Ben McCabe - Augustine Academy Director
From Antiquity to the Modern era, Augustine Academy explores the History of Western Civilization
Homer, Shakespeare, Milton, C S Lewis, Tolkien and Lawson are just some of the giants of literature being studied
The wisdom of the ages are presented in light of the great thinkers in both Faith and Reason
"The place where three roads meet." A classical education consists of grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric disciplines
Augustine Academy offers students aged 16+ a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation – through the Liberal Arts.* We begin our year of study in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and continue through to the Modern era, studying each period through the lenses of our core subjects: philosophy, literature, history and theology.
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Amare veritatem est bona vita - The love of truth is the good life.
"Instruction in the Liberal Arts, if only it is moderate and concise, produces devotees more alert and steadfast and better equipped for embracing truth." - St Augustine
The Augustine Academy introduces students to Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric are the three subjects that form the ‘Trivium’ of a traditional liberal arts education. This foundational subject equips students with the tools to think clearly and communicate effectively.
The study of Western Civilisation is our journey from antiquity through to modern day. Beginning with Ancient Greek culture and the Roman Empire we weave through the Anglo Saxons and the Middle Ages to the rise of Christianity and the Modern era.
Learn Literature through the lense of the Great poets and writers from Greece and Rome, the Middle English period, the Renaissance and monumental works of the Modern era. Enter the worlds of Greek Mythology, Arthurian legend, Chaucer, Shakespeare, C S Lewis, Twain and JRR Tolkien.
The love of wisdom is Philosophy. The nature of our existence is explored by the great thinkers such as Aristotle. The existence of God and the relationship between Faith and Reason follow with Western Christianity. From the metaphysical and ethical we move through modern and contemporary philosophy.
Is there a God? Is God good? Is the Bible true? How can I understand Scripture? What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? We encourage a community of inquiry and critical thinking. We offer a space in which the fundamental experiences of our shared humanity can be discussed and debated.
Practice and learn the craft of acting and the delight of combining truth, beauty, and goodness for the purpose of entertainment. Learn the art of argument in Debating. With the the study of Logic learn Rationality and critical thinking. These will enable students to use proper arguments and debate effectively.
A hands-on introduction to Agriculture will enable students to embrace nature and learn invaluable skills. The course covers large scale vegetable cropping, dairy and livestock, wood and metal work. Make Cheese, butter, salami, and bread.
"I have enjoyed every aspect of the Academy. I will not only take away wonderful memories but I also end this year having grown as a person" -
"My favourite aspect about the Academy was the living environment, which encouraged me to be more independent and grow in confidence, learning not just about the liberal arts but also myself. It it was a great, positive place to live and learn. It builds a solid foundation for going into the world."
"One of the most adventurous and enlightening years I have ever had...I found the subjects to be some of the most insightful and brilliant studies I had done. A perfect combo of both mental and physical nourishment"
"You learn about some of the most interesting, important and beautiful things, including your faith... the amazing friends you make, the memorable moments, deep philosophical and theological talks you have with them. Augustine Academy really becomes a family."
"The Augustine Academy experience is precious, and entirely unique. ...such a potent combination of classical study, friendship, adventure, and personal growth. The Augustine Academy has deepened my understanding of the world and encouraged me in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty. It has enriched my life in the present and, I trust, for its remainder."
I realised towards the end of this year that my entire thinking process has gradually changed and evolved, becoming much more logical and deductive, assuming less, accepting and admitting my shortcomings in knowledge more, but not fearing to theorise. The more I learn the more I realise how little I know, but also the more I crave to continue learning."