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2017 Annual Report for St Mary's Catholic College, Woree
Motto Educare Et Sanctificare 'To Educate and Make Holy' SMCC - CMYK PORT SOLID GREEN.jpg
Address 53 Anderson Road, WOREE QLD 4868
Postal Address PO Box 259E, EARLVILLE QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4044 4200
Fax Number (07) 40546617
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 824 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. Inspired by Mother Mary, our College is a place where individual strengths are nurtured and developed and where faith and a sense of "family" are fundamental to who we are. The College has a strong academic focus. We offer a stimulating academic and vocational curriculum, along with comprehensive co-curricular opportunities for our students to pursue their interest in sport, the arts, and service leadership. St Mary's offers a broad technology rich curriculum delivered by quality and dedicated teachers. The College has many outstanding facilities, with exciting new building projects in progress that will bring about more contemporary and innovative learning spaces to stimulate student learning.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Mary's offers a wide range of subjects, supported by innovative resources and highly trained and effective 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). Currently, in the Senior School, a comprehensive range of authority and authority registered subjects are offered. From 2019, SMCC will align to the new QCE options with a similarly comprehensive range of General, Applied and Vocational courses. St Mary's provides opportunity for students to participate in School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programs with a number of these offered in an impressive on-site Trade Training Centre with trade qualified staff. We offer a comprehensive learning support program for students with special needs as well as opportunities for those seeking academic extension.

Extra Curricular Activities

St Mary's is justifiably proud of our 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 vocal and instrumental ensembles. Instrumental tuition is available to students through the College's Instrumental Music Program. Students are also involved in public speaking competitions including Lions Youth of the Year, Rostrum Voice of Youth, Cairns Junior Speakers Contest and Rotary Debating. The College offers a wide variety of sporting opportunities including Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming and Athletics. St Mary's is proud to be a part of the Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN Netball carnivals. Seniors and Juniors compete in the CISSA (Cairns Interschool Senior Sporting Association) competition each year. Students have the opportunity to compete in the Trinity Coast South Trials and Peninsula Championships and many progress to State and National Titles.

Social Climate

The College has a fundamental belief in the promotion of a Catholic spiritual and religious ethos. This is achieved through staff formation, life-giving relationships and formal Religious Education. We believe in the uniqueness and dignity of each individual. We endeavour to encourage each member of our community to be inner-directed, responsible, compassionate and just. Students, staff and parents learn best in situations of loving relationships and mutual respect. 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. The Responsible Thinking Process is designed to foster the highest levels of respect for all people and to allow individuals to develop a sense of respect for themselves. A retreat program runs in all year levels, providing students with the opportunity for personal and communal prayer and reflection. 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. Counselling services are provided by the College with professional counsellors on staff, as well as, a Careers Counsellor and an Indigenous Education Liaison Officer. A Campus Minister exists to provide a spiritual support base for students and staff. 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 follows clear guidelines when responding to bullying issues and look to work with all involved to bring about change.

Parent Involvement

St Mary's recognises that parents and families play an important role in supporting their child's education. The College actively looks to engage parents and works closely with the College's P&F Association and College Board to improve outcomes for students. St Mary's recognises parent engagement as more than being involved and informed about school activities and provides an online Parent Portal to allow families to further engage with the school community.

Parent Satisfaction

Parents strongly agree that:

  • This school s a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect.
  • The school encourages each child to achieve to the best of their ability.
  • The school provides clear, timely and relevant information.
  • The school provides high quality services to parents and students.

Data Last Updated Fri 22 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 4% 51% 30% 11%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff77 72.69
Non-Teaching Staff 59 41.8
Indigenous 3 2

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$44319

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 days97%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year90.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Teachers strongly agree:

  • The school promotes justice, compassion and service.
  • The school is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect.
  • St Mary's provides high quality services and delivers quality educational outcomes for students.
  • Staff are committed to a long-term association with Catholic Education and would recommend Catholic Education as an employer of choice.
  • The Principal and Leadership Team at St Mary's Catholic College model and expect high standards from staff.

Data Last Updated Fri Jun 22 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
95.1% 92.82% 92.04% 92.47% 94.14% 93.29%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

In line with the Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns guidelines and procedures for school attendance and truancy, St Mary's Catholic College fosters a school culture based on one hundred percent attendance. Every student absence requires an explanation and an acceptable reason. Early intervention and action are paramount where absences are becoming habitual.

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


St Mary's Catholic College


The distance travelled

Our core business of teaching and learning has seen many changes over our 31 year history, 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 ?

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 Tue Jun 26 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 546.1
Average Score for Queensland 540.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.1%
Writing Average Score for the school 510.6
Average Score for Queensland 502.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.8%
Spelling Average Score for the school 558.8
Average Score for Queensland 546
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.1%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 543.8
Average Score for Queensland 537.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.1%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 557.2
Average Score for Queensland 549.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.4%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 573.7
Average Score for Queensland 574.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.7%
Writing Average Score for the school 531.5
Average Score for Queensland 541.309997
% students at or above the national benchmark 79%
Spelling Average Score for the school 562.4
Average Score for Queensland 576.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.1%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 568.1
Average Score for Queensland 573.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.5%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 579
Average Score for Queensland 585.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Year 12 Outcomes

Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 117

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 12.111

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

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.93

Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).8

Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).66

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.97%

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.86%

Percentage of Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre applicants receiving a tertiary offer.100%

Data Last Updated Fri Sep 21 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$9,347,587

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,622,105

Fees, charges and parent contributions$4,266,814

Other private sources$229,894

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$16,466,400

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$333,673

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$0


Total net recurrent income$16,132,727

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.