Annual College Report

Thank you for taking the time to once again read our Annual Principal’s Report

Throughout 2016 the College has continued to strengthen its position in offering a quality education for young people between the ages of 3 ½ to 19 years. We are proud of our Catholic tradition and our achievements in 2016. Our Year 12 class of 2015 set the bench mark very high when 100 % of the students successfully completed their NTCET certificates. Well done to students and their supportive parents and teachers!

We continue to attract high quality interstate teachers who thrust themselves energetically into life of living and teaching in the NT. As always, they supplement the dedicated and talented long term local workforce. We continue to attract a sizable group of staff who combine their work as tutors with their teacher education studies. This arrangement enhances support for students in the classroom and creates a more sustainable long term teaching work force. The small size of our College (300 students) brings the great advantage of having a strong communal and pastorally supporting environment, where students may ‘get lost’ in some of the larger urban settings. This seems to offset the negatives of not being able to offer the broadest of curriculum offerings. However, we remain indebted to the NT Department of Education who provide such rich offerings in their VET programs and distance education programs that supplement our school based offerings.

Our College environment has had a significant facelift, again thanks to the generosity of the NT Government in providing funding through their economic stimulus project. Saint Josephs has repainted the secondary College and provided a wonderful modernisation of a good number of our classrooms. The vibrant colours and very modern furnishings have had considerable impact on enhancing the students learning environment. In 2016, The College appointed its first data informed practitioner. This position has allowed us to build on the successes of our well established visible learning strategies used in each classroom. Students now have a very clear sense of purpose with their personal goals and lesson by lesson learning intentions.

By focussing strongly on student performance data, teachers are much now more informed about the learning growth patterns of every student in a broad range of learning areas, with particular focus on literacy and numeracy. On the sporting front, we continue to be fully committed to both the local sporting competitions offered by the Katherine region and the opportunities for students to be regular representatives at both the state and national sport competitions on offer.