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St Augustine's College

An education in the marist tradition

Leadership Team

St Augustine's College

Matthew Brennan

College Principal

St Augustine’s College Cairns welcomed its 18th principal in 2019 with the appointment of Matthew Brennan. His commissioning was a historic changing of the guard as he became our first lay principal. Previously, a Marist Brother had filled that role for 88 years.

Matthew is deeply imbued with the Marist spirit and has taught in Marist boys schools for over 25 years, including three boarding schools, and has extensive knowledge of how they operate. He has held several leadership positions at Marist College Canberra, St Stanislaus College, St Gregory’s College and Parramatta Marist High School.  Matthew is highly regarded for his leadership of quality, contemporary learning and teaching in boys education, and is deeply committed to the wellbeing of staff and students and actively supportive of empowering each one to reach their full potential.

Matthew believes that all students can achieve and be happy and has a strong track record of success with students academically, athletically, socially and spiritually in the colleges that he has worked in. He has a people-focused approach, while acknowledging the importance of sound processes. 

Being relatively new to Cairns, Matthew and his family enjoy immersing themselves in the community and getting out to see the natural wonders of the Tropical North.

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Frazer Rigby

Deputy Principal

Frazer has worked in secondary schools in Victoria and Queensland and has over 28 years of teaching and leadership experience in Catholic schools. He is passionate about fostering an educational environment for boys with wellbeing at its heart here at St Augustine’s College.

Frazer believes that for a student to achieve his personal best he must be part of a community that supports and celebrates one another. Frazer is focused on nurturing a relationship-centred environment where students, parents and staff work in partnership to support the learning and growth of each Saints man.

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Glen Seivers

Director of Administration

Originally from the ACT, Glen’s teaching career spans 25 years. He has a wealth of experience in Marist education having graduated from Marist Canberra and then returning years later as Dean of Mark House. Previously he was at MacKillop Catholic College in Canberra for 11 years and worked in boarding at Orwell Park school in the UK for two years.  

Glen works closely with the teaching staff at St Augustine's College to ensure the smooth running of daily programs. His personable nature and approachability have enabled Glen to build strong relationships with staff. His experience is complemented by a recently completed Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.

Outside school, Glen is heavily involved in sport, particularly hockey. He has coached ACT and Cairns representative sides and his three daughters who are all eager players. The family moved here for a short stay in 2014 but have made Cairns and Saints home.

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Lance Helms

Director of Studies

With a teaching career spanning nearly 30 years across three continents, Lance has worked in a variety of secondary schools and colleges. In Queensland, he has enjoyed working in three different dioceses teaching various senior subjects, specialising in English and religious education.

Since 2012, Lance has held senior leadership positions in administration and pastoral care, before moving into curriculum. Lance is excited about the changes in curriculum, especially the QCE system that should prove to be more equitable for students.

Beyond school, he has been involved with the performing arts, playing lead roles in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and Ben Elton’s Popcorn as well as other stage and dance productions. Lance enjoys holidays abroad, travelling overseas with his wife as often as possible.

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Brett Toombs

Director of Boarding

Brett has been a staff member at the College since 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles, including Year 8 and 9 head of year, director of mission, head of sport, and a physical education and religious education teacher. He is committed to student wellbeing and has a passion for the pastoral area of student formation in schools. He works collaboratively with his professional and dedicated boarding team to ensure that boarding at Saints is enjoyable and fulfilling while providing exceptional care for those who call St Augstine's their home away from home.

As a former Marist student and the local coordinator for the Marist Association group, Brett embraces the Marist charism. He brings passion and energy to his role and aims to ensure that the students under his care approach the daily life of boarding with a strong sense of family spirit.

Brett and his family enjoy the lifestyle that encompasses the role of Head of Boarding here at Saints.


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Christine Cross

Director of Mission

Christine was born in Cairns and attended local Catholic schools before going away to complete tertiary study. She gained her science degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland and has recently taken up study again with the Australian Catholic University.

Christine has been teaching religion, maths and science for 19 years and has held various middle leadership roles. Her passion for mission and outreach, boys education and student leadership led her to Saints. She is proud to be part of the St Augustine’s family that delivers a quality education built on tradition and Marist characteristics.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys being in nature and takes advantage of the outdoor freedoms that Cairns offers by camping, fishing and water skiing with her family.