2018 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 766 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".

Characteristics of Student Body

We currently have 766 students enrolled in the College, with 51 students being of Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander decent and 61 students with English as an additional language. In boarding, the College houses 103 boys, who all attend the College, and 49 girls, who all attend St Monica's College.

School Annual Improvement

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.

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 Engagement

  • 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 Wed 22 May 2019

Staff Reporting Data
Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
Number of staff with this qualification 4 5 33 15 2

Workforce composition
Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
Teaching Staff67 64.67
Non-Teaching Staff 115 50.17
Indigenous 5 2.79

Total funds expended on teacher professional development$54299

Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

Major Professional Development InitiativesThe professional development of teaching staff is a priority area in the College's Annual Improvement Plan. This includes:

  • Professional development for the new QCE system, with focus on the new taxonomy that underpins the QCAA syllabus documents;
  • Informing our practice by incorporating classroom feedback in our evaluation of units and teaching practices;
  • Focusing on data to better understand out students and to inform our practice.

The College has a Mental Health Awareness programme of graded and age-appropriate presentations delivered to each year level focusing on mental and emotional health. These sessions directly address anxiety and depression as well as year-level appropriate matters. The vast majority of Saints staff has undergone Professional Development in mental health in conjunction with the student-based programs.

Following is feedback from two members of teaching staff regarding the work place: and the climate of the College:

"As a general teaching staff we foster positive relationships and hold effective collegial conversations. Teaching staff provide positive support to one another and the mutual respect that is shown creates a fantastic working environment. "

"I love the fact that I am valued as a woman and an educator. The College requires that the boys show respect, and I believe that they do. I also feel valued as a staff member. I feel appreciated and love coming to work. "

Average staff attendance rate for the school year, based on unplanned absences of sick and emergency leave for periods up to 5 days98%

Percentage of teaching staff retained from the previous school year89.00%

Staff SatisfactionThe CES survey of staff in 2017 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 Wed May 22 2019

Student Reporting Data
Average student attendance rates
YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
95.3% 94.09% 95.63% 95.26% 94.01% 91.5%
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

This is a summary of the post-school destinations of students from St Augustine's College - Cairns who completed Year 12 and gained a Senior Statement in 2018.  The results are from the Year 12 Completers Survey, which is conducted approximately six months after students completed Year 12.

91 out of 117 (77.8% response rate) Year 12 completers from this school responded to the 2019 survey. 

In 2019, 94.5% of Year 12 completers from St Augustine's College - Cairns were engaged in education, training or employment in the year after they completed school.

A further 22.0% transitioned directly into paid employment and no further study 

Student Satisfaction

In 2018, Catholic Education Services conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Augustine's College (Cairns). 

St Augustine's College provides educational services to students from 698 families.  Survey responses were received from 205 out of a total of 249 eligible respondents.   This equates to a response rate of 82.3%.

St Augustine's College recorded an overall satisfaction score of 78% (3.89 out of 5).

  • Best practice areas include: General, Learning and Teaching, Leadership
  • Fair to good areas include: Catholic Ethos, Resources, Improvement Processes, Bullying + Behaviour Management, Student Protection 

Data Last Updated Mon Nov 18 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 568.2
Average Score for Queensland 549.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.2%
Writing Average Score for the school 519.3
Average Score for Queensland 506.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.5%
Spelling Average Score for the school 561.6
Average Score for Queensland 554.7
% students at or above the national benchmark 100%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 591.2
Average Score for Queensland 553.8
% students at or above the national benchmark 99.2%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 555
Average Score for Queensland 549
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.7%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2018
Reading Average Score for the school 596.8
Average Score for Queensland 590.1
% students at or above the national benchmark 96.9%
Writing Average Score for the school 551.6
Average Score for Queensland 543.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 86.2%
Spelling Average Score for the school 583.8
Average Score for Queensland 590.4
% students at or above the national benchmark 97.7%
Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 615.6
Average Score for Queensland 598.3
% students at or above the national benchmark 98.4%
Numeracy Average Score for the school 581.7
Average Score for Queensland 587.5
% students at or above the national benchmark 94.6%

Data Last Updated Thu May 30 2019

No Naplan Data Available
School Funding By Source
Income 2018

Australian Government recurrent funding$4,196,928

State/Territory Government recurrent funding$933,382

Fees, charges and parent contributions$706,278

Other private sources$252,829

Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$6,089,417

Deductions 2018

Income allocated to current capital projects$66,800

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

Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$371,435


Total net recurrent income$443,335

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.