Our school motto is 'Serve Him in Holiness' (Luke 1:75) and we do this by putting God first, then serving others before ourselves. This is encompassed in living out the virtues in daily life. Putting God first includes prioritising prayer, catechesis, study of Scripture and the Sacramental life of the Church. Serving others before ourselves includes being a faithful witness, building Christian community and looking for ways to provide acts of service to the broader community. Students who study at Angelorum College significantly improve their religious literacy from an approach that integrates the best curriculum with credible witnesses to the faith, whilst synchronised with the liturgical cycle, bringing students into communion with the whole Catholic Church.
Prayer is fundamental to an ongoing relationship with God and underpins the culture of Angelorum College. Both formal and informal opportunities arise throughout the day for both onsite and offsite learners. Each morning we all join together in praying Morning prayers (daily offering, Benedictus, Gospel reading of the day). The whole school stops at 12 to pray the Angelus, and afternoon prayers include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament whilst reciting the Gospel-meditated Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy or Stations of the Cross (depending on the liturgical season).
Students from Yrs 3 -10 also have the opportunity for weekly silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Whilst parents have the primary responsibily for Catholic catechesis (religious instruction), we seek to support the family through instruction daily which does not contradict the faithful Catholic formation being received at home. Religious instruction harmonises with the liturgical seasons of the Church and its Feast days and Penitential seasons. For example, we intentionally celbrate Easter during the whole 50 days after the Easter holidays, rather than beforehand during the Lenten season. Stuidents access an online program which supplements the classroom content and have access to 'new treasures as well as old' (Matt13:52). Many solid contemporary Catholic sources are combined with content in the Catechism of the Catholic Church especially as students progress to high school.
Participation in the sacramental life of the Church is essential in order to flourish as a fully alive human person. We are deeply grateful to visiting clergy who generously provide regular opportunities for participation in the Sacramental life of the Church, including Holy Mass, Benediction and Reconciliation.
Students from yrs 3 onwards have their own Bible which they are encouraged to use regularly for both lessons and prayer. Knowledge of Sacred Scripture is a foundational component of religious instruction.
OTHERS BEFORE OURSELVES
The privilege of being a member of staff at Angelorum College is one which also comes with a great responsibility. It provides an opportunity to witness to the joyful life of Christ as a member of His Church and supports the families who are also seeking to live out their vocations as missionary evangelists. This life is only a preparation for the one to come and having the eternal perspective changes the whole culture in the College and beyond.
"Human society must primarily be considered something pertaining to the spiritual. Through it, in the bright light of truth, men should share their knowledge, be able to exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations, be inspired to seek spiritual values; mutually derive genuine pleasure from the beautiful, of whatever order it be; always be readily disposed to pass on to others the best of their own cultural heritage; and eagerly strive to make their own the spiritual achievements of others. " Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1886.
Christian Community is an antidote to isolation and loneliness, particularly for young people who may have few relationships that support their spiritual life in the wider community. Angelorum College encourages students to make lifelong connections with each other as a means of mutual support. Through events such as our Annual Families Retreat at Marian Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland we seek to develop a community that is learning and growing together in what it means to be a faithful and joyful witness to Catholic faith in our culture.
ACTS OF SERVICE
'Widespread participation in voluntary associations and institutions is to be encouraged.' Catechism of the Catholic Church 1893
Students are encouraged to put others before themselves in concrete ways each day they make good choices to grow in virtue. The College as a whole has supported numerous community services over its years including visiting the aged at nearby Villa Maria