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2019 Annual Report for St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch
Motto Journey Together STACC_logo_circular_col.jpg
Address 185 -205 Redlynch Intake Rd, REDLYNCH QLD 4870
Postal Address PO Box 150, REDLYNCH QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4039 5200
Fax Number (07) 4039 5255
Email Address secretary@standrewscc.qld.edu.au
Web Site http://www.standrewscc.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 1688 Mr Sean Mangan
Year Levels Offered P-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Sean Mangan
Parish PriestRev Fr Neil Muir
Parish Number (07) 4057 6055

About our School

St Andrew's Catholic College is a Catholic, co-educational College, situated on a picturesque 25 ha site located in the Redlynch Valley. The College is part of the Northern Beaches Parish with Father Neil Muir as the Parish Priest. The College opened in 2001 with 71 enrolments and a small staff but has grown today to an enrolment close to 1680 students and over 200 staff. Mrs Lauretta Graham, the founding Principal of the College guided and shaped the College for the first eleven years - 2001 - 2011. The College is organised into three sectors, all on the one site - Junior Years (Prep to Year 5); Middle Years (Year 6 to Year 9); and, Senior Years (Year 10 to Year 12). In the Junior Years there are four classes per year level. In the Middle Years there are four classes in Year 6 and six classes in Years 7 to Year 9. In the Senior Years there are six Homeform classes in each year level.

From the outset in 2001, it was the hope of all people concerned with the development of the College that it is seen as a shared resource for the community, with a welcome for all people interested in continuing to seek faith development, spirituality, knowledge and recreation. This concept is at the heart of the ongoing vision for St Andrew's Catholic College, Redlynch Valley.

Today, St Andrew's is a College with a student-centred focus, in genuine partnership with families. We believe in giving girls and boys both a purpose and an identity through challenging them to become active, innovative, responsible citizens and we believe that students can best develop these essential skills in an outstanding learning environment which is present at the College. St Andrew's truly is a College offering opportunities to all members of the community through life-giving relationships and a commitment to bring the Gospel values to life every day.

In the period of consolidation, the College has grown in stature - academically, spiritually, culturally, vocationally and on the sporting field.

Characteristics of Student Body

Students travel to St Andrew's Catholic College each day from as far afield as Port Douglas to the north, Gordonvale to south and Kuranda to the west. The primary catchment for students embraces the inner and western suburbs of Cairns, extending to all of the northern beaches.

Cultural Diversity
St Andrew's Catholic College is a culturally diverse school that values inclusivity. Our student population and its wider community reflect the latest (2016) census data that shows nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians had either been born overseas or one or both parents had been born overseas.
203 students were born outside of Australia.
307 students had both their mother and father born outside of Australia.
St Andrew's is a proud supporter of the AFL Cape York Foundation program. This program provides educational, employment and training opportunities for young indigenous people form Far North Queensland's remote communities in a culturally appropriate, safe and secure residential environment.

As a partner school, the College looks forward to expanding our involvement and enrolments with the girls boarding house which opened in January 2019.

Student Enrolments and Statistics
Student enrolment numbers throughout 2019 fluctuated between 1680 and 1695 throughout the year. This closely mirrored average enrolments in 2018.

Enrolment Status  Status Description   2019   2018 
Accepted  New students who commenced throughout 2019  275  248 
Waitlist  Students listed on Waitlists at 31 December 2019  72  126 
Archived  (Incomplete - Online Applications) Did not reach interview  59  54 
Redundant  Offer of Enrolment was Declined by Parent or Application withdrawn prior to or following interview  175  147 
Deferred  Deferred applications (Deferred to a later start Year)  18 
Declined  Enrolment Declined - Unsuccessful Application 
  Total active enrolment application for the full year  604  593 

 

Student Departures   Term 1 - Term 3   Term 4 - End of Year   Full Year Student Departures 
2019  55  63  118 
2018  53  77  129 

Waiting Lists were in place between Years 2 and 10 for the majority of the 2019 school year. The benefit of strong demand through waiting lists is emphasized by allowing the immediate enrolment of a student when as a vacancy occurs.    

International Enrolments and Student Exchange Program
Students, Staff and the wider College community benefit from the enrolment of International Students and participation in student exchanges.  Throughout the 2019 school year St Andrew's Catholic College hosted students through our sister schools and exchange partners from Japan and China.

 

School Annual Improvement

Priority 1: Quality Teaching and Learning
Smart Goals:

  • Throughout 2019, establish a committee and develop a College Wide Pedagogical Framework
  • By the end of 2019, enhance data literacy to inform practice and differentiate learning and teaching
  • By the end of Semester 1, achieve 100% of staff utilising AndIE as Next Generation Digital Learning Environment
  • By the end of Term 1, develop a strategic plan to enact on achievable recommendations from the 2018 Professional Learning Teams

Priority 2: Writing
Smart Goals:

  • By the end of 2019, develop and implement a whole school Writing Project P-12
  • Improve Writing outcomes and achieve NAPLAN mean scores above national average (growth ranges) for 2019

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

The College is divided into three distinct sectors for the purpose of curriculum delivery and pastoral care. At St Andrew's Catholic College, learning, teaching and wellbeing of our staff and students is paramount with a key focus on lifelong learning. Continuous school improvement is at the heart of everything we do at St Andrew's Catholic College. In order to successfully achieve this each year level is supported by a Pastoral Care Leader. In addition, the Prep to Year 6 teachers are supported by a Curriculum Support Teacher, who assists with curriculum needs. From Years 6 to 12, staff are supported with Heads of Departments for each Key Learning Area.

Students from Prep to Year 10 are engaged in the Australian Curriculum Key Learning Areas; whereas, students in Year 11 and 12 are QCAA Senior Syllabus as well as a variety of exit pathways.

Our Junior Years' Sector encompasses our Prep - Year 5 students. Learning opportunities include Enrichment English, as well as specialist groupings for Mathematics and Spelling in Years 4 and 5.

Our Middle Years' Sector encompasses Year 6 - Year 9 students. Apart from engaging in the five key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum our year 6 and 7 students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a rotation of Technology (Food, Textiles and Design and Technology) and arts (Visual Arts, Dance and  Drama) electives. Students in Year 8 and 9 engage in full semester electives in a range of learning areas and topics, including: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Media, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Textiles, Languages, Advanced Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences and Health and Physical Education.

Our Senior Years' Sector encompasses Year 10 - Year 12. Educational pathways include:

  • ATAR (Tertiary Entry)
  • Vocational Pathway
    • We are a Registered Training Operation (RTO) offering Certificate courses in Engineering, Furniture Making, Hospitality, Kitchen Operations and Digital Media & Technology.
    • Our partner RTOs offer Certificate courses in Christian Ministry and Theology, Electro Technology, Fitness, Business, Crime and Justice, Early Childhood Education and Care, Aircraft Line Maintenance
  • School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Flexible Learning Pathways
  • Work Experience

Our Careers and Pathway Counsellor works actively to partner with the community to provide expert advice and direction for our students. These include, Universities, Tafe, Local employers, trades, Recruitment Officers, Defence Forces and Emergency Services.

The academic outcomes in the College continue to rise each year in terms of NAPLAN results and the Year 12 outcomes.

The school currently participates in the Parish Sacramental Program. Students across the College are encouraged to participate in community service in a variety of charities and activities.

The College enjoys reciprocal relationships with overseas schools in Japan. These include our sister School, Otsuma Nakano in Japan; and Tsubame who partner with us for student exchange.

From Year 5, our students have the opportunity to participate in either a camp or retreat to enhance their Spiritual Formation, Health and Physical Education and Pastoral wellbeing.

Our team of expert counsellors works to identify specific areas of need within the student body in all three sectors to provide quality services to the students.

Our Indigenous Liaison Officer supports our teachers, families and partner organisations (AFL House) to ensure the cultural, spiritual, educational and wellbeing needs of our indigenous students are met.

St Andrew's Catholic College is proud to partner with parents and wider community as we work towards empowering our students to become strong, confident, 21st century citizens.

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Bands, Ensembles & Choirs
  • Numerous Sporting Opportunities - School Representative
  • Chess Club
  • Public Speaking & Debating
  • Interschools Sporting Competitions
  • Student Leadership Teams - Junior, Middle & Senior Years
  • Exemplary Track & Field Coaching
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • High Performance Sports Programs
  • Community Involvement through a Service Learning Program for all Senior Students

Social Climate

At St Andrew's Catholic College, we pride ourselves on our community all-inclusive atmosphere.  The College empowers students to reach their true potential as confident, community-minded individuals by encouraging them to participate in a myriad of projects during their time at the College.

  • Active Anti-Bullying and Cybersmart programs
  • Buddy programs
  • Various Regional and Peninsula sporting team representations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Young Ladies of St Andrew's and St Andrew's Men community engagement programs
  • Relay for Life Teams
  • Various Charity collections
  • School Missions Projects
  • Language Speaking competitions
  • Student Leadership Teams & Student Representative Councils
  • Strong support for Catholic Education Week Activities
  • Sporting carnivals - Athletics, Cross Country & Swimming
  • Senior Citizen luncheons and morning teas
  • Project Compassion / Vinnies Youth / St Vincent de Paul / Rosies
  • Strong Eisteddfod presence in the Arts
  • Commitment to activities before & after school - Chess, Ukulele, Drones, Robotics, Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Art
  • Maths Help, English Help and Science Help additional tutorial support
  • After school Homework Program - College Library Assistance
  • The College enjoys a strong reputation in the community for the dedicated service of staff and students. Strong commitment to charities and service opportunities abound each year. All Senior Years students are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of service prior to their graduation
  • All Saints' Chapel at the College is a Parish centre and Mass is celebrated for the community in the chapel every Sunday afternoon at 5.30pm. The College Leadership Team members take responsibility for supporting the weekly Parish Mass

 

Parent Engagement

  • Highly active Parents & Friends Association and College Board
  • Parents invited to weekly assemblies and other College activities
  • Regular Parent / Teacher / Student meetings, reporting and feedback opportunities
  • Parents & Friends Association fundraising which is fully supportive of the College initiatives
  • Defence Student Transition Mentor appointed to assist with the transition program for all Defence Families
  • Student Representative Council and Student Leadership opportunities
  • New parent and carer welcoming functions
  • All Saints' Chapel located at St Andrew's Catholic College is a Mass centre for the Northern Beaches Parish on Sunday afternoons at 5.30pm.
  • Parent Information Forums & Subject Selection Evenings
  • Trades & vocational studies information evenings

 

Parent Satisfaction

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

St Andrew's Catholic College (Redlynch) provides educational services to students from 1300 families. Survey responses were received from 202 out of a total of 797 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 25.3%.

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

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


Data Last Updated Thu 02 Jul 2020

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
Number of staff with this qualification 1 20 129 49 30

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff149 139.82233
Non-Teaching Staff 86 67.10546
Indigenous 2 1.78947

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$131331

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

During 2020 the College is committed to continual improvement based on our 2017-2018 Professional Learning Team Action Research recommendations, 2018 QELi Review recommendations and the CES System Improvement Plan. Major initiatives include:

  • The continuing work of a Pedagogical Framework Working Party (PLT)
  • Implementation of an evidence-based Writing Program
  • The formation of a Wellbeing Team (PLT)
  • The continuation of the Catholic Identity Leuven Project work
  • Line Manager training for Middle Leaders and non-teaching middle managers with Katherine Mair (Madmindworks)
  • Data Literacy
  • Ongoing preparation for the new Senior Years Qld Education curriculum (QCE), Assessment, certification requirements and consistency of judgement for the Year 11 and 12 students and teachers.
  • Continued support and implementation of the College Next Generation Digital Learning Environment - AndIE
  • Continuation of professional development for effective Differentiation Strategies.
  • Continued implementation of quality literacy and numeracy intervention programs (6-10)
  • Continued refinement of the Australian Curriculum content (Prep-Year 10)
  • Continued adoption of new and relevant vocational courses and content for our College community..

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 year90.00%

Staff Satisfaction

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

St Andrew's Catholic College (Redlynch) provides educational services to students from 1300 families. Survey responses were received from 73 out of a total of 246 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 29.7%.

St Andrew's Catholic College (Redlynch) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 76% (3.8 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Tue Feb 25 2020

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6 YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
95.66% 93.71% 94.86% 93.65% 94.89% 93.91% 94.58% 93.85% 93.59% 92.88% 93.24% 92.54% 92.45%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Parents are encouraged to contact the school on the day that a student is absent. Various communication channels are available for parents to contact the school regarding student absence:

  • Dedicated email address
  • Telephone Absentee Line
  • STACC Mobile Telephone App
  • Parent Portal
  • AndIE

If students are absent without notification, parents are contacted on that day. If there is a pattern of non-attendance developing, parents are contacted and an interview is requested. A non-attendance pattern is likely to cause a disruption to the student's learning.

Parents and carers are asked to request leave for their child from the College Principal if the leave period coincides with the beginning or end of each term; is for greater than five days in duration; and / or impacts on any block examination / assessment periods.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate90.9
Post-School Destination Information

This is a summary of the post-school destinations of students from St Andrew's Catholic College Redlynch Valley 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.

47.0% response rate 63 out of 134 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, 95.2% of Year 12 completers from St Andrew's Catholic College Redlynch Valley were engaged in education, training or employment in the year after they completed school.

Of the 63 respondents, 73.0% continued in some recognised form of education and training. The most common study destination was bachelor degree.

A further 22.2% transitioned directly into paid employment and no further study.

Student Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Andrew's Catholic College (Redlynch) commencing 17 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Andrew's Catholic College (Redlynch) provides educational services to students from 1300 families. Survey responses were received from 289 out of a total of 1154 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 25%.
St Andrew's Catholic College (Redlynch) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 72% (3.59 out of 5).

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

 

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 16 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 444.8
Average Score for Queensland 427.36
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.1%
Writing Average Score for the school 432.6
Average Score for Queensland 413.27
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.1%
Spelling Average Score for the school 408.1
Average Score for Queensland 411.24
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.4%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 443.7
Average Score for Queensland 432.74
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.1%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 416.1
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 514.6
Average Score for Queensland 503.02
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.1%
Writing Average Score for the school 465.9
Average Score for Queensland 464.67
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.4%
Spelling Average Score for the school 483.1
Average Score for Queensland 495.21
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 493.9
Average Score for Queensland 497.66
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.6%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 496.3
Average Score for Queensland 492.6
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 563.9
Average Score for Queensland 545.02
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%
Writing Average Score for the school 513.5
Average Score for Queensland 503.56
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 548.6
Average Score for Queensland 543.73
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 564.3
Average Score for Queensland 542.01
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 572.4
Average Score for Queensland 550.35
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 605
Average Score for Queensland 576.34
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%
Writing Average Score for the school 563.6
Average Score for Queensland 534.99
% students at or above the national benchmark 91.3%
Spelling Average Score for the school 597.4
Average Score for Queensland 580
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 607.6
Average Score for Queensland 573.07
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 610.6
Average Score for Queensland 588.82
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.4%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

No Naplan Data Available
School Funding By Source
Income 2019

Australian Government recurrent funding$16,232,926

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$4,361,968

Fees, charges and parent contributions$7,946,627

Other private sources$750,523

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$29,292,044


Deductions
Deductions 2019

Income allocated to current capital projects$388,774

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$995,313


Subtotal$1,384,087

Total net recurrent income$1,384,087


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.