It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview, a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition in Sydney, New South Wales. Riverview is a boys school for students in Years 5 to 12. Situated on the leafy north shore of Sydney, the College has delivered quality education to both local and boarding students since 1880.
The Society of Jesus was founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola and canonically approved as an order by Pope Paul III in 1540. The first school opened by the Society was in Messina in Sicily in 1548, which was followed by a rapid growth of schools throughout Europe and then across the world. Now established in over 80 countries, the Jesuits educate approximately 2.5 million students throughout the world. Jesuits first came to Sydney in 1878 to establish schools on the North Shore of the city.
An Irish Jesuit, Fr Joseph Dalton SJ, founded Saint Ignatius’ Riverview and gave birth to a school that has become one of the most prominent in New South Wales and throughout the nation. Contemporary Ignatian educators share and continue Saint Ignatius’ dream of transforming the lives of young people, particularly those who suffer marginalisation and adversity, by offering them a holistic education that strives for excellence in all things. In traditional Jesuit terminology, cura personalis aims to provide care and support for each student as a unique and gifted young person. The ideal for Ignatian graduates is that they become men of ‘competence, conscience, compassion and commitment’ who aim to serve others to benefit the common good. Should you decide that Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview is the school best suited to nurture your son in a caring Christian environment, I welcome you and look forward to the possibility of a long and fruitful association.