Last week, ten staff members spent three days at Sevenhill attending the second stage of Ignatian Formation for staff. The staff were from all three campuses and from a range of roles within the College. The programme enables participants to gain a deeper understanding of Ignatius Ethos.
Above: Staff at Sevenhill.
Sessions include the History of Jesuits in Australia and especially the story of the first Jesuits arriving from Silesia to South Australia; Ignatius the man and his spirituality; the Characteristics of a Jesuit Education; the way of proceeding in an Jesuit/Ignatian Ministry and especially how the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) relates to all we do in our school and its application to 21st Century learners and learning.
This 450-year-old institution is just as relevant today as it was in the 1500s. The principles that Ignatius is inviting us to enter into are essential tools to cope with our fast-paced society. Finding God in all things; caring for each other; the art of conversation as listening; being a contemplative in action and becoming the best version of ourselves are some of Ignatius’ insights to which we can all aspire.
The immersion of staff in this story enables us to ensure that all we do at Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide occurs through this lens and that we continue to uphold the values of a Jesuit Education.
Mrs Jacquie McCabe
Head of Ignatian Ethos