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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 400 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 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, a special feature of the school, 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 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 Education 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 Writer's Club, Drama Club, Gardening Club and Justice Squad available to children to explore their abilities and interests at lunch time.

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
  • Drama Club
  • Boot camp
  • Writing 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. Social emotional wellbeing is an important factor for all students at the school and SEL 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 part time School Counsellor and School Officers who support integration, classroom and special needs programmes.

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 delivers a religious program in a Christian learning environment which encourages prayer and reflection.  100% agree that the school is a place of learning in a Christian environment.  75% of parents felt that the school takes parents concerns seriously and that there is good two-way communication between the staff and parents.  100% believed that the school encourages their child to persist with their learning when it is difficult. Overall, 75% were satisfied with the education that their child receives from this school.

Data Last Updated Tue 31 May 2016

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 3% 29% 8% 0%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff28 23.33
Non-Teaching Staff 22 11.68
Indigenous 2 0.92

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$35346

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives


The teachers spent the majority of their PD time becoming familiar with the new Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum which commenced implementation  in 2012. These were Health and Physical Education and Civics and Citizenship. We also focused on explicit instruction in literacy and implemented a whole school Reading Policy. Significant time was also devoted to upskilling teachers in the use of ICT's in teaching to support the implementation of 1:1 iPad program in Years 3-6.

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 year90.50%

Staff Satisfaction

A total of 12 staff responded to the survey. 100% of staff agree that St Gerard Majella is a place of learning in a Christian environment. 100% of staff feel committed to this school and 100% believe the school has a positive ethos. 100% of staff agree that our school encourages a climate conducive to learning and that they have an opportunity to participate in learning communities within the school.

Data Last Updated Tue May 31 2016

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
95.74% 94.82% 94.03% 94.65% 94.01% 95.38% 94.92%
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. Any staff changes do change the tone of a school and ours was a particularly happy one. The blend of experienced and young teachers combined with the gender mix made for a lively and committed staff.

Where are we going ?

2015 saw a continuation of the rollout of Interactive Whiteboards  in classrooms and teachers from Prep to Yr 5 all have access to them. In 2015 we also adopted a 1:1 ipad program for all students from Year 3-6 with younger students having access to a bank of ipads and laptops.  Students will be engaged more fully in their learning through the use of Explicit Instruction and Visible Learning Strategies which provide students with specific skills in understanding what it is to be a good learner and feedback on how they can improve their learning and set themselves learning goals.

Student Satisfaction

No students completed the satisfaction survey in 2015.

Data Last Updated Tue May 31 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 429.881
Average Score for Queensland 410.764
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.214%
Writing Average Score for the school 431.558
Average Score for Queensland 400.538
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.428%
Spelling Average Score for the school 385.768
Average Score for Queensland 393.185
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.428%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 439.748
Average Score for Queensland 423.055
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.214%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 406.752
Average Score for Queensland 386.145
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 520.735
Average Score for Queensland 486.738
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.36%
Writing Average Score for the school 506.174
Average Score for Queensland 464.011
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 510.412
Average Score for Queensland 485.912
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.666%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 533.021
Average Score for Queensland 492.985
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.333%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 503.378
Average Score for Queensland 480.54
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.333%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

School Funding By Source
Income 2015

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,928,574

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$744,554

Fees, charges and parent contributions$886,548

Other private sources$179,672

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,739,348

Deductions 2015

Income allocated to current capital projects$192,960

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$28,703


Total net recurrent income$4,517,685

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.