St Augustine’s Catholic College celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, 11 July with a whole school mass with Bishop Declan Lang of the Clifton Diocese. Joined by Canon Liam O’Driscoll, local parishioners from St John the Baptist, past students and staff, it was a wonderful occasion made even more beautiful by the contributions of the young people. Decorated with mobiles and banners made by Years 7 and 8 which represented the virtues and ethos of the college, the Sports Hall was alive with celebration throughout the occasion. A specially commissioned song ‘Together’ was written by past pupil James Otto and sung by the collected voices of the choir, the orchestra and the whole congregation. Its powerful lyrics which embody young people’s voices in today’s world will become the college’s school song. Prayers were read by students in 13 different languages.
At the beginning of the joyful celebration, students were reminded that the college opened in 1967 to 140 pupils and 9 teachers and has grown since then to one that employs over 130 staff and educates almost 1000 pupils each year. The school’s main building is named after Canon Hudson who was the driving force in raising the money to build St Augustine’s Catholic College. Having already proved his worth by raising the money to buy Bradford on Avon town hall (and turn it into St Thomas More church) he then set about persuading the parishes of Westbury, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Frome, Melksham and Warminster of the need for a Catholic Secondary School. It was his drive and enthusiasm which resulted in the College being opened in January 1967.
Mr Alsop, Head teacher, said, ‘We have helped to make a positive difference to so many lives, and I am proud that we continue to thrive as an outstanding school delivering amazing examination results year on year and proud that we help to ‘grow’ young people who are not afraid to make a positive difference in their communities.’