Our innovative curriculum is structured specifically for boys, fostering creativity and critical thinking is a natural part of our teaching, enhanced by integrated and sophisticated technology.

We know boys and shape their education in ways that fill them with a sense of purpose and success about their achievements. We are aware of their differences, their academic capabilities and interests as well as their challenges. So, we continuously explore opportunities to structure a more personalised, relevant curriculum that meets all of our boys needs in the present, although we keep flexible enough to adapt to change in the future.

Our curriculum continues to evolve and develop through the use of a higher order thinking framework. We seek excellence in teaching and learning with a commitment to curriculum, renewal and academic challenge.

College Curriculum

Year 5 and 6 (Stage 3)
Year 7 and 8 (Stage 4)
Year 9 and 10 (Stage 5)
Year 11 and 12 (Stage 6)
Acceleration Courses

Year 5 and 6 (Stage 3)

Core Courses:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Languages (Italian, Japanese and Chinese)

Introductory Courses

  • Instrumental program 
  • Choir
  • Drama
  • Laboratory based Science program
  • Talented Writing program
  • Comprehensive IT and coding program (including Robotics, Greenscreening "pop up" studios, Scratch, Minecraft and Imagine Logo)

Year 7 and 8 (Stage 4)

Core Courses:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education

Introductory Courses

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Languages (Italian, Japanese and Chinese)
  • Technology (including Graphics Technology, Design and Technology and Information and Communication Technology)

Year 9 and 10 (Stage 5)

Core Courses:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education

Elective Courses

  • Chinese
  • Commerce
  • Drama
  • Design and Technology
  • History (Elective)
  • Italian
  • Industrial Technology - Timber
  • Information and Software Technology
  • Japanese
  • Music
  • Photographic and Digital Media
  • Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS)
  • Visual Arts

Year 11 and 12 (Stage 6)

Core Courses:

  • Religious Education
  • English

Elective Courses:

  • Ancient History and History Extension
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Continuers and Extension
  • Chinese and Literature
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering Studies
  • English Extension One
  • Geography
  • Italian Continuers and Extension
  • Industrial Technology - Timber
  • Information Processes and Technology
  • Investigating Science
  • Japanese Beginners
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics (all levels)
  • Modern History and History Extension
  • Music Course 1, Course 2 and Extension
  • Personal Development Health and Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Software Design and Development
  • Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation
  • Studies of Religion 1 and 2
  • Visual Arts
  • Additional courses offered externally

Acceleration Courses

Opportunities are provided for boys to learn a subject beyond the usual expectations for the age of the cohort. It is offered because they are exposed to the rigour and high expectations of an HSC subject which develops their capacity to think in more complex, challenging ways. The learning attributes acquired from this can propel their thinking and learning to higher levels of operation in other subjects which is greatly beneficial.

  • HSC Studies of Religion I is offered to a class of Year 10 students with identified strengths in literacy and the humanities.
  • HSC Mathematics is offered to a class of Year 9 students with identified strengths in numeracy and algebra.
  • HSC Design & Technology is offered to a class of Year 10 students with identified strengths and skills in this field

ICT

We are proud of our ICT facilities and provision of 21st Century learning. Information and Communications Technologies are integrated into all teaching programmes and courses offered, so as to encourage students to develop those contemporary technological skills vital to the modern workplace.

Our highly qualified teaching staff are constantly developing, expanding and adapting their lesson delivery to incorporate the newest and most relevant educational technologies.

We are always aiming to expand our already very impressive technological facilities and currently believe we are leading the way in embedded ICT learning. It is our belief that ICT has moved beyond simply being a tool for learning, but is now the fuel that drives it.

We believe that activities which incorporate technology and provide a digital experience enhance student learning through collaboration, engagement and innovation. For this reason we run a 1-to-1 Primary Laptop Program in Years 5 and 6 where students are provided with their own quality device to use in class and at home to enrich their experience. As students progress into high school and further education, the development of organisational and communication skills becomes increasingly important and so much of the instruction in the Primary Laptop Program revolves around these as well as providing students with a wide variety of tools in order to achieve this.

Our BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) Program for all students in Years 7 – 12. Students can select and bring to school the most appropriate device to suit their individual learning and creative styles. We believe giving students this choice and flexibility helps provide a realistic and bespoke technology experience where they are able to take ownership of their learning and become responsible, global citizens.

Learning support and Enrichment

Learning Support and Enrichment involves all activities which increase the capacity of a school to respond to student diversity. As part of our dedication to the Augustinian values of Truth, Love and Community, we have a strong commitment to providing each student with the opportunity to achieve his personal academic best and reach his full potential.

We are the fastest improving academic school over the last seven years in NSW

Over the past seven years, St Augustine’s College HSC rank has improved by almost 200 places. In 2017 the graduating class was ranked 63rd in the State and was the 4th ranked Catholic school for boys in NSW. 

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