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2017 Annual Report for St Gerard Majella School, Woree
Motto The Lord is my Light St Gerard Majella logo col sm.jpg
Address 63 Anderson Rd, WOREE QLD 4868
Postal Address PO Box 12131 CAIRNS DC QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4054 4805
Fax Number (07) 4054 6433
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 399 Lea Martin
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Lea Martin
Parish PriestFr Martin Kenny
Parish Number (07) 4054 1171

About our School

St Gerard Majella School provides a quality education for families located in the southern parts of Cairns and is an integral part of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Earlville. The school is located adjacent to St Mary's Catholic College in Woree.

At St Gerard Majella School we hope to perpetuate the spirit of the Franciscan Nuns who founded the school with a focus on our Franciscan Charism which emphasises the environment and a love of God's creation. The school is situated in a beautiful setting at the base of Red Hill and the flourishing gardens and outdoor learning and play spaces are a living testimony to Franciscan spirituality.

The St Gerard Majella community is supportive and caring. Committed and dedicated staff work closely with parents and caregivers to provide students with an opportunity to promote their spiritual, academic, social and physical development.

Since St Gerard Majella School first began in 1988, the school has grown steadily to reach full enrolment of approximately 400 students. The school community includes a significant number of students with diverse cultural backgrounds including indigenous students.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

The School offers students a sound academic education in all key learning areas including Religious Education. Social and Emotional Learning is an important part of daily class lessons. Students from Prep to Year 4 have specialist lessons in Health and Physical Education while Japanese Language  is offered in Year 5 and 6. All students have weekly lessons in The Arts with a specialist teacher.

Many of our students enjoy learning and playing chess. We also have a Netball Club, Gardening Club, Robotics Club, Fitness Fun, Boot Camp and Justice Squad available to children to explore their abilities and interests at before school, lunch times or after school.

Extra Curricular Activities

These include:

  • Student Council
  • Environment and Social committees
  • Sporting
  • Athletics and Cross Country teams
  • Instrumental Music Programme
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Chess
  • Gardening Club
  • Social Justice Group
  • Boot camp
  • Fitness Fun
  • Robotics Club
  • Netball team  
  • Opportunity to try out for a variety of sports


Social Climate

St Gerard Majella is a friendly and supportive school community where parents and staff work together to provide a safe, progressive and enjoyable environment for students. Wellbeing is an important factor for all students at the school and social emotional learning permeates all aspects of the curriculum.  As the school adjoins St Mary's College, it is ideally placed for those families looking for a Prep to 12 Campus for their children. The School has two Learning Support Teachers, a School Counsellor, Intervention Teachers and School Officers who support integration, classroom and diverse needs programmes.  In 2018 we have introduced a High Potential Learners' Teacher to cater for those students who have strengths in the area of creative thinking, are achieving well academically and are looking to be challenged.

Parent Involvement

St Gerard Majella School has a School Board and a Parents and Friends Association (P&F). The active P&F is involved in facilitating the Tuckshop and Second Hand Uniform Shop, as well as organising and supporting social functions. The School Board plays an active role as well, developing policies, overseeing major construction projects and monitors the school budget.

An Out of School Hours Childcare Service is available in the afternoon until 6.00pm. Vacation Care is also available on site. The school is involved in parish life through the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee as well as through Sacramental Programmes, regular liturgies and masses with our Parish Priest and the annual parish events. Other community involvement includes: Curriculum Information Sessions, Assemblies, Parent Workshops, Parental involvement in classrooms, Excursions and Camps, School Fete or Walkathon and Parent/Teacher meetings.

Parent Satisfaction

100% of parents responding to the parent satisfaction survey agree that St Gerard Majella ensures that prayer is an important part of the life of the school, with 97.8% of parents supporting the statement that St Gerard Majella promotes justice, compassion and service. 96.6% of parents think that St Gerard Majella School provides them with clear, timely and relevant information.  97.3% of parents stated that they would recommend our school to others and believe that the school has a good reputation within the community.  97.2% of parents believe that the school offers a broad and relevant curriculum with 96.1% of parents agreeing that each child is encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability.  97.3% of parents responded that the grounds, buildings and outdoor facilities are well presented and maintained.  96.7% of parents believe that the P&F is effective in the work it undertakes.

Data Last Updated Mon 11 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 5% 56% 14% 4%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff32 24.37
Non-Teaching Staff 25 14.29
Indigenous 2 1.12

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$32847

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives


The teachers have been involved in professional learning in the following areas:

- integrated planning

- Professional Learning Teams with a focus on improved reading and writing outcomes

- school improvement and school effectiveness

- religious education

- social emotional learning and wellbeing

- special needs

- collaborative teaching and coaching in literacy

- industrial training

- aspiring leaders program

- 360 feedback process


- Leading with Integrity Program

- Enhancing Catholic School Identity

- Innovative Learning Environments and Contemporary Pedagogies

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 year93.00%

Staff Satisfaction

A total of 42 staff responded to the survey. 96.6% of staff believe that the school promotes justice, compassion and service, as well as providing a high quality service to parents and students.  100% of staff believe that the school is well managed and organized and that they have access to documented policies and procedures. 100% of staff are satisfied that they are provided with the equipment, training and resources they need to do their work safely.  100% of staff believe they are encouraged to have a say in planning for the future.

Data Last Updated Thu May 17 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.51% 94.36% 95.56% 94.37% 93.95% 94.42% 94.61%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Teachers alert the school office to student non-attendance promptly every morning through their marking of the electronic school roll. The office staff then contact the parents unless the school has already been notified with a reason for the absence. This contact may be either through 'Blink' or a phone call.  Student welfare is a priority for staff at St Gerard Majella School.

The distance travelled

Over the past few years we have had a number younger staff members join the school who always bring freshness and vitality. The blend of experienced and young teachers combined with the gender mix made for a lively and committed staff..  During 2017 professional learning for staff had a strong focus on building their capacity to improve student learning outcomes.

Where are we going ?

Our 2017 School Annual Improvement Plan highlighted our priorities of building teacher capacity to work collaboratively with each other in professional learning teams.  Our staff participated in teams across three schools to map the Australian Curriculum to develop integrated unit plans to provide deeper and more connected learning for students. During 2017 we began exploring contemporary learning pedagogies and innovative learning environments and why these changes are needed to support improved student outcomes.

Student Satisfaction

99% of students indicated that they felt proud to be a student at St Gerard Majella School and that our school encourages them to help people. 99% of students agree that doing their best at St Gerard Majella School is important to them.  98% of students indicated that they are comfortable participating in classroom activities.  97.1% of students indicate that they regularly use technology at school for learning.

Data Last Updated Thu May 17 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 441.4
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.4%
Writing Average Score for the school 418.6
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.7%
Spelling Average Score for the school 408
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.6%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 450.1
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 413.3
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.6%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 525.1
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.3%
Writing Average Score for the school 495.7
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 511.4
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 499.5
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 91.4%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 507.3
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.3%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$3,208,330

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$854,694

Fees, charges and parent contributions$963,909

Other private sources$174,003

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$5,200,936

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$173,022

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$37,452


Total net recurrent income$4,990,462

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.