Our new House System introduced this year, provides a structure that develops an essential sense of identity and belonging, providing students with opportunities for participation, involvement and leadership, critical aspects to developing self-esteem, confidence and maturity.

For any school to be truly successful, the students need to have a strong sense of belonging to the College. Sense of belonging reflects the extent to which students perceive themselves as an important part of the school context and feel accepted and supported by school members.

Numerous studies have found that sense of belonging is an important factor that makes a significant contribution to students’ learning and academic success. Furthermore, increased sense of belonging has been associated with students’ academic engagement, persistence, positive school affect and performance. There are a number of different terms that have been used to examine students’ sense of belonging, including: sense of relatedness, sense of connectedness and sense of community. Feeling special and important to key social partners is considered to trigger energised behaviour, such as effort, persistence, and participation; to promote positive emotions, such as interest and enthusiasm; and to dampen negative emotions, such as anxiety and Boredom.

The four House names were chosen based on their achievements, connection with our College and the ability of their story to inspire and engage the students at Saint Ignatius College. This process was completed by utilising the College Student Representative Council, Parents and Friends, Staff and School Advisory Council.

The new House system involves a number of additional activities throughout the year specifically related to the Arts, Academia, Sport and Community Service. It utilises our student recognition system, by allocating points for students that receive Positive Affirmations or Loyola Awards.

  • Dr Sr Mary Glowrey

    Dr Sr Mary Glowrey

    Mary Glowrey, was born in Birregurra, Victoria, in 1887. She was the third of nine children, and spent most of her childhood at Watchem in Victoria's Mallee. Her parents were of Irish descent. She attended the local primary school where she trained as a student teacher before winning a state secondary scholarship to attend the South Melbourne College. She boarded at the Good Shepherd Convent, Rosary Place, South Melbourne. Winning a University Exhibition she began an Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, but transferred to medicine, graduating MBBS in 1910 and MD in 1919.

  • St Francis Xavier, SJ

    St Francis Xavier, SJ

    Francis Xavier, SJ, born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta (7 April 1506 – 3 December 1552), was a Roman Catholic missionary born in Xavier, Kingdom of Navarre (now part of Spain), and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). He was born to an aristocratic family of the Kingdom of Navarre, the youngest son of Juan de Jasso, privy counselor to King John III of Navarre (Jean d’Albret), and Doña Maria de Azpilcueta y Aznárez, sole heiress of two noble Navarrese families. The castle of the Xavier family was later acquired by the Society of Jesus.

  • St Mary MacKillop

    St Mary MacKillop

    St. Mary MacKillop, in full Saint Mary Helen MacKillop, also called Saint Mary of the Cross, (born January 15, 1842, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia— died August 8, 1909, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; canonized October 17, 2010; feast day August 8), religious figure, educator, and social reformer who was the first Australian beatified by the Roman Catholic Church and the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints.

  • Fr Matteo Ricci, SJ

    Fr Matteo Ricci, SJ

    Fr Matteo Ricci, SJ, was a missionary to China who brought his mathematical and astronomical knowledge to China and adapted to Chinese culture. Matteo Ricci entered the Society of Jesus in 1571. Along with his studies in philosophy and theology, Ricci studied mathematics, cosmology, and astronomy, subjects that would serve him well on his mission to China. In 1578 the Jesuits sent Ricci on a mission to Asia. In 1580 Ricci was sent by Alessandro Valignani, superior of Jesuit missions in the East Indies, to prepare to enter China.