As the leading Catholic school in Ealing, faith is at the heart of all we do at St Augustine’s Priory. Every day we all live out the Gospel values.
The charism of our founding order, the Augustinian Canonesses Regular of the Lateran, is still present in our community here. Our mission is not just written in the mission statement but it is lived out every day by all in our community.
Every day begins with prayer; from the youngest in the Nursery to the Sixth Form tutor groups. Three Faith Life Prefects are appointed to help co-ordinate and lead a variety of events during the year. They are assisted by a team of Liturgy Prefects from each Senior Form class. Every Wednesday the celebration of Mass takes place in our Chapel. Terms always begin and end with Mass or special Liturgies. Every February half-term the whole school celebrates our Feast Day with Mass in Ealing Abbey. Our Carol Service also is held in the Abbey. These services are held with the kind permission of the Abbot of Ealing.
“The compassion that you have shown and outreach that you have provided is testimony to the Gospel values that are clearly rooted in your School, St Augustine’s Priory, and all that you do. Thank you so much for your most generous donation and for your charity. It is very much appreciated” Headteacher, local Catholic primary school
Those girls making their First Holy Communion in their own parishes also celebrate this important sacrament in school with our annual First Holy Communion Mass at Corpus Christi. As a community we also mark our older students who make their Confirmation in their parishes with a special Confirmation Celebration close to Pentecost. Both sets of students are linked together is school as part of our ‘Faith Friends’ programme.
Also with the kind permission of the Abbot of Ealing, several old girls also have held their weddings in the Chapel, showing how important the relationship between girl and school continues to be once they leave us. Throughout the year lunchtime prayers are held in the Chapel or the Prayer Garden, with the theme always linking to the Liturgical Year. Each Senior year group has the opportunity to take part in a retreat, either held here at school or at the Diocese of Westminster’s retreat centre, SPEC in Pinner. Girls of other faiths are also given opportunities in assemblies to share their faiths with the rest of the school. To the side of the Chapel we have a multi-faith prayer room for students to use.
The school has been involved in the work of the Three Faiths Forum since 2010. We are linked with Unity Girls High School, a Muslim school for girls based in Hendon. A group of Upper IV (year 9) girls meet up three times a year with pupils from Unity to share their beliefs, ideas and experiences as young women of faith in 21st century London.
“I wanted to thank you for your wonderful support and hospitality throughout the teaching of the CCRS course in your lovely school. It has been a great venue for teachers and Mrs Knowles has ensured that everyone has been very well informed, incredibly well looked after and has had everything ready and waiting. I know Deacon Anthony was very touched by the gift he was given, which was a lovely thought and indicative of the warmth and generosity always displayed at St Augustine’s.”
During Lent Term each House chooses a charity to raise money for during Charities Week. We also support CAFOD’s Fast Days during Harvest and Lent. Local charities that we regularly support are Ealing Foodbank and the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster). The students often ask for charity collections to take place for causes they want to support.As a Catholic school we work towards the Common Good. During Advent the Faith Life Prefects and their team of Liturgy Prefects organise a CAFOD World Gifts collection. In classes the girls pick a selection of gifts and raise money for communities overseas by purchasing a variety of gifts from chickens, cows, and bicycles for midwives to water pumps.