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St Augustine's College, Cairns
Motto Tolle Lege - 'Take up and read' logo_st_augustine_cairns_1.jpg
Address 251 Draper Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870
Postal Address 251 Draper Street, CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone Number (07) 4051 5555
Fax Number (07) 4031 5465
Email Address
Web Site
Total Enrolments 778 Br Darren Burge
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population All Boys
Principal Br Darren Burge
Parish PriestFr Laurie Timms
Parish Number Not Applicable

About our School

St Augustine's College is a specialist school in the education of boys, conducted by the Marist Brothers for the Diocese of Cairns.

The aim at St Augustine's is to provide each boy with an environment in which he feels welcome and secure, where he can pursue his dreams and develop his talents with both confidence and purpose, and where his full human growth - spiritual, academic, physical, emotional and vocational - can be nurtured. 

At St Augustine's we believe that at the heart of a boy's movement through adolescence is the development of a healthy self-esteem. Boys need to feel positive about who they are, so that they can grow into confident, articulate and compassionate young men who will live their lives with purpose and optimism. The College's broad range of curricular, co-curricular and pastoral programmes all begin with this premise. Therefore, the chief priority of "Saints" is to ensure that each of our students feels known, and known well. We take to heart the first rule of the founder of Marist education, St Marcellin Champagnat, that "to educate a child properly, first you must love him."

St Augustine’s has been built around this commitment to the particular needs and aspirations of boys. It is a place with the latest in educational method and technology but faithful to what is best in its traditions. Visit our web site and discover our range of co-curricular options, our flexible arrangements for day and boarding enrolment, and our other exciting programmes. Perhaps you will get a taste of the vibrant and unique phenomenon that we know as the “Saint’s spirit”.

Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

  • Mainstream academic curriculum
  • Integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy
  • Wide range of subjects, and levels in all Years 7-12
  • Strong Arts programme
  • Specialist school in education of boys

Extra Curricular Activities

·   Extensive sports programme.

·   Range of Musical ensembles, bands and orchestra, choir.

·   Clubs, interest groups and extension programmes e.g. Robotics Club, STEM Club, Drama, English Enrichment, and Latin Club.

·   College Service Program: various community service initiatives and an Immersion Experience to Thailand in the senior school.

Social Climate

·   Defining characteristics of Marist Education: Presence, Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work, In the Way of Mary shapes our distinctive culture.

·   Every day moments of prayer, reflection and peacefulness in the light of the Gospel, have a formative influence on the social climate.

·   Pastoral care program are responsive to the unique needs of young adolescent males across year levels.

·   The College Service program is an integral part in the development of students as good Christians and good citizens.

Parent Involvement

·   Parents and Friends Association

·   Parent education in the form of Parent in Touch seminars with prominent specialists in boy's education and adolescent development. 

·   Parent/Teacher/Student meetings twice per year

·   Parent Information evenings for each year level, e.g. Year 7 Information Evening, Subject Selection Evenings

·   Invitation to all major College events, such as Masses, Liturgies, Mother’s and Father’s Day Assemblies

·   Musical evenings

·   Parent volunteers in classes and Resource Centre

·   Working bees according to year levels

Fortnightly newsletter

Parent Satisfaction

Parent Survey

The CES satisfaction survey conducted in 2015 showed that parents strongly agree that St Augustine’s is a ‘place of learning in a Christian environment’. Also, parents strongly agree that the school ‘always tries to improve’ and that they are ‘overall very satisfied with the education their children are receiving from the school’.  Communication between the school and parents is continually acknowledge as a strong feature of the College community and this forges a genuine partnership which ultimately enriches the learning experiences of the students.

Some feedback from the Year 12 parent survey in 2015 when asked ‘what they like about St Augustine’s College’:

“I love how you take the boys on a positive learning journey across five years, instilling in them strong values, leadership, mateship and a sense of belonging. Our four sons have all been educated at Saints and I know they are better young men for the experience.”

“I love St Augustine’s - its values, its commitment to learning, family and community. It is very well administered, organised, friendly team members and staff who are passionate and committed to the school and students.”

“I love the different teaching style for the boys. The boys seem to have a great relationship with all the teachers, and that is evident in the respect they show them, I also like the fact that it is cool to achieve at the school, and that the students are encouraged to strive for better results and pushed along if need be.”


Data Last Updated Tue 21 Jun 2016

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 5% 15% 61% 38% 11%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff69 61.9
Non-Teaching Staff 79 46.63
Indigenous 6 4

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$54299

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development Initiatives

The professional development of teaching staff is a Priority area in the College Strategic Plan (2015- 2017).  This includes:

·         The establishment of a Professional Learning Community that is focussed on building the capacity to critically reflect on teaching practice to improve learning outcomes for students. This is supported by evidence from: classroom observations, colleague feedback, teacher reflections, student feedback and focus groups.

·         Teachers use a Professional Development plan to continually reflect on their goals and pedagogical practice in alignment with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and the College Strategic Plan.

·         The Professional Learning Community is a flexible process which responds to contemporary research on teaching and learning as well as the needs specific to our context.  This process is informed through an ongoing process of data collection, action and reflection.

Feedback from a member of teaching staff regarding the Professional Learning Community process of 2015:

“A good process takes classroom teachers out of their comfort zone; shows critical evaluation of our teaching style; requires staff to try different things in our classes; encourages consistency across the school”.

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 year100.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The CES survey of staff in 2015 showed a consensus regarding key indicators of College Performance. These included strong agreement that the school is a place of learning in a Christian environment where prayer and reflection is encouraged. Staff feel supported by colleagues and indicated a high level of commitment to the school. Staff agreed that the workplace has a positive ethos. Overall there was strong agreement that the school encourages a climate conducive to learning.

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 21 2016

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
96.35% 96.43% 96.32% 96.07% 95.83% 96.41%
How non-attendance is managed by the school

St. Augustine's College enjoys an attendance rate recently placed in the top ten schools in Queensland. This has been achieved through a policy of positive reinforcement of student attendance, close monitoring of the College calendar and a reduction of disruption to school routines.

The College has long recognised the close correlation between academic performance and student attendance and has been successful in educating parents, students to the necessity of maintaining a strong attendance record.

On an individual basis, management of non-attendance is based on prompt response to student absence and immediate followup via SMS and school-parent contact.

Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate91.6
Post-School Destination Information

In 2016, 68 per cent of young people who completed Year 12 at St Augustine's College - Cairns in 2015 continued in some recognised form of formal education

The distance travelled

The Strategic Plan 2012-15 was developed after extensive consultation with stakeholder groups and reflected community goals and expectations. The focus of the strategic plan was the development of the site and associated infrastructure for the arrival of Year 7 in 2015. The inclusion of this new cohort required a range of new services to be developed in both day and boarding school.

Where are we going ?

The aim of the college outlined in the Strategic Plan 2015-17 focuses on enhancing the school culture by improving teaching and learning in a climate of trust and collaboration. Key improvement strategies have been developed to address data literacy and the creation of professional learning communities. Priorities, such as curriculum differentiation and e-learning, have been identified as keys areas for continued growth.

Student Satisfaction

The CES satisfaction survey showed that students across year levels agree that they: ‘feel good about being at St Augustine’s’ and that they ‘feel a sense of belonging at this school’.

Some feedback from the Year 12 student survey in 2015 when asked ‘what they like about St Augustine’s College’:

 “Family spirit and sense of brotherhood, no one is left out and you always feel like you have somewhere where people embrace you and support you no matter what. Competitive mateship, striving for greatness whilst not being maliciously competitive. Most teachers care so much about us achieving to potential and ensuring we are all doing okay.”

 “The broad range of cultural, sporting and academic opportunities offered as extra-curricular activities. The College presents a welcoming environment full of camaraderie and the Marist spirit. The teachers are also very relatable to students and form genuine relationships.”

“The teachers are of a high quality and professional.”

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 23 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 556.867
Average Score for Queensland 537.322
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.52%
Writing Average Score for the school 504.573
Average Score for Queensland 497.108
% students at or above the national benchmark 87.603%
Spelling Average Score for the school 551.55
Average Score for Queensland 541.008
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.214%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 551.434
Average Score for Queensland 531.951
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.214%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 571.493
Average Score for Queensland 535.044
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.52%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2015
Reading Average Score for the school 588.336
Average Score for Queensland 567.391
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.555%
Writing Average Score for the school 551.667
Average Score for Queensland 529.855
% students at or above the national benchmark 86.029%
Spelling Average Score for the school 593.233
Average Score for Queensland 576.704
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.323%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 578.562
Average Score for Queensland 560.198
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.588%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 605.429
Average Score for Queensland 581.87
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%

Data Last Updated Wed Jun 22 2016

Year 12 Outcomes

Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 120

Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement. 0

Number of students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education at the end of Year 12.112

Number of students awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.16

Number of students who are completing or completed a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SAT).0

Number of students who received an Overall Position (OP).107

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.89%

Percentage of Year 12 students who are completing or completed a SAT or were awarded one or more of the following: QCE, IBD, VET qualification.95%

Percentage of Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre applicants receiving a tertiary offer.98%

Data Last Updated Tue Jun 21 2016

School Funding By Source
Income 2015

Australian Government recurrent funding$2,643,435

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$698,397

Fees, charges and parent contributions$388,161

Other private sources$126,132

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$3,856,125

Deductions 2015

Income allocated to current capital projects$28,156

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$93,036


Total net recurrent income$3,734,933

Schools And Colleges

There are 29 Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese of Cairns. With the exception of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School at Thursday Island and St Joseph’s Parish School, Weipa, all schools and colleges are within two hours driving time from Cairns.

The Cairns Diocese has two Prep to Year 12 colleges (St Andrew's Catholic College at Redlynch and MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter), 20 primary schools and 7 secondary colleges. Of those, St Augustine's College, Cairns is an All Boys college and St Monica's College, Cairns is an All Girls college. In addition to day schooling, St Augustine's offers boarding for students of St Augustine's and St Monica's. Mount St Bernard College, Herberton (MSB) is a day and boarding secondary college for boys and girls.

In 2016, Catholic Education opened two new schools to meet growing demand. MacKillop Catholic College is located in the Cairns southern growth corridor at Mount Peter and offers Prep to Year 3 in 2016. It will grow to full Prep to Year 12 status, with the possible early commencement of secondary in 2018. St Joseph’s Parish School opened in Weipa, offering Prep to Year 6.

In a strong initiative towards social justice engagement, Catholic Education opened a Flexi School for disengaged young people in Cairns and Cooktown in 2015. Holy Spirit College caters for students aged between 11 and 17 who have disengaged from education or for whom enrolling in a mainstream secondary school is not the best alternative. Holy Spirit College has capacity to enrol up to 52 students in Cairns and up to 38 in Cooktown, of whom up to 32 can be weekly boarders drawn from the wider community including HopeVale and WujalWujal.