FROM OUR FOUNDER
Angelorum College responds to the call from Jesus Christ to “go and make disciples of all nations”. For millennia, the Church has been living out this call. In the twenty-first century a renewed commitment to this vision is necessary, with renewed vigour that is appropriate for the times in which we live.
The College recognises that “the future of humanity passes by way of the family” (St. John Paul II), which grounds us in the past, present, and future. Although the College has only been formally established since 2017, the Spirit and catalyst for its inception, which is rooted in antiquity, yet ever new, has been moving amongst the Angelorum community for some time.
The primary aim of the College is to bring students into a deeper communion with Christ and the Catholic Church. In collaboration with families and Catholic clergy, Angelorum College provides experiences that promote the development of virtues, knowledge, and skills that will serve as a faithful foundation for students’ critical intelligence, imagination, communication, and capacity and enthusiasm for independent lifelong learning.
Watch the story of founder, Lucy Robinson, and see inside the College below.
Informally Gathering for 7 years
Angelorum families had been gathering since 2010.
We had a vision for meeting the vital need of Catholics, and home educators in particular, for support and faith building.
We began a day program which ran on Mondays during the school terms. Here, we paid tutors to run non-core curriculum activities for our children. Over the years we have been blessed with many excellent teachers, including those who taught PE, Spanish, Drama, Craft, Literature, History, Catechesis and Science. These teachers have often remained in contact with us even after their formal departure from our program, and many have gone on to study teaching, due in part to their experience with our community.
Excursions have also been a regular feature of our program, with visits to the Queensland Art Gallery, Science Centre, Caboolture Historical Village and North Pine Water Treatment Plant, to name a few.
The Sacramental and prayer life of the Church has always been integrated into our program. "Angelorum Mondays" have always begun with Holy Mass. Lessons follow the time over a typical school day, and the Morning is peppered with opportunities for prayer, including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction.
We have also been involved in other outreach activities, such as sponsoring a First Saturday Mass to provide families with an opportunity for regular Confession and Mass each month. Our Nativity plays, movie events and recent 5km "Move-A-Thon" have been additional fundraising and outreach opportunities.
Becoming a real school: FOUNDED IN 2017
Over the years we realised it was necessary to formalise our governance, and thus became an Incorporated Association in Queensland using the name "Opus Angelorum Inc." (Latin: Work of the Angels). We also applied to be a recognised Not-for-Profit organisation, registering with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC). From here we further saw the great need in the community for a school which would assist families in their primary aim: the path to holiness.
There is no fruit without sacrifice, so in 2015 we began a costly and lengthy process to apply to the Queensland Non-State-Schools Accreditation Board (NSSAB) for formal accreditation to operate a Day and Distance Education School across Prep - Year 12.
On 26th August 2016, we obtained "Provisional Accreditation" from the NSSAB to start a school in 2017.
The months following the notice of provisional accreditation were frantic, getting ready for the commencement of the 2017 school year. However, the support from the staff and community was astounding, and we all managed to pull it off. Everywhere, the Lord's providence was apparent.
From the first day that the students have graced the classrooms, to now, we are continually amazed at the work that the Lord is doing here at Angelorum. The foundation staff, students and families, powered by the Blessed Sacrament in our midst (the "engine room"), have created something truly miraculous and the blessings have been abundant.