Student Support

Student Services​​

The Student Services Centre is located in a building near Junior Years, with other support staff located in the Senior Years Hub for Senior students. The Student Services Leader leads this P-12 team, which consists of: 
  • ​Guidance Counsellors, 
  • Support Teachers - Inclusive Education, 
  • A Speech Therapist and 
  • T​rained School Officers. 

​The College can also access the professional expertise of Brisbane Catholic Education Consultants and Advisory Visiting Teachers from Education Queensland. The Student Services Team works in a P-12 capacity to provide leadership and management in working with staff and parents to support students who are having difficulty in engaging in the curriculum in a meaningful way or experiencing social difficulties. Student Services roles have two essential components. 

Proactive: to develop and sustain a range of measures to support students and families in order to enhance teaching and learning; and Reactive: to work with teaching staff and specialist staff to address in a holistic way the academic, social and pastoral needs of individual students or groups of students who are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of College life.

The Support Teachers - Inclusive Education P-12, work in partnership with staff and parents to develop support programs which meet the needs of students. Students can receive support for their learning both within the classroom setting and/or a withdrawal situation. Students are generally referred for support through teachers or parents. Older students may also personally request support for themselves at any time. Students receiving support may have varying needs which typically include: those with specific learning disabilities, time management issues, learning difficulties, behavioural problems or medical concerns which may impact on school life.

The College staff also includes Guidance Counsellors who work in partnership with other staff to meet the more complex needs of some students. The Counsellors’ work may include individual student counselling, social skills teaching, formal assessment of a student’s academic or behavioural skills, and planning with teachers and working with parents to consider students’ needs.

The College has access to speech pathology services such as consultation, assessment and therapy for spoken language, literacy and speech delays. Referral to school-based speech pathology services occurs via the classroom teacher or Support Teacher-Inclusive Education. On request, parents can access the contact details for the College’s visiting private speech pathologist (fee for service).

First Nations Support

At St Augustine's College, we recognise the First Nations Peoples of Australia. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our College is located and where we conduct our business, the Yagara peoples. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. St Augustine's College is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to Australian society, and our College community. ​

We are dedicated to building a College environment where First Nations culture is respected and celebrated and where all students are exposed to an education that expands their understanding of First Nations' perspectives and cultures; creating aware, informed and civically responsible young people with the knowledge and understanding to enhance our Australian nation into the future. Collaboration with Elders and First Nations families and community is vital to the authentic celebration and teaching of perspectives and culture and is a key component of our College business. 

What does this look like at St Augustine's College?

  • A dedicated First Nations Support Team
  • Acknowledgement of Country Ritual and Eagle Dance (choreographed by Derek Orem-Sandy, Yerongpan Aboriginal Dancers and Mrs Marie Ferguson).
  • Working with Community and elders; at the College, on excursions and through our camp program.
  • Year 9 and 10 Camp Cultural Immersion Experiences with Matthew Burns, Quandamooka Educator.
  • Deadly Crew and Deadly Buddies - A dedicated pastoral lesson each week for students who identify as First Nations.
  • Outside cultural programs i.e. Deadly Choices, Ngutana Lui Cultural Centre and KAMBU​, and
  • NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week events and activities.