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St Augustine's College

An education in the marist tradition

Heads of Year

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Aaron Hume

Head of Year 7

Aaron graduated from Newcastle University and began his teaching career in the Maitland area of NSW. His love of travel and adventure led him to apply for a working visa in the UK and he took up a post in London teaching physical education and then moved to make Cairns his new home.

He is passionate about student wellbeing and the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle for young people’s education. This passion has underpinned his work in many roles within middle leadership in the Cairns Diocese, and since 2015 has been Head of Year 7 at St Augustine’s. Aaron teaches religion, humanities and physical education and coaches AFL and soccer.

Outside school, Aaron has a young, active family and enjoys supporting his three children in their physical pursuits, which include AFL, cricket, athletics and dancing.

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Steve McDonough

Head of Year 8

Steve began teaching at St Augustine’s College in 2011 and today serves his students as the Head of Year 8. A graduate of the University of Queensland, he developed his passion for teaching English and humanities in the state system before finding his home in Catholic education.

A proud member of the Saints community and graduate of a Catholic school himself, he is a firm believer in the values that Catholic education instils in young people. Steve is passionate about the welfare of his students and their development into compassionate, capable and resilient young men. In his time at the College, he has enjoyed teaching English, media, religion and physical education as well as being involved with school sport, including rugby league and rugby union.

His loves outside of work include his wife and children and overseas travel.

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Kris O'Farrell

Head of Year 9

Kris joined St Augustine’s College in 2019 with extensive experience in leadership roles in the health and physical education departments and as a lecturer and tutor at James Cook University. Kris holds a double degree in sports science and education from JCU.

As Head of Year 9, Kris enjoys seeing his young charges evolve and mature towards independence. He is passionate about fostering positive relationships with students by showing a genuine interest in each and by caring about their holistic wellbeing. The Year 9 team emphasises that every boy has his strengths, interests and unique characteristics, and it is their job to nurture and encourage him to pursue these. 

Outside of work, Kris has a passion for rugby league and is involved in various coaching roles in the community. He enjoys social sports such as touch football and CrossFit, as well as fishing on the reef.

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Neil Gregory

Head of Year 10

Neil brings a wealth of knowledge to his role having spent almost his entire career teaching design and technology. Most recently at Saints he has been teaching the Certificate I in Construction and vocational education in the senior school.  Neil has a passion for imparting life skills that his students take with them as they transition from college to the workforce.

He has a sporting background and has proudly been associated with junior and senior rugby league, regularly attending the Confraternity Shield Competition. Neil runs the bi-annual New Zealand ski and snowboarding trip and is a keen cyclist competing in road, mountain and track cycling.

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Terence McDonough

Head of Year 11

Terry was a student here at Saints and on leaving school started his career in civil engineering before shifting his focus to teaching studies at James Cook University and QUT. After completing his degree Terry returned to St Augustine’s as a teacher.

He travelled to England for a short time to teach and gained valuable experience before returning to again teach at Saints. Terry with over 30 years' experience,is a passionate educator who combines his wealth of knowledge and life experiences to provide the personal touch and relevance to the curriculum.

Terry's own children are proud Men of Saints and like Terry share his love of sport that all started at Saints. Today he continues to be involved in football as a mentor and president of a leading local football club and remains a proud Old Boy.

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Andrew Dorahy

Head of Year 12

Andrew was educated at Marist schools, graduated from the Catholic College of Education and started his teaching career at Benedict Marist Brothers College in NSW. In 1984, he accepted an invitation from Br Paul Hough (the then principal) to join the St Augustine’s staff as an English, history and religion teacher. Thirty-seven years and many middle leadership positions in the day and boarding school later, he still enjoys contributing to the lives of the students entrusted to him.

Andrew has taught many staff members and the fathers of current students. He is humbled and grateful to have been part of Marist education as a student and a teacher for over four decades.