St. Augustine’s College: A beacon of academic excellence in Cape Coast

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St. Augustine’s College, nestled in the heart of Cape Coast, Ghana, stands as a beacon of academic excellence and Catholic tradition. Established in 1930 in the village of Amissano near Elmina, it was conceived as a training college and seminary by the Roman Catholic Church.

Named after the renowned theologian St. Augustine of Hippo, the institution bears the motto "Omnia Vincit Labor," signifying the triumph of perseverance.

In 1933, recognizing the need for a dedicated Catholic school, the Roman Catholic Church, under the leadership of Monsignor W. T. Porter, decided on Cape Coast as the ideal location.

The foundation stone was laid in 1935, marking the beginning of a rich educational legacy. Father Maurice B. Kelly, previously of the Amissano Training College (now St. Teresa’s Seminary, Amisano), assumed the role of the first Head Dean or Headmaster.

Affectionately known as "AUGUSCO," St. Augustine’s College has fostered a vibrant alumni community referred to as "APSUnians." The school's deep-rooted Catholic heritage often intertwines with that of Holy Child High School, Ghana, leading to a tradition of marriages between alumni of the two institutions, believed to uphold Catholic values.

The academic prowess of St. Augustine’s students is evident in their consistently high performance in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams.

Notably, the college boasts two victories in the prestigious National Science and Mathematics Quiz, triumphing in 2007 and 2019. The latter victory marked the culmination of their exceptional abilities in the sciences, with the college producing contestants who represented Ghana on the international stage.

In addition to academic achievements, St. Augustine’s College has excelled in inter-school competitions, clinching the championship title in the 2019 Ghana National Science and Maths Quiz for the second time, following their initial victory in 2007.

Their dominance in this arena underscores their commitment to excellence and innovation in education. Moreover, their success extends beyond academia, as evidenced by their triumph in the 2016 Sprite Ball Championship.

As St. Augustine’s College continues to uphold its legacy of academic excellence and Catholic values, it remains a cornerstone of education in Ghana, nurturing future leaders and scholars who embody the spirit of perseverance and achievement.



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