2018 Annual Report for St Therese's School, Bentley Park
Motto Multis Coniunctis Magna Perfecta 'Through the work of many, united as one, great things are done' STBP logo col.jpg
Address 135 Robert Road, BENTLEY PARK QLD 4869
Postal Address P O Box 529 Edmonton QLD 4869
Phone Number (07) 4055 4514
Fax Number (07) 4055 5864
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 618 David Adams-Jones
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal David Adams-Jones
Parish PriestFr John McGrath PP
Parish Number (07) 4055 4315

About our School

St Therese's Parish School is an integral part of the Cairns Diocese and the Edmonton Parish. Located just 20 minutes south of Cairns City, St Therese's provides Catholic Education to an area that is currently referred to as the 'growth corridor' of Cairns.

The first Catholic school in Edmonton, Edmonton Convent School, was established by the Sisters of Mercy on the 29th April, 1929, with an enrolment of just 30 students. Its original location was on the Bruce Highway in the small township of Edmonton - an area that had been originally established as a sugar-milling town to serve the many surrounding sugarcane farms. Since those early days, the school has undergone many changes in its history and was renamed in 1965 to that of St Therese's School.

In 1995, the school was relocated to its current position where it has continued to grow in order to meet the growing enrolment numbers that have resulted from the development of residential areas south of the city. Today, it has an enrolment of approximately 618 students, Prep to Year 6. The school is proud of its rich historical story as well as the modern facilities that are now available to students, enabling a holistic and quality educational learning environment. The school has completed a master plan following $5.5 million in combined capital projects undertaken as part of the Building the Education Revolution and planned facilities expansion.

Today, St Therese's School continues to have a very welcoming feel. It has a group of highly dedicated and motivated parents and carers who genuinely assist with the provision of the best educational environment possible for their children, through their hard work and commitment. St Therese's is also fortunate to be staffed by a strong group of dedicated teachers and school officers who continue the mission of Catholic Education begun so many years ago. It is a school which openly reflects through its practices, the philosophy and values of its foundational partners - the Sisters of Mercy and the priests of the Cairns Diocese - who have over the years helped shape our school community to be what it is today.

St Therese's School strives to be a faith and learning community which celebrates God's presence through our Mercy tradition, excellence in teaching and learning, and a strong partnership between family, staff and parish.

Characteristics of Student Body

Over the last five years with the movement of Year 7 going into secondary schooling the enrolment trend has steadily grown from 602 students in 2017 to 618 students in 2018.

School Annual Improvement

Major Focus

A Lived and Celebrated Identity

  • RLOS -Religious Identity and Culture - Ethos & Charism, Authentic Christian Community & Sense of the Sacred,

Culture that Promotes Learning

  • A: 1-11

Secondary Focus for 2018

  • Reading
  • Number -place Value
  • Differentiated Learning and Teaching- High Potential Learners
  • School Community Partnerships"¦.Parents Engagement and Preschool Visits

Future Targets for 2019

  • Catholic Identity
  • Reading
  • Number and Algebra

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Therese's School offers nine Learning Area (LA's)

  •   Religious Education
  •   Mathematics
  •   English
  •   Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  •   Science
  •   Technology
  •   The Arts -All Year Two students participate in the Violin Program
  •   Specialist Visual Arts Teacher Employed
  •   Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  •   Languages Other Than English (Chinese) teacher employed 3 days a week
  •   Wellbeing Teacher employed five days a week


St Therese's is fully engaged in the Australian Curriculum

Specialist Teachers are contracted to provide instruction in The Arts, LOTE and HPE.

The learning across all Learning Areas is enhanced and enriched through the integration of key events throughout the school year. This includes various visiting school performances, involvement in activities such as ANZAC Day March, Clean-Up Australia, Under 8s Day, Book Week, Catholic Education Week, NAIDOC Week and various feast days in the church calendar.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is taught and integrated across all year levels and instrumental music is offered as an en extra-curricula activity. As part of the Arts curriculum, the school participates in a dance program in which the students receive dance lessons for one term per year. Excursions and camps are also a part of the school curriculum. Students participate in Gymnastics and a Swimming program. All students are expected to participate in any class excursions / camps.

Extra Curricular Activities

Excursions and Camps

Readers Cup Challenge

Dance Program -External provider Years Prep to Year 6

Mary Mills Cup (Netball)

Jim Graham Cup (Rugby League)


Tennis, Soccer and AFL Coaching

Calana Speaking Competition

School Sports - Our school sports program comprises of a number of school-based sporting opportunities including:

  • School Cross Country for those students 10-12 years of age
  • District Cross Country
  • Years 3-6 Interhouse Athletics Carnival
  • Prep-2 Sports Day
  • District Interschool Athletics Carnival

Swimming Program

Gymnastics Program

ICAS Competitions (English, Maths and Science)

Teachers at St Therese's may offer students the opportunity to participate in out of school events such as the Cairns and District Eisteddfod (eg Choric Speaking), Opti-MINDS Challenge, Battle of the Bands, Science Fair, Student Leadership Program.

Social Climate

St Therese's School is a learning community which places emphasis on enabling its students to seek spiritual, academic, creative and physical excellence in order to achieve their potential with dignity, respect and responsibility towards themselves, others and the environment.

Through its Student Welfare Policy, the school endeavours to promote:

  • an environment in which teachers can exercise their rights to teach and children can exercise their rights to learn without interruption and where parents' rights to expect a quality education for their children may be fulfilled
  • a positive, respectful climate where children, teachers and parents can work together to help children solve their problems in a manner which will enhance self esteem and foster responsible behaviour choices
  • a culture of acknowledging and celebrating positive behaviours and achievements through various awards.

Through the Student Welfare Policy, education and support is provided to the students of St Therese's School in the following areas:

  • Student Protection
  • Bullying Prevention Plan
  • Education concerning effective and appropriate use of technologies in the 21st Century
  • Behaviour Management
  • Social Emotional Learning

This plan has direct links to the Leadership Team supporting teachers within the school, in conjunction with our School Counsellor who provides support for 2-3 days each week.

Parent Engagement

Parents and Friends' Association - St Therese's Parents and Friends' Association has been established to enrich the education and learning of students through active participation of parents and staff as partners.

The objective of the school's Parents and Friends' Association is to provide a forum through which parents can be supported, informed and involved in their children's education and wider school community. St Therese's P&F is a dynamic and highly supportive group that works very closely with the school in identifying and supporting projects that lend themselves to betterment of facilities and provision of experiences for all students.

Some of the more specific initiatives undertaken by the school's P&F over the last two years have included:


  • Early Years Playground equipment Successful in 2018
  • School Fete
  • ANZAC Day at Fuller Park
  • Dance Gala Night


  • Mothers Day and Fathers Day Stalls
  • School Disco
  • National Walk to School Day /Colour Run
  • Car Rally
  • Acknowledgement of World Teachers' Day

Other areas of parent involvement include:

  • School Community Hub
  • School Vision and Mission Steering Committee
  • Participation in school celebrations including liturgies and other school-based initiatives
  • Sporting events and carnivals
  • Parent engagement in student learning
  • Support with excursions and camps
  • School musical (every 2 years)
  • Information evenings
  • Parent/ teacher interviews
  • Feedback through surveys and forums

Parent Satisfaction

214 parents participated in the recent School Satisfaction Survey with over 83% of parents agreeing that St Therese's encourages students to achieve to the best of their ability. This is up 3% from 2017. 92% of parents agreed that St Therese's School is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. 97.2% of parents agreed that the grounds, buildings and outdoor facilities are well presented and well maintained. 96.3% of parents agreed that the classrooms are well presented and stimulating places for learning. General comments about the school were: I like the community spirit and also how my child's teacher regularly keeps me informed as to my child's learning journey. I love the feel of the school with very approachable staff including the principal very positive and encouraging environment. What  I like most about the school is friendly and approachable teachers, clean grounds, school ethos to be kind, caring and considerate of others.

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 5 27 5 0

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff41 37.8
Non-Teaching Staff 37 17.82
Indigenous 1 0.47

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$109620

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

Religious Education

  • The RE Curriculum
  • The Religious Life of the School
  • Social Emotional Learning - Circle Solutions


  • Integrating iPads into your Classroom
  • Creating with ICT's on the iPad
  • Disability Inclusion- Effective Classroom Teaching using iPads
  • Use of Interactive Whiteboards in the classroom

Learning Support/Inclusion Support

  • ASD: Positive and practical strategies to support behaviour, learning and social success
  • Introduction into Managing Students with Vision Impairment in the Primary School
  • Augmentive & Alternative Communication
  • Disability Standards for Education
  • Ongoing Improvement and Accountability
  • Teaching and supporting students with special needs

Curriculum/ Enhancing Pedagogical Practices

  • Professional Learning Communities - Professional Learning Teams
  • New Teacher's Professional Learning days
  • Reggio Emilia and Visits to schools in New Zealand and Adelaide (Reggio Schools)
  • Technologies Curriculum
  • Mentor/Mentee Program for New Teachers
  • Literacy Coaching for school based Coaches
  • Growth Coaching -Teachers setting gaols around their learning and the SAIP
  • Differentiating the Curriculum
  • Running Records
  • Prep Reading and Writing
  • Reading Data
  • Behaviour Management
  • CTJ Day
  • NAPLAN Analysis
  • Curriculum Cluster Days
  • Library Assistants Networking Days

Social and Emotional Learning and Teaching

  • Disability Standards for Education
  • SEL Focus Days

Cultural Awareness and Curriculum Implementation

  • Cultural Awareness Professional Learning


  • Student Protection Matters - keeping staff up-to-date with legal and system obligations in terms of monitoring and reporting child protection matters
  • Mandatory Training

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days96%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year87.00%

Staff Satisfaction

51 members of staff completed the School Satisfaction Surveys with over 82% of staff agreeing that St Therese's School is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect.

Over 92% of staff members agreed that St Therese's School delivers quality educational outcomes for students. 98.4% of staff members agreed that St Therese's School encourages students to develop a love of learning.

General comments about St Therese's School from staff include positive comments about: The school feels like a second family, I love coming to school everyday, leadership and other staff members have supported my professional and personal wellbeing by offering guidance, the staff are welcoming and caring, a welcoming and caring environment.

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
93.85% 93.1% 94.42% 94.82% 93.95% 92.58% 93.19%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

If a student is absent for whatever reason, parents are required to contact the school by 9am. Notification can be made via phone or email to the school administration officer, via the Parent Portal or a note to the class teacher. Parents may also leave a phone message by phoning the school before 8am or after 4pm.

Where there is an unexplained absence, this is followed up on the same day with an automated SMS to families. Details are then entered into the school database.

Ongoing absences either for extended periods and/or unexplained are followed up by the Teacher and Line Manager in the first instance and the Principal should further issues arise.

Student Satisfaction

Catholic Education Services conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Therese's School (Bentley Park) in 2018.

St Therese's School provides educational services to students from 415 families.

Survey responses were received from 189 out of a total of 350 eligible respondents.

St Therese's School (Bentley Park) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 77% (3.83 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Tue Nov 19 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 408.5
Average Score for Queensland 437.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.9%
Writing Average Score for the school 417.5
Average Score for Queensland 410.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 97%
Spelling Average Score for the school 413.3
Average Score for Queensland 432.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.9%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 380.5
Average Score for Queensland 406
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.9%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 390.1
Average Score for Queensland 413.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 86.9%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 508
Average Score for Queensland 517.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.7%
Writing Average Score for the school 466.6
Average Score for Queensland 469.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 90.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 491.4
Average Score for Queensland 511.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.2%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 485.6
Average Score for Queensland 497.9
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.8%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 491
Average Score for Queensland 501.2
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.4%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$4,705,817

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,246,112

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,374,562

Other private sources$246,715

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$7,573,206

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$253,773

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$182,042


Total net recurrent income$221,663

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.