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Holy Spirit College, Manoora
Motto Look to the Future Holy Spirit College logo_col.jpg
Address 13 Moignard St, MANOORA QLD 4870
Postal Address PO Box 591, MANUNDA QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4053 4550
Fax Number -
Email Address office.holyspirit@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.holyspiritcollege.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 85 Erica Prosser
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Erica Prosser
Parish PriestFr Frank Gordon
Parish Number 07 4053 1383

About our School

In a strong initiative towards social justice engagement, Catholic Education opened a Special Assistance School for disengaged young people in Cooktown and Cairns 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 either weekly or full-time boarders. The College's enrolment numbers are currently very close to capacity.

Enrolment applications may be made at any time and a waiting list kept where necessary.

The school delivers a specialised curriculum that addresses the individual needs of each student including, numeracy and literacy skills, life skills (food and nutrition, personal health, grooming, money management etc), ICT, music, visual art, construction, mechanics and outdoor education. Opportunities are also provided for young people to access certificate courses in vocational education.

The College’s goal is to help young people recognise their own worth and potential and to assist them in transitioning to the next phase of their lives, which may include going onto further education and training, employment along with school-based traineeships and apprenticeships or to mainstream education. Each young person's hopes and dreams are explored and a pathway developed for the individual.

The school works closely with a wide range of agencies and service providers. The school also seeks support from other schools, parishes and the wider community including the recruitment of volunteers who may wish to play an active role in helping the young people towards more positive life outcomes.

The college received the enthusiastic support of the Cairns and Cook local governments whose councils provided land for both Cairns (Manoora) and Cooktown (Hope St) in recognition of the serious social issues relating to disengaged young people. Catholic Education operates a training site in Cooktown in partnership with Gungarde Aboriginal Corporation.

Staff at the school reflect a need for both teachers and those with a background in human services such as social workers and counsellors.

The Cooktown facility provides a different opportunity for young people who previously may not have made a successful transition to boarding schools – the local communities identified that a closer residential campus may be a better option.

The school does not charge tuition fees.

“Like Pope Francis, who is taking church to the streets, we recognise that we too have a responsibility to strengthen our mission and what the tradition of Catholic education is, which is education for all,” says Bishop James Foley.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

 CURRICULUM

The educational focus of Holy Spirit College is to engage young people in a journey of returning to learning and transitioning to better outcomes in health, well-being, academic education, training and employment. Each young person will have a different journey and transition pathway.

While the learning programs include a diverse range of skills such as art, music, cooking, textiles, outdoor education and integrated projects such as garden development, the dominant focus is on the foundations of language, literacy, numeracy, technology and life skills as these skills are particularly significant in promoting independence, empowerment and community connections.

Initially, foundation skills such as literacy and numeracy aren’t made explicit but rather are embedded within an 'interest' based class. An example of this would be a cooking class which requires the learner to use weights and measures, set temperatures and times, take notes and possibly research further cooking ideas. The educators design the initial learning stages by “stealth”, with the young people’s interest at the forefront and the learning outcomes seemingly occurring by default.

Extra Curricular Activities

The Cooktown boarding staff offer a range of after school activities for the boarders.

Social Climate
PASTORAL CARE

The pastoral care and support at Holy Spirit College ensures each young person’s individual issues and barriers are addressed to provide maximum opportunity for their participation, engagement and improvement. We work, in a holistic manner, with each young person’s parents/carers and other support agency representatives to address their emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs.

For young people who have negative experiences or perceptions of learning it is particularly important we maintain an environment which is both physically and psychologically safe. This means ensuring that equipment is appropriate to the capacity of learners and the physical space presents no hazards, it also means observing the class dynamic carefully for interpersonal issues and potential power imbalances.

Supporting our young people is the basis of the programs and can require a range of approaches to address the significant barriers experienced by some learners. Learner support is also often one of the more challenging aspects of program delivery as it can require intense engagement, considerable investment of time and resources and a network of dedicated teaching and support staff working together in order to be effective.

Parent Involvement

One of the differences between Holy Spirit College and traditional schools is our unique approach to learning through mentors and pastoral care activities. Pastoral care and support is extended to the families as well as the young person and goes beyond the gates of the college or the time young people are with us; after leaving Holy Spirit College, we continue to work and support young people and their families to assist in their transition to the next phase of their lives. Apart from collaboratively working with families and agencies, the primary role of the staff at Holy Spirit College is to provide guidance to the young people in our care.

Parent Satisfaction

Our families words:

 

 

 

What do you like about Holy Spirit College?


  • Location and safe environment.

  • The flexibility of the school to enhance my child.

  • The support for the children and the staff understand the children and their problems, not like other schools.


  • A second chance who have struggled in mainstream school.

  • Flexible curriculum.

  • Individualize programs and staff support. Understanding the young persons challenges.

  • It's flexible and the Team Members are easy to talk to. Program is based on what's best for the student/child.

  • My child has made good friends. The school has made my child more confident in talking to people and interaction with other people. The variety that the school offers and

  • smaller classes.

  • Open curriculum and flexibility with classes.

  • Relaxed atmosphere for my child and have good friends there.

  • Small classes and flexible hours.

  • That the school is flexible to my child's individual needs.

  • That they have a good understanding of the children and strive to achieve the best outcomes for the children.

  • The ability to work with my child's behavioural problems.

  • The atmosphere and the positive energy.

  • The flexible way the kids get to learn

  • The flexibility and communication from all staff.

  • The people the staff are nice, they work with the families and they explain everything in an appropriate way.

  • The Staff members are very respectful and understanding

  • I always feel welcomed when entering the school, I see that my daughter has improved in her behaviour,

  • The School has supported my daughter in gaining her Self Confidence and Esteem back. She has a good rapport with Staff, I would recommend any Student who has difficulty in the main stream to Holy Spirit,

  • The teaching methods are good and relevant o the needs of my child

  • Understands my Son's needs and expectations. The school has enabled my Son to open up more and more confident.


 

Data Last Updated Sat 01 Jul 2017

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 8% 40% 16% 28%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff10 10
Non-Teaching Staff 15 13.22
Indigenous 5 9.66

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$11284

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development InitiativesAs we continue our journey in working with disengaged young people we come to deeper understandings about their issues outside of the learning environment; for this reason our focus for the year remained on how to work with young people who had experienced trauma and also how to look after each other when working in a dynamic and challenging environment. The following are some of the areas covered: Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma Making Room for Learning—Trauma Informed Practices Supporting Staff Working with Trauma Affected Young People Function of Behaviour - Challenging Behaviours due to Trauma Indigenous Student Health & Wellbeing Indigenous Australians and Spirituality

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days91%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year82.00%

Staff Satisfaction 

What do you like about working at Holy Spirit College?

  • I like working with the dedicated staff who work to see young people achieve their personal success.

  • Working as a team; working with young people and families that are disconnected; each day there is opportunity for new hope, learnings, understandings and aha moments for

  • young people and staff; each day is different and each day has its challenges.

  • Working with great staff.

  • Flexibility in timetable and openness to be try new things

  • The challenge of working with students

  • Encouragement to be flexible in creating learning environments; teachers work to their strengths; excellent relationships between staff and students;

  • Flexibility to deliver 'real life' curriculum

  • That I feel like a valued member of the team

  • Making a difference in the lives of some young people who attend.

  • The nature of the students and blessings and challenges that they present.

What would you like to see improved at Holy Spirit College?

  • Greater resources to continue to improve the facilities of the College. Eg. Work space out the back, larger undercover area.

  • Greater understanding by CES, government of the challenges that are presented such as high transition rate of students and how this affects staffing, funding and programming

  • in this education space.

  • Localised solutions for the localised issues which change often

  • We are improving as the time goes by. As a new school we can't just say improve we must allow the time to slowly gain the direction and stability that will come.

 

Boarding School

  • Flexibility: staff morale: student focused: proactive: good environment:

  • I like that when I first started here and to this day all the staff member have been extremely friendly and welcoming towards me, even the students have been kind and friendly; I

  • feel comfortable here, anything I need to say I feel I can.

  • The supportive team and the way we resolve issues. Working with the students and community. Flexibility and feeling valued to make a change.

Data Last Updated Sat Jul 01 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
45.69% 52.14% 49.6% 50.72% 48.78% 65.17%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Through experience and research, the staff of the college recognise the issue of non-attendance is complex. In supporting disengaged young people to re-engage in learning requires additional assistance; this includes supporting their well-being (social, emotional, behavioural and health), genuine and caring relationships through connecting, commitment to each young person’s interests, and identifying each young person's strengths and needs is important for engagement in learning. The direction and work of the college are underpinned by the development of strong and trusting relationships with the young person, their families and or supporting agencies. The College has a dedicated Well-being Team whose members continually work with young people through a variety of personalised interventions through strategies and programs which have included home visits, individual counselling sessions, family sessions, agency referral, visiting ATODS workers, establishing connections with the local health services for young people to access, college outings and camp in connection to Relationships, Respect and responsibility.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention RateN/A
Post-School Destination Information

N/A

The distance travelled

The educational focus of Holy Spirit College is to engage young people in a journey of returning to learning and transitioning to better outcomes in health, well-being, academic education, training and employment. Each young person will have a different journey and transition pathway which may include transitioning: > from disengagement towards achieving a level of qualification, to engagement through vocational training, traineeships, apprenticeships or other employment > from remote communities towards a successful introduction to boarding school or >back to mainstream schooling. Each young person has different needs and aspirations; outcomes are developed specific to the individual. The foundation on which the educational purpose is built is the total development of each individual young person. Here, values, including the value of the human person, are conveyed in a life-context, encouraging young people to exercise their intellect and support them to discern true and positive cultural factors from false and destructive ones. The college aim is education for life, with a focus on real outcomes for each young person.

Where are we going ?

Our aim at Holy Spirit College is to continue on our journey of continuous improvement for all the young people who come to us seeking to reconnect with learning and find their way in life.

Student Satisfaction

What do you like about Holy Spirit College (Cairns Campus)?

School Sector: Yr 9 - 10

flexibility

  • music

  • respect

  • he fact that you get fed here and you get to play sports and every Wednesday you get to go out on an excursion

  • the food is so nice and the mentors are awesome

  • the people i have met and the relationships i have made

 

School Sector: Year 11 - 12

  • i like the flexible learning system the school offers; the comfortable connection i can achieve with fellow students and teachers to get the safety and satisfaction i need

  • I can openly pursue my goals for the future with guidance from teachers

  • i like the food , and the sports and all the outing we go the beach, fishing and communicating with others,

  • The Students, Food and the Automotive class

 

What would you like to see improved at Holy Spirit College (Cairns Campus)?

School Sector: Yr 9 - 10

  • better break fast

  • bullying

  • longer breaks for everybody

  • more activities in the grounds such as basketball court, balls to play with ect....

  • The space we have at the school to move around or run

 

School Sector: Year 11 - 12

  • going to more gym class bit more hard maths and english work

  • More students and a bigger school
    Nothing!

 

What do you like about Holy Spirit College (Cooktown Campus)?

School Sector: Yr 7 - 9 Boarder

  • Boarding, playing touch, being in the music room, computers, outside work and after school activities.

  • Doing maths and learning is good. Going to kindy was good. painting, cooking.

  • I feel safe.

  • i like that i learn new stuff that i never learned before and i love the boarding

 

School Sector: Yr 7-9 Day Student

  • i like the school because it teaches me new skills i get good sleep and good food

  • I would like more sport and an oval

 

School Sector: Yr10-12Day Student

  • I have a job helping with the gardener blowing leaves and i really enjoy this.

 

What would you like to see improved at Holy Spirit College (Cooktown Campus)?

School Sector: Yr 7 - 9 Boarder

  • area for basketball court

  • Area for touch football, basketball court

 

School Sector: Yr 7-9 Day Student

  • I like to have a bigger art room and do pottery

  • I would like more football

 

School Sector: Yr10-12Day Student

  • If the college had a gym i could use.

 

Data Last Updated Sat Jul 01 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 427.632
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Writing Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 420.141
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 415.204
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 439.375
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 400.942
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 507.478
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Writing Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 474.369
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 491.655
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 512.334
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 494.654
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 442.81
Average Score for Queensland 547.752
% students at or above the national benchmark 50%
Writing Average Score for the school 206.24
Average Score for Queensland 511.064
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 394.675
Average Score for Queensland 546.972
% students at or above the national benchmark 50%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 425.68
Average Score for Queensland 545.862
% students at or above the national benchmark 50%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 419.78
Average Score for Queensland 553.377
% students at or above the national benchmark 50%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 294.872
Average Score for Queensland 586.335
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Writing Average Score for the school 190.075
Average Score for Queensland 541.31
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 385.588
Average Score for Queensland 579.775
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 274.465
Average Score for Queensland 573.99
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 383.537
Average Score for Queensland 589.065
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Year 12 Outcomes

Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 0

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 12.0

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

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.0

Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).0

Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).0

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.0%

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.0%

Percentage of Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre applicants receiving a tertiary offer.0%

Data Last Updated Fri Jul 01 2016

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,467,169

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$240,959

Fees, charges and parent contributions$0

Other private sources$45,458

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$2,753,586


Deductions
Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$0

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

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


Subtotal$0

Total net recurrent income$2,753,586


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.