In 1543, the Bishop of Goa invited the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) to take charge of one of his Diocesan schools, the College of Saint Paul in Goa. Exactly 450 years later, in 1993, on the eve of the Feast of St Ignatius, Loyola College, Mount Druitt was opened under Jesuit administration.
Initially Loyola was established to provide a Year 11 and 12 education for students from the greater Mount Druitt area. In 1999 Loyola College was amalgamated with St Agnes and St Clare schools to become Christ Catholic College. In 2004 there was a further change to better meet the educational needs of the students, at this time Loyola Senior High School became a standalone school whilst still remaining a part of the Christ Catholic College Community of schools.
In 2011 the Catholic Trade Training Centre was opened, allowing students to complete simultaneously their HSC and first year of apprentice training.
In the 21st Century, we offer multiple pathways for students to meet their diverse needs, interests and abilities. From early subject course at University level to vocational and trade training programs we encourage students to pursue the right path of study to give them multiple qualifications on school completion.
We welcome diversity in culture, tradition and talent, and celebrate the richness each person brings to the whole community. We know and value one another and we strive to help students in their senior school journey by allowing them to match their hopes and dreams with their talents and strengths.
Find the learning pathway to best suit you
Our Crest and Motto
Loyola Catholic High School was very much established as a place that follows Ignatius’ values and as such, Ignatius historic crest has been partially adopted within the Loyola crest.
The Loyola crest is the ancient heraldic crest of Ignatius’ family. Ignatius descended from the Onaz and Loyola families, represented on the left and right sides of the crest respectively. The set of seven red bands on the field of gold was conferred on the Onaz family by King Alfonso XI of Castile in reward for the heroism, loyalty, bravery and dedicated commitment shown by seven brothers in the Battle of Beotibar on 19 September 1324. This battle saw the defeat of a vast, numerically stronger army, by a much smaller force.
The Loyolas are represented by a black pot or kettle suspended by a chain and set between two rising wolves against a silver/white background. The kettle suggests a domestic theme of hospitality and feasting and the presence of the wolves suggests that even after banqueting, there was always something left over for the ravenous wolves. The word ‘Loyola’ itself is derived from the Basque word ‘loi’ meaning loam or muddy soil; ‘ol’ is a suffix meaning abundance or profusion, and ‘a’ is the definite article. Together, ‘Loyola’ suggests an area of land that is abundantly fertile.
Loyola Senior High School, then, is a place that celebrates courage, fidelity, service, generosity and hospitality. These are precious virtues often growing in the face of considerable adversity and overwhelming odds. It is in a rich and fertile school climate and environment that these virtues are to flourish and accompanying talents be developed. These virtues and opportunities to develop talents are extended to all who are receptive to them.
The colours adopted by the school – red, yellow and black – have both an historical and contemporary significance. Red and yellow are the colours in the arms of the Loyola Family. It is appropriate then to incorporate them in to the crest of a school, which bears that name. By joining them with black, we acknowledge the heritage, culture and spirituality of the First Australians whose history in this region, as the Dharug People – the people who live between the sea and the mountains – has been a proud yet oft-times tragic one. A recurring theme in the writings of Saint Ignatius is that God is to be sought and found in all things. For Ignatius, God is Creator and Lord, the one reality that is absolute.
Finding God in All Things
The particular spirituality that we offer and cultivate here at Loyola Senior High, is proclaimed in our motto: “Finding God in All Things”. If our Ignatian educational philosophy embraces the whole person, then our spirituality embraces the whole world. We do not impose a spirituality on the world, but we try to discern God’s presence already active in our world. God’s presence is all-pervasive so that God may be encountered not only on Sundays, but also on weekdays and in all the experiences and events of those days; not only in religious ritual and icons, but also in the faces of our sisters and brothers; not only in the chapel, but also in the classroom; and not only in the pastoral, but also in the academic and across the entire curriculum. God is to be found in all our learning and living, in ourselves, and in the other.
Who we are
We are a Christ-centred community
Loyola Senior High School is a community centred on the person of Jesus Christ. All are valued, since we are made in the image and likeness of God. In our community:
- we recognise the uniqueness and dignity of the individual, our most immediate encounter with the person of Jesus
- we take Jesus as our model of a life spent in service, inspiring our students to be men and women for others, working for the greater good of all; we take Jesus as a model of compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation
- we nurture the full human development of the individual person, through our commitment to pastoral care and through engendering a sense of hope in every person for a better future
- we form a community, one body of many parts, which is centred on others, is safe and peaceful, secure, co-operative and hope-filled
- we welcome diversity in culture, tradition and talent, and celebrate the richness each person brings to the whole community
- we know and value one another, standing with one another in the reality of our lives
Where do I find Christ?
When am I Christ-like?
St Ignatius: Is our love expressed in deeds, rather than words
For the greater good (The Magis)
At Loyola Senior High School, the magis, ‘the more’, is a key for making choices among competing values. The entire life of Ignatius Loyola was a search for the magis; that is, the more universal good, the more effective means, the more generous service of others and the ever greater glory of God, remembering that "the glory of God is the human person fully alive".
Therefore we encourage students to:
- reflect on the choices before them, always seeking the greater good
- choose that which is of lasting value, rather than the short-term or transient
- responsibly question the status quo, rejecting mediocrity, risking the extraordinary
- see boundaries not as obstacles or ends, but as new challenges to be faced, new opportunities for growth
- live lives of integrity, by being honest in relations with others
- nurture a positive learning environment for all, which acknowledges and promotes the highest standards of achievement
What limits me in realising my potential?
Where can I do the most good and give the best service?
Whole person formation
We recognise ‘excellence’ as the achievement of one's full potential in the service of others.
The graduate of Loyola Senior High School will be a person of competence, conscience and compassion:
- competence embraces a broad spectrum of abilities — academic proficiency (including the ability to reason reflectively, logically and critically), technological and vocational skills, an appreciation of creative arts, sport and leisure and effective communication skills
- a person of conscience discerns what is right, good and true and has the courage to do it, takes a stand when necessary, has a passion for social justice and is an influential leader in their community. Such a person is a person of integrity
- a compassionate person responds to those who are in greatest need, who walks with others to empower them, in solidarity and empathy
this formation incorporates ongoing experience, reflection and action
The ultimate aim of this formation is to assist students in matching their talents and strengths with their hopes and dreams, knowing that it is this integration to which God calls them.
What do I have to offer?
What am I called to do?
The school as community
The strength of a community working in the service of the Kingdom is greater than any individual or group of individuals. We are one body of many parts. Therefore the school:
- fosters collaboration among its students, the parents, the teaching and administrative staff and with outside agencies and networks
- prepares students for active participation in the local church community through the experience of creative and prayerful liturgies and active commitment to works of justice and charity
- draws its vision and strength from the Ignatian heritage and family to which it belongs
- supports the networking and growth of the Christ Catholic College Community of Schools to which it belongs with St Agnes Catholic High School at Rooty Hill and St Clare’s Catholic High School at Hassall Grove
- supports the networking and growth of the Christ Catholic College Community of Schools with the Catholic Primary Schools of the area, notably Holy Family Primary, Emerton, St Aidan’s Primary, Rooty Hill, Sacred Heart Primary, South Mount Druitt, Good Shepherd Primary, Plumpton and Saint Francis’ Primary, Glendenning
- responds to the particular needs of both the local community and of the world.
When is the school most a community, a family?
What opportunities can take our vision and concerns beyond the front gates?