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2019 Annual Report for St Thomas's School, Mareeba
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Address 63 Constance Street, MAREEBA QLD 4880
Postal Address 63 Constance Street, MAREEBA QLD 4880
Phone Number (07) 4092 1570
Fax Number (07) 4092 2935
Email Address principal.mareeba@cns.catholic.edu.au
Web Site http://www.stthomasmareeba.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 425 Mrs Rita Petersen
Year Levels Offered P-6
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mrs Rita Petersen
Parish PriestFr John Sullivan OSA
Parish Number (07) 4092 1077

About our School

As a Christ-centred learning community, inspired by the Mercy values of love, hope, service and respect, St Thomas' strives for equity and excellence in education. St Thomas 'School provides a co-educational faith-based Catholic education to students from Prep to Year 6. We celebrate and value the gifts and talents of all students, parents and staff. We provide a learning environment to develop successful, confident and creative individuals. Our Catholic tradition is celebrated through the Religious Life of the School. We develop students' academic, artistic, sporting and cultural pursuits, in the light of the Gospel values. Our school promotes positive parent engagement and strengthens meaningful connections with the wider community including our St Thomas of Villanova Parish. We are committed to a whole school approach for positive behaviours for learning where students stay safe, take responsibility, actively learn and respect self and others.

The school has an enrolment of approximately 425 students. Presently our enrolments include a significant number of students with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Characteristics of Student Body

  • Student Enrolment - 425 (201 Boys and 224 Girls)
  • Class Structure - 2-3 streams
  • Verified students - 5.4%
  • Indigenous - 11.2%
  • EAL/D - 6%
  • NCCD - 16%
  • Catholicity - 42%
  • Attendance - 92%
  • ICSEA - 1023

Cultural diversity

  • Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and/or both
  • Japanese
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Punjabi
  • French
  • Ukrainian
  • Spanish
  • Afrikan
     

School Annual Improvement

Priority Area 1: Enhancing Catholic Identity

Smart Goal

100% of Teaching staff will engage in Professional Development in O week to familiarise themselves with the school Mission & Vision Statement.  Staff will begin to integrate the common language from our Mission and Vision Statement in practices within the school.  This will be evidenced by classroom displays in every classroom by the end of Term 1

Post-survey to show 0.5 point growth or 1 point growth in areas that were identified as a priority.


Priority Area 2: Building Teachers' and Leaders' data literacy skills

Smart Goal

By the end of 2019, 100% of teaching staff will use the BI tool to analyse, display and communicate data on individual and class performances and progress, including comparisons of pre and post test results within the PLT structure.


Priority Area 3: A commitment to the identification, understanding and implementation of evidence-based teaching strategies to enhance student writing performance.

Smart Goal

By the end of 2019, all students will demonstrate positive growth in writing through analysis of data to inform the explicit teaching of writing.

Priority Area 4: To improve student attendance

Smart Goal

Increase attendance from current level (91.7%) to at least 93% in 2019, and 95% by 2020.   

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.
  • Specialist teachers deliver Australian Curriculum in LOTE (Japanese) and HPE
  • Student excellence showcased through school-based programs in instrumental music, public speaking, chess, band, student representative council and sports including Rugby League, netball, cricket, soccer and tennis.
  • Our students actively support a range of social justice pursuits including Caritas, Catholic Mission, St Vincent de Paul and School of St Jude in Tanzania.
  • Optional lunch time activities including Readers' Cup, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, Robotics and Mini Vinnies.

Extra Curricular Activities

These include:

  • Student Representative Council
  • Sporting - netball, rugby league, soccer and cricket
  • Athletics and Cross Country teams
  • Instrumental Music Program
  • Band
  • Chess
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
  • Mini Vinnies
  • Robotics Club
  • Opportunity to try out for a variety of sports


Social Climate

St Thomas is a friendly and supportive school community where parents and staff work together to provide a safe, progressive and enjoyable environment for students. Wellbeing is an important factor for all students at the school and social emotional learning permeates all aspects of the curriculum. 

As a Parish school St Thomas' is closely linked to community activities with a view to raising student awareness about need beyond their own. Students become involved in fundraising appeals such as collecting items for the Winter and Christmas Appeals and educating others about the work of St Vincent De Paul.  We also raise funds for Project Compassion during Lent and Socktober; a crazy sock day to support Catholic Mission and our sister school in Tanzania, The School of St Jude.  Students also warmly welcome visitors each year such as the students from Loreto College Sydney and grandparents during Catholic Week.

The school has a Learning Support Team, a School Counsellor and various School Officers who support integration, classroom and our diverse needs programs.

Parent Engagement

St Thomas' recognises the importance of parents as the first educators of their children and actively encourages parental involvement. All parents are members of the school Parents and Friends Association.  Family barbecues are organised by the Parents and Friends Association and have been very successful opportunities for families of students in each year level to meet and mix socially. These evenings also promote and celebrate the importance of families spending time and having fun together. In the spirit of community and valuing your child's education, parents are encouraged to take an active role in the life of the school through the P&F Committee.

Our parents actively work to assist in improving student outcomes in a variety of roles. Parents help in classrooms by helping with literacy or maths groups, creating resources for classrooms and our library, collecting money from stallholders at the monthly Mareeba Markets, assisting in the tuckshop, assisting during swimming lessons and attending class excursions.

Parents are also made to feel welcome at events such as Whole School and Year level Masses and liturgies, our School Swimming Carnival and Athletics' Day, Harmony Day, St Thomas of Villanova Feast Day, celebrations for NAIDOC WEEK, to parade with students on Anzac Day and to attend weekly assemblies.

Fortnightly newsletters keep parents informed and parents can download our school app and access alerts for any updates for calendar events or school news.

Parent Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of St Thomas' School (Mareeba) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Thomas' School (Mareeba) provides educational services to students from 295 families. Survey responses were received from 89 out of a total of 501 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 17.8%.

St Thomas' School (Mareeba) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 85% (4.23 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Mon 01 Jun 2020

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 13 3

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff32 25.7
Non-Teaching Staff 30 16.86529
Indigenous 1 0.38816

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$48248

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 with a focus on improved reading and writing outcomes
  • School improvement and school effectiveness
  • Religious Education
  • Social Emotional Learning and wellbeing
  • Special needs
  • Collaborative teaching and coaching in literacy
  • Industrial training
  • WPHS
  • Google Classrooms
  • Essential Assessment
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity
  • Synthetic Phonics
  • Implementing Writing Blocks and Blanks
  • Guided Reading
  • Getting Reading Right: Big 5 of Reading (Phonics, Phonological Awareness, Fluency, Vocab & Comprehension)
  • Getting Reading Right – Morning Routine
  • Cognitive load theory
  • 24/7 Modules
  • Engage Training 

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 year86.00%

Staff Satisfaction

MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of St Thomas' School (Mareeba) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

St Thomas' School (Mareeba) provides educational services to students from 295 families. Survey responses were received from 28 out of a total of 58 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 48.3%.

St Thomas' School (Mareeba) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 86% (4.28 out of 5).

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

 

Data Last Updated Wed Feb 26 2020

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
91.51% 91.35% 91.99% 93.35% 91.13% 92.25% 91.48%
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.

The school sends SMS Messages to advise parents if their son or daughter is marked absent (unexplained) or is recorded as arriving late to school without explanation.

Student Satisfaction

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

St Thomas' School (Mareeba) provides educational services to students from 295 families. Survey responses were received from 103 out of a total of 133 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 77.4%.

St Thomas' School (Mareeba) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 80% (3.98 out of 5).

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

Data Last Updated Wed Feb 26 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 410.6
Average Score for Queensland 427.36
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.9%
Writing Average Score for the school 406.3
Average Score for Queensland 413.27
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.4%
Spelling Average Score for the school 386.9
Average Score for Queensland 411.24
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.3%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 428.9
Average Score for Queensland 432.74
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.4%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 392.3
Average Score for Queensland 399.11
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.1%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2019
Reading Average Score for the school 510.1
Average Score for Queensland 503.02
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.3%
Writing Average Score for the school 470.3
Average Score for Queensland 464.67
% students at or above the national benchmark 86.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 498
Average Score for Queensland 495.21
% students at or above the national benchmark 92.5%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 517
Average Score for Queensland 497.66
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.3%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 496.9
Average Score for Queensland 492.6
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.2%

Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

School Funding By Source
Income 2019

Australian Government recurrent funding$4,250,879

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,147,374

Fees, charges and parent contributions$841,242

Other private sources$201,717

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$6,441,212


Deductions
Deductions 2019

Income allocated to current capital projects$87,847

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$361,461


Subtotal$449,308

Total net recurrent income$449,308


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.