What distinguishes an Ignatian education?

An Ignatian education has a clear purpose: the development of a well-rounded Christian person of competence, conscience and compassion who will be of service in the world and has the generosity to make a contribution.

Ignatian education seeks to be world affirming - to reveal a world "charged with the grandeur of God".

It encourages study of all reality, promoting the search for God in all things while respecting the infinite variety of ways in which God is revealed to an individual.

Its objective is to produce wisdom and a deep sense of reverence rather than marketability or a narrow orientation towards a specific career.

Central to an Ignatian education are:

  • A commitment to a faith that does justice - an awareness of the needs of others, and a readiness to place one's talents at their service
  • A personal concern for the whole life of each student
  • A development of a broad liberal education
  • An emphasis on critical thinking and effective communication
  • Striving for excellence
  • A philosophy that emphasises actions rather than words