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2017 Annual Report for St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch
Motto Journey Together STACC_logo_circular_col.jpg
Address 185 -205 Redlynch Intake Rd, REDLYNCH QLD 4870
Postal Address PO Box 150, REDLYNCH QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4039 5200
Fax Number (07) 4039 5255
Email Address secretary@standrewscc.qld.edu.au
Web Site http://www.standrewscc.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 1688 Mr Lee MacMaster
Year Levels Offered P-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Lee MacMaster
Parish PriestRev Fr Neil Muir
Parish Number (07) 4057 6055

About our School

St Andrew's Catholic College is a Catholic, co-educational College, situated on a picturesque 25 ha site located in the Redlynch Valley. The College is part of the Northern Beaches Parish with Father Neil Muir as the Parish Priest. The College opened in 2001 with 71 enrolments and a small staff but has grown today to an enrolment close to 1680 students and over 200 staff. Mrs Lauretta Graham, the founding Principal of the College guided and shaped the College for the first eleven years - 2001 - 2011. The College is organised into three sectors, all on the one site - Junior Years (Prep to Year 5); Middle Years (Year 6 to Year 9); and, Senior Years (Year 10 to Year 12). In the Junior Years there are four classes per year level. In the Middle Years there are four classes in Year 6 and six classes in Years 7 to Year 9. In the Senior Years there are six Homeform classes in each year level.

From the outset in 2001, it was the hope of all people concerned with the development of the College that it is seen as a shared resource for the community, with a welcome for all people interested in continuing to seek faith development, spirituality, knowledge and recreation. This concept is at the heart of the ongoing vision for St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch Valley.

Today, St Andrew's is a College with a student-centred focus, in genuine partnership with families. We believe in giving girls and boys both a purpose and an identity through challenging them to become active, innovative, responsible citizens and we believe that students can best develop these essential skills in an outstanding learning environment which is present at the College. St Andrew's truly is a College offering opportunities to all members of the community through life-giving relationships and a commitment to bring the Gospel values to life every day.

In 2012, Mr Lee MacMaster took over the principalship of the College and has guided the College over the past six and half years. In this period of consolidation, the College has grown in stature - academically, spiritually, culturally, vocationally and on the sporting field.

Come journey with us and join a community that embodies the Catholic tradition and is actively shaping the future.    

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • Comprehensive academic, vocational and extra-curricular educational offerings in  sport, music and cultural activities;
  • The co-educational environment provides the best start for life, where men and women work in harmony;
  • The College is divided into three sectors for the purpose of curriculum delivery and pastoral care;
  

  • Offering a seamless Prep to Year 12 curriculum approach.
  • A recognised leader in the field of Middle Years learning.
  • Offers an innovative and relevant curriculum; dealing specifically for the needs of senior  years (Years 10 - 12) students through a multi-pathway (academic &  vocational)  approach.
  • Middle Leaders (Pastoral) who ensure that Pastoral Care permeates every part of College life.
  • Students know they are valued as persons where their dignity and spirit are sacred.
  • Expert  Student Counsellors  Team.
  • Careers & Pathway Counselling available to all students.
  • Learning Support Specialists and Indigenous Liaison Officer supporting all year levels.
  • Exceptional staff who look for the best in their students, and value and respect them for just who they are.
  • The College focuses on developing partnerships between learners, teachers, community and other providers.
  • Highly committed to community involvement and participation.
  • An environment where parents are acknowledged and welcomed as genuine partners in the education process.

The College continues to raise the bar each year in terms of results achieved in NAPLAN and end of Year 12 qualifications. Staff at the College are committed to a professional learning culture which is aimed at constant improvements in learning and wellbeing outcomes for our students.

Vocational education is extremely strong at the College with a large number of accredited Certificate courses on offer in excellent facilities with outstanding trainers and teachers. The College is a Registered Training Organisation.

The College is registered with CRICOS and attracts overseas students as full fee-paying members of the community.

The College enjoys outstanding relationships with schools in Japan and Italy. Students and staff travel to and from these schools each year.

St Andrew's Catholic College works to provide their students with an education, which will empower them to take their place in the world as spiritual, moral, well-integrated persons, contributing positively to the life of the Church and the wider society.

Extra Curricular Activities

Bands, Ensembles & Choirs

Numerous Sporting Opportunities - School & Representative   Years 10 - 12 Work Experience & Vocational Programs (National Standards)
Chess Club Public Speaking & Debating Mathematics, English, Visual Art  Enrichment Programs
Interschools Sporting Competitions Student Leadership Teams - Junior, Middle & Senior Years Robotics  & Drone Clubs
Exemplary Track & Field Coaching Duke of Edinburgh Award Drama & Dance Clubs

High Performance Sports Programs

Community Involvement through a Service Learning Program for  all Senior Students

Language Exchange Program (Japan & China)    

Social Climate
At St Andrew's Catholic College we pride ourselves on our community all-inclusive atmosphere.   The College empowers students to reach their true potential as confident, community-minded individuals by encouraging them to participate in a myriad of projects during their time at the College.

  • Active Anti-Bullying and Cybersmart programs
  • Buddy programs
  • Various Regional and Peninsula sporting team representations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Young Ladies of St Andrew's and St Andrew's Men community engagement programs
  • Relay for Life Teams
  • Various Charity collections
  • School Missions Projects  
  • Language Speaking competitions
  • Student Leadership Teams & Student Representative Councils
  • Strong support for Catholic Education Week Activities
  • Sporting carnivals - Athletics, Cross Country & Swimming
  • Senior Citizen luncheons and morning teas
  • Project Compassion / Vinnies Youth / St Vincent de Paul / Rosies
  • Strong Eisteddfod presence in the Arts
  • Commitment to activities before & after school - Chess, Ukulele, Drones, Robotics, Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art
  • Maths Help, English Help and Science Help additional tutorial support
  • After school Homework Program - College Library Assistance
  • The College enjoys a strong reputation in the community for the dedicated service of staff and students. Strong commitment to charities and service opportunities abound each year. All Senior Years students are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of service prior to their graduation
  • All Saints' Chapel at the College is a Parish centre and Mass is celebrated for the community in the chapel every Sunday afternoon at 5.30pm. The College Leadership Team members take responsibility for supporting the weekly Parish Mass   

Parent Involvement

  • Highly active Parents & Friends Association and College Board  
  • Parents invited to weekly assemblies and other College activities  
  • Regular Parent / Teacher / Student meetings, reporting and feedback opportunities
  • Parents & Friends Association fundraising which is fully supportive of the College initiatives  
  • Defence Student Transition Mentor appointed to assist with the transition program for all Defence Families
  • Student Representative Council and Student Leadership opportunities  
  • New parent and carer welcoming functions  
  • All Saints' Chapel located at St Andrew's Catholic College is a Mass centre for the Northern Beaches Parish on Sunday afternoons at 5.30pm.  
  • Parent Information Forums & Subject Selection Evenings
  • Trades & vocational studies information evenings

Parent Satisfaction

St Andrew's Catholic College parents and carers state that they feel comfortable in approaching the College with any issues or concerns and they believe teachers at St Andrew's are engaged with motivating students to ensure learning and growing as young men and women are positive experiences.

The College was commended by parents and carers for its innovative approach to continually improving the quality of education and wellbeing for all students.    

St Andrew's is a College with a student-centred focus, in genuine partnership with families. We believe in giving girls and boys both a purpose and an identity through challenging them to become active, innovative, responsible citizens and we believe that students can best develop these essential skills in an outstanding learning environment which is present at the College. St Andrew's truly is a College offering opportunities to all members of the community through life-giving relationships and a commitment to bring the Gospel values to life every day.

Data Last Updated Thu 28 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 6% 50% 21% 11%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff142 133.49
Non-Teaching Staff 96 65.93
Indigenous 3 1.79

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$126829

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

During 2017 the staff at the College were actively involved in the following major professional development initiatives:- 

  • Phase 1 implementation of the staff Professional Learning Teams agenda
  • Preparation for the new Senior Years Queensland education curriculum, assessment and certification requirements due for implementation with Year 11 in 2019
  • Continued implementation of the 'Visible Learning' pedagogical agenda 
  • Implementation of Positive Schools / Growth mindset agenda 
  • Continued implementation of quality literacy and numeracy intervention programs (Prep - Year 10) 
  • Continued implementation and refinement of Australian Curriculum content (Prep - Year 10) 
  • Continued adoption of new and relevant vocational courses and content for our College community 
  • Continued adoption of social, emotional and student wellbeing initiatives

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 year88.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The majority of staff reported that they felt highly valued and appreciated for their contributions at St Andrew's. They report that the College workplace provides them with a harmonious place to work and to carry out their responsibilities.

During 2017, a Staff Wellbeing Professional Learning Team (PLT) was formed. The PLT has been working closely with members of the College Leadership Team in relation to a number of key initiatives: -

Staff Feeling Valued and Cared For

  1. As a Leadership Team we are striving for as much consultation as possible in our decision making. We will continue to work on our consultative processes in relation to decisions impacting staff.
  2. The Leadership Team will continue to look at ways to cater for staff interests. Unfortunately our attempts to provide staff hospitality at PD days at the end of term functions are difficult to adjust to ensure every staff member is catered for.

Staff Workload

  1. The College Leadership Team and the Timetable Committee are looking at an adjustment of the 2019 timetable to cater for a longer recess break for staff (shorter lunch).
  2. The Leadership Team are well aware of the need to reduce assessments and create more opportunities for teaching, learning and ongoing / formative assessments to occur.
  3. The College Leadership Team is well aware of the increasing demands of teachers and the management of their workloads.

Staff Job Satisfaction & Enjoyment

  1. As a College we need to move from a position of  'everything is important for me to teach', to a new position of  'What is the guaranteed and viable curriculum' we teach at St Andrew's and what are the priority learning goals in each subject area for each year level. We need to have a new paradigm for curriculum interpretation at St Andrew's - what is the  'need to know content; what is the  'important to know and do' content; and, what is the  'nice to know content'. Once we move to this new paradigm, teachers will have the chance to  'breathe' and focus on what is important.
  2. The College Leadership Team will be acknowledging the staff members who take extras and who take extra duties.
  3. From 2019, the College calendar will have  'non-disruption' blocks / weeks for Year 11 - 2019 initially. There is no reason why this concept of  'non-disruption weeks' cannot be extended to other year levels.  'non-disruption weeks means a commitment to teaching and learning - no excursions, College events, sports events, etc.

Staff Overall Wellbeing

  1. The College Leadership Team really do care about our staff - we value our staff and are very keen to support any initiatives to further foster staff wellbeing.

The Leadership Team is very committed to ensuring our staff are well cared for and endorsed for their efforts.

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 28 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6 YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
95.69% 93.97% 95.08% 95.04% 95.03% 93.84% 94.57% 94.48% 93.83% 94% 94.05% 92.08% 92.26%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school on the day that a student is absent. Various communication channels are available for parents to contact the school regarding student absence:

  • Dedicated email address
  • Telephone Absentee Line
  • STACC Mobile Telephone App
  • Parent Portal

If students are absent without notification, parents are contacted on that day. If there is a pattern of non-attendance developing, parents are contacted and an interview is requested. A non-attendance pattern is likely to cause a disruption to the student's learning.

Parents and carers are asked to request leave for their child from the College Principal if the leave period coincides with the beginning or end of each term; is for greater than five days in duration; and / or impacts on any block examination / assessment periods.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate96
Post-School Destination Information

Refer to graph above.

The distance travelled

  • Large scope and variety of extra-curricular programs St Andrew's Catholic College offers. Our curriculum is complemented by the extensive use of technology to enhance curriculum delivery.
  • Specific programmes in relation to student welfare - Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs start in Prep and continue throughout the College up to and including Year 12. This program provides life skills education through building confidence, resilience, organisation, getting along, and persistence. Through this emphasis, our College encourages individuals to develop Christian wholeness by implementing evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning to nurture wellbeing, invigorate learning and develop cultures of connectedness.
  • Specialist programs showing improved outcomes for students with disabilities and those who need learning support. Students benefit from caring, dedicated and specialised staff focusing on the individual needs of students. Special Needs & Learning Support programs are organised in each sector, providing support to all students in need across the College from Prep to Year 12.
  • Vocational Education and Training Vocational Education continues to expand at St Andrew's with St Andrew's Trade Centre being utilised by a large proportion of our senior year cohort. As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) we have numerous Certificate courses on our Scope of Registration for Years 10 to 12 students; up to and including Certificate III and IV qualifications.
  • The College facilities are state of the art and have been designed to maximise student engagement. The College has been built over the past seventeen years in thirteen stages. The College continues to expand its facilities with Stage 14 (Science laboratories and General Learning spaces) being built during 2018. The 660 seat Performing Arts Theatre,  €œAll Saints' Theatre " is an outstanding venue for College and community events.

Where are we going ?

As a Catholic College, we are committed to a particular value system that is "Christian Values in the Catholic tradition, based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

Our hope is to provide students with a clearly defined set of values and principles by which to lead their lives and a sense of service and giving. Through their involvement in this Catholic Faith Community, students will be able to reach their full potential, through the enhancement of their educational, personal and spiritual dimensions.

Our College calls each person to be the person that Jesus would want them to be. As a result of such a calling, our students will enrich the world when they enter it as adults. We ask them not to accept the world as it is, but to work for the world that could be.

"I have come in order that you might have life in all its fullness." (Jn-10:10)

Value Added - Student Satisfaction
93% of students agreed:

  • They feel positive at the College and they feel relaxed about being a St Andrew's student.
  • Their teachers are caring and well prepared for their teaching.
  • The College offers so many opportunities to grow.
  • Their teachers knew them well and cared for them.
  • The College was a place that prepared them for their life after school.

Overall students believe that the staff provide a stimulating learning environment and are preparing them well for the future.

Student Satisfaction

91% of students agreed:

  • they feel positive at school and they feel relaxed about being a St Andrew's student.
  • their teachers are well prepared.
  • the College offers so many opportunities to grow.
  • their teachers knew them well and cared for them.
  • the College was a place that prepared them for their life after school.

Overall students believe that the teachers provide a stimulating learning environment and are preparing them well for the future.

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 28 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 442.4
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.2%
Writing Average Score for the school 396.5
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 394.3
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.6%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 435.9
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.4%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 402.4
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.2%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 521.7
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.2%
Writing Average Score for the school 472
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.2%
Spelling Average Score for the school 487.3
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.6%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 497.2
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.4%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 507.1
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 564.4
Average Score for Queensland 540.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Writing Average Score for the school 528.8
Average Score for Queensland 502.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.3%
Spelling Average Score for the school 558.2
Average Score for Queensland 546
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.1%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 566.3
Average Score for Queensland 537.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.8%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 576.9
Average Score for Queensland 549.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 608.1
Average Score for Queensland 574.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 98%
Writing Average Score for the school 585.7
Average Score for Queensland 541.309997
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.4%
Spelling Average Score for the school 592
Average Score for Queensland 576.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.2%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 616.7
Average Score for Queensland 573.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.1%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 620.5
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. 136

Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement. 1

Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education at the end of Year 12.131

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

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.66

Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).17

Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).89

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.87%

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.99%

Data Last Updated Thu May 03 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$14,358,085

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$4,377,523

Fees, charges and parent contributions$7,323,285

Other private sources$457,013

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$26,515,906


Deductions
Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$943,731

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$1,737,974


Subtotal$2,681,705

Total net recurrent income$23,834,201


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.