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Asia Pacific educators gather for Ignatian teachers program

Event seeks to help create partnership among Jesuit educational institutions in the region

Asia Pacific educators gather for Ignatian teachers program

Children attend a class at a school in Cisarua, West Java in this file photo. Twenty-six delegates from Jesuit schools across the Asia Pacific region recently attended a formation and dialogue gathering at St. Ignatius' College Riverview in Sydney Australia (Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP)

November 29, 2017

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Twenty-six delegates from Jesuit schools across the Asia Pacific region converged on St. Ignatius’ College Riverview in Sydney, Australia recently for the annual Ignatian Teachers Program.

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific organizes the program as a way to bring senior teachers and administrators together for formation and dialogue, and help create a sense of partnership among Jesuit educational institutions in the region.  

This year saw participants from Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan and Micronesia.

Over the course of a week, participants engaged in a number of experiences at the college, including interacting with students doing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects, and looking at the development of the Magis program in the senior school.

They also learned from the experience of several presenters including Riverview Rector Fr. Ross Jones and Australian Province Education Delegate Jennie Hickey.

Fr. Jones introduced the teachers to the school’s Companions Programme, which partners teachers with experienced mentors in order to support their professional development through conversation. Hickey spoke of the overall vision of education in the Province.

The participants also learned something of the history of the Catholic Church in Australia on a visit to St. Mary’s Cathedral.

“The educational community at Saint Ignatius’ College is enriched by the diversity of experience that the delegates share and the facilitators from the College learn much from our sisters and brothers in ministry,” said Riverview’s Director of Religious Formation John Gillies.

 

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