“If our church is not marked by caring for the poor, the oppressed, the hungry, we are guilty of heresy.”
― St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School has been an integral part of the Oakville community since 1982. We work in partnership with St. Matthew’s Parish and our family of schools. Loyola strives to strengthen the community by creating globally conscious, critical thinkers, who are witnesses of Catholic social teaching by promoting equity, solidarity and the sanctity of human life.
Students, staff and our community are on a journey that focuses on putting our faith into action and ensuring that we live up to our school motto of treating everyone with dignity, equity and respect. We strive to educate the whole child and create strong leaders who can face the challenges of today and tomorrow with grace, perseverance, collaboration and faith. There is strength in our relationships and our honouring of different perspectives and ways of knowing. Our vision of student leadership is inclusive of all identities, pathways and skill sets.
This journey has included conscious learning and unlearning as a school community as we challenge ourselves to discuss and reflect upon uncomfortable topics like racism, oppression, privilege, colonialism, human dignity and white supremacy. This journey has also included consistent reflection and introspection to ensure the resources we select and the visuals in our school are culturally relevant and responsive. We recognize at Loyola that a strong sense of belonging and community has a direct correlation to student achievement and positive mental wellness.
To support student belonging and achievement, we have committed to a number of unique programs and opportunities for our students.
- The Hawkeye Leadership program involves a whole-school approach where all students are provided with opportunities to be supported by peers and caring staff members to build relationships and a strong sense of belonging to our Hawk Family.
- A commitment to Indigenous education and learning about Indigenous ways of knowing and healing. In the 2021-2022 school year we will offer NDW4M- Issues of Indigenous in a Global Context to provide students with an understanding of the issues that impact Indigenous peoples globally. We hope to expand course offerings in Indigenous studies and art.
- Three Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)
- A Social Justice SHSM that supports students in understanding complex issues with social justice and community development, including diversity, equity and inclusion, civic-mindedness and global thinking.
- An Information and Communication Technology SHSM that allows students to gain specialized skills in design, technology, media and software to obtain certifications in technology.
- A Health and Wellness SHSM that gives students the opportunity to specialize, gain experience and plan a career pathway in the health and wellness sector.
- Oakville’s secondary school destination for French immersion.
- Experiential volunteer and educational opportunities rooted in service and social justice to expose students to various experiences, perspectives and pathway opportunities.
- Social activism rooted in our faith and Catholic social justice teachings:
- A very active and respected Development & Peace student committee that has been recognized province-wide
- A very active and engaged Loyola Wellness Council and Student Equity & Inclusion Committee to ensure student voice is heard and we are constantly working towards wellness and inclusion.
- The establishment in 2021 of a Black Advisory Council to ensure the perspectives and voices of Black students, parents and staff are heard and celebrated.
- An ongoing Loyola Equity Speaker Series that brings in speakers from a variety of backgrounds and social-locations to discuss topics affecting our community and ensure students can see their identities represented.
While we still have a long way to go, we are on a good path in our learning and ensuring that everyone feels they belong at Loyola. What makes Loyola unique is our ongoing and consistent commitment to ensuring student identities are validated, represented and valued through education, connections with community partners and connections to our faith. This commitment translates into high levels of achievement and a strong sense of belonging to our Loyola Hawk family.