Men and Women for Others
Jesuit education tries to develop in students an ability to know the reality around them and to evaluate it critically. We hope our students will understand the experience of those who are marginalised and become agents for change. We want them to be able to listen to those in need and to have skills to change structures that cause suffering. As ‘men for others’ we invite them to be committed to build more just human structures, which will provide an opportunity for the exercise of authentic freedom and greater human dignity for all. We hope those educated in the Ignatian tradition would work for and with the poor.
Jesuit schools are called on to reach out into the community, not only to the extended school community of parents, Old Boys and friends, but also to the poor and socially disadvantaged in the neighbourhood and abroad.
In preparation for what the College hopes will be a lifetime commitment to the service of others, an important part of the College programme is community involvement. In recent years in the Junior School, the Arrupe Outreach Programme involves each class in some aspect of community activity. The aim is to develop a belief in the students that they do have much to offer the wider community and that their positive contribution can make a difference to individuals and to society. Each class chooses a welfare agency, charity or project to focus on for the year through research and are then encouraged to raise awareness of their focus in the school community. This allows the students to learn about ways to serve others through action and reflection.
The Year 10 to Year 11 Faith in Service Programme presents students with a real challenge. Through this programme students gain an extensive insight into many aspects of life for the marginalised, the infirm and the poor. Guided reflection on such experiences allows meaning to surface so that values and understandings can be shaped.
Each year, groups of Year 11 students participate in the Philippines Immersion Programme over a three week period. Students visit a prison and are billeted with the prisoners’ families, build houses, visit schools, stay in an orphanage and visit various communities. This immersion has an extensive reflective practice.
The College St Vincent de Paul Society offers service to those in need and raises funds for charity. The group meets once a week. Year 11 and Year 12 students can join St Vincent de Paul as a co-curricular activity. The group is open to all students in Years 7 to 12.
The Benenson Society was founded at St Aloysius’ in 2008 and now has members in twelve countries. It allows students to become more aware of the injustices taking place in the world and how peaceful human rights advocacy by letter writing and petitions can make a difference for the better.
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Most Year groups have responsibility for a charity. The College, as a whole, actively supports the Jesuit Refugee Service, Jesuit Mission and Caritas. The Junior School in addition supports a range of people including Aboriginal children in the inner suburbs of Sydney, Jesuit schools in Cambodia, Micronesia and East Timor, the Deaf and Blind School, James Milson Nursing Home and Catholic church charities. The Senior School also supports Legacy, St Vincent de Paul, Saint Canice’s Parish in Kings Cross, the Heart Foundation, Life for Koori Kids, and Jesuit schools in Asia Pacific.
We have a range of immersion or service-learning programmes. Groups of Year 11 students participate in the Philippines Immersion held over a three week period. Students visit a prison and are billeted with the prisoners’ families, live with the Gawad Kalinga community and help build houses, are billeted with families at a partner school in Kiangan, and spend time in an orphanage. This Immersion has an extensive reflective process and a strong faith component. Some Year 9 students take part in the Nambucca Heads – Kempsey Immersion where they participate in Aboriginal cultural experiences. They are billeted with families from St Paul’s School Kempsey and spend time with students at St Mary’s School, Bowraville
The Year 10 to Year 11 Faith in Service Programme students are placed with those in need – be they materially poor, the elderly, the disabled or others who experience disadvantage. Through this experience students gain an insight into many aspects of life for the marginalised, the infirm and the poor. Guided reflection on such experiences allows meaning to surface so that values and understandings can be shaped
The Cardoner Project supports young alumni in their spiritual formation and their on-going commitment to a life of service. Involvement in the programme is either through post-school Immersions or a post-school Service Year which involves a young alumnus committing himself to work voluntarily in a rural community in Thailand or Micronesia for one year.
Some young alumni also participate in the Companions Mentoring Programme to assist students in need of additional adult male support in their life.
Each year the College recognises an alumnus who has done meritorious service in the area of faith and justice after leaving school with the awarding of the Richard Walker-Powell medallion
Redfern Jarjum College
Redfern Jarjum College is a small primary school for Aboriginal children in Redfern and has been an initiative of St Aloysius’ College and the Australian Jesuits in response to the plight of urban Aboriginal primary students in Sydney. It offers support to indigenous children who are not attending school regularly, if at all. Opportunities are provided to develop academic potential through extra tutoring as well as activities for developing confidence and self-esteem. The school works closely with families assisting the transition of students into mainstream schools.
Arrupe Family Outreach Programme
This programme provides opportunities for current and past parents and Old Boys of the College to be with the poor and marginalised in some of the Jesuit social ministries. Our motto is learning to serve whilst serving to learn.