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Last week, the College hosted the first-ever Learning by Refraction Trainers Lab in Australia. Learning by Refraction is a contemporary application of Ignatian pedagogy, developed and implemented by Jesuit academics, Fr Johnny Go SJ and Rita Atienza. Fr Johnny and Rita both flew in from Manilla to facilitate the course. Attendees from Jesuit companion schools, St Aloysius' College, Saint Ignatius College Riverview, and Xavier College Kew, were warmly welcomed to the College. The four-day workshop, challenged participants to consider the learning needs of students within their specific work context, evaluate their teaching methods, and identify how the implementation of Ignatian pedagogy would enhance student learning experiences.

The conversations were candid, rich and informative, whilst activities were hands on, collaborative and provided significant constructive feedback. All participants deepened their understanding of how important and relevant Ignatian pedagogy is within the current educational landscape, and are now well equipped to support their peers, by facilitating and leading future professional learning opportunities within their school settings. Our College, in particular, is well placed to support our teaching staff having had 7 participants complete the workshops.

Kain Noack
Head of Studies and Innovation

The Learning by Refraction principles offer the perfect environment for students to develop their knowledge around existing concepts and the opportunity to learn new concepts

Angelo Picca
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Back Row (L-R): Kain Noack, Peter Watters, Andrew Taylor, Nerissa O’Brien, Andrew Dodson, Jennie Hickey, Steve Uren and Nick Hauschild Front Row (L-R): Angelo Picca, Elizabeth Phipps, Fr Johnny Go SJ, Rita Atienza, Sue Thomas, Dominique Maturia, Monique Dalli and Emma Lilley.

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