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Established by the Jesuit Fathers in 1951, the College's appeal rests in our strong sense of community, the values we celebrate, our commitment to realising the potential of young men and women, and providing a balanced education that addresses the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of our students' lives.

The College is one of five Jesuit Schools in Australia, part of the group of more than 700 Jesuit Colleges, Primary Schools and Universities throughout the world, which currently educate about 1,500,000 students in 66 countries.

Girls were first admitted in 1971, and in 1996 the College became completely co-educational from Reception through to the completion of secondary schooling. Ignatius Early Years and the Junior School (Reception to Year 6) are situated on the Norwood Campus. The Senior School is located at Athelstone and caters for the Middle Years (Years 7 to 9) and Senior Years (Years 10 to 12).

The staff consists of lay and Jesuit teachers who are committed to maintaining the Jesuit philosophy of education.

As a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, we provide students with meticulous care in the development of their imaginative, affective and creative dimensions and assist each child to mature gradually in all these areas. This enriches their learning and prevents it from being a solely intellectual pursuit.

All aspects of a Saint Ignatius' College education have one common purpose: the formation of the balanced person with a personally developed philosophy of life. Since education is a life-long process, it is our aim to instil a joy in learning and a desire to learn that will remain with each student well beyond their days at Saint Ignatius’ College.