Education is about more than learning. It’s about sparking curiosity, encouraging reflection and opening possibilities.
Unfortunately, many of the students at Jesuit Social Services’ Ignatius Learning Centre have had a bad experience of school and have disengaged or become disinterested.
The Ignatius Learning Centre is a small independent Catholic school for boys aged 15-17 who are in contact with the criminal justice system. Jesuit Social Services opened the school in 2021 as an alternative to youth detention and an opportunity to help these boys to get their lives on track and realise their potential.
While the school is focused on engaging students and helping them complete VCAL before moving on to further training or employment, teachers also harbour dreams to expand the horizons for these young men and help them discover a love of life-long learning.