St Aloysius’ College is part of a Jesuit educational tradition dating back to 1548. Today Jesuit schools are committed to form people of conscience, compassion and competence. Our way of proceeding includes some key themes:

  • Finding God in all things: every aspect of our life and labour can affirm the goodness and presence of God.
  • Cura personalis: we seek to foster a culture of concern and pastoral care where students, staff and families feel accepted for who they are and what they might become.
  • Formation of the whole person: we focus on the intellectual, affective and moral to develop a sense of self-worth and of one’s place in the world.
  • Being men and women for others: we want to show love in deeds and to serve others generously.
  • Engaging with the wider world: we aim to be aware of the challenges of our time.
  • Encouraging excellence: we want to be distinguished for our academic, co-curricular and pastoral provision through which we encourage a bountiful development of gifts for others.
  • Co-operating in the mission of the Church and the Jesuits: we want to witness to Christ’s presence in the world, to find and form Christian community and to participate in Church life. We seek to serve the needs of the world and the Church especially in the light of the apostolic aims of the Jesuits.

The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, published in 1986, sets out to describe a Jesuit school and its distinctive identity and mission: Characteristics of Jesuit Education. An abridged version is available at:

Ignatian Pedagogy followed in 1993 and sets out to articulate the Jesuit tradition of classroom teaching and learning. Ignatian Pedagogy.

The following two papers outline some key aspects of Jesuit education: