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St Mary's Catholic College, Woree
Motto Educare Et Sanctificare 'To Educate and Make Holy' SMCC logo COLOUR.jpg
Address 53 Anderson Road, WOREE QLD 4868
Postal Address PO Box 259E, EARLVILLE QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4044 4200
Fax Number (07) 4054 6617
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 856 Mr Wayne Wood
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Wayne Wood
Parish PriestThe Rev Fr Martin Kenny PP
Parish Number (07) 4054 1171

About our School
Situated in the southern suburbs of Cairns, St Mary's opened in 1986 and boasts a proud reputation for providing quality Catholic co-education for the families of this exciting and dynamic region.

Committed and dedicated staff work closely with parents to provide students with the supportive and caring environment essential for their spiritual, academic, social and physical development. Young men and women are educated in a co-educational environment which prepares them for the "real" world after secondary education and allows for a variety of learning styles.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Mary’s offers a wide range of subjects, supported by good resources and highly trained and dedicated teachers. Students are offered a vibrant curriculum of core and elective subjects based on the Australian Curriculum for Years 7-10 and in line with the offerings of the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) for Senior. 


In the Senior School, a comprehensive range of authority and authority registered subjects are offered. Also Vocational Education and Training School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programs are offered in an on-site Trade Training Centre with trade qualified staff.

We offer a comprehensive learning support programme for students with special needs as well as extension opportunities for the academically gifted. 



Extra Curricular Activities

St Mary’s is justifiably proud of its students’ outstanding achievements in a wide range of Sport, Performing Arts, Public Speaking and Debating. Students have the opportunity to participate in music and drama productions, choir, orchestra, concert band, stage band and a range of other vocal and instrumental ensembles. Instrumental tuition is available to students through the College’s Instrumental Music Programme.

Students are also involved in public speaking competitions such as Lions Youth of the Year, Rostrum Voice of Youth, Cairns Junior Speakers Contest and Rotary Debating. There is a wide variety of sporting opportunities including Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming and Athletics. Seniors and Juniors compete in the CISSA (Cairns Interschool Senior Sporting Association) each year. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Trinity Coast South Trials and Peninsula Championships and many progress to State and National Titles.

Social Climate

Students at St Mary’s are valued for who they are.  They are expected to follow the example of Jesus in their everyday activities and this behaviour is modelled by their teachers.  Hence, examples of forgiveness, honesty and integrity are evident in the conduct of all who would participate in our community. St Mary’s is a Catholic school which follows traditional Catholic values and therefore takes very seriously its call to be a voice for and educate the underprivileged and marginalised in our society.

Staff, students and parents consider the cultural values of all members of our community.  Hence, we offer courses which are appropriate to further academic study at a tertiary institution as well as trade training.  In this way, we recognise the worth of all community members and acknowledge the many and diverse gifts of all.  While academic learning is our priority, given that we are an educational institution, we subscribe to the belief that it is also important that students are educated in skills which will allow them to achieve in life.  A graduate of St Mary’s will be knowledgeable, confident, mature and able to appreciate and respect the value of themselves and others.  As well as day-to-day living out of Gospel values, students are also exposed to more formal ways of personal growth in their involvement in Retreats, Camps and Work Experience. 

Each student belongs to a homeform group which is facilitated by one teacher. There is also a Pastoral Leader who oversees each Year level, caring for student wellbeing and managing behavioural expectations.  Heads of Year are specialists in the respective age group of the students that they are guiding and are well versed in the typical developments and behaviours associated with that age group.  The wellbeing of all students is overseen by an Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing whose day-to-day activities are solely concerned with students and their concerns.  At all times, students are encouraged to respect themselves and others and view their Homeform Teacher, Head of Year and the Assistant Principal Student Wellbeing as people whose responsibility is to assist their personal growth.

An Indigenous Liaison Coordinator assists Indigenous students to access the St Mary’s curriculum to realise academic objectives and be aware of cultural conflict that may hinder this.  St Mary’s highly values the opinions of Indigenous parents whose knowledge of cultural histories is valuable to our
students’ learning. To this end, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander parents are invited to join our ATSI Collaborative Committee.

St Mary’s does not tolerate bullying and has established a culture where this is not accepted by students.  Bullying and its consequences are regularly the focus of Social and Emotional Learning classes which are conducted weekly.  St Mary’s also has an electronic system known as ‘bullymail’ whereby students can report bullying without having to personally access a teacher.  A student may report bullying to themselves or others and remain anonymous if they so choose.

Parent Involvement

  • Parent information nights and parent/teacher interview nights are held on a regular basis throughout the year.
  • Parents are encouraged to support Parents and Friends (P&F) and College Board of Governance activities.
  • The College Tuckshop is managed by the P & F Association and parents are encouraged to volunteer.

Parent Satisfaction

Parents strongly agree that:

  • this school is a place of learning in a Christian environment.
  • the school delivers a RE Program that is values based and meets student needs.
  • this school always aims to improve the quality of education it provides.
  • this school takes parents concerns seriously.
  • the school encourages my child to persist with their learning when it is difficult.
  • my child looks forward to going to school.
  • the school is meeting the academic needs of my child.



Data Last Updated Mon 13 Jun 2016

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 3% 58% 35% 15%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff73 70.59
Non-Teaching Staff 59 40.55
Indigenous 3 3

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$37101

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • QCAA Training & Conferences
  • Visible Learning Workshops
  • Growth Mindset - Luke McKenna
  • Australian Curriculum Workshop & Conference
  • Subject Specific Inservicing & Conferences - Edutech IT Conf (BYOD), Art, English, Graphics, Sports, HPE, Library, Music, Science, (HEIAQ), (QAMT), (BEAQ), (QSTA), (QHTA) + CES Workshops + RE Twilight Retreats
  • RE Conference - LA
  • CaSPAQ Principal's Conference
  • DP/APA/APRE & Counsellors Conferences
  • Middle Leaders Conference
  • Senior First Aid & CPR Refresher
  • Cyber Safety
  • Teacher Wellbeing + Social Justice + Librarian Inservice
  • ACSSQ, ACCSSQ Conferences & CaSPAC.
  • VET Summit; VELG; ASQA & DET Inservice; TAFE Course - Hospitality
  • Accelerus Training; Timetabling Solutions
  • TREWTH Conference + Spirituality Workshop
  • Inventor 3D CAD Inservice;
  • Social Media Conference
  • QCS Workshop & NAPLAN Workshop
  • CDAA Career Development Association of Australia
  • QTAC Seminar & CASCST Course
  • QSite Conference
  • IWB NET Conference & Inservice
  • Next Steps Conference

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days95%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year100.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Teachers strongly agree:

  • The school encourages prayer and reflection. It is a place of learning in a Christian environment.
  • They feel like a professional at work.
  • They trust in the school leadership team.
  • That our school encourages a climate conducive to learning and encourages student responsiblity.
  • They feel their role is important in the school.
  • They feel their workplace has a positive ethos.
  • They feel their colleagues set good examples to students.
  • They are satisfied with the school's performance.
  • They feel committed to this school.
  • Data Last Updated Mon Jun 13 2016

    Student Reporting Data
    Average student attendance rates
    YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
    94.76% 92.98% 93.44% 92.67% 92.17% 91.96%
    How non-attendance is managed by the school

    St Mary’s non-attendance rate is very low at approximately 93%.  This is due to a consistent effort by staff to both monitor and report non-attendance immediately to parents via an SMS text and personal phone contact if necessary.

    Expectations of student attendance at the College are high. This is reflected in verbal and written communication to students and parents which emphasise the close correlation between high academic achievement and personal attendance records which are high. 

    If a student is absent for any reason, a written explanation from their parent/guardian must be submitted to the ‘school office’ on their return to the College. 



    Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate93
    Post-School Destination Information


    St Mary's Catholic College


    The distance travelled

    This year the College celebrated 30 years of educating young men and women in the St Mary’s traditions of faith, hope and love. Our core business of teaching and learning has seen many changes over this time, however, our commitment to quality education in a spirit filled community has remained and will continue to do so.

    St Mary’s graduates have attained the highest academic grades allowing them to choose their own pathways in tertiary study.

    St Mary’s Trade Training Centre vocational students are well equipped to continue with apprenticeships and traineeships after completion of Year 12.

    St Mary’s performing arts students continue to achieve awards and receive accolades in drama, instrumental music and choir performances in local and interstate competitions.

    The College offers a wide range of diverse subjects leading to multiple pathways. Expectations are high and each student is required to work to the best of their ability. St Mary’s recognises that learning correlates to a sense of belonging. The College’s hold values that actively seek to promote a sense of community which is shared by students, staff and parents.

    Where are we going ?

    Last year we welcomed Year 7's into our College Community and completed two major building projects. The refurbishment of the main teachers' staff room and a cover between B & D Blocks. 

    Academically, St Mary's continues to offer a broad range of subjects that will open many doors to tertiary study. Our teachers are committed to their profession and passionate about their specific subjects. St Mary's teachers are Curriculum Panel Chairs and representatives on three State and fifteen district panels, enabling them to provide up-to-date and relevant and relevant content and pedagogical practices so that our students learn from the best.

    The Performing Arts department presented a musical "Once Upon a Mattress" this year and as always received many accolades regarding their choral, instrumental and dramatic talents.

    The Next Steps Initiative Program continues with additional staff being employed to improve the teaching and learning of our Indigenous students.

    St Mary's Trade Training Centre continues to supply local businesses with capable trainees and apprentices. Courses such as Hospitality, Engineering, Small Motors and Construction are attracting students and also meeting their needs of workplace employment after school.

    Development of the Australian Curriculum continues. St Mary's offers the latest facilities for students to embrace learning in Technologies, Languages, the Arts and Health and Physical Education. New senior syllabuses are being drafted with teachers engaging in the opportunity to provide feedback.

    Overall, St Mary's remains the secondary College on the south side of Cairns which offers the best opportunities and the greatest variety of pathways for aspiring boys and girls who are wanting to learn and succeed.

    Student Satisfaction

    According to the 'Student Survey' carried out by the Catholic Education Services, Diocese of Cairns, the majority of students responded positively (either 'agree' or 'strongly agree') with the following statements about St Mary's:

    • I feel positive, happy and cheerful at this school.
    • My teachers are well prepared and put a lot of energy into teaching our class.
    • This school is preparing students well for their future.
    • I feel good about being a student at this school and I like school this year.

    Student satisfaction may be gauged and is evident in the large number of students who are involved in extra-curricular activities.

    Data Last Updated Wed Jun 15 2016

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2015
    Reading Average Score for the school 537.665
    Average Score for Queensland 537.322
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.56%
    Writing Average Score for the school 494.439
    Average Score for Queensland 497.108
    % students at or above the national benchmark 89.634%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 532.919
    Average Score for Queensland 541.008
    % students at or above the national benchmark 90.243%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 530.918
    Average Score for Queensland 531.951
    % students at or above the national benchmark 95.121%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 527.251
    Average Score for Queensland 535.044
    % students at or above the national benchmark 98.136%

    Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2015
    Reading Average Score for the school 567.34
    Average Score for Queensland 567.391
    % students at or above the national benchmark 91.463%
    Writing Average Score for the school 531.692
    Average Score for Queensland 529.855
    % students at or above the national benchmark 78.181%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 581.557
    Average Score for Queensland 576.704
    % students at or above the national benchmark 93.333%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 562.103
    Average Score for Queensland 560.198
    % students at or above the national benchmark 89.09%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 583.459
    Average Score for Queensland 581.87
    % students at or above the national benchmark 99.393%

    Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

    Year 12 Outcomes

    Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 120

    Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement. 0

    Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education at the end of Year 12.106

    Number of students awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).

    Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.105

    Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).5

    Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).76

    Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.81%

    Percentage of Year 12 students who are completing or completed a SAT or were awarded one or more of the following: QCE, IBD, VET qualification.97%

    Percentage of Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre applicants receiving a tertiary offer.96%

    Data Last Updated Wed Jun 15 2016

    School Funding By Source
    Income 2015

    Australian Government recurrent funding$6,542,266

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,089,158

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,950,592

    Other private sources$295,249

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$10,877,265

    Deductions 2015

    Income allocated to current capital projects$204,645

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

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$533,985


    Total net recurrent income$10,138,635

    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.