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St Michael's School, Gordonvale
Motto We Lift Our Eyes to the Mountain St Michaels logo.jpg
Address 58 Mill Street, GORDONVALE QLD 4876
Postal Address PO Box 64, GORDONVALE QLD 4865
Phone Number (07) 4056 1614
Fax Number (07) 4056 5004
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 305 Greg Hoare
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Greg Hoare
Parish PriestFr Jude Ronayne-Forde ofm PP
Parish Number (07) 4056 1187

About our School
St Michael’s is situated in Gordonvale, a rural, country town on the fringe of the city of Cairns. When the school was opened and blessed in 1923, it was placed under the patronage of St Alphonsus, and was known by this name during its early years of service. The original school was located in Muir Street and has now been converted into a School Hall. The present St Michael’s school was opened in December 1959. The Sisters of Mercy ran the school from 1923 - 1990, and the community owes a great deal to these women who worked in our Parish. The school has undergone a major refurbishment programme to improve all facilities.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Michael’s offers a contemporary curriculum that provides rich and purposeful learning across all subject areas. Whilst all subjects are taught in line with the rollout of the Australian Curriculum the school prioritises the areas of English, Mathematics and Religious Education.

The school engages a teacher librarian to work with students in teaching research skills, internet safety as well as introducing students to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction literature.

An Arts specialist teacher is engaged to teach children dance, music and drama for one hour per week. A PE specialist teaches the children physical activities. A LOTE specialist teachers the students in years 5 and 6 Japanese. An instrumental teacher is also available for private tuition.


Extra Curricular Activities

A number of students learn a musical instrument.

Students in Years 4 – 6 participate in Public Speaking.

Sporting opportunities are made available for students such as rugby league, netball, soccer, etc.  Boys in Years 5 to 6 are able to join the Rugby League Team and girls in Years 5 to 6 are able to join the Netball Team.

Students have the opportunity to participate in an Environmental Committee.

Year 6 students have leadership opportunities through positions such as school captain, house captain, spirit committee and student council.

Social Climate

The school has a warm, small town country feel. Families choose to attend St Michael’s for a Catholic education in this environment. Our school has the services of a school counsellor and learning support teacher to support student learning and social emotional development.

At St Michael's Catholic School we have a responsibility to encourage self discipline and to offer an environment in which students can learn without disruption. In turn students are required to maintain standards of behaviour as set by the school and to respect the rights of others.

Behaviour Management is not just a process of responding to problems that have occurred. The key is to foster healthy relationships between teachers and students through pastoral care and the promotion of social emotional well being. At St Michael's the ultimate goal is for the students to accept responsibility and develop self-discipline through the guiding hands of teachers and other staff.  The Pastoral Care Program at St Michael's is conducted through the Social and Emotional Learning Program, Circles, individual counselling support and a whole school approach to student well being. 

Students, parents and teachers have the right to a safe, orderly school environment whereby students can grow academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually in order to learn.  Strategies for responding to bullying incidents have been adopted from Ian Findley's model 'Shared Responsibility: Beating Bullying in Australian Schools'.  This model seeks to empower all students to help identify the source of the issue and to also be a part of the solution.   

St Michael's School has developed a Positive Relationships Policy and a Pastoral Care Policy and these underpin the positive behaviour choices expected of students within the school.

St Michael's School has identified the key values which underpin every aspect of the school.  These are Faith, Learning, Respect, Trust and Community.  These values along with safety form the St Michael's Way which is a code for learning and behavior within our community.

Parent Involvement

  • P&F Association
  • School Board 
  • Formation of committees within the school: (Tuckshop, Uniform, Maintenance, SunSmart, and Parent Education and Support Committees)
  • Parent surveys
  • Information Evenings
  • Parent / teacher nights
  • Parent / teacher interviews
  • School newsletters
  • Parent volunteers - classroom helpers, sporting events, tuckshop, etc

Parent Satisfaction

86% of parents agreed that St Michael’s is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. This same percentage agreed that St Michael’s School promotes justice, compassion and service. From the surveys 85% agreed that St Michael’s has a good reputation in the local community and 81% said that they would recommend St Michael’s School to others. 94% of parents felt that the grounds, buildings and outdoor facilities are well-presented and maintained while 89% agreed that the classrooms are well presented and stimulating places for learning.

Overall, the majority of parents responding to the parent survey appear to be generally happy with the school.


Data Last Updated Thu 18 May 2017

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 10% 50% 20% 8%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff20 17.6
Non-Teaching Staff 20 9.98
Indigenous 2 1.47

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$53762

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Information Technology

Religious Education


Essential Skills of Classroom Management


Mandatory Training eg WHS, Student Protection, etc


Visible Learning Evidence into Action


Thinking Reading Assessment


Essential Skills in Behaviour Management


Behaviour management - profiling




Harassment Training


Curriculum – Reading Strategies


Professional Learning Communities


Explicit Teaching


Learning Support


School Values and Class Expectations - The St Michael's Way


Literacy Coaching and Guided Reading


Visible Learning - Feedback

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 year85.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The majority of staff surveyed (96%) agreed that St Michael’s School promotes justice, compassion and service while 93% agreed that the school delivers quality educational outcomes for students. Most feel that their skills and abilities are being utilized effectively at St Michael’s (90%). This same percentage agrees that St Michael’s is a fair and equitable place to work while 93% feel that they have real job satisfaction in their current position and also that they are provided with adequate training and professional development required to do their job effectively. 97% agreed that the grounds, buildings and outdoor facilities are well presented and maintained.

Data Last Updated Thu May 18 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.21% 92.4% 93.06% 92.21% 92.26% 91.4% 94.73%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school on the day that a student is absent or a letter is sent to the teacher the following day regarding the reason for the absence.  If students are absent without notification, parents are contacted.  If there is a pattern of non-attendance, parents are contacted to discuss any issues or concerns regarding the student. 

The distance travelled

Throughout the past few years implementation of the Australian curriculum has taken place. This has provided students with opportunities to work in the areas of English, Maths, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences with the new curriculum materials. Significant school officer time has been provided throughout the school with the majority of the support being offered in Maths and English. There have also been many opportunities for sporting involvement offered with students being given opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular sports such as rugby league, netball, gala day etc.

Where are we going ?

In 2017 the school will aim to ensure that contemporary learning is provided to all students. The primary focus will continue to be in the areas of Maths and English so as to improve learning outcomes across the school. The Explicit Teaching model will continue to be further developed with mentoring and coaching support being offered to classroom teachers.

Professional Learning Teams will be established across the school where teachers have opportunities to work together in teams to analyze and improve their classroom practice.

Specialist teachers will be employed in HPE for all year levels and LOTE (Japanese) for years 5 and 6.

A teacher of Indigenous Education will be employed to work with our Indigenous students and their families to suitably meet the educational goals of these students.

In 2017 a teacher librarian will continue to work with students and teachers across the school. Her role will be to support learners by promoting the teaching of information literacy as well as teaching library, research and IT skills. She will also support teachers through collaborative planning as well as up skilling.


Student Satisfaction

Students in years 5 and 6 were surveyed in 2016. 97% agreed that doing their best is important to them and this same percentage agreed that they are encouraged to do their best. 84% of the 104 students who responded to the survey said that they feel safe at St Michael’s. 91% agreed that the school encourages them to help others while over 90% feel that prayer is an important part of what they do at school. Over 94% of students surveyed agreed that they are proud to be a student at St Michael’s.

Data Last Updated Thu May 18 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 407.67
Average Score for Queensland 427.632
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.75%
Writing Average Score for the school 395.845
Average Score for Queensland 420.141
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.959%
Spelling Average Score for the school 387.862
Average Score for Queensland 415.204
% students at or above the national benchmark 96%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 418.391
Average Score for Queensland 439.375
% students at or above the national benchmark 96%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 399.837
Average Score for Queensland 400.942
% students at or above the national benchmark 94%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 524.052
Average Score for Queensland 507.478
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 465.083
Average Score for Queensland 474.369
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 486.53
Average Score for Queensland 491.655
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 499.749
Average Score for Queensland 512.334
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 476.239
Average Score for Queensland 494.654
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,521,575

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$633,393

Fees, charges and parent contributions$552,105

Other private sources$50,333

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$3,757,406

Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$53,759

Income allocated to future capital projects and diocesan capital funds$63,401

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$66,956


Total net recurrent income$3,573,290

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.