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Jesuit schools are fortunate to be guided by a well-developed statement of the characteristic features which contribute to a recognizably Jesuit style of education:

The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, published in 1986 for worldwide use across all 3,780 Jesuit schools, colleges and universities. Our model of chaplaincy stems from this but has been specifically developed to meet the needs of students and staff at St Ignatius. There are eight key areas that we can identify:

1. Spiritual and Pastoral Care
2. Worship
3. Prayer
4. Social Outreach
5. Leadership
6. Involvement in the Life of the Church
7. Encounter with the person of Jesus Christ

Social Outreach

The Chaplaincy and whole school are involved in a number of social outreach initiatives. The Youth Chaplains help to plan and run fundraisers throughout the year for local and international charities. Last year money was raised for the Westminster Children’s Crises Fund and for a Chinese Orphanage. There is also an annual collection of food for Enfield food bank.

St Ignatius also raises money to support a school in Tanzania. Each year staff and students from St Ignatius either visit the school or arrange for our Tanzanian friends to visit us.

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The Youth Chaplains are each given responsibility to prepare the reflections and to lead the Rosary and Lenten services which take place during the year.  Older members of the team train and teach the younger members to Altar Serve. They also help to prepare and lead assemblies.

Each year the College Captains and Vice Captains attend a Leadership Conference at one of the Jesuit Schools. The conferences are run by the College Chaplains and are hosted at a different school each year.  This provides the boys with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a variety of mediums including, debating, critical thinking and preparing and delivering presentations.  It also gives them an opportunity to meet other Jesuit Captains and to make new friends.

Involvement in the life of the church

The Youth Chaplaincy Team visit Westminster Cathedral and other religious sites of interest throughout the year.

Direct links are being developed with local parishes and priests from the local deanery are beginning to visit the school regularly. Reconciliation Services are take place during Advent and Lent and are attended by local priests.

A number of students and staff have been trained as Eucharistic Ministers and many of the students are readers and servers at Mass.

Encounter with the person of Jesus Christ

The whole school day offers students’ and staff opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ. There are set times of prayer and reflection. Each piece of work that the students prepare is marked at the top with AMDG, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, (for the greater glory of God). 

The College also makes provision for the students to take time out from their busy schedules and to have a day of retreat/reflection with their individual form classes. During this time the students learn about mediation and personal prayer and are provided with the opportunity to experience Ignatian meditation in order to encounter Christ.

Personal philosophy of life

Jesuit education places an emphasis on, and assists in, developing the role of each individual pupil as a member of the human community. Students, teachers and all within the community are encouraged to build a unity with others that goes beyond race, culture and religion.

The Ignatian Pedagogy presents the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, a model for teaching and learning in Jesuit schools. This model identifies three key components of Jesuit teaching and learning:

  • Drawing on experience
  • Reflecting on that experience
  • The action that follows from learning

Jesuit education also stresses the importance of understanding the context in which teaching and learning takes place, and the need to constantly evaluate the power and value of what has been taught. 

Students and staff are encouraged to continually find ways to develop and improve. The Magis (more) underpins all aspects of learning and development. This is the Jesuit philosophy linked to Ad Maiorem Dei gloriam (for the greater glory of God), by doing more for God the rest of society benefits. The pursuit of academic excellence is appropriate in a Jesuit school, but only within the larger context of human excellence. The success of Jesuit education is measured not in terms of academic performance of students or professional competence of teachers, but rather in terms of human flourishing.

Across the world, Jesuit schools seek to form the spirit of their pupils through reflection and the art of discernment, as schools of prayer and faith. There is an attentive care and knowledge of our pupils as individuals ‘cura personalis’ (the whole person) which allows them to flourish and provides support and encouragement when life at home or at school is difficult.

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    COVID-19 has affected the entire human community. The Ignatian Family will take part in a Worldwide Prayer Vigil this Saturday (7pm UK GMT) Click on the link to find out more and where it is being streamed.
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    Wishing students and staff a happy half term. Rest and enjoy the good weather but stay safe 🌈☀️
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    When ready, I savour and linger over these profound words of Jesus, relishing their divine wisdom, letting them resonate within my being. Pray with the today's readings:
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    Thank you to all students who took part in Mr Duguid's Music Quiz. We had almost 300 entries, so it was extremely competitive! The prize winners are below:- 1st Place - Wojciech 9S 2nd Place - Johan 8G 3rd Place - Yathu 7G Congratulations!
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    will be holding a virtual youth concert on Saturday 20 June 2020. If students are interested in please create a video of their complete performance on an instrument or with a backing track. Please send to no later than 1st June.
  • st_ignatius Retweeted@stigsarts May - 22
    Platinum Performing Arts are offering free online Street Dance classes for our students at 4pm on Thursdays after Half Term (from 4th June). To sign up, go to the link below, read the declaration and sign the consent form.
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    Inspirational quote from scripture selected by a year 11 student; “The Lord will fight for you, and all you have to do is keep still.” (Exodus 14:14)
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    quote of the day, “We must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world”. Chosen by our Laudato Si Team
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    Christ, while in heaven, is also with us; and we, while on earth, are also with him. St Augustine
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    Inspirational quote from scripture selected by a year 10 student; “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)