Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Esperance

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School embarked on an exciting new phase in 2013 when we committed to developing our whole school improvement plan. 

This journey to date has been exceptional and has been the catalyst to the implementation of a whole school approach to improvement. The school’s leadership team and staff work very closely with our School Improvement Advisor, Mr Paul Hille. Paul has been pivotal in our journey and has worked along side the leadership team and with staff to enhance our improvement journey.

We completed a very in-depth analysis of our school’s data, including NAPLAN, SRI Climate Survey, The Bishop’s Religious Literacy Assessment, AEDI data PIPs, EYLND, school data sources, parental surveys and any relevant data sources to guide informed decision making. We were able to identify areas of excellence and of challenge. 

Working in our regional group which includes Goldfields, Esperance, Merredin and Southern Cross (GEMS) and with Paul Hille, each school took on the challenge to create their whole school improvement plans for 2014. Having the support of several regional school allowed for greater levels of collaboration and support.

The initial phase of developing the School Improvement Plan (SIP) was collating and analysing the data already held by the school. The second phase involved engaging our School Improvement Advisor who facilitated the data gathering exercises, to identify and priorities our whole school aspirations and goals for 2013/14. This also included articulating and aligning Our Lady Star of the Sea’s improvement goals to the System’s strategic direction using the LEAD acronym as a template.

Using the mnemonic acronym SMART we created our goals.

  • Specific - target a specific area for improvement.

  • Measurable - quantify, include an indicator of progress.

  • Assignable - specify who will do it.

  • Realistic - state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.

  • Time-related - specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

We developed several SMART Goals, each one aligning to LEAD. We created special learning, engagement, accountability and discipleship goals.



By the end of 2014, 80% or more of students in Year 3-7 will achieve St5 in PAT Reading Comprehension Test. Students in Pre-Primary to Year 2 will achieve the following Reading levels. Pre Primary 5-8 Year 1 16-21 Year 2 21-28


By the end of 2015, 80% of students will have improved digital literacy skills according to our scope and sequence.

By the end of 2014, the school working in conjunction with our PSA, Parish, Board, P&F, students and staff will have created a three/five year strategic plan.


By the end of 2014, all teachers will have demonstrated improved practice (Moved 1 career stage in the AITSL standard 1.5). Using the AITSL App to upload their documentation to support/evidence their development.

By the end of 2015, 80% of children in Year 3 and 5 will demonstrate minimal benchmark achievement in the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment.


The goals follow the SMART Goal process. They are realistic, achievable, hold people to accountability, have a time frame and are measurable. All staff have ownership of the goals and are working towards their attainment. We reflect and review the goals to monitor our progress.

The process has been very comprehensive and sets Our Lady Star of the Sea in a terrific place to commence 2015 with a whole school improvement plan based on the process we undertook in 2014.