What will a Jesuit Education mean for your son?
St Aloysius’ College is not a school of privilege. It is a school of obligation. It is always a means to an end. It exists to mission young men to build God’s kingdom in the here and now. The capabilities they achieve, the character they develop, the conscience they have shaped, are for the full-flourishing of real human values.
If our students are blessed in talent, resources and opportunity, then we remind them that all those gifts are to be spent generously in the service of others – especially the least, the lost and the last.
Fr Peter-Hans Kolvenbach SJ, a former Superior General of the Jesuits, set out his hopes for graduates of Jesuit education as follows:
It is hoped our graduates will be well-rounded, intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God – a person who is competent and compassionate, a person whose conscience is sensitive to the demands of the Gospel. They will be people of peace and justice, committed to be agents of change in the world, who recognise how widespread is injustice, and how pervasive are the forces of oppression, selfishness and consumerism.
Reflection is the central element of our pedagogical style. We encourage curiosity and questioning. Imagination and wonder. Great desires – to dream big and worthy dreams. We cultivate what we call a sense of the magis – doing things more deeply, pushing to the boundaries, testing the status quo, striving for the better, the nobler, the more influential outcome. Most schools are concerned with covering the curriculum. At St Aloysius’, we try to un-cover the curriculum, to plumb the depths of possibilities.
In the mid-fifteen hundreds, a Jesuit educator of some note, Fr Juan Bonifacio SJ, wrote, institutio puerulis renovation mundi – “the education of the young is the transformation of the world”. We believe that here.
An Aloysian, true to his name, does not graduate for himself alone, for his own needs and fulfilment. He has a broader vision and responsibility. He will understand what Jesus said, speaking of himself – “I came not to be served, but to serve.” He will have a restlessness, wanting to respond to the world’s needs. And he will leave a thumbprint, his mark for the good, wherever his life takes him.