Be a part of our diverse, inclusive and consistently successful Sport & Co-Curricular Program

A student’s life should be balanced. To enrich a boy’s educational journey at the College, both sport and/or co-curricular involvement is important. We endeavour to educate the whole person, therefore, a genuine participation in the Sport and Co-Curricular Program is an integral element of a boy's schooling. 

We offer a diverse, inclusive and consistently successful  program accepting and catering for all needs.

Sport

Playing sport, in particular team sport, is a proven part of healthy development. Sport teaches students to organise their time, enhances friendships and builds relationships with other students and adults. We offer sport at the College because it teaches valuable lessons about resilience, respect, challenge, courage, failure and success. We are proud of our Augustinian graduates who have gone on to represent at State and National level In a variety of sports learned here at the College.

Basketball

We have an extensive basketball program where students from Year 5 to Year 12 enjoy the opportunity to represent their College in the Independent Schools Association (ISA) for Secondary and Independent Primary Schools Heads Association (IPSHA) for Primary.

The College basketball program boasts excellent coaching staff including former and current Manly Warringah representative players, representative coaches, former Saints 1st V players and College staff.

Cricket

Cricket is one of St Augustine’s College’s most popular summer sports, with 18 teams playing Saturday morning cricket in the local 2020 competition season. Cricket is a pathway sport for students to further their cricket careers.  The College also undertakes international and domestic tours, allowing cricketers to experience the sport in a range of environments, while gaining an insight to different styles of the sport locally and overseas. The ‘Big Four’ cricket trophies – The Mark Taylor Shield, The Manly Cup, The Berg Shield and The Downie Trophy are all highly sought after among our elite players whilst the MWJCA competition caters for all standards.

Football

Football (soccer) enjoys a high level of participation and boys develop their skills in an enjoyable environment under the guidance of dedicated coaches. St Augustine’s Football Club plays in the Manly-Warringah Football Association Saturday Competition – over 30 teams will compete in this 2020 season.  Opportunities exist for players to Tour internationally to the UK and Europe as well as participate in local Catholic School Gala Days and invitational matches across the age groups.  

Rowing

Our rowing program was founded in 2004 and has reached successes at the highest School Boy levels in Australia including the 1st IV Crew winning the ACT and NSW State Championships, followed by coming second at the National Rowing Championships after winning numerous other medals throughout the season. Three members of the same crew won gold rowing in a coxless quad and from this same crew Daniel Samus achieved selection to represent Australia.   

The program maintains an international class fleet for our boys and excellent coaching staff.  Recent individual successes have included Sean Murphy (Class of 2014) and Zac von Appen (Class of 2015) who are double Australian Representatives in Rowing, starting their rowing careers at the College in Year 8.  The College rowers and coxswains enjoy the sport immensely boating out of Mosman Rowing Club sheds.

Rugby Union

We have been successful in rugby union for many years. Accomplishments include winning the State-wide Waratah Shield Knockout Competition ten times, with five wins in a row.

The College rugby teams participate in the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Rugby Competition for students 13 years to Open age groups. The 11 and 12 years age group play in the Independent Primary School Heads Association – IPSHA. The College is currently the ISA champion school.

Athletics
Boxing Fitness
Running Club
Swimming
Tae Kwon Do
Tennis
Water Polo
Badminton
Golf
Cross Country

Athletics

The Athletics team competes at the Independent Sports Association (ISA) Carnival across all athletic disciplines.  Selections are made to represent the ISA at the Combined Independent Schools Carnival.  During the Athletics season in Term 3, the team trains twice a week with expert coaches across all areas.

Boxing Fitness

The College Boxing Fitness program is a non-competitive sport with the focus on fitness and fun. Sessions run on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 7am - 8am  throughout the year and students are paired up with other students from similar age groups or ability. One student is on the focus mitts and the other with the boxing gloves, in which they to swap throughout the session.

Students will learn; correct technique, how to defend themselves, foot work and various boxing combinations. In the process, they will gain many physical attributes that will also assist in their other sports such as increased; fitness, core stability and upper body strength.

Running Club

The College Running Club introduces middle and long distance running to all students from Years 5 to Year 12.  The emphasis of the Running Club is to focus on students who have a genuine interest in keeping fit and improving their running technique as well as training for the College Cross Country and Independent Sports Association (ISA) Cross Country Carnival.

Swimming

St Augustine’s College swim team is well renowned for it’s outstanding success at Independent Sporting Association (ISA), Combined Independent Schools (CIS) and All Schools competitions.  The College runs a successful developmental training squad two mornings a week in Terms 1 and 4.  The program aims to develop stroke technique for competitive swimming at school and regional level.

Tae Kwon Do

The College Martial Arts Programme is run through Walsh Martial Arts Australia off campus at the PCYC, Dee Why. Walsh Martial Arts Australia is a specialist teaching school dedicated to the quality instruction of the techniques, traditions and philosophy of Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido. Walsh Martial Arts Australia teach highly effective self-defence techniques to children and adults of all ages.

Tennis

The College Tennis program is designed for all students to enjoy all year round.  Our program, run by Wakehurst Tennis Club, is based on skill development for varying abilities.  Following recent growth in participation, the College will further enhance the tennis program with two competition streams.  Teams will compete in the Winter Saturday Independent Sporting Associations (ISA) Competition and in the local Tennis Northern Beaches competition.  

Water Polo

Water Polo is a vibrant part of the St Augustine's summer sporting program. It teaches the boys about teamwork and good sportsmanship, encompassing and strengthening the ideals of community in the Augustinian community.

Badminton

Badminton club is running every Saturday morning in Term 1 and Term 2 from 9:30am to 10:30am at the PCYC, Dee Why. Students of all levels are welcomed to come and play. Our student coach will teach beginners how to play and create camaraderie among the boys. It is a great team sports and a lot of fun. 

Golf

The College co-operates with Warringah Golf Centre to provide professional golf lessons to students. It runs once a week after school from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. It is a great opportunity for students to learn golf and improve their skills. The venue is very close to the College and students can make their own way there by taking a bus. 

Cross Country

The College competes in the Northern Beaches Catholic Schools Cross Country Carnival as well as the ISA Cross Country Carnival each year.  Interested students will nominate to compete in the St Augustine’s College Cross Country event in Term 2 with successful runners selected to represent the College at their respective carnivals for their age group.  

Co-curricular

Cultural pursuits are a vital part of College life at St Augustine’s and provide opportunities for our students to pursue their creative talents as well as adding to community experiences within the school.

As our College continues to develop, we offer an extensive suite of specialty spaces throughout our campus, providing even greater opportunities for the boys to perform and enhance their skills in Music and Drama.

Furthermore, students have the opportunity to experience various activities that extend their critical thinking and creative flair.

We are proud to have graduates who have attended renowned Australian Tertiary Creative Arts establishments such as the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Conservatorium of Music, or pursued careers as artists, designers and authors.

Coding Club

Junior Coding Club is for Year 5 and 6 students.  The Club provides opportunities for the boys to learn and create animations, computer games, and moving m-bots. The boys will build their programming skills as they move through the projects and challenges, demonstrating and applying their skills. Projects cover Scratch, M-bots and Python.  

Senior Coding Club is for Years 7 to 12 students providing opportunities to learn plain English computer languages that will enable you to participate in online lessons/competitions, as well as work in teams to create solutions to problems. 

Debating

We participate in several debating competitions throughout the year, including the Independent Schools Debating Association (ISDA) Competition, staff verse students, with our Augustinian brother school Villanova College, Qld debate (Year 12), internal debate and House Group competitions.  With training and expert advice, students refine their debating skills

Duke of Edinburgh

This co-curricular activity is an internationally recognised program created for young people aged 13 years and 9 months to 25 years.  The program commences with the Bronze award in Term 4 of Year 8 and sees participants work through Year 9 towards individual goals in the areas of skill, physical recreation, volunteering and adventurous journeys. As the Silver & Gold award levels continue into Years 10, 11 & 12, participants continue to take on more challenges and responsibilities that are not only rewarding, but bring great opportunity for personal and social development.

Music Ensembles

Co-curricular Music at St Augustine’s College provides a rich program built around a strong Concert Band and Choir core.  Students can extend their playing through Stage Bands, Jazz Ensembles and Liturgy Choirs.  We also provide smaller ensembles for several instrument groups.

Writing Club

The English Faculty runs a ‘Scribbly Nibsters’ writing club each term and is open to all students. Students will undertake a variety of composition projects to improve and develop their personal style.

Art Club
Chess Club
Mock Trial
Music Tuition
Production Crew
Public Speaking
Drama

Art Club

We offer an after school Art Club each semester. Classes are held over a 10 week period, one afternoon per week for Primary and Middle School students.  The dynamic workshops provide an opportunity for fun whilst exploring a variety of forms, materials and techniques to create mini masterpieces.

Chess Club

Chess is the best sport to exercise the most important organ in our bodies; the brain.  As well as training both sides of the brain, Chess can also have a positive impact on increasing a student’s creativity and problem-solving skills.  The College participates in the New South Wales Junior Chess League and teams from our Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools enter in the Metropolitan Region zone competition. 

Mock Trial

Mock Trial competitions are conducted by the Events Management Department of the Law Society and are partly funded by the Law Foundation of NSW. The competitions are a practical means of introducing Year 10 and 11 students to law, and to give them an understanding of the legal system that governs the society in which they live.  Mock Trial competitions provide an exciting opportunity for students to develop their speaking and arguing skills.

Music Tuition

Individual Private Tuition is available for students who wish to study an instrument privately through the private tuition programme.  Highly qualified specialist tutors provide tuition in woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, guitar, voice and bass.  

Production Crew

Our Production Crew students are trained in the technical aspects of live performance and technical support, such as stage lighting and sound production.  Supported by a qualified staff member, the Production Crew will set up and run several key College events throughout the year.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is offered to help students increase their confidence and self-esteem by helping them to enhance their oral communication and by promoting research skills. Students develop the ability to communicate their ideas to an audience in an informative, entertaining, or persuasive manner, depending on the purpose of the speech and the occasion.

Drama

Our Drama programs continue to grow and thrive here at the St Augustine’s College. Opportunities exist each year for boys to audition for roles in major theatrical and musical theatre productions. In addition, Theatresports is a popular co-curricular offering that challenges the boys with improvisation skill development and team-work. St Augustine’s ‘Interschools Theatresports’ teams regularly feature in state and regional semi-finals and provide the students with an opportunity to compete with likeminded students from across the state.  

In most years the College produces two major theatrical productions – one for the Senior boys in Years 9 to 12 and one for the Middle School, Years 5 to 9. The College also shares a productive dramatic relationship with the girls from Stella Maris College Manly. Both Colleges often produce theatre in collaboration, providing valuable opportunities for social and theatrical development.

SPORT AND CO-CURRICULAR FAQ'S

SPORT AND CO-CURRICULAR FAQ'S

  1. Can a student play sport for their club instead of the College?
    No.  The College and the students’ classmates form the primary community for the student and as such, College teams and activities always take precedence over participation in district and local clubs.  Students must also represent the College in the same or a like sport.  For example, if your son plays Rugby League for a Club they must play Rugby Union for the College.
  2. How many points does a student need to fulfil their Sport & Co-curricular Obligations?
    Different sport and co-curricular activities accumulate different points as identified in the 2018 Sport and Co-curricular Handbook.  The expectation is that all Year 5 - 10 students accumulate 25 points and are required to be involved in a minimum of 2 activities.  Students in Years 11 - 12 are required to participate in one or more activities throughout the year and a culmination of 15 points for the year is the minimum requirement.
  3. What if my son plays Representative Football and therefore cannot play for the College?
    Students are only granted exemption from playing for St Augustines College if they are selected in a team in the Football NSW NPL Competitions or representing Manly Warringah Football Association in the Football NSW Association League Competition.
  4. Are buses provided for Sport and/or Co-curricular activities?
    It is the policy of the school to provide transport for:
    1. All fixtures played outside of the Sydney metropolitan area
    2. Any midweek fixtures where parental transport is not feasible
    3. For afternoon trainings that occur off-school campus
  5. Will my son be given the opportunity to participate in his first choice of Sport & Co-curricular options?
    Yes.  Every endeavour will be made to accommodate every student’s first choices.   However, some sports and activities are limited by available spaces.  The Teacher In Charge of the sport or activity will communicate with the students about available space and selections. 
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