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    Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview

    Founding year: 1880
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Dr. paul Hine (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    Welcome to the Saint Ignatius' College Riverview community. Whether you are new to Jesuit education or have a long-standing relationship with the Society of Jesus and its tradition of education, We hope you will find something that takes you further along the path of life that leads back to God.

    Since 1548, the Society of Jesus has been helping to educate young people in a tradition that celebrates developing the mind, body, and spirit of the individual to serve their community and their world. Here at Saint Ignatius' College, we are a community that continually strives to become better today than we were yesterday. Whether as individuals developing skills and talents or as a community growing in service and Christian charity, we are a community that values excellence, growth, and service.

    Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, realized that God had created us – every single one of us – to become a particular person. Each individual is blessed with gifts and limitations that make us wholly unique, and each with a purpose that only we can fulfill. Jesuit education's mission is to help equip young people with the tools to discover whom they are created to be and the desire to become that person, and in doing so, to give glory to God. But Ignatius also realized that we cannot walk the road to ourselves alone, that we are all pilgrims on the journey, and called to help one another become the person we are meant to be.

    Our call is to educate one another to be the people the world needs most. So we journey together, exploring our world, asking questions about how we can live most fully as the person we are called to be, and using all the abilities we have been given to become that person in service to our community and the wider world. In doing so, we live out Saint Ignatius' instruction to "go forth and set the world on fire."

    Our mission is to provide a holistic Catholic education for boys that inspires them to a life-long development of their faith. Informed by the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and grounded in Gospel values of justice, service, discernment, conscience, and compassion, the College aims to produce young men who are cognisant of and responsive to global citizenship in a rapidly changing world.

    Since its foundation in 1880, Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, has been under the Society of Jesus's care.

    While the founder of the school in the real sense was Father Joseph Dalton SJ, the school does have two other founders: Archbishop Roger Bede Vaughan, who invited the Jesuits to Sydney on condition that they found a boys' boarding school, and Father JJ Thierry, who, on his death in 1864, left the more significant part of his property to the Society of Jesus.

    After Archbishop Vaughan asked the Jesuits to open a day school in Sydney (St Kilda House, later to become St Aloysius' College) and a boarding college on the North Shore, Father Joseph Dalton purchased the Riverview Estate on behalf of the Society of Jesus on 28 June 1878. Eighteen months later, Father Dalton was appointed foundation Rector of Saint Ignatius' College.

    An advertisement was placed in the Catholic newspaper, The Express, stating that boys aged between eight and 12 would be received at Riverview' as soon as possible after the Christmas holidays'. Classes commenced in the cottage in February 1880.

    The cottage soon became very cramped as more boys arrived, and in order to provide better accommodation, St Michael's House was built. The building was designed by William Wardell and opened on the feast of Saint Michael, 29 September 1880. Further building took place at the College in 1882 with the construction of a wooden boatshed, and in 1883 the infirmary was built.

    In its early years, the College offered 'Classical and Modern Languages, History, Mathematics, the Natural Sciences and all other branches required for the Civil Service, the Junior, Senior and Matriculation Examinations.' It was advertised that the curriculum included a modern side: mercantile subjects.

    By December 1882, with only 70 students, the College extended the curriculum to include English Composition, Writing, Music, Singing, Drawing, Painting, Irish History, and Oral Latin.

    The College's main building was constructed in three stages between 1885–1930, and the foundation stone was laid by Cardinal Moran Archbishop of Sydney on 15 December 1885. As originally designed by Gilbert, Dennihey and Tappin, of Ballarat, the building was a vast square, representing four identical fronts. However, only the South front was completed according to plan.

    Although the first-day boys were not officially admitted until 1923, a small group of pupils was permitted to attend the College as dayboys. In fact, up until the 1960s, dayboys remained relatively small, and Riverview was mainly for boarders.

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    Address: Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, Tambourine Bay Road, Lane Cove, New South Wales, 2066, Australia



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