Care of the whole person

“Jesuit education insists on individual care and concern for each person”

                                                                                                                      The Characteristics of Jesuit Education 

At St Aloysius’ College our Junior School teachers are more than just academic guides. They are involved in the lives of the students, taking a personal interest in their intellectual, affective, moral and spiritual development, helping each one to develop a sense of self-worth and to become a responsible individual within the community.

While they respect the privacy of students, they are ready to listen to their cares and concerns, to help them with personal growth and interpersonal relationships. In these and other ways, the adult members of the educational community guide students in their development of a set of values leading to life decisions that go beyond ‘self’ that include a concern for the needs of others. They try to live in a way that offers an example to the students, and they are willing to share their own life experiences. 

In the Junior School the classroom teacher is the ‘significant’ adult in the boy’s life. Any concerns you may have as parents or any difficulties that your son may be experiencing should be raised with his classroom teacher. Head of the Junior School, Mr Joe El-Khoury is also available to assist families with any concerns they may have.

In addition to your son’s classroom teacher the Junior School also has counsellors who may be able to assist your son. Referral to the counsellor can be made through the classroom teacher, by parents or the student may ask for assistance himself.

House System

The College has four Houses, each student is assigned to a House prior to commencing at the College. Students remain in their allocated House for their entire time at the College. Junior School students will take part in a range of activities from sporting events, service learning and fundraising for their chosen cause and earn points for their House. Belonging to a House allows students to make friends with a diverse group of boys across Years 3 to 6. When students transition to the Senior School they remain in their House and are allocated to a Pastoral Mentor Group according to their House.

The Houses are named after four Jesuit Saints of the English Reformation: Edmund Campion (Red), John Ogilvie (Gold), Nicholas Owen (Green) and Robert Southwell (Blue). House allocation will be mailed to you after Orientation Day. The College will allocate boys who have a brother at the College to the same House. If your son’s father is an Old Boy we will endeavour to allocate the son to the same House (if known) as the father. 

OGILVIE HOUSE

John Ogilvie was born about 1580 in the Highlands of Scotland. Like his father before him, he was a Protestant. Aged thirteen, he went to Europe to continue his studies and four years later was received into the Catholic Church. He joined the Society of Jesus and waited, not altogether patiently, for the order to return to Scotland. In 1613 the order came and, posing as a horse dealer named Watson, John spent the few short months of his ministry in the south of Scotland encouraging the Catholics and reconciling to the Church those who had become Protestants. Supremely contemptuous of danger, John went about his work with scant attempt at secrecy; but it was not this but betrayal by a former Catholic which led to his capture.

His imprisonment was long, the interrogations he was subjected to, in order to make him betray his fellow Catholics, frequent and the tortures inflicted on him terrible. On one occasion he was put to the ‘Vigil’, being deprived of sleep for nine nights and eight days, kept awake by dagger points and by being dragged around the floor of his cell. Threatened with yet further torture, John replied:/p>

‘I know myself to be born for greater things than to be vanquished by my senses; but I put my trust not in my own strength but in God’.

John was sentenced to death for maintaining the authority of the Pope. On 10 March, 1615, he was publicly hanged at Glasgow. By now, his cheerfulness and heroism had so captured the minds and hearts of his countryment that the vast crowd would not permit the quartering of his body. His Feast is kept on 14 October.

Blazon

Or (gold) thistle proper pale wise, keys saltire argent (silver). Called a ‘martyr for the Papacy’, Ogilvie’s crest contains the traditional symbols of Rome, the keys. The thistle of Scotland reminds us of his great desire to bring the Scottish people into full communion with Rome.

The motto ‘To the end’ should encourage us to persevere no matter what the cost is to us personally.



OWEN HOUSE

The date and place of Nicholas Owen’s birth are unknown, but the latter was probably near Oxford. Two of his brothers were priests and a third a London printer who openly championed the innocence of Campion when he was on trial. In 1582, Nicholas was in prison for his Faith and on his release joined the Society as a Brother. For the next 18 years he was employed in the construction of secret hiding places in Catholic centres all over England, as he was an excellent carpenter, stonemason and architect. Of ‘Little John’, as Nicholas was called, it was said that no one did more for English Catholics than he, since his hiding places enabled hundreds of Catholics to avoid capture.

Since he knew the hiding places of most of the priests working in England, it was certain he would be cruelly tortured if he was ever caught. He was, on 23 January, 1605, and was taken to the Tower of London for interrogation. As he continued to be silent, the severity of his torture was increased until, on 2 March, he died on the rack.

Blazon

Vert (green) on a fess indented lower side argent (silver) between trowel dexter and hammer sinister in chief and in between wall with door argent (silver) three crosses of the field.

The House crest, displaying a trowel and a hammer, remind us that God can be served in many ways, even in the ordinary day-to-day tasks. As an architect, carpenter and mason, Owen used his tools to build hiding places (represented by the wall and door) for priests. Owen was responsible for saving the lives of numbers of Catholics.

The motto, ‘Unless the Lord builds’, reminds us of our need for God at all times. The three crosses bring to mind two events in Nicholas’ life. Firstly, he was arrested three times and, secondly, while in prison the second time he was suspended by the wrists for three hours.




CAMPION HOUSE

Edmund Campion was born in London on 25 January, 1539. In 1564, he graduated Master of Arts at Oxford, taking the Oath of Supremacy by which he acknowledged Queen Elizabeth to be Head of the Church. A great scholar and a brilliant speaker, he was promised a great future by the Queen’s favourite, Dudley. However, his conscience was uneasy and for five years he wrestled with doubts concerning English Protestantism. His patrons pressed him to become an Anglican priest; the new church had need of men of his brilliance. To gain time he accepted ordination as a Deacon and retired to Ireland. There he recovered his Catholicism, went to Europe and entered the Society of Jesus.

Ordained a priest, he returned, in the guise of a merchant, to England in 1580. Captured in July, 1581, through betrayal Campion was taken to London and there so cruelly racked that he lost the use of his hands. Torture alternated with promises: a place at Court, a pension, a bishopric, but Campion declined to renounce his Catholicism. He was condemned to death for ‘treason’. On 1 December, he was dragged to public execution at Tyburn. Hanged until half strangled but still conscious, he was cut down and the barbarities of the quartering were begun.

Blazon

Gules (red), chevron or (gold) between scales argent (silver) in chief and in base a pelican property in her piety.

The motto comes from Campion’s famous ‘Brag’: ‘The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God, it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted; so it must be restored.’ The scales in the crest represent the ‘reckoning’ of Campion’s actions. The pelican shedding its blood to feed its offspring, is symbolic of Campion’s martyrdom, and reminds us that Christ shed His Blood for us.



SOUTHWELL HOUSE

Born in 1561, Robert Southwell came from a long line of gentry who knew how to trim their sails to the frequently changing winds of religious opinion in sixteenth century England. He himself, however, sensitive, even highly-strung as he was, was made of sterner stuff. Aged fourteen, he was in trouble with the government for his criticism of its religious policies, and had secretly (for it was illegal) to leave England.

In Europe, just before his seventeenth birthday, he entered the Society of Jesus, followed the usual courses of study and teaching and was ordained in 1584. Two years later he was sent back to England, from where he wrote: ‘I am devoting myself to sermons, hearing confessions and other priestly duties: hemmed in by daily perils, never safe for a moment. Like Campion before him, he put his talent for writing, especially poetry, to good use.

In June, 1592, Robert was captured, betrayed by a daughter of a house that was considered the safest in England. Ten times he was put to the manacles, a torture which left no mark but inflicted pain akin to that of crucifixion. His tormentors elicited no information regarding the Catholics whom he had served. For thirty months he lay in the filth of his Tower cell before he was brought to trial. The verdict was a foregone conclusion and he was found guilty of ‘treason’. Robert was hanged at Tyburn, but the powerful Lord Mountjoy, a Protestant, would not permit the quartering of his body until he was quite dead, and the crowd roared its approval.

Blazon Azure (blue), on a bend argent (silver) between ten crosses sinister chief and feather. Dexter, base or (gold) three roundles barry wavy of the second and of the first.

The House Crest contains a quill (his qualities as a poet), ten crosses (the ten times he was hung by the wrists until the point of death) and three roundles which are not only heraldic symbols of a well (the obvious pun on his name) but also of a fountain which is a symbol of salvation, reminding us of his vocation to English Catholics.

 

The motto is taken from one of his poems: ‘Times go’