Adding healthy competition to the school community in areas of sport, charity work and collection of House Points
The House system at St Augustine’s Catholic College has 5 houses: Becket, Campion, Fisher, More and Thérèse.
Students are allocated to a house in Year 7 and stay in their House family until they leave the College. Each House has its own saint and distinctive colour.
The House system affords students the opportunities to mix in vertical groups and adds a spirit of healthy competition to the school community. The Houses compete against each other through sport, charity work and the collection of House Points. Students come together in their Houses to celebrate their patron saint’s feast day and enjoy House Masses.
St Thomas Becket
(1118-1170) Feast Day – 29 December
Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury. He was good friends with King Henry II but this friendship was put under strain because Archbishop Becket stood up for the church in its disagreements with the King. In 1164 Becket fled from the King into exile in France where he remained until 1170. On the 29 December 1170, four knights, believing the King Henry wanted Becket out of the way, confronted and murdered him in Canterbury Cathedral.
St Edmund Campion
(1540-1581) Feast Day – 25 October
Edmund Campion was a Jesuit priest in England at a time when it was illegal to be a practising Catholic. While conducting an underground ministry in officially Protestant England, Campion was arrested by priest hunters. He was convicted of high treason, and hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in 1581.
St John Fisher
(1469-1535) Feast Day – 22 June
John Fisher was Bishop of Rochester and a man of great distinction. He was a friend of the famous humanist Erasmus, a teacher at Cambridge University and Chancellor of the University. When Henry VII died in 1509,
Fisher preached at his funeral. John Fisher was killed because he refused to accept Henry VIII’s claim to be head
of the church.
St Thomas More
(1478-1535) Feast Day – 22 June
Thomas More was Lord Chancellor of England. Thomas More did not want to be a martyr but would not accept that Henry VIII was the supreme head of the church. He resigned rather than be seen to support the king’s divorce and spent fifteen months imprisoned in the Tower of London before being declared guilty of treason and condemned to death.
St Thérèse of Lisieux
(1873-1897) Feast Day – 1 October
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, was born in Alencon, France. At the age of 15 Thérèse received special permission from her bishop to enter the Carmel of Lisieux. There Thérèse lived a life of humility, simplicity, and childlike trust in God. Thérèse developed tuberculosis and in the eighteen months before her death she prayed for the grace to ‘spend my heaven doing good on earth’ and offered her sufferings for the salvation of souls. Thérèse died of tuberculosis at the age of 24.