2018 Annual Report for St Monica's College, Cairns
Motto Walk in the Path of Justice SMC_Logo_BlueCross.jpg
Address 177 Abbott Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870
Postal Address 177 Abbott Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4042 4800
Fax Number (07) 4031 5087
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 677 Edna Galvin
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population All Girls
Principal Edna Galvin
Parish PriestThe Rev Martin Kenny
Parish Number (07) 4054 1171

About our School

As a Catholic Secondary College for young women, St Monica's is a faith community where belief in the dignity of the human person underlies our educational philosophy, structures and processes.

We aim to provide an environment where relationships reflect the example and teachings of Christ, a true sense of partnership between the home, the school and the Church is actively promoted and that learning and teaching promote the education of the whole person.

At St Monica's, each student participates to achieve personal and community goals and develop skills to assist them to face the challenges of life.

Our students are encouraged to take risks in an academically challenging context which is highly supportive. Our girls participate in a diverse range of programs whose purpose is to establish integrity, self-belief and courage. Support is given to those with different needs and students from other faiths and cultures contribute to our multifaceted community. It is a welcoming, happy environment where the girls feel that they belong.

The College is situated in the central business district of Cairns, one block from the Cairns Esplanade. St Monica's is the oldest school in the region, with rich heritage and Mercy traditions. The College is undertaking a significant building plan to complement its two heritage buildings. We are the only all girls' school in the Cairns region with an enrolment of over 670 students. Year levels 7 to 12 are offered, with both day and boarding options.

Characteristics of Student Body

All female, Years 7-12, day and boarding students.  Excellent academic, sporting and cultural results.  Active involvement in social justice initiatives and community service.

School Annual Improvement

There are several major focus areas for annual improvement in 2019 including the new building project, Visible Learning, Development of literacy and problem solving skills.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Monica`s College has a long tradition of academic excellence. The curriculum caters for students of different abilities and emphasizes the individual in the environment of a small school. The College offers a full range of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority subjects as well as Vocational Education Training. Teaching and learning strategies focus on girls` learning styles to ensure the development of self belief and courage.

A learning enrichment program is offered to assist students to achieve their potential.

Extra Curricular Activities

As part of our vision to integrate faith and life, the College has a strong commitment to social justice. The College motto, 'Walk in the Path of Justice' reflects our Mercy heritage and is a constant reminder of our challenge to make the Good News real in the world. As a community we have an ongoing commitment to key Catholic social justice organisations and charities including Caritas, Project Compassion Appeal, Catholic Mission, the St Vincent de Paul Society, Mercy Works (the social action arm of the Sisters of Mercy) and Rosies. Students are encouraged to work to support these, along with a number of other charities and appeals. It is hoped that all students would come to appreciate that free and generous giving of one's time, energy and money to others in need, is a normal part of life.

St Monica`s students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra curricular activities. These include sport, outdoor activities, performing and visual arts with emphasis on music, art, dance, drama, debating and public speaking, community service, camps and retreats and language exchange programs. An instrumental music program is available at the College. Opportunities for performances include biennial College musicals with St Augustine`s College, bands and ensembles, College choirs and the yearly St Monica`s 'Live'.

In our rich sporting programs, students from St Monica`s have the opportunity to compete in interschool, district, regional and state competitions in swimming, cross country, athletics and a wide variety of team games. 

St Monica`s offers language exchange programs with tours to Japan and Italy every two years. St Monica's also has a World War 1 tour to Europe every two years.

Social Climate

All girls are welcome to enrol at the college.  St Monica's is a very inclusive environment founded in the Mercy traditions of Catherine McAuley.

Parent Engagement

St Monica`s College has an active Parents & Friends Association which provides an effective mechanism for parents to be involved in the school and participate in discussions about all aspects of education. Families of the College contribute an annual levy to St Monica`s Parents & Friends Association, therefore the primary functions of the P & F are consultative and community building, not fundraising. Similarly, the College Board which is a pastoral advisory Board, is involved in all aspects of policy making at the College. 

During each school year, there are Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews and nights of information giving/dialogue with parents regarding curriculum and pastoral issues. Parents also see a snapshot of activities at the College by their attendance at the annual Awards Evening, `St Monica's Live' which focuses on performances and displays of curricular and co-curricular work. 

Parent Satisfaction

Parents agree:

  • The College is a place of learning in a Christian environment and encourages prayer and reflection.
  • always aims to improve the quality of education it provides, always strives to improve and is meeting the academic needs of their child.
  • they also feel comfortable about approaching the College with any concerns they might have.
  • their child enjoys the learning they do at school.
  • the College encourages prayer and reflection, delivers a religious education program that is values based and meets students' need.
  • the College takes parents' concerns seriously. Parents also agreed there is good two way communication between staff and parents and that their child looks forward to school.
  • they are satisfied with the education their child receives from the College.

Data Last Updated Wed 22 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 6 28 23 0

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff67 62.6
Non-Teaching Staff 40 25.12
Indigenous 2 0.74

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$37044

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • Student Protection Online Training
  • Harassment/Grievance Policy Awareness Training
  • Code of Conduct
  • Workplace Health and Safety update - Evacuation and Lockdown Procedures
  • First Aid
  • Fire Safety and Manual Handling
  • New Teachers to Diocese In-Service
  • Calibration Trial OCCA
  • Flipped Learning, Websites
  • Michael Fullan Conference
  • Middle Leaders Networking Day
  • Responding to Domestic and Family Violence
  • APRE Conference
  • Boarding School Workshop
  • Principal and Student Protection Contacts
  • eLearning forums
  • Spirituality Day
  • Indigenous Day
  • TREWTH Conference
  • ICT Workshop Teacher Dashboard
  • Future Schools eLearning Conference
  • Library Assistant Network & PD Mtg
  • L.S.T. PD Day
  • Program Writing
  • Giving Emerging Leaders A Launchpad to Success - Brisbane
  • Strengths, Circles and SEL
  • ANZELA Legal Studies Teachers Conference
  • Developing A Growth Mindset Classroom
  • EV3 Robots Robocup
  • TAE40116 - Cert IV in Training & Assessment
  • Janus Consulting conference - Melbourne
  • Special Needs Education Conference - Sydney
  • QCAA Annual Moderators Conference
  • School Law Seminar - Brisbane
  • Positive Schools Conference - Brisbane
  • Binnacle Training Workshop
  • APRE Network Day
  • eLearning Forum CES
  • Japanese Immersion Day
  • Proficiency Day for Teachers of Italian
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People
  • TOM Industry & Validation
  • PLT & Aspiring Leaders preparation
  • SEL Coordinators Networking
  • Guidance Officers Conference, QUT Info Day & visits to Griffith &
  • ACU Uni's
  • Take off to the Future - Cairns LST & Counsellors Day
  • Women in Scripture CES
  • Flip Con - New Zealand
  • World EduLead Conference - Singapore
  • Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Conference - Adelaide
  • Various Mercy College visits interstate (Victoria, NSW, Adelaide)
  • AGSA Meetings - Brisbane
  • ACEL Conference
  • QHTA Conference
  • ETAQ Conference
  • BEAQ Conference
  • GTAQ Conference
  • New Senior Collaborative Planning workshops
  • CASPA Conference
  • ACSSQ Conference
  • QCAA New Syllabus Subject Workshops
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Optiminds
  • ACSA Conference - Sydney

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 year96.00%

Staff Satisfaction

Low staff turn-over, highly experienced teachers who actively engage in continuing professional development and many offers of application when positions are advertised

Data Last Updated Wed May 22 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
97.59% 96.76% 95.15% 95.47% 95.37% 97.43%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

St Monica's College has a School Refusal Policy.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate96
Post-School Destination Information

This is a summary of the post-school destinations of students from St Monica's College 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.

97 out of 105 (92.4% response rate) Year 12 completers from this school responded to the 2019 survey. 

In 2019, 95.9% of Year 12 completers from St Monica's College were engaged in education, training or employment in the year after they completed school.

Of the 97 respondents, 67.0% continued in some recognised form of education and training.  The most common study destination was bachelor degree.

A further 28.9% transitioned directly into paid employment and no further study. 

Student Satisfaction

Catholic Education Services conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Monica's College (Cairns) in 2018. 

St Monica's College provides educational services to students from 582 families.

Survey responses were received from 141 out of a total of 197 eligible respondents.  This equates to a response rate of 71.6%.

St Monica's College recorded an overall satisfaction score of 72% (3.6 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Tue Nov 19 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 560.3
Average Score for Queensland 549.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 527
Average Score for Queensland 506.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.1%
Spelling Average Score for the school 564
Average Score for Queensland 554.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 549.3
Average Score for Queensland 553.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 554.5
Average Score for Queensland 549
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.4%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 600.4
Average Score for Queensland 590.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.4%
Writing Average Score for the school 578.7
Average Score for Queensland 543.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 92%
Spelling Average Score for the school 606.7
Average Score for Queensland 590.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 603.5
Average Score for Queensland 598.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.2%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 611.5
Average Score for Queensland 587.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.5%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

No Naplan Data Available
School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$5,089,304

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,716,791

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,482,305

Other private sources$130,269

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$8,418,669

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$143,460

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$801,670


Total net recurrent income$900,319

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.