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Mount St Bernard College, Herberton
Motto Luceat Lux Vestra 'Let Your Light Shine' Final _ Correct MSB Logo 2.jpg
Address 15 Broadway, HERBERTON QLD 4887
Postal Address PO Box 14, HERBERTON QLD 4887
Phone Number (07) 4096 1444
Fax Number (07) 4096 2509
Email Address office@msb.qld.edu.au
Web Site http://www.msb.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 231 David Finch
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal David Finch
Parish PriestFr Greg Moses
Parish Number (07) 4091 1125

About our School

Mount St Bernard College is located at Herberton, on the Atherton Tablelands. Established in 1921 by the Sisters of Mercy as a day and boarding school, the College enjoys a proud history and a rich tradition.

The Sisters of Mercy began their educational ministry in the Herberton district over 100 years ago with the opening of St Patrick’s Parish Catholic primary school in 1910. Responding to the changing educational needs in far north Queensland, the original Sisters of Mercy Boarding School, St Mary’s Cooktown, was moved to Herberton in 1921. The Sisters of Mercy gifted the college to the Diocese of Cairns in February 2006 and it is now administered by Cairns Catholic Education Services.

As a Catholic school, Mount St Bernard College is open to all who support its values and are seeking a holistic education. The College serves local students from the Tablelands district and welcomes as boarders students from rural and remote areas of the Far North and North West of Queensland. Mount St Bernard College also reaches out to students from the remote communities of Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Torres Strait, Northern Territory & Papua New Guinea.

With male and female day students and boarding for both girls and boys, the College enrolment reflects a broad spectrum of cultures and experiences. Mount St Bernard College strives to enable its students to develop a broad range of skills enabling them to become the persons God created them to be.

Mount St Bernard College: Mercy Traditions, Spirited Learning and Building Futures, promotes a holistic approach to education in a caring Christian environment.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

The MSB curriculum has been designed to provide diverse pathways to meet the wide ranging of needs of the students we serve. We offer a broad curriculum intended to contribute to the deep learning and holistic development of students. In response to the needs of individuals and their breadth of aspirations, an MSB education can help prepare young people for direct entry into the world of work or lay the foundation for tertiary studies through our academic programs.  A range of Vocational Education & Training (VET) offerings complement the academic curriculum.  These include VET certificate training in IT and Media, Engineering Pathways, Education Support, Sport and Recreation, Public Safety, Hospitality and Allied Health Assistance.  The college also offers transition learning units that focus on building literacy & numeracy skills to accelerate students.

MSB is renowned for its expedition programme.  Individuals have an opportunity to challenge their comfort zone and develop traits of self reliance, leadership and teamwork.

Extra Curricular Activities

The following extra curricular programmes are offered within the college community;

  • Student Representative Council

  • Sporting opportunities  - regional,state & national Representatives.

  • Pastoral Care

  • Recreational Pursuits

  • Expeditions

  • Cultural Dance

  • Reading club

  • Liturgies

  • school bands

  • choir

  • Social Opportunities

  • Cultural Art and Craft opportunities

  • Youth Group - CSYMA

  • Sacramental Program

Social Climate

Mount St Bernard College is a school in the Mercy tradition. As a Catholic school, the values of Mercy education - love, respect, participation, service and personal best effort - have endured as proud traditions at the heart of the life of the College.

Mount St Bernard College is committed to providing a safe, respectful and disciplined learning environment for students and staff where students have opportunities to engage in quality learning experiences and acquire values supportive of their lifelong wellbeing.

MSB values respect, participation and personal best.  Students are supported to respect themselves, fellow students and adult members of the school community.  Respect is experienced in positive relationships, affirming language and peaceful actions.  Respect for school facilities and the surrounding environment is also promoted.  Importantly, student respect for the purpose of school is observed in students’ positive engagement in their learning.

Bullying behaviours are proactively addressed by MSB’s structured development of students’ Social Emotional skills.  MSB’s Student Wellbeing & Pastoral Care Team respond to individual bullying incidents to both support students subjected to unwanted and inappropriate behaviours and assist students engaging in bullying behaviours to address their inappropriate attitudes and actions.

The Pastoral Care and Student Counselling Team also work actively in the residential setting, leading discussions and activities focussing on anti-bullying strategies and learning about resilience and respect. Middle Leaders in Pastoral Care liaise with the Head of Pastoral Care and the AP-Mission on student matters. The Heads of Residential work closely with day school personnel.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support is designed to facilitate high standards of behaviour so that learning and teaching can be effective and students can participate positively within our College community.

Parent Involvement

We are committed to building strong partnerships with parents through regular contact and encouraging open relationships between staff and parents supportive of students' growth and learning.

This is assisted by formal structures:

  • Information evenings
  • The College newsletter, with editions each fortnight helps the parent and family community maintain awareness of upcoming events, celebrate student and community achievements , stay informed of emerging developments in education
  • Students are issued with a diary each year, and parents are advised to monitor this as it is used as a key means of communication by staff to families 
  • Students and families are also encouraged to participate in community social events throughout the school year. NAIDOC celebrations are very popular.
  • The college facebook page is very popular and a wonderful source of information. Many families access this regularly. The facebook page is updated each week.

 Mount St Bernard College has a Parents and Friends Association which meets twice per term. Meetings are advertised in the newsletter. Parents are invited to attend or join the group regularly.

Parent Satisfaction

2016 Parent Survey (SRS)

  • *   82.8% of parents surveyed agree or strongly agree or are satisfied that this school delivery a Religious Education program that is values based and meets students’ needs.
  • *   90.9% of parents surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that the school always aims to improve the quality of education it provides and offers a broad and relevant curriculum.
  • *   86.1% of parents surveyed agree or strongly agree that they respect the Principal and school leadership in their decision making.
  • *   94% of parents surveyed agree to some extent, agree or strongly agree that the teachers at my child’s school are very good at encouraging my child to learn.
  • *   86.1% of parents surveyed, agree or strongly agree that they would recommend the college to others.
  • *   88.6% of parents surveyed, agree or strongly agree that each child is encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability. 
  • *   86.3% of parents surveyed, agree or strongly agree that they have confidence in the teaching staff at Mount St Bernard College.
  •       84.1% of parents surveyed, agree or strongly agree that the staff are MSB are accessible, respectful and respond promptly to their concerns.

Data Last Updated Thu 22 Jun 2017

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 8% 27% 19% 9%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff41 36.8
Non-Teaching Staff 77 55.87
Indigenous 10 8.87

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$38264

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

2016 Teaching Staff Professional Development Opportunities

 

Revising eMinerva                                                                                                                           Geography Teachers Annual Conference

Biology Panel Monitoring Observation                                                                                   Ingenious Bandscale Training

Maths B Panel Monitoring Observation                                                                                 Women in Leadership Meeting

Maths A Monitoring Regional Panel                                                                                         Teacher to Teacher Mentoring

English Middle Leaders Networking Day                                                                                Design Led Learning Communities Conference

Introduction to Circle Solutions                                                                                                  ETQAC English Teacher Association Conference

QCAA Accreditation Workshop                                                                                                  VET Pathways Update

RTO Managers/VET Coordinators Meeting                                                                           QCAA Calibration Training

QAMT Regional Meeting                                                                                                              ML Science Network Day

APRE Induction Day                                                                                                                        Intensive Restorative Practices Training

iLearn                                                                                                                                                    CTA Cert 3 Ed Support Moderation

E-learning Forum                                                                                                                             Christian Retreat and Meditation

TTC Forum                                                                                                                                          A Catholic Perspective on Relationships and Sexuality Education

Masters Class – Family Law                                                                                                          Pastoral Care Network Meeting

CTA Network Meeting                                                                                                                   Mindset Unlocking Student Potential

Mental Health First Aid                                                                                                                  Literacy Strengthening Reading and Comprehension in junior secondary

RTO Managers                                                                                                                                  QCAA Verification Legal Studies

Matt Golinski Industry Currency                                                                                                QSITE Cairns Conference Technologies in the Tropics

Arts – Middle Leaders Networking Day                                                                                  Three Worlds

Regional Moderation CTA                                                                                                            Religious Life of MSB Interpreting Sacred Texts

APRE Professional Learning Day                                                                                                Industry Currency for Cert III Health

ANZELA Legal Studies Teacher Conference                                                                          Introduction to JCU Law Degree

Aspirant Leaders                                                                                                                              Drum Beat Facilitator Training

Middle Leader Networking Day                                                                                                 Indigenous Students and Language

Validation Day for Hospitality                                                                                                      Trainee and Apprenticeship Information Session

LST Day                                                                                                                                                 Walking Together Creative Ways of Working with Aboriginal young People

ACHPER Qld Conference                                                                                                               Jobs Qld Apprenticeship Forum

Get Active Qld Accreditation

Assessment Non suicidal Self Injury

The Code to Success in Mathematics

QAMTAC State Maths Conference

Religion Apps for Ordinary Time

Religious Education Curriculum – planning a Religion Unit

ASREAP Annual Conference

Equity Contact Officer in service

Cairns Cluster Teacher Librarian Network Meeting

APRE Retreat

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 year76.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The MSB Staff satisfaction survey indicates a very high level of commitment by staff to Mount St Bernard College. Staff acknowledge the availability of professional development opportunities.

2016 Staff Satisfaction Survey (SRS)

  • *      78.1% of staff surveyed agree or strongly agree that Mount St Bernard College promotes justice, compassion and service
  • *      81.8% of staff surveyed agree or strongly agree that MSB provides high quality services to parents and students.
  • *      81.9% of staff surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that MSB provides opportunities for me to show teacher leadership in the life of the school.
  • *      80.2% of staff surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that all policies and procedures are applied uniformly to staff regardless of position.*     
  •          76.1% of staff surveyed, agree or strongly agree that they have adequate flexibility to choose how I achieve the requirements of my role. 
  • *      80% of staff surveyed are satisfied, agree to some extent, agree that they feel empowered to make a positive difference.
  • *      80.7% of staff surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree our school encourages students to develop a love of learning. 
  • *      98.2% of staff surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that the college leadership encourages me to have a work/life balance.
  • *      86.6% of staff surveyed are satisfied,  agree or strongly agree that they have real job satisfaction with their current position.
  •          75.9 of staff surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that the leadership of the college encourages staff to have a say in planning for the future.

The religious and spiritual culture of the College is valued by staff.  An appreciation of the school's student centred religious education program is also indicated.

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 22 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
91.56% 91.88% 87.85% 89.33% 85.2% 87.2%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school on the day that a student is absent. If students are absent without notification, a MSB staff member telephones parents on that day.

Mount St Bernard College has a proactive Pastoral Team Care who monitors and supports maximised student attendance.  Individual students at risk through non-attendance are counselled and supported to maximise their participation.

Boarding students are always accounted for - if unwell they remain in the Morrissey Boarding House.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate70.96
Post-School Destination Information

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The distance travelled

Much growth and success has been evident at Mount St Bernard College. Our Senior class graduated in November with very creditable results.  These results lead to the students many opportunities.  These included;

1.       Successful Tertiary applications included; • Bachelor of Law at James Cook University, Cairns Campus • Bachelor of Creative Arts and Media at James Cook University, Cairns Campus • Bachelor of Speech Pathology at James Cook University, Townsville Campus • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University, Cairns Campus • Diploma of Beauty Therapy at TAFE Queensland North – Cairns • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at James Cook University, Cairns Campus • Associate Degree in Public Health (Specialisation) at CQUniversity, Cairns Campus • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) at James Cook University, Townsville Campus • Bachelor of Nursing at CQUniversity, Townsville Campus • VET Nursing at TAFE Queensland North – Cairns • Hospital Administration through JCU • Cert III Community Service with TAFE Queensland

2.       Successful apprenticeship and training programs that students gained include in the areas of; • Fitter and Turner • Electrical Transmission Lines • Laboratory Technician • Carpentry Development programs • Navy Indigenous Development Program Cairns

3.       Direct employment in the areas of; • Teacher Aid • Child Care  

MSB's particular outreach to young learners from remote communities of the Northern Territory, Cape, Gulf and Torres Strait is an ongoing hallmark of MSB's contemporary commitment to educational need and an active investment in 'closing the gap' for indigenous Australians. The cultural diversity of our community is a great source of our pride. MSB's NAIDOC celebrations this year were a feast of the senses; our ritual, dance, song and feasting became a focus of unity for our school community.

Co-curricular engagement by the student community continued to expand. Students successfully participated in a variety of community based events. MSB's renowned Expedition Program once again saw significant personal growth and community cohesion amongst participants.



Where are we going ?

Target Area Catholic School Defining Feature
CES Strategic Priority MSB Goal/Objective and Implementation Strategies

FAITH AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Defining Feature:

  • be a place of authentic evangelisation where faith and life are one
Strategic Priority 1:
  • Building Catholic school identity.
  • Reviewing Junior RE Programmes and designing rigorous assessment tasks
  • Youth Minister Team based at college "working in the day / boarding school and wider community
  • Youth Worker based at the college and living on site - working closely with all students
  • Providing liturgies for individual year levels to promote faith and identity
  • Working with Fr Robert Greenup and Deacon Ralph Madigan Indigenous Community Outreach
  • Implement sacramental programme
  • Liturgical ministry training for students
  • Re-engagement with Religious to support pastoral care and student wellbeing.
  • Deacon Alban Hunt working with RE staff and classes.



CURRICULUM
Defining Feature
-  be a centre of vital holistic learning
Strategic Priority 3:
Maximise learning opportunities of students by developing quality work programs and supporting contemporary pedagogical practices
-  Collection of authentic data to assist with developing programmes to address the learning needs of diverse range of students
-  Curriculum team
-  Learning Support "LST school officers
-  Transition classes to assist students access mainstream curriculum "further develop student profiles & develop continuous assessments tasks/testing tools to inform readiness for moving into mainstream classes
-  Whole school reading programme to enhance and improve both reading and comprehensions skills
-  Up skilling school learning officers "offering PD
-  Facilitate PD for teachers to assist with the implementation of Australian Curriculum
-  Continue to work with CES personnel in the area of Transition classes
-  PD for teachers on Indigenous Band scales
RELATIONSHIPS Defining features: -  be welcoming to all who want to share their life
-  be a community sustained by life giving relationships
Strategic Priority 4:
A mission of inclusiveness
-  Implementation of a range of scholarships and bursaries to enable equitable access to Catholic schooling at MSB
-  Integration of counselling services - Two counsellors employed on a 1.0 FTE basis.
-  Employment of Indigenous Liaison officers who work as pastoral support for students and important contact for families.
-  Equitable allocation of resources to cater for diverse range of students
-  Visits by college personnel to Cape and Island communities and the NT
-  Implementation of accompanied travel "college staff to accompany students home/back to school at holiday periods
-  Continued association with Wuchopperen and Miden to support the physical health and social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous students
-  Continued liaison with Transition Support Services & TSU to support student/family engagement


ORGANISATION AND RESOURCE PROVISION
Defining Feature
-  Be a place of self renewal and agents of change Strategic Priority 10:
Resourcing for excellence in learning outcomes, equity in learning provision and outreach for new mission.
Facilitation of "Strategic Futures Project" leading to MSB's 2012-2016 strategic plan
-  New structures (boarding facilities and General Teaching Areas) to reflect the needs of the students
-  Capital Building works 'Block Grants' redevelop school facilities new buildings and refurbishing existing buildings

 

Student Satisfaction

2016 Student Satisfaction Survey (SRS)

  • *      80.1% of students surveyed, agree or strongly agree they feel positive about the school and are proud to be a student at Mount St Bernard College.
  • *      73.8% of students surveyed, agree or strongly agree that prayer is an important part of what we do at the college. 
  • *      76.3% of students surveyed agree or strongly agree that religion is an important part of school life.
  • *      90% of students surveyed agree or strongly agree that the Principal and leadership team are respected at Mount St Bernard College.
  • *      66.3% of students surveyed, agree or strongly agree that school rules are fair and consistent.
  • *      70.2% of students surveyed agree or strongly agree that they tell others that MSB is a great school.
  •          90.2% of students surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that they always get on well with others at school. 
  •          93.8% of students surveyed agree or strongly agree that the teachers encourage them to do the best they can.
  •         87.5% of students surveyed agree or strongly agree that when I have a problem with my learning, my teacher always helps me.
  •        81.3% of students surveyed agree or strongly agree that there are many resources in the classroom that I can use and rely on to help me learn.   
  •       52.6% of students surveyed are satisfied, agree or strongly agree that the dining room provides healthy and adequate options.      

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 21 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 465.937
Average Score for Queensland 547.752
% students at or above the national benchmark 69.444%
Writing Average Score for the school 416.704
Average Score for Queensland 511.064
% students at or above the national benchmark 50%
Spelling Average Score for the school 479.933
Average Score for Queensland 546.972
% students at or above the national benchmark 78.378%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 445.053
Average Score for Queensland 545.862
% students at or above the national benchmark 62.162%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 466.155
Average Score for Queensland 553.377
% students at or above the national benchmark 55.556%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 514.13
Average Score for Queensland 586.335
% students at or above the national benchmark 76%
Writing Average Score for the school 466.184
Average Score for Queensland 541.31
% students at or above the national benchmark 42.308%
Spelling Average Score for the school 525.062
Average Score for Queensland 579.775
% students at or above the national benchmark 80.769%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 506.963
Average Score for Queensland 573.99
% students at or above the national benchmark 65.385%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 528.594
Average Score for Queensland 589.065
% students at or above the national benchmark 88%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Year 12 Outcomes

Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 30

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 12.27

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

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.29

Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).3

Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).5

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.100%

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.100%

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 16 2016

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$3,962,487

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,001,947

Fees, charges and parent contributions$974,321

Other private sources$349,606

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$6,288,361


Deductions
Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$76,306

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$413,449


Subtotal$489,755

Total net recurrent income$5,798,606


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.