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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 131 Ms Catherine McKechnie
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Catherine McKechnie
Parish PriestFr Greg Moses
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 ‘You Can Do It!’ (YCDI), Circle Time, Seasons of Growth  and Protective Behaviours
  • Daily fitness
  • Individualised spelling programme  
  • RREAP funded educational programmes  
  • Arts' Council presentations and Musica Viva concerts.
  • Instrumental Music Programme
  • Sporting clinics for golf, netball and football 
  • Artist in Residence programme
  • Dance



Extra Curricular Activities

  • Participation in Peninsula Regional Sports Carnivals including Vicki Wilson Netball Challenge and Billy Slater Cup.
  • Interschool sports
  • RREAP  (Rural and Remote Education Access Programme)  funded initiatives and projects such as Arts Council productions, camps and excursions
  • Camps in Year 6
  • Some students are members of the Tableland Youth Orchestra and perform with students from other schools.
  • We have a chess club and students gather each Thursday in their lunch time. Students have competed in inter school competitions in Cairns.
  • 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, Masses, performances and any appropriate  Professional Development that the staff is undertaking.


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, $100 club 
  • Lexi Learners programme.  
  • Parent Volunteers in the classroom
  • Open classroms
  • Sporting events
  • Tuckshop/home baking roster
  • Disco organisation
  • Grandparents Day


Parent Satisfaction

100% of parents surveyed agree that the school always aims to improve the quality of education it provides. 

The majority of parents agree that there is good two way communication between the staff and parents at St Teresa's.

100% felt that the school encouraged the students to persist when learning became difficult.

100% of parents surveyed indicted that they are satisfied with the education that their child receives and that they are convinced that the school is meeting the academic needs of their children.


Data Last Updated Sun 26 Jun 2016

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 1% 7% 8% 0%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff13 9.46
Non-Teaching Staff 12 4.76
Indigenous 1 0.26

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$700

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
  •  In-servicing on the National across all key learning areas.
  • 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
  • Continued engagement with the new RE Curriculum
  • 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 days96%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year100.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The staff recognises that the school encourages prayer and reflection, has a postive work ethos and encourages and values staff input when making decisions.  Staff members also believe that the school encourages a climate conducive to learning.

87% of the staff feel that there is effective communication across the school and that there is a consistent approach to behaviour management.

100% of the staff indicated that the school has clear goals and expectations and that the Leadership Team effectively manages the school resulting in a climate of trust and acceptance.  

Data Last Updated Sun Jun 26 2016

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
90.85% 90.35% 88.8% 90.1% 90.94% 88.46% 92.16%
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. 

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 are undertaking in 2016.

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 is now running effectively in the school and we will address the teaching of writing.  

 Classroom practices are reviewed regularly to ensure continued improvement in the basics of numeracy and literacy. We implement a Social Emotional Learning program 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 2016, St Teresa's will continue to be guided by curriculum requirements, preparation for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum, NAPLAN results, classroom assessment, the Learning Support Program and Literacy Enrichment. Further Professional Development will be provided to support staff in the use of ICTs in the classroom. The work of the Literacy coach continues.

Music lessons have been extended to include the upper classes and the  instrumental music program continues to flourish.

This year, we have  graduate teacher who 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. 

Continuation of the  implementation of the new RE Guidelines.



Student Satisfaction

The majority of students believe that the teachers are well prepared for class, are easy to understand, put a lot of energy into their teaching and are preparing them well for the future. 

92% of the students like the school, are happy to attend and feel that they belong.

Data Last Updated Sun Jun 26 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 441.398
Average Score for Queensland 410.764
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 392.825
Average Score for Queensland 400.538
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 409.213
Average Score for Queensland 393.185
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 455.207
Average Score for Queensland 423.055
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 411.375
Average Score for Queensland 386.145
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 468.067
Average Score for Queensland 486.738
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.444%
Writing Average Score for the school 470.176
Average Score for Queensland 464.011
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.444%
Spelling Average Score for the school 451.805
Average Score for Queensland 485.912
% students at or above the national benchmark 77.777%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 453.292
Average Score for Queensland 492.985
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.888%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 480.304
Average Score for Queensland 480.54
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

School Funding By Source
Income 2015

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,664,140

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$776,913

Fees, charges and parent contributions$767,522

Other private sources$250,193

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,458,768

Deductions 2015

Income allocated to current capital projects$117,886

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$100,788


Total net recurrent income$4,240,094

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.