Ad Altiora, Strive for Higher Things
In 2023 St Aloysius College proudly takes a bold step towards the future, becoming the first Catholic co-education secondary School within the vibrant, multi-cultural City of Melbourne. Co-education will commence with the first intake of Year 7 boys in 2023. Subsequent years will continue to welcome boys through the Year 7 intake until St Aloysius becomes fully co-educational towards the end of the decade in 2028. The change continues the 134-year Mercy tradition of responding to local community needs and making education accessible to all talented young people, especially families seeking to educate their children together.
An Education in the Mercy Tradition
As one of thirteen schools governed by Mercy Education Ltd and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, St Aloysius College belongs to an inspiring network of leaders and educators who are constantly striving to deliver a rounded, future-focused and exciting education for every student in our care. The values of hospitality, passion, justice, respect, service and courage continue to underpin our College ethos, with the care, safety and wellbeing of young people our central and fundamental responsibility.
Sized for Success
Being a small school, the relationships among our student and staff cohort reflect a genuine understanding of and regard for the individual. Our students know and are known by their teachers, and there is a deliberate focus on developing mutual respect and trust among all members of the school community. While St Aloysius College pursues (indeed, achieves) academic excellence, this is never at the expense of student wellbeing, nor the individual interests and goals of each student – which in a school of our size are able to be acknowledged and catered to. The College is well-equipped for the transition to co-education, with our highly experienced staff cohort joining us from a vast spectrum of different schools – from private to government, all boys and co-educational.
An empowering education
Academic programs at St Aloysius have been designed to encourage a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and discovery. We have a curriculum that blends the very best of educational tradition with an innovative, enquiry-based cross-curricular approach that allows students to make connections, synthesise knowledge and develop literacy skills in a collaborative culture underpinned by a focus on the wellbeing of and respect for the individual.
Inspiring bright futures
At St Aloysius we recognise the very important role that social, cultural and physical wellbeing play in the learning, personal growth and development experienced by our students during their six years at the college. The St Aloysius curriculum is enriched and extended by a vast co-curricular offering that is alive to the needs and wishes of the students and evolves as they do; the program encompasses sport, camps and outdoor education, drama, music and various school-based wellbeing programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of intra- and inter-school sporting competitions, creative and performing arts programs (including choir, orchestra, production) and social and cultural extensions including debating and public speaking. The college has a global focus with sister schools in Milan, Italy and Kyoto, Japan that our students are able to visit as part of their languages and arts studies.
Innovation and experimentation
As a school, we pride ourselves on our commitment to stretching the boundaries of conventional education. Ever-evolving, and with increasingly future-focused resources and equipment, our Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) program is carefully designed to increase awareness and curiosity in these important fields, and to hone cross-disciplinary understanding. Our students are confident to identify and build connections between ideas and learning areas, and empowered to apply these without limit to the expectations of the myriad different futures they define for themselves.
Where individuals succeed together
St Aloysius staff are exceptionally well qualified in their various fields (academic and beyond!) and, most importantly, are committed to encouraging each student to achieve their own personal best, whatever this may look like. Throughout their secondary education years in this close-knit school, St Aloysius students are known by, and know, their teachers. These strong relationships foster a culture of inquiry, and our students leave as creative, independent thinkers with a love of learning and solid foundations that prepare them to step out into the world and embrace their collective futures.
In a culture cultivated by the individuality of each member of the community, there is no ‘typical’ St Aloysius Student. We celebrate our diversity. We accept all and thrive on the fusion of cultures and backgrounds that enable our students to flourish. The college is the thread that connects these vibrant, dedicated, and thoughtful young people.
I am delighted to lead the St Aloysius College community as we transition toward co-education from Year 7 2023. While we honour the rich history and enduring traditions of our College, we strive toward writing an exciting new chapter in the St Aloysius story. The College will continue to deliver a curriculum forged from the Mercy tradition, upholding Catherine McAuley’s vision of a balance in education of academic learning with compassion for others and a genuine consideration for our world. Our curriculum is designed around service for our planet and wider community, through which students are empowered to develop and uphold the Mercy values of compassion, justice, respect, hospitality and service. St Aloysius students thrive in an environment of inspired curiosity, consideration and confidence, empowering each individual to develop their own opinions, find their own voice, and walk their own path to confidently contribute to an ever-changing world.
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