About Us

Name: Loyola School (C.B.S.E). Recognised by Government of Kerala

Affiliation No.: 930570 (permanent) since 2005, up to 31st March 2015.

Name of Society: Kerala Jesuit Society (Permanent Registration)

 

Address: Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram-17

year of Establishment: 1961

NOC No.: C-324591/61

NOC Date: 4th August 1961

 

Area: 5.80 Acres (23471.78 Sq. m.)

Building Area : 1670 Sq. Mtrs

Area of Play ground : 8100 Sq.m.

Facilities: Indoor Games, Music Rooms, Health and Medical Check up

 

Library : 870 Sq.Ft.

No. of Periodicals : 6

No. of Reference books class-wise : 2000 (Total)

No. of Magazines : 6

Others : 4

The Loyolite Heritage

St. Ignatius of LoyolaEducation is central to the Jesuit vision of service. The reason for this may be found in the life and message of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus and the patron saint of Loyola School.

Born in the ancestral castle of Loyola in the Basque province of Spain in 1491, St Ignatius began his career as a trainee for knighthood in the court of ‘Ferdinand the Catholic’ and became an officer in the army in 1517. He was badly wounded by a French cannonball while defending the citadel of Pamplona in 1521 The lives of the saints that he read during his convalescence gave his life a spiritual orientation. No longer was this flamboyant Spaniard interested in military victory or worldly glory: he resolved to imitate the holy austerities of the saints and to be a servant of God. In 1522 he bade farewell to his family and set out on a penitential pilgrimage and, travelling by way of Rome, Venice and Cyprus, reached Jerusalem in 1523 and returned to Barcelona next year.

After two years of study in Barcelona, he reached Paris in 1528 and, living on alms, remained there as a student till 1535 and completed his postgraduate studies at the College de Sainte-Barbe. He was ordained at the age of forty-six, on 24 June 1537.

While studying in France, St. Ignatius had gathered about him a few companions, including St Francis Xavier, who later became the co-founders of the Jesuit order. Three years before their ordination they had voluntarily bound themselves by vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience to the Pope, though without the express purpose of founding any new religious order. The last phase of Loyola’s life was spent in Rome or its vicinity. In 1539 the companions decided to form the Society of Jesus and added the vow of obedience to the elected Superior. In 1540 Pope Paul Ill approved the new Jesuit order and St Ignatius served as its elected General till his death on 31 July 1556. He was beatified in 1609 and, along with Francis Xavier, canonized on 12 March 1662.

At the time of the founder’s death, there were about 1000 Jesuits working in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Brazil and India. At present, there are about 18,000 Jesuits serving all over the world. About one-fourth of them are teachers or administrators in the 848 educational institutions spread across 68 countries. There are about 2.5 million students studying in these institutions that range from primary schools to full-fledged universities.

The history of the Jesuits’ educational mission in India begins with St Francis Xavier’s arrival on 6 May 1542 and the founding of schools and colleges in Goa and Cochin shortly afterwards. A number of premier institutions in India have been inspired by his memory.

Jesuit Vision of Education

Jesuit vision of education is holistic, pupil-centred, excellence oriented, rooted in Catholic faith, and based on the assumed cooperation of the stakeholders.

It is holistic because it aims at the total development of the pupils intellectual, emotional, social, cultural, aesthetic, moral, physical, spiritual and religious dimensions.

It is pupil-centred in so far as the teacher is more a mentor, a facilitator and a catalyst who inspires confidence and promotes active learning instead of passive listening to his lecture. It is excellence-oriented in the sense that it is a ceaseless striving after magis (meaning, greater and greater). Attainment of excellence depends on tenacity, right relationship, cooperation with others, and competition with oneself.

The matrix of the Jesuit system is the person, message and life of Jesus Christ as expressed and rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith. It is open to the divine as revealed in all faiths and religions. Jesuit education is incomplete without developing the relationship between the student and the Transcendent. This relationship with God expresses itself in service to others, especially in the promotion of justice. It is thus service of faith promoting justice.

The stakeholders in the participative process of education are pupils, parents and educators. The educators imbibe the Jesuit system and implement it. As co-educators, the parents support the teachers and supplement their efforts by supervising their children’s study at home. The pupils realize that everything is done for them and they respond with responsibility and reap the reward. Thus, a Jesuit school is a living and interacting community, not just a lifeless cluster of buildings or a mere conglomerate of individuals.