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St Stephen's Catholic College, Mareeba
Motto Trust in the Lord logo_st_stephens_catholic_mareeba_1.jpg
Address McIver Rd, MAREEBA QLD 4880
Postal Address PO Box 624, MAREEBA QLD 4880
Phone Number (07) 4086 2500
Fax Number (07) 4092 4333
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 554 Mrs Ida Pinese
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mrs Ida Pinese
Parish PriestFather John Sullivan
Parish Number (07) 4092 1077

About our School

St Stephen's Catholic College is administered by the Catholic Diocese of Cairns and provides a quality Catholic secondary education for students in the Tablelands, Kuranda and Mossman areas. The college boasts a stable staff who reside predominantly in the Tablelands area. With the relocation of a historic chapel to the college site, there is now a sacred space for staff and students to further develop their faith formation.

Situated on 28 hectares on the outskirts of Mareeba, St Stephen's Catholic College focuses on providing opportunities for young men and women to achieve their personal best. The college provides a holistic curriculum to enable students to grow academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Students are viewed as life-long learners who will be given opportunities to utilise their talents by being a presence of Christ in our world.

Our parents value the firm boundaries, excellent learning environment, quality teaching and the modern facilities which our College offers. Fostering a sense of family has been an integral part of St Stephen's since the foundation years. This connectedness with families and the wider community is based on shared values and translates to forming a school culture that enhances student achievement in a holistic manner. In 2015, the college also formed a sister school agreement with Sano Nihon Daigaku Secondary College in Sano City, Japan. This will strengthen cultural ties between students in both schools.

For the third successive year, the college was included in Queensland University of Technology's "blue group" status for having an increased number of OP-eligible students (93%) achieve scores between 1 and 15. The 2016 year 12 cohort achieved outstanding OP results, with 24.4% of students achieving scores between 1 and 5. This included three students with OP 1 scores, three with OP 2 scores and three with OP 3 scores.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Stephen's seeks to build on its reputation, established in its foundation years, of providing a curriculum structure which supports the diverse needs of students. With the integration of the Australian Curriculum, our College continues to modify teaching and learning programs to meet mandatory requirements. A broadening of the curriculum has occurred as larger cohorts progress to senior years. With an enrolment of 554 students in 2017, the college provides students with both academic and vocational pathways. These vocational pathways are enhanced by the provision of certificate courses in the college's Trade Training Centre. In addition a recent focus on languages (Japanese, French and Italian), as well as the arts (Music, Drama and Visual Art), has enriched curriculum offerings.

Structure of the Curriculum:

Years 7 to 10:

  • Core subjects include Religion, Mathematics, Science, English, History/Geography and Health and Physical Education (years 7 to 10)
  • Year 7 & 8 students study minor core subjects on rotation
  • Core classes in Mathematics and English are purposefully grouped to provide opportunities for extension or learning support.
  • Electives are studied for one or two semesters in year 9 and for both semesters in year 10. Students choose two electives from a range of options.
  • Religion is a rigorous, distinctive learning area. (Includes a Sacramental Program)
  • Languages: Japanese, Italian and French

Years 11 and 12:

  • Students may choose authority subjects contributing to an over all position (OP) or authority-registered subjects which are geared towards a vocational pathway.
  • Vocational Education and Training certificate courses are available in the areas of Engineering, Furnishings
  • Students may also access certificate courses through an outside provider such as TAFE and participate in School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
  • Opportunities exist for students to study subjects not offered by the College through an external provider (School of Distance Education) or through online courses.

Extra Curricular Activities

Diverse Sporting Opportunities

Public Speaking


Retreats and camps

Combined Schools Band

Tutorial Support

Gifted and Talented (Readers Cup, Chess, Mathematics camp, Optiminds)

Instrumental Music, School Choir and Liturgy Band

Social Justice Committee

Student Representative Council

Overseas cultural experiences

Work Experience Program

Social Climate

The culture of our College is based on the following:

  • An emphasis on being a part of the college family and community.
  • A welcoming culture that promotes positive relationships.
  • A co-educational school which affirms the equality of persons.
  • An acknowledgment of achievement in all aspects of College life.
  • The College focuses on developing partnerships between students, teachers and carers.
  • Students are encouraged to build successful relationships, communicate effectively and achieve their personal best.
  • Development of respect for others, responsibility for one's learning and the development of confident, young people who are morally autonomous and have an awareness of God's presence.

Parent Involvement

  • Parents & Friends Association Meetings on a regular basis with a presence at signature events such as Subject Selection and Meet and Greet Evenings
  • Monthly College Board meetings
  • Regular Parent / Teacher Interviews, following reports
  • Parental involvement in school camps, retreats, excursions, sporting carnivals and other extra-curricular activities

Parent Satisfaction

Survey responses were received from 252 out of a total of 663 eligible respondents. This is a response rate of 38%. The college recorded an overall satisfaction score of 80%.  Feedback was sought from the following areas: Catholic Ethos, Resources, Leadership, Improvement Processes and Teaching and Learning. Best practice areas include: Leadership and Resources. Fair to good areas include: Learning and Teaching, Improvement Processes, Catholic Ethos. There were no areas identified as requiring attention or immediate action.

Data Last Updated Mon 26 Mar 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 10% 57% 30% 11%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff55 48.23
Non-Teaching Staff 28 18.72
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$16881

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

In 2016 the following professional development initiatives were provided for teaching staff: 

  •   Trewth Conference 2016
  •   Mandatory Training in Code of Conduct, Student Protection Training, Workplace Harassment, Curriculum Risk Management (SALT)
  • DSE Training
  • Mission, Curriculum and Pastoral initiatives 
  • Australian Curriculum planning at CES and QCAA, including new senior school changes for 2019 
  • Development of Catholic Identity
  • Professional Learning on promoting a culture of feedback
  • E-Learning updates
  • Staff retreat opportunities


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 year91.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Survey responses were received from 57 out of 71 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate  of 80.3%. Staff recorded an overall satisfaction score of 84%.  Areas surveyed included: Catholic Ethos, Resources, Leadership, Improvement Processes and Staff Engagement. Best practice areas included: Resources, Leadership, Improvement Processes, Staff Engagement and Catholic Ethos. No areas were identified as requiring attention or needing immediate action.

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 19 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
94.35% 93.25% 93.34% 91.77% 94.68% 94.34%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

  • Student attendance is effectively monitored with students expected to participate in all curricular and co-curricular activities offered by the College.
  • Parents are required to notify the College by 8.30 am of their child's absence. All unexplained absences are followed up by the office staff.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate68
Post-School Destination Information

In 2017, 65.3% of young people who completed Year 12 at St Stephen's Catholic College in 2016 continued in some recognized form of education and training in the year after they left school

The distance travelled

  • The College has a comprehensive training program for students who wish to sit for the QCS (Queensland Core Skills Test)
  • The College has been included in QUT's "Blue Group" in 2017 which means that for three successive years, more than 90% of OP eligible students achieved a result from 1 to 15 and also that the number of students who were OP eligible was rising.
  • The Naplan results in 2016 were also generally above state and national means as a result of the College's efforts to improve numeracy and literacy across all year levels.
  • With the offering of Music from years 7 to 11, choices for students have been expanded.
  • The Robotics course for years 7 to 9 has also enhanced students' engagement and provided a focus for STEMS

Where are we going ?

  • Moving to incorporate the new senior system
  • Implementing a 1 to 1 with years 7 & 10
  • Music block completion

Student Satisfaction

The survey response rate from students was 85.5%. The College achieved an overall satisfaction score of 74%. Key feedback areas included: Catholic Ethos, Leadership, Resources, Improvement Processes and Learning and Teaching. Fair to good areas included: Resources, Learning and Teaching, Leadership, Catholic Ethos and Improvement Processes.

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 26 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 554.909
Average Score for Queensland 547.752
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 505.374
Average Score for Queensland 511.064
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.143%
Spelling Average Score for the school 552.066
Average Score for Queensland 546.972
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.143%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 549.004
Average Score for Queensland 545.862
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.143%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 550.142
Average Score for Queensland 553.377
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.048%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 586.928
Average Score for Queensland 586.335
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.101%
Writing Average Score for the school 521.685
Average Score for Queensland 541.31
% students at or above the national benchmark 75%
Spelling Average Score for the school 579.529
Average Score for Queensland 579.775
% students at or above the national benchmark 91.176%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 589.364
Average Score for Queensland 573.99
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.059%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 579.904
Average Score for Queensland 589.065
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.059%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Year 12 Outcomes

Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 3

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 12.59

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

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.49

Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).11

Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).41

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.93%

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.96%

Percentage of Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre applicants receiving a tertiary offer.94%

Data Last Updated Mon Sep 11 2017

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$6,208,366

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,653,844

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,964,066

Other private sources$192,316

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$11,018,592

Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$199,755

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$1,106,625


Total net recurrent income$9,712,212

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.