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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 366 Ms Ruth Mallon
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Ruth Mallon
Parish PriestFr Pat McKenna (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 360 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 the learning areas of 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
Visiting School Performances School Mentoring Program for students at risk Instrumental Music and Dance Programs
End of Year Christmas Concert Public Speaking Competitions Choir

Peer Support Program

Chess Club Buddies Program
Years 6 Playground Guardians Program 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 MOGC’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.

    Parent Involvement

      • Parents and Friends Association
      • Formation of school committees (Uniform, SafeST Committee)
      • 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
    MOGC has a number of community partnerships in place. The school has participated in local charities and Speaking Competitions and Eisteddfods as well as supporting local sporting associations through participation in events.

    Parent Satisfaction

    Parents at Mother of Good Counsel know that their children look forward to going to school. Teachers at Mother of Good Counsel encourage the children to learn, and parents know that their children enjoy the learning they do at school. Parents feel comfortable approaching the school, and that teachers understand their point of view.    

    There is a very strong sense from parents that Mother of Good Counsel School is a caring Christian environment, providing a values and needs based Religious Education program. Prayer and reflection are encouraged and valued.   

    Mother of Good Counsel School focuses on improving the quality of education provided, continually seeking ways to improve, and encouraging students to persist with improving their own learning.   

    Data Last Updated Tue 21 Jun 2016

    Staff Reporting Data
    Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
    % Staff with this qualification 0% 3% 18% 9% 4%

    Workforce composition
    Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
    Teaching Staff24 20.55
    Non-Teaching Staff 14 6.18
    Indigenous 3 1.29

    Total funds expended on teacher professional development$25102

    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 spiritual development, curriculum professional development, social and emotional training and computer education. 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.



    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 year86.50%

    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 Tue Jun 21 2016

    Student Reporting Data
    Average student attendance rates
    Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
    94.78% 92.57% 94.12% 93.62% 93.96% 93.39% 92.01%
    How non-attendance is managed by the school

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

    If students are absent with no notification  from parents, then 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

    Mother of Good Counsel School's Five Year Strategic Plan is targeting specific areas such as Religious Identity, Curriculum, Buildings Improvements, Safety and Leadership.

    The school has maintained a strong emphasis in 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 and 3 is proving a huge success in engaging students' learning and providing our young students with capabilities to enhance their learning into the future.

    Where are we going ?

    Mother of Good Counsel School places much importance on the school community and has a succession plan to further develop the leadership qualities of both staff and students. 

    Plans for improvement are based on an increasing bank of student data, along with the firm belief that students learn best when they are happy and feel safe. Our plans 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. 

    Student Satisfaction

    Students generally feel happy and relaxed at Mother of Good Counsel, where they have a strong sense of belonging. They acknowledge the energy that teachers put in to them, and that teachers work hard to explain things and prepare them for the future. Students appreciate the time and effort that teachers put in to the preparation of lessons, and into their individual care.

    Data Last Updated Tue Jun 21 2016

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2015
    Reading Average Score for the school 435.188
    Average Score for Queensland 410.764
    % students at or above the national benchmark 95.918%
    Writing Average Score for the school 421.709
    Average Score for Queensland 400.538
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.959%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 382.477
    Average Score for Queensland 393.185
    % students at or above the national benchmark 95.918%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 428.523
    Average Score for Queensland 423.055
    % students at or above the national benchmark 95.918%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 402.655
    Average Score for Queensland 386.145
    % students at or above the national benchmark 95.918%

    Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2015
    Reading Average Score for the school 520.628
    Average Score for Queensland 486.738
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Writing Average Score for the school 494.385
    Average Score for Queensland 464.011
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 499.894
    Average Score for Queensland 485.912
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.674%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 509.696
    Average Score for Queensland 492.985
    % students at or above the national benchmark 93.023%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 488.644
    Average Score for Queensland 480.54
    % students at or above the national benchmark 93.023%

    Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

    School Funding By Source
    Income 2015

    Australian Government recurrent funding$1,595,087

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$460,729

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$320,930

    Other private sources$92,204

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$2,468,950

    Deductions 2015

    Income allocated to current capital projects$10,180

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

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$38,714


    Total net recurrent income$2,420,056

    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.