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2017 Annual Report for 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 43 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 43 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

    At St Anthony's we cater for each individual students needs through a differentiated curriculum.

    Explicit Teaching of Spelling



    • Mini Lit and Pre Lit
    • Health & Physical Education specialist teacher
    • Teacher Librarian Teacher
    • Literacy Blocks
    • Wide use of Technology across all Learning Areas  
    • Transition Program from Kindy to Prep

    Extra Curricular Activities

    • Water Awareness Programme
    • Class and Whole School Excursions
    • Interschool Sports
    • Year 5/6 Leadership Camp
    • Rotary Public Speaking
    • Visiting Sporting Clinics
    • Lions Festival Performance
    • Visiting Music Instructor 

    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

      At St Anthony's we are a welcoming community based on family values. Our school nurtures the whole child and all students benefit from access to the following:

      • School Counsellor
      • Learning Support Teacher
      • Curriculum Support Teacher
      • Parish Priest
      • APRE
      • School Masses
      • Open nights/days
      • Assemblies
      • Community 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  
      • Working Bees
      • Regular Parent/Teacher Meeting, reporting, social gatherings
      • Year 5/6 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 and Wheelbarrow Race

      Parent Satisfaction

      18 parents responded to the 2017 survey.

      All parents agreed that at St Anthony's each child is encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability. 94% of parents have confidence in the teaching staff.

      They agree that our facilities are well presented and that the learning areas are stimulating.  


      Data Last Updated Fri 15 Jun 2018

      Staff Reporting Data
      Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
      % Staff with this qualification 0% 6% 33% 6% 6%

      Workforce composition
      Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
      Teaching Staff7 5.15
      Non-Teaching Staff 11 3.53
      Indigenous 1 0.16

      Total funds expended on teacher professional development$4661

      Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

      Major Professional Development Initiatives

      • St Anthony's Catholic Identity
      • Literacy Coaching
      • Students With Disabilities Conference
      • Student Protection Training
      • Work Place Health and Safety Training
      • Library Assistant's PD
      • Consistency of Teacher Judgement Day
      • Planning of Multi-age Unit Plans
      • NAPLAN Analysis

      Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days99%

      Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year79.00%

      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.

      One staff member said that there is a sense of family and community amongst the staff, students, parents and those connected to the school.

      Data Last Updated Fri Jun 15 2018

      Student Reporting Data
      Average student attendance rates
      Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
      88.95% 86.4% 89.15% 92.51% 90.64% 90.52% 91.54%
      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 is to take the form of a telephone call, an email, or a note. The school will call parents should no notification be presented by 10:00 am.

      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 Writing, to complement the work done previously in the Explicit Teaching of Spelling. Our NAPLAN and school based assessments were analysed individually with a view to inform a Literacy Action Plan.


      Where are we going ?

      Key areas of focus heading into the future include:

      • Teaching and Learning
      • Literacy Focus
      • Our Catholic Identity
      • Community Engagement

      Student Satisfaction

      Students in Year 5 and 6 at St Anthony's were surveyed and 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.

      One of our students commented that they love that we have a full kitchen facility for cooking.  

      Data Last Updated Fri Jun 15 2018

      Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
      Reading Average Score for the school 444
      Average Score for Queensland 425.2
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Writing Average Score for the school 394.4
      Average Score for Queensland 402.3
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Spelling Average Score for the school 352.2
      Average Score for Queensland 408.7
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 472.4
      Average Score for Queensland 437
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Numeracy Average Score for the school 360
      Average Score for Queensland 402.1
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%

      Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

      Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
      Reading Average Score for the school 493.8
      Average Score for Queensland 502.7
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Writing Average Score for the school 471.4
      Average Score for Queensland 461.4
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Spelling Average Score for the school 509.6
      Average Score for Queensland 496.5
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 501
      Average Score for Queensland 496
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Numeracy Average Score for the school 495.9
      Average Score for Queensland 490.4
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%

      Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

      School Funding By Source
      Income 2017

      Australian Government recurrent funding$1,053,771

      State/Territory Government recurrent funding$112,952

      Fees, charges and parent contributions$69,013

      Other private sources$67,103

      Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$1,302,839

      Deductions 2017

      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)$9,034


      Total net recurrent income$1,293,805

      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.