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It is with a deep sense of gratitude that our school year has begun. There is a busyness that goes with the start of a school year and the possibilities for growth and development. There are the excitement and apprehension of new routines, the gift and uncertainty of friendships, the challenges of study and co-curricular. There are goals to pursue, frontiers to be discovered, ardours to be satisfied.

We are mindful of the ever-present requirements of the Omicron spread and will adapt to interruptions in the coming weeks the best we can. We look forward to all classes being at school, and at sports, arts, and activities, and to our faith and service program flourishing. May we continue to transition with hope and practical resolve.

In this environment of constant change, it is important to stay connected. Some will remember the Jesuit Julian Butler who worked at the College in 2019. He writes in Australian Catholics about the beginning of the school year and the sense of community through our Catholic ethos. “As students and staff, parents, and families, return to Catholic schools, we are a community that seeks after God, recognising the dignity of all and the need to live with a concern for the conditions that allow for freedom and fulfillment. Community is being built, Church is being connected, and something of the mystery of God might be shared in this space.” Click HERE to read the complete article.

The Ignatian ethos of faith and service is at the heart of all we do at Saint Ignatius’ College. This is a special responsibility for me as Rector and Peter Coffey as Principal. Jacquie McCabe works on the College Leadership Team as Head of Ignatian Ethos/Faith and Service. This year Fr Eka Tanaya SJ will also assist in the role of Jesuit Consultant in Ignatian Ethos. We work with all at the school to promote this though our community. Rosemary Allen and her team lead this at Ignatius Early Years and Nic Boys, Anne Mercorella, Amanda Landolfi, and others do likewise at the Junior School.

The faith and service team at the Senior School includes our faith and service student leaders – Mackenzie Kalleske, Jessica Lemire, Cathryn Williams, Harriet Mee, Beth Leyden, Jess Rice, and Amira Sommariva. It is run by Danika Tremonte, Youth Minister and Ignatian Service Coordinator; Emma Lilley and Jess Morrish, the RE Curriculum Coordinators; Nick Hauschild, Sustainability Coordinator; Victoria Coxhill, the Aboriginal Education Coordinator; and Aaron Dohse, the Liturgical Music Coordinator. Phil Donato, Head of Senior School, Rob Passaniti, Director of Student Wellbeing, and Nathan Leber, Pastoral Care Coordinator, and our House Leaders liaise well with the team.

We encourage all our staff to exercise leadership in the area of faith and service and indeed hope that this becomes a special gift in the formation of our students and the lives of families in our community. The essence of a Jesuit school is its commitment to a faith tradition through the person of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the gospel. As we seek to deepen our understanding of being men and women for and with others, as a community that loves, works, and learns together, we give witness to God’s activity in our world.

Fr Peter Hosking SJ

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:

  • Sister Janet Mead RSM
  • Peg Ardill (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 Home Group Teacher, or Year Coordinator.

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