2018 Annual Report for St John's School, Silkwood
Motto Always Reaching for New Heights St-Johns-logo-RGB.jpg
Address Harold St, SILKWOOD QLD 4856
Postal Address PO Box 252, SILKWOOD QLD 4856
Phone Number (07) 4065 2193
Fax Number (07) 4065 2355
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 71 Peta Bryan
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Peta Bryan
Parish PriestFr Kerry Crowley Southern Deanery Dean
Parish Number (07) 4065 2128

About our School

The small rural school of St John's at Silkwood prides itself on being both Christ and child centred, providing excellent learning opportunities for the students it serves. The school is located in the heart of the Southern Deanery on the Cassowary Coast. Geographically placed in between the larger towns of Mission Beach, Tully and Innisfail, the school draws many of its students not only from Silkwood, but also the surrounding communities of Kurrimine Beach, Mission Beach and El Arish.

St John's proud history commenced in 1948 when the school was opened by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters. The school comprised of children from the Silkwood area who were mainly of Italian descent and whose parents worked in the sugar cane industry. The Sisters served the local community for forty years, leaving in 1987. Today the dedicated lay staff continues the proud tradition of quality Catholic Education to many of the children and grandchildren of those first students.

The current St John's community is respectful of the past and excited about the future, as it plays its part in inspiring St John's students to live the school motto of "Always Reaching for New Heights."

Characteristics of Student Body

  • Student enrolment - 71
  • Class structure - Prep/Year 1, Year 2/3, Year 4, Year 5/6
  • Verified students - 3
  • Indigenous - 8
  • EAL/D - 4
  • Catholicity - 40.3% of students
  • Attendance - 92.5%
  • ICSEA - 954
  • SES - 89

Cultural diversity

  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Italian
  • Maltese
  • Indigenous - Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and/or both
  • Indian
  • Filipino

School Annual Improvement

Improvement Priority - Writing across all year levels - By the end of 2018, all students will demonstrate positive growth in writing through explicit teaching of writing and analysis of data to inform teaching.

Improvement Priority - Social Emotional Learning across all years - By the end of 2018, 100% of teachers will be using Second Steps for SEL and the language will be used by all school staff.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St John's is proud to offer several distinctive curriculum features to existing and prospective parents and indeed the wider Silkwood community.

St John's is proud to be able to deliver a 'one stop learning' for students from Prep through to Year Six. The Catholic Early Learning & Care Community Kindergarten - Silkwood is a registered kindergarten operated by the Diocese of Cairns.  The program aims to enhance a child's physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, creative and social development.

The curriculum taught at St John's School encompasses all the Australian Curriculum Learning Areas.  Programs are created with the understanding that children develop and learn differently and with an awareness of multiple intelligence's and different learning styles.

St John's offers a number of specialist programs.  Social and Emotional Learning is developed through the Second Steps program to help foster better social and emotional intelligence. A music tuition program caters for the musically talented students and provides an additional opportunity for performance at special assemblies that feature our musicians. Physical Education is provided by a specialist teacher. The school is also very well resourced in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).  The school has a one-to-one technology device policy which means students has their own device - 2in1 Dell laptop, Chromebook, iPad, mini-iPads. The devices enhance our teaching and learning process and engage students in the curriculum.  St John's offers a digital learning program which is called our eLearning program and students receive this once a fortnight.  We also employ a master writing teacher who works with all classes each Monday.  St John's offers a high-quality intervention program and also a high potential learners program.

St John's is committed to a variety of assessment and reporting procedures that demonstrate student achievement and success at their respective level of development. Student Portfolios and parent / teacher conferences are completed in both first and second semester which provide a formal opportunity for students, parents and the classroom teacher to celebrate aspects of each students' learning journey and set goals for the following semester or year. St John's also produce a school-based student report card at the completion of both semester one and two which provides parents with a detailed account of a student's overall achievement across all aspects of school life.

Extra Curricular Activities

Excursions and camps are part of the curriculum at St John's. School camp for the Year 5/6 students has provided an opportunity for students to examine content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum in an adventurous and unique way.

The St John's Justice Squad is made up of school leaders in the senior class. Regular meetings include an agenda, minute taking and decision-making processes.

All students from P-6 participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge. Students are asked to read 15-20 books over a period of three months and receive a certificate from Premier.

School Sports

School Cross Country for all students P-6

District Cross Country for all eligible students

School Inter-house Athletics carnival for all students P-6

District Athletics Carnival for all eligible students

School Swimming Carnival for all students P-6

Swimming Program - Water confidence classes for P-6 students are held in Term Three. The objective of this program is to raise student's water awareness and safety.

St John's has an active association with the Silkwood, Mena Creek Sports Association which provides inter-school and representative sporting opportunities for our students.

The construction of an 800 square metre undercover sports facility enhances outdoor learning opportunities in all weather conditions for our students.

Afters school sport is organised most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for Year 4-6 students.  The focus is to develop a sense of belonging, comradeship, and skill development for school sport representation.

The library and classrooms provide a state of the art learning facility to promote contemporary and digital education. Our extensive sporting fields are complimented by two synthetic run ups for our long jump pits and a full size 400m athletics track.

St John's has had a long association with Mrs Tina Patane who is the Director of Innisfail Speech Academy.  Mrs Patane provides a service to the school for those students wishing to participate in Speech and Drama lessons. Additionally, Mrs Patane instructs and conducts the whole school in preparation of Choral Verse speaking. Each year the students participate in the Innisfail Young Performers Eisteddfod.

Mrs Natasha De Faveri provides a music tuition program provides small group music instruction with a qualified music tutor.  Piano, organ and keyboard are taught.

At St John's, the unique gifts and talents of all students are valued. Within and beyond the school, every effort is made to find new and innovative ways to celebrate these.

Social Climate

St John's School is a true reflection of the friendly and community minded Parish and town in which it is located. People who are new to the school (children, families and staff) are always welcomed openly. The work ethic and tireless commitment of the families of St John's maintains an optimistic and committed view towards the future for their children.

Parent Engagement

The school prides itself on an incredibly hard working and effective Parents and Friends Association. The Parents and Friends are involved in coordinating the school tuckshop, uniform shop, social events, working bees as well as being the major source of raising revenue for the school.

St John's School recognises and respects that parents are the first educators and as such, are important stake holders in optimising the educational outcomes of their children. The ongoing partnership between the school and parents occurs formally four times a year (Assessment and Reporting) and informally daily, weekly and each term. Parent information evenings, year and term overviews, assemblies, newsletters, excursions, sports coaching, sacramental programmes are all ways staff and parents work together for the benefit of students.

Each term St John's strives to provide an information session to parents, so they can engage in their child's learning journey and work in partnership with the school.

The small school enrolment (42 families) creates a family atmosphere at St John's. Another benefit of a small school is the capacity for everyone to become involved in the social and family orientated events held each year.

Parent Satisfaction

Through the sample of parents surveyed, 97% of parents agreed that St John's School is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect.  100% of parents agreed that they respect the principal and school leadership team at St John's School. 96.7% of parents agreed that St John's School provides me with clear, timely and relevant information.  Also, our parent satisfaction survey stated the 97% of parents thought classrooms were well presented and stimulating places for learning whilst also having beautiful spacious grounds. The final comments from our survey showed that parents have the upmost confidence in the future direction of the school and provide the best learning opportunities to their students by being well equipped with excellent teaching and learning resources.

Data Last Updated Wed 22 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 2 4 2 0

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff9 6.7
Non-Teaching Staff 8 3.89
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$5310

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Major professional development occurred in Social Emotional Learning due to the roll-out of the new Second Step Program.  Writing was also a major area of professional development in accordance with the School Annual Improvement Plan.  Mathematics, technology, eLearning and Science professional development has also been attended by teachers.

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days99%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year93.00%

Staff Satisfaction

All staff were surveyed and 100% of staff agreed that St John's school lived out Catholic values in their words and actions.  100% of staff agreed that St John's is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect.  100% of staff agreed St John's provides high quality services to parents and friends.  The final comments from our survey showed that moral is very high amongst staff.

Data Last Updated Fri Feb 08 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
90.68% 93.45% 93.85% 93.07% 94.78% 91.32% 92.24%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

The students' attendance rate at St John's is 93%.  When students are absent from school parents are expected to notify the school via telephone or email on the day that the student is absent. Unexplained absences are followed up with a telephone call from the school. If patterns of non-attendance occur, the principal will request a meeting. These procedures are outlined in the parent handbook as well as published in the school newsletter.

Student Satisfaction

All students were surveyed and 97% of students agreed that St John's School encourages them to help others.  97% of students agreed that St John's School encourages students to do their very best.  The final comments from our survey showed that there are many activities do at St John's and student's try their best to achieve their learning goals.

Data Last Updated Fri Feb 08 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 375.9
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 84.6%
Writing Average Score for the school 410.8
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 392.5
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 378.5
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 372.7
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 480.7
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 431.7
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.9%
Spelling Average Score for the school 474.3
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 453
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 81.8%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 463.5
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.9%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$1,365,458

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$276,592

Fees, charges and parent contributions$145,445

Other private sources$66,421

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$1,853,916

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$15,510

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$20,443


Total net recurrent income$23,592

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.