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2017 Annual Report for St Joseph's School, Parramatta Park
Motto With Christ we Live, Love and Learn St Joseph_s logo.jpg
Address 13 Loeven Street, PARRAMATTA PARK QLD 4870
Postal Address 13 Loeven Street, PARRAMATTA PARK QLD 4870
Phone Number 07 4051 4041
Fax Number 07 4031 3963
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 392 Mr Gavin Rick
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Gavin Rick
Parish PriestFr Saju Joseph
Parish Number (07) 4051 1337

About our School

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

Extra Curricular Activities

Social Climate

Parent Involvement

Parent Satisfaction

Generally parents rated St Joseph's School in the top category of 'excellent' for all of the six areas surveyed. Their top three reasons for choosing St Joseph's were school reputation, location and school/class size. Others included Catholic ethos and academic excellence.

Parents have indicated quite strongly that staff and students of St Joseph's live out the Catholic values of witness and service in their words and actions. They believe that St Josephs is a caring community where everyone is treated with care and respect. They recommend St Joseph's to others.

Parents rated leadership very highly, stating that information is provided in a clear and timely manner. They recommend the school to others in the community and provides high quality services to parents and students.

Parents indicate that they offer a broad and relevant curriculum and that each child is encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability. Staff are accessible, respectful and respond promptly to parental concerns. Parents indicated that St Joseph's has clear behaviour management procedures that are fair, consistent and effective.

Overwhelmingly, parents indicated that their child enjoys the learning they do at school and that teachers make learning fun.  


Data Last Updated Sat 16 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 7% 52% 35% 9%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff27 22.6
Non-Teaching Staff 19 10.21
Indigenous 1 0.63

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$45337

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Professional Development Activities for 2017 included:

  • Feedback Models
  • Positivity and Perceptual Positions
  • Collaborative Team Teaching practices
  • Learner Data including use of the Buisiness Intelligence Tool
  • Best Practice Study Tours (NZ) 'Learning in Innovative Learning Environments'
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project - unpacking the data
  • Zones of Regulation (Social & Emotional)
  • Reading Practices (Decoding and Comprehension) through Professional Learning Teams
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • First Aid and CPR 
  • Mandatory Student Protection
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Digital technologies
  • Coaching
  • Essential Skills for Classroom Management & Classroom Profiling 
  • Circle Solutions
  • NAPLAN Analysis  
  • Consistency of Teacher Judgement
  • Teaching of Maths
  • iPads and Digital Learning   
  • TREWTH Conference (Religious Education and Social Emotional Learning)  
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • Writing Report Card Comments 
  • School Wide Positive Relationships Framework
  • Cyber Safety
  • Parent engagement

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days97%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year92.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Staff rated the school in the top band all six sections of the survey.

The staff members of St Joseph's School unanimously believe that school is a place of learning in a Christian environment, where prayer and reflection is encouraged.  They rate the school highly as living out the Catholic values in words and actions. Almost all staff believe that leadership team model and expect high standards from the staff.   Staff indicate that there exists clear goals and expectations at St Joseph's and that they have trust in the school leadership team. Staff highly agree that behaviour management is consistent, that conflict is handled well and that staff set good example for the students.

The staff members are highly committed to the school and Catholic education, believing that the school encourages a climate conducive to learning. Staff  overwhelmingly express a high level of confidence in the future of the school and have a clear understanding of the current improvement plan.


Data Last Updated Sun Jun 17 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.9% 94.95% 95.49% 93.31% 93.94% 94.41% 93.5%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are asked to notify the school by either telephone, email or school portal by 9.00am on the day that any student will be away. Any pattern of non-attendance is followed up via a variety of strategies including:  telephone calls, letters and parent meetings.  Late students are required to sign in at the office. The detrimental effects of non-attendance or late arrivals are published in the school newsletter on a regular basis throughout the year. 

The distance travelled

In 2017 the School Board continued its annual school renewal process by building on the work done in 2016. 

In 2017, a major physical redevelopment of the school occurred with 80% of the site rebuilt. The School Board, together with Leadership, staff and CES personnel, worked together to make this as uneventful as possible; this was achieved.

Years of research and planning resulted in a series of Innovative Learning Environments built from Prep-Year 6. Staff, teachers and Learning & Teaching Assistants have been grouped to collaboratively provide high quality learning and teaching for optimal learning and well being for all.

The community collaborated and used data from the National School Improvement Tool to drive the School Annual Improvement Plan into 2018.

Where are we going ?

The SAIP of 2017 included the focus areas of

- lived and celebrated Catholic identity through the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project

- quality teaching a learning through the development of school wide pedagogical practices for optimal learning in Innovative Learning Environments

- collaborative practices which are data informed and processed through Professional Learning Teams

- building a culture of learning through visible learning practices 

Student Satisfaction

All students from Years 4 - 6 were surveyed on a variety of topics and rated St Joseph's in the top level for five of the six categories. Generally, students are proud to be a learner of St Joseph's and they believe that students show respect for each other. They reported that the school rules are fair and consistent and they tell others that St Joseph's is a great school. Students consistently reported that their teachers really like teaching and that the learning they do is challenging and makes them think. They know that when they have a problem, that the staff will help them.

Most students indicated they felt positive and cheerful about school and that it was important to do their best. Students use technology regularly at school and that there are many resources in the learning spaces that they can use to help them learn.


Data Last Updated Sun Jun 17 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 430.541
Average Score for Queensland 427.632
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 422.881
Average Score for Queensland 420.141
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 425.698
Average Score for Queensland 415.204
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 434.79
Average Score for Queensland 439.375
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 403.545
Average Score for Queensland 400.942
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 516.268
Average Score for Queensland 507.478
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.246%
Writing Average Score for the school 488.365
Average Score for Queensland 474.369
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 493.744
Average Score for Queensland 491.655
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.246%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 517.359
Average Score for Queensland 512.334
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 503.23
Average Score for Queensland 494.654
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,820,033

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$811,927

Fees, charges and parent contributions$797,626

Other private sources$153,576

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,583,162

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$124,350

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$105,726


Total net recurrent income$4,353,086

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.