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St. Augustine CHS

 

“OUR MISSION

 

St. Augustine Catholic High School is a Catholic community school committed to academic excellence.  Students will be supported in their pursuit of spiritual, intellectual, physical and social growth through diverse learning experiences.  Our graduates will attain the essential academic skills, information technology skills, and spiritual characteristics to become lifelong learners and positive contributors to Church and society.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

The York Catholic District School Board’s Technology Plan identifies St. Augustine Catholic High School as an eLEARNING School.  Accordingly, information technology will be used in the school curriculum to support and enhance learning, and better prepare our students for the future.  Current studies have demonstrated that improved learning is achieved when the technology is accessible, flexible, responsive, and integrated thoroughly into all school programs.

A key component of the eLEARNING approach will be the implementation of a Laptop Learning Program that will be available to all Grade 9 students on a voluntary basis.  This program will enable students to use their notebook computer, various curriculum specific software application programs and the Internet to enhance and extend the study of their grade 9 compulsory courses.  Our graduates will be expected to achieve essential Catholic graduation outcomes; including the integration of our Catholic faith tradition in the application of technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life.

  

CATHOLIC GRADUATE OUTCOMES

The Institute for Catholic Education has developed expectations of Catholic graduates in terms of values, attitudes and actions.  The document includes the following vision of the Catholic school graduate, as someone who is expected to be:

  • A discerning believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.
  • An effective communicator who speaks, writes and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values.
  • A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.
  • A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.
  • A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good.
  • A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish, and the wider community.
  • A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.

WHO WAS ST. AUGUSTINE?

St. Augustine was one of the foremost philosopher-theologians of early Christianity and the leading figure in the church of North Africa.  He had a profound influence on the development of Western thought and culture.  His two most celebrated writings are his semi autobiographical Confessions and City of God, a Christian vision of history.

St. Augustine (354 – 430) was born and lived most of his life in the northern part of Africa, at that time, the Roman Province of AfricaSt. Augustine received the best education available then and later taught in the important cities of Carthage, Rome and Milan.  He became a Christian at the age of 33, being converted by the prayers of his mother, St. Monica, and the help of St. Ambrose of Milan, who baptized him; afterwards, St. Augustine began a life completely dedicated to the service of God.

After his mother’s death, he returned to Africa (388), sold his property, gave the proceeds to the poor, and founded a monastery.  He was chosen and ordained a priest in 391, and consecrated Bishop of Hippo Rhegius, a coastal city of Northern Africa in 395.  His later thinking can be summed up in a line from his writings:  “Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you”.  His feast day is August 28th.

  OUR SCHOOL

St. Augustine Catholic High School opened its doors to students and the community in September 2001.  The school started with grades 9 and 10, and each year thereafter an additional grade was added.  St. Augustine Catholic High School offers a full range of programs for our students from grades 9 through 12.  St. Augustine is a semestered school; the first semester will run from September to January and the second semester will run from February to June. All  programs offered at St. Augustine Catholic High School meet the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements.