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In recent weeks, Sean Keenihan and other Board members, Ms Watkins, and I had the opportunity to listen to groups of staff and parents reflect on ideas for the next Strategic Plan for the College. It has been an affirming experience. Saint Ignatius’ College Adelaide is dedicated to providing a high-quality education that positively influences individuals and communities. Through our commitment to excellence, innovation, and compassion, we aim to transform lives, empower communities, and make a constructive impact on the world. We prioritise students’ wellbeing and personal growth, promote inclusivity and justice, and foster a strong and supportive community. Our approach is guided by several key priorities, which can be grouped into six themes.

Firstly, faith and service are central to our mission. We strive to offer exceptional formation rooted in our Catholic identity and the Jesuit tradition. Our goal is to help students develop a strong sense of self, understand their beliefs, and embrace their role in improving society. While the values of the Gospel and a relationship with God are important, our College welcomes and values students of all backgrounds. We emphasise service to others and discernment, aiming to cultivate people who actively contribute to change for the better. We celebrate diverse cultures and perspectives, seeking to bridge divisions among people and address urgent challenges such as sustainability, social justice, and indigenous rights.

Secondly, we prioritise pastoral care and wellbeing. We recognise the significance of mental and emotional health in today's society, and we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students. We foster inclusivity and diversity, treating people with fairness and respect. Our pastoral care systems are designed to meet the unique needs of each person, helping them belong, engage, grow, and become companions. We provide a warm and inclusive environment that promotes personal excellence and equips students with the resilience, knowledge, and skills needed for effective engagement in society. We believe in helping individuals discover their purpose in life and live generously in service to others, as this brings satisfaction and enables them to improve conditions for others.

The third theme is the learning context. We focus on excellence in learning and prepare students to thrive in future challenges and opportunities. At our College, students have a culture of learning and generally enjoy the process. Through a combination of established approaches and technological innovations, we enhance educational experiences and equip students with essential skills for the future. We encourage curiosity, creativity, collaborative work, and effective planning. We aim to foster wisdom and a lifelong love of learning. We are dedicated to developing competent, committed, conscientious, and compassionate future leaders.

The fourth theme is co-curricular activities. We strongly encourage students to participate fully in co-curricular activities, including sports and the arts, to promote human excellence and wellbeing. We offer an extensive and diverse range of sporting options and provide opportunities for music performance, drama, debating, and public speaking as students progress through school. Co-curricular activities play a vital role in developing talent; honing skills; promoting fitness; fostering communication, structure, and teamwork; and shaping character through effort and achievement, as well as learning from both failure and success.

The fifth theme is professionalism and stewardship. We strive to attract and retain talented staff members who contribute to the growth and improvement of our community. We value competence, respect, and collaboration within our community. Continuously raising standards, enhancing communication, and ensuring accountability are important to us. We practise efficient resource management to support our goals. Responsible stewardship is a core value, reflected in our carefully planned investments in College developments. We need to do more to ensure affordability and accessibility for all.

Lastly, we seek to foster an engaged and positive community. Our College is a special place where students and families connect well. Graduates often maintain strong connections with the College, and parents develop meaningful friendships and affection for the school. We believe in a genuine partnership and a sharing of values with parents and guardians, who are the first educators of their children. In a good community, caring for and taking responsibility for others beyond ourselves is a core value we uphold. This involves caring for our common home and accompanying those who are excluded.

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.

“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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