Welcome to the Irish Augustinians
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The two Augustinian Schools, Good Counsel College New Ross County Wexford and St Augustine’s Dungarvan County Waterford, are the responsibility of the “Augustinian Schools Trust” a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The principal activity of this company is to ensure that the ethos and charism of the Order of St Augustine continues into the future in these schools. This company (number 527558) is registered with the Revenue Commissioners (CHY 20673) and the Charities Regulatory Authority (20082246).
Two of the directors of the Company (Augustinians School Trust) are also Trustees of the Charity.
Members of the Order of St Augustine – Irish Province are active on the board of management of both schools, chaplaincy, home liaison, teaching, sports, supervision, staff development, study duties, meetings of parents, staff, bereavement support groups for students, Mass, confession, Carol Service and other special liturgical occasions.
Members of the Order of St Augustine – Irish Province also enjoy assisting with School drama and musicals, presentations to adults, particularly parents and supporting the Augustinian ethos and the intra school meetings.
Members of the Order are proactively involved in fundraising to provide facilities not fully funded by government.
The Members of the Order that are involved in education will also provide help and support to the friars in other ministries especially on weekends. The Augustinian Schools Trust CLG is neither controlled nor administered by the Order of St Augustine – Irish Province.
The spirit of the Augustinians School Trust is based on the values, charisms and traditions of the Augustinian Order. In a spirit of creative fidelity to the founder, St. Augustine of Hippo, we seek to address, through education, some of the needs of young people in Ireland today. In our commitment to continue in the Ministry of Education, we find our primary inspiration in the life and in the teachings of Jesus Christ. We place a high priority on the development of the religious faith of our students and we see the integration of both life and faith as our ideal.
In the School Communities, where we work, we seek to develop a view of reality which is firmly based on the values of the Gospel. Accordingly, our policies and practices reflect the Christian values of concern and justice. Furthermore, we are a learning community which values and respects all students equally. We recognize that each student is unique and has different gifts as well as needs. We are committed to providing an ordered learning environment, which encourages all students to strive to realize their full potential.
The Augustinians School Trust constantly strives for excellence and continues in confidence to build upon a proud history of providing quality Catholic education for its students. We value highly a close working rapport with the many partners; the teaching and ancillary staffs, the parents/guardians and the leaders of the local churches who share our commitment to education as a liberating and empowering experience in the lives of young people.
Our characteristic spirit is underpinned by a philosophy of education that has at its center the unique dignity of the human person as a child of God. The schools view the interaction of people from different backgrounds and the inclusive nature of each school as a gift that will enrich the community of each school, and in a wider context promote the growth and learning all. Therefore, the Augustinians School Trust values each student and their family, while also being sensitive and seeking to respond to each person’s individual needs.
Unitas, Veritas, Caritas:
Unity, truth, love. These words formed around the crest show the core values of the Augustinian order. According to the teachers handbook, ‘this triangle is central to St. Augustine’s philosophy on education. It is what we believe forms the foundation for our education of young minds and we aspire to not just practice these values but to live them on a daily basis in our school community. Whatever way we turn, whatever road we take, the heart and mind drive us on.’
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