A high-quality Catholic and Ignatian education is a path to a meaningful life of leadership and service. By combining our core subjects, the arts, the languages, technology, and other branches of knowledge, we create a powerful means to develop future leaders who will positively influence and transform New Zealand society and the wider world. Through a strong and successful Ignatian educational model and tradition, we have developed an academic programme that prepares our ākonga for the world as competent leaders, who can discern appropriately and are prepared to act. Becoming people for and with others, in love, justice and service. As they enter society, a St Ignatius ākonga is a reflection of Gospel values and are genuine witnesses of Jesus Christ - “How beautiful are the footsteps of those who bring good news” (Rom 10:15-17).
Education in the Jesuit tradition is a call to human excellence that develops the whole person, from intellect and imagination to emotions and conscience, and approaches academic subjects holistically, exploring the connections among facts, questions, insights, conclusions, problems, and solutions. Ākonga learn each subject’s implications for what it means to be a human being and what we may contribute to the future well-being of the world.
As a Jesuit School, St Ignatius is charged with the Intellectual Formation, Spiritual Nourishment and Pastoral Care of all members of the community. The principles of Jesuit Education are embedded into every aspect of our curriculum, which is designed for the formation of young people of ‘Competence, Conscience, Commitment and Compassion’ who will, in the words of Ignatius, ‘go forth and set the world on fire’.