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2018 Annual Report for MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter
Motto Inspiring Hearts, Minds, and Spirits MacKillop_logo_col for web.jpg
Address 1 MacKillop Rd (Cnr Mt Peter Rd), MOUNT PETER QLD 4869
Postal Address PO Box 1027, Edmonton QLD 4869
Phone Number (07) 4045 5262
Fax Number -
Email Address office.mountpeter@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.mackillopcatholiccollege.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 282 Luke Reed
Year Levels Offered P-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Luke Reed
Parish PriestFr Karel Duivenvoorden PP
Parish Number (07) 4055 4315

About our School

MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter, was established in 2016 with 80 students in classes from Prep to Year 3. In 2018, 14 learning groups across Prep to Year 5 cater for over 280 students.  Over successive years, the College will expand its offerings to full P-12, with the first Year 12 group in 2025.

As a Catholic School, we strive to create an environment in which our students, families and staff are engaged and inspired by the living spirit of Christ.   We are motivated by our own experience of the God's life-giving love, and endeavour to share this with others.

Our College is named for St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), Australia's first saint.  Mary MacKillop lived out her life as a disciple of Christ responding to the needs of others, particularly in the fields of education and social care. Our College values, themselves an expression of Gospel values, are inspired by Mary MacKillop's life journey.

Inspired by the love of Jesus and following in the footsteps of St Mary MacKillop, we value:

  • Community in the manner of family
  • Learning that is engaging and lifelong
  • Reaching out to others in compassion and service
  • The Nurturing of spirituality and faith

 

Characteristics of Student Body

Enrolment of 282 (47% male - 53% female)

  • Students who identify as Aborigine and/or Torres Strait Islander - 14.2% of enrolments
  • Students with a verified disability - 4.6% of enrolments
  • Student Attendance rate of 93.1%
  • SES score of 93 (National average is 100)

School Annual Improvement

 

IMPROVEMENT PRIORITY

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE

Facilitating learning growth for all students across the literacy domain

Optimal learning and wellbeing for all students

Evidenced by

  • inclusive, innovative and futures directed educational practice grounded in research

Build teacher capacity to exploit dynamic learning spaces and agreed pedagogical practices

Optimal learning and wellbeing for all students

Evidenced by:

  • Inclusive, innovative and futures directed educational practice grounded in research
  • Diverse learning opportunities for all students

Enhancing the Catholic identity of our College community

Lived and celebrated Catholic identity

Evidenced by:

  • Families/staff engaged and empowered in the identity and mission of the catholic school, and the spiritual development of their children

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

As a new school, inside and outside learning spaces have been purpose-designed to provide innovative, flexible environments to support contemporary inquiry/investigative pedagogies. 

Literacy and numeracy skill development is our key curriculum focus in the early years, then with ongoing consolidation through primary schooling. 

Religious Education is a formal component of our College curriculum at every year level.  The RE curriculum has been designed to offer students an age-appropriate program exploring what Christians of the Catholic tradition believe and understand about God's loving action through history, particularly in the person of Jesus of Nazareth -his life, teaching and action.  An appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures as a foundational communication of God's Word from generation to generation is addressed by the RE curriculum.  It also presents students with an understanding of the role of the Church as the ongoing presence of Christ in the world - its pastoral outreach, its way of ritual celebrations, its social structure and history.

The curriculum also builds student capacity in the learning areas of Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Technology and Health.  As an integral part of our strong academic program, Mackillop provides specialty classes across years Prep to 5 to students in Music, Visual Art and Design, LOTE (Japanese); and Physical Education.

A mentoring program is in place offering participants an opportunity to learn about and develop skills in positive and supportive relationships. All program participants contribute to and benefit from the mentoring program.

Students about the age of 10 are offered an opportunity to participate in preparation for the celebration of the Catholic sacraments of initiation: Confirmation and Eucharist.  The liturgical celebrations occur within the Parish community of St Therese, Edmonton.

Extra Curricular Activities

The College Choir has formed in 2017 and has grown in 2018.  Under the leadership of the Director Music, the choir is a very popular student activity.  Choir performances are very well received by the College community.  A co-curricular instrumental music program is in place and expanding to include both string and wind instruments and ensembles. 

MCC students represent the College in a range of activities and competitions including:

  • Cairns Junior Eisteddfod
  • Calanna Public Speaking
  • Mt Sheridan Spelling Bee
  • Readers Cup
  • Catholic Education Week activities
  • A small number of seasonal sporting activities are offered after school, including, AFL, Netball and Field Hockey.

Social Climate

MacKillop Catholic College's pastoral care strategy and school-wide positive relations framework is designed in part to provide protective pro-social support factors and response strategies to address incidences of bullying.

Relationships and Community are at the very core of Christian belief. The vitality of relationships is expressed in God's own nature as Trinity. This theology inspires those in Catholic Education, to strive to be a living Christian community in relationship with God, others and the world. When God is central, we purposefully orientate our relationships into express faith, hope and love.

There is nothing more important than healthy, positive relationships and well-being within a community. Positive relationships allow everyone to achieve maximum potential and growth. A College which lives out its values is a happy, welcoming, caring and safe place where there is great potential for everybody's needs to be met, and where all have the opportunity to succeed and develop to their full potential.

As stated in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008): 'students need to have a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical well-being', with a sense of hope and 'optimism about their lives and the future'.

On a social level, it helps students to 'form and maintain healthy relationships' and prepares them 'for their potential life roles as family, community and workforce members' (MCEETYA, p. 9).

At MacKillop, a range of beliefs, practices, programs and strategies are in place across the College which aim to develop healthy, positive school culture. These include:

  • Student engagement in deep learning experiences
  • The Religious Education Curriculum
  • The Second Step Program
  • Circle Solutions
  • The Classroom Management Framework
  • Restorative Practices Strategies

Read more about the College Wide Positive Relationships Framework on our website: http://www.mackillopcatholiccollege.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/PositiveRelationshipsFramework20161208.pdf

Parent Engagement

Catholic schools are focused on support of families in the education and personal and spiritual development of their children. Therefore, a sense of partnership between home and school is considered vital. When parents, carers, families and teachers share in the common vision of the school, the effectiveness of the school and the child's experience is greatly enhanced.

MacKillop Catholic College is determined on being a welcoming and inclusive community; parents are strongly encouraged to become involved in the life of our school. Often by doing this, support networks and friendships are formed which enrich family life.

There are various ways in which parents and carers can become involved in the school community:

  • Parent-teacher positive communication as a hallmark of partnership
  • Voluntary support activities eg: tuckshop, library, working bees, excursions
  • Classroom activities and celebrations
  • Participation in school liturgies and events eg: fetes, sporting carnivals
  • Parents and Friends Association
  • School Board (in-formation)
  • Other committees and groups as formed from time to time

Parents are the first and most important educators of their children.  The positive, open and collaborative partnership between home and school is encouraged throughout the learning journey at MacKillop; from enrolment inquiry to graduation.

Parent Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of MacKillop Catholic College in July 2018. In 2018 the College provided educational services to students in 14 learning groups from Prep to Year 5.  The survey response rate was 40.5% (139 out of 343 respondents).

Key feedback areas included:

  • Catholic Ethos
  • Leadership
  • Learning & Teaching
  • Resources
  • Improvement Processes
  • General

Parents responded to standard statements by choosing one of the following six options:

  • Strongly agree (5)
  • Agree (4)
  • Neutral (3)
  • Disagree (2)
  • Strongly disagree (1)
  • Not applicable (-)

The 'Not Applicable' option enabled parents to opt out of responding to a statement that had no applicability to them. 'Not Applicable' responses were not included in the calculation of summary results.

In addition, open questions provided parents with the opportunity to elaborate on feedback.

MacKillop Catholic College (Mount Peter) achieved an overall satisfaction score of 78% (3.88 out of 5).  This is categorised by MYP as an Excellent satisfaction rating in Leadership and Resources and a Good Satisfaction Rating in the other six of the feedback areas. 

Data Last Updated Tue 28 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 2 14 6 TBA

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff29 26
Non-Teaching Staff 27 20.12
Indigenous 2 1.19

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$10763

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Professional learning by College staff during 2018 focused on supporting school effectiveness priorities:

  • Catholic School ethos and the spirituality of St Mary MacKillop
  • Curriculum development - particularly in the literacy growth domain
  • Contemporary pedagogies and innovative learning environments (ILE)
  • Student Protection

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 year83.00%

Staff Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of MacKillop Catholic College in July 2018.   The survey response rate was 85.4% (41 out of 48 possible respondents).

MacKillop Catholic College (Mount Peter) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 74% (3.69 out of 5). This is categorised by MYP as a GOOD satisfaction rating in all feedback areas. 

Best practice areas include:

  • General
  • Catholic Ethos
  • Resources
  • Staff Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Improvement Processes

Data Last Updated Tue May 21 2019

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
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 96.22% 95.15% 94.39% 93.13% 94.38% 92.22%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

MacKillop Catholic College has a policy of encouraging 100% student attendance - all day, every day. Every student absence requires a valid reason.

Compulsory education is not only required by law but it is also our concern that regular absences can significantly affect student learning. Attendance every day is a condition of enrolment for all students at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Cairns, regardless of age.

The morning transition from home to school is the most important transition of any school day. The best learning time for students is the start of the school day. That's when every minute counts the most!

  • Getting to school on time ensures everyone has a calm and orderly start to their day.
  • Bags, lunch orders and notices dealt with at the right time.
  • Learning is easier because no-one has missed the start of any lesson.
  • Children are happy and secure because there is a known routine which offers them structure.
  • Teachers are pleased that learning experiences will be offered to all students in their class at the same time.

Protocols

  • Unexplained absences are followed up by direct contact from the school to parent/carers during the first learning session of the day, normally within the first hour of school. In the first instance, contact is made via SMS, with phone call follow-up as required.
  • All absences require a valid reason
  • Real-time and historical school attendance data for every student is made available to parents via the Parent Portal.
  • Where there is pattern of student absences observed, a pastoral approach is made by the school to parents/care-givers to support regular attendance.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate0.00
Post-School Destination Information

n/a 

Student Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of MacKillop Catholic College in July 2018.  Students in Years 4 and 5 were surveyed.   The survey response rate was 93.1% (67 out of 72 possible respondents).

Key feedback areas included:

- Catholic Ethos - Leadership - Learning + Teaching - Student Protection - Bullying + Behaviour Management - Resources - Improvement Processes - General

Students responded to standard statements by choosing one of the following six options:

MacKillop Catholic College (Mount Peter) achieved an overall student satisfaction score of 82% (4.1 out of 5).  This is categorised by MYP as an Excellent overall satisfaction rating.

Data Last Updated Tue May 28 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 407.3
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.4%
Writing Average Score for the school 376.8
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 91.9%
Spelling Average Score for the school 378.7
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 86.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 360.8
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 387.7
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.3%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 474.5
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.5%
Writing Average Score for the school 441.1
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 76.3%
Spelling Average Score for the school 480.1
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 89.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 469.4
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 474.4
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Writing Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Writing Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Spelling Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 0
Average Score for Queensland 0
% students at or above the national benchmark 0%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

No Naplan Data Available
School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$10,504,087

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,719,936

Fees, charges and parent contributions$3,718,903

Other private sources$425,755

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$17,368,681


Deductions
Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$353,257

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$17,015,424


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.