“Engage, Educate, Enrich”

The education of young men involves the nurturing of the whole person. Our improved facilities and increasingly innovative boy-centred curriculum and programmes focus on educating the whole student, meeting his physical, developmental and spiritual needs.

The College is registered and accredited to present students for the Higher School Certificate. The HSC provides a certificate to mark the end of secondary education as well as the qualification for entry to universities. A high proportion of our boys undertake university courses while others enter the business world and trades.

St Augustine’s College is committed to developing a culture of high expectations for all. As a boys' school, we acknowledge the importance of student engagement, challenge and active learning opportunities. Many recent studies into learning styles have revealed that boys and girls learn very differently. Boys use more of their brains for spatial-mechanical functioning, which not only means that they enjoy moving things around but also that they learn better when doing so. Boys also compartmentalise learning, which means that it's harder for them to switch from one subject to another. Boys have less serotonin in their brains so they are more likely to act impulsively and be less able to sit still for long periods of time. As a consequence, learning experiences are increasingly personalised, shaped in response to boys' stages of development.

To achieve their best, boys need to develop a 'growth mindset'. They develop best in an environment where they feel secure, supported and encouraged to believe in themselves and the power of commitment to learning. Teachers work with students to ensure that learning is powerful and that students gain the best possible achievement. Learning is valued and specific strategies are employed to promote students’ use of efficient and effective tools for learning. Learning support, both for gifted and talented students and students needing remedial work, is provided as a flexible programme that is designed for an individual. There is a culture of continued professional learning among all teachers.

 

"God would like to sow in every soul the seeds of intelligence, of wisdom"  (St Augustine)