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2019 Annual Report for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Thursday Is
Motto All for Jesus OLSH Logo col.jpg
Address 7 Normanby Street, THURSDAY ISLAND and HAMMOND ISLAND 4875
Postal Address PO Box 544, THURSDAY ISLAND QLD 4875
Phone Number (07) 4069 2203
Fax Number (07) 4069 1645
Email Address principal.ti@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.olsh.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 117 Majella Lynch-Harlow
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Majella Lynch-Harlow
Parish PriestFr Paul Muthoottil CFIC
Parish Number (07) 4069 2205

About our School

The first Catholic school on Thursday Island was built around 1900, on the present site of the Sacred Heart Hall.  At this time, the Sacred Heart Fathers had established the first mission in 1884 and a few years later they were joined by the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart who started teaching on the verandah of the convent when they arrived.

The Sisters also ran an orphanage, which lasted until 1948. A second campus on Hammond was established around 1936.

In 1968 the Sisters of Mercy took over the running of the school and in 1973 the new school building was built around the old orphanage which was altered to a one level building that served as the library until 2012.

It is our mission to provide a school that uniquely welcomes members of our school community.  We recognise strong parish and school links and value parental environment.

Our school is a vibrant and friendly environment where children and staff of many different origins walk together on the journey of learning for life. OLSH is very much a part of the community and our students attend local community events throughout the year.

Characteristics of Student Body

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School has two campuses, Prep to Year Six on Thursday Island and Pre-Prep to Year 3 on Hammond.  The total enrolment for 2019 is 99. The student population at our T.I. campus consists of students from Thursday Island, Hammond Island, Prince of Wales, Horn Island and students who have come from all over mainland Australia.  Many families come to work for government departments, health services, local government infrastructure, police and customs services and education. 

School Annual Improvement

Priority Area 1: Curriculum Development that is responsive to our cultural context
Smart Goal:  To address the gap in literacy outcomes for students (between our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students, and between OLSH students and CES System) through developing a contextually appropriate and comprehensive English program. To reduce the scale score gap for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students in PAT R results by the end of 2019.

Priority Area 2: Enhancing student learning and wellbeing through improved attendance
Smart Goal: By the end of 2019, to have achieved 90% attendance across the whole school as indicated by the BI Tool.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • The Australian Curriculum is taught at OLSH School,
  • We are a Reef Guardian School
  • Across the school Music programme
  • We are a Dare to Lead school
  • Cultural Awareness Programmes - The Arts
  • Leadership Programme Year 5/6
  • Social Emotional Learning Programme

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Chess Club
  • Readers Cup
  • Torres Strait Islander Dance team
  • Sports Club
  • AusKick AFL Football
  • Local sports team participation in Basketball, Hockey, Netball and Rugby League

Social Climate

  • Indigenous Liaison Officer
  • Sacramental Programme
  • Positive Behaviour Management Programme
  • "Buddy" system between older and younger students  
  • Social and Emotional Learning programme using Values Education and YCDI
  • Student Representative Council
  • Student Welfare Officer

Parent Engagement

  • Meet & Greet nights
  • Parents and Friends Association
  • School Board
  • Consultation process to develop Strategic Directions
  • Parent support throughout classrooms on Thursday and Hammond Islands.
  • Assistance with fundraising activities
  • Special events - Movie night, Mother's day luncheon, Christmas markets
  • Involvement in cultural activities across both campuses
  • Involvement in assemblies and religious life of the school 


Parent Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) commencing 22 July 2019 and
concluding 5 August 2019.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) provides educational services to students from 84 families.

Survey responses were received from 19 out of a total of 112 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 17%.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 73% (3.63 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Tue 28 Apr 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 12 5 2

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff14 13.4
Non-Teaching Staff 11 8.10524
Indigenous 5 4.05262

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$54759

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • Cultural Awareness and induction to the Torres Strait.
  • The Australian Curriculum Learning Areas - English
  • Staff wellbeing - retreat
  • Early Career teacher support programs
  • Science and STEM
  • Diversity and differentiation

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 year64.00%

Staff Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) commencing 22 July 2019 and
concluding 5 August 2019.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) provides educational services to students from 84 families.

Survey responses were received from 15 out of a total of 25 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 60%.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 74% (3.71 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Thu Jul 02 2020

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
83.33% 84.52% 91.13% 92.44% 89.63% 85.87% 91.02%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents contact the school if students are not attending. Unexplained absenteeism is followed up. Late notes are issued and a log kept of children absent. Parents sign students in and out if either late or leaving early.  The Indigenous Home Liaison Officer contacts families if students have unexplained or extended absences.

 

Student Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) commencing 28 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) provides educational services to students from 84 families.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (Hammond + Thursday Islands) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 81% (4.04 out of 5).

  • Best practice areas include: Catholic Ethos, Improvement Processes, Student Protection, Learning + Teaching, General, Leadership.
  • Fair to good areas include: Bullying + Behaviour Management, Resources.
  • No areas were indicated to require attention. 

Data Last Updated Wed Feb 26 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 422.47
Average Score for Queensland 427.36
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 411.25
Average Score for Queensland 413.27
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 431.94
Average Score for Queensland 411.24
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 434.50
Average Score for Queensland 432.74
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 404.94
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 422.6
Average Score for Queensland 503.02
% students at or above the national benchmark 50%
Writing Average Score for the school 431.1
Average Score for Queensland 464.67
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 427.9
Average Score for Queensland 495.21
% students at or above the national benchmark 70%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 395.3
Average Score for Queensland 497.66
% students at or above the national benchmark 40%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 415.2
Average Score for Queensland 492.6
% students at or above the national benchmark 60%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

School Funding By Source
Income 2019

Australian Government recurrent funding$3,369,887

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$574,947

Fees, charges and parent contributions$167,132

Other private sources$95,748

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,207,714


Deductions
Deductions 2019

Income allocated to current capital projects$10,023

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$239,568


Subtotal$249,591

Total net recurrent income$249,591


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