Thank You For Visiting St. Augustine Academy of Ventura California

Once again we gather to renew old friendships and forge new ones. We enter together, as a community of learners – students, teachers and parents – the task, outlined in our mission, of forming our theological, intellectual and moral virtues as we pursue Heaven, the Truth and the Good. In fidelity to the truths of our Holy Catholic Church, the mission of Saint Augustine Academy is to assist parents in their duty of fostering within their children growth in the theological, intellectual, and moral virtues.

 As we pursue these noble goals, let us walk together with the guidance of our Holy Patron, St. Augustine. Each year we remind ourselves that we, individually and collectively, must strive to more fully understand and live according to St. Augustine’s most famous quotation:

“Our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in Thee.”

I propose we all take a refresher course in gratitude – to be truly thankful for our Church, especially one of her principle ministries, education, and in particular for the blessing that is St. Augustine Academy. As a first teaching in this refresher, we consider a few quotes from G.K. Chesterton:

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, waling, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

Let us say grace, i.e., give gratitude to God, for this school – for her time-honored principles of virtue and education, for her families and the beautiful children who make up this St. Augustine family, and for the faculty, staff and, in a particular way, with extra gratitude, our benefactors. Let’s all strive to adopt these ideals – students, teachers and parents alike, and build each other up in the friendship of Christ and as citizens of one nation, under God.

God Bless,
Michael J. Van Hecke
Headmaster
P.S.

Saint Augustine Academy has been named, for the eighth consecutive year, to the Catholic Education Honor Roll

- The only one in Ventura County and one of only two Catholic High Catholic Honor Roll Schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to receive such a distinction.Catholic Honor Roll

The Academy also holds the distinction of being the longest ongoing member of the Honor Roll for California schools – achieving Honor Roll status every year since 2007.
“It is an honor for St. Augustine’s to be recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as a School of Excellence in the United States. This distinction confirms our commitment to the mission of Catholic education. I applaud the parents, students, teachers, staff and supporters for their hard work and commitment to assuring that a strong Catholic identity grounds all we do in preparing our students to be future leaders in both society and the Church.”
Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States.