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During the course of this week, the College participated in its third Ignatian Ethos and Identity Review, conducted by Jesuit Education Australia (JEA).

These reviews are conducted every five years to provide assessment and feedback on how Jesuit schools are remaining faithful to their mission and charism.

The review explored the College’s performance with respect to the five ‘Lenses’ listed below.

  1. Mission – how is the College Catholic and Jesuit?
  2. Formation – how does the College form the various members of its community in the Ignatian tradition?
  3. Programs in Practice – how do the College’s curricular and co-curricular programs reflect Ignatian-guiding documents and Catholic teaching to provide educational excellence and transform the hearts and minds of its community to be men and women for others?
  4. National and Global Networking – how does the College engage with other Jesuit Apostolic works, both nationally and internationally, in order to develop a broader world view that raises awareness of the complexities and concerns of other communities?
  5. Governance and Leadership – how does the College leadership ensure sound governance of its work and commitment to collaborating with the mission of the Society of Jesus?

Our review panel had three members who were Ms Nicki Patten, Executive Director of JEA; Mrs Jennie Hickey, Formation and Education Officer, JEA; and Mr Mark Tannock, Principal, Saint Aloysius’ College in Sydney.

We are very grateful to these three individuals for sharing their time and expertise with us and in speaking to so many members of our community, Board, staff, students, and families.

We look forward to their report later this term.

Also this week, we had our first Senior School Assembly for the term, and one of our speakers was Dr Nathan Leber, our Coordinator of Pastoral Care.

As a new member of staff, Dr Leber continued a 30-year tradition of such staff commenting on their initial impressions of the school. I was delighted to hear Nathan speak so enthusiastically about his sense of welcome in the community and how he had also been made to feel a sense of belonging. He spoke a little of his time as a House Leader at Saint Ignatius Riverview in Sydney, and it was obvious to all that he is a very Ignatian leader and a great addition to our staff.

Finally, on Wednesday 17 August we begin Intercol 18, and for the next week or so after that in Australian rules football, basketball, chess, debating, hockey, netball, and soccer, we will enjoy fierce but friendly competition with our rivals at Mercedes.

I have said this before, but it is worth repeating, that we are very fortunate to have such a respectful and inclusive Intercol competition with Mercedes, and I am confident that we will again enjoy the experience this year.

I wish all concerned good luck – Go Wolves!

Deo Gloria

Mr Peter Coffey

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:

  • Tadeusz (Ted) Krupka, past parent

“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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Dr Nathan Leber addressing staff and students at the Senior School Assembly,

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Also at the Assembly, Gabrielle Elias (Year 9), was presented with three trophies in recognition of her success in the Rostrum Voice of Youth national public speaking competition.

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