Our Vision & Values
Values, Purpose and Ambitions
Taught by Jesus Christ, faith, hope and love inspire everything we do. We aim for the highest standards of learning, and we look for the development of wisdom. In this way the gifts possessed by every individual can be valued.
St Augustine’s exists to provide a Catholic education in order to develop independent citizens of the future.
“Develop…” because those who come to St Augustine’s are individuals, each with their own quirks and characteristics. We do not aim to produce clones.
“… independent…” because self-respect, self-motivation and courage are required if one is truly to live one’s life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“…Catholic…” because we believe that the Catholic faith provides the best guidance for living a fulfilled adult life, for members of the Catholic Church as well as for non-members.
“…citizens…” because education is a gift whose fruit is to be re-invested in society: we are called to serve others in whatever way we can. Liberty and Equality cannot be absolute values, but Fraternity can.
“…of the future” because, if we get it right, our leavers will be applying the lessons learned at St Augustine’s for decades to come; in that time they will use the skills they have acquired to learn, unlearn and relearn the things they will need to know to face the challenges that the future brings.
We do not shrink from expecting that our alumni will change the world. Whether their contributions will be written up in the history books or known and acknowledged only by their families and friends, their goodness will matter.
We expect them to leave the college equipped with the St Augustine’s SPIRIT:
Self-Control: effort, perseverance, resilience, responsibility, grit, self-worth
Positivity: enthusiasm, optimism, joy, can-do attitude, gratitude
Integrity: honesty, forgiveness, faithfulness, humility, sincerity
Respect: loving kindness, compassion, empathy, acceptance, courtesy
Initiative: curiosity, imagination, leadership, wisdom, creativity, resourcefulness
Teamwork: community spirit, generosity, helpfulness, peacemaker
We are a school for the real world. We believe that these strengths will equip them for employment and for a fulfilled adult life.
Our pastoral care for our students will be second to none: we know that their physical and emotional wellbeing is a precondition to their learning well. Our staff will go beyond teaching to accompany the students on their journey through the college, doing everything they can to support dynamic development and growth. When things go wrong we will respond with forgiveness and a restorative approach.
We will help to build in each student a foundation of spirituality that will survive the crowdedness of modern life.
Our academic curriculum will cover the full range of the intellectual virtues. It will balance creativity with academic rigour, and we will not compromise our academic aspiration for each student. We will introduce each one to the best that has been thought and said. Our students’ performance in public exams will remain in the top bracket.
We will be among the best employers in the education world, ensuring that our staff are offered training in the most up to date teaching and learning research, and that their work-life balance is protected.
We will encourage our students to be “the best they can be”, whatever their talent, whether it be sheep shearing or philosophy.
Those who have special educational needs or physical disabilities will be full members of our community – and their teachers and peers will understand their difficulties as fully as possible.
We will value all kinds of diversity and ensure that the evils of prejudice on grounds of disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation are driven from the school.
We will provide a clean, safe and efficient physical environment to maximise the opportunity for learning.
Our students will learn and never forget compassion for the vulnerable in society. They will use their talents for the good of others in a world that needs healing through mutual love, the steadfast seeking of justice for the poor, sick and vulnerable, and the demonstration of mercy. They will have the courage to “proclaim the Gospel to all creation”, to the greater glory of God.