The vision for Aldridge originated from parents themselves. They desired to have a place, outside of home and school, where their sons could spend time and have the educational values of the home supported. It had to be a place that was enjoyable to visit and, at the same time, offering challenges to young people to learn and develop themselves.
The establishment of a “study centre” met these desires. Education Development Association took on the task of establishing Aldridge Study Centre and, as with all its projects, stipulated that the centre should be open to all male students, regardless of religious or cultural background.
Aldridge Study Centre is located on the corner of Eagle Terrace and Aldridge Street, Auchenflower, but there is a meaning in ‘Aldridge’ beyond this. In German, the name Aldridge means ‘sage’. A sage in classical philosophy, is someone who has attained the wisdom which a philosopher seeks. A sage is a wise man; a man of gravity and wisdom, of sound judgment and prudence. The Sacred Scriptures have countless advise in regards wisdom which tie in well with the ethos of Aldridge Study Centre. For example:
Likewise, many saints have encouraged the path to acquire wisdom. St Josemaria Escriva, for example, offers insight in this regard:
If you are sensible and humble, you will have realised that one never stops learning… This happens in every field; even the wisest will always have something to learn, until the end of their lives; if they don’t, they cease to be wise.
(Furrow, Number 272)
Aldridge Study Centre has an owl as part of the logo. In many cultures, owls represent wisdom and knowledge because their nocturnal vigilance is associated with that of the studious scholar or wise elder. According to one Christian tradition, owls represent the wisdom of Christ.