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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 secretary.parramatta@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.stjosephscairns.qld.edu.au/
Total Enrolments 394 Mr Gavin Rick
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Gavin Rick
Parish PriestFr Saju
Parish Number (07) 4051 1337

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Parent Satisfaction

Generally parents rated St Joseph's School in the top category for five of the six areas and in the second highest for the other. Their top three reasons for choosing St Joseph's were reputation, location and school/class size.

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. 

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.

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

 

 

Data Last Updated Tue 22 Aug 2017

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 2016 included:

  • Contemporary Learning
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • First Aid and CPR 
  • Mandatory Student Protection
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Essential Skills for Classroom Management
  • Meditation
  • Circle Solutions
  • NAPLAN Analysis
  • Speech to Sound Pics - Literacy
  • Consistency of Teacher Judgement
  • Teaching of Maths
  • iPads and Digital Learning   
  • TREWTH Conference (Religious Education and Social Emotional Learning)
  • Prayer and Liturgy
  • Business Intelligence Tool 
  • Assessment and Reporting
  • Writing Report Card Comments 
  • School Wide Positive Relationships Framework
  • Classroom Profiling
  • Cyber Safety

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 for five of the six sections and in the second top for the other.

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.  Almost all staff state that they are highly committed to the school, that there is a positive ethos and that we encourage student responsibility.   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, believing that the school encourages a climate conducive to learning. Staff  overwhelmingly express a high level of satisfaction with the school's performance. 

 

Data Last Updated Tue Aug 22 2017

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 app 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 2016 the School Board continued its annual school renewal process by building on the work done in 2015. 

In 2016, a Block Grant Authority application lodged and was successful. This plan involves the rebuilding of 80% of the school. This will assists the school in transitioning from traditional classrooms and learning methods to innovative learning environments and modern learning. The school board and P&F have been instrumental in the planning of this.

Where are we going ?

The Australian Curriculum continues to be rolled out as per the CES guidelines and timeline. The development of Humanities and Social Science (HASS) has been undertaken.

School based goals for 2015 also include:  

  • Further developing the Faith life of the School document and continued preparations for the introduction of the new Religious Education Guidelines 
  • Strengthening the Social and Emotional Learning with the full implementation of Circle Solutions and the introduction of a well being room.
  • The trialling of 2nd Step SEL program in Year 2 
  • Further development of 1:1 iPad program in Years 4, 5 & 6 
  • Use of many online learning resources
  • Online whole school testing in Numeracy and Literacy (ACER) 
  • ICT and Digital Learning support through the introduction of a Teacher Librarian 
  • Furniture and equipment replacement schedule continued
  • Development of the Peace and Vegetable gardens and start of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
  • Implementation of the new Homework Policy

In 2015 after the decision was made for the redevelopment of a new school, a Contemporary Learning Tour was conducted with some teachers to explore flexible and agile spaces and modern pedagogies. More of these are planned.

Student Satisfaction

All students from Years 4 - 6 were surveyed on a variety of topics.  Students reported that there was a high morale in our school and that they are proud to be a student here. Students believe that the school rules are fair and consistent. 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 believe that the learning is challenging and makes them think. Most students believe that their teachers really like teaching.

 

Data Last Updated Tue Aug 22 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
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, 2016
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 2016

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
Deductions 2016

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


Subtotal$230,076

Total net recurrent income$4,353,086


Schools And Colleges

There are 29 Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese of Cairns. With the exception of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School at Thursday Island and St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa, all schools and colleges are within two hours driving time from Cairns.

The Cairns Diocese has two Prep to Year 12 colleges (St Andrew's Catholic College at Redlynch and MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter), 20 primary schools and 7 secondary colleges. Of those, St Augustine's College, Cairns is an All Boys college and St Monica's College, Cairns is an All Girls college. In addition to day schooling, St Augustine's offers boarding for students of St Augustine's and St Monica's. Mount St Bernard College, Herberton (MSB) is a day and boarding secondary college for boys and girls.

In 2016, Catholic Education opened two new schools to meet growing demand. MacKillop Catholic College is located in the Cairns southern growth corridor at Mount Peter and offers Prep to Year 3 in 2016. It will grow to full Prep to Year 12 status, with the possible early commencement of secondary in 2018. St Joseph’s Parish School opened in Weipa, offering Prep to Year 6.

In a strong initiative towards social justice engagement, Catholic Education opened a Flexi School for disengaged young people in Cairns and Cooktown in 2015. Holy Spirit College caters for students aged between 11 and 17 who have disengaged from education or for whom enrolling in a mainstream secondary school is not the best alternative. Holy Spirit College has capacity to enrol up to 52 students in Cairns and up to 38 in Cooktown, of whom up to 32 can be weekly boarders drawn from the wider community including HopeVale and WujalWujal.