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St Stephen's Catholic College, Mareeba
Motto Trust in the Lord logo_st_stephens_catholic_mareeba_1.jpg
Address McIver Rd, MAREEBA QLD 4880
Postal Address PO Box 624, MAREEBA QLD 4880
Phone Number (07) 4086 2500
Fax Number (07) 4092 4333
Email Address office@sscc.qld.edu.au
Web Site http://www.sscc.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 554 Mrs Ida Pinese
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population Co-Educational
Principal Mrs Ida Pinese
Parish PriestFather John Sullivan
Parish Number (07) 4092 1077

About our School

St Stephen’s Catholic College is administered by the Catholic Diocese of Cairns and provides a quality Catholic secondary education for students in the Tablelands, Kuranda and Mossman areas. The college boasts a stable staff who reside predominantly in the Tablelands area. With the relocation of a historic chapel to the college site, there is now a sacred space for staff and students to further develop their faith formation.

Situated on 28 hectares on the outskirts of Mareeba, St Stephen's Catholic College focuses on providing opportunities for young men and women to achieve their personal best. The college provides a holistic curriculum to enable students to grow academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Students are viewed as life-long learners who will be given opportunities to utilise their talents by being a presence of Christ in our world.

Our parents value the firm boundaries, excellent learning environment, quality teaching  and the modern facilities which our College offers. Fostering a sense of family has been an integral part  of St Stephen's since the foundation years. This connectedness with families and the wider community is based on shared values and translates to forming a school culture that enhances student achievement in a holistic manner.  In 2015, the college also formed a sister school agreement with Sano Nihon Daigaku Secondary College in Sano City, Japan. This will strengthen cultural ties between students in both schools.

For the third successive year, the college was included in Queensland University of Technology's "blue group" status for having an increased number of OP-eligible students (93%) achieve scores between 1 and 15. The 2016 year 12 cohort achieved outstanding OP results, with 24.4% of students achieving scores between 1 and 5. This included three students with OP 1 scores, three with OP 2 scores and three with OP 3 scores.

   

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

St Stephen's seeks to build on its reputation, established in its foundation years, of providing a curriculum structure which supports the diverse needs of students. With the integration of the Australian Curriculum, our College continues to modify teaching and learning programs to meet mandatory requirements. A broadening of the curriculum has occurred as larger cohorts progress to senior years.  With an enrolment of 554 students in 2017, the college provides students with both academic and vocational pathways. These vocational pathways are enhanced by the provision of certificate courses in the college's Trade Training Centre. In addition a  recent focus on languages (Japanese, French and Italian), as well as the arts (Music, Drama and Visual Art), has enriched curriculum offerings.

Structure of the Curriculum:

Years 7 to 10:

  •  Core subjects include Religion, Mathematics, Science, English, History/Geography and Health and Physical Education (years 7 to 10)
  • Year 7 & 8 students study minor core subjects on rotation
  • Core classes in Mathematics and English are purposefully grouped to provide opportunities for extension or learning support.
  • Electives are studied for one or two semesters in year 9 and for both semesters in year 10.  Students choose two electives from a range of options.
  • Religion is a rigorous, distinctive learning area. (Includes a Sacramental Program)
  • Languages: Japanese, Italian and French

Years 11 and 12:

  • Students may choose authority subjects contributing to an over all position (OP) or authority-registered subjects which are geared towards a vocational pathway.
  • Vocational Education and Training certificate courses are available in the areas of Engineering, Furnishings
  • Students may also access certificate courses through an outside provider such as TAFE and participate in School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
  • Opportunities exist for students to study subjects not offered by the College through an external provider (School of Distance Education) or through online courses.

Extra Curricular Activities

Diverse  Sporting Opportunities 

Public Speaking

Liturgies

Retreats and camps

Combined Schools Band

Tutorial Support

Gifted and Talented (Readers Cup, Chess, Mathematics camp, Optiminds)

Instrumental Music, School Choir and Liturgy Band

Social Justice Committee

Student Representative Council

Overseas cultural experiences

Work Experience Program

Social Climate

    The culture of our College is based on the following: 

    • An emphasis on being a part of the college family and community.

    • A welcoming culture that promotes positive relationships. 

    • A co-educational school which affirms the equality of persons.

    • An acknowledgment of achievement in all aspects of   College life.

    • The College focuses on developing partnerships between students, teachers and carers.
    • Students are encouraged to build successful relationships, communicate effectively and achieve their personal best.
    • Development of respect for others, responsibility for one's learning and the development of confident, young people who are morally autonomous and have an awareness of God's presence

    Parent Involvement

    •  Parents & Friends Association Meetings on a regular basis with a presence at signature events such as Subject Selection  and Meet and Greet Evenings
    • Monthly College Board meetings
    • Regular Parent / Teacher Interviews, following reports
    • Parental involvement in school camps, retreats, excursions, sporting carnivals and other extra-curricular activities

     

    Parent Satisfaction

    Survey responses were received from 252 out of a total of 663 eligible respondents. This is a response rate of 38%. The college recorded an overall satisfaction score of 80%.  Feedback was sought from the following areas: Catholic Ethos, Resources, Leadership, Improvement Processes and Teaching and Learning. Best practice areas include: Leadership and Resources. Fair to good areas include: Learning and Teaching, Improvement Processes, Catholic Ethos. There were no areas identified as requiring attention or immediate action.

    Data Last Updated Mon 19 Jun 2017

    Staff Reporting Data
    Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
    % Staff with this qualification 0% 10% 57% 30% 11%

    Workforce composition
    Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
    Teaching Staff55 48.23
    Non-Teaching Staff 28 18.72
    Indigenous 0 0

    Total funds expended on teacher professional development$16881

    Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

    Major Professional Development Initiatives

    In 2016 the following professional development initiatives were provided for teaching staff: 

    •   Trewth Conference 2016
    •   Mandatory Training in Code of Conduct, Student Protection Training, Workplace Harassment, Curriculum Risk Management (SALT)
    • DSE Training
    • Mission, Curriculum and Pastoral initiatives 
    • Australian Curriculum planning at CES and QCAA, including new senior school changes for 2019 
    • Development of Catholic Identity
    • Professional Learning on promoting a culture of feedback
    • E-Learning updates
    • Staff retreat opportunities

     

    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 year91.00%

    Staff Satisfaction

    Survey responses were received from 57 out of 71 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate  of 80.3%. Staff recorded an overall satisfaction score of 84%.  Areas surveyed included: Catholic Ethos, Resources, Leadership, Improvement Processes and Staff Engagement. Best practice areas included: Resources, Leadership, Improvement Processes, Staff Engagement and Catholic Ethos. No areas were identified as requiring attention or needing immediate action.

    Data Last Updated Mon Jun 19 2017

    Student Reporting Data
    Average student attendance rates
    YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
    94.35% 93.25% 93.34% 91.77% 94.68% 94.34%
    How non-attendance is managed by the school

     

    • Student attendance is effectively monitored with students  expected to participate in all curricular and co-curricular activities offered by the College.
    •  Parents are required to notify the College by 8.30 am of their child's absence.  All unexplained absences are followed up by the office staff.

     

    Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate68
    Post-School Destination Information

    In 2017, 65.3% of young people who completed Year 12 at St Stephen's Catholic College in 2016 continued in some recognized form of education and training in the year after they left school

    The distance travelled

    • The College has a comprehensive training program for students who wish to sit for the QCS (Queensland Core Skills Test)
    • The College has been included in QUT's "Blue Group"  in 2017 which means that for three successive years, more than 90% of OP eligible students achieved a result from 1 to 15 and also that the number of students who were OP eligible was rising.
    • The Naplan results in 2016 were also generally above state and national means as a result of the College's efforts to improve numeracy and literacy across all year levels.
    • With the offering of Music from years 7 to 11, choices for students have been expanded.
    • The Robotics course for years 7 to 9 has also enhanced students' engagement and provided a focus for STEMS
       
     
     
     

    Where are we going ?

    •  Moving to incorporate the new senior system
    • Implementing a 1 to 1 with years 7 & 10
    • Music block completion

    Student Satisfaction

    The survey response rate from students was 85.5%. The College achieved an overall satisfaction score of 74%. Key feedback areas included: Catholic Ethos, Leadership, Resources, Improvement Processes and Learning and Teaching. Fair to good areas included: Resources, Learning and Teaching, Leadership, Catholic Ethos and Improvement Processes.

    Data Last Updated Mon Sep 11 2017

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2016
    Reading Average Score for the school 554.909
    Average Score for Queensland 547.752
    % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
    Writing Average Score for the school 505.374
    Average Score for Queensland 511.064
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.143%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 552.066
    Average Score for Queensland 546.972
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.143%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 549.004
    Average Score for Queensland 545.862
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.143%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 550.142
    Average Score for Queensland 553.377
    % students at or above the national benchmark 99.048%

    Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2016
    Reading Average Score for the school 586.928
    Average Score for Queensland 586.335
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.101%
    Writing Average Score for the school 521.685
    Average Score for Queensland 541.31
    % students at or above the national benchmark 75%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 579.529
    Average Score for Queensland 579.775
    % students at or above the national benchmark 91.176%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 589.364
    Average Score for Queensland 573.99
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.059%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 579.904
    Average Score for Queensland 589.065
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.059%

    Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

    Year 12 Outcomes

    Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 3

    Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement. 0

    Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education at the end of Year 12.59

    Number of students awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).

    Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.49

    Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).11

    Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).41

    Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.93%

    Percentage of Year 12 students who are completing or completed a SAT or were awarded one or more of the following: QCE, IBD, VET qualification.96%

    Percentage of Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre applicants receiving a tertiary offer.94%

    Data Last Updated Mon Sep 11 2017

    School Funding By Source
    Income 2016

    Australian Government recurrent funding$6,208,366

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,653,844

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,964,066

    Other private sources$192,316

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$11,018,592


    Deductions
    Deductions 2016

    Income allocated to current capital projects$199,755

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

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$1,106,625


    Subtotal$1,306,380

    Total net recurrent income$9,712,212


    Schools And Colleges

    There are 29 Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese of Cairns. With the exception of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School at Thursday Island and St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa, all schools and colleges are within two hours driving time from Cairns.

    The Cairns Diocese has two Prep to Year 12 colleges (St Andrew's Catholic College at Redlynch and MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter), 20 primary schools and 7 secondary colleges. Of those, St Augustine's College, Cairns is an All Boys college and St Monica's College, Cairns is an All Girls college. In addition to day schooling, St Augustine's offers boarding for students of St Augustine's and St Monica's. Mount St Bernard College, Herberton (MSB) is a day and boarding secondary college for boys and girls.

    In 2016, Catholic Education opened two new schools to meet growing demand. MacKillop Catholic College is located in the Cairns southern growth corridor at Mount Peter and offers Prep to Year 3 in 2016. It will grow to full Prep to Year 12 status, with the possible early commencement of secondary in 2018. St Joseph’s Parish School opened in Weipa, offering Prep to Year 6.

    In a strong initiative towards social justice engagement, Catholic Education opened a Flexi School for disengaged young people in Cairns and Cooktown in 2015. Holy Spirit College caters for students aged between 11 and 17 who have disengaged from education or for whom enrolling in a mainstream secondary school is not the best alternative. Holy Spirit College has capacity to enrol up to 52 students in Cairns and up to 38 in Cooktown, of whom up to 32 can be weekly boarders drawn from the wider community including HopeVale and WujalWujal.