educational outcomes for students. 100% feel valued and respected. One staff member stated that "I have a long association with this school; I have always loved the strong relationship between the school, parish and the community; Being a small school, staff morale has always been good and I feel valued as a staff member; I love working for Catholic Education and St Joseph's has allowed me to grow professionally and spiritually."

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 12 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
91.71% 93.48% 95.25% 92.95% 94.07% 92.63% 93.42%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school by telephone, email or the school's absentee App on the day that a student is absent. If the school is not contacted, and the reason for the absence is not known, the school uses an SMS system as a follow-up. If there is a pattern of non-attendance, parents are contacted to discuss any issues or concerns regarding the student.

The distance travelled


Where are we going ?

In 2016, the focus for the school will be the finalisation of all curriculum planning in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. School based assessment, NAPLAN results and support programs will continue to form the basis for strategic planning in student learning. From this data, Writing (as an strand within English) has been identified as an area in which the school will focus some curriculum professional development in 2016. Furthermore in 2016, our school will undergo its 5 year external review and so in 2015 we began a review of existing policies and procedures as a reflection in readiness for that. The students will continue to be encouraged to be involved in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, to ensure that we are developing their intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions.

Student Satisfaction

32 students from Grade 5 and 6 participated in the satisfaction survey in 2017. 84% of students agreed that they were proud of being a student at St Joseph's. 81% agreed that staff show respect for each other. One student said:  €œI really like the way the teachers are approachable and respectful of student's ". 94% agree that the school encourages them to help other people. A student responded:  €œWhat I most like about Saint Joeys is that the teacher always encourages the students to strive in what they do and always do their best. I also like how the school has many areas where the students can play and have fun. I have an AMAZING AND AWESOME Teacher. I think Saint Joeys is overall an amazing school and is great. I've learnt so much for my time being here and I'm sad I'm leaving! " 94% agree that teachers seem to really like teaching and that they are encouraged to do the best they can. 81% agree that learning is challenging and that they are made to think about learning.

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 12 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 440.2
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.6%
Writing Average Score for the school 411
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 398
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.6%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 428.2
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.9%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 401.9
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 520.4
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.9%
Writing Average Score for the school 465.3
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 480.9
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 83.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 489.7
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 517.4
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.9%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,279,306

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$685,093

Fees, charges and parent contributions$440,565

Other private sources$102,692

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$3,507,656

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$83,364

Income allocated to future capital projects and diocesan capital funds$0

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$60,397


Total net recurrent income$3,363,895

School Annual Reports

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cairns meet their annual reporting requirements under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the Act) Section 423 (1) by updating their information on this section of the Cairns Catholic Education website. Information contained in each section of the report relates to the previous calendar year. The required information is published by 30 June each year, excepting post-school destinations data for Year 12 completers which is published by 30 September.