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Mother of Good Counsel School, North Cairns
Motto Honour and Truth MOGC_logo_col.jpg
Address 394 Sheridan St, NORTH CAIRNS QLD 4870
Postal Address PO Box 22N, NORTH CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4053 6133
Fax Number (07) 4053 6433
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 375 Ms Ruth Mallon
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Ruth Mallon
Parish PriestFr Dariusz Osinski (Admin)
Parish Number (07) 4053 1179

About our School

Mother of Good Counsel is a parish-based, co-educational school situated in the North of Cairns. The curriculum at MOGC attempts to respond to the unique needs of its community by recognising the diversity of its population. Community expectations remain a key factor in providing a quality learning environment for children attending MOGC, in particular endeavouring to retain the ‘small school’ atmosphere, at the same time as providing up-to-date learning facilities and physical infrastructure.

The school was founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Mercy and has since grown to accommodate a population of over 370 children. The Mercy tradition of actively displaying Christ’s ‘loving kindness’ is evidenced in the school’s awareness and support of community and international concerns.

The first lay principal was appointed in 1976 and in 1986 the Marist Brothers took charge of the school and served the school community until 1990.

Mother Of Good Counsel’s commitment to educational excellence is reflected in its strong record of success in achieving good outcomes for its students in the areas of literacy and numeracy. This is due to the high calibre of dedicated staff and strong parental support.

Mother of Good Counsel School is a learning community that is dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for its student population and is committed to ensuring that the needs of its unique community are reflected in the curriculum, infrastructure and community partnerships.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

Mother of Good Counsel provides learning across Mathematics, English, Religion, Science, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, Languages (Japanese), Technology and Social and Emotional Learning.

Social and Emotional Learning is explicitly taught through the Second Step program, which develops essential life skills for individual and social development. This is a whole school community approach, which also includes Parent and Staff Educational Programs, Mentoring and other opportunities.

Extra Curricular Activities

Numerous sporting opportunities (inc. Rugby League, Hockey, Netball, Touch Football & Futsal) Involvement in District Sporting events Visiting Sporting clinics (Basketbal, Hockey, Rugby League etc)
Inter-house swimming carnival Inter-school sports for 4-6 School camps and Excursions
Visiting School Performances School Mentoring Program for students at risk Instrumental Music and Dance Programs
End of Year Christmas Concert Public Speaking Competitions Choir / Liturgical Music Group
Peer Support Program Coding Club Buddies Program
Years 6 Playground Guardians Program Involvement in local competitions and Book Week Activities Leadership programs and activities

Social Climate

Mother of Good Counsel School has a warm, friendly environment.  Mother of Good Counsel strives to foster successful learning based on both the Gospel Values and the tradition of the Mercy Sisters, standing firm in its capacity for effective, life-giving relationships with collaboration involving all those within its school community.
    We endeavour to nurture the development of the whole child - academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Through our Positive Behaviour and Relationships Policy, we aim to foster healthy relationships between students and teachers through pastoral care and the promotion of social and emotional well-being. Self-discipline is encouraged, as is respect for the rights of others. Our school strongly espouses the creation of an environment where children can learn without disruption.

    Active participation in church events, responding to local community needs (such as assisting the Rosies outreach and fundraising for flood and cyclone victims) and participating in CARITAS and Catholic Missions projects ensures that the school upholds the Christian values that are an integral part of Mother of Good Counsel’s curriculum. This is evident in the school’s behaviour management approach, which focuses on responsible relationships and Social and Emotional Learning.  Parent involvement is considered a key element in creating a positive approach to behaviour management. In addition, a Mentoring Program has long been established, designed to assist children in their journey towards achieving success outside primary school.

    Our strong focus on student well-being has continued to grow, with a tiered support plan in place:

    Tier 1 Support: Second Step Program & Christian Meditation
    Tier 2 Support: Social Skills Groups, Circle Time & Mentoring
    Tier 3 Support: Student Counsellor access

    Parent Involvement

      • Parents and Friends Association
      • Information evenings
      • Parent Surveys
      • Parent / Teacher nights
      • Parent / Teacher interviews
      • School Newsletters
      • Social Functions
      • Parents involved with reading and classroom activities
      • Weekly Assemblies
      • Class Masses and Liturgies of the Word
      • Working Bees
      • Curriculum Updates
    Mother of Good Counsel School has a number of community partnerships in place. The school has participated in local charities and speaking competitions, as well as supporting local sporting associations through participation in events. Our outreach has grown to include visits to entertain and engage with elderly people in our community.

    Parent Satisfaction

    Parents at Mother of Good Counsel School value the strong leadership and high quality services provided to parents and students. The teaching staff are highly regarded by parents, who recognise that learning and teaching processes are in place to improve student outcomes. Staff at Mother of Good Counsel live out the Catholic values of witness and service in their words and actions. Parents know that the school is well resourced and that their concerns are promptly and respectfully responded to, by staff who make themselves available. 
    There is a very strong sense from parents that Mother of Good Counsel School is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. It is a learning community where staff, parents and carers work together to deliver quality outcomes for students. 
    Mother of Good Counsel School focuses on the quality of education provided, and strives to improve and innovate to enhance its educational offerings to students.  

    Data Last Updated Fri 23 Jun 2017

    Staff Reporting Data
    Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
    % Staff with this qualification 0% 7% 55% 25% 9%

    Workforce composition
    Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
    Teaching Staff28 23.43
    Non-Teaching Staff 16 7.9
    Indigenous 2 1.7

    Total funds expended on teacher professional development$29342

    Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

    Major Professional Development Initiatives

    It is crucial that teachers are confident, competent and knowledgeable in the teaching tools they implement.  There is a considerable amount of the school budget dedicated to teaching and classroom resources that support effective pedagogy, which is promoted within the school. 

    Our staff have been involved in 
       - curriculum based professional development
       - opportunities for collegial planning and judgements
       - mentoring and coaching around effective pedagogies
       - social and emotional development training
       - workplace health and safety training
       - ongoing experiences with using new technologies to enhance learning
    The school often initiates its own professional development based on our specific goals and needs eg Literacy, Circle Solutions, Social & Emotional Learning, Assessment, Staff Wellbeing etc.  The professional development of staff focuses on improving outcomes for children, and improving wellbeing.

    The changes over recent years, with the introduction of the Australian Curriculum, have been addressed through the development of Learning Area Plans that outline for staff the resources available and school-based decisions that are specific to each Learning Area.  Mother of Good Counsel has directed much of its staff professional development to keeping teachers and school officers abreast of the Australian Curriculum and research based best classroom practice.



    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 year87.00%

    Staff Satisfaction

    The staff at Mother of Good Counsel are committed to the school and its positive ethos. Their input is valued and they have trust in the leadership team, who foster effective communication. The staff work collaboratively to encourage a climate of learning, where high expectations are met, and where clear goals and expectations are agreed upon. Professional development opportunities and collegial support reiterate to staff their importance. 

    Data Last Updated Fri Jun 23 2017

    Student Reporting Data
    Average student attendance rates
    Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
    93.95% 94.28% 94.34% 93.51% 93.1% 93.19% 92.87%
    How non-attendance is managed by the school

    The school requests that parents phone or send information via the Parent Portal, on the morning when students are absent.  This information is then relayed to teachers.

    If students are absent with no notification  from parents, the child is marked as an unexplained absence and an SMS is sent to the primary carer, alerting them that the child is an unexplained absence at school for that day.

    The distance travelled

    When students have a sense of wellbeing and safety, they learn better. They can be risk takers with their learning, explore thinking skills and relationships, and have improved learning outcomes.

    Mother of Good Counsel School's Improvement Plan is targeting 
    - student wellbeing
    - improving data analysis to drive improvements for all students
    - continuing to develop a systematic approach to curriculum delivery
    The school has maintained a strong emphasis on Social and Emotional Learning.
    Mother of Good Counsel School has adopted strategies and online access to engage and lead students in the classroom. The school has increased its capacity to provide students with laptops, Chromebooks and iPads, which are used as a resource in all year levels, to enhance quality education. A one to one iPad program for Years 2, 3 and 4 is proving successful in engaging students' learning and providing our young students with capabilities to enhance their learning into the future.

    Where are we going ?

     Our future plans are research based and data driven. We will continue to ensure the wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community, while keeping abreast of current pedagogies and ensuring the availability of up-to-date technologies and infrastructure.

    As our iPad one to one program continues to roll through the school, we are ensuring the stability of the necessary infrastructure, and providing ongoing professional development for staff.

    The learning and wellbeing needs of individual students remains paramount to our staffing, planning and resourcing decisions.

    Student Satisfaction

    Students are proud to belong to the Mother of Good Counsel community. They feel comfortable to participate fully, and are encouraged to do their best by staff who are respectful, approachable and helpful. The students believe that doing their best is important. They believe that their use of computers, iPads and other devices assist them with their learning, and that they are being well prepared for the future.
    Students usually get along well and engage in the extra curricula activities on offer. They appreciate the resources, facilities and space our school allows them.

    Data Last Updated Fri Jun 23 2017

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
    Reading Average Score for the school 447.659
    Average Score for Queensland 427.632
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Writing Average Score for the school 434.547
    Average Score for Queensland 420.141
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 425.539
    Average Score for Queensland 415.204
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 452.828
    Average Score for Queensland 439.375
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 418.416
    Average Score for Queensland 400.942
    % students at or above the national benchmark 96.226%

    Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2016
    Reading Average Score for the school 524.19
    Average Score for Queensland 507.478
    % students at or above the national benchmark 98.039%
    Writing Average Score for the school 487.017
    Average Score for Queensland 474.369
    % students at or above the national benchmark 98.039%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 495.117
    Average Score for Queensland 491.655
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 519.813
    Average Score for Queensland 512.334
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 506.023
    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$2,731,047

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$714,832

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$838,597

    Other private sources$85,922

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,370,398

    Deductions 2016

    Income allocated to current capital projects$150,364

    Income allocated to future capital projects and diocesan capital funds$18,458

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$120,374


    Total net recurrent income$4,081,202

    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.