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Saint Ignatius' College, Adelaide, is an independent co-educational day school located in Adelaide, South Australia, part of the international network of Jesuit schools which began in Messina, Sicily, in 1548.[1] The patron saint of the College is the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), Ignatius of Loyola. The College has two campuses: the Junior Campus in Norwood, containing the Junior School (Reception to Year 6 students) and Early Childhood Centre (3 to 5 years old), and the Senior Campus in Athelstone, located across some 16 hectares of land, home to the Senior School (Year 7 to 12 students).[2]

Saint Ignatius' College
TypePrivate, day
Motto'Deo Gloria'
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Established13 February 1951; 68 years ago (13 February 1951)
FounderThomas Perrott SJ
ChairmanJohn Connelly
RectorPeter Hosking SJ
Peter Coffey
Head of the Senior School
Philip Donato
Head of the Junior School
Nicholas Boys
Director of Ignatius Early Years
Rosemary Allen
GradesEarly Years–Year 12
Gender[[Boys school education|Co-educational]]
EnrolmentApproximately 1500
CampusNorwood: Junior Campus
Athelstone: Senior Campus
Colour(s)      Regis      Xavier      Kostka      Campion
School hymnDeo Gloria


Single-gender education beginnings and later developmentsEdit

The College began in Queen Street, Norwood, South Australia, commencing with fifty-two boys and six Jesuit fathers on 13 February 1951. The catalyst was Archbishop Matthew Beovich's[3] increasing interest in commencing more formalised Catholic schooling in Adelaide. Thus the Jesuit boys' day school was established. The initial intake was from Grade 3 onwards. Students prior to this year level were educated at Loreto College, St Joseph's Memorial School (the local parish school), or the local state schools.[citation needed]

The school grew quickly and in 1967 a secondary campus was opened at Athelstone, in the then outer suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia and the Norwood campus became the Junior School. From 1971, the school accepted Kildare College enrolments from girls wanting to complete their secondary studies. At that stage, Kildare offered education up to Year 11. In 1996, the school changed to offer co-educational enrolments from Reception to Year 12, the first Jesuit school in the world to do so.[4]

A co-educational Reception to Year 12 CollegeEdit

Today, over 1500 students are enrolled at the College across both the Junior and Senior Schools.[5]

In 2005, the College and Mercedes College hosted their inaugural 'Intercollegiate Sports Carnival' ('Intercol'). Each year the senior students of both colleges participate in eight sports for nineteen shields in the winter season. The school that wins the majority of the shields is the overall winner of the Carnival and of the 'Mercedes-Ignatius' Shield. Each school alternates the hosting of Intercol each year.

A significant celebration and event within the College community is the annual Patronal Feast Day of Saint Ignatius. A whole school mass is held at the Norwood Parish for current students and staff of the school; it is one of only two events in the College calendar where students from both campuses are gathered in one place. Saint Ignatius' feast day is celebrated on 31 July.[6]

Aside from Junior and Senior School swimming and sports carnivals, another major event is the school's annual Distribution of Prizes, known as 'Speech Day', which all students from Years 3 to 12 attend. Students from Years 3 to 12 can be acknowledged for achievement in various areas of their schooling life. The 'College Blue' prize is also awarded to any past or present student of the College for extraordinary achievement in their life. It is held at the Adelaide Convention Centre at the beginning of Term 4 (October/November). The majority of awards are books such as dictionaries and encyclopaedias, as well as a small number of medals and trophies. Future student leaders of the school are announced at this event.[7]

Ignatius Early Years opened in 2009. It is an early childhood education centre located next to the Junior School at Norwood. It is for preschoolers aged 3 to 5 and follows the Reggio Emilia approach on educational philosophy for children.


Opening in March 2010, the Campion Library is a new double-storey library at the Senior School, developed to replace the previous, smaller library building. The Campion Library contains more classrooms to accommodate the growing number of Senior School students, as well as more modern library facilities. Similarly, opening in early 2011, the new Junior School library building replaced the former Junior Campus administration building, and likewise, includes new classrooms for the increasing student population.

In about 2014 the Senior School Performing Arts centre, a Music and Drama Building, was completed, replacing previous demountable Performing Arts buildings. The building houses student classrooms, tutorial and storage rooms, and an auditorium with raked audience seating for over 300 people.[8]

In 2017 the Caroline Chisholm building was opened. The building is three stories tall with the bottom story being for a reception, student services and a variety of offices for many different people at the school. The second level is a new staff room and the third level is a new versatile learning place for students. This learning space includes a green screen, 'building' workshop as well as a number of interactive classrooms which teachers can book and arrange in the layout they want for their class.


  • T Perrott SJ (1951-53)
  • T Barden SJ (1954-61)
  • J McArearvey SJ (1962-64)
  • F Wallace SJ (1965-72)
  • P Hosking SJ (1973-77)
  • G O'Kelly SJ (1978-81)
  • N Olsen SJ (1982-86)
  • M Ryan SJ (1987-94)
  • G O'Kelly SJ (1994-06)
  • R Davoren SJ (2007-13)
  • P Coffey (2018-)

Sport, notable alumni and popular cultureEdit


Students of the College are separated into four houses under a College house system. House members are involved in various musical, pastoral, performing and sporting events alongside participants of their own house and opposing teams. The four houses are named after their patron Jesuit saints:

As well as this, the school has a proud inter-collegiate relationship with Mercedes College, a fellow Catholic school in Adelaide's South. Every year a sporting competition takes place in the winter season with the school who gets the majority of 21 shields taking out the competition.

Notable alumniEdit


  • Damien Nygaard - Australian Rules footballer for Norwood (SANFL), West Perth (WAFL) and South Australia (State)
  • Tom Warhurst - Australian Rules footballer for Norwood (SANFL) and the Adelaide Crows (AFL)
  • Andrew Whiteman - Australian Rules footballer for Sturt (SANFL)
  • Kristian Rooke - Australian Rules footballer for Norwood (SANFL)
  • Matthew Kelly - Australian Rules footballer for Norwood (SANFL) and the Adelaide Crows (AFL)
  • Greg Gallman - Australian Rules footballer for North Adelaide (SANFL) and the Adelaide Crows (AFL)

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Popular cultureEdit

Most scenes in the movie 2:37 (2006) were filmed on location at the College and various scenes in the movie Broken Hill (2009) were also filmed at the College.

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