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2019 Annual Report for St Augustine's College, Cairns
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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 admin@sac.qld.edu.au
Web Site http://www.sac.qld.edu.au
Total Enrolments 754 Mr Matthew Brennan
Year Levels Offered 7-12
Student Population All Boys
Principal Mr Matthew Brennan
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. It first opened its doors in 1930 as an all-boys Marist boarding school, being the first Marist school opened in Queensland. St Augustine's College continues to provide an opportunity for students to be educated at a fine Catholic, Marist school.

The College provides boarding facilities for both boys and girls.  While our boys are educated here at Saints, our girls are educated at St Monica's College, a short drive from our Campus.  The convenience of having one Boarding facility that caters for both boys and girls has proven to be a popular option for our parents.

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.

St Augustine's prides itself on being a comprehensive College where students of a wide range of abilities are given opportunities to fulfil their boundless potential. We focus on providing boys with a balanced education, incorporating a range of learning, spiritual, physical and recreational experiences. Saints is renowned for its outstanding academic, cultural and sporting achievements, with links to the local and international community and, of course, rural Australia.

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".

The students are at the heart of everything we do at Saints. We are here to help the students, entrusted to us by their families, to find genuine fulfilment, happiness and security in their lives. Our support and encouragement goes well beyond graduation day. As a College community, we take great joy and strength from our ongoing relationships with our ex students and their families. To be a part of the Saints family is truly a gift for life.

You are invited to browse our website to get a feel for the diversity of academic, spiritual, cultural and personal development opportunities that our College provides. We are very proud of our Marist tradition of hospitality and I extend a sincere invitation to you to come and visit us, so we may show you our College and how proud we are to be a part of this wonderful community. 

Characteristics of Student Body

We currently have 802 students enrolled in the College, with 58 students being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent and 58 students with English as an additional language. In boarding, the College houses 111 boys, who all attend the College, and 56 girls, who all attend St Monica's College.

School Annual Improvement

In 2019, 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 a focus on differentiation in the mainstream classroom informed by classroom feedback, observations, and profiling.


Distinctive Curriculum Offerings

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

 

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Extensive sports programme
  • Range of musical ensembles, bands, orchestra, and choirs
  • Clubs, interest groups and extension programmes e.g. Robotics Club, Musicals, Plays, Debating, and Chess 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 - which shape 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 programs 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 for each year level
    • 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
    • Cerise and Blue Evenings

     

    Parent Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with parents of St Augustine's College (Cairns) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Augustine's College (Cairns) provides educational services to students from 698 families. Survey responses were received from 365 out of a total of 1256 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 29.1%.

    St Augustine's College recorded an overall satisfaction score of 83% (4.15 out of 5).

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


    Data Last Updated Tue 28 Apr 2020

    Staff Reporting Data
    Qualification Highest level of attainment Doctoral / Post-doctoral Masters Bachelor degree Diploma Certificate
    Number of staff with this qualification 2 6 59 36 11

    Workforce composition
    Headcount FTE (Full-time equivalent)
    Teaching Staff67 64.76667
    Non-Teaching Staff 59 52.39209
    Indigenous 3 2.78947

    Total funds expended on teacher professional development$99318

    Teaching Staff Involved in Professional Development100%

    Major Professional Development Initiatives

    The professional development of teaching staff is a priority area in the College's Annual Improvement Plan and the College's Strategic Plan for 2020-2022, which includes:

    • Develop the Pastoral Care Program to ensure that it is structures, systematic, sequential, and adaptable;
    • Increase the capacity of staff to differentiate by identifying and responding to the diverse needs of students more effectively;
    • Develop a clear focus on the implementation of student-centred learning processes across all areas of the curriculum;
    • Enhancement of the academic environment where boarding is viewed by members of our College community to be an advantageous option to a student's academic outcomes.

    In addition, 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.

    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 year86.00%

    Staff Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with staff of St Augustine's College (Cairns) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.
    St Augustine's College (Cairns) provides educational services to students from 698 families. Survey responses were received from 54 out of a total of 155 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 34.8%.

    St Augustine's College recorded an overall satisfaction score of 82% (4.12 out of 5).

    • Best practice areas include: Student Protection, Catholic Ethos, Resources, Staff Engagement, Leadership.
    • Fair to good areas include: Bullying + Behaviour Management, General, Improvement Processes.

    Data Last Updated Thu Jul 02 2020

    Student Reporting Data
    Average student attendance rates
    YR 7YR 8 YR 9 YR 10 YR 11 YR 12
    94.83% 94.76% 93.93% 94.57% 94.5% 96.07%
    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 regarding the necessity of students maintaining a strong attendance record.

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

    Year 10 to 12 Apparent Retention Rate90
    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.

    77.8% response rate 91 out of 117 Year 12 completers from this school responded to the 2019 survey. Results may not be representative of all Year 12 completers at this school.

    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. Of the 91 respondents, 72.5% continued in some recognised form of education and training. The most common study destination was bachelor degree. A further 22.0% transitioned directly into paid employment and no further study.

    Student Satisfaction

    MYP Corporation conducted a School Results Survey with students of St Augustine's College (Cairns) commencing 15 July 2019 and concluding 5 August 2019.

    St Augustine's College (Cairns) provides educational services to students from 698 families. Survey responses were received from 484 out of a total of 640 eligible respondents. This equates to a response rate of 75.6%.

    St Augustine's College (Cairns) recorded an overall satisfaction score of 77% (3.86 out of 5).

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

     

    Data Last Updated Thu Jul 02 2020

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 7, 2019
    Reading Average Score for the school 559
    Average Score for Queensland 545.02
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.8%
    Writing Average Score for the school 512.9
    Average Score for Queensland 503.56
    % students at or above the national benchmark 94.1%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 553.3
    Average Score for Queensland 543.73
    % students at or above the national benchmark 98.5%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 559
    Average Score for Queensland 542.01
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.8%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 585.8
    Average Score for Queensland 550.35
    % students at or above the national benchmark 97.8%

    Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

    Reading, Writing & Numeracy Results - Year 9, 2019
    Reading Average Score for the school 585
    Average Score for Queensland 576.34
    % students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%
    Writing Average Score for the school 560.9
    Average Score for Queensland 534.99
    % students at or above the national benchmark 88%
    Spelling Average Score for the school 592.4
    Average Score for Queensland 580
    % students at or above the national benchmark 96.2%
    Grammar and Punctuation Average Score for the school 585
    Average Score for Queensland 573.07
    % students at or above the national benchmark 94.7%
    Numeracy Average Score for the school 615.9
    Average Score for Queensland 588.82
    % students at or above the national benchmark 99.2%

    Data Last Updated Mon Mar 30 2020

    No Naplan Data Available
    School Funding By Source
    Income 2019

    Australian Government recurrent funding$8,376,742

    State/Territory Government recurrent funding$2,313,559

    Fees, charges and parent contributions$4,506,017

    Other private sources$992,316

    Total gross income (excluding income from government capital grants)$16,188,634


    Deductions
    Deductions 2019

    Income allocated to current capital projects$379,757

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

    Income allocated to debt servicing (including principal repayments and interest on loans)$704,722


    Subtotal$1,084,479

    Total net recurrent income$1,084,479


    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.