Ignatius Learning Centre students wrap their hands before boxing class. Teacher Nick Porter describes this as a “beautiful moment”. “It is a calming place – a time to clear their heads and set goals for the session.“
The Ignatius Learning Centre is a small Catholic specialist secondary school for boys aged 15-17 who are in contact with the criminal justice system. Jesuit Social Services opened the school in 2021 to help these boys get their lives on track. For young people who’ve spent time in detention, staying motivated to go to school and paying attention in class can be a challenge, but out-of-the-box approaches can have a surprising impact.