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2017 Annual Report for St Joseph's Parish School, Weipa
Motto Bringing Faith and Learning to Life SJW-logo-col for web.jpg
Address Boundary Rd, Rocky Point, WEIPA QLD 4874
Postal Address PO Box 1409, WEIPA QLD 4874
Phone Number (07) 4069 9500
Fax Number -
Email Address secretary.weipa@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.stjosephsweipa.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 155 Rosie Harrison
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Rosie Harrison
Parish PriestFr Dariusz Oslinski
Parish Number (07) 4069 9346

About our School
St Joseph's parish school, Weipa opened its doors for the first time in January 2016 with 74 students. Set in a mining town on the western side of Cape York Penninula,St Joseph's Parish School has at its very heart, the values of Humility, Justice and Compassion just as Jesus showed. Together with engaged and supportive parents, the staff of St Joseph's offer a safe and stimulating learning environment where each child has the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. A school for healthy minds, bodies and spirits, St Joseph's provides an authentic Catholic education with a strong focus on Social and Emotional development through the lens of the Catholic Faith. We believe that greater academic success can be achieved when children feel connected and experience a sense of belonging. We are committed to join with parents, families and the community in partnership for the education, development and formation of our young people. Our school provides students, as they grow and develop, with a high quality education which will equip them with knowledge, skills and the spiritual foundations needed to become well-rounded, active participants in society. Stage 2 building was completed in 2017 and our school now boasts a contemporary and innovative learning environments with all classroom learning areas flowing into a central open space. The school is planned to grow to be a single stream (one class for each year level) school for Prep to Year 6.The school opened in 2016 with 74 students and has quickly grown to 160 in 2018.It is envisaged that the school total enrolment will be around 180 students in 2019. St Joseph's will be a viable school in terms of numbers but still small enough to have a welcoming family-friendly community.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

Social Emotional Learning - YCDI program alongside Play is the Way. Physical Education Teacher Swimming program - Term 4 Access to curriculum competitions Leaders retreat day for Year 5 and 6 Cross Country Carnival School Athletics Carnival Participation for students in Peninsula District Sports selection trials Under 8's celebration NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Extra Curricular Activities

Visiting school performances involvement in various community events Wear red for Daniel Day Involvement in National Walk Safely to School day and other National initiatives St Joseph's Art Show and Naidoc week cultural activities.

Social Climate

Parent-Staff-Student social events (including in some years: STEAM, student performances) Assemblies each Friday afternoon Sports days Parents and Friends Association School/class liturgies Father's Day, Mother's Day celebrations Various fundraising events run by the students to support local charities.

Parent Involvement

Parents and Friends established in 2016 and have successfully supported the school community on a number of fundraising events such as an annual Mother's day stall, STEAM events in September 2016 and 2017.

In 2017 and 2018 the P and F have successfully applied for a number of community grants to help the school establish some much needed shaded areas and tree planting.

Parent Satisfaction
Parents have indicated a sound level of satisfaction in all five of the key areas: Leadership, Resources, Learning and Teaching, Improvement Processes and Catholic ethos. 76% agreed that St. Joseph's promotes justice, compassion and service. St. Joseph's is viewed by parents as a welcoming and caring community.

Data Last Updated Wed 27 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 9% 35% 18% 3%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff14 11.1
Non-Teaching Staff 20 9.03
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$17309

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

During 2017 - 18 the staff have undertaken a variety of Professional Development initiatives which enhance and improve student learning. These included:

  • Visible Learning - Evidence into Action
  • English Curriculum - School wide pedagogy
  • Literacy - Literacy Coaching
  • Religious Education
  • Social Emotional Learning - Play is the Way
  • Mandatory Compliance Training
  • Explicit Teaching
  • Student Protection

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days98%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year80.00%

Staff SatisfactionStaff of St Joseph's, Weipa identified that the areas of General teaching and Learning, Resources, Catholic Ethos, Staff Engagement, Leadership and Improvement Processes are soundly rated. Staff strongly rate St Joseph's School as a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Also rated highly was the evidence of our school values - Humility, Justice and Compassion. There is a strong commitment by staff towards the school and strong belief the school provides high quality services to parents and students. The school and leadership team at St Joseph's Parish School model and expect high standards from staff.

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 27 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
88.1% 91.64% 88.81% 88.76% 84.3% 92.65% 92.46%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school by telephone or email on the day that a student is absent. If the school is not contacted, and the reason for the absence is not known, the school will contact the parents. If there is a pattern of non-attendance, parents are contacted to discuss any issues or concerns regarding the student. The school has processes and procedures in place to address lateness and non-attendance. Following the marking of the roll each morning, unexplained absences are actioned by the school administration officer. If parents have not contacted the school prior to the completion of the roll, a phone call is made and the reason recorded. A Sign-in Register is used for students who arrive late and depart early from school.

The distance travelled

St Joseph's is extremely committed to catering for the needs of all students. We are committed to ensuring that Literacy and Numeracy are key focus areas within the school and this is reflected in the focus on staff professional development. Our main area of focus for 2017 through 2018 is Literacy acquisition. This has meant professional development of staff and purchase of student learning resources has focused particularly on Literacy. Over the past three years the school has had a major focus on the analysis of student data to engage and assist with learning and provide a focus on school development. Of particular focus is implementation and embedding consistent teaching and learning practices across the school in order to enable optimal learning for all students. In 2016 - 2017 the school has engaged with the ILEC team from Melbourne University in order to develop practices which are innovative and contextualised for our unique learning environment. In the area of Religious Education we have continued to ensure that quality Religious Education is taught at St Joseph's School. In 2017 the school engaged with the Enhancing Catholic Identity Project to promote and ensure the development of Catholic ethos in our school community.The religious education program is supported by our parish priest who regularly visits Weipa. We also strongly encourage the development of students through our Social Emotional Learning program, Play Is The Way. Sport is also a key focus at St Joseph's, with our students school regularly going on to represent the Peninsula team at State titles.

Where are we going ?

The future of St Joseph's is strong. The school community has quickly grown over the past three years to be a well established and respected learning community in the Cape York region.

Student Satisfaction

Year 5 & 6 students were surveyed during 2017 and the majority of these students said they were proud to be students of St Joseph's. Students value their teachers and the sporting opportunities on offer at St Joseph's.

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 27 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 370.4
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 88%
Writing Average Score for the school 399.9
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 385.4
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 393.7
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 88%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 359.9
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 87%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 486.4
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 90%
Writing Average Score for the school 447.3
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Spelling Average Score for the school 488.3
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 481.8
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 466.5
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 80%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 547.752019
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Writing Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 511.063565
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 546.971622
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 545.861643
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 553.377285
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,337,641

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$442,583

Fees, charges and parent contributions$277,463

Other private sources$80,635

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$3,138,322


Deductions
Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$81,277

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$154,547


Subtotal$235,824

Total net recurrent income$2,902,498


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