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The Saint Ignatius Patronal Feast Day Mass is a special opportunity when the whole school community comes together from Early Years, through Junior School, to Senior School. Our Year 12 students spent the morning with students at the Junior School participating in a variety of classroom activities, including playing Simon Says in Chinese, sharing stories of life at the Senior School, and joining in playing Duck Duck Goose at lunchtime. Our senior students enjoyed the interactions, and we are grateful to the staff at the Junior School for making us welcome.

The feast day celebrates the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Feast days in the Church are generally celebrated on the day the person died and entered into Heaven. Rather than being a day of sadness, the Feast of Saint Ignatius is a special day when Jesuits and companions around the world celebrate his life and legacy. We are indeed fortunate to share this occasion as part of the global Jesuit community.

This year we gathered as a whole school for an arial photo to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Ignatius’ conversion, that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began his transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim, the companion, the founder, and the Saint. Following the photo, the community divided into two groups and gathered in the Norwood Church and the new Tappeiner Gymnasium at the Junior School for Mass. It is moving at the end of the Mass when we sing together the College Hymn – Deo Gloria (Glory to God).

On Friday, we enjoyed our House Performances in the Dennett Centre. The House Captains and Senior Leaders led the students as they prepared and presented their House interpretation of the theme to the Senior School community.

Mr Phil Donato
Head of Senior School

Patronal Feast Day2022

Patronal Feast Day Mass - St Ignatius Church, Norwood

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Patronal Feast Day Mass - Tappeiner Gym, Mary Glowrey Centre

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