Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiolá opened in 2013, with its first intake of students, in Year 7. It is a six-year co-educational Jesuit secondary school that aims to form young East Timorese to become men and women of intellectual competence, religious with conscience, and humanly compassionate toward their fellow human beings. The school was officially inaugurated on 25 January 2014.
As a Jesuit school, Colégio de Santo Inácio de Loiolá’s philosophy is to promote the spiritual, academic, social, emotional, psychological and physical development of its students.
The aim of a Jesuit education is “the well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice in generosity to the people of God.”
~ Fr Peter Hans Kolvenbach SJ (The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, 1986)
Students will be led to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and invited to follow in the footsteps of Jesus to work to build God’s kingdom on earth. Just as the Jesuits, the student will be oriented toward the spirit of the “magis” – that is, to seek the better or the greater in all their activities.
Loiolá students will learn to put themselves in the shoes of others, form friendships with those of different cultural and religious backgrounds, formulate a loving and caring community not only at a local level but also at the national and global levels, participate in local and national government on public policy and make positive contributions in the public arena for the common good of society and country, be prepared to participate in the wider community as influential leaders and agents for social change.