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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 615 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 620 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 holisitic and quality educational learning environment. 2011 saw the completion of the school 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.

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
  • Health & Physical Education (HPE)
  • Languages Other Than English (Chinese)

In 2012, St Therese's School commenced implementation of the Australian Curriculum in the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics and Science in alignment with system and state guidelines.  In 2013, we also commenced implementation of the new History curriculum along with Geography in 2014 and HPE in 2015. By 2017, St Therese's will have implemented all Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum Version 8.1.

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, 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 Dance Fever in which the students receive dance lessons for one term per year. Excursions and camps are also a part of the school curriculum. All students are expected to participate in any class excursions / camps.

Extra Curricular Activities

Excursions and Camps - Excursions and camps are a part of the school curriculum. All children are expected to participate in any class excursion/camp.

Readers Cup Challenge - Students in Years 5 and 6 are invited to nominate for selection for the Far North Qld Regional Readers Cup Challenge, held in the month of June. The school selects a team of four students who attend the Challenge. Each student is required to read and learn the content focused on the selected reading texts chosen by the Readers Cup Organisers and provided by the school.

Dance Fever - During Term 2, students from Prep-Year 6 participate in Dance Fever classes once a week with their class. From the Gold Coast, the dance instructors visit the school each week and provide professional standard lessons for all children.

The program concludes with finale performances for Prep-Year 3 students and Years 4-6 students.

Mary Mills Cup - Girls in Year 6 are invited to participate in the Mary Mills Netball Championship, competing against opposing teams from Catholic primary schools within the Diocese. This occurs during Term 3.

Jim Graham Cup - Boys in Year 6 are invited to participate in the Jim Graham Rugby Championship competing against opposing teams from Catholic primary schools within the Diocese. This sporting opportunity also occurs during Term 3.

Calanna Speaking Competition- Students from Years 4-6 are invited to be considered for the annual Calanna Speaking Competition.  Preparation for this forms  part of the assessment for the Speaking and Listening Strand of the English Curriculum in Term 3.

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 - Swimming lessons for Prep to Year 3 students are held in Term 4. The objective of this program is primarily to raise students' water awareness and safety.

Gymnastics Program - Gymnastics lessons for Years 4 to 6 are held during Term 4 at the Southside Gymnasium. The objective of this program is to offer students a variety of sporting opportunities that compliment the school-based PE curriculum.

ICAS Competition - Students from Years 3 to 6 are offered the chance to compete in the ICAS Competition throughout Terms 2 and 3 in Learning Areas such as 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; GRIP Leadership Conference.


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; and
  • 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 Involvement

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:

  • Prep Playground equipment
  • Hall seating
    • ANZAC Day at Fuller Park
    • Dance Fever Gala Night
    • Bunnings/Masters
  • Mothers Day and Fathers Day Stalls
  • School Disco
  • Walkathon /Colour Run
  • Family Movie Nights
  • Acknowledgement of World Teachers' Day
  • Family Fun Bingo Nights
  • Roller Skating Evening 

School Board - St Therese's School Board exists to provide support, stewardship and collective representation in working for the best interests of the school and its student body. Generally meeting monthly, the Board provides particular input and direction into policy development and strategic planning. It stands to ensure that the school continues to remain aligned with its core values and the intent of its school statements of Vision, Mission and special religious character.

Other areas of parent involvement include:

  • School Vision and Mission Steering Committee
  • Participation in school celebrations including liturgies and other school-based initiatives
  • Sporting events and carnivals
  • Parent involvement in classrooms
  • Support with excursions and camps
  • School musical
  • Information evenings
  • Parent/ teacher interviews
  • Feedback through surveys and forums

Presently, the School Board is in remission, however, it is planned for it to be re-established for the commencement of 2017.

Parent Satisfaction

Overall, parents report that they are satisfied with the education that their child/ren receive from the school. They acknowledge that St Therese's is a place of learning in a Christian environment, encouraging prayer and reflection and delivering a Religious Education Program that is values-based and meets the needs of the students.

Parents also report that they feel comfortable in approaching the school with any concerns that they may have and that there is good two-way communication between themselves and the staff.

Data Last Updated Thu 13 Apr 2017

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 10% 52% 18% 13%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff43 38.8
Non-Teaching Staff 28 13.72
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

Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum

Technologies Curriculum

Mentor/Mentee Program for New Teachers

Teaching Grammar in the Australian Curriculum

Literacy Coaching for school based Coaches

Professional Development for Languages Teachers

Differentiating the Curriculum

Running Records

Prep Reading and Writing

Reading Data


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 days97%

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

Staff Satisfaction

A majority of staff generally feel that St Therese's is a place of learning in a Christian environment, which encourages prayer and reflection and delivers a Religious Education Program that is values-based and meets students' needs.  Staff state that they are committed to the school, where colleagues are supportive and set good examples for students.  It is acknowledged by staff that the school encourages a climate conducive to learning.

Data Last Updated Fri Jun 30 2017

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
95.43% 95.41% 94.88% 95.33% 94.46% 95.41% 95.69%
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 Line Manager in the first instance and the Principal should further issues arise.   


The distance travelled

Over recent years, St Therese's School has continued to experience rapid growth in enrolments due to burgeoning residential development within the area. This, coupled with a changes to the leadership team over the past two years, has seen ongoing developments in terms of consolidating identity and reviewing strategic direction of the school.

During 2015, all staff continued to undertake significant professional learning to maintain their own competence and professional knowledge according to their specific areas of responsibility.  A key priority included the continued implementation of the Australian Curriculum as well as preparation for the implementation of the new Religious Education curriculum, which has continued into 2016.  Analysis and use of student data is also being increasingly used by staff to inform teaching and learning programs as well as to identify specific needs and areas for support. 


Where are we going ?

2016 continues to see the school set some clear goals as it endeavours to build capacity and  strengthen its core business of teaching and learning within the context of a faith-centred community. 

Main goals to be addressed over the coming 12 months include:

  • Finalise & endorse Vision & Mission Statements drafted in 2013 and present to the school community
  • Continue to support Christian Meditation across the school
  • Continue implementation of the new Religious Education curriculum 
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project data to be analysed and strategic plan to be established
  • Implementation and review of whole school testing formats and processes
  • Strengthen accountability, curriculum leadership and quality teaching in the learning area of Literacy by extending coaching of explicit teaching
  • Implementation of 2016 Literacy and Numeracy Plan
  • Continue to clarify and articulate the "St Therese's Way" as a staff
  • Continue to raise profile of the school in the wider community
  • Re-establish School Board

Student Satisfaction

Students at St Therese's School report that they feel positive, cheerful and energised at school. The majority of students also report that teachers are well prepared and put a lot of energy into teaching their class. Students acknowledge that St Therese's is preparing them well for the future and there is a strong feeling of belonging and connectedness to the school.

Data Last Updated Fri Jun 30 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 414.627
Average Score for Queensland 427.632
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.778%
Writing Average Score for the school 420.537
Average Score for Queensland 420.141
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.703%
Spelling Average Score for the school 397.241
Average Score for Queensland 415.204
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.739%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 438.388
Average Score for Queensland 439.375
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 395.539
Average Score for Queensland 400.942
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.826%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2016
Reading Average Score for the school 512.256
Average Score for Queensland 507.478
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.703%
Writing Average Score for the school 480.445
Average Score for Queensland 474.369
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.802%
Spelling Average Score for the school 487.328
Average Score for Queensland 491.655
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.802%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 507.613
Average Score for Queensland 512.334
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.703%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 507.106
Average Score for Queensland 494.654
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.889%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

School Funding By Source
Income 2016

Australian Government recurrent funding$4,735,682

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,205,698

Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,259,679

Other private sources$189,332

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$7,390,391

Deductions 2016

Income allocated to current capital projects$125,476

Income allocated to future capital projects and diocesan capital funds$62,846

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$180,826


Total net recurrent income$7,021,243

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.