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 in the society in which they live. We want our graduates to have a sense that they should reach out into the community, not only to the extended College community of parents, Old Boys and friends, but also to the poor and socially disadvantaged in Australia and abroad. 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 our students 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.
Features of Service Learning at St Aloysius’ College include:
The Cardoner Project
The Cardoner Project supports young alumni in their spiritual formation and their on-going commitment to a life of service. Involvement in the program 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, Vietnam, Mexico or Micronesia for one year. They also volunteer their services to help the local community such as assisting at Redfern Jarjum College.
Redfern Jarjum College
Redfern Jarjum College, opened in 2013, is a small primary school for Aboriginal children in the inner-city suburb of Redfern and has been an initiative of St Aloysius’ 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.
Richard Walker-Powell Medallion
The awarding of the Richard Walker-Powell (SAC 1987) Medallion is in recognition of an Old Boy who has done meritorious service in the area of faith and justice after leaving school. The following Old Boys have been awarded the Richard Walker-Powell Medallion.