2018 Annual Report for St Clare's School, Tully
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Address 13 Mars Street, TULLY QLD 4854
Postal Address PO Box 97, TULLY QLD 4854
Phone Number (07) 4068 1527
Fax Number (07) 4068 2484
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 152 Ms Narelle Harney
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Ms Narelle Harney
Parish PriestFr Hilary Flynn
Parish Number (07) 4068 1143

About our School

Tully is situated 150km south of Cairns on the Bruce Highway. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, Tully is only 20km from picturesque Mission Beach and the surrounding islands. St Clare's School which is located in Tully is situated at the base of Mount Tyson and is surrounded by rainforest with a beautiful fresh water stream cascading through the school surrounds.

St Clare's caters for families from El Arish in the North to Cardwell in the South and the local beaches. Tully is well accessed through rail and road networks. Bananas and Sugar Cane have traditionally been the major industries, with tourism becoming more popular in recent years.

Good Counsel College is the nearest Catholic Secondary College in Innisfail (40 minutes drive). The local state school shares a boundary with St Clare's and both schools enjoy a positive relationship.

St Clare's was founded in 1928 by the Good Samaritan Sisters. The first Lay teacher was introduced in 1968 with the first Lay principal being appointed in 1977. The Good Samaritan Sisters left Tully in 1995, however they have left an indelible imprint in the school's history. St Clare's is currently staffed by 8 full time teachers and 4 part time teachers. A specialist teacher is employed in the area of Physical Education and Health (P-6).

St Clare's has undergone many building and grounds improvements in the last 10 years. In 2017 the Heart of St. Clare's Garden project was completed. This area links the school and parish with a beautiful sacred space.

St. Clare's School celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2018 with three days of events on September 14-16. This was a successful celebration with many travelling from interstate to attend the festivities.

St Clare's School is a learning community dedicated to ensuring that it achieves the best possible outcomes for all of its students. The school is staffed by dedicated and hardworking teachers and it traditionally has strong parent support and involvement within the school. St Clare's enjoys a very positive image in the local community and continues to look forward to a bright and exciting future.

Characteristics of Student Body

  • Student Enrolment - 152
  • Class Structure - 1 stream
  • Verified students - 6
  • Indigenous - 6
  • EAL/D - 9
  • Catholicity - 60.8%
  • Attendance - 93%
  • ICSEA - 1018
  • SES - 88

Cultural diversity

  • Indigenous - Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or both
  • English
  • Indian (Malayalam)
  • Punjabi
  • Thai
  • Pilipino (Tagalog)
  • South African

School Annual Improvement

Priority 1: To develop Effective Pedagogical Practices

By the end of T1, 100% of teachers will be implementing morning routines so that there is an explicit focus and consistency throughout our school. This will be evidenced by teaching planning and classroom walkthroughs.

Strategies and Resources Implemented:

  • Morning Routines - Staff PD in Week 0 with Jo-Anne Dooner
  • School support from CES staff with teacher release for planning and feedback
  • Development of Agreed Practice document
  • Development of Scope and Sequence for Morning Routines linked to Australian Curriculum
  • Professional learning on pedagogies related to Morning Routines
  • Jo-Anne Dooner -July 20- working with staff regarding planning and strategies, including demonstrations in classes
  • Build teacher's understanding of highly effective teaching strategies (PD, coaching, planning, PLC's)
  • Coaching support with Number and how to focus on this in MR
  • Analysis of NAPLAN data to find focus areas to target in Number
  • Professional learning  on differentiation in MR
  • Involvement of Principal/CST/ CEs Education officers to assist teaching and learning focus
  • Walkthroughs and feedback

Priority 2: To develop Effective Pedagogical Practices for Social Emotional Learning

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 and students, evidenced by walkthroughs, assemblies, and positive behaviour processes.

Strategies and Resources Implemented:

  • Professional learning in Week 0 on Second Step Program
  • Development of Circles linked to Second Steps with APRE
  • Monitoring of program in classroom planning and practice

Priority 3: To enhance the Religious Life of the School

By the end of 2018, our Catholic Faith will be more visible in the physical environment through term plans, displays, and scripture based visuals. By the end of 2018, our Catholic Faith will be more visible in the physical environment through term plans, displays, and scripture based visuals.

Strategies and Resources Implemented:

  • Display banners for Welcome, Community and Hospitality designed and printed. These will be used in the front office display and at school liturgies, assemblies and functions.
  • New display cabinet erected near Montefalco Centre that will have RLOS displays from classrooms each month commencing in 2019. 

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Clare's offers a contemporary curriculum that provides rich and purposeful learning across all subject areas. Whilst all subjects are taught in line with the rollout of the Australian Curriculum the school prioritises the areas of English, Mathematics and Religious Education.

Teachers are guided by documentation on the school portal to inform their teaching and preparation. These documents are the Systematic Curriculum Delivery and Effective Pedagogical Practices. These ensure consistency throughout the school. St. Clare's also has developed Agreed Practices for staff to follow.

In prioritising these subject areas the schools makes a conscious effort to engage all students. In 2017 professional learning teams have been established with two main focus areas of numeracy and reading. Students with additional learning needs are supported in small group focus lessons. Throughout the early years all students are registered with the Reading Eggs program which is an online reading support program that students are able to access at home as well as at school.

The school engages a teacher librarian to work with students in teaching research skills, internet safety as well as introducing students to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction literature.

Class teachers as well as a specialist HPE teacher teach Health and Physical Education which incorporates Gross and Fine Motor skill development. Swimming is taught for all classes during term 4. Years 4-6 students compete in interschool sports days across the Tully District while all students participate in the school's annual Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and Swimming Carnival.

All students participate in dance lessons throughout 3rd term in preparation for the school's annual Fete performance. Italian is part of the curriculum for Year 5 and 6.

Extra Curricular Activities

St Clare's students are offered a diverse range of extracurricular activities. Students participate in a wide range of sporting activities including swimming carnivals, athletics carnivals, sporting gala days with other local schools as well as various sporting clinics. Students are also given many opportunities to showcase their artistic talents in a variety of ways including art displays at the Tully Show, dance performances at our school Fete as well as participation in school concerts and assembly presentations. Students are also given opportunities to participate in Book Week activities, Science Week Activities, Under 8's week activities, Read to Me Day, various school performances, "Wonders of Living" program, Catholic Education Week activities as well as being offered the opportunity to attend school camps from years 4 to 6. At St Clare's, students are encouraged to enhance their gifts and talents across a variety of activities.

St. Clare's offers a STEM Club as an extra curricular activity after school facilitated by the Teacher Librarian and Learning Support Teacher.

St Clare's students also have access to a school counsellor. In addition to this, students enjoy regular visits from our Parish Priest Fr Hilary Flynn and all students participate in the Social and Emotional Learning Programme within the school.

Students in Yrs 5 & 6 participate in learning Italian through class lessons.

St Clare's fosters an open, caring approach to education that is child-centred. Christian values permeate through all aspects of school life

Social Climate

St Clare's is a small rural school that prides itself on its family atmosphere. It offers a quality Christian education by providing not only a challenging and interesting curriculum that meets the needs of all students, but it also encourages its students to share their talents and skills in many different ways so that they can reach their true potential, develop their confidence and become community minded. This helps to empower its students to fully contribute to society throughout their lives. Students are encouraged to contribute to a variety of projects throughout their schooling at St Clare's that helps develop them as individuals. These projects include:

  • Stewardship Team
  • Show displays
  • Various district and Peninsula sporting teams
  • Charity collections
  • School Missions Projects (Mini Fete)
  • School Leaders Retreat days
  • Readers' Cup
  • Catholic Education Week Activities
  • Sporting carnivals
  • Project Compassion
  • Reef Guardians Project

St Clare's has a behaviour management program in place and this is currently under review. This program encourages supportive behaviours and ensures that there are consequences for any inappropriate behaviours exhibited. Bullying incidents will be dealt with according to the Cairns Diocesan policies. Students are encouraged to report any incidents of bullying and are given strategies for keeping safe whilst at school. They are also taught strategies for cyber safety and for protective behaviours.

There many opportunities provided each year by the Parents and Friends Association for the social gathering of the St Clare's community. These gatherings include meet and greets, the school fete as well as break up events and morning teas.

Parent Engagement

Parents at St Clare's are encouraged to participate wherever possible. Parents assist with reading groups, art activities, sporting activities, as well as general classroom activities.

St Clare's is committed to the ongoing education of parents through informative and enjoyable parent nights or curriculum chat mornings.

St Clare's boasts a highly active school Parents and Friends Association. The major fundraiser for the year is the school fete which is one of the real highlights on the social calendar. St Clare's School Board was founded in 1981 and has worked tirelessly over the past years on policy formation and the pastoral support of all within the school. Tuckshop is a much valued offering and a paid convenor commenced in 2018 to do administrative requirements. The tuckshop is still run on Fridays by volunteers.  Parents are encouraged to assist with the school tuckshop by baking or volunteering their time each week.

Parent Satisfaction

A total of 60 parents responded to the surveys. Parents have indicated a high level of satisfaction in five of the key areas: Leadership, Resources, Learning and Teaching, Student Protection and Catholic Ethos Parents agreed (90%) that prayer is an important part of the life of St. Clare's.  90% of parents believe that children are encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability with 88.3% agreeing that they are provided with clear information on how to support their child's development.  Staff, parents and carers are viewed (90%) as working together to deliver quality outcomes for students.  The school grounds and facilities are well presented and maintained.

Data Last Updated Thu 23 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 1 6 5 0

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff15 12
Non-Teaching Staff 15 5.2
Indigenous 0 0

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$3314

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

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

  • TREWTH Conference (Religious Education)
  • Coaching
  • Morning Routines (inc Scope and Sequence development)
  • SEL - Second Steps
  • Positive Relationship planning
  • School Improvement relating to SAIP
  • Mandatory Training eg WHS, Student protection, Back Care, Fire Training, etc
  • WH&S - Curriculum Risk Assessments, First Aid, 
  • Consistency of Teacher Judgement PD
  • Visible Learning
  • Report Writing PD
  • NCCD 
  • Professional development on differentiation
  • Worlds of the Text (Religion)
  • Benedictine charism
  • Working with Parents
  • Effective Pedagogies

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 year86.00%

Staff Satisfaction

A total of 19 staff responded to the surveys. All staff agreed that St. Clare's staff live out the Catholic values in their words and actions and that Prayer and the celebration of Eucharist are an important part of the life at St. Clare's.  All staff agreed that the principal and leadership team model and expect high standards from staff and that the school is well managed and organised.  100% of staff believe that the staff work productively together and that they feel empowered to make a difference.  All staff have job satisfaction in their current position and agree that they have the resources to do their jobs effectively.

Data Last Updated Thu May 23 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
94.26% 94.7% 92.4% 96.77% 89.56% 94.73% 94.76%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school on the day that a student is absent. Contact may be made via phone call, skoolbag app or parent portal or letter brought in by a sibling. If no contact has been made with the school, then parents are contacted by the class teacher. If there is a pattern of non-attendance, parents are contacted to discuss any issues or concerns regarding the student. Any absences for 3 days or more require a Notification of Student Absences form to be completed.

Student Satisfaction

Year 5 & 6 students were surveyed during 2018 and 33 students responded. 93.9% of these students said they were proud to be students of St. Clare's. Students believe their principal and leadership team are well respected. 93.9% agreed that they are encouraged to do the best they can and 87.9% believe they know what to do to improve their learning.  Students (90.9% agreed that prayer is an important part of what we do at our school and that they are encouraged to think and talk about God.

Data Last Updated Fri Dec 14 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 468.4
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 412.4
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Spelling Average Score for the school 461.1
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 432.4
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 435.5
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 503
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.2%
Writing Average Score for the school 478.7
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.2%
Spelling Average Score for the school 526.9
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.2%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 504.2
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 95%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 514.1
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.2%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$3,572,614

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$576,195

Fees, charges and parent contributions$188,094

Other private sources$147,395

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,484,298

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$11,493

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$108,355


Total net recurrent income$213,687

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.