Loyola College is a Catholic co-educational College which operates in the Ignatian tradition. Since its foundation in 1980, the College has cultivated a strong Ignatian charism which fosters the development of the whole person encouraging each student to discover his or her God-given talents and to place these at the service of others. The College aspires to develop articulate, adaptive, discerning and confident young men and women of conscience committed to living the values of Jesus Christ in a global community. Loyola College is committed to providing its students with a broad range of opportunities to develop life-long connections with their learning. The College offers a supportive transition program through its base learning groups, which is further enhanced through a comprehensive Personal Development Program and Housebased vertical pastoral care system.
In offering an Ignatian education, Loyola College provides its students with a full range of activities and learning experiences which take place beyond the classroom. These include an extensive co-curricular program, a variety of overseas experiences, opportunities for student leadership, active involvement in Christian service activities and a comprehensive sporting program. These activities foster the full potential of each student and encourage personal growth, recognise and promote leadership, and develop positive relationships between students and staff members. Loyola College now has a contemporary cutting edge Performing Arts complex featuring 500 seat theatre, recording studio, and dance studio. As a community school, Loyola families are strongly encouraged to be engaged in their child’s learning.
Preparing students for life beyond the classroom for careers not yet invented’ is a challenge Loyola College is embracing with courage, enterprise and a spirit of enthusiasm. It is a challenge not unlike attempting to scale an ominously steep cliff face that has never before been conquered: you know the general direction you need to take, you know there may be setbacks with repositioning required, but you are self-assured that with the right set of tools, knowledge and skills, and a resilient mindset of continuous improvement, you will make it to the top.
Discerning digital citizens, well-formed confident young men and women capable of making a valuable contribution to society are what Loyola College aims to make of its students. While they may benefit from having 24/7 access to the world and to the College’s learning management system via their personal, one-to-one digital devices, technology is just a tool – having the skills and knowledge to make effective use of such technology is just as important.
Development of physical learning spaces that promote face-to-face collaboration, without diminishing access to digital resources and tools, is an area Loyola College has in recent years actively pursued. Following an Ignatian tradition of companionship and conversation, along with pedagogical best-practice and research, the College has in the past 18 months been trialling a ‘collaborative learning booth’ classroom, and for several years now has been rolling out several ‘Student Operated Learning Environment’ (SOLE, Sugata Mitra) style classrooms. These learning spaces employ a range of design thinking measures, such as student-accessible state of the art audio-visual monitors, super-wide touch screen computer pods and whiteboard-surfaced tables. These setups are designed to promote authentic, face-to-face conversation and team-based problem solving, while giving students single-point, group access to high end digital technologies.
In an age where the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, Wearable Technologies, Virtual/Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence creates a digital Geostorm of unimaginable career possibilities for our young people, ultimately it will be the individual’s human uniqueness and the capacity for that individual to nurture and maintain authentic, real relationships with other humans, and with all elements of God’s creation, that will add value to society and the environment, and lead to a fulfilling, life-giving future.
It is doubtful anyone can accurately predict how steep and how high is the cliff face that is our young peoples’ future. Navigating the ethical conundrums, not just the technological ones, requires not just a healthy relationship with the technologies we use, but also a healthy disposition to oneself, to those others around us and to our place in this world. Loyola College’s commitment to the values of ‘Justice, Mercy and Faith’ embraces an education of the whole person, valuing the past, being present to ourselves and each other in the current moment, while enthusiastically gazing into the future, ever attentive to new learning experiences.
Victor Dalla-Vecchia, ICT Manager, Teacher
Intercultural Understanding is a passion and a forte of Loyola College, with a vast range of opportunities for our students to connect with the world, and to develop their international experiences and understanding. The College has exceptional numbers of students studying a language through to VCE, with additional opportunities, such as CLIL, for some year 9 and 10 students. In CLIL classes, the content of their religion or humanities courses is delivered in the language they are studying. To further encourage our students’ passion for languages and developing international relationships, Loyola College has official sister school relationships with schools in France, Italy and Indonesia, and students are able to participate in a biannual reciprocal exchange program.
In addition to the languages curriculum, Loyola College staff have been working hard to develop meaningful ways of formally integrating intercultural understanding into our year 7 – 10 curriculum. This includes, but is not limited to: a year 9 Surf Coast Walk, where students spend three days engaging with a local indigenous man who teaches them about the land and about his culture, and also the
year 8 High Resolves program, where students learn to view themselves as global citizens and learn to challenge their unconscious biases. As a Jesuit partner school, Loyola College also has a strong focus on social justice and allows opportunities for our students to participate in immersion tours to East Timor and the Philippines, where the students experience first-hand the local culture and aim to help the communities both by sharing their skills and knowledge and by providing them with valuable resources.
In order to become more ecologically sustainable, Loyola College is integrating sustainable concepts and practices into the curriculum through curriculum-based activities, co-curricular groups and Government initiatives at both State and Federal levels. The College’s sustainability policy and its vision clearly highlight the long term goals we aim to accomplish over time. Loyola College aims to become a Sustainable School by reducing our ecological footprint through adopting sustainable practices in our everyday lives. We will achieve this by integrating sustainability into all areas of the curriculum and instilling a sense of ownership of and pride in improving the environment.
We will lead the community by demonstrating exemplary practices in waste management, water and energy usage, and develop the school grounds to promote indigenous plant and animal biodiversity.
The following Sustainability initiatives have been undertaken, so that we are able to educate our students as to the importance of the environment, both at present and into the future. Projects include:
– The propagation and planting of native seeds
– The Loyola Conservation Club (LCC) will assist in the organising and the running of National environmental days, such as Clean up Australia Day.
– The College has instigated House Sustainability Awards based on looking after the House environment and its surrounds
– Year 7s will continue to develop the Indigenous Garden Project with the assistance of the VCAL students
– Green procurement for goods and services within the College
- Religious Education Centre
- Chapels x 2
- Performing Arts & Drama Centre
- Student Training Restaurant
- Language Resource Centre
- Library Resource Centre
- Design & Technology Centre
- Yr 12 Common Room
- Food Technology Centre
- Hospitality Kitchen
- Counselling Rooms x 3
- Multi-purpose Areas/Hall
- Basketball Courts x 4
- Tennis Courts x 4
- Cricket Nets x 4
- Media Suites
- Visual Arts Centre
- Science Labs x 6
- Music Centre
- Woodwork Room
- Language Lab
- Careers Centre
- IT Labs x 6
- Textiles Room
- Ovals x 2