Saint Ignatius College is a co-educational Catholic college offering outstanding educational opportunities to young women and men in a positive and caring Christian community in the Ignatian (Jesuit) tradition of educating the whole person (mind, body and spirit).

A Jesuit partner school, we strive to develop young adults of competence, compassion and conscience ready to serve their community, and transform their world. Our partnership with Xavier College and the Jesuits assists us to embrace the Jesuit educational vision that helps to focus and foster the College's Catholic identity and enhance our educational programs.

Taking the spiritual and educational philosophy of Saint Ignatius of Loyola as our inspiration, the Ignatian way is to strive for the ‘Magis’ - ‘the greater good’ and find God in all things.

At Saint Ignatius College our young women and men share educational experiences and leadership opportunities and, in the process, they learn to understand, respect and appreciate each other in a co-educational environment which prepares them for life beyond school.

In my role as Principal I aim to provide a Catholic Co-educational Secondary College that is focussed on excellence in teaching, learning and care for students. It is important to me that we maximise student achievement, set high expectations with regard to responsible student behaviour, the school and students are well presented and students and parents contribute to and have pride in their school community.

I look forward to many of you joining our vibrant learning and faith community. 

Mr. Michael Exton Principal

  • What distinguishes a Jesuit education?

    What distinguishes a Jesuit education?

    A Jesuit 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.

    Jesuit 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 a Jesuit 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

  • Jesuit Partnership

    A Jesuit Companion School - Belonging to a Tradition

    Who are the Jesuits?

    The Society of Jesus is an apostolic body of men of the Catholic Church, animated by a deep personal love of Jesus Christ, who as contemplatives in action and in partnership with others, are men on mission, ever searching for the magis."

    The Jesuits are men who belong to a Catholic religious order called the Society of Jesus. This group was founded by St. lgnatius of Loyola over 450 years ago. Over this period, Jesuit priests and brothers have lived an amazing story of serving the Church in new and unexpected ways. We are still men on the move, ready to change place, occupation, method-- whatever will advance our mission in the Church.

    They are expected to do anything or go anywhere to teach Jesus Christ and preach his Good News. Jesuits may be found working as lawyers, doctors, psychologists counselors, writers, journalists, theologians, philosophers, researchers and scientists.

    Their mission is everywhere and always the promotion of faith in Jesus Christ and the justice demanded by that faith. Today, the mission has expanded to include men and women who share this vision of service to faith and to the justice that faith demands.

    Together Jesuits and lay partners place ourselves in the presence of God and ask themselves the questions that St. lgnatius suggested to his first companions during the period of prayer that led to their permanent companionship: What have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What will I do for Christ?

    Jesuits motto

    “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” For the Greater Glory of God

    Saint Ignatius College Geelong motto
    “Amare Et Servire” To Love and To Serve

  • Saint Ignatius of Loyola

    The Life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

    St Ignatius of Loyola was born Inigo Lopez on 24 December 1491, the year before Columbus discovered the New World. His birthplace was the great castle of Loyola in Guipuzcoa, in the Basque country of northwest Spain.

    One of 11 children, Inigo led a very worldly life during the first thirty years of his life as a nobleman, fired with dreams of romanticism and chivalry. Aged 25 he enlisted in the army and saw service in border warfare against the French.

    A Changed Life

    In 1521 when defending the Spanish fortress of Pamplona, Ignatius' right leg was shattered by a cannon ball. His French captors, impressed by his courage, carried him across Spain to his family home, where he began a long period of recovery during which he read the only two books available in the castle - Life of Christ and The Golden Legend, a book on the lives of the saints.

    During his convalescence, he experienced the gift of God's consolation in such a way that his life changed forever and after a long, serious reflection, he decided to devote the rest of his life to outstanding service of God.

    The Spiritual Exercises

    When Inigo got well, he left Loyola and went to Montserrat, where he spent a night of vigil before a statue of our Blessed Mother. It was here that he offered up his sword as a symbol of his new life. He proceeded to Manresa, where he spent ten months of intense asceticism and prayer. He also spent time working in hospitals and teaching catechism to children. He begged for his food during all this time.

    Inigo began writing down his thoughts and insights about the different spiritual experiences he was undergoing. This later became the famous Spiritual Exercises, a school of spirituality and prayer which has produced countless conversions and many saints through the centuries.

    Learning to Serve God

    Inigo decided to go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, where he wanted to serve God for the rest of his life. He eventually realized this was not possible, so he returned to Spain in 1524, when he was 33 years old. By this time, Inigo realized that in order to give outstanding service to God he had to get an education. He studied Latin with little schoolchildren in Barcelona from 1524 to 1526. Then he went to Alcala for his studies in arts from 1526 to 1527. In June 1527 he left for Salamanca to study humanities and philosophy.

    Harassed by church authorities, he left for Paris in 1528. He finished his studies in theology and received his Master of Arts in April 1534, when he was already 43 years old.

    In August 1537, Inigo stopped using his old name and began using Ignatius, because of his devotion to the martyred bishop, St Ignatius of Antioch.

    Society of Jesus: Then and Now

    During his studies in Paris, Ignatius was able to attract six university students, all guided by him through the Spiritual Exercises. They became the first members of the Society of Jesus. One of them was another Spanish nobleman, Francisco Javier (Francis Xavier) who became the greatest missionary of the Church.

    Finishing their studies, the companions decided on two alternatives - to go to the Holy Land and serve there, or to place themselves at the disposal of the Pope. The first plan never materialized.

    In March 1539 they began deliberations to form a new and apostolic religious order. The Compania de Jesus was formally approved by Pope Paul III on 27 September 1540 and Ignatius elected its first Superior General.

    Ignatius spent the last fifteen years of his life in Rome, governing and administering the fast growing Society, training future Jesuits, perfecting the Spiritual Exercises, and writing the Constitutions of the Order.

    He died on 31 July 1556.
    He is the patron of retreats (the spiritual kind) and soldiers.
    His feast day is 31 July.

    There are now 25000 Jesuits in some 115 countries working in ministries of spirituality, pastoral care, education, communications and social action.