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2015 Annual School Report

 

2015 Annual School Community Report

St Therese’s Catholic School Moonah

 

 

 

 School Profile

 

St Therese’s is a Catholic co-educational school (K-6) that has provided a quality and Christ-centred education for students in the Moonah region for over 80 years. Today, a dedicated and professional staff team carry on the spirit and traditions of our founders, The Sisters of Saint Joseph. St Therese’s continues to respond to, and to serve, the needs of parents who seek a Catholic education for their children. We aim to create an atmosphere in which both children and staff can grow and develop as a Catholic Community, loved by God. The School aims to extend this to a sense of belonging within the wider-community of home, school and parish. We aim to provide a learning environment, which is stimulating, positive and purposeful that caters for the spiritual, academic, emotional, physical and social needs of the students entrusted in our care. Our School Improvement Plan and our policies and activities strive to develop, enhance and nurture each student’s talents and skills. At St Therese’s we value and accept the changing world and have embraced the surge in multi-media applications including updated ICT equipment and the extension of the Bring Your Own Approved (Apple) Device program to include Grade 3 and 4 this year, having previously introduced the program in 2014 to Grade 5 and 6 students.

 

There are many opportunities for parents to work in partnership with the School, thereby strengthening the bonds of communication between parents and teachers. Parents are welcome to assist with classroom learning and the myriad of activities that take place in and around the School. There are also more formal opportunities to be involved in the life of the School through the School Board or the Parents and Friends Association. St Therese’s strives to integrate faith and life within the daily activities of the School. This is achieved through the adherence to Gospel values, so that a warm, welcoming and supportive environment is created.

 

 

Attendance

School attendance is monitored closely. Teachers are required to record absentees daily and these are then forwarded to the school office. Absentees are recorded electronically. If the student is absent for an unknown reason, the school will contact the parent or guardian to attain the reason for the student’s absence.

If the absence is ongoing for an unjustified reason an interview will be required between the Principal and parent or guardian to plan a pathway forward to enable the student to attend school.

 

Governance

 

Staff

 

All teachers employed at St Therese’s Catholic School are registered with the Tasmanian Teacher Registration Board and hold appropriate teaching qualifications. Our ancillary staff have appropriate qualifications for their area of responsibility.

 

Catholic Culture and Identity

The students attend and are involved in regular whole school Masses, Liturgies and prayer services throughout the liturgical and school year. There are also opportunities for class Masses and prayer services. The students attend Parish Masses on a rostered and regular basis. The School supports the Sacraments of Initiation (Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) within the Parish.

Hymn practice is integrated into the teaching and learning programs of the students and they have weekly practices to learn appropriate hymns. The students are involved in curriculum units about the charism and history of the School.

 

The School in the life of the Parish and Diocese

The students are involved in Parish Masses and activities.  Some students are altar servers, take an active role in the children's liturgy and Christmas and Easter celebrations. They are especially invited to make their Sacraments of Initiation in the Parish. The school was fortunate to have Father Stephen Hackett and Deacon Michael Hangan as an extension to our school staff in 2015. Both Father Stephen and Deacon Michael worked closely with the school to lead, strengthen and promote the Religious and Catholic dimension of the school.

 

Faith Development Programs

Staff and student spirituality is a major focus at St Therese's Catholic School.  Staff have attended spirituality days, such as Courage to Be and Christian Meditation. Christian meditation is being integrated into the classrooms with regular opportunities.

 

Religious Education Curriculum

The teaching staff have embedded the new Good News For Living Guidelines into the teaching and learning Religious Education program. The teachers have regular collaborative planning sessions and professional development led by members of the Faith Education Services at the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.

 

Community Participation and Christian Outreach

We actively support St Vincent de Paul and the Caritas Project Compassion appeal each year. We also have a sponsored child in the Philippines. We have activities to promote Mission Week.

We offer the Rainbows Program at St Therese's for those children who have suffered a major loss through divorce or death within the family. Many staff are already trained or have recently undergone training to be a facilitator.

 

Parent Participation

Parents are welcomed at St Therese’s Catholic School and are encouraged to play an active role in the life of the School. They are recognised as the primary educators of their children in partnership with the School.

Parents are always invited to all Masses, Prayer services and liturgies attended and led by the children. The parents are informed of the Religious Education and events through the newsletter. A number of families are actively involved in the Parish.

 

 

Other Achievements

St Therese's Catholic School participated fully and successfully in many extra curriculum programs. These events include the following:

·       STCPSSA Catholic Swimming Carnival

·       ANZAC Day - Wreath Laying by School Captains

·       STPCSSA - Netball/Football winter roster

·       STPCSSA - Cross Country and Athletics Carnival

·       Hobart Eisteddfod - School Choir and individual poetry and drama performances.

 

 

St Therese’s Catholic School Facts 2015

School sector

Non-government

School type

Primary

Year range

K-6

Total enrolments

234 (Kinder –Grade 6 inclusive)

Location

Metropolitan

 

School Staff

Teaching staff

18

Full-time equivalent teaching staff

10.8

Non-teaching staff

13

Full-time equivalent non-teaching staff

6.4

 

 

 

 

 

Student Background

 

 

School ICSEA value

        1016

 

Average ICSEA value

         1000

 

Data source

 

Parent Information

 

Distribution of students 

 

 

Bottom quarter

Middle quarters

Top quarter

School Distribution

18%

31%

32%

19%

Australian Distribution

25%

25%

25%

25%

 

 

Percentages are rounded and may not add to 100

 

Students

Total enrolments

234

Girls

116

Boys

118

Full-time equivalent enrolments

218.5

Indigenous students

8%

Language background other than English 

5%

Student attendance rate

96%

 

NAPLAN Results

 

GRADE 3

Reading      Persuasive Writing       Spelling          Grammar and                        Numeracy                                                                              Punctuation

418                  417                              428                  430                              391                 

GRADE 5

Reading      Persuasive Writing       Spelling          Grammar and                        Numeracy                                                                              Punctuation

500                  472                              491                  488                              486

 

School Improvement

These processes provide a foundation for decision making at a school level and at a systemic level. They provide a blueprint for planned action and are a source of important information that will shape policy development and the setting of system-wide strategic directions.

This is achieved through the collection and analysis of relevant and reliable information that forms a foundation for formal assessment and educational progress the School is making.

This process is on-going and involves the constant evaluation of all facets of School life.

The process involves a collection of data and evaluation of that data from Teachers, students and parents with an emphasis on what works well, where we need to improve and the setting of SMART goals from this analysis of data to move the school forward.

 

SCHOOL REGISTRATION

On July 22, St Therese’s participated in a renewal of registration review by the Schools Registration Board (SRB). This is a requirement for a Catholic School under the Education Act 1994. The review is a significant undertaking for a school, with a large amount of documentation that the school must provide for the review panel prior to the visit. On the day, the panel chair also met with myself, where we had to produce evidence that we had met specific criteria related to the registration process. A school tour, inspection of facilities and a visit to classrooms was also undertaken. At the conclusion of the visit, a primary school is registered for somewhere between one and four years depending on the recommendations of the panel chair to the SRB. In exceptional cases, a school may be given five years for registration renewal.

 

We received a letter from the SRB in August advising that St Therese’s Catholic School be renewed for registration as a school for a period of 5 years from January 1 2016 until 31 December 2020.

 

When making the determination, the Board noted that St Therese’s is a vibrant and friendly learning environment that affords students a wide range of opportunities to excel and achieve. The learning environment is modern, warm and inviting and students were actively engaged in learning. The depth of teacher experience enables students to benefit from specialist skills and underpins enrichment and enhancement opportunities such as the Gifted and Talented program, as well as ensuring the individual needs of all learners is met.

 

Pastoral Care

Our Vision at St Therese's Catholic School is that, as an integral part of the Catholic Church we are a vital expression of the parish faith community.

To develop our vision, we as a school community strive to promote the total development of each child whilst respecting his/her dignity and individuality. We support parents in the role as prime educators of their children and create a secure and happy school environment where Christian values are witnessed through service, celebration and relationships. Our Pastoral Care and Discipline Policy incorporates all members of the school community and includes our anti bullying program. Other programs running through within the school include Family Life Education and education regarding drugs, alcohol and smoking.    

 

Positive Behaviour Support

In 2015, St Therese’s Catholic School continued the implementation of the program recognising the positive behaviour of the children at the school. 'Positive Behaviour Support' (PBS) is a program that focuses strongly on a whole-school approach to behaviour management. PBS is assisting the school to generate strategies and systems for developing positive, effective and caring school environments.

The program commenced with collaborative sessions between teachers and the student leadership group. They were challenged to come up with some beliefs that are associated with positive behaviour at the school. They came up with what we now call the ‘Our Golden Rules’. These are: Learn, Respect and Belong. These beliefs are vibrantly displayed across the school in banners and student made posters, demonstrating how this positive behaviour is recognisable. St Therese’s Catholic School is identified as a PBS school in the following ways:

*Behavioural expectations are clearly displayed;

*Students are able to state the behavioural expectations;

*Students are recognised for appropriate behaviour;

*All staff know the expectations;

*Data is collected and used for decision-making:

*It is a team-based program, where families are actively included

 

Community Involvement

St Therese's is heavily involved in the local community. A most active P&F coordinates and runs a highly successful Annual Fair, an event that is a highlight in the local community. The valuable funds raised by the 2013/2014 school fairs were used to build a multi-purpose basketball/netball court.

St Therese's Catholic School works very hard at building a school community that is welcoming to all. It also strives to make links with other schools and indeed the wider community. 

The School Board under the leadership of Mr Heath Johnson continued to take an active role in the school community by supporting the Principal and staff.

Capital Works

With the assistance of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office, St Therese’s commenced a building program during 2015 that saw the reconfiguration and resurfacing of the upper level car park. Funding for the project was provided by from the minor works program for Catholic schools.

 

 

This report was prepared by Mr Cameron Brown (STS Principal 2015) on the 30th March 2016.