Our school is situated in the same grounds as St. Augustine’s Church, within the Parish of Christ the King and Our Lady of Lourdes.
Prior to the building of St. Augustine’s Church the pastoral needs of the area were served through the school with mass being celebrated regularly in the School Hall. However, with an ever growing parish it was decided that a more fitting place to celebrate the word of God was required, and so in 1979 St. Augustine’s Church was opened.
The modern designed Church has played a vital role in supporting the wider Parish and the Sacramental preparation of St. Augustine’s children. Later in 1990 a Sports and Community Centre was built adjacent to the Church and school to provide further support to meet the needs of the local community.
Our children attend mass on Wednesdays at 9.00am with each key stage attending on alternate weeks. For Holy days and the first and last week of each term the whole school celebrates mass together. Mass is also celebrated at 10.30am on Sunday.
The school has forged strong links with the Parish priests and our children are fully emerged in Church life.
Our patron, Saint Augustine of Canterbury, was sent from Rome by Pope Gregory in the 6th Century to convert the Angles in Southern England to Christianity.
Augustine sailed to our land with his companions and, upon seeing the fair haired, fair skinned people is said to have remarked “Angels not Angles”.
We are proud to have Saint Augustine as our patron, and we celebrate his feast on the 27th of May.
Our school badge is a picture of a boat on water which symbolises Saint Augustine sailing to England on his mission to spread the word of God. This helps us to remember that we are God’s children and we all have a mission in life.
“Hand in hand, united by friendship and happiness, we listen to God’s call, we learn from God’s word and we share God’s love.”
Collective Worship and Assemblies
The children of St. Augustine’s have an act of worship or assembly every day.
On Monday morning the whole school gathers together to celebrate the beginning of the week and the assembly theme will be underpinned by Gospel values. This could be linked to the Gospel readings or themed around a particular event we are celebrating.
On Friday morning we have our celebration assembly. We congratulate our ‘Sparklers of the week’ from each class, we award our maths challengers and we listen to amazing writing from our ‘Chest of the Best’.
Spirituality, Reflection and Prayer
Children at St. Augustine’s are encouraged to develop and deepen their spirituality through reflection in collective worship and praying.
In each class there is a focus of worship and children regularly take part in and lead prayer times and reflections within their classes.
Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
In Year 3 our children prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
Their parents/carers are invited to a series of meetings led by the parish priest and class teacher to enable them to know and to support their children on their journey of faith. Children also lead several masses leading up to receiving the sacraments.
As a gift the school provides each child with rosary bead and a book of bible stories to continue to enhance the development of their faith.
In Year 6 our children prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Their parents/carers are invited to a meeting led by the parish priest and class teacher to discuss the preparation required before candidates are confirmed.
Children lead a special commitment mass before beginning their Confirmation preparation work. This focuses on their commitment to their faith and the use of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are supported closely by the parish priest through formal and informal visits and spend a day with students from our local secondary school, Cardinal Newman consolidating our learning.
As a gift the school provides each candidate with a Jerusalem bible to allow them to continue their journey of faith. If you do not attend St. Augustine’s School but are interested in preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, Confirmation or would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith please contact Fr Tom on 024 76591618.
Children in Year 5 are invited to Alton Castle in Staffordshire to spend three nights in retreat. Here they are joined by another Catholic school and complete a range of activities which are physical and spiritual. They have the opportunity to celebrate mass and deepen their faith.
Every year, during Lent, we have fund raisers to help support various charities. The aim is to support both local and global charities.
Thanks to the effort of the children and the generosity of our parents, we have raised considerable sums for:
British Heart Foundation
Father Hudsons Homes
to name but a few…