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St Anthony's, Dimbulah
Motto To seek, to strive, to find, for love of God. logo_SAD.jpg
Address 3 Hyde Street, DIMBULAH QLD 4872
Postal Address PO Box 128, DIMBULAH QLD 4872
Phone Number 07 4093 5319
Fax Number 07 4093 5413
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 54 Ms Kath Porter
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Kath Porter
Parish PriestFr John Sullivan
Parish Number (07) 4092 1077

About our School

St Anthony's Primary School is an integral part of the Cairns Diocese and the Parish of St Anthony's, Dimbulah. Located one and a half hours drive from Cairns, Dimbulah sits within an agriculturally diverse farming district. St Anthony's is committed to providing its students with a well-balanced and relevant education and curriculum.

In 1966, the first sixty-four students were enrolled at the school and the Sisters of St Joseph remained in the school for the next twenty-two years. Over the following years, enrolments fluctuated, the peak being in 1973 when the school had 143 students, many of whom were from migrant families.

Today there are approximately 54 students enrolled at St Anthony’s and the school continues the goal of Catholic Education; to foster a Christian community and a belief in the message of Jesus Christ alongside a balanced and quality education. Classes are generally composite with the grouping of grade levels varying from year to year with changing circumstances brought on by student enrolments and staffing needs.

St Anthony’s has a welcoming feel to it and a group of highly dedicated and motivated parents who truly assist with the provision of the best educational environment possible for their children, through their hard work and commitment. St Anthony’s is also fortunate to have a skilled staff who see their role as nurturers of the faith and are committed to their role as Catholic Educators.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Education including
  • Explicit Teaching of Spelling
  • Mini Lit
  • Health & Physical Education specialist teacher
  • Teacher Librarian Teacher
  • Literacy Blocks
  • Wide use of Technology across all Learning Areas
  • Additional offerings of specific Curriculum competitions
  • Transition Program from Kindy to Prep

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Water Awareness Programme
  • Class Excursions
  • Interschool Sports
  • Year 6 Leadership Camp
  • Rotary Public Speaking
  • Visiting Sporting Clinics
  • Lions Festival Performance
  • Visiting Music Instructor 

Our school would not continue to prosper without a professional and dedicated teaching and support staff.  All of these people fulfil their duties giving far beyond what is required supporting our students and our school community.

Rural and Remote Education Access Program (RREAP) funded initiatives and projects such as:

  • Cultural Experiences, Technology Workshops, Science, Art
  • Under 8's Day
  • Leadership Camp
  • Visiting school performances
  • Participation in Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • Annual initiatives/activities for National Science, Literacy & Numeracy Week
  • Annual celebrations for NAIDOC Week
  • Annual celebrations for Bookweek
  • Wonders of Living Program

Social Climate

  • School Counsellor
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Curriculum Support Teacher
  • Parish Priest
  • APRE
  • School Masses
  • Open nights/days
  • Assemblies
  • School Fete
  • Parent participation in sporting events and extra-curricular events
  • P&F activities
  • Close relationships with neighbouring schools
  • Adopt-a-Cop
  • Social and Emotional Learning Co-ordinator 

Parent Involvement

Here at St Anthony’s, we are committed to supporting you as the first and primary educators of your children. We assume the belief that schooling is a partnership operation. It is in working as partners – in supporting and encouraging each other’s efforts that we benefit in bringing children to a genuine knowledge of themselves and of the world in which they live. Together it is hoped that efforts of co-operation and mutual support will complement each other through the sharing of a common vision and of common goal.

  • Before School Reading - parent volunteers in the classroom
  • Participation in school celebrations including Class and Whole School liturgies and assemblies
  • Sporting Events and Carnivals
  • Regular Parents and Friends Meetings
  • Maintenance Committees
  • Working Bees
  • Parent Volunteers in the Classroom
  • Regular Parent/Teacher Meeting, reporting, social gatherings
  • Year 6 Leadership Camp
  • Catholic Education Week Mass
  • Sacramental Programs
  • Social-Emotional Well-Being workshops
  • Parent workshops on Literacy and Numeracy
  • Parent workshops on managing behaviour
  • Lions Festival

Parent Satisfaction

The vast majority of our parents report that St Anthony’s is always striving to improve the quality of teaching and learning experiences provided to students.   Satisfaction Survey data indicates that parents feel St Anthony’s is a school where students are encouraged, where learning is fun and where students look forward to coming each day.


Data also indicated parents feel comfortable approaching leadership and staff regarding concerns about a child’s learning or social interactions and that their concerns are taken seriously.


Overall, parents are very satisfied with the education their child(ren) are receiving at St Anthony’s.



Data Last Updated Thu 02 Jun 2016

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 0% 8% 2% 2%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff10 5.5
Non-Teaching Staff 10 3.09
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$1855

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Australian Curriculum

St Anthony's Catholic Idendity

Visible Learning

APRE Focus Days

SEL Focus Days

Students With Disabilities Conference

ASD Workshops

Australian Primary Principal's Association Conference

Australian Literacy Educators' Association Conference

On-Track Admin Training

Student Protection Training

Work Place Health and Safety Training

Copyright Training

Library Assistant's PD


Christian Meditation

Consistency of Teacher Judgement Day

Explicit Teaching of Spelling

NAPLAN Analysis

Administration Officer's PD


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 year100.00%

Staff Satisfaction

100% of St Anthony's staff feel recognised and valued.  They have built strong relationships with colleagues and feel supported.  The staff trust the leadership team and feel that change is managed well in our school. Staff feel that the school encourages staff input when making decisions. 

100% of staff feel that the school has a positive ethos and encourages a climate that is conducive to learning, where goal setting and expectations are clear and student responsibility is encouraged.

 All staff are satisfied with the school's performance.

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 02 2016

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.5% 94.11% 91.8% 91.84% 91.34% 97.43% 90.52%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

It is a requirement for parents to inform the school when a student is going to be absent.  This could take the form of a telephone call, an email, or a note via siblings.   The school will call should no correspondence be received by first lunch.

The distance travelled

This year we continued to place a high emphasis on Literacy development.   We continued to work with a Literacy Coach to guide us in the Explicit Teaching of Spelling, to complement the work done previously in the Explicit Teaching of Reading.   Our NAPLAN and school based assessments were analysed heavily with a view to inform a Literacy Action Plan.

We also began our journey in Visible Learning, which is founded on the work by John Hattie.   Feedback was our major focus.

Where are we going ?

Key areas of focus heading into the future include:

-Teaching and Learning

-Visible Learning

-Our Catholic Identity

-Community Engagement

Student Satisfaction

Students at St Anthony’s reported that they feel positive, happy and energised at school.   They feel that staff are well prepared for lessons and are providing learning experiences which will prepare them for the future.   Satisfaction Survey data indicates that students feel that staff put a lot of energy into their teaching and that they are easy to understand.


Data Last Updated Thu Jun 02 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 388.965
Average Score for Queensland 410.764
% students at or above the national benchmark 87.5%
Writing Average Score for the school 293.545
Average Score for Queensland 400.538
% students at or above the national benchmark 75%
Spelling Average Score for the school 382.998
Average Score for Queensland 393.185
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 418.08
Average Score for Queensland 423.055
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 369.192
Average Score for Queensland 386.145
% students at or above the national benchmark 85.714%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 483.04
Average Score for Queensland 486.738
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 481.085
Average Score for Queensland 464.011
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 501.843
Average Score for Queensland 485.912
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 496.475
Average Score for Queensland 492.985
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 501.908
Average Score for Queensland 480.54
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

School Funding By Source
Income 2015

Australian Government recurrent funding$4,214,144

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,250,655

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,299,373

Other private sources$212,887

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$6,977,059

Deductions 2015

Income allocated to current capital projects$138,241

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$179,360


Total net recurrent income$6,659,458

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.