The Catholic Life of Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School:
“Catholic schools, while providing a quality education, hold up Christian values to children, inviting them to build their own lives on them. Teaching these values, for those who know how to accept and live them consistently, yields highly positive results - as experience confirms - at the personal, family and professional levels.” (Pope John Paul II.)
Welcome to the Catholic Life area of our website. We believe that the Gospel values are at the heart of the key values and British values that underpin what we do here at Saint Augustine’s Catholic High School and give it a distinctly Catholic ethos. The Gospel values are based on Jesus’ teachings in the Beatitudes and are:
Dignity and Compassion.
Truth and Justice.
Forgiveness and Mercy.
Faithfulness and Integrity.
Purity and Holiness.
Humility and Gentleness.
Tolerance and peace.
Service and Sacrifice.
These core values enable us to fully promote British values (please see the ‘British values’ tab for further detail) through the belief that all people are made in the image of God and therefore deserve full human rights and the dignity that comes from them; regardless of their faith, race or any other factor. The Papal document entitled ‘Pacem in Terris’ (Pope John XXIII) sets out Catholic teachings on truth, justice, charity and liberty.
We prepare our students for life in modern Britain; teaching them to work for the Common Good and to live out Catholic teachings about social justice in practical ways. We therefore enable them to develop spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and to find their vocation.
These values are lived out in all that we do:
- Daily prayer/reflection in form.
- Updates on key events on our digital noticeboards (TV screens) e.g. Holocaust Memorial Day.
- Opportunities for SMSCV across the Curriculum (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural and Vocational Development)
- The SLSC (Spiritual Life Student Council) help to plan and lead charity events, assemblies and liturgy.
- Crucifix’s in every classroom and displays showing our charity and faith life.
- Charity events throughout the year e.g. the Sponsored walk/Lent fundraising events.
- Each form has a Mass during the school year.
- Opportunities to prepare for life in modern Britain through assemblies, leadership opportunities and
- Remembrance Day service.
- British values posters around school reminding students of key values such as caring for our environment.
- Saint Augustine’s Day Mass.
- Advent and Lent reconciliation services.
- Our school Chapel is open at all times for all students to use.
- Recognising and celebrating other world faiths and the contributions that they make to our faith community e.g. Ramadan assembly.
- Pastoral support; recognising that every child is unique and made in God’s image.
- Assemblies with religious and moral themes and focusing on important international events such as World Day for Cultural Diversity
- Staff and student training on supporting, monitoring and evaluating the Catholic Life of our school.
- Partnerships with our other MAC schools and with the Diocese.
- Peer mentoring programme.
Ms Mason is our Spiritual Life Coordinator and helps to support the Catholic Life by helping to prepare Form Masses; co-lead the peer mentoring programme; prepare prayers for staff and students and support students in planning and delivering liturgy.
Our school prayer is:
God is my strength.
Christ, you are at the centre
Of our school community.
Help me to develop my whole self
Academically, socially & spiritually.
May I reflect your faith, hope and love in all I do,
Following in the footsteps of our Patron Saint.
In your name,
Saint Augustine of Canterbury;
Pray for us.
Our school badge contains the cross (representing Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity); a pallium (a vestment worn by an Archbishop as Saint Augustine was Archbishop of Canterbury) and the letters ‘S’ and ‘A’ to represent our patron; Saint Augustine.
Our school mission statement is:
‘A Christ centred learning community committed to the development of the whole person.’
Our school motto is:
‘Deus Fortitudo Mea’ –God is my Strength.
Parents are warmly invited to attend our whole-school Masses and we are happy to welcome guest speakers from charities or other faith communities who wish to visit and support our school. Please contact me through the school office if you wish to attend Mass or support us in any way.
Mrs E O’Connor (Head of RE and Catholic Life)