2018 Annual Report for St Joseph's School, Parramatta Park
Motto With Christ we Live, Love and Learn St Joseph_s logo.jpg
Address 13 Loeven Street, PARRAMATTA PARK QLD 4870
Postal Address 13 Loeven Street, PARRAMATTA PARK QLD 4870
Phone Number 07 4051 4041
Fax Number 07 4031 3963
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 392 Mr Gavin Rick
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Gavin Rick
Parish PriestFr Saju Joseph
Parish Number (07) 4051 1337

About our School

Our vision is "In sacred learnscapes, we are all learning to live so that we can all live to learn."

Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St Joseph's School has at its very heart, the values of Learning, Love, Community and Respect, as Jesus showed. Together with engaged and supportive parents, the staff of St Joseph's create a safe and innovative learning environment where each child has the opportunity to grow and thus achieve to his or her potential.

A school for healthy minds, bodies and spirits, St Joseph's provides an authentic Catholic education with a strong focus on learning how to be better learners, being socially and emotionally ready to learn. We believe that children learn more effectively when they feel connected and experience a sense of belonging.

Our school has undergone major capital redevelopment recently and now provides a world class, state of the art learning facility for our community. With flexible, comfortable and attractive spaces to learn, our 'learning habitats' provide agency and agility for all learning situations. 

With a healthy enrolment of approximately 390 students, St Joseph's has been described by parents as the ideal size where their children are known personally and matter, making it the school of choice. Our community is made up of families from all areas of the world, which makes for a culturally rich and diverse group.

Characteristics of Student Body

Our families comprise of 26 different nationalities.  9.25% of our students were born overseas.  Our community has rich and diverse makeup with 11.56% EAL-D (English as a Second Language/Dialect) 9.76% Indigenous students and 12.33% students with Disabilities and enrolment data suggests we have 9 different religious groups represented in our community. 

School Annual Improvement

 2018 Improvement Priorities were around:

  • Enhancing Catholic Identity, contemporary and recontextualised understanding of the Christian message and Catholic traditions
  • Improving the Teaching of Writing, raising student growth and achievement
  • Improving staff Collaborative Practices, meeting the needs of learners
  • Creating a whole of school culture and language of learning, growing better learners

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

At St Joseph's School, learning is based on the holistic development of each child - physically, emotionally, socially, academically and spiritually.  We, as a learning community, are always looking for opportunities to grow, so that individually and collectively we become the best that we can be.

St Josephs is a community of learners on a quest to answer the question "How do we grow and develop learners who continually get better at learning?"

St Joseph's School offers contemporary and engaging learning in all areas of the Australian Curriculum. Learning practices are grounded in current research and evidence and in response to the needs of the child as a learner of the modern world.

St Joseph's prioritises English, Maths, Religious Education & Catholic Identity, and Social & Emotional Learning. We believe that learning is a social and relational activity and as such we employ strategies such as Circle Solutions to assist students to connect, feel they belong and give each child a voice. This enhances wellbeing and capacity to learn.

We have a focus on learning in a modern and connected context with digital as an accelerator. Staff and students learn together through an evolving use of an inquiry model to learning and with the aid of a variety of mobile devices. In Years 3/4/5/6 each student is provided with an iPad as a valuable and powerful tool for learning. Students in Prep-Year 2 also have access to individual iPads.

We have introduced  flexibility and agility into our learning spaces which we believe, better meets the needs of modern learners and enhances comfort and well being. Collaborative teaching methodology including the provision of Learning & Teaching Assistants  increases learner accessibility to adults and capacity to provide learning in smaller targeted ways.

We provide rich and diverse learning opportunities, employing specialist staff in the following areas:

  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English as a Second Language
  • Dance    
  • Choir
  • Instrumental Program

We promote many projects that enhance indigenous perspectives within the curriculum as well as celebrating NAIDOC annually. 

Extra Curricular Activities

St Joseph's encourages students to participate in a range of activities that are available at lunch time, in school time, before and after school. The following are some of the activities on offer:

  • Choir and choric speaking (Cairns Junior Eisteddfod)
  • Student Vegetable Garden and Stephanie Alexander Garden Program (from 2019)
  • Reader's Cup Challenge
  • ICAS competitions
  • Lunchtime Library Activities
  • Instrumental music
  • Sport coaching sessions - Tennis, Auskick, hockey, netball, rugby league 
  • Teams for sporting events such as rugby league, netball, athletics, hockey
  • Chess club

Social Climate

At St Joseph's School, the values of learning, respect, community and love permeate our community. Our point of difference is that we view these values through the example of Jesus. We teach and reinforce 'The St Joseph's Way' as being these values in action, using the example of Jesus Christ

St Joseph's School is a rich and diverse multicultural environment, where all students are encouraged to participate and support each other. As well as providing an engaging and challenging opportunities for learning across all areas, St Joseph's School encourages students to share their skills and talents as a means of building confidence and community, empowering them to be full contributors to their world. 

On an annual basis we undertake a variety of social justice projects as our Christian Outreach to the local and world communities. We teach that it is our Christian responsibility to assist and support those in need.  These projects are local, within Australia or overseas.

Initiatives that contribute to the community minded climate within the school include:

  • Circle Solutions (communication and connection)
  • School Counsellor and Diverse Learner Team
  • Student Buddy Class programs
  • Project Compassion and Caritas  
  • Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
  • Adopt-a-cop Education programs
  • Charity collections - Red Cross, Cancer Council

We have in our playground, a 'Buddy Bench'. A Buddy Bench is a garden bench where students can go if they have no one to play with. Other students then can approach these students and invite them to join in or assist them in finding someone.

In living out 'The St Joseph's Way', bullying behaviours are not accepted. Instead, we explicitly teach about community, respect and love where we accept and celebrate difference, tolerate others and offer forgiveness. We have developed a 'Respectful Relationships Policy (Anti-Bullying)' and we highlight a number of days throughout the year such as Harmony Day, No To Bullying Day.

All members of the school community are encouraged to report any cases of bullying or suspected bullying.  The school community has a zero tolerance towards bullying in all its forms. Students are taught various strategies to practice cyber safety, safety networks and staying safe practices. We endeavour to inform and work with our parents in this area.

Parent Engagement

Parents at St Joseph's engage in learning and are involved in a variety of ways. We have a very supportive Parents and Friends Association who contribute to community building and fundraising for the school. Their involvement has resulted in the advancement of resource purchases which have directly enhanced the learning of students. Complimentary to this, the School Board is highly effective in assisting the Principal with strategic planning and policy development and is an important link to the St Joseph's Parish. 

Parents are provided with annual training in Student Protection,  Work Place Health and Safety and Code of Conduct. This then enables them to engage in learning within the school and excursion assistance throughout the year.

Opportunities for parent engagement in learning are offered throughout the year such as Parent Partnership Meetings early in the year, Prep Orientation and Induction, supporting reading and writing, cyber safety as well as a number of topics related to child development and well being. We have also begun to engage parents in knowing and understanding learner qualities as expressed in the General Capabilities if the Australian Curriculum.

Teachers enable parents to access evidence of learning in real time through Seesaw. Parents are provided with four opportunities throughout the year for formal reporting on student growth and achievement, two being face to face learning conferences and the others written. Teachers are available to meet with parents when needed or upon request at other times.

Parent Satisfaction

Generally parents rated St Joseph's School in the top categories of 'good' and 'excellent' for all of the eight areas surveyed. Their top five reasons for choosing St Joseph's were school reputation, location and school/class size, Catholic ethos and Quality of Staff.

Parents have indicated quite strongly that staff and students of St Joseph's live out the Catholic values of witness and service in their words and actions. They believe that St Josephs is a caring community where everyone is treated with care and respect. They recommend St Joseph's to others.

Parents rated leadership very highly, stating that information is provided in a clear and timely manner. They recommend the school to others in the community and provides high quality services to parents and students.

Parents indicate that they offer a broad and relevant curriculum and that each child is encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability. They believe that St Joseph's prepares students for the technological demands of our world. Parents indicated that the classrooms are well presented and stimulating places for learning.

Staff are accessible, respectful and respond promptly to parental concerns. Parents indicated that St Joseph's has clear behaviour management procedures that are fair, consistent and effective. The school clearly communicates expectations and rules for student behaviour.

Overwhelmingly, parents indicated that their child enjoys the learning they do at school and that teachers make learning fun.  

Data Last Updated Tue 28 May 2019

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
Number of staff with this qualification 0 3 12 11 0

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff29 23
Non-Teaching Staff 25 13.54
Indigenous 1 0.5

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$45337

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Professional Development Activities for 2018 included:

  • Feedback Models
  • Growth Mindset
  • Collaborative Team Teaching models
  • Learner Data including use of the Buisiness Intelligence Tool
  • Formative Assessment in Mathematics using Essential Assessments
  • Best Practice Study Tours (NZ) 'Learning in Innovative Learning Environments'
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity
  • Building Learning Power Approach (Learner Qualities)
  • Brainology
  • The Parables
  • Learning Progressions (Writing)
  • English Sequence and Scope
  • Zones of Regulation (Social & Emotional)
  • Reading Practices (Decoding and Comprehension) through Professional Learning Teams
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • First Aid and CPR 
  • Mandatory Student Protection
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Coaching in Teaching of Writing
  • Essential Skills for Classroom Management & Classroom Profiling 
  • NAPLAN Analysis  
  • Consistency of Teacher Judgement
  • TREWTH Conference (Religious Education and Social Emotional Learning)  
  • Cyber Safety
  • Parent engagement

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 year96.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Staff rated the school in the top band of 'excellent' all eight sections of the survey.

The staff members of St Joseph's School unanimously believe that school is a place of learning in a Christian environment, where prayer and reflection is encouraged.  They rate the school highly as living out the Catholic values in words and actions.

Staff believe strongly that the principal and leadership team at St Joseph's School model and expect high standards from staff. St Joseph's is well managed and organised. Staff indicate that there exists clear goals and expectations at St Joseph's and that they have trust in the school leadership team. Staff highly agree that behaviour management is consistent, that conflict is handled well and that staff set good example for the students.

The staff members are highly committed to the school and Catholic education, believing that the school encourages a climate conducive to learning. Staff  overwhelmingly express a high level of confidence in the future of the school and have a clear understanding of the current improvement plan.

Data Last Updated Mon May 13 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
93.85% 94.49% 93.77% 93.91% 94.9% 93.63% 93.22%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are asked to notify the school by either telephone, email or school portal by 9.00am on the day that any student will be away. Any pattern of non-attendance is followed up via a variety of strategies including:  telephone calls, letters and parent meetings.  Late students are required to sign in at the office. The detrimental effects of non-attendance or late arrivals are published in the school newsletter on a regular basis throughout the year. 

Student Satisfaction

All students from Years 4 - 6 were surveyed on a variety of topics and rated St Joseph's in the top level of 'excellent' for four of the eight categories and the level of 'good' for the other four.

Generally, students are proud to be a learner of St Joseph's and they believe that students show respect for each other. They indicated that their school encourages them to help other people.

A very high portion of students stated they feel safe at school. They reported that the school rules are fair and consistent and they tell others that St Joseph's is a great school. Students consistently reported that their teachers really like teaching and that the learning they do is challenging and makes them think and that they know what to do to improve my learning at school.

Students indicated they know that when they have a problem, that the staff will help them.

Most students indicated they felt positive and cheerful about school and that it was important to do their best. Students use technology regularly at school and that there are many resources in the learning spaces that they can use to help them learn.

Data Last Updated Fri Dec 14 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 441.9
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 416.1
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 425.4
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 428.6
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 414.1
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.3%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 507.4
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.6%
Writing Average Score for the school 481.8
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.2%
Spelling Average Score for the school 510.8
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.2%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 502.7
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 511.9
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$3,540,050

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$785,999

Fees, charges and parent contributions$880,886

Other private sources$164,936

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$5,371,871

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$172,578

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$98,965


Total net recurrent income$118,140

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.