From the Rector, Fr Ross Jones SJ

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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Not where we live, but how we live

Those who have been part of our community for a while know that there is a certain language we use – for example, magis, discernment, cura personalis. ‘Accommodation’ is another such word. It is not about an address, or place of abode. It has to do with adaptation or, in more recent parlance, enculturation.

People sometimes have the wrong impression about Jesuits or their modus operandi. We are often portrayed as ‘the Pope’s marines’, the stormtroopers whose vow of obedience is unwavering, whose mindset is programmed by years of formation, steely in inflexibility. But if we turn at the start to Ignatius’ Constitutions, something quite different jumps off the pages. We soon discover that after Ignatius proclaims a rule clearly and unambiguously, he will often add a coda, allowing a local superior – the man on the spot – to modify the rule “according to times, places and circumstances”. This is freedom and adaptability. The phrase “adapting to times, places and circumstances” is a leitmotif that runs through so much of Ignatius’ writings. It is not a mere whim or ‘anything goes’ attitude, but a discerned flexibility for mission, an ability to discern the means from the end.
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From the Principal, Dr Paul Hine

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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Into the Groove

While the first days of the year hold their own share of excitement, apprehension and anticipation, they move quickly into routines that form the cadence of school life. I am pleased to report that the boys have settled quickly into the rhythm of the year: familiarity with the location of classrooms, knowledge of and response to expectations of teachers, the meeting points during lunch and recess, as well as the many subtleties that underpin the complex operations of the College. The first major assembly in the form of the School Mass, was an exercise of logistics in itself, with the better part of 2,000 staff and students moving in orchestrated fashion to and from the Ramsay Hall. Home Rooms in Regis and Mentor Groups in the Senior School are consolidating into their own comfortable units and it is encouraging to see the boys open to new friendship networks that will become their close community over the years ahead.
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