History of Loyola
Phase 1 - Loyola College
In 1543 the Bishop of Goa invited the Society of Jesus (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 Saint Ignatius, Loyola College, Mount Druitt, was opened at the invitation of the former Bishop of Parramatta, Bishop Bede Heather, who with the then Executive Director of Schools for the Diocese, Ms Ann Clark, had invited the Jesuits to the diocese to administer the College.
Loyola College was established to provide Year 11 and 12 places for young men and women from the Greater Mount Druitt area. The College draws its students largely from, but is not limited by, the five regional parishes of Doonside, Mount Druitt, Mount Druitt South, Plumpton and Rooty Hill. The majority of students over the years 1993-1997 have come from the Year 7-10 school, Saint Agnes’ Catholic High School, with a significant number of students seeking enrolment from local state schools. It was originally intended that students from the new Year 7-10 school at Hassall Grove, Clare Catholic High, would, on completion of Year 10 proceed to Loyola. This occurred in 1998 with students from Clare enrolling for Year 11.
In the developmental phase of the College, the Enabling Committee of parents, teachers and pastors indicated that the senior high school should endeavour to prepare students for a wide range of needs and career options, from trade through to tertiary entrance.
Phase 2 - Loyola Campus of Christ Catholic College
In 1999 Loyola College amalgamated with Saint Agnes and Clare schools to become Christ Catholic College. The same goal remained in place for Loyola Campus of the new College as for Loyola College. An expanded curriculum to accommodate increased numbers and diversity of educational need, saw approximately 60 courses offered to students. A strong Pathways curriculum was put in place, which embraced courses with Emmaus Catholic College, TAFE [TVET], and the Australian Catholic University.
During this period, the third stage of Loyola's building program was completed. The Miguel Pro SJ Performing Arts Centre, the Frank Browne SJ Photography Centre, the Andrea Pozzo SJ Visual Arts Centre and a new Staff Study was completed.
Phase 3 - Loyola Senior High School
In midyear 2004, in order to serve in a more focused way the educational needs of the students and their families in the Greater Mount Druitt Area, the leadership structure of Christ Catholic College changed. Loyola became a stand alone senior high school, whilst remaining a member of the Christ Catholic College Community of Schools. The community of schools will form a network to: facilitate connectedness across the three schools; ensure continuity of enrolment from Years 7-12; provide a continuity of curriculum, learning opportunities and pastoral care from Years 7-12; promote the community of schools within the wider community; maintain expectations and significant traditions.
As Loyola Senior High School moves into this final stage of development, as the only senior high school in the Diocese of Parramatta, it has the unique opportunity of developing a curriculum and timetable most suitable to becoming more comprehensively an adult learning environment.
Loyola seeks to embrace the full range of students in the area, with their diverse needs and talents. Accordingly, in keeping with the authentically Catholic vision of inclusivity, it will endeavour to meet the widely differing needs of all those students genuinely committed to learning and improving themselves. Its curriculum, then, will span a full range of courses designed to cater for further tertiary studies at university and TAFE and other institutions of further learning, as well as prepare students for the workforce through the delivery of vocational educational courses.
In 2011 the Loyola Trade Training Centre was opened with an anticipated enrolment of 90 students who will complete both the HSC and the first year of apprentice training. Trades undertaken in the centre include Hospitality, Hairdressing, Electro Technology, Automotive, Construction, Metals and Brick and Block.
One of the distinguishing features of a catholic education is its commitment to be inclusive. This Loyola seeks to do, developing the talents of each individual in a caring and safe environment.