Ignatius Park has proudly educated boys since opening in 1969. As Townsville’s only secondary school for just boys, the College focuses on the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional lives of the young men who attend. The College is built on the strong tradition of academic, personal and sporting excellence. They do this by providing the highest standard of staff, facilities and opportunities for students. There is a strong focus on pastoral care.
“Schools for boys recognise that they develop, think and learn in different ways to girls. Because of this understanding, we are able to tailor our curriculum and teaching strategies to best suit and support boys’ learning styles,” Principal Mr Shaun Clarke explains.
Schools for boys seek first to build good men. An all-boys school lays a good foundation in an environment that allows them to unpack their emotions, reveal their inner self and be open to who they are and what they feel. “Our Pastoral system nurtures and challenges our students to become confident, happy and responsible young men. In addition they have a highly developed sense of social justice,” Mr Clarke said.
Schools for boys celebrate the students and help them to discover and explore their full potential.
This kind of education can provide the freedom for boys to pursue their chosen interests with complete focus. This includes sport, art, languages and music. The College also offers a large range of subjects and co-curricular activities for students to explore their passions. This also helps to encourage them to go on this pursuit and discover themselves. Principal Clarke adds, “At Iggy, we strive to create an environment where each student can feel confident to both discover and achieve his full potential.”
Additionally, the school fosters lifelong friendships and meaningful bonds. It is this connectiveness in an all-boys school that allows students to develop a strong sense of ‘Brotherhood’. They can teach the next generation how to improve, to nurture respect, have respect for women and build a better society.
Boys are an integral part of our future. Overall, our role at Ignatius Park College is to help them each become the best man they can be.