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St Augustine's College

An education in the marist tradition

Our Mission and Marist Values

CALLED TO LEARN ... CALLED TO SERVE

St Augustine’s College, aware of its Marist history and tradition, believes Called to learn… Called to serve is God's challenge, mediated primarily through Jesus - the son who loved unconditionally and as lived out by Mary - the mother who nurtured tenderly, Marcellin - the educator who built purposefully and Augustine - the searcher who strove courageously.  Accepting and fulfilling this challenge leads us to be part of a people 'called to learn' and 'called to serve' … people of the 21st century.

OUR MISSION

As members of the St Augustine's faith community, we strive to create a college environment which upholds the values of family, is courageous in its decision-making, thinks and reflects on all aspects of its daily life and nurtures its members. We create the most from our opportunities and encourage involvement in all aspects of college life, being open to change and prepared to grow.

OUR MARIST VALUES

PRESENCE
  • We care for students
  • We know each one individually
  • We seek relationship founded on love
  • We are attentive and welcoming
  • We earn trust, we foster openness
SIMPLICITY
  • We are genuine and straightforward
  • We say what we believe and show it
  • We are honest before God and ourselves
  • We seek humility and modesty, ‘to do good quietly’
  • We use simplicity in our teaching
  • We encourage simplicity as a value in our lives, not seduced by possessions and fame
FAMILY SPIRIT
  • We relate to each other and to young people in our care as the members of a loving family
  • We undertake to build community
  • We offer a warmth of welcome, acceptance and belonging
  • We share life’s successes and failures
  • We set clear standards of honesty, mutual respect and tolerance
  • We believe in each student’s innate goodness, not confusing the person with their actions
  • We give preferential attention to those whose needs are greatest
  • We encourage leadership based on collaboration and shared responsibility
A LOVE OF OUR WORK
  • We are people of work, ready to ‘roll up our sleeves’
  • We work with total confidence in God
  • We are generous of heart, constant and persevering in our daily work
  • We prepare classes, being visionary and decisive in meeting the needs of our students
  • We encourage our students to discover the dignity of work, a source of self-fulfilment
  • We view work as a way to bring purpose and meaning to life
  • We seek to develop strong character and resilience, balanced moral conscience and solid values
  • We foster motivation and teamwork
IN THE WAY OF MARY
  • We see Mary as a perfect model of the Marist educator – as an exemplar of the Christian life, as mother, as one who praised God
  • We see Mary as a woman on a journey of faith
  • We believe Mary had a difficult life and ‘dust on her feet’
  • We consciously bring a Marian dimension to our teaching by prayer, imitating Mary’s tenderness, strength and constancy of faith