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2017 Annual Report for 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 300 Mr Greg Hoare
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr 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

83 parents responded to our 2017 survey. 83% of parents agreed that St Michael's is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. 90% of parents find the classrooms are well presented and stimulating places for learning. 83% of parents find staff at St Michael's School accessible, respectful and respond promptly to my concerns. 90% of parents felt that the grounds, buildings and outdoor facilities are well-presented and maintained.

Data Last Updated Fri 08 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 9% 40% 11% 9%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff24 21.43
Non-Teaching Staff 23 10.33
Indigenous 5 2.82

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$17419

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
  • Copyright
  • 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 days97%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year76.00%

Staff Satisfaction

34 staff responded to our annual survey. 88% of st Michael's School staff agree that our school encourages students to develop a love of learning. 85% believe St Michael's School delivers quality educational outcomes for students. 82% of staff believe the principal and leadership team at St Michael's School model and expect high standards from staff. 85% of staff agree that our school promotes justice, compassion and service. 88% of staff believe that St Michael's School is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. One of the staff commented 'The school officers at St Michael's are very pleasant and happy group to work with. I love that I have a great deal of autonomy over my role and flexibility allows me to assist teaching staff when they need assistance rather than having to leave to follow a timetable. This also allows greater job satisfaction as I feel more able to support others.'

Data Last Updated Fri Jun 08 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
93.46% 92.19% 93.04% 91.55% 91.61% 90.98% 91.31%
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 2018 the school will aim to ensure that all students are provided with high quality education in all learning areas. The Explicit Teaching model will continue to be further developed with mentoring and coaching support being offered to classroom teachers. Professional Learning Teams will continue across the school where teachers have opportunities to work together in teams to analyse and improve their classroom practice. Specialist teachers will continue to 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. A teacher librarian will continue to work with students and teachers across the school. Her role is to support learners by promoting the teaching of information literacy as well as teaching library, research and ICT skills. She will also support teachers through collaborative planning as well as providing professional learning opportunities to staff.

Student Satisfaction

Students in years 5 and 6 were surveyed in 2017. 94% of students believe that staff at St Michael's School show respect for each other. 87% of students believe that prayer is an important part of our school. 88% believe our school encourages them to think and talk about God. 93% of students believe that our school encourages students to help other people. 91% of students believe the principal and leadership team are respected at St Michael's School. 92% of students believe in doing their best at school is promoted and important. 94% of students believe that staff encourage them to do their best. 85% of students know what they have to do to improve their learning at school.

Data Last Updated Fri Jun 08 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 439.7
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%
Writing Average Score for the school 386.8
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.9%
Spelling Average Score for the school 369.4
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 391.6
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 380
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.4%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 494
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 95%
Writing Average Score for the school 466.3
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 90%
Spelling Average Score for the school 466.5
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 464
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.7%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 465.7
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,840,229

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$683,041

Fees, charges and parent contributions$548,226

Other private sources$140,172

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,211,668

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$111,000

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$80,388


Total net recurrent income$4,020,280

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.