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2019 Annual Report for St Teresa's School, Ravenshoe
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Address 6 Moffatt Street, RAVENSHOE QLD 4888
Postal Address PO Box 249, RAVENSHOE QLD 4888
Phone Number (07) 4097 6173
Fax Number (07) 4097 6665
Email Address principal.ravenshoe@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.stteresas.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 82 Ms Catherine McKechnie
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Catherine McKechnie
Parish Priest.
Parish Number (07) 4097 6180

About our School

St Teresa's School was opened in 1950, originally staffed by the Sisters of Mercy until 1978. In 2019 we have a student population of 88 students from Prep to Year 6 with a staff of 20. The school consists of 6 classrooms, an office area, library, a tuckshop, a playing field, an adventure playground and a sports court. 

Ravenshoe is a rural town located 123 kilometres south west of Cairns on the Atherton Tableland. At 930 metres above sea level, it is the highest town in Queensland. Traditionally a timber town, this industry was lost after very large areas around the town were listed as World Heritage in 1987. Today Ravenshoe is a farming community producing beef, dairy, corn, peanuts, avocados and vegetables. It still has a functioning timber mill which now only produces plywood. Because of these changes in the timber industry and other factors, local employment opportunities have become more limited and residents often travel out of town for permanent employment. In the past twelve months, this has significantly impacted our enrolment numbers.  The traditional owners of the land in the Ravenshoe district are the Jirrbal people who speak a dialect of the Dyirbal language.

Characteristics of Student Body

  • Student Enrolment - 88 (boys and girls)
  • Class Structure - Prep, Year 1 /2, Year 3, Year 4/5 and Year 6
  • Verified students - 3
  • Indigenous - 15
  • NCCD - 8.   2 Substantial; 4 Supplementary, 1 QDTP and 1 Extensive
  • Catholicity - 30%
  • Attendance - 61.6%
  • ICSEA - 926

Cultural diversity

  • Indigenous - Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or both

School Annual Improvement

2019 presented many challenges for the school community. Our entire teaching team was new to the school and within that team, we had three early year career teachers. Additionally, our Learning Support Teacher was on leave for 12 months and our APRE who was also acting in the LST role, had parental leave. Our Leadership Team assumed multiple roles which was a challenge as well.

Our SAIP (School Annual Improvement Plan) addressed the three system priorities of Catholic Identity, Writing and Data.

Priority 1: Catholic Identity

Smart Goals:

By the end of 2019, the new teaching team at St Teresa's will be familiar with the RE Curriculum and will be working towards proficiency in planning and assessment.

By the end of 2019, the school will have conducted an audit in relation to the Lived and Celebrated Catholic Identity Rubric and have identified areas of progress, improvement and areas to be addressed. 

Priority 2: Writing

Smart Goal

By the end of 2019, all teaching staff will be familiar with and delivering the schools effective and expected practice in reading, writing and morning routine. 

Priority 3: Data

Smart Goal

By the end of 2019, St Teresa's will have implemented our data plan that addresses the systematic collection of a range of student outcome data including both test data and quality classroom assessments.

By the end of 2019, the school will demonstrate that the use of system wide and school data as starting points for improvement and progress monitoring is embedded in practice. 

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

The School offers students a sound academic education in all key learning areas including Religious Education. Social and Emotional Learning is an important part of daily class lessons and teachers are trained in delivering the Second Steps programme. All students have classroom music lessons from a specialist music teacher and   PE and other specialist areas are the responsibility of the classroom teacher.

Instrumental music lessons are delivered on a private basis with approximately 30% of the students involved.

Extra Curricular Activities

These include:

  • Sporting; Auskick clinics
  • Billy Slater League tag competition
  • Athletics and Cross Country teams
  • Reader's Cup Competitions
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • Choir
  • Choir tours to Atherton and Malanda
  • Chess
  • Brainiac, STEAM and Media clubs during lunch times.
  • Social Justice Group
  • Performing Arts Concerts once a semester.
  • Under 8s day with the local state primary schools.

Social Climate

The social climate of our school reflects the values that our community has identified as basic to our vision and mission.  These values; love, respect, justice and compassion underpin the relationships between staff, students and families and ensure we have a place to plant our feet in all aspects of our work.  The well-being of all in our school is paramount and a priority for the Leadership team. Care and concern for all is promoted and monitored.  We are well supported by our school counsellor, our diverse learner's team and we value the assistance of CES staff in this. 

In all our encounters, we offer "hospitality", as espoused by Catherine McAuley.  We enjoy a positive profile in our community and respond to requests for support whenever possible. 


Parent Engagement

At St Teresa's, there is a small but, very active P and F Committee who meet once a term. There is a move to shift the emphasis of P and F as merely a fundraising body to address how parent engagement in the learning lives of their students can be facilitated. The committee is very keen to progress this. The P and F support the annual school/ parish fete, conduct dances and assist at school initiated activities. Monies raised supplement technology, literacy and sporting resources in the school.

Most of our students travel to and from school by bus and so we do not see their parents on a regular basis. We have to be intentional in our efforts to engage them in school life. Our Prep Transition programme has been very successful, as we are able to let the parents know just how much they matter.

Parent Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) provides educational services to students from 57 families. Survey responses were received from 15 out of a total of 71 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 21.1%.

St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 81% (4.04 out of 5).

  • Best practice areas include: Student Protection, Leadership, Resources
  • Fair to good areas include: Learning + Teaching, Catholic Ethos, Improvement Processes, Bullying + Behaviour Management.

Data Last Updated Thu 02 Jul 2020

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
Number of staff with this qualification 0 1 11 6 1

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff14 10.2
Non-Teaching Staff 10 5.09213
Indigenous 1 0.31579

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$7759

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

The teachers and the Leadership Team have been involved in professional learning in the following areas:

  • Professional Learning Teams with a focus on improved reading and writing outcomes
  • school improvement and school effectiveness
  • religious education
  • social emotional learning and wellbeing
  • special needs
  • collaborative teaching and coaching in literacy
  • 360 feedback process (Principal)
  • Neuroscience of Leadership; Principal and CST 
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity
  • Future Schools Conference

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

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) provides educational services to students from 57 families. Survey responses were received from 6 out of a total of 18 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 33.3%. St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 79% (3.97 out of 5).

  • Best practice areas include: Student Protection, Resources, Staff Engagement, Catholic Ethos.
  • Fair to good areas include: Leadership, Improvement Processes, Bullying + Behaviour Management.

Data Last Updated Wed Feb 26 2020

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
86.69% 91.27% 92% 91.1% 91.4% 93.25% 91.43%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Teachers alert the school office to student non-attendance promptly every morning through their marking of the electronic school roll. The office staff then contact the parents unless the school has already been notified with a reason for the absence. This contact may be either through 'Blink' or a phone call. 

Student Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) provides educational services to students from 57 families. Survey responses were received from 33 out of a total of 35 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 94.3%. St Teresa's School (Ravenshoe) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 82% (4.08 out of 5).

  • Best practice areas include: Learning + Teaching, Student Protection, Improvement Processes, Catholic Ethos, Resources.
  • Fair to good areas include: Leadership, Bullying + Behaviour Management.

Data Last Updated Wed Feb 26 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 372.9
Average Score for Queensland 427.36
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Writing Average Score for the school 400.8
Average Score for Queensland 413.27
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.4%
Spelling Average Score for the school 368.7
Average Score for Queensland 411.24
% students at or above the national benchmark 83.3%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 378.7
Average Score for Queensland 432.74
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 367.3
Average Score for Queensland 399.11
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 456.6
Average Score for Queensland 503.02
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Writing Average Score for the school 405.1
Average Score for Queensland 464.67
% students at or above the national benchmark 55.6%
Spelling Average Score for the school 440.4
Average Score for Queensland 495.21
% students at or above the national benchmark 77.8%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 427.4
Average Score for Queensland 497.66
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.9%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 434.7
Average Score for Queensland 492.6
% students at or above the national benchmark 77.8%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

School Funding By Source
Income 2019

Australian Government recurrent funding$1,278,067

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$216,157

Fees, charges and parent contributions$129,873

Other private sources$62,238

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$1,686,335


Deductions
Deductions 2019

Income allocated to current capital projects$12,991

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$52,519


Subtotal$65,510

Total net recurrent income$65,510


School Annual Reports

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