Academic Staff


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Benjamin McCabe
BA (Lib Arts) (CCA), MA (English Lit) (USYD), Cert IV (Training & Assessment)

Director of Augustine Academy
Lecturer in Literature, History

Phone:  0450 729 077


Ben McCabe completed his studies at Acts 2 College of Mission and Evangelisation in 2009, after which he left Perth to study at Campion College in Sydney. During his studies he spent six months studying abroad in Canada at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at Campion in 2013. In 2018 he was awarded his Master of Arts in literature from the University of Sydney.

He has a wide range of teaching experience, having taught English at schools in Kenya in 2010 and Tanzania in 2014. For the past two years he has taught homeschool classes throughout NSW. In 2015 Ben was employed as a tutor at the University of Sydney, where he taught Renaissance English literature.

His areas of research interest are: Arthurian legends and the development of the chivalric code, Christian allegory in medieval literature, the shift of heroic archetypes in old and middle English, the eighteenth century Romantic poets.


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Eliza McCabe
BA (Philosophy) (UNDA)

Lecturer in Philosophy, Theology



Eliza completed her Bachelor of Philosophy in 2018 at the University of Notre Dame Sydney, where she was also elected Student Representative for the School of Philosophy. She is currently completing her honors thesis in Philosophy, focusing on the applicability of John Paul II’s personalism in the context of home-schooling.

In July 2019 she attended the Hildebrand Summer Seminar at the Franciscan University of Steubenville studying virtue ethics and ideas of the human person throughout the history of philosophy.

For the past four years she has tutored HSC English and History, as well as teaching  philosophy and theology with Notre Dame’s Logos for Schools program.

Her areas of research interest include the philosophy of the human person, metaphysics, phenomenology, existentialism, and the philosophy of education. She is particularly passionate about alternative education approaches that encourage students to form self-reflective and critical thinking skills.


Sarah McDonald
B. Ed (Melbourne University)
Dip of Counselling (AIPC – current studies)

Grammar lecturer, head of administration, residential assistant 

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Education, and honed her love of grammar through over a decade of educating her four children. Sarah also edits online content for various websites, writes articles for Anima, Catholic Women’s network, and researches and writes submissions on behalf of the Catholic Women’s League, Australia. Sarah believes that the ability to use English grammar gives us the opportunity to understand and articulate our language and ideas with greater clarity and efficiency.

James McDonald
Master of Theology (John Paul II Institute)
Cert IV Training & Assessment

Lecturer in Theology and residential assistant

James McDonald has over 30 years experience in ministry and teaching in Church settings. After finishing his Bachelor of Theology, James worked in youth ministry, for the Broome and Melbourne Diocese, marriage & family and adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of Melbourne and Sydney. During this time he met and married Sarah and had four children while finishing his Masters in Theology. With particular interests in Christology and revelation, James has a passion for helping people explore their own faith more deeply while growing in understanding the rich Christian tradition. James also loves to grow food and fish.

His previous experience includes:

  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Diocese of Broome, WA.
  • Director of Catholic Youth Ministry, Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Executive Officer, Council for Marriage & Family
  • Manager of Studies, Catholic Adult Education Centre, Lidcombe
  • Director of Mission, St John of God Healthcare, Melbourne

Elizabeth Brennan

Residential assistant and cook