The framework of our Strategic Directions for 2020-2025 is built upon the foundation laid in the preceding version, Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview’s Strategic Directions 2015-2020, as well as recent defining documents released by the Society of Jesus that provide the shape and direction for our collective future.
The earlier iteration of our Strategic Directions (2015-2020) identified the key priorities that emerged from wide community consultations, research, and discernment. These include the promotion of Ignatian spirituality, excellence in teaching and learning, pastoral care based on cura personalis, a strong sense of community, and stewardship over our resources and environment. This new version, Strategic Directions 2020-2025, strengthens and sharpens our commitment in these areas to provide a clear view of the path ahead.
These priorities find their roots in the international network of Jesuit schools, governed by the Society of Jesus. Recent documents that provide shape to the international direction of Jesuit education include:
- The Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAP) of the Society of Jesus 2019-2029
- Jesuit Schools: A Living Tradition in the 21st Century
- The Apostolic Plan for the Australian Province 2019—2024: A Call to Mission in Hope
Best captured in the spirit of the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus 2019-2029, the Charter of Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview into the next strategic phase of its development will be to:
“accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future” (UAP, 2019-2029).
As a Catholic boarding school in the Jesuit tradition, the educational program at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview continues its commitment to the magis. This deep search for spiritual, academic, social, physical and experiential growth enables young men to reach their full potential, immersed in an environment of aspiration and support.
The Jesuit educational program at the College is distinguished by:
|A commitment to faith and Gospel values
through the formation of staff and students, with a special regard for service
|Quality teaching and learning
through programs that promote the intellectual, physical, cultural and artistic development of students
|Holistic pastoral care
that supports young men in their growth and development
|An inclusive community
that identifies with the global network of Jesuit schools, where every contribution is valued
|Resources and facilities
that enable best education practice; and “a compelling regard for environmental stewardship” (Laudato Si 2015)
The Framework of Formation
|Jesuit ethos and culture||Faith and service||Conscientisation||“Men for others”||The Riverview graduate|
|Cura Personalis||Pastoral welfare and well-being||Deep discernment||Commitment to the common good||Young men of discernment and compassion|
|Deep scholastic tradition||Quality teaching|
|Aspiration for the magis||Life-long learners who know how to reflect and question|
A Vision for the Future
Strategic Directions 2020-2025 strengthens the College’s commitment to build upon the positive foundations laid by the former Strategic Directions 2015-2020, while sharpening our vision for the future.
Our humble ambition is to develop young men who truly embrace the Jesuit ethos of being “men for others” – young men who understand their place in the world and are willing to embrace the challenge to change it for the better. We do this by prioritising the five tenets laid out in this document:
- Encouraging an authentic personal faith in the Ignatian tradition
- Delivering excellence in teaching and learning
- Providing genuine care for the individual (cura personalis)
- Fostering our already strong sense of community
- Wisely stewarding our resources and God-given environment
Strategic Directions 2020-2025 will be implemented by action plans developed by the College Executive, with annual reporting to the College Board.
Strategic Directions 2020-2025 is cognisant of and responsive to the key priorities and initiatives that reside with the Society of Jesus in Australia and the Jesuit Assistancy of Asia-Pacific.