We seek to develop in our students a personal and active faith relationship with Jesus Christ, inspired by the example of St Francis and our Franciscan heritage.
The College offers rich and engaging experiences to open our young women to the presence of Jesus in their lives, through the Religious Education curriculum, liturgies and Refection Days.
At every Year Level, our students have opportunities to support and participate in social justice action. This is integrated in the Religious Education curriculum through Years 7 to 12 and is also part of co-curricular activities.
We encourage and support student-led initiatives and campaigns. Each Year Level has a social justice focus, for which students take local and global action to improve the lives of others in meaningful ways.
This begs the question: what is my response? Since God is present/active in the love of our relationships, one response I can make is to build and maintain good relationships with everyone. Another question to ponder: how am I going to use my gifts to lift up those in need? What great things am I doing for others?
2021 College Theme
‘God is our guiding light’
The first thing we need to acknowledge is how counter-cultural this statement is.
We live in a world obsessed with gaining and wielding power whether it is political, economic or interpersonal. What Jesus, Francis,
St Clare urges us to be guided by God just as she was. One way that this can happen is through honest communication with God in prayer. God can also guide us through the light of reading the Bible, especially the Gospels. Through prayerful discernment, God can guide us through the people and events of our lives. God shines light through the teachings of the Church, such as the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.
Accepting the palm from the bishop on Palm Sunday 1212 was the moment when Clare was guided by God to finally leave her parents and their wealth and follow St Francis to adopt a life of poverty completely given to following Jesus Christ.
Through deep prayer and contemplation in front of the San Damiano cross over 40 years, God was her guiding light as she led the order of Poor Ladies (now Poor Clares).
Since Ave Maria College is a faith community, God guides all of us. We know that we live our faith through the actions of each day, especially treating each person with respect since they are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1:26).
Faith In Action
Ave Maria College enjoys a sister relationship with St Maria Mazzarello School in Venilale.
Since 2014, the College has undertaken various fundraisers for the school which includes the annual Mission Action Day and one other major annual fundraiser event.