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?
2020 College Theme
‘True power is love’
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,
Clare, Mary and Helene tell us is completely different. I think it is something we already know, something we already sense to be true but can forget in the day-to-day events of our lives.
Love changes people’s hearts. Love opens us up to relationships. It is in the magic, joy and pain of relationships that we are most human, we are most the way that God made us to be. It is no wonder that we believe that God is love.
Our world mistakes political, economic or interpersonal power for the real thing. Instead we need to listen to what it says in Matthew’s Gospel:
Jesus called the disciples to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave (Matthew 20: 25-27)
And so, with Helene, we say that ‘true power is love’.
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.