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2019 Annual Report for St Michael's School, Gordonvale
Motto We Lift Our Eyes to the Mountain St Michaels logo.jpg
Address 58 Mill Street, GORDONVALE QLD 4876
Postal Address PO Box 64, GORDONVALE QLD 4865
Phone Number (07) 4056 1614
Fax Number (07) 4056 5004
Email Address secretary.gordonvale@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.stmichael.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 316 Mr Gary Recklies
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mr Gary Recklies
Parish PriestFr Jude Ronayne-Forde ofm PP
Parish Number (07) 4056 1187

About our School
When St Michael's School was opened and blessed in 1923, it was placed under the patronage of St Alphonsus, and was known by this name during its early years of service. The original school was located in Muir Street and has now been converted into a Parish Hall. The present St Michael's school was opened in December 1959. The Sisters of Mercy ran the school from 1923 - 1990, and the community owes a great deal to these women who worked in and served St Michael's Parish community.

Characteristics of Student Body

St Michael's has over 300 students and is a two stream co-educational primary school.
Statistics:

  • Enrollments: 318
  • Student Catholicity 48.8%
  • Attendance above ninety percent: 78.6%
  • Indigenous Enrolment: 16.6%
  • SWD Students: 4.8% - 16 students
  • NCCD: 13%
  • ICSEA - 1003

 

School Annual Improvement

Priority 1: Lived and Celebrated Catholic Identity

Smart Goal: In 2019 we will nurture post-critical belief of all staff, students and parents through continued exploration of St Michael's Charism and the embedding of the St Michael's Way.  This will be evidenced by:

  • a common language for articulating the school charism, the St Michael's Way and ECSI across the school
  • Teacher planning, school level planning
  • Celebrations of significant events
  • Dialogue between Indigenous spiritualities and Christian spiritualities leading to the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan
  • An audit and annotation of the school's iconography, inclusive of an indigenous perspective
  • Staff engagement in spiritual formation opportunities and/or enhancement of elements relating to RLoS through their PGIAPs
  • Lived experience of Christian hospitality and respectful relationships as reflected in satisfaction surveys

Priority 2: Data Literacy and Fluency

Smart Goal: In 2019 St Michael's School will develop an effective data gathering, analysis and coaching plan: complete with calendar, collection tools and enable the Leadership and Support Team focus in being able to be clear with directions to assist teachers in their areas of improvement through providing time and analysis of student learning data and effective pedagogical practice. Develop teacher competency in the analysis of data to cater for individual students.

What evidence: differentiated planning, teaching and learning, baseline data?, self assessment - survey

Priority 3: Writing

Smart Goal:  In 2019 St Michael's School will develop an effective way to support teachers in delivering effective pedagogical practice and develop students capability in writing. This will be evidenced through unaided writing samples, NAPLAN (over time) and in class assessments. (This may be evidenced in an incremental gain in NAPLAN - students in bands & Indigenous bandscales)
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Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

The School offers students a sound academic education in all key learning areas including
Religious Education. Social and Emotional Learning is an important part of daily class lessons. All students have weekly lessons in The Arts and HPE with a specialist teacher. Japanese Language is offered in Year 5 and 6.

A number of our students participate in the Instrumental Music Program through St Mary's College and others have private instrumental music tuition based at the school.
Many of our students enjoy learning and playing chess during lunch times. We also have a netball and football team, school choir and all of our year 6 students have the opportunity to show their leadership through three teams: the student council, the spirituality committee and the stewardship committee. There are many opportunities available for children to explore their abilities and interests at before school, during playtime or after school.

 

Extra Curricular Activities

These include:

  • Student Council
  • Environment and Spiritual committees
  • Sporting activities after school (basketball, football, hockey, netball)
  • Athletics and Cross Country teams
  • Optiminds Teams
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • Film Club
  • Chess
  • Football team
  • Netball team
  • Opportunities to try out for a variety of sports
  • Great Barrier Reef Guardian Committee
  • High potential learning

 

Social Climate
St Michael's is a friendly school community where parents and staff work together to provide a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment for students. Wellbeing is an acknowledged important factor for all students, and our religious life of the school and development of social emotional competencies permeates all aspects of the curriculum. Our school has a Leader of Teaching and Learning, a Leader of Inclusive Education, a School Counsellor, an Indigenous Education Teacher and Indigenous Liaison Officer as well as our Teachers and School Officers who support an inclusive classroom environment and diverse learners. In 2019 we have continued a High Potential Learners cluster for different year levels, to cater for those students who have strengths in the area of creative thinking, are achieving well academically and are looking to be challenged.

Parent Engagement
St Michael's recognises that all parents are the first educators of children and seeks to foster a close relationship with all parents. St Michael's School has a School Board and a Parents and Friends Association (P&F). The active P&F is involved in facilitating the Tuckshop , assisting in the classrooms and the library, as well as organising and supporting social functions. The School Board plays an active role as well, assisting the development of policies, overseeing major construction projects and monitors the school budget. An Out of School Hours Childcare Service is available in the afternoon until 6.00pm. The school is involved in parish life through the Pastoral Council and Finance Committee as well as through Sacramental Programs, regular liturgies and masses with our Parish Priest and the annual parish events. Other community involvement includes: Curriculum Information Sessions, Assemblies, Parent Workshops, Parental involvement in classrooms, School sporting carnivals, Excursions and Camps, and Parent/Teacher
meetings.

Parent Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of St Michael's School (Gordonvale) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.
 
St Michael's School (Gordonvale) provides educational services to students from 197 families.

Survey responses were received from 102 out of a total of 355 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 28.7%.

St Michael's School (Gordonvale) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 74% (3.72 out of 5).

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

 

 

Data Last Updated Mon 20 Apr 2020

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
Number of staff with this qualification 0 2 17 5 5

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff23 20.2
Non-Teaching Staff 22 13.07892
Indigenous 4 3.06315

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$19111

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

The teachers have been involved in professional learning in the following areas:

  • Professional Learning Teams
  • School improvement and school effectiveness
  • Improved religious education curriculum
  • Social emotional learning and wellbeing
  • Understanding students with special needs
  • Industrial training
  • WHS
  • 360 Reflective Feedback
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity
  • High Impact Learning and Teaching Strategies

 

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 year85.00%

Staff Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of St Michael's School (Gordonvale) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.
St Michael's School (Gordonvale) provides educational services to students from 197 families.

Survey responses were received from 29 out of a total of 46 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 63%. St Michael's School (Gordonvale) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 78% (3.88 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Wed Jul 01 2020

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
91.27% 93.82% 93.41% 90.26% 93.65% 92.2% 93.02%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

Teachers alert the school office to student non-attendance promptly every morning through their marking of the electronic school roll. The office staff then contact the parents unless the school has already been notified with a reason for the absence. This contact may be either through 'Blink' or a phone call. Student welfare is a priority for staff at St Michael's School.

Student Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Michael's School (Gordonvale) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Michael's School (Gordonvale) provides educational services to students from 197 families.

Survey responses were received from 85 out of a total of 99 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 85.9%.

St Michael's School (Gordonvale) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 80% (4 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 01 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 440.7
Average Score for Queensland 427.36
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Writing Average Score for the school 400
Average Score for Queensland 413.27
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%
Spelling Average Score for the school 374.2
Average Score for Queensland 411.24
% students at or above the national benchmark 82.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 389.2
Average Score for Queensland 432.74
% students at or above the national benchmark 85%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 373.8
Average Score for Queensland 399.11
% students at or above the national benchmark 87.5%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 496.1
Average Score for Queensland 503.02
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.3%
Writing Average Score for the school 443.9
Average Score for Queensland 464.67
% students at or above the national benchmark 86%
Spelling Average Score for the school 454.7
Average Score for Queensland 495.21
% students at or above the national benchmark 93%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 474.8
Average Score for Queensland 497.66
% students at or above the national benchmark 88.4%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 465
Average Score for Queensland 492.6
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.7%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

School Funding By Source
Income 2019

Australian Government recurrent funding$3,429,805

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$770,579

Fees, charges and parent contributions$567,698

Other private sources$118,313

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$4,886,395


Deductions
Deductions 2019

Income allocated to current capital projects$54,585

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$85,799


Subtotal$140,384

Total net recurrent income$140,384


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