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2019 Annual Report for St Mary's Catholic College, Woree
Motto Educare Et Sanctificare 'To Educate and Make Holy' SMCC - CMYK PORT SOLID GREEN.jpg
Address 53 Anderson Road, WOREE QLD 4868
Postal Address PO Box 259E, EARLVILLE QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4044 4200
Fax Number (07) 40546617
Email Address office@smcc.qld.edu.au
Web Site http://www.smcc.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 881 Mr Wayne Wood
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Wayne Wood
Parish PriestThe Rev Fr Martin Kenny PP
Parish Number (07) 4054 1171

About our School

Situated in the southern suburbs of Cairns, St Mary's opened in 1986 and boasts a proud reputation for providing quality Catholic co-education for the families of this exciting and dynamic region.  Inspired by Mother Mary, our College is a place where individual strengths are nurtured and developed and where faith and a sense of "family" are fundamental to who we are.

The College has a strong academic focus.  We offer a stimulating academic and vocational curriculum, along with comprehensive co-curricular opportunities for our students to pursue their interest in sport, the arts, and service leadership.

St Mary's offers a broad technology rich curriculum delivered by quality and dedicated teachers.  The College has many outstanding facilities, with exciting new building projects around the corner that will bring about more contemporary and flexible learning spaces to optimise student learning.

Committed and dedicated staff work closely with parents to provide students with the supportive and caring environment essential for their spiritual, academic, social and physical development. 

Characteristics of Student Body

In 2019 St Mary's had a total of 906 students with the following demographics

   Male    Female  ESL Indigenous   SWD
 Total  448  458  10  69  30

Attendance trend

School Annual Improvement

    Priority 1: Establish a strong and visible culture of collaboration that promotes evaluative thinking, reflective practice and professional dialogue to support our Shared Practices Framework priorities.

    Smart Goal/s:

    1. Time is allocated across Weeks 1, 4 and 7 each term for teachers to engage in pedagogical discussion
    2. All teachers engage in discussion about teaching practice in relation to SPF's areas of focus
    3. Every teacher shares and documents teaching strategies
    4. Week 10 Staff Meeting is dedicated to sharing "what's working"

    Priority 2: Team Learning
    Smart Goal/s:

    1. By the end of each semester, every teacher would have part of their lesson (10minutes) observed by a peer in relation to their PIP (Performance in Practice) goal.
    2. By the end of each semester, every teacher would have observed part of a colleague's lesson (10 minutes) in order to provide feedback
    3. By the end of 2019, 100% of teachers have been Classroom Profiled at least once

     

    Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

    St Mary's offers a wide range of subjects, supported by good resources and highly trained and dedicated teachers.  Students are offered a vibrant curriculum of core and elective subjects based on the Australian Curriculum for Years 7-10 and in line with the offerings of the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA).

    In the Senior School, a comprehensive range of authority and authority registered subjects are offered.  Also, Vocational Education and Training School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programs are offered in an impressive on-site Trade Training Centre with trade qualified staff.

    We offer a comprehensive learning support programme for students with special needs as well as extension opportunities for the academically gifted.

    Extra Curricular Activities

    St Mary's is justifiably proud of its students' outstanding achievements in a wide range of sport, performing arts, public speaking and debating events.  Students have the opportunity to participate in music and drama productions, choir, orchestra, concert band, stage band and a range of other vocal and instrumental ensembles.  Instrumental tuition is available to students through the College's Instrumental Music Program.

    Students are also involved in public speaking competitions such as Lions Youth of the Year, Rostrum Voice of Youth, Cairns Junior Speakers Contest, and Rotary Debating.
    There is a wide variety of sporting opportunities including Rugby Union, Rugby League, Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming and Athletics.  St Mary's is proud to be a part of the Confraternity Rugby League and QISSN Netball carnivals.  Seniors and Juniors compete in the CISSA (Cairns Interschool Senior Sporting Association) each year.  Students have the opportunity to participate in the Trinity Coast South Trials and Peninsula Championships and many students progress to State and National Titles.

    Social Climate

    The College has a fundamental belief in the promotion of a Catholic spiritual and religious ethos.  This is achieved through staff formation, life-giving relationships and formal Religious Education.  We believe in the uniqueness and dignity of each individual.  We endeavour to encourage each member of our community to be inner-directed, responsible, compassionate and just.  Students, staff and parents learn best in situations of loving relationships and mutual respect.  Hence, examples of forgiveness, honesty and integrity are evident in the conduct of all who would participate in our community.  St Mary's is a Catholic school which follows traditional Catholic values and therefore takes very seriously its call to be a voice for and educate the underprivileged and marginalised in our society.

    The Responsible Thinking Process is designed to foster the highest levels of respect for all people and to allow individuals to develop a sense of respect for themselves.  A retreat program runs in all year levels, providing students with the opportunity for personal and communal prayer and reflection.

    Each student belongs to a Homeform group which is facilitated by one teacher.  There is also a Pastoral Leader who oversees each Year level, caring for student wellbeing and managing behavioural expectations.  Heads of Year are specialists in the respective age group of the students that they are guiding and are well versed in the typical developments and behaviours associated with that age group.

    Counselling services are provided by the College with professional counsellors on staff, as well as a Careers Counsellor and an Indigenous Education Liaison Officer.  A Campus Minister exists to provide a spiritual support base for students and staff.

    St Mary's does not tolerate bullying and has established a culture where this is not accepted by students.  Bullying and its consequences are regularly the focus of Social and Emotional Learning classes which are conducted weekly.  St Mary's follows clear guidelines when responding to bullying issues and looks to work with all involved to bring about change.

    Parent Engagement

    St Mary's recognises that parents and families play an important role in supporting their child's education.  Parent engagement is more than being involved and informed about school activities.  The College actively looks to engage parents and works closely with our 'Family Connect' (previously known as the P&F Association) and College Board to improve outcomes for students. The College's 'Family Connect' hosts regular 'Parent Sessions' designed to support parent engagement in their child's learning. 

    Parent Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) provides educational services to students from 650 families. Survey responses were received from 194 out of a total of 824 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 23.5%.

    St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 78% (3.88 out of 5).

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


     

    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 7 78 41 14

    Workforce composition
    Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
    Teaching Staff84 77.425
    Non-Teaching Staff 55 45.30368
    Indigenous 2 2

    Total funds expended on teacher professional development$87788

    Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

    Major Professional Development Initiatives

    • Precision in Practice (PIP) Sessions - Collaborative Learning
    • QCAA Training & Conferences
    • Growth Mindset - Luke McKenna
    • Subject Specific Conferences - Edutech, Art, English, Graphics, Sports, HPE, Library, Music, Science, (HEIAQ), (QAMT), (BEAQ), (QSTA), (QHTA)
    • CANVAS - Implementation of new Learning Management System
    • Writing Progressions - Patricia Hipwell
    • Queensland Educational Leadership Institute - EDEL, Middle Leaders
    • DP/APA/APRE Conferences
    • Middle Leaders Conference
    • Senior First Aid & CPR Refresher Courses
    • CASPAQ - Eb and Flow of Leadership
    • VET Summit; VELG; ASQA & DET Inservice; TAFE Course - Hospitality
    • Teaching in a Catholic School - Fr Richard Leonard
    • TREWTH Conference
    • NAPLAN Online - School readiness training
    • Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA)
    • Classroom Profiling / Essential Skills of Classroom Management

     

    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 year93.00%

    Staff Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) provides educational services to students from 650 families. Survey responses were received from 70 out of a total of 147 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 47.6%.

    St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 78% (3.9 out of 5).

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

    Data Last Updated Thu Jul 02 2020

    Student Reporting Data
    Average student attendance rates
    YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
    94.63% 93.21% 93.21% 92.52% 92.04% 92.69%
    How non-attendance is managed by the school

    In line with the Catholic Education Diocese of Cairns guidelines and procedures for school attendance and truancy, St Mary's Catholic College fosters a school culture based on 100% attendance.  Every student absence requires an explanation and acceptable reason.  Early intervention and action are paramount where absences are becoming habitual.

    Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate88.2
    Post-School Destination Information

    This is a summary of the post-school destinations of students from St Mary's College - Woree who completed Year 12 and gained a Senior Statement in 2018. The results are from the Year 12 Completers Survey, which is conducted approximately six months after students completed Year 12.

    58.6% response rate 78 out of 133 Year 12 completers from this school responded to the 2019 survey.
    Due to the low response rate, care should be taken interpreting these results.
         
    In 2019, 89.7% of Year 12 completers from St Mary's College - Woree were engaged in education,
    training or employment in the year after they completed school.

    Of the 78 respondents, 56.4% continued in some recognised form of education and training. The most
    common study destination was bachelor's degree.

    A further 33.3% transitioned directly into paid employment and no further study.

    Student Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) provides educational services to students from 650 families. Survey responses were received from 200 out of a total of 890 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 22.5%.

    St Mary's Catholic College (Woree) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 72% (3.58 out of 5).

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

    Data Last Updated Tue Apr 28 2020

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2019
    Reading Average Score for the school 556.8
    Average Score for Queensland 545.02
    % students at or above the national benchmark 98.3%
    Writing Average Score for the school 504.9
    Average Score for Queensland 503.56
    % students at or above the national benchmark 94.9%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 547.9
    Average Score for Queensland 543.73
    % students at or above the national benchmark 96.1%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 544.6
    Average Score for Queensland 542.01
    % students at or above the national benchmark 76%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 566.2
    Average Score for Queensland 550.35
    % students at or above the national benchmark 98.3%

    Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2019
    Reading Average Score for the school 580.5
    Average Score for Queensland 576.34
    % students at or above the national benchmark 96.6%
    Writing Average Score for the school 544.4
    Average Score for Queensland 534.99
    % students at or above the national benchmark 88.1%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 582.3
    Average Score for Queensland 580
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.7%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 566.8
    Average Score for Queensland 573.07
    % students at or above the national benchmark 0%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 586.4
    Average Score for Queensland 588.82
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%

    Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

    No Naplan Data Available
    School Funding By Source
    Income 2019

    Australian Government recurrent funding$11,222,502

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,852,574

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$4,073,091

    Other private sources$467,590

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$18,615,757


    Deductions
    Deductions 2019

    Income allocated to current capital projects$377,593

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

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$86,764


    Subtotal$464,357

    Total net recurrent income$464,357


    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.