Any education that is true to the spirit of our patron, Saint Ignatius Loyola is concerned with forming or shaping the whole person – mind, heart and hands.
Formation of the mind to think critically and reflectively; formation of the heart from which is to spring character, virtue, spiritual depth; and development of practical skills in whatever field of endeavour one pursues. These are the trademarks of an Ignatian education.
For the past 450 years, Jesuits have made education their focus throughout the world. Loyola Senior High School students are among the 1,900,000 students who are the recipients of an Ignatian education.
Loyola, then, is not merely concerned with ‘getting a good HSC’, important as this is. Education is not limited to short-term achievements. Its focus is the full, lifelong development of the students entrusted to us. It is concerned with what type of person we will become. It is why what goes on beyond the classroom is as important as what transpires within it. How we relate to others, how we cope with our circumstances, how we deal with our problems and even, from time to time, our tragedies, are all important moments of caring, learning and growth.