2018 Annual Report for Our Lady Help of Christians School
Motto I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full - John 10:10 OLHOC-logo.jpg
Address 18 Balaclava Road, EARLVILLE QLD 4870
Postal Address 18 Balaclava Road, EARLVILLE QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4054 2566
Fax Number (07) 4054 2426
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 554 Verity Beames
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Verity Beames
Parish PriestFr Martin Kenny
Parish Number (07) 4054 1171

About our School

For over 50 years Our Lady Help of Christians has served the Cairns community by providing quality Catholic education in the Mercy tradition to the sons and daughters of those families seeking a Catholic education. OLHOC is first and foremost committed to providing a quality education for all students. The school is a distinctive Catholic community that provides a quality learning environment and challenges all members to make a difference.

At its core OLHOC has the values of Respect, Justice, Community, Empathy and Forgiveness. Students of OLHOC strive to embody these values in both word and action. OLHOC seeks to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all.

With a current enrolment of 554 students OLHOC offers a very well-resourced educational program to all students. Extra curricula programs support the development of student's gifts and talents across a variety of pursuits including academic, sporting and cultural areas. OLHOC has a long history of valuing success and this is evident across many fields of endeavour.

Our Lady Help of Christians is a school committed to ensuring that all students receive a high quality education in order to reach their potential and make a difference. Learning is supported by committed and well-resourced staff who have a desire to see all students grow in their learning. By using research based practices together with high levels of technology, student learning outcomes are maximised for all students.

Characteristics of Student Body

"Vision to excite and empower learners to enjoy, shape and enrich our changing world, inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ..."

At OLHOC we believe that the essential focus of our school is the overall development of each child according to the needs and potential of the individual. As such, we strive to provide a curriculum that will enable the child to grow in the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to become a spiritual, well integrated, secure, self-disciplined person, confident and able to contribute to the betterment of themselves, society and the environment in which we live.

Learning and Teaching is the core activity of our school. Quality learning and teaching at OLHOC aims:

  • To foster the full potential of all students, academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically to live in a changing society.
  • To foster an atmosphere where students will enjoy relationships and learning.
  • To teach students to think and work both independently and cooperatively.
  • To develop the ability to think critically and make decisions.
  • To develop self-discipline through firm, loving discipline throughout the school.
  • To encourage students to work to the best of their ability.
  • To cultivate and demonstrate attitudes and behaviours showing care and concern for others, who are less able academically or socially; the environment; the country and the world in which we live.
  • To facilitate students' abilities to evaluate and use appropriate technology and educational materials in all areas of the core curriculum.
  • To help students to develop a positive self-image through a realistic understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • To promote an environment that fosters respect for self and others.


The learning and teaching community at OLHOC seeks to inspire high expectations for learning that maximises engagement, progress and achievement for each student. We are committed to cultivating a culture of learning. We set high standards and expectations for all students, where teachers and staff believe that all students can learn and excel.

Curriculum, instruction and assessment are aligned with standards and essential academic learning requirements. Staff frequently monitor learning and teaching to apply differentiation strategies for students who are exceptional learners; this includes enrichment opportunities and those students who require further development.

Our Lady Help of Christians offers a supportive learning environment. Students feel respected and connected with staff, allowing them to engage in learning. We encourage family and community involvement and recognise its value in supporting the progress of each learner.

Our Lady Help of Christians School is comprised of students 52% male and 48% female students from a range of cultural backgrounds. The attending students come from many parts of the Cairns area, but largely from within the school's geographical context and Cairns' southern corridor.


School Annual Improvement

Improving Student Achievement and growth in reading

  • In 2018 95% of students will achieve 12 months growth in reading, as measured by the PAT assessment, by the end of the school year. 
  • In 2018 95% of students will achieve at expected level or above in reading as measured by the BAS assessment instrument.


  • Continue Consultant support from  Jo-Anne Dooner
  • Continue implementation of Lyn Sharratt 14 parameters & high yield strategies (learning walks, data walls in reading and writing, respond & review - DLT structure)
  • Engage targeted support from CES multidisciplinary team
  • PLT structure with weekly focus on Agile Schools Sprints Process (min 50% each PLT meeting).


Enhancing Catholic Identity

In 2018 we will enhance the Catholic identity of the OLHOC school community.


  • ECSIP - survey data in March
  • Engagement of external consultant to facilitate spiritual formation for all staff - Deacon Michael Lindsay, Br. Darren, SOM
  • Engage targeted support from CES multidisciplinary team if possible
  • Explore the Mercy charism and the legacy of Catherine McAuley with a view to re-contextualising this for our school community today.
  • Articulate a summary of what it means to be a member of the OLHOC community: The Mercy Way at OLHOC.
  • Develop a scope-and-sequence of formation across the whole school (students, staff and parents) to embed the Mercy Way at OLHOC.
  • Develop a Whole-School Positive Relationships Framework that gives expression to the Mercy Way at OLHOC.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings include:

  • Religious Education - Our core subjects include Religious Education which involves a formal study of Religion in the Catholic Tradition guided by the Archdiocese of Brisbane's Religious Education Curriculum
  • Parish Sacramental Program
  • Action for Social Justice to support various Catholic agencies including Mercy Works, Caritas, Catholic Mission, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Rosie's.
  • Wellbeing focus - providing students with the foundations for emotional development and learning.
  • Expanded school support team to include Learning Support, Curriculum, Counselling & Wellbeing
  • Coaching in Reading and Writing with particular emphasis on Reading in 2018.
  • E-Learning delivered via significant student access to digital devices in classrooms which is supported by a full time ICT assistant and consistent Tech support.
  • Strong emphasis on implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum through Lego Robotics, Sphero Robotic Balls and Bee Bots to teach Coding and Programming.
  • District Teacher Librarian support three days per week focusing on the area of digital literacy.
  • Specialist teachers for Physical Education, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.
  • Indonesian taught to students in Year 5 & 6  
  • String and wind instrument teachers delivered through collaboration with St Mary's Catholic College's Music Department.
  • School camps for students in Year 5 and 6.
  • Overnight retreat for students in Year 6.
  • Pre-Prep Transition program in Term 4 for school readiness.
  • School Tours focussing on Innovative Learning Environments.
  • Employment of a part-time Enrichment Teacher.

Extra Curricular Activities

 Student Leadership opportunities that include:

  • School Captains and Vice Captains
  • School House Captains
  • Spirit of OLHOC Committee
  • Community Cup Committee
  • Playground Guardians
  • Highly successful school choir - offering both Senior and Junior Choirs
  • ICAS (Independent skills-based assessments with a competition element)
  • School Band Development
  • Rugby League Team
  • Netball Team
  • Homework Club
  • Chess Club with participation in interschool competitions
  • Robotics Enrichment Program
  • Digital Photography Enrichment Program
  • Travel Smart Program

Social Climate

Our Lady Help of Christians draws upon its Mercy charism to make explicit its Catholic Identity. The school community regularly and frequently seeks to celebrate its faith through prayer and liturgy. It seeks to celebrate significant community events, including Mothers' and Fathers' Day, ANZAC Day, NAIDOC and Grandparents Day, within an explicit Catholic context. The school explicitly displays, and is driven by the Gospel values of Respect, Empathy, Justice, Forgiveness and Community. The school also actively promotes action for social justice particularly supporting a number of Catholic Agencies. This action often combines education, prayer, and fundraising.

Our Lady Help of Christians School has a very caring and welcoming atmosphere. Visitors to the school regularly comment on the polite, helpful manner in which they are treated and spoken to by the students.

A full time school counsellor is available to work with students who require some additional support to manage concerns and difficulties they have in their lives. The school's staff are proactive in responding to issues which come to light, involving the school's leadership team as required. Students are supported to initially develop the skills to manage general friendship issues themselves in an appropriate manner, and to pass on information to staff when issues become too difficult to manage or they feel they need extra support. OLHOC continue to participate in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence providing students with a voice to share their learnings around the role of an upstander and responsible digital citizenship skills.

The school encourages parents to be involved in the education of their children, including the social development of their children. Our Lady Help of Christians School works collaboratively with an Out of School Hours Care facility for students after school until 6pm. The Out of School Hours Care facility also offers a vacation care service and a morning care facility.

Parent Engagement

  • Parents and Friends Association -Whole Community term events
  • School Board
  • Assemblies
  • Parent Helpers in classroom including involvement in reading activities
  • Parent Helpers in the tuckshop
  • Parent Helpers at Athletics Carnival and Sports Activity Day
  • Parent Information Evening at the beginning of the school year to inform parents about what will be covered during the year
  • Open classrooms to showcase student learning
  • Parent / Teacher Interviews to discuss student's progress
  • Student Report Cards each semester
  • Curriculum Workshops for parents and Parent information sessions with guest speakers
  • School celebrations such as Mother's and Father's Days, Grandparents Open Morning
  • Parent involvement with NAIDOC activities, participation in school camps & excursions
  • Travel Smart with parents operating bike, walk and scooter options with staff
  • Cairns Festival school bike bus participation
  • Chess Club and participation in Chess competitions is organised by parent representative

Parent Satisfaction

Parents indicate that they choose to send their children to OLHOC because of the school location, reputation and the quality of the staff.  Academic Excellence and Catholic Ethos are also valued highly.  Parents believe that the school is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. 

OLHOC provides high quality services to parents and students and treats students from all backgrounds with respect.

Data Last Updated Mon 24 Jun 2019

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
Number of staff with this qualification 0 3 26 2 2

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff37 34
Non-Teaching Staff 25 17.63
Indigenous 1 1

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$32700

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

  • Effective Behaviour Management
  • Collaboration and Planning
  • Data Analysis
  • Assessment Practices
  • Learning intentions in the area of Literacy, Inference & Pedagogy, Schema & Cognitive loading- Jo Anne Dooner Consultant
  • Morning routine - Jo Anne Dooner Consultant
  • Explicit Teaching
  • First Aid
  • Student Protection and Mandatory Training
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Mercy Charism & Catholic Identity
  • Recontextualisation Post Critical beliefs
  • Applied Psychology for Schools
  • Agile School Sprints into Action
  • NAPLAN Writing Teaching & Assessment

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 year82.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The staff believe that OLHOC encourages students to develop a love of learning within a welcoming, professional environment.   Staff acknowledge they are provided with the Professional Development to do their job well and appreciate being part of a great team who work towards clearly stated common goals. They recognise teams work productively to deliver quality education outcomes for students.

Data Last Updated Wed May 22 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
95.34% 94.36% 94.6% 94.05% 93.2% 94.72% 95.05%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

If a student is absent, parents are required to contact the school by 9am. Notification can be made via the following ways:

  •   Through email to:
  •   Using the Schoolzine App
  •   By telephone - if out of hours a message can be left
  •   A note to the office or via the class teacher
  •   In person

Daily absences that are unexplained are monitored by the school and contact via Blink messages are sent to any families in the first instance and then followed up with a phone call as appropriate. Blink messages are sent after 9am.

Absence records are maintained on the school database. Absence collation is reported to parents on the semesterly School Reports and identified with Families at Semesterly Parent/Teacher interviews.  Ongoing absences either for extended periods and/or unexplained are followed up by the Senior Leadership Team.

Student Satisfaction

Catholic Education Services conducted a School Results Survey with students of Our Lady Help of Christians School (Earlville) in 2018.

Our Lady Help of Christians School provides educational services to students from 388 families.

Survey responses were received from 150 out of a total of 163 eligible respondents. 

Our Lady Help of Christians School recorded an overall satisfaction score of 80% (4.02 out of 5)

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

Data Last Updated Tue Nov 19 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 448.1
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.4%
Writing Average Score for the school 456.1
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.7%
Spelling Average Score for the school 468.9
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 422.3
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 440.6
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.7%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 538.5
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 496.7
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 539.6
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 523.7
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 520.6
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$916,162

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$110,244

Fees, charges and parent contributions$58,060

Other private sources$27,230

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$1,111,696

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$6,052

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$4,618


Total net recurrent income$4,717

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.