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2017 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 602 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 602 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)

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

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 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:

    • Early Years Playground equipment
    • School Fete
      • ANZAC Day at Fuller Park
      • Dance Gala Night
      • SPECIAL EVENTS (Trivia Night)
        • Mothers Day and Fathers Day Stalls
        • School Disco
        • Walkathon /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

206 parents participated in the recent School Satisfaction Survey with over 80% of parents agreeing that St Therese's encourages students to achieve to the best of their ability. 87.4% of parents agreed that St Therese's School is a welcoming and caring community where everyone is treated with respect. 92% of parents agreed that the grounds, buildings and outdoor facilities are well presented and well maintained. 91% of parents agreed that the classrooms are well presented and stimulating places for learning. General comments about the school were: Friendly and welcoming staff; The school has a sense of family and belonging; Approachable teachers; Committed staff; A professional and approachable leadership team; A 'positive vibe'

Data Last Updated Tue 11 Dec 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 0% 6% 48% 13% 9%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff41 37.4
Non-Teaching Staff 41 18.16
Indigenous 1 0.47

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$49475

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
  • 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 days97%

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

      Staff Satisfaction

      58 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 87% of staff members agreed that St Therese's School delivers quality educational outcomes for students. 91.4% 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: Great staff relationships; Being part of a collaborative team; Friendly and supportive staff; Relationships with teachers; Relationships with families

      Data Last Updated Mon Jul 02 2018

      Student Reporting Data
      Average student attendance rates
      Prep YR 1 YR 2 YR 3 YR 4 YR 5 YR 6
      93.91% 94.21% 94.98% 93.99% 93.94% 93.77% 95.21%
      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.

      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.

      All staff continue to undertake significant professional learning to maintain their own competence and professional knowledge according to their specific areas of responsibility. Analysis and use of student data is a priority for leadership and staff to inform teaching and learning programs as well as to identify specific needs and areas for support.

      Where are we going ?

      In 2017 clear goals were set 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.
      • Continue to support Christian Meditation across the school
      • Continue implementation of the new Religious Education curriculum
      • Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project data analysis continues to inform strategic planning.
      • Implementation and review of whole school testing formats and processes
      • Strengthen accountability, curriculum leadership and quality teaching in the learning area of Numeracy by extending coaching of explicit teaching
      • Implementation of 2017 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

      Student Satisfaction

      318 students from Years 3 - 6 were surveyed with 84.6% of students agreeing that they were proud to be a student at St Therese's School. 84.3% of students agreed that St Therese's encourages them to help other people. 92.1% of students agreed that doing their best at school was important to them. General comments from the students included: Friendly teachers and staff; Respectful relationships with teachers; Feeling safe; Teachers are kind, caring and fair.

      Data Last Updated Mon Jul 02 2018

      Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 3, 2017
      Reading Average Score for the school 429.4
      Average Score for Queensland 425.2
      % students at or above the national benchmark 96.3%
      Writing Average Score for the school 422.1
      Average Score for Queensland 402.3
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Spelling Average Score for the school 406.5
      Average Score for Queensland 408.7
      % students at or above the national benchmark 98.8%
      Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 433.6
      Average Score for Queensland 437
      % students at or above the national benchmark 93.9%
      Numeracy Average Score for the school 411.6
      Average Score for Queensland 402.1
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%

      Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

      Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 5, 2017
      Reading Average Score for the school 516.8
      Average Score for Queensland 502.7
      % students at or above the national benchmark 100%
      Writing Average Score for the school 484.1
      Average Score for Queensland 461.4
      % students at or above the national benchmark 94.6%
      Spelling Average Score for the school 496.1
      Average Score for Queensland 496.5
      % students at or above the national benchmark 98.6%
      Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 505.7
      Average Score for Queensland 496
      % students at or above the national benchmark 95.9%
      Numeracy Average Score for the school 497.1
      Average Score for Queensland 490.4
      % students at or above the national benchmark 98.6%

      Data Last Updated Mon Jun 18 2018

      School Funding By Source
      Income 2017

      Australian Government recurrent funding$4,753,040

      State/Territory Government recurrent funding$1,292,379

      Fees, charges and parent contributions$1,224,889

      Other private sources$150,373

      Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$7,420,681

      Deductions 2017

      Income allocated to current capital projects$184,749

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

      Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$198,857


      Total net recurrent income$7,037,075

      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.