A specialist Catholic Secondary school in the Marist education of boys, located in the heart of Cairns, the educational and business capital of Tropical North Queensland.
Life at Saints is marked by a strong family spirit and there is a sense of both fun and purpose prevalent in the College community.
Staff members aim to provide the highest quality of care, support, supervision and instruction for the young people who are entrusted to them.
Principal Br Darren Burge says "that at the college, it is the collective hope of the staff and students that - as Saint Marcellin Champagnat would have it - every child in our care is known and loved, accepted for who they are, supported in their endeavours, challenged for their shortcomings and admired for simply just having a go."
“A mark of any successful school is the way in its continual search to seek out the best in educational innovation, it can let go of outmoded ways, without compromising those things that are most valuable in its wisdom and experience,” Brother says.
St Augustine’s College was founded in 1930 and it is one of the oldest Catholic day/boarding schools in the Cairns area.
Boarding at the college caters for boys and girls, with the girls attending St Monica’s College during the day.
Students can be full-time or weekly boarders and the college attempts to work with families in responsive and flexible ways to meet the needs and particular situations of each.
Boarders come from Cape York, Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea, Nhulunbuy & Alyangula, Mossman, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Innisfail & Tully areas.
St Augustine’s is a school constantly evolving to meet the modern needs of every student; yet it still holds fast to its traditional belief that all young people deserve to have reason to believe, to hope and to love, and to be able to engage their world in informed, creative, responsible and just ways.
Day and Boarding Facilities
All facilities air-conditioned; 7 science labs; specialist
multimedia rooms; full-service cafeteria; chapel; pool; music
centre; arts complex; multipurpose hall; Industrial technology
and design centre; drama theatre; modern resource centre;
classroom lap tops/tablets; counselling service; health &
well-being centre; gym; excellent boarding residences.
Specialist in strategies that work for boys; pastoral
care and peer support programmes; extensive elective
options; over 30 subjects in Years 11 & 12; including
music extension and vocational education; record of high
OP and employment success, Scholarship availability.
Music & instrumental opportunities; extensive sports
programmes; outdoor education; service & leadership
programmes, immersion programmes, overseas study tours,
camp and retreat programmes.
PASTORAL CARE The size of St Augustine’s means that all students are known well. Their pastoral care is paramount. Each boy is under the care of a ‘Homeroom Teacher’ and a ‘Year Coordinator’. Additional support is offered by the full-time Counsellor/Psychologist, the staff of the Learning Support Centre, the Careers Adviser, the College Nurse, and class teachers. Extra tutorial assistance outside of class time is also available. BOARDING The College is particularly proud of its boarding programme. Boarding schools have changed enormously over the years and St Augustine’s is a national leader in the quality of its student accommodation and the level of its care. The fully air-conditioned student residences feature individual bed/study areas for each student, computer rooms with internet access, recreation areas and modern bathrooms. The boarders enjoy three professionally prepared meals each day as well as morning and evening snacks. Other features of boarding at St Augustine’s include • Options of full-time, weekly or occasional boarding • After-school care and evening study for day students • Structured evening study, with tutorial assistance • Organised after-school and weekend activities and sports • Camping and outdoor education • A team of full-time boarding staff In partnership with St Monica’s College, a girls boarding residence exists.
Saints is known for both the wide range and the success of its co-curricular programmes. Boys have opportunity to be involved in: • The performing arts: stage bands, instrumental ensembles, small bands, annual musical and theatrical productions • Service and leadership: community service activities, toastmasters, leadership courses, debating, special interest clubs • A range of sports, including athletics, Australian football, baseball, basketball, cricket, hockey, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, swimming, touch football, volleyball. St Augustine’s is proud of its long held title as champion sports school of far north Queensland. • A camping and outdoor education programme designed to suit the needs and dispositions of boys