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2017 Annual Report for Holy Cross School, Trinity Park
Motto Truth, Knowledge, Faith Holy Cross Logo.jpg
Address Reed Road, TRINITY PARK QLD 4879
Postal Address PO Box 1026, SMITHFIELD QLD 4878
Phone Number (07) 4057 6920
Fax Number (07) 4057 8183
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 531 Mrs Sarah Hamilton
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mrs Sarah Hamilton
Parish PriestFr Neil Muir PP
Parish Number (07) 4057 6055

About our School

Holy Cross School is an integral part of the Northern Beaches Parish of Cairns, and came into being because of the desire of the parishioners to have access to an education that nurtured the faith life of their children. Built  on a site which was once a sugar cane farm, the school was formally opened in 1987.

As the most northerly located Catholic Primary School in the city of Cairns, Holy Cross School proudly serves the families with an educational program which is both pastorally and academically attentive to the needs of its students. The school is equipped with well-maintained classrooms, expansive sporting facilities, a modern well-equipped library, and large administration facilities. Annual programmed maintenance complements a full-time Caretaker  / Groundsman to ensure facilities are beautifully maintained.

The Holy Cross School Charism, referred to as  The Holy Cross Way', is embedded into all facets of school life, and is lived, modelled and articulated by every member of the school community. The school's motto, 'Truth, Knowledge, Faith' fosters the balanced development and integrity of each individual student through teaching programs which support their spiritual and academic growth.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

Holy Cross School offers a curriculum consistent with the Australian Curriculum, Version 8.1 for all Learning Areas (LA). As a Catholic School community, Religious Education (RE) is an integral and important component of weekly learning. Staff at Holy Cross School teach RE using a programme mandated by the Bishop. Whole school liturgical and prayer celebrations are a significant element of our RE programme.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is  a high priority at Holy Cross School and is explicitly taught using the Second Step program. The Second Step suite provides a fully integrated framework designed to teach protective behaviour,  social and emotional learning, bullying prevention and child protection, creating a cohesive foundation for a safe and protective school. In addition, daily meditation is undertaken in all classes to assist children to understand the importance of emotional relaxation and to connect with their God.

Some areas of specific and significant importance at Holy Cross include:


As 21st Century Learners in the digital world,  Holy Cross School aims to provide a personalised learning environment where students are partners, demonstrating independence, self-regulation and reflection. The Holy Cross School e-Learning vision  is to enable students to have opportunities for richer learning. All good teaching research and pedagogy states  that students express their knowledge in different and multiple ways. Appropriate use of technology opens  doors for students, enabling success for all, creating an effective individualised student-centred learning environment.

E-Learning at Holy Cross is enhanced by:

  • an eHub that all students visit, containing an open space for the delivery of the STEM, Digital Technologies and Design curriculum, including coding and robotics;
  • interactive screens and projectors  in all learning spaces;
  • school-wide  access to banks of laptop computers and  iPads; and,
  • a school wide network (LAN) featuring a fibre optic backbone with wireless networking allowing  access to the network server, the internet, the school intranet and printers from anywhere in the school.   


A full-time Health and Physical Education (HPE) teacher is employed  at Holy Cross School teaching all students from  Prep to Year 6. In addition to their weekly  Physical Education (PE) lesson, students in Prep and Year 1 take part in  a perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) developing the fundamental elements of their physical development. As a  recognised Sporting School, the Holy Cross School HPE teacher can accesses federal funding and assistance to enable outside organisations to supplement  PE classes.

Holy Cross School extra-curricular sports opportunities are available for a large number of sports including: Tennis, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian Rules, Netball and Futsal. In addition, community sporting organisations and academies utilise Holy Cross School facilities for before and after school coaching and participation.


As a Reef Guardian School, Holy Cross School takes great pride in adopting many environmental initiatives. These include recycling, earthworm farming, composting, energy reduction, solar panels, vegetable and herb gardening, a frog pond, biodiversity and litter reduction. All teachers and students take part in these initiatives. Teachers allow time in their daily programs for these activities, and roster children  to assist with  recycling, gardening and worm farming activities. Many businesses in the community have also contributed to the gardens.

Our goals within these programmes  are to:

  • encourage an environmentally aware community;
  • reduce litter and contribute in our way to  'War on Rubbish';
  • minimize water usage;
  • minimize power usage; and,
  • enhance biodiversity.

Extra Curricular Activities

At Holy Cross School, students are encouraged to participate in a variety of extra curricular activities including:

  • instrumental tuition (piano, guitar, woodwind, drums and vocals);
  • Cairns Junior Eisteddfod (choir, public speaking and literature);
  • School Choir, Liturgical Choir and Holy Cross Band;
  • school based and public speaking competitions;
  • learning area competitions such as Readers Cup, Spelling Bee, drone workshops, robotics, and language competitions;
  • sporting representation including futsal, netball, rugby league, tennis, athletics and cross country; and,
  • initiatives to enhance a global perspective (sustainability, indigenous perspectives, and international students).

Social Climate

Holy Cross School has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Families choose Holy Cross School because they wish for their children to have a strong Catholic education where the central work of all teachers is to model and teach the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. The Parish Priest is involved in all school faith-related activities and is a strong presence in the school community.

Holy Cross School follows the Holy Cross School Positive Behaviour Plan, created in consultation with the school community, clearly outlining school rules and expectations. Teachers are invited to commit to regular classroom profiling as a way of promoting and enriching positive classroom environments.

Student and staff well-being is carefully and consistently monitored by the Diverse Learners Team and Student Well-Being Team. This ensure the pastoral needs of all are met and managed, and issues relating to inappropriate interactions addressed in a timely and consistent manner.

Holy Cross School utilizes the expert knowledge of two Learning Support Teachers and full-time Student Counsellor to provide guidance and support for students operating within the Care Team Framework. A whole-school thinking skills programme, promoting the use of organisational strategies, is actively integrated into everyday situations, ensuring the diverse needs of all students can be met.

The Holy Cross School community actively and generously participates in annual community assistance and fund-raising events e.g. Caritas, Catholic Mission, St Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal, Relay for Life, Day for Daniel, Walk / Ride to School Days.

Parent Involvement

As a Catholic community, parent engagement and community partnership is deep-rooted in our identity and mission, and an ongoing topic of conversation amongst staff seeking better mediums in which to connect parents with their child's learning journey.

At Holy Cross School, we are committed to the development of a life-long connection and partnership with the school, and offer a variety of ways that parents and carers can become actively involved in their child's education:

  • technology e.g. Seesaw, Parent Portal, Newsletter, Facebook, email;
  • Parents and Friends (P&F) community events e.g. Movie Night, Disco, Christmas Fair, Trivia Night;
  • whole school events e.g. sports carnivals, School Masses / Liturgies, Mother and Father's Day activities, Christmas Concert, Walk to School Day, Book Week, ANZAC parade;
  • year level events e.g. culminating activities, excursions, camps, daily reading; and,
  • specific activities / tasks e.g. Tuckshop helper, Library assistance

In addition, feedback on school policies and curriculum implementation is welcomed and encouraged.

Parent Satisfaction

At Holy Cross School, there is a continued aim to improve the quality of education it provides. It is a place of learning in a Catholic environment, where parents feel assured that the school is providing a high quality of education for their children. The grounds and classrooms are well presented and maintained.

Teachers at this school are respectful and there is good two-way communication between the staff and parents. Parents feel comfortable about approaching the staff at the school with any concerns they might have. Parents believe that the children's teachers take the time to understand their points of view and take parent concerns seriously.

The staff at Holy Cross School are committed to school improvement and student learning. They encourage children to persist with their learning when it is difficult. There is a strong focus on creating strong positive relationships and culture for learning.

This school has a strong presence in the wider community and there is an obvious connection with the Catholic Church. The charism of Holy Cross, 'The Holy Cross Way', is articulated clearly and enacted, and justice and compassion are important to the community. Prayer and reflection is encouraged and valued by staff.

Data Last Updated Tue 26 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 4% 43% 18% 3%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff37 35.67
Non-Teaching Staff 39 16.09
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$34667

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Holy Cross School places a strong emphasis on ongoing professional learning for all members of teaching and non-teaching staff. The setting of individualised annual goals in alignment with the School Annual Improvement Plan (SAIP) is an important and mandated component of the start of year procedures. In addition, all staff are required to complete annual mandatory training in areas such as Workplace Health and Safety (WHS), Code of Conduct, Copyright, Student Protection and Disability Standards.

In 2017, Holy Cross School introduced Professional Learning Teams, coordinated by the Leader of Teaching and Pedagogy. These teams meet once a fortnight and engage in data driven professional development informing student learning.

Professional Development opportunities available in 2017 include:

 ·         Religious Education planning and professional development days focusing on unit development and assessment rubrics;

 ·         Trewth - Religious Education Conference;

 ·         Curriculum Conference;

 ·         Staff Wellbeing / Retreats;

 ·         Positive Schools;

 ·         Managing Student Behaviour;

 ·         Diocesan Student Information Systems - BI Tool;

 ·         Literacy Coaching in Reading and Writing;

 ·         Curriculum development in The Arts and Digital Technologies;

 ·         School Officer Professional Learning sessions;

 ·         NAPLAN Analysis;

 ·         Principal learning days;

 ·         Aspiring Leaders sessions;

 ·         APRE network days;

 ·         SEL focus days;

 ·         Learning Support Network days;

 ·         Curriculum Support Teacher days;

 ·         Teacher Librarian and Library Assistant network days; and,

 ·         Beginning Teacher network days.

In 2018, a major focus of professional learning will be parent engagement, differentiated teaching and learning, 21st century pedagogy and the development of effective data literacy.

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 year86.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Holy Cross School is a place of learning within a Catholic environment, where participation in prayer and the Eucharist are important. The school delivers a Religious Education programme that meets students' needs whilst offering opportunities for students to explore, promote and live out all aspects of its charism; relationships, community, service, and stewardship.

Teachers have opportunities for Professional Development to enhance student learning. Staff are treated as professionals and are supported by colleagues. They feel their role is important in the school and are committed to it. Staff deliver a high quality of service and they are encouraged to model and expect high standards. They make a positive difference in the community.

Holy Cross School is a workplace with a positive ethos where the school encourages and values staff input when making decisions. Staff endeavour to instil a love of learning in students, and to look for ways to ensure maximum student engagement and success. Colleagues set positive examples to students and the school encourages student responsibility. Behaviour management is consistent at the school ,and conflict is handled well. Holy Cross School encourages a climate conducive to learning and staff have an opportunity to participate in learning communities within the school.

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 26 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.65% 93.31% 95.09% 93.69% 94.27% 94.29% 93.88%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Student attendance at Holy Cross School in 2017 was 93.77%. School Policy states that parents / carers are required to contact the Holy Cross Office when their child is absent or are planning to be absent. If absent without notification, a text message or a phone call is made to parents on that day.

Classroom teachers monitor attendance as part of classroom administration. If there is a noticeable pattern of non-attendance deemed to be causing a disruption to the student's learning, parents are contacted for explanation and further discussion.

In 2018, Holy Cross School aims to increase student attendance to a minimum of 95% attendance. Careful monitoring, combined with regular communication directly with families, should ensure all students are able to maintain a high percentage of attendance. In addition, families taking extended family leave will also be addressed.

The distance travelled

Students at Holy Cross School continue to obtain good results in NAPLAN. The Teaching and Learning team carefully analyse the generated data looking for trends and common areas of concern both on a school wide and individual basis. Intervention and enrichment programs are created and implemented to address these findings. Classroom practice is regularly reviewed with continued improvement as our goal.

Where are we going ?

Culture for learning and Catholic Identity are focus areas for growth and improvement throughout 2017. The  €˜language of learning' will be realigned across the school to ensure a culture which embraces diversity and inclusion to ensure every student can shine. The establishment of Professional Learning Communities will value-add to conversations regarding student achievement and enable appropriate and meaningful goals to be set with every student each semester. A strong focus on the analysis and discussion of student data will improve opportunities for academic success.

In 2018, community partnerships and increased opportunities for targeted differentiated teaching and learning will build upon work undertaken in 2017.

Student Satisfaction

Holy Cross students feel proud, positive and cheerful at Holy Cross School. They are encouraged to do their best and they know how to improve their learning. They are offered an abundance of opportunities to think and talk about God, and to engage in extra-curricular activities. Students at Holy Cross School are encouraged to help others. They believe that using technology at school helps them to engage with their learning.

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 26 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 429.4
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.8%
Writing Average Score for the school 402.1
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.1%
Spelling Average Score for the school 404.1
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.1%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 432.2
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.6%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 399
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.1%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 506.8
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Writing Average Score for the school 464.2
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.8%
Spelling Average Score for the school 515.8
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 503.4
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 490.6
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$4,794,790

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,099,478

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,218,960

Other private sources$285,419

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$7,398,647

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$222,300

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$201,970


Total net recurrent income$6,974,377

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.