A love for the classics
When my two older children completed their home schooling, my youngest daughter Asha, who was 16, was unsure what the 2019 school year would hold.
When a friend told me about Augustine Academy, we thought it could be something that Asha might benefit from.
Having some background in classical Christian home schooling and hearing about the opportunities that Asha would have, we were excited for her.
Living in Western Australia we knew this would mean long stretches of time without seeing her. Each term was five to six weeks.
We prayed and agreed that if this was the path for Asha then doors would open and shut accordingly.
By February this year we had not heard back from the other field of study that interested her. We took that as a sign, along with the growing excitement and peace in our hearts that this was the way.
Asha and I are very close. I love her dearly but I also knew in my heart that she was meant to be at the Academy. So I never worried. I had peace.
During 2019 Asha has thrived. I would say she has had an opportunity to see what she is capable of academically. She hadn’t realised how much she loved the classics.
Socially it has been a wonderful opportunity as she has forged great friendships and navigated residential living with diplomacy and skill and much love.
Spiritually Asha has benefitted from the great example of the leaders and mentors at the Academy. She enjoys Mass and has a new depth and appreciation for her faith which is personal to her.
In the past when people asked me about classical home school education, I would describe it as an opportunity to understand one’s own culture as it has formed over the years. A bit like climbing up a tree gives one a perspective of which way to go.
I believe a Liberal Arts education allows a person to join ‘The Great Conversation’, to find a voice and be able to express and understand their own cultural roots.
I can only recommend the Augustine Academy as an enriching and life changing opportunity.