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2017 Annual Report for 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 750 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
The CES satisfaction survey conducted in 2017 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 acknowledged as a strong feature of the College community, and this forges a genuine partnership which ultimately enriches the learning experiences of the students. Following is some feedback from the parent survey in 2017 when asked ‘what they like about St Augustine’s College’: “I love the way the staff at St Augustine's Cairns take a genuine interest in their students and encourage them to be the best they can be. I also love the way all of the staff acknowledge me with a smile or a "hello" when I enter the school and always offer assistance. I have been most impressed with Brother Darren and the way he takes time to talk to the students in the school grounds (e.g. taking the time to wish individual students well and congratulate them on their term prior to them breaking for the school holidays.) The school is to be highly commended on their selection of staff.” “I like the promotion of mateship amongst the boys. A significant factor for our child is surrounding him with peers who want to achieve academically to the best of their ability. There is a lot of homework, but this allows us to engage with our son and his education and support him. The discipline is another important factor, but I like the way the school understands how boys behave and treats the boys well.”

Data Last Updated Thu 14 Jun 2018

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
% Staff with this qualification 2% 5% 32% 18% 7%

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff66 64.1
Non-Teaching Staff 110 50.9
Indigenous 4 2

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.

Following is feedback from two members of teaching staff regarding the Professional Learning Community process of 2016 and the climate of the College:

"It's a great place to work, and the school has some of the most inspiring and committed teachers I have ever met. The College is full of history, and its celebrations are first class. There is an evident Marist identity."

"I feel empowered by the Principal to work independently and affectively; staff and students are present to one another; respect is key to the relationships in the school. The Catholic ethos is evident in every aspect of the College."

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 year88.00%

Staff Satisfaction

The CES survey of staff in 2016 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 Feb 27 2018

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
95.56% 95.02% 96.08% 96.06% 96.28% 95.62%
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 Rate91.4
Post-School Destination Information

In 2017, 72 per cent of young people who completed Year 12 at St Augustine's College - Cairns in 2016 continued in some recognised form of formal education

The distance travelled

A new undercover area for sport and assemblies was completed mid-2017. It has been a welcomed addition to the College infrastructure, with students being given more access to sporting activities during rainy season. Recent achievements include:
- Consistently in high demand as a school of choice in Cairns;
- Continuing upgrades of ICT facilities for staff and students;
- Significant achievement in NAPLAN and Year 12 results.

Where are we going ?

In 2017, the College developed its School Annual Improvement Plan. This plan was developed after extensive consultation with stakeholder groups and reflects community goals and expectations. The focus of the current plan is the incorporation of data as a driving force in the planning of responses to the needs in our community as well as the new QCE System and the impact the system will have on our teachers, students, and parents.

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’. Following is some feedback from the College student surveys in 2017 when asked ‘what they like about St Augustine’s College’: “We are privileged to have very good teachers who care about our learning. I like how the teachers make themselves available if a student doesn't understand something. I also really appreciate the access to sport and physical activity in the school.” “The thing that I like most about St Augustine's College is the sense of family, the sense that you are not alone. It is a welcoming feeling, and that is what I appreciate most at Saint Augustine's.”

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 14 2018

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 556.684
Average Score for Queensland 547.752
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.638%
Writing Average Score for the school 525.537
Average Score for Queensland 511.064
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.425%
Spelling Average Score for the school 548.119
Average Score for Queensland 546.972
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.85%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 540.527
Average Score for Queensland 545.862
% students at or above the national benchmark 93.701%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 569.127
Average Score for Queensland 553.377
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.213%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2017
Reading Average Score for the school 586.1
Average Score for Queensland 586.335
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.414%
Writing Average Score for the school 535.945
Average Score for Queensland 541.31
% students at or above the national benchmark 82.051%
Spelling Average Score for the school 584.2
Average Score for Queensland 579.775
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.872%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 573.602
Average Score for Queensland 573.99
% students at or above the national benchmark 95.726%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 600.129
Average Score for Queensland 589.065
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.145%

Data Last Updated Mon Jun 26 2017

Year 12 Outcomes

Number of students awarded a Senior Statement. 111

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 12.106

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

Number of students awarded one or more Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications.44

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).93

Percentage of OP/IBD students who received an OP 1-15 or an IBD.94%

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.98%

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

Data Last Updated Thu Jun 14 2018

School Funding By Source
Income 2017

Australian Government recurrent funding$7,088,650

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,271,411

Fees, charges and parent contributions$4,337,310

Other private sources$525,904

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$14,223,275

Deductions 2017

Income allocated to current capital projects$489,882

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$764,412


Total net recurrent income$12,968,981

School Annual Reports

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cairns meet their annual reporting requirements under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (the Act) Section 423 (1) by updating their information on this section of the Cairns Catholic Education website. Information contained in each section of the report relates to the previous calendar year. The required information is published by 30 June each year, excepting post-school destinations data for Year 12 completers which is published by 30 September.