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2017 Annual Report for St Augustine's School, Mossman
Motto Together in Faith - Learning for Life St-Augustines.jpg
Address 24 Grogan Street, MOSSMAN 4873
Postal Address PO Box 327 MOSSMAN 4873
Phone Number (07) 4098 1631
Fax Number (07) 4098 2267
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 217 Paul Rayner
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Paul Rayner
Parish PriestFr Michael Szymanski
Parish Number (07) 4098 2001

About our School

St Augustine's Primary School, Mossman, shadowed by the magnificent Mt Demi, is situated 76 kilometres north of Cairns within a rural farming community on the edge of the naturally beautiful Daintree Rainforest and the lush green vegetation of Mossman Gorge. In addition, the popular beaches of the tourist town of Port Douglas are only 16 kilometres to its south.

Mossman Gorge, being home to the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal Community, is the ancient site of many local Aboriginal legends. Acknowledgement of Country is an important ritual at every school gathering and assembly as is the celebration of NAIDOC Day and the children are well versed on the stories and legends of the area. The invitation to local Indigenous Elders to speak to the St Augustine's community is a welcome event.

St Augustine's prides itself on being a Catholic Learning Community built on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy who commenced the school in 1934. Over the years the school has grown considerably and older buildings have been refurbished. The original Sisters of Mercy Convent now houses the computer lab and administration facilities. With a school enrolment of approx. 200 students, St Augustine's is inspired by its founders and espouses its motto of Together in Faith - Learning for Life.

At St Augustine's Catholic Primary School the staff, students and parents work together to make the school's Mission Statement a lived reality in the lives of its community members. We are committed to celebrating our Catholic faith and Christian values through involvement in school, parish and the wider community.

The construction of the Performing Arts Building, the extension to the Undercover Sport's Area, the refurbishments to the School Library and Learning Support classrooms have greatly enhanced St Augustine's School. These facilities provide our teachers with teaching and learning spaces to use in the delivery of a 21st Century education which promotes digital technology, innovation, exercise and healthy living and creativity. They are indeed 'state of the art' learning facilities.

At St Augustine's, the staff are called to reach out to others by creating a learning environment open to all. Our school aims to foster an enjoyment and passion for learning and we are dedicated to educating the children we are privileged to care for, for a future of Life Long Learning through a holistic approach based on love, mercy and respect.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

At St Augustine's School, our students are being prepared to meet the demands of a changing world through the promotion of excellence and 'High Expectations' in education. At our weekly Friday afternoon assembly, all students are invited to proclaim that which they are about each and every day at St Augustine's School - the living out of the school motto - Together in Faith, Learning for Life. The motto and mission of the school are not mere words, but a lived reality in the everyday life of our students, staff and parent community.

Our curriculum shows a commitment by St Augustine's School staff towards the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Teachers have worked tirelessly towards the completion of the planning documents aligned with the Australian Curriculum in all Learning Areas. St Augustine's School has been accredited documents in the curriculum areas of English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, History and HPE.

Education of the whole person, through the "You Can Do It" Program for social and emotional wellbeing is embedded in the school culture. Students are exposed to cultural pursuits through a various extra curriculum performances, Dance and Performing Arts' workshops. All cultural areas are provided by specialist teachers. In addition, swimming lessons are provided by fully accredited AUS swim instructors and the whole school from P - 6 participate in our fun yet competitive St Augustine's swimming carnival.

As a Catholic Learning Community the teaching of Religious Education is important as is the celebration of our faith for special occasions. Classes take on the responsibility for leading class liturgies each term. Each year whole school liturgies are held for the Opening and Blessing of the school year, Ash Wednesday, Easter, ANZAC Day, Mother's Day, NAIDOC Day, Catholic Education Week, St Augustine's Feast Day, Remembrance Day and Father's Day. In addition, a special liturgy is held to celebrate the Year 6 Farewell to Primary School. A spirit of prayer is encouraged in all classrooms and formal prayers are taught in each class. The school and parish work cooperatively to support students who celebrate their sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. In our Parish, the Sacramental Program is a parish and family responsibility supported by the school.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Year 6 Leadership Program
  • Buddies Program - Prep and Year 6 students buddy together.
  • Prep students support the Biggest Morning Tea making patty cakes and hosting morning tea for the mothers, grandmothers and parishoners of St Augustine's.
  • Students have the opportunity to learn brass, piano, drums and guitar with our specialist teacher, Katie Shepherdson.
  • Children represent the school with the training of teams for Rugby League, Rugby Union, AFL, Hockey, Cross Country, and Netball.
  • Visiting sporting clinics - Auskick, Walla rugby, golf, hockey and basketball.
  • Participation in educational programs that include the annual Year 6 school camp.
  • Classroom excursions that are curriculum related are encouraged in each year level
  • Participation in Global Initiatives to promote the Spirit of Mercy and Justice - Project Compassion; Make Poverty History; Catholic Mission Day; Shave for a Cure; Relay for Life; Saints have Talent and the Butterfly Foundation for the Hearing Impaired.
  • Encouragement of participation in the annual Mossman Show Cultural Competitions - cooking, flower design, patchwork quilt making.
  • Walk to School safety program.
  • Bravehearts Program and Daniel Morcombe Student Protection School Visits.

Social Climate

St Augustine's is an enthusiastic, friendly and committed school community. Together parents and staff aim to provide all students with a well balanced curriculum within a pleasant and safe environment in a culture of 'High Expectations'. We have a part time school counsellor available and a Indigenous Liaison Officer who assist staff in meeting student's social and emotional well being.

Year 6 students have received special training and inducted as peer tutors. Students will be grouped from P-6 forming pastoral, friendship and buddy groups with Years 6 students acting as peer leaders and tutors. The Peer Support Program provides students with opportunities to meet other students across the school thus developing healthy relationships. The fostering of warm, friendly, inclusive and safe environments which promote acceptance, tolerance and love for each student is something that is valued highly at St Augustine's School.

In addition a Buddy System is formed with our Year 6 and Prep students and parents frequently comment on this at enrolment time as a positive aspect of the school in assisting our youngest students in getting to know our most senior students and feeling safe and supported by them.

Our After School Hours Care Program and Vacation Care Program are available to families not only from our school community, but from other local school communities. This is a growing service that caters extremely well to the needs of our working families. They have been and continue to be involved in the "Active After Schools" Programme.

Parent Involvement

This is regarded as an essential aspect of St Augustine's School Life. The school has developed its own school website Please visit it at

The school newsletter is posted there each week on a Thursday evening.

Parents are involved with:

  • Whole School Dance Spectacular and Christmas Music Concert
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Camp and Excursion Assistants; library helpers; sport team managers, coaches and parent assistants for all school and interschool competitions.
  • Parent helpers in the classroom
  • Weekly Assemblies
  • Friday End of Week School Prayers
  • Liturgy of the Word for each class, each term
  • Invitations to parents to class presentations and sharing of curriculum learning
  • Tuckshop is on site with many generous volunteer helpers.
  • Our Uniform Volunteer Parents keep the Uniform Shop running smoothly
  • School Board parent representatives
  • Participation in P & F Association
  • Undercover Angels who care for our undercover Sports Court
  • Maintenance Committees and Volunteers
  • Curriculum Coffee Chat Mornings highlighting some aspect of teaching and learning - for example, teaching parents how to support home reading; Indigenous Morning Teas and chats
  • Major School Fundraising Committees - Bush Dance and Annual Major Raffle
  • School Newsletter
  • Formal and Informal Parent Teacher Student Meeting times to discuss each child's learning journey
  • Report Cards
  • Life Long Learning Awards and presentation evening each Semester.
  • Family Barbecue and Disco at end of Semester One.

Parent Satisfaction

Parents acknowledge that St Augustine's School is a place of learning which encourages prayer and reflection. It recognises that the Religious Education Program is values based and supports students' needs.

Parents also identify that St Augustine's School aims to continually improve the quality of education it provides and that parents feel comfortable about approaching the school with regards to their child's learning. In addition the majority of parents agree that their child looks forward to going to school and that they enjoy the learning that takes place at school.

Overall, parents are satisfied with the education their children receive at St Augustine's School.

Data Last Updated Mon 11 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 9% 53% 19% 3%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff17 15.4
Non-Teaching Staff 15 6.97
Indigenous 1 0.45

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$18200

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • Australian Curriculum Implementation - History and Geography
  • Digital Technology Literacy  
  • Mandatory Training - Student Protection, WH&S Procedures and Policies
  • SEL - Peer Support Training Professional Development
  • Agreed Practices on Record Keeping 
  • Agreed Practice on School Planning and Feedback
  • Consolidation of Ipads in the classroom 
  • Literacy Coaching - National Partnership Project 
  • Autism in the Classroom
  • Understanding Austism Spectrum Disorders
  • Religious Education 
  • NAPLAN Analysis and whole school planning  
  • TREWTH Conference - Religious Education  
  • CTJ Day - teachers were engaged in a process of assessing student work consistently not only within the school community but across all primary schools within the Diocese of Catholic Education Cairns.   
  • Copyright Training
  • SINA Training
  • Action Learning Research Projects
  • Beginning Teachers - Mentor/Mentee programme


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 year82.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Staff  identified that St Augustine's School  is a place of learning in a Christian environment where prayer and reflection is encouraged.  There is a strong commitment by staff towards the school. The staff  state clearly that our school encourages student responsibility with the majority of staff agreeing that there is strong sense of belonging and decisions are made through consultation and collaboration. Staff feel that they have opportunities for professional development and that St Augustine's School encourages a climate conducive to learning.

Staff believe that they set good example to students and are satisfied with the school's performance.  

Data Last Updated Sun Jun 10 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
93.27% 93.83% 92.46% 92.17% 91.57% 93.95% 92.34%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

At St Augustine's School parents are to contact the school by 9:00am if a student is to be absent for that day.  Absences are kept on record on the school database. Each semester absences are recorded on the student's formal school report.  Late students are required to sign in at the office before going to class.  They are also given a late notice slip which the teacher keeps on record. If a student is absent in an unexplained manner for an inappropriate length of time the Principal is informed. Upon such notice, the Principal or someone in Administration usually telephones the family and an appointment is requested for the parents/caregivers to meet with the Principal. The Indigenous Liaison Officer (ILO) works closely with students and families of Indigenous students to support students in increasing attendance rates and engagement in school life.

The distance travelled

Teachers at St Augustine's School worked collaboratively towards ongoing school improvement through analysis of classroom student assessments; NAPLAN data; "Closing the Gap" initiatives; Consistency of Teacher Judgment with the Tablelands' schools and whole school diagnostic testing with Pat Maths and Pat Reading. These not only provided evidence based assessment on each student, but identified the level of support or extension required so that success is experienced by each student, at his or her ability level. In addition, staff worked towards providing learning environments which provided a balance between "explicit teaching" in the formal instruction of Learning Areas balanced with "explicit teaching" during active engagement where children are trying things out, working alongside others, having to work collaboratively, problem solve and create.

Where are we going ?

  • Literacy and Numeracy are major foci with School Officer time being used to support these programs.
  • The continued strengthening of the SEL Framework through the Year 6 and Prep Buddy Program and the introduction of the Peer Support and Second Steps Program.
  • The Celebration of Learning through our Life Long Learning Awards' Evening each semester linked with the Celebration of the Arts through our annual Dance Spectacular and Christmas Concert.
  • The provision of an interactive whiteboard in each classroom with the purchasing of iPads for innovated technology strategies in the classroom engagement of students' learning.
  • The use of digital technologies including IWB and iPads in the classroom; and the consolidation of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in History, Geography and the Arts.
  • St Augustine's School is first and foremost a Catholic School. Hence the ongoing explicit teaching of values, based on the gospel of Jesus Christ, is a major focus for Monday Morning Prayer as is the call to outreach for the poor and marginalised in our society and global village. We foster prayer, service, personal giving, loving relationships in a spirit of forgiveness each day as we strive to give our students a values-based, holistic education in the 21st Century.

Student Satisfaction

Students feel good about being at St Augustine's School. They believe that teachers put a lot of energy into teaching the class and that they explain how we can get more information leading to quality learning. They believe they are being prepared well for secondary school and beyond.

Students agreed that they look forward to going to school and there is a cheerful atmosphere existing at the school.

Data Last Updated Sun Jun 10 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 394.1
Average Score for Queensland 425.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%
Writing Average Score for the school 372.9
Average Score for Queensland 402.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 392.2
Average Score for Queensland 408.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 386.6
Average Score for Queensland 437
% students at or above the national benchmark 84.2%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 384.8
Average Score for Queensland 402.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 495.9
Average Score for Queensland 502.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.7%
Writing Average Score for the school 472.8
Average Score for Queensland 461.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.7%
Spelling Average Score for the school 493.7
Average Score for Queensland 496.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 460.5
Average Score for Queensland 496
% students at or above the national benchmark 87%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 469.5
Average Score for Queensland 490.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.7%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$1,868,148

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$583,825

Fees, charges and parent contributions$391,291

Other private sources$184,389

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$3,027,653

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$52,597

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$21,660


Total net recurrent income$2,953,396

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.