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St Clare's School, Tully
Motto Faith and Knowledge St Clare_s logo NEW col lo res.jpg
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 (P-6).

St Clare's has recently undergone major improvements and renovations. Two new classrooms were built in 2002, followed by a new administration wing and covered court facility in 2003. In 2005 a new technology centre was completed which now houses a bank of 30 computers. In early 2008 a refurbished library was opened along with another new classroom and grounds equipment shed. In 2010 major building works commenced as part of the Federal Government's Building the Educational Revolution Program. A new toilet block and classroom was constructed in 2010 together with a new storage shed as well as some classroom refurbishments. In 2011 a Performing Arts Centre was constructed and the school library was refurbished into a state of the art 21st century learning area. In 2011 the school experienced the ravages of Cyclone Yasi which caused moderate damage throughout the school. The repairs to the school were carried out throughout 2011 which included replacing play equipment, repairing roofs and classrooms and replacing damaged furniture. In 2013 refurbishments took place to the school's administration block. The recent building works around the school have enhanced its appeal and have continued to add to the quality of education that St Clare's is able to provide. 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. Chinese is part of the curriculum for Year 5 and 6.

Extra Curricular Activities

St Clare's students are offered a diversity 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 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, participation in an instrumental music program 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, a "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.

In 2017, a STEM Club commenced as a extra curricular offering 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 (You Can Do It) within the school.

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
  • Mentoring program
  • Charity collections
  • School Missions Projects (Mini Fete)
  • School Leaders
  • Readers' Cup
  • Catholic Education Week Activities
  • Sporting carnivals
  • Joint projects with State school
  • Project Compassion
  • Reef Guardians Project

St Clare's has a behaviour management program in place. This program encourages supportive behaviours and ensures that there are consequences for any inappropriate behaviours exhibited. The school has a zero tolerance to bullying and all incidents of bullying are addressed and dealt with accordingly as per the school's behaviour management plan. 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 greet evenings, school discos, 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. Guest speakers have spoken about Behaviour Management, Emotional Energy, Child Nutrition, parenting skills, reading strategies, word attack skills, Computers and cyber bullying.

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 30 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 an excellent satisfaction rating in all five of the key areas: Leadership, Resources, Learning and Teaching, Improvement Processes and Catholic Ethos. A high number of parents feel strongly about and rated highly the academic excellence and wider community connections.

Data Last Updated Sun 25 Mar 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 3% 38% 13% 3%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff14 11.14
Non-Teaching Staff 18 5.84
Indigenous 1 0.16

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$3314

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Use IT, Google IT, Teach IT

TREWTH Conference (Religious Education)

Literacy Coaching

Professional Development on Sound Waves Spelling

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

WH&S - Curriculum Risk Assessments, First Aid, 

Consistency of Teacher Judgement PD

Seven Steps to Writing Success 

Visible Learning

Report Writing PD


Assessment Strategies for Religion 


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 year83.00%

Staff Satisfaction

All staff agree that St. Clare's provides high quality services to parents and students and 100% of staff agree that the principal and leadership team model and expect high standards. All staff encourage students to develop a love of learning. Training and Professional Development is provided to support their jobs and all staff value this. Prayer and the celebration of Eucharist are important parts of the life of St. Clare's School.  

Data Last Updated Sun May 14 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.53% 34.38% 95.21% 94.02% 94.8% 94.24% 95.36%
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.

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. . We have also over recent years introduced Reading Eggs into the school to assist with Reading development in the lower years.

 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 2017.  The new Religion curriculum is implemented. The school is implementing all curriculum areas of the Australian Curriculum.

In 2017 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 laptops and I-Pads. 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 2017 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 and IT skills. She will also support teachers through collaborative planning as well as up skilling.


Student Satisfaction

Students in years 5 and 6 were surveyed during 2016. 97% of students are proud to be students of St. Clare's School. Students were confident that the school encouraged them to think and develop their personal faith. Prayer is valued as an important part of their school life. 97% of students think that doing their best is important to them. Students are mostly comfortable in participating in all classroom activities.  


Data Last Updated Sun May 14 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 418.508
Average Score for Queensland 427.632
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 406.865
Average Score for Queensland 420.141
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.909%
Spelling Average Score for the school 421.6
Average Score for Queensland 415.204
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.455%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 421.03
Average Score for Queensland 439.375
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.455%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 411.009
Average Score for Queensland 400.942
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 503.051
Average Score for Queensland 507.478
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 452.389
Average Score for Queensland 474.369
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.238%
Spelling Average Score for the school 495.634
Average Score for Queensland 491.655
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 476.396
Average Score for Queensland 512.334
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.238%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 470.275
Average Score for Queensland 494.654
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.476%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$1,638,412

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$384,403

Fees, charges and parent contributions$227,269

Other private sources$87,835

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$2,337,919

Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$24,000

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$29,377


Total net recurrent income$2,284,542

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.