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A specialist school in the education of boys, located in the heart of Cairns, the educational and business capital of Tropical North Queensland.
•Proven methods to maximise the educational outcomes and personal growth of boys
•Latest technology incorporated into the curriculum
•Broad range of subject offerings, suited to learning needs of all students
•Small class sizes in most subjects and priority given to pastoral care
•Extensive specialist facilities: purpose-built technology centre, cutting-edge science laboratories, seven computer laboratories, classroom computer laptops, chapel, swimming pool and fitness centre, e-learning centre, whole-campus wireless environment.
•ALL indoor learning spaces fully air-conditioned
•A boarding programme nationally recognised as ‘best practice’
In the Lower Secondary (Years 8 and 9) students follow a common group of subjects, with some electivity introduced as they become familiar with the style and expectations of secondary school. Year 8 students are helped to make the transition from primary school and are introduced to extra challenge and diversity as they are ready for them. The core subjects at the Lower Secondary level are: English, Mathematics, Science, Study of Society and Environment (SOSE), and Religious Education. All students also have an opportunity to study most of the elective subjects about which they later have to make some choices: Visual Arts, Japanese, Technology and Design, Health and Physical Education (HPE), Food Technology, Drama, Business Studies and Music.
When students begin Year 10, they enter the Senior School and begin studies for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Year 10 is an introductory year where their study of English, Mathematics, Science, and their elective subjects, is shaped by QCE expectations. From Year 10, they begin to accumulate credit towards their QCE, and gradually make choices that suit their post-school aspirations. In Year 11 the range of subject choices increases markedly. Students may opt for:
• the mainstream academic programme leading qualification for tertiary entrance. (Over 30 subjects are offered. St Augustine’s is widely known for both the breadth the rigour of its senior studies, and the success of its students in winning university places.)
• more vocationally-oriented subjects. The College is its own Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and its VET programme allows for a range of possibilities.
Student handbooks and the College Website provide curriculum details and other advice for each level.
Welcome to St Augustine’s College, the home of Marist education in North Queensland.
By any measure, this is a special place. Discover ‘Saints’ and you will find a school that is at once dynamic yet rich in tradition, caring yet challenging, broad in its offerings yet specialist in its expertise, a busy campus but never so much that a boy’s needs should go unnoticed or unattended. Students matter here: it is they who come first and our best efforts are directed at achieving the highest outcomes for them.
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. St Augustine’s is a school on the move, but one rooted in a rock solid 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.
Take a look through this feature to see what Saints might be able to offer you. Better still, visit our website www.sac.qld.edu.au. or contact us for a prospectus. The best way to find out about a school, however, is to speak with its students. Ask them about their school, about St Augustine’s.
Br Bill Sullivan FMS
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