ST MARGARET MARY’S COLLEGE ANNUAL REPORT 2007 School System: Catholic School Address: 19 Crowle Street, Hyde Park QLD 4812 PO Box 1806 AITKENVALE QLD 4814 Telephone: (07) 4726 4900 Facsimile: (07) 4726 4989 Total Enrolments: 647 Year Levels Offered: Year 8 to Year 12 Coeducational or single sex: Single sex – Girls Distinctive Curriculum Offerings: The College has a strong focus in The Arts with the Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance strands offered. The curriculum in the Junior school is based upon the approved QSA Key Learning Area syllabuses for Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and the Environment, Health & Physical Education, Languages Other Than English (Italian and Japanese), Technology and The Arts. St Margaret Mary’s College is a trial school for the KLA English syllabus. The College also uses a number of the subject syllabuses associated with the KLA syllabuses e.g. SOSE KLA – History and Geography subject syllabuses for Year 10; Technology KLA – Information & Communication Technology Education, Business Education, Home Economics Education, and Industrial Technology and Design Education (Graphics). In the Senior school, St. Margaret Mary’s College offers a range of Authority and Authority- registered subjects. Special subject offerings include: • Music offered to all Year 8 students (The College Music program based on the Kodály philosophy – use of the voice and aural skills.) • Design and Technology in Yrs 8 – 10 • Dance in Years 9 to 12 • ICTE and Business Education in Years 9 and 10 • University Maths – MA1000 Foundation Mathematics to Year 12 Maths C students • Extension English in Year 12 • Extension Music in Year 12 • Schoolbased Traineeships and Apprenticeships • Study of Religion and Religion and Ethics in Years 11 and 12 Extra Curricular Activities: • Bella Voce Choir • Bel Arco and Concert Band • Amnesty International • Interact Club • St Vincent de Paul • Door knocks: Guide Dogs Association, Leukaemia Foundation, Salvation Army • Relay for Life • Rowing • Participation in Interschool sports: Hockey, Netball, Water polo, Indoor Cricket, Touch Football • Awards Night Dance • Festival of One Act Plays • Debating • Public Speaking: Lions Youth of the Year, Rostrum, Legacy, Apex • Peer Support Programme with Year 11 and Year 9 students • Buddy Programme with Year 8 and Year 10 students Staff Development Priorities for the Year: • Ongoing Professional Development related to new syllabuses: • o Senior Authority and AuthorityRegistered subjects • o Years 110 KLA Outcomes syllabuses • Ongoing Professional Development in the use of ICTs in teaching and learning • Professional Development related to pedagogy Social Climate: • Campus Minister – available for staff inservice, organises staff retreats, visits staff and students where appropriate • Two school counsellors: one full time and one part time – available to students and staff • Pastoral Care Coordinator for each year level Strategies used for involving parents in their child’s education: • Weekly newsletters are issued to keep parents informed of current and up coming events • All staff/parents are encouraged to keep in contact through the use of student diaries • Provide Parents with a login to the College Extranet • Publishing of material via the school extranet: Newsletters, excursion forms, student timetables, assessment calendars, course outlines, assignment task and criteria sheets, lesson resources • Parents are contacted if a student is given Time Out • Parents are encouraged to attend the Subject Selection Information evenings and SET Plan interviews for Year 10s • Parent/Teacher interviews in Terms 2 and 3 • Parental involvement in Year 10 mock job interviews • Parents consulted in the School Renewal process • Parents assist with placements for)Year 11 Work Experience (voluntaryduring school holiday time) • Parents and Friends Association • College Board • Parental involvement in sporting teams • Parental involvement with Bella Voce Committee • Parents involved in School Finance Committee Teacher Qualifications Qualification Percentage of classroom teachers and school leaders at the school Doctorate 2 Masters 9 Bachelor Degree 79 Diploma 4 Certificate 6 Expenditure on and teacher participation in professional development: The total funds expended on teacher professional development in 2007 were $34,399 and the involvement of the teaching staff in professional development activities during 2007 was 100%. Staff Attendance The teaching staff and school leaders attendance rate in 2007 was 97.6%. Staff Retention Proportion of teaching staff retained from the end of 2006 for the entire 2007 year was 92%. Average Student Attendance rate The average student attendance rate is: Number of school days x number of students in the school=number of possible attendance days. Addition of all days absent by all students=total number of days absent Number of possible attendance days total number of days absent=total attendance The average attendance rate as a percentage in 2007 was 92.9% Apparent Retention Rates The Apparent Retention Rate is calculated using the nationally agreed methodology: the number of fulltime students in Year 12 expressed as a percentage of the number of students enrolled five years previously: 2007 – 93% Year 12 Outcomes St Margaret Mary’s College Year 12 School Performance Reporting 2007 Breadth of Curriculum (number of subject area categories offered) 13 Number of Certificates of Post Compulsory School Education 0 OP-eligible with no Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification 103 OP-eligible with one or more VET qualifications 6 OP-ineligible with no VET qualification 16 OP-ineligible with one or more VET qualifications 12 Total Senior Certificates Awarded 137 Number of students completing VET competencies 52 Number of VET qualifications awarded 22 Number of students completing/continuing a school-based apprenticeship 8 or traineeship Percentage of OP eligible students with OP 1 to 15 68% Percentage of students awarded Senior Certificates and awarded one or 13% more VET qualification Percentage of students awarded Senior Certificates with OP -eligibility or 88% awarded a VET qualification Percentage of QTAC applicants receiving a tertiary offer 99% Parent survey A parent feedback survey was conducted in June, 2008. This survey indicated a strong satisfaction level from parents regarding the College’s: provision of educational opportunities, pathways and support for learning needs of the students; encouraging feedback of staff to students and the way in which the College maintains contact with parents on their daughters’ progress. The College is conscious of looking at maintaining and developing links with all parents, monitoring teacher performance and offering the best education to the students as possible. Post-school destination information from the current Next Step survey The Queensland Government Next Step survey targeted all students who completed Year 12 and gained a Senior Certificate or Certificate of Post-Compulsory School Education in 207, whether they attended a Government, Catholic or independent school, or a TAFE secondary college. The Office of the Government Statistician conducted the survey between 2 April and 17 May 2008, approximately six months after the young people left school. Responses were predominantly collected via computer-assisted telephone interview with a paper-based survey collected from a small number of students for whom telephone details were not available. Survey Response Rate Number of Number of students who Response rate respondents completed Year 12 (%) 126 137 92 Main Destinations of Year 12 Completers Number of Students Percentage of Destination in each category students in each category University (degree) 51 40.5 VET Cert IV+ * 3 2.4 VET Cert III * 3 2.4 VET Cert III/other * 3 2.4 Apprentice * 3 2.4 Trainee * 7 5.6 Working FT 28 22.2 Working PT 19 15.1 Seeking work 8 6.3 Nor Studying/NLIF 1 0.8 Total VET 19 15.1 TOTAL 126 100 Main Destination s Year 12 Completers 2007 6.3% 0.8% 15.1% 40.5% University (degree) VET Cert IV+ * V ET Cert III * V ET Cert III/other * Apprentice * Trainee * Working 22.2% FT Working PT Seeking w ork Nor 2.4% Studying/NLIF 5.6% 2.4% 2.4% 2.4% The fully detailed report based on the findings of the Queensland Government Next Step survey is available on the College website.