And as a college founded by the Order of St Augustine is looks to the Christian emphases that St Augustine of Hippo preached and promoted. This document was composed with this Augustinian website in mind.
The spiritual life of St Augustine's College is the essence of our existence. Our responsibility is to nurture the spiritual, social, educational and social justice values of the boys and staff, shepherding them to be sensitive to God in their lives. Saint Augustine of Hippo (356 – 430 AD) was a great campaigner against injustices in society. We as a College community place social justice as an important issue and highlight awareness with ongoing projects and fundraisers throughout each school year.
The motto for the College Social Justice is SEA. The S stands for Service, the E for Education and the A for Awareness. There are three components that our students learn from in the SEA Programme. Service - Jesus was the model servant of leadership, washing his disciples' feet. Through serving those less fortunate than us, we learn humility. lt is our aim through Education that students are provided with opportunities to better themselves as they learn about the work with social justice issues. Through Awareness of injustices in society, students strive to help others and improve the world they live in.Through the SEA Programme, the College aims to provide staff and students with the opportunity to be involved in a range of social justice projects.As well as allowing students to grow personally and learn through such experiences, SEA assists them to make the world a better place for those less fortunate than themselves. The College has supported many worthwhile projects over the years including TMMR Orphanage in the Philippines, Who Will Village in Cambodia and the Disabled Service Association in Nepal. ln 2015 a team of twenty-one staff and five students travelled to Cambodia to continue the maintenance of the Who Will Village and their ongoing assistance with the orphans. ln April this year a team of staff and students will travel to Vanuatu to refurbish the Women's Resource Centre and maintain the village water tanks following the devastation from the earthquake in Vanuatu in October 2015. The College is also proposing immersions to Africa and lndia during 2016.
ln 2015, the College again offered international exchange opportunities for Year 10 students. We believe the International Exchange Programme to be both educationally and personally beneficial. The opportunity to share community with a family from another country is a wonderful prospect. By staying in a host family's home, sharing meals, exchanging views and participating in daily activities, the students learn far more about their way of life than ever possible by reading a book or travelling as a tourist. The College hosted students from Malvern Preparatory School, Philadelphia last June and in reciprocation, four of our Year 10 students participated in an exchange to Glenstal Abbey in lreland and Malvern Preparatory School in the USA.
An Augustinian education also endeavours to prepare our boys for an active life commitment, seeking to form 'men for others', who manifest a particular concern for the poor. The Year Ten Caritas Week is one practical attempt to highlight these social values. In November2015, the College, again, implemented the week long Caritas Service Programme for Year 10 students. The boys volunteered in over 40 different organisations within the local community. We received positive feedback from all of the organisations congratulating our boys on their participation and involvement of the Service Programme. lt is our hope that through the Caritas Programme, the boys believe that they have much to offer the wider community.
As we move forward in 2016, we give thanks for the opportunities we have to learn, Iove and grow in the likeness of Jesus. Together, through our Social Justice Programme, we continue to encourage our boys to put word into action and be loyal to the Catholic and Augustinian values which are the inspiration of all that we do.