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2017 Annual Report for St Francis Xavier's School, Manunda
Motto Know, Love, Serve SFX-logo-col.jpg
Address 5 Atkinson Street, MANUNDA QLD 4870
Postal Address PO Box 565, MANUNDA QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4037 9900
Fax Number (07) 4053 7566
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 543 Ms Kim Gubiani
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Kim Gubiani
Parish PriestFr Frank Gordon VG
Parish Number (07) 4053 1383

About our School

St Francis Xavier is a co-educational school located in central Cairns, approximately 10 minutes from the city centre.

Set in the inner-city suburb of Manunda, our community gathers from all parts of the Cairns area. Described as a happy and community minded school, St Francis Xavier's works with parents to educate their children in a holistic and Christian way.

Providing a distinctive 'Catholic Education' with a real-life and inclusive approach to Religious Education and Spiritual Formation, St Francis Xavier's strives to live out its motto - To Know, Love and Serve God and each other.

With a commitment to educational excellence, the school facilitates student learning through the employment of effective teaching and learning practices with the use of technologies which engage and motivate enquiring minds. Curriculum is increasingly delivered digitally through the use of Interactive Whiteboards and other technological tools. We have a Bring Your Own Device Program for students in Year 4, 5 and 6 that sees all students in those year levels bring and use a mobile device each day as part of the regular classroom curriculum.

In partnership with families and our community, we nurture the foundations for achievement that are essential to social and emotional wellbeing. These foundations are essential for success in school, home life, work and the world of tomorrow. We have a strong commitment to the health and well-being of every child and focus on developing healthy relationships and positive thinking skills reflected in our school values - Respect, Caring, Learning and Enjoyment. Our Social Emotional Learning program and the Buddy program support these.

Welcoming international visitors from Japan and China provides wonderful opportunities for learning, growth and friendships. The biannual excursion to Japan by St Francis Xavier's staff and students is a major highlight and enables our students to experience first hand, another culture.

To find out about many more reasons why you would want to enrol your child with us we invite you to browse our website or contact the school.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • An extensive Health & Physical Education program runs throughout the school from Preschool to Year 6. Our students do exceptionally well in sports and athletics.
  • Whole School Performance Arts Program provides opportunities for the students to be involved in Music, Drama and Dance. The Arts program is developed from Prep to Year 6.
  • Homestay and International Student Program. To enhance our LOTE program and understanding of other cultures, we host a number of International groups throughout the year from Japan and China. Year 6 students visit Sister Schools in Taketoyo and Kyoto, Japan, every second year. Languages other than English (LOTE) Japanese is developed from Prep - Year 6.
  • Gifted and Talented Program (students with High Potential are able to access extension activities that will cater for their needs).
  • We offer a BYOD program from Years 4 - 6. The iPad program allows the use of specific apps to better support and to meet individual needs. The program supports and encourages independent learning by offering an environment that can be self-paced and can encourage more opportunities for self-directed learning.
  • SEL - Social and Emotional Learning is integrated throughout the whole curriculum. The 'Second Step' Programme aims to increase student's academic achievement, self-awareness, empathy skills and emotional regulation and overall well-being. We are heavily committed to student and staff emotional well-being and intelligence.
  • Instrumental music program. Instrumental group lessons are held during school time, usually using a rotational timetable for students. Group tuition is available for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Individual tuition is recommended for piano, drums and some orchestral instruments. Individual lessons are also recommended for those students who wish to prepare for external music examinations.

We employ the use of positive and supportive strategies to build positive working relationships in the classroom and reinforce this with positive consequences. We are a Classroom Profiling School and as such we are committed to continual reflection of best teaching practices.

Extra Curricular Activities

St Francis Xavier's School encourages students to participate in a range of activities that are available at lunch time, before and after school including:

  • The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. Commonly referred to as the UNSW tests, ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students. The assessments comprise of Computer Skills, English, Maths, Science, Spelling & Writing tests. Parents can opt for their child to participate in selected tests or for their child to participate in all. A small fee applies for each test. For more information about ICAS visit
  • Teams for sporting events such as Rugby League, AFL, hockey, athletics, basketball, Cross Country, Futsal.
  • International Homestay Program and cultural exchange excursion to Japan
  • School Band
  • School Choir
  • Club activities eg Robotics, Coding
  • Swimming lessons for Year 4 are held in 1st term and for Year 5 in 4th term at the Saint Augustine's Swimming Pool.
  • Reader's Cup Challenge - Students in Year 6 are invited to nominate for election for the Far North Qld Regional Reader's Cup Challenge, held in the month of June on the Tablelands. Each year our school selects a Team of 4 students to attend the Challenge.
  • Making Jesus Real - Christian Leadership Programme for upper school students

Social Climate

St Francis Xavier's School is continually endeavouring to create a social environment which is characterized by respect and Christian love for self and others. The school is one of great happiness and community mindedness.

Social and relationship issues (family and peer) are responded to in a variety of ways. The Religious Education Program continually educates students of the respectful and Christian way to relate to others. This provides a basis for all pastoral care initiatives.

In recognition of the great need for education in social and emotional development, the Second Step Program has been implemented into the school.

The School has a Counsellor 3 days a week available to assist students with social and emotional difficulties.

The school takes issues around bullying seriously and responds to complaints made by students and parents. Issues are addressed and the process follows the school's policy on behaviour management.

The Parents and Friends Association is exceptional in its mission to help serve the needs of the community pastorally. This group organises assistance to families in need as well as some level of financial and practical support. When a baby is born, a gift is given to help celebrate. Mothers Day stalls and Father's Day breakfasts are organised as well. This group is unique to our school and is an example of the commitment of the parents.

Parent Involvement

Parental Involvement in the school is very positive and productive and is very much valued. Parents help in a number of ways from classroom assistance to Parents and Friends Committees, School Board membership, Uniform Shop and the occasional working bee.

St Francis Xavier's School is committed to open and honest communication between home and school as well as building positive and respectful relationships. We have an 'open door' approach to parent involvement in the school as it is this that can make all the difference.

Parents are provided with a variety of information sessions each year including Parent Partnership Meetings at the commencement of each year, curriculum coffee chats on a variety of topics, which benefits both the home environment and the school. Parents are also involved in annual student protection training.

Parents and Grandparents are also invited to participate in the various school liturgies and masses that take place through the year.

Parents and Friends meetings occur monthly and to allow for maximum participation, they provide free childcare for this time.

Parents are also very active in various committees throughout the school including:

  • School Board
  • P & F Committee (Social Committee, Parent Support Group)
  • Maintenance Committee
  • 'Coffee Chats' - Parent inservice in curriculum issues

Parent Satisfaction

Through the sample of parents surveyed the majority of parents report that St. Francis Xavier's School aims to improve the education it provides. This has been and continues to be a goal of the school to be a place of improvement and renewal.

From the same sample the majority of parents report that the teachers try to make learning fun and that the teachers encourage their children to learn. Parents also report that there is good communication between home and school. These results have indicated our commitment to be child centered in all that we do in the delivery of curriculum.

Data Last Updated Mon 26 Feb 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 0% 44% 19% 7%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff38 34.8
Non-Teaching Staff 30 12.02
Indigenous 1 0.47

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$15422

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • Training for Literacy Improvement - Writing/Coaching/Explicit Teaching
  • Oral Language
  • Bandscaling
  • Developing Understandings of the New Australian Curriculum in the areas of Economics and Business
  • Classroom Profiling - Update training with Second Step
  • Reading
  • Slide to Learn
  • TREWTH Conference
  • Diocesan Curriculum Conference
  • Back Care
  • Student Protection
  • Anaphylaxis Training
  • Fire Training
  • Resuscitation
  • ASD Conference Behaviour Management - Bill Rogers
  • Integrated Planning
  • Visible Learning
  • Harassment Training
  • Indigenous Inservice
  • Catholic Identity
  • Religious Education Inservices - 3 Worlds of the Text

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 year86.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Staff were asked if they felt the St. Francis Xavier's School was a place where their is a genuine Christian Learning environment. 100% of staff agreed that the school does provide for a Christain Learning environment. This is a repeated result across successive years.

Over 95% of staff reported that they were satisfied with the school's performance. At the same time over 95% of staff surveyed believe that St. Francis Xavier's School is a place that is conductive for student learning. Staff at over 95% report that they are committed to St. Francis Xavier's 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
92.52% 93.54% 93.11% 94.09% 94.94% 92.97% 94.52%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

To manage non-attendance St. Francis Xavier's School in the first instance provides a dedicated Absentee line that parents can call on the evening before or the morning of an absence to notify the school. The line automatically goes to an answering machine where the parent is asked to leave the child's name and class to record the absence.Parents are also provided with an automated response through the parent portal and skoolbag app.

Students are recorded against the roll each morning and the Administration Office checks attendance against the roll and any telephone messages.

If there are any unexplained absences at this stage St. Franics Xavier's School immediately attempts to make contact with the families concerned to record the reason for absence.

If unexplained absence continues the Principal makes contact with the family to meet and discuss.

If there are ongoing absences a letter is sent to formally organise a meeting between the Principal and the family.

The distance travelled

Students have continued to be participants in their own learning with teachers using engaging techniques to improve classroom outcomes. Students have also been committed to improving their learning by their own choices, by participating in extra music programs, ICAS testing, Robotics Program, 3D Coding and the Japan Tour Program.

The school music program has expanded and now utilises the recently completed music department facilities to develop individual students' musical ability along with the work of the school band and ensemble band.

Sporting successes are recognised at St. Francis Xavier's School, with students participating in many interschool, district and regional sporting opportunities. Staff have also been involved in coaching school, district and regional sporting teams.Each term students and families are provided with opportunities to participate in before school sport or after school sport.

Where are we going ?

Staff have now fully implemented The Australian Curriculum and are now implementing integrated planning as an effective way of delivering the content to provide depth to the students as well engaging an inquiry mind. Staff at St Francis Xavier's have implemented Innovative Learning Environments which provides spaces for children to learn in different ways. St Francis Xavier's has a focus on Literacy & Numeracy and has a Diverse Learning team that works along side teachers to provide intervention for students.

Staff also contribute by offering 'in-house' workshops to upskill each other in the use of technology. This works in conjunction with our BYOD program from Years 4 - 6.

Social and Emotional well being of students is important to all staff at St Francis Xavier's. Each staff member contributes on a Friday afternoon to the creation of positive relationships and the students sense of self awareness is important in order for our students to reach their academic potential.

Student Satisfaction

The overwhelming majority the students surveyed at St. Francis Xavier's School agree that they feel positive about being students at our school. This is something the school has endeavoured to focus upon through the implementation of various Social and Emotional Learning projects.

The vast majority of students surveyed report that they are energised, relaxed and cheerful each day when they attend St. Francis Xavier's School. The same sample also reported that the vast majority of students believed that their teachers put a lot of energy into the preparation of teaching their classes and are well prepared for lessons. This has also indicated the work and effort of the staff to maintain high standards and levels of professionalism at St. Francis Xavier's School.

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 26 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 444.3
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 386.6
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 411.4
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 435.2
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 408.9
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.7%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 528.7
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.7%
Writing Average Score for the school 469.9
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.1%
Spelling Average Score for the school 509.8
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 500.5
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.1%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 495
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$4,201,958

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,218,258

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,284,400

Other private sources$177,806

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$6,882,422

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$204,686

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$178,982


Total net recurrent income$6,498,754

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.