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2019 Annual Report for St Rita's School, Babinda
Motto Under God's Protection St Ritas Logo.jpg
Address 7-13 Church St, BABINDA QLD 4861
Postal Address PO Box 363, BABINDA QLD 4861
Phone Number (07) 4067 1467
Fax Number NIL
Email Address secretary.babinda@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.stritasbabinda.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 28 Mrs Judy Billiau
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mrs Judy Billiau
Parish PriestFr Kerry Crowley PP
Parish Number (07) 4067 1292

About our School

St Rita's School provides a quality education for families located in the Babinda district of the Cairns Catholic Education Services Diocese. Students travel from us far south as Mirriwinni to attend St Rita's. The school is an integral part of the St Rita's Parish of Babinda and the Combined Schools Parish Board of the Innisfail district. Other schools on this Board include St John's Silkwood, St Rita's South Johnstone, Good Counsel Primary and Good Counsel College.

As St Rita's School is a Mercy School, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926, we hope to perpetuate the spirit of the Mercy sisters who founded the school with a focus on our Mercy Charism. The staff has developed a google site, which is used by both staff and students, to strengthen understanding of this charism. The six Mercy values of Compassion, Respect, Hospitality, Courage, Justice and Service are used to facilitate the newly developed 'Mercy Spirit' student award which acknowledge individual students who demonstrate these values.

St Rita's School is proud to be viewed by the local community as being supportive and caring. Committed and dedicated staff work closely with parents and caregivers to provide students with an opportunity to promote their spiritual, academic, social and physical development. The children’s emotional health is acknowledged as being paramount to their personal wellbeing and growth.

Since 2012, with the closure of the local sugar mill, the school like many others in the Babinda district, has had fluctuating enrolments. Between 30 and 38 children in the 2013 - 2017 period saw St Rita's maintaining a three-class structure. In the past two years, student numbers have further declined to 25 - 29 enrolments. This enrolment includes a significant number of students with diverse cultural backgrounds, including indigenous students, and a group of verified students who are fully integrated into regular classroom programs.

Characteristics of Student Body

    • Student Enrolment - 28
    • Class Structure - Prep/Year 1, Year 2/3/4 and Year 5/6
    • Verified students - 1
    • Indigenous - 49%
    • EAL/D - 1
    • NCCD - 4
    • Catholicity - 34%
    • Attendance - 92%
    • ICSEA - 970

    CULTURAL DIVERSITY

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

     

    School Annual Improvement

    Priority 1: Enhancement of Catholic Identity

    Smart goals:

    By the end of 2019, St Rita's staff will develop a Lived and Celebrated Catholic Identity Plan. 

    Once per term, reflect on, review and develop St Rita's Religious Life of the School document at a designated Staff Meeting.

    By the end of 2019, students in Years 2 - 6 will be able to identify an example of a behaviour that reflects the Mercy Education values.

     

    Priority 2: The development of effective teaching in Writing

    Smart goal:

    • By the end of 2019, 90% of students will attain "demonstrating" or "working beyond" in at least two of the school-focus Writing elements, as per the Writing Results Data in BI Tool
    • The elements of Writing for a whole-school focus:
      • Audience/Purpose
      • Text Structure
      • Vocabulary
      • Sentence Structure 

     


    Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

    St Rita's School offers students a sound academic education in all areas and strands of the Australian Curriculum, including Religious Education. Social and Emotional Learning, using 'Program Achieve' and 'Play is the Way', is an important part of everyday learning and growth for all students. Students in all year levels receive specialist lessons in Health and Physical Education and L.O.T.E. (Japanese).

    A number of our students participate in a private Instrumental Music Program managed and taught by a qualified local music teacher, Mrs Jennifer Marks. The school allows the students to use the keyboards and guitars sourced and purchased for these lessons through a community grant.

    Many of our students enjoy playing sports, such as AFL and tennis, after school. We also have Homework Club every Monday afternoon, Lego & Robotics Club, School Choir and a 'Community Carers' social justice group. These extra-curricular activities are available for children to extend their abilities and interests during lunch times and after school.

    Extra Curricular Activities

    These include:

    • 'Community Carers' social justice student group
    • Australian Sporting Schools programs: tennis, AFL, netball and gymnastics
    • Athletics and Cross Country interschool, district and regional competitions
    • Instrumental Music Program
    • School Choir
    • 'Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden' cooking and gardening program
    • Robotics & Lego Club

     

    Social Climate

    St Rita's School is acknowledged by the local Babinda community as being a family-oriented, inclusive and supportive school community where parents and staff work together to provide a safe and challenging learning environment for all students.

    Personal wellbeing is an important consideration for all students at the school and social emotional learning permeates all aspects of the curriculum. The School has a dedicated Learning Support Teacher, a School Counsellor, and experienced School Officers who support integration of students with special needs, high potential learners and positive behaviour programs.

    Parent Engagement

    St Rita's School has a small yet very active Parents & Friends Association, which meets throughout the year at monthly meetings, coordinates special community events (such as the school discos), manages the school tuckshop, and raises additional funds for the purpose of benefitting the students.

    With other schools and a college in the Innisfail district, St Rita's School is a member of the Combined Schools Parish Board. This board plays an active role sharing educational practices and information, and developing policies and procedures in a collaborative and collegial way for the benefit of all the school communities involved.

    The school actively engages with St Rita's Parish through participation in Parish Meetings and Parish Finance Committee as well as through Sacramental Programs, regular liturgies and masses with our Parish Priest. Other community involvement includes Curriculum Information Sessions, Assemblies, parent workshops, parental involvement in classrooms, excursions and camps, term discos and twice-yearly parent/teacher meetings.

     

    Parent Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of St Rita's School (Babinda) commencing 22 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Rita's School (Babinda) provides educational services to students from 13 families.

    Survey responses were received from 4 out of a total of 14 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 28.6%.

    St Rita's School (Babinda) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 92% (4.61 out of 5).

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

    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 0 5 3 0

    Workforce composition
    Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
    Teaching Staff5 3.83333
    Non-Teaching Staff 7 2.93948
    Indigenous 0 0

    Total funds expended on teacher professional development$3231

    Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

    Major Professional Development Initiatives

    Throughout 2019, the teachers have been involved in professional learning sessions and in a collaborative PLT (Professional Learning Team) in the following areas:

    • Improved Writing skills and implementation of an Enriched Vocabulary Scope & Sequence
    • Implementation of the 'Morning Routines' teaching practice (Joanne Dooner)
    • Implementation of a revised Spelling Sequence & Scope
    • Introduction of the new Religious Education curriculum; Religious Life of the School and Mercy Charism
    • Social-emotional learning and wellbeing
    • Differentiated teaching and learning
    • Literacy Coaching
    • Workplace, Health & Safety Compliance training
    • Student Protection training
    • Disability Standards Education training

    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 year92.00%

    Staff Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of St Rita's School (Babinda) commencing 22 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Rita's School (Babinda) provides educational services to students from 13 families.

    Survey responses were received from 7 out of a total of 11 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 63.6%.

    St Rita's School (Babinda) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 87% (4.34 out of 5).

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

    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
    92.84% 82.82% 95.6% 87.38% 91.55% 93.88% 86.06%
    How non-attendance is managed by the school

    St Rita's families are reminded frequently in the school newsletter and at assemblies about the importance of attendance and being at school on time.

    The school has processes and procedures in place to address lateness and non-attendance. Following the marking of the roll each morning, unexplained absences are actioned by the school administration officer. If parents have not contacted the school prior to the completion of the roll, a phone call is made and the reason recorded. A Sign-in Register is used for students who arrive late and depart early from school.

    Student Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Rita's School (Babinda) commencing 22 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Rita's School (Babinda) provides educational services to students from 13 families.

    Survey responses were received from 8 out of a total of 8 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 100%.

    St Rita's School (Babinda) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 83% (4.15 out of 5).

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

    Data Last Updated Tue Feb 25 2020

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2019
    Reading Average Score for the school 431.4
    Average Score for Queensland 427.36
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Writing Average Score for the school 436.5
    Average Score for Queensland 413.27
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 449.8
    Average Score for Queensland 411.24
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 433.4
    Average Score for Queensland 432.74
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 405
    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 563.4
    Average Score for Queensland 503.02
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Writing Average Score for the school 572.9
    Average Score for Queensland 464.67
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 586.9
    Average Score for Queensland 495.21
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 681.1
    Average Score for Queensland 497.66
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 561.4
    Average Score for Queensland 492.6
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%

    Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

    School Funding By Source
    Income 2019

    Australian Government recurrent funding$820,426

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$76,855

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$12,038

    Other private sources$22,621

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$931,940


    Deductions
    Deductions 2019

    Income allocated to current capital projects$0

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

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$0


    Subtotal$0

    Total net recurrent income$0


    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.