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2017 Annual Report for St Teresa's School, Ravenshoe
Motto Knowledge, Love, Truth STR logo col.jpg
Address 6 Moffatt Street, RAVENSHOE QLD 4888
Postal Address PO Box 249, RAVENSHOE QLD 4888
Phone Number (07) 4097 6173
Fax Number (07) 4097 6665
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 103 Ms Catherine McKechnie
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Catherine McKechnie
Parish Priest.
Parish Number (07) 4097 6180

About our School

Our mission at Saint Teresa's School is to help parents educate their children and to develop a community of faith, based on belief in God and a Christian way of life. These values are taught by and experienced through the commitment of a caring staff. Together in partnership, the family and the school nurture the overall development of the child, encouraging him/her to attain his/her highest potential.

Positive relationships are encouraged through respect for one another, a sense of kindness and fairness and concern for others. Relationships are further reinforced through promoting self-discipline and personal responsibility in an atmosphere of trust and forgiveness. It is always remembered that strong family values and close communication between home and school, create an atmosphere where God's presence is treasured.

At St Teresa's we are committed to following the 'Diocese of Cairns Catholic Schools seven Defining Features':

  • We are a place of Authentic evangelisation where faith and life are one
  • We celebrate God's abundant and abiding presence in all creation
  • We are a community sustained by life giving relationships
  • We welcome all who seek to share their life with us
  • We are a centre of vital holistic learning
  • We are a place of self-renewal and agents of change
  • We build constructive covenants with all partners

Ravenshoe has a long history, first being settled earlier last century. The first State School was opened in 1912, but it was not until 1950 that Ravenshoe's first Catholic School was founded in the town. Sister Mary Bernadette rsm was the first Principal.

The buildings are made up of old churches, moved to start the school and a new block of classrooms completed in 1996. The building we now call the Resource Room used to be the original St Teresa's Church and the building which has been converted into a Prep/Year One area used to be the Catholic Church at Irvinebank. When St Teresa's school first opened there were 60 students from Year 1 to Year 7 in the one classroom.

Saint Teresa's was staffed by the Sisters of Mercy until 1978, but since that time it has been staffed solely by lay teachers. Many of the children at the school have parents and grandparents who came to St Teresa's for their Primary school education.

A major building programme was undertaken in 2011, which saw the completion of a new library, administration block and multi-purpose undercovered area. These complement the existing 6 classrooms, teachers' resource room, learning support area, tuckshop and a large playing field.

St Teresa's fully recognises the role of parents in the education process of the child, and the desirability of a high correlation between home and school values.

The goal of the school is to work with parents to develop each child academically, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. We are here to support the parents and to provide a sound Christian education for each child. It is our role to create an atmosphere inspired by love, a concern for one another, and a relationship with God.

Our school motto, Knowledge, Love, Truth applies not only to the child, but indeed to all members of the school community. If we are true to the inspiration and application of it, our school and all those associated with it will be enhanced growing in our love of God and our practical concern for our neighbour and all God's creation.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • Social Emotional Well-Being subjects including "Second Steps," Circle Time, Protective Behaviours and an emphasis and focus on student wellbeing.
  • Daily fitness
  • Individualised spelling programme
  • Arts' Council presentations and Musica Viva concerts.
  • Instrumental Music Programme
  • Swimming for Year 1 to Year 3
  • Classroom music lessons.
  • Sporting clinics for golf, netball and football

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Participation in Peninsula Regional Sports Carnivals including Vicki Wilson Netball Challenge and Billy Slater Cup.
  • Interschool sports
  • Camps in Year 6
  • We have a chess club and students gather each Thursday in their lunch time. Students have competed in inter school competitions in Cairns.
  • We have Brainiac, STEAM and Media sessions in the library during lunch hours.
  • Students have to opportunity to represent the school in the Reader's Cup competition.
  • Choir members travel to Atherton and Herberton to entertain residents in aged care facilities.
  • Involvement in community events; ANZAC ceremony and the annual Torimba Festival.
  • Student leaders attend the Catholic Education Mass and Just Leadership Days run by Caritas.

Social Climate

St. Teresa's has a culture of welcome for all who join our commuity. The school prides itself on providing a disciplined, caring environment where students are encouraged to be the best they can and to allow and to assist those around them to grow and flourish.

At St Teresa's we have a school counsellor who visits the school each week. All staff are trained in student protection and other mandatory requirements.

Our Indigenous Liaison office works to foster links with the community through their attendance at our NAIDOC Celebrations.

We have been very intentional in our efforts to build our relationship with the Parish; inviting parishioners to our liturgies,   performances and any appropriate Professional Development that the staff is undertaking.

Parents  have access to our website, Parent portal, Electronic newsletter and  our Face Book page.   

Parent Involvement

  • Monthly Parents and Friends meetings
  • Parent information evenings at the commencement of each school year
  • Parent / teacher interviews to discuss student progress
  • Working bees
  • Fundraising events such as school/parish fete.
  • Parent Volunteers in the classroom
  • Open classrooms
  • Sporting events
  • Tuckshop/home baking roster
  • Disco organisation
  • Grandparents Day
  • Mother's Day and Father's Day celebrations.

Parent Satisfaction

88% of parents surveyed agree that the staff at St Teresa's live out Catholic values and ethos and that 80.5% agreed that the students do likewise.

94.3% feel that St Teresa's is   welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. 85.7% agree that the values of justice, service and compassion are promoted at the school.

97.1% agree that the school has a good reputation in the community.

85.8% of parents who responded to the survey state that they respect the Principal and the school leadership team.  

94.3% of parents indicate that they have confidence in the teaching staff.

91.4% agree that the policies and procedures of the school are easily accessible.

82.9% identify a culture of improvement and innovation in the school.

100% agree that the grounds, buildings and facilities are well presented and maintained.

Data Last Updated Wed 20 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 4% 40% 40% 0%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff13 10.4
Non-Teaching Staff 12 4.62
Indigenous 1 0.32

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$7065

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • Work, Health & Safety Procedures & Policies
  • SEL -Circle Time 
  • Consistency of Teacher Judgement  -  engaging teachers in assessing consistently  within the school community and across schools
  •  NAPLAN Analysis
  • Focus days for the APRE
  • Focus days for the SEL co ordinator
  • TREWTH Conference  
  • RE Curriculum Planning with the IAM team
  • Engagement with the Religious Life of the School documentation and the rubric developed for this. 
  • Support for new staff in RE planning and across key learning areas.
  • LST working with the staff on the spelling program
  • Literacy coach working with CES personnel and the staff on the spelling program.
  • Engagement with the BI tool


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 year82.00%

Staff Satisfaction

100% of the staff surveyed agree that:

  • Staff live out Catholic Values .
  • St Teresa's is a welcoming caring community where everyone is treated with respect.
  • St Teresa's offers high quality services to parents and staff.
  • They are empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of the students.
  • St Teresa's ensures quality outcomes for students.
  • They have the training and PD to enable them to do their work safely and well.
  • That the grounds, buildings and facilities are well presented and maintained.

92.3% of the staff agreed that:

  • St Teresa's promotes a culture of justice, compassion and service
  • St Teresa's is a fair and equitable place to work


Data Last Updated Thu Jun 28 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
84.55% 91.1% 90.96% 94.02% 88.55% 93.12% 89.45%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

It is an expectation that parents contact the school by phone or text if their child is to be absent , whether it be for illness or other reasons.  If a student is absent for more than two days, teachers will organise school work for students to complete at home.  If a pattern of non-attendance is noted by the school, parents are contacted so that the issue can be discussed. Parents have the opportunity to register absentees through the parent portal. A text message is sent to families where there is an unexplained absence.

The distance travelled

St Teresa's has adopted First Steps Reading and First Steps Writing to create a uniform approach in implementing strategies students and staff use when engaged in literacy. This is ongoing and aligns with the "Seven Steps" PD and implementation which we undertook in 2016. In 2017, we continued with our focus on writing, engaging with the new writing package rolled out by CES

In 2015, we identified the need to address the inadequacies in our spelling program and with the help of CES personnel and the Literacy Coach, began the process of implementing and internalising an individual spelling program. This continued again in 2017.

Classroom practices are reviewed regularly to ensure continued improvement in the basics of numeracy and literacy. Our Literacy and Numeracy adds another dimension to this. We implement a Social Emotional Learning program (Second Steps)  to support staff, students and families. This enables the school community to work together in developing the potential of all.

Where are we going ?

In 2018, there is an expectation that all teachers will be planning and delivering the National Curriculum (V8)

We will continue with our PLT initiative and will be concentrating on data analysis and the impact on learning and teaching. 

Our data shows growth in our writing and satisfactory progress in reading. Numeracy will also be a focus and we have engaged with our numeracy coach.

Our graduate teacher who is now in her third year has worked closely with the Principal and the CST to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in her classroom.

Incorporating "Visible Learning," into the learning life and language of all in our community is a major focus. This is supported by the Visible Learning team in the school.

The school is involved in the "Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project" and the results of the survey and the implications will be disseminated to the community when available.


Student Satisfaction

  • 88% of the students surveyed state that they are proud to be a student at St Teresa's and that students respect each other.
  • 77.1% believe that the rules are fair and consistent.
  • 78.1% believe that the teachers are interested in what the students think.
  • 79.1% agree that their learning is interesting and challenging.
  • 83.4% agree that the school is organised and that things seem to run smoothly.

Data Last Updated Mon Jul 02 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 384.6
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 332.9
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 91.7%
Spelling Average Score for the school 390.7
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 83.3%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 360.1
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 83.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 349
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 83.3%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 497.5
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 471.7
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%
Spelling Average Score for the school 453
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 76.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 481.5
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 466.5
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$1,407,049

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$280,037

Fees, charges and parent contributions$143,704

Other private sources$35,970

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$1,866,760

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$16,518

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$21,417


Total net recurrent income$1,828,825

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.