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This week we celebrated the life and service of Jean-François Régis, commonly known as John Francis Regis, patron of Regis House. Father John was known as a tireless worker who worked with those on the margins of society for most of his life. In our liturgy we were able to share in the Year 5 social justice project, in their learning and support of Hutt Street Centre. While developing their understanding and awareness of others, our Year 5s actioned several projects, raising over $4,000. This outstanding effort is reflective of their deep learning and advocacy for the cause. Thank you to all the parents for your support of these important initiatives: you are modelling the values of love and service we aspire for our children.

At the conclusion of the liturgy, we thanked the incumbent Year 6 student leadership for all their efforts this year and commissioned the leadership elect for 2024. Leadership at Ignatius does not come with a badge. American writer Chris Lowney said that we all lead, all the time, either poorly or well, whether we know it or not. Within this context our students are encouraged to lead within the school, regardless of their year level. They are urged to build student agency through myriad formal and informal opportunities in the classroom, in their play time, and in their co-curricular activities.

The concept of the ‘magis’, meaning ‘more’ or ‘greater’, is another cornerstone of Ignatian leadership. It calls us to find the deeper, more loving response to any given situation. This principle challenges us to strive for excellence in all aspects of our lives. Ignatian leadership also thrives on collaboration and community building. Saint Ignatius believed in the strength of unity and encouraged leaders to work together for the greater good. Ignatian leaders are encouraged to maximize their potential and make a positive impact on the world.

As students navigate the complex landscape of learning and prepare for the challenges of the future, the principles of Ignatian leadership provide a timeless guide. In the spirit of Saint Ignatius, we are reminded ‘in all things, to love and to serve’. It is from this premise that our student leaders are poised to ignite positive change and leave an indelible mark on the world.

Nic Boys
Head of Junior School

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