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Jesuit Ethos

Our Jesuit Ethos flows from the twofold commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ which stresses the love of God and love of one’s neighbour. This ethos is central to the development of St George’s College and Hartmann House as Jesuit Schools in the 21stcentury. It includes the strategic creation of both short- and long-term goals that place a particular emphasis on coming into personal contact with the triune God and reaching out to others, especially the disadvantaged. This finds expression in fostering an encounter with Christ as he is revealed in the gospels and the implementation of the Characteristics of Jesuit Education (1987) and the directions from other Jesuit sources as necessary.

Elements of our Jesuit Ethos include the Pastoral Care of all members of the Red Blazer community, the teaching of Religious Education and the imparting of moral values, chaplaincy work and networking with the Province’s Education Office as well as other Jesuit establishments worldwide. This is realised through such activities as the practice of the Spiritual Exercises in retreats and other forms of prayer, service within the community and the wider society and regular religious practice in all our activities. A key expression of all this is the midday reflection which is practised by both Schools at the end of lessons, every day. This spiritual exercise follows from the Jesuit prayer of the Examen which is indispensable for Jesuits.

Special forums are also set up regularly as avenues to familiarise and to deepen our appreciation of our joint mission in working towards the greater glory of God – AMDG.