St. Ignatius College is a community that journeys with its pupils in the process of self-discovery, not as isolated individuals but linked to one another. We are a community that journeys together at various stages of our lives. We know that we are a part of something greater in this world. We are all important; and we all matter. Hence, everyone (parents, guardians, teaching and non-teaching staff) is called to build a community that pays attention to the life of the other by words of encouragement, appreciation and unity.
As we begin term III of 2022, we should know that a healthy community creates opportunities of connecting with people, reaching personal goals and security. Let’s be a community that deepens togetherness.
Fr. Laissone Matias, SJ
Our objective at St Ignatius is to form learners for service of God and others. This conforms to Fr Pedro Arrupe’ sentiments in 1973, when he wrote “Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ – for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.” This is also our objective at St Ignatius College guided by our values of commitment, conscience, competence, compassion and coherence we endeavor to form a holistic person. We endeavor to form game changers in the society, in our country Zambia and a global citizen. Our value system as a school is derived from our Jesuit Identity that is rooted for 500years. These game changers should be people of depth or magis, who are conscious of the environment and being women and men with and for others; these citizens to be people of justice who also respect other faiths. We take care of the whole person cura personalis that our students discover themselves especially their God-given talents in their lives and able to express themselves in the world. All we do this term should be guided by the spirit of Ignatius of doing everything for the greater glory of God (AMDG), thus we achieve our motto of learning for the service of God and others. Thus we endeavor as a school, supported by parents, community and staff towards forming responsible citizens, who will strive for a just, inclusive and peaceful society. We pray that the Holy Spirit guide us through the term and special prayers for our grade 9s and 12s as they prepare their exams.
Fr Tanaka Cyril Mashiche SJ
What it means to learn for service of God and others
PUTTING GOD FIRST:
God is the principal figure in our lives and central in all we do and think. In whatever we do we must seek to bring honour to him not shame. Even as we learn and study, we must call upon God and the Holy Spirit to help us. Through his guidance, we will be able to excel in our studies and life in general, guided by our Ignatian value of AMDG (for the greater glory of God). For what we do in our school, it is for God’s glory. For he has promised us in his word that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4: 19).
It is very important in life to have self- discipline if one wants to exile in any area of his/ her life. Self-discipline will help you to stay in control of yourself and of your reaction to any situation. When you have self-discipline in your life, you can make small sacrifices in the present for a better life in the future. For now, sacrifice by studying hard so that your secure a better future for yourselves. The sacrifice we make enables us to learn for service of God and others being men and women with and for others in the here and now and in the future.
There is no short cut to success. Hard work is the only key to achieving one’s desired results in life. Without hard work one cannot achieve much in life. Working hard also provides a lot of opportunities and platforms for you as your people. Remember the world does not owe you anything. As required by Ignatian value of Magis we are not content by the minimum or mediocrity as an institution from our students, staff and parents. With magis we are obliged to dream big together with God. No matters what excuses one comes up with we are still expected to fulfil our life’s obligations. We must understand that for our students doing well in school opens doors not just academically but holistically. Not only does it help us obtain higher – paying jobs, but also it enables us to access a wider variety of jobs that offer challenge, interest and the opportunity to serve our communities. When we are holistically formed, we become women and men of competence, with a conscience of Christ, committed to the values of Christ in the world and compassionate to one another.
College Principal :Ms. Mary Bishonga Chanda