THE JESUIT APPROACH TO EDUCATION
The St. George’s College Board of Management would like to introduce you to the A Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School developed by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA). This statement shapes our education and that of Jesuit schools throughout the world.
OPEN TO GROWTH: By the time they graduate, our students should know that their education is not ended, but that they must take responsibility for their own growth emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially and religiously. They are becoming aware and accepting of their own strengths and limitations, are conscious of their feelings and how they are moved by them, and are flexible and open to other points of view. Being open to growth means they can reflect on their experience, confront their own responsibility, and take risks when appropriate.
INTELLECTUALLY COMPETENT: Our graduates should have gained an ability to think through a situation, to consider other possibilities and their consequences. Not only is their thinking becoming more precise, but also they are learning to communicate themselves and their ideas to others. They are curious and they try to learn new things and find solutions to life’s challenges. Finally, they are able to relate what they learn to the needs of those around them and the needs of the wider world.
RELIGIOUS: Our graduates should continuously examine their own religious feelings and beliefs as they choose their path to God and deepen their relationship with a religious tradition and community. They should have a basic foundation in religious education, as well as a personal experience of God in prayer, relationships and worship. They should have an awareness of other religious traditions besides their own, and an ability to explore and validate their faith in a religious diverse world. Finally, they should see their faith as leading to active service of others.
LOVING: Our graduates are able to move beyond self-interest and self-centeredness in relationship with others. Because they have come to accept and love themselves, they can trust the fidelity of others. They have begun to come to grips with personal prejudices and stereotypes and are able to share themselves with members of the opposite sex, other races, nationalities, faiths and economic backgrounds.
COMMITTED TO DOING JUSTICE: Our graduates should have learned of the many needs of the local and wider community and are preparing to take their place in this community as competent, concerned, responsible members. They recognize within themselves and the structures of their society the potential for injustice and have begun to develop the skills and motivation to address the injustice. Their faith calls them to use the intellectual powers they have developed to help bring about a Christian transformation of their society and the greater world.