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2017 Annual Report for St Clare's School, Tully
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Address 13 Mars Street, TULLY QLD 4854
Postal Address PO Box 97, TULLY QLD 4854
Phone Number (07) 4068 1527
Fax Number (07) 4068 2484
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 150 Ms Narelle Harney
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Narelle Harney
Parish PriestFr Hilary Flynn
Parish Number (07) 4068 1143

About our School

Tully is situated 150km south of Cairns on the Bruce Highway. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Tully is only 20km from picturesque Mission Beach and the surrounding islands. St Clare's School which is located in Tully is situated at the base of Mount Tyson and is surrounded by rainforest with a beautiful fresh water stream cascading through the school surrounds.

St Clare's caters for families from El Arish in the North to Cardwell in the South and the local beaches. Tully is well accessed through rail and road networks. Bananas and Sugar Cane have traditionally been the major industries, with tourism becoming more popular in recent years.

Good Counsel College is the nearest Catholic Secondary College in Innisfail (40 minutes drive). The local state school shares a boundary with St Clare's and both schools enjoy a positive relationship and often pool resources.

St Clare's was founded in 1928 by the Good Samaritan Sisters. The first Lay teacher was introduced in 1968 with the first Lay principal being appointed in 1977. The Good Samaritan Sisters left Tully in 1995, however they have left an indelible imprint in the school's history. St Clare's is currently staffed by 8 full time teachers and 4 part time teachers. A specialist teacher is employed in the area of Physical Education and Health (P-6).

St Clare's has undergone many building and grounds improvements in the last 10 years. In 2017 the Heart of St. Clare's Garden project was completed. This area links the school and parish with a beautiful sacred space.

St Clare's School is a learning community dedicated to ensuring that it achieves the best possible outcomes for all of its students. The school is staffed by dedicated and hardworking teachers and it traditionally has strong parent support and involvement within the school. St Clare's enjoys a very positive image in the local community and continues to look forward to a bright and exciting future.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Clare's offers a contemporary curriculum that provides rich and purposeful learning across all subject areas. Whilst all subjects are taught in line with the rollout of the Australian Curriculum the school prioritises the areas of English, Mathematics and Religious Education.

Teachers are guided by documentation on the school portal to inform their teaching and preparation. These documents are the Systematic Curriculum Delivery and Effective Pedagogical Practices. These ensure consistency throughout the school.

In prioritising these subject areas the schools makes a conscious effort to engage all students. In 2017 professional learning teams have been established with two main focus areas of numeracy and reading. Students with additional learning needs are supported in small group focus lessons. Throughout the early years all students are registered with the Reading Eggs program which is an online reading support program that students are able to access at home as well as at school.

The school engages a teacher librarian to work with students in teaching research skills, internet safety as well as introducing students to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction literature.

Class teachers as well as a specialist HPE teacher teach Health and Physical Education which incorporates Gross and Fine Motor skill development. Swimming is taught for all classes during term 4. Years 4-6 students compete in interschool sports days across the Tully District while all students participate in the school's annual Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and Swimming Carnival.

All students participate in dance lessons throughout 3rd term in preparation for the school's annual Fete performance. Italian is part of the curriculum for Year 5 and 6.

Extra Curricular Activities

St Clare's students are offered a diverse range of extracurricular activities. Students participate in a wide range of sporting activities including swimming carnivals, athletics carnivals, sporting gala days with other local schools as well as various sporting clinics. Students are also given many opportunities to showcase their artistic talents in a variety of ways including art displays at the Tully Show, dance performances at our school Fete as well as participation in school concerts and assembly presentations. Students are also given opportunities to participate in Book Week activities, Science Week Activities, Under 8's week activities, Read to Me Day, various school performances, "Wonders of Living" program, Catholic Education Week activities as well as being offered the opportunity to attend school camps from years 4 to 6. At St Clare's, students are encouraged to enhance their gifts and talents across a variety of activities.

St. Clare's offers a STEM Club as an extra curricular activity after school facilitated by the Teacher Librarian and Learning Support Teacher.

St Clare's students also have access to a school counsellor. In addition to this, students enjoy regular visits from our Parish Priest Fr Hilary Flynn and all students participate in the Social and Emotional Learning Programme within the school.

Students in Yrs 5 & 6 participate in learning Italian through class lessons.

St Clare's fosters an open, caring approach to education that is child-centred. Christian values permeate through all aspects of school life.

Social Climate

St Clare's is a small rural school that prides itself on its family atmosphere. It offers a quality Christian education by providing not only a challenging and interesting curriculum that meets the needs of all students, but it also encourages its students to share their talents and skills in many different ways so that they can reach their true potential, develop their confidence and become community minded. This helps to empower its students to fully contribute to society throughout their lives. Students are encouraged to contribute to a variety of projects throughout their schooling at St Clare's that helps develop them as individuals. These projects include:

  • Stewardship Team
  • Show displays
  • Various district and Peninsula sporting teams
  • Charity collections
  • School Missions Projects (Mini Fete)
  • School Leaders
  • Readers' Cup
  • Catholic Education Week Activities
  • Sporting carnivals
  • Project Compassion
  • Reef Guardians Project

St Clare's has a behaviour management program in place and this is currently under review. This program encourages supportive behaviours and ensures that there are consequences for any inappropriate behaviours exhibited. Bullying incidents will be dealt with according to the Cairns Diocesan policies. Students are encouraged to report any incidents of bullying and are given strategies for keeping safe whilst at school. They are also taught strategies for cyber safety and for protective behaviours.

There many opportunities provided each year by the Parents and Friends Association for the social gathering of the St Clare's community. These gatherings include meet and greets, the school fete as well as break up events and morning teas.

Parent Involvement

Parents at St Clare's are encouraged to participate wherever possible. Parents assist with reading groups, art activities, sporting activities, as well as general classroom activities.

St Clare's is committed to the ongoing education of parents through informative and enjoyable parent nights or curriculum chat mornings.

St Clare's boasts a highly active school Parents and Friends Association. The major fundraiser for the year is the school fete which is one of the real highlights on the social calendar. St Clare's School Board was founded in 1981 and has worked tirelessly over the past years on policy formation and the pastoral support of all within the school. Tuckshop is a much valued offering and is convened by a volunteer parent. Parents are encouraged to assist with the school tuckshop by baking or volunteering their time each week.

Parent Satisfaction

Parents have indicated a high level of satisfaction in all five of the key areas: Leadership, Resources, Learning and Teaching, Improvement Processes and Catholic Ethos. 84.4% agreed that St. Clare's promotes justice, compassion and service. St. Clare's is viewed by parents as a welcoming and caring community.

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% 3% 38% 17% 3%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff13 11.2
Non-Teaching Staff 16 5.36
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$10216

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

TREWTH Conference (Religious Education)

Numeracy Coaching

Professional Development on data collection and data walls

Mandatory Training eg WHS, Student protection, Back Care, Fire Training, etc

WH&S - Curriculum Risk Assessments, First Aid, 

Consistency of Teacher Judgement PD

Visible Learning

Report Writing PD


Professional development on differentiation

Using SBSS for tracking incidents Indigenous Perspectives Judaism

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 year66.00%

Staff Satisfaction

All staff agreed that policies and procedures were documented and accessible. Staff value the principal and leadership team and believe that the school provides high quality services to students and parents. 94% of staff agreed that they were provided with adequate professional development and resources to do their work.  

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 05 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
93.9% 94.49% 95.03% 95.03% 95.15% 71.68% 92.17%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school on the day that a student is absent. Contact may be made via phone call or letter brought in by a sibling. If no contact has been made with the school  then parents are contacted by the class teacher. If there is a pattern of non-attendance, parents are contacted to discuss any issues or concerns regarding the student. Any absences over for 3 days or more require a Notification of Student Absences form to be completed.

The distance travelled

St Clare's is extremely committed to catering for the needs of all students. The school continually performs at or above the state average in most of the NAPLAN tests. We are committed to ensuring that Literacy and Numeracy are key focus areas within the school and this is reflected in the focus on staff professional development.

Over recent years the school has had a major focus on the analysis of student data to engage and assist with learning and provide a focus on school development. During 2017 staff developed a data wall to assist them in monitoring student progress.

 ICT has continued to be a focus within the school with ongoing professional development being offered to staff in this area. The school has a computer lab with 30 desktop computers. It also has a bank of laptops, chromebooks and  IPads as well as Interactive Whiteboards in each classroom. In the area of Religious Education we have continued to ensure that quality Religious Education is taught within St Clare's. The religious education program is supported by our parish priest who regularly visits classes. We also strongly encourage the development of students through our Social Emotional Learning program. Sport is also a key focus at St Clare's. The school regularly has students going on to represent the Peninsula team at State titles.


Where are we going ?

The school's Mission and Vision statement is evident throughout all policies and behaviours. Literacy and Numeracy will continue to be a priority in 2018 with a focussed approach toward identified learning with the introduction of Morning Routines in 2018. The school is implementing all curriculum areas of the Australian Curriculum along with the approved Religion Curriculum. In 2018, St. Clare's will introduce a new Social Emotional Program. In 2018 the school will aim to ensure that contemporary learning is provided to all students. The Explicit Teaching model will be further developed with mentoring and coaching support being offered to classroom teachers to assist in rolling this out across the school. The school will purchase more IT equipment including iPads with financial support from the P & F. This will allow for greater access to class sets of IT equipment on a regular across the school in line with contemporary leading models. In 2018 a teacher librarian will continue to work with students and teachers across the school. Her role will be to support learners by promoting the teaching of information literacy as well as teaching library, research, IT skills and cybersafety. She will also support teachers through collaborative planning as well as up skilling.

Student Satisfaction

Year 5 & 6 students were surveyed during 2017 and 89% of these students said they were proud to be students of St. Clare's. Students value their teachers and the sporting opportunities on offer at St. Clare's. 94.7% of students were confident that the school encouraged them to think and develop their personal faith and relationship with God. Students feel encouraged to do their best. .  


Data Last Updated Tue Jun 05 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 396
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 84.2%
Writing Average Score for the school 392.6
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 369
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 388.8
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.5%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 369.6
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.5%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 508.9
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 478.2
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.8%
Spelling Average Score for the school 519.8
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 503.2
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.8%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 497.5
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$1,599,209

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$408,818

Fees, charges and parent contributions$242,340

Other private sources$186,892

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$2,437,259

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$35,196

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$27,377


Total net recurrent income$2,374,686

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.