St Augustine’s College maintains a student population of approximately 760 students from Year 7 through to Year 12. The College is proud of its record of academic success. We continually reflect upon our practices in order to maintain and improve how we structure our curriculum and timetable to accommodate the learning styles and preferences of boys.
St Augustine’s acknowledges that education today is about empowering people to become lifelong learners capable of thinking and working in complex ways. Learning today is less about the accumulation of knowledge and more about critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.
As a Catholic School in the Diocese of Cairns, we view quality education as being focused on the full development of our students: intellectually, spiritually, physically, morally and emotionally. In this sense, we encourage our students to find meaning and value in their lives to become compassionate, contributing members of our society.
Teaching and Learning
The Shape of the Australian Curriculum informs the teaching and learning framework of the College. Key propositions from ACARA include:
· That each student can learn and that the needs of every student are important
· That each student is entitled to knowledge, understanding and skills that provide a foundation for successful and lifelong learning and participation in the Australian community
· That the needs and interests of students vary and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in was that respond to those needs and interests.
In responding to the needs and interests of students we aim to provide a comprehensive curriculum designed to accommodate the particular learning styles and preferences of boys.
As students journey through Secondary School at Saints, they will find more options and greater specialisation with increasing emphasis on being a successful, self- directed, lifelong learner. Indeed the elective subjects in Years 9 and 10 and in the Senior School are structured according to the preferences indicated by the students themselves.
Effective Classroom learning communities
St Augustine’s has a culture of excellence and high expectations are set for our College community. Developing effective classroom learning communities is central to students achieving to their potential. There are clear guidelines for behaviour. The College community works together to create classroom environments that are conducive to learning.
Our Teaching and Learning focus for 2015 – 2017 is: Curriculum Differentiation, Learning Enrichment and E-Learning.
A one to one designated device has been rolled since the start of 2015. ICT is an important part of our Curriculum and is taught in an integrated way. Basic computer, research and other key learning skills are integrated across curriculum areas since in this way students are choosing and using appropriate skills in context.
The Junior Secondary School (Years 7 -10) focuses on foundational work in core curriculum areas. Also, we aim to encourage students to discover their personal interests and strengths before entering into more specialised courses in the Senior School.