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from the rector Jeducation has the power to transform lives for the better. barriers to going deeper. It is easy to be controlled by thequality over quantity, for depth over breadth, for theimportant over the busy. In education today there can beesuits are involved in education because we believe inyoung people and their potential. We know how much St Aloysius’ College is part of a Jesuit tradition that aims to narrative of outcomes and productivity, for instruction to be form people who are: emphasised rather than formation, to focus on functional immediacy and instant gratification, and to have an intellectually competent; abundance of information and pluralism of choices. Having open to growth; time for contemplation, and nurturing the imagination help us go deeper. Growth involves the formation of the religious; inner person, that learns to understand commitments and committed to justice; and, convictions, and appreciates our shared faith and inner loving in their relationships. strength. Being religious is about being sensitive to God in our These attributes are how we evaluate our accomplishments lives and the quest to nurture our spiritual selves. We live as a school. in a secular culture where religion is often marginalised Being intellectually competent means we encourage or rejected out of hand. At St Aloysius’ College we place our students to have inquisitive and searching minds which the religious journey at the centre of the human enterprise. ask the deeper questions. Being wise is more than covering We want to ask the right questions in order to stimulate a curriculum and getting good exam marks. Academic thinking towards God and the search for meaning. We proficiency may manifest itself through a good ATAR result, want to pass on to our intelligent, searching, and spiritual but a particular score can never define a life. We are young people that faith always has an important rational defined by what we do with our lives and the quality of the underpinning. We believe an authentic relationship with relationships we have. We want our students to understand the mystery of God is what truly liberates and integrates how to enquire and so develop skills for lifelong learning. the human person and enables us to find and become our We hope they will be able to use their knowledge to speak best and truest selves. This invites us to a spirit of reflectivity for the truth and advocate for those who have no voice. A so to draw meaning from what we experience. These former Superior General of the Jesuits, The Very Rev Fr Pedro capacities to ponder deeply, to be humble and to take Arrupe SJ, commented when he visited Australia, “We must personal responsibility can change situations about us in be able to face with intelligence and love the world of extraordinary ways. Christ is at the heart of what matters tomorrow. Otherwise I am afraid that we may have little or most. The practice of the Examen helps us appreciate nothing to offer this world… that we may repeat yesterday’s that we are at our best when we take time to reflect on answers to tomorrow’s problems”. our experience. It assists us to engage our interior life Being open to growth involves a willingness to appreciate effectively and learn from it. At such times we are grateful our gifts and to test our talents. Such honing of ability may – for God in our lives, for the call God gives us, and bring attainment, yet adulation and vain glory are never the for God’s accompaniment in our response. This spirit of end point. Our achievements are not so much about success gratitude colours the way we see the world and the way but how we engage with others. The qualities of so many we offer ourselves in service. Saint Ignatius Loyola spoke of our students are impressive. often of this grace-filled availability. At St Aloysius’ College Some of these relate to we do seek to create more opportunities that foster the personal gifts, some imagination and a deeper sense of connectedness with to opportunity, and God, our self and others. Ours is a mission to find God some to courage in the world. The founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius did and dedication. not flee the world, he embraced it and encouraged by his We encourage own overwhelming experience of conversion, sought to our students in the find God in all things. words of a Latin Being committed to justice is a quality we want our phrase Age quod students to have for the rest of their lives. We hope they agis “do well may be equipped and motivated to take an active and whatever you do”. courageous part in public life. An emphasis on service There is another of others and social justice is not new to Jesuit education. Latin phrase Non This so strongly influenced Saint Ignatius and his first multa, sed multum “Not companions. From the beginning, it was understood that many, but much”. our schools should produce those who would exercise We also responsible and visionary leadership in civil society. Today encourage we seek to be aware of the global nature of social issues them to such as human rights, sustainability, and the movement of search for people, and to be agents for social change. Hopefully St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 2


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