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2018 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 103 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 2018 is 113. 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

Improvement Priorities:
Traditional Languages Charter
Indigenous Pedagogy
Learning Support

ESL and SWD identification
Developing our Catholic Identity when church numbers are decreasing

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
  • 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

35 Parents responded to the 2018 Annual Satisfaction Survey. Questions are asked relating to seven areas: Learning and Teaching, Catholic Teaching, Bullying and Behaviour Management, Student Protection, Resources, Leadership, and Improvement Processes. The parents rated all areas as good with the exception of the last area - Improvement Processes where the parents identified this as requires attention.

Data Last Updated Wed 19 Jun 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 8 3 0

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff10 10
Non-Teaching Staff 9 5.47
Indigenous 5 2.79

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$1350

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
  • Aspirant leadership programs
  • Science and STEM

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 year22.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Questions are asked relating to eight areas: Catholic Ethos, General, Bullying and Behaviour Management, Student Protection, Resources, Leadership, staff engagement and Improvement Processes. The staff rated two areas as good (Student Protection and General) the other areas were identified this as requires attention.

 

Data Last Updated Tue May 21 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
76.12% 85.99% 86.99% 88.09% 86.03% 88.04% 87.53%
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

OLSH students are proud and have high regard for their school and see the Religious aspects of the school as important.

Students responses show that doing their best is very important and they find school interesting. Area for growth include behaviour and respect.

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 11 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 381.65
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 354.05
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 90%
Spelling Average Score for the school 364.55
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 86.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 337.3
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 374
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.4%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 451
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.3%
Writing Average Score for the school 414
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 73.3%
Spelling Average Score for the school 441.4
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 80%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 441.1
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 443.5
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 73.3%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$1,786,191

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$317,431

Fees, charges and parent contributions$203,316

Other private sources$111,014

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$2,417,952


Deductions
Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$32,310

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$27,929


Subtotal$48,816

Total net recurrent income$48,816


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.