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Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

‒ Aristotle

The rhythm of the school year is in full swing now with the ebb and flow of the daily comings and goings. The rattle of the wheeled cricket kits across the courtyard indicates that co-curricular training and games are upon us, and the chatter and cheers of delight around the handball courts in both Senior and Junior schools is the sign that new and old friendships and connections are being initiated and maintained. In the Ignatius Early Years, there have been squeals of delight from our three- and four-year-old students as they pick daisies and ride scooters or watch with great curiosity an enormous garbage truck manoeuvre in the laneway.

In these beginning weeks, it is quite evident that at Saint Ignatius we are not only educating the mind and the heart as Aristotle suggests, but we are a community that is working with our students to grow themselves in their entirety. I hope for all families returning and new to the College that the commencement of the school year has been positive and full of energy.

Last week at the Senior School Assembly, we had the joy of celebrating and listening to our joint Duces Zac Anderson and Jasmin Wu speak to us of their learning journey at the College. Jasmin and Zac were humble in their success and wise in their advice to the assembly. They expressed gratitude for their years of education at the College and the support of their teachers and friends. They both said to “get involved, try lots of things, apply yourself, find things you love to do”. Both said that their success was coupled with time spent enjoying their studies and the life journey in all its fullness. Their words of wisdom resonated with us all and demonstrated how impactful the love and support of their family and the College have been in shaping them as whole people. We wish them and the Class of 2022 every success as they embark on their next exciting chapter of life.

Zac Anderson

Recently, at the Senior School Swimming Carnival, we experienced a great day of competition, House spirit, and fun. Congratulations to our House Student Leaders and House Leaders for their enthusiasm and collective leadership of the day. The competition was fierce, and it was great to see the new group of Year 7s enjoy themselves, and all students get in and give it their best. Congratulations to the Sports Department for their leadership and to all staff for their support of such an enjoyable community day. Of course, there are winners on the day, Xavier taking out first place and the swimming trophy, and Kostka the Spirit Cup.

There has been wonderful feedback from parents, staff, and students across the College after the experiences of the three-way conversations in the Junior School, or the Mentor conversations in the Senior School. At the College, we are all the village that supports the child: parents as the first educators, and teachers as the partner in that educational journey. Goal setting, no matter what our age, gives us focus and accountability. Dreaming big for the year ahead is so important in a school context, and these conversations, school, and home support those dreams to come to fruition. Thank you to the staff for their work in this area and to parents for your engagement with the process.

Last weekend the College Board attended a strategy weekend at the Senior School campus. It was a very productive weekend exploring all areas of the College in terms of good governance. On the second day, the Board, the committees of the College Board, the Foundation Board, and Leadership Team attended to commence the process for the College’s new Strategic and Master Planning process. It was an energising weekend full of blue-sky thinking and big ideas. All members of the College community will have the opportunity to be part of the process that will unfold this year. Invitations will go out to parents, students, and staff from Term 2 to seek your ideas and your wisdom for the next exciting phase of the College’s development.

We pray for those devastated by the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. The images that fill the news are incredibly sad, and we feel so helpless when we see the enormity of the devastation. Glimmers of hope arise when after so long another person is rescued, but we know the journey ahead will be enormous. Let us all pray for those who have lost their lives in the earthquake, for the grieving families, and for the workers and rescuers from around the world who work tirelessly to bring hope to these broken communities.

With prayers of peace and hope,

Barbara Watkins
Principal

OREMUS (Let us pray)

We remember all in our College community. May our prayers comfort those suffering at this time. May God’s blessing be a source of support in their sorrow and loss, and bring courage, patience, and hope.

For those who have died:

  • Sr Bernadette Ziesing IBVM
  • Sr Joan Evans RSJ
  • Sr Margaret Mary Murphy RSJ

“Ask and you shall receive … knock and the door will be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

If you would like someone to be remembered by the College community in prayer (even anonymously), please provide details to the Rector, class or mentor Teacher, or House Leader.

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