An Augustinian Education
Within the Augustinian Order, one of the special missions assigned to it is that of the apostolate of education as this is a wonderful and solemn vocation.
The specific aim of the schools run by the Augustinians is the promotion of the human person based on Christian principles. This ministry is a pastoral activity where we teach the truth by means of love and where the students, in addition to a humanistic and scientific culture also learn about the world, life and on humanity enlightened by Faith.
An Augustinian approach to education seeks to create a community context in which learning can occur. This close community encompasses students, staff and parents.
The work of the College relies upon rich partnerships between students and teachers, and teachers and parents. These beliefs and practices also extend to other members of the community including past students and parents.
Education in the Augustinian Tradition is concerned with building a firm foundation of knowledge for personal and spiritual life, as well as a basis for professional success. Real education is characterised by a search for knowledge and understanding, which is integrated with personal experience.
St Augustine speaks about the “teacher within” who can test the truth of what is being taught. This teacher is the presence of God within each of us. Processes of interior reflection and evaluation ensure our inner teacher is forever present.
In upholding this faith and tradition, an Augustinian education also seeks a balance in learning between different types of subjects, be they humanities or sciences, career oriented or spiritually focused, or personal or interpersonal growth. Truth cannot be found along a narrow path.
The pastoral care of students, parents and staff is a very important part of the College’s character, placing emphasis on community ideals. At all times, but in times of crisis or difficulty especially, all members of the community are encouraged to reach out to those in need.
St Augustine College seeks to instill a sense of self-discipline among its students. Students are called to account for their actions, yet the ultimate ideal is one of self-directed righteous behaviour.
As part of the Order that follows the teachings of St Augustine, St Augustine College promotes his vision of a community where all members are “of one mind and heart on the way towards God.”