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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Thursday Is
Motto All for Jesus OLSH Logo col.jpg
Address 7 Normanby Street, THURSDAY ISLAND and HAMMOND ISLAND 4875
Postal Address PO Box 544, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875
Phone Number (07) 4069 2203
Fax Number (07) 4069 1645
Email Address principal.ti@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.olsh.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 99 Paul Keenan (Acting)
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Paul Keenan (Acting)
Parish PriestFr Paul Muthoottil CFIC
Parish Number (07) 4069 2205

About our School

The first Catholic school on Thursday Island was built around 1900, on the present site of the Sacred Heart Hall.  At this time, the Sacred Heart Fathers had established the first mission in 1884 and a few years later they were joined by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart who started teaching on the verandah of the convent when they arrived.

The Sisters also ran an orphanage, which lasted until 1948. A second campus on Hammond was established around 1936.

In 1968 the Sisters of Mercy took over the running of the school and in 1973 the new school building was built around the old orphanage which was altered to a one level building that served as the library until 2012.

The first Lay Principal of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School was Miss Delia O’Donnell from Melbourne.  The Patrician Brothers were at the school for over 11 years and from 2009 to the end of 2012 we welcomed the Marist Brothers to our school and parish community.  In 2012 we celebrated our 125th birthday.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School  has two campuses, Prep to Year Six on Thursday Island and Pre-Prep to Year 3 on Hammond.  The enrolments for 2017 are 104 students plus 5 Pre Preps on Hammond Island. The student population at our T.I. campus consists of students from Thursday Island, Hammond Island, Prince of Wales, Horn Island and students who have come from all over mainland Australia.  Many families come  to work for government departments, health services, local government infrastructure, police and customs services and education. 

It is our mission to provide a school that uniquely welcomes members of our school community.  We recognise strong parish and school links and value parental environment.

Our school is a vibrant and friendly environment where children and staff of many different origins walk together on the journey of learning for life. OLSH is very much a part of the community and our students attend local community events throughout the year. A history of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School including the history St. Joseph's Scholl Hammond Island written by Br. Barry Lamb was published for the 125th anniversary. Copies are available form the school office.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • The Australian Curriculum is taught at OLSH School,
  • We are a Reef Guardian School
  • Across the school Music programme
  • We are a Dare to Lead school
  • Cultural Awareness Programmes - The Arts
  • Leadership Programme Year 5/6
  • Introducing a local language programme Semester 2 2017
  • Social Emotional Learning Programme

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Homework Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Choir attends Cairns Eisteddfod
  • Chess Club
  • Sports Club
  • AusKick AFL Football
  • Local sports team participation in Basketball, Netball and Rugby League

Social Climate

  • Pastoral Care Programme including peer mentoring
  • Indigenous Liaison Officer
  • Sacramental Programme
  • Positive Behaviour Management Programme
  • "Buddy" system between older and younger students including the 'Better Buddies programme'
  • Social and Emotional Learning programme using Values Education and YCDI
  • Student Representative Council
  • Student Welfare Officer
  • Establishing Friendship Chairs in 2017

Parent Involvement

  • Parent/School Partnership Programmes
  • Parents and Friends Association
  • Parent support throughout classrooms on Thursday and Hammond Islands.
  • Assistance with class fundraising activities
  • Wongai Ball
  • Working Bees
  • Fundraising committees
  • Involvement in cultural activities across both campuses

Parent Satisfaction

Feedback from parents shows that are concerned and care for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School. The school has a long history with Thursday and Hammond Islands and has been the choice of school for generations of families. Parents expressed concern over the Direct Instruction Teaching Model and the school has responded. Parents have asked for a refined Behaviour Management Model and that will be a specific school goal in Semester 2 2017. Parents are encouraged to attend P and F meetings as they can be forums of discussion and change.

Data Last Updated Tue 20 Jun 2017

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 4% 35% 17% 4%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff9 9
Non-Teaching Staff 14 10.17
Indigenous 7 6.13

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$1350

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Building Relationship with students (Mark Davidson).

Parental involvement and relationships.

Wellbeing in a remote location.

Cultural Awareness and induction to the Torres Strait.

The Australian Curriculum Learning Areas - the Arts, Technology, Civics and Citizenship, HASS and HPE.

 

 

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 year45.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Staff see the school as a place of learning in a christian environment. The staff indicated that they want to make a difference and support the reintroduction of the Australian Curriculum to classes. Improvements in the staff housing is appreciated. The survey showed that staff are looking for more opportunities in leadership and in developing an all school forum to enact change within Our Lady of the Sacred heart School.

 

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 21 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
88.16% 85.53% 87.46% 88.15% 86.78% 88.54% 91%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents contact the school if students are not attending. Unexplained absenteeism is followed up. Late notes are issued and a log kept of children absent. .Parents sign students in and out if either late or leaving early.  The Indigenous Home Liaison Officer contacts families if students have unexplained or extended absences.

 

The distance travelled

After consultation, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart  has returned to teaching the Australian Curriculum in its entirety.

Curriculum support in 2017 is ensuring a smooth transition from the Direct Instruction Model.

As a school, we have focused on increasing our resources in the areas of Mathematics, Music and Physical Education. The school has reopened the basketball now building works have finished near it.

With support from our parent community and local businesses and councils, we have provided new take home books to all year levels across Hammond Island and Thursday Island.

Year 5 and 6 students have participated in a leadership programme with Unlimited Personal Potential which culminated in a three day camp for Year 6 students. Staff and parents also participated in professional learning opportunities.

Internet access on Hammond Island has been improved and aligned to the equivalent of Thursday Island with links being established between Horn Island, Thursday Island and Hammond Island. This has provided Hammond Island staff and students with the same opportunities for contemporary learning, accessing technology as a tool in their daily learning environment.

 This year our Choir has competed in the Cairns Eisteddfod. This has been an excellent community building activity with local performances on Thursday and Hammond Islands. Both events were catered for and raised considerable funds for the trip  

 

 

 

 

Where are we going ?

In 2017 we are continuing to provide additional resources to our students and staff to complement a contemporary learning environment.

As a school, we are consolidating the implementation of the Australian Curriculum and the new Religious Education Curriculum.

In the latter half of 2017 new Chrome Books and computers will enhance the school's ability to engage students with Information Technology.

The school is developing programmes in Healthy Eating, garden management and energy usage.

 

Student Satisfaction

OLSH students are proud to be here and they see the Religious aspects of the school as important. There is a belief that respect is generally shown but it could be improved.

Students responses show that doing their best is very important and they involved in a range of extra curricular activities.

They want the school grounds to be cleaner and more space to play. In response the school's grounds have had significant cleaning, mowing and whipper snipping. The basket ball court has been reopened for play increasing the play area.

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 21 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 338.516
Average Score for Queensland 427.632
% students at or above the national benchmark 87.5%
Writing Average Score for the school 382.771
Average Score for Queensland 420.141
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 368.105
Average Score for Queensland 415.204
% students at or above the national benchmark 95%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 387.397
Average Score for Queensland 439.375
% students at or above the national benchmark 95%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 338.829
Average Score for Queensland 400.942
% students at or above the national benchmark 75%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 446.446
Average Score for Queensland 507.478
% students at or above the national benchmark 80%
Writing Average Score for the school 442.891
Average Score for Queensland 474.369
% students at or above the national benchmark 90%
Spelling Average Score for the school 470.096
Average Score for Queensland 491.655
% students at or above the national benchmark 90%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 436.909
Average Score for Queensland 512.334
% students at or above the national benchmark 90%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 437.233
Average Score for Queensland 494.654
% students at or above the national benchmark 80%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,249,897

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$492,584

Fees, charges and parent contributions$148,510

Other private sources$83,842

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$2,974,833


Deductions
Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$0

Income allocated to future capital projects and diocesan capital funds$12,308

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$74,904


Subtotal$87,212

Total net recurrent income$2,887,621


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.