A CLEAR VISION
Continuous improvement is a must for us at St Augustine’s College. It is the key to offering a contemporary education underpinned by our Catholic faith, the Marist charism and family spirit. These are at the heart of everything we do.
Our way of educating is holistic so students develop intellectually, spiritually, physically, morally and emotionally. We challenge them to find meaning and value in their lives and to become compassionate, committed people with a keen sense of social justice. To meet these goals, constant reflection on and discussion about all areas of school life are essential. So, too, is implementing recommendations aimed at enhancing our ability to offer relevant schooling for the 21st century.
Reforms are being undertaken in many areas. In teaching and learning we strive to improve academic results through:
- Student-centred learning, emphasising lesson adaptation (differentiation) in response to students’ diverse needs
- Improved services for those with learning needs, including gifted students
- Higher standards of literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
- A culture of teacher feedback, self-reflection and performance assessment
- Regular professional development for staff
Pastoral care improvements include:
- Reviewing behavioural management guidelines and the Thursday pastoral care program
- Researching the needs of adolescent boys and offering the findings in information sessions to staff, parents and carers
- Encouraging home-room teachers to be Marist mentors who are present to those they care for by remembering their birthdays, interests and sporting and cultural achievements
We constantly examine ways to best make Jesus known and loved and to present the Marian face of the Church. We strive to do this by:
- Encouraging students to be of service to those in need
- Engaging them in an RE program that fosters critical and reflective thinking alongside ethical decision making
- Celebrating significant days in the Church’s calendar, most notably those of the Assumption of Mary and the feast day of St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers
- Nurturing their prayer life
Our vision for the future incorporates boarding changes as follows:
- Promoting the benefits of weekday and seven-day boarding in a family spirit that incorporates structure and routine, so important for adolescents’ wellbeing
- Promoting structured study with an improved tutorial program conducted by our staff, trainee teachers and Old Boys
The strategic plan also involves improvements in the College’s co-curricular program, building works and community engagement.
Read the Strategic Plan for 2020 and Beyond.