Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #1
Ignatian Mission & Identity
College Theme for 2024 – Accompany and Learn from Each Other
The College Theme for this year is Accompany and Learn from Each Other. This theme is a quote that is attributed to St Ignatius of Loyola. Jesuits and the wider Catholic Church embrace the notion of accompaniment – we see this in the Gospels on The Road to Emmaus which is an invitation for us to journey with Christ, to seek understanding in the scriptures, to recognise Him in the breaking of bread, and to be attentive to His presence in the ordinary moments of life – by extension, to find God in all things.
Ignatius left us with a legacy that emphasises the transformative power of companionship and mutual learning. His teachings encourage us to recognise the inherent dignity and potential in every individual, fostering a community where each member supports and enriches the lives of others. In the educational setting, this principle holds immeasurable value.
In the spirit of our Ignatian charism, let us create an environment where curiosity thrives, where questions are valued, and where the exchange of ideas becomes a collaborative and open space for dialogue and learning. In doing so, we contribute to the formation of well-rounded individuals capable of engaging with the world critically and compassionately.
The wisdom of Saint Ignatius beckons us to embrace the transformative power of companionship and mutual learning. As we accompany and learn from each other, we not only enrich our own lives but contribute to the vibrant tapestry of our school community. Let us commit to fostering an environment where every member is valued, where the exchange of knowledge is a dynamic and reciprocal process, and where the spirit of Ignatian values guides us in our shared pursuit of excellence in education.
I sincerely wish to thank Olivia Lawson (12/XBAM) and Ms Julia O’Brien for their hours of work in designing our banner for this year – we can see the spirit of our school students being on a journey together, walking on a path that is undulating, meaning that unexpected challenges may arise that we can overcome if we accompany and learn from each other. It also shows the openness and diversity within our community.
Together, let us embark on this journey of accompaniment and learning, shaping the future for our students and our community.
Welcome to 2024
On Tuesday this week, the staff came together for the Opening Year Staff Mass, celebrated by Fr. Gerry Healy SJ. As we welcome our new students and the Year 7s, and as Year 12 embark on their journey this year with their senior studies, the pins that they will wear on their blazers were blessed by Fr. Gerry. These pins will be presented to our students this term in assembly. We welcome all of our students back for the new academic year and wish them all the very best with their studies.