St Ignatius feast day inspires multicultural celebration

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Loyola students celebrated multiculturalism for St Ignatius Feast Day. 


On Tuesday 20 July 2015, Loyola Senior High, Mount Druitt held their annual St Ignatius Feast Day celebrations. Students from St Ignatius College, Riverview and Good Shepherd Primary, Plumpton joined Loyola in the celebrations at the college. 

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Loyola students celebrated multiculturalism for St Ignatius Feast Day. 


The day started with a school mass which gave everyone in attendance an opportunity to celebrate the solemnity of St Ignatius. Loyola students who participated in the immersion trips to Bourke and East Timor in June presented reflections from their experiences. 

Students from the Years 11 and 12 cohort performed cultural pieces.
Students from the Years 11 and 12 cohort performed cultural pieces.


Year 12 student, Tony Che, said the Multicultural Day brought the community together to celebrate the valuable multicultural identity and the egalitarian way of life.

‘I was amazed by the the spectacular performances and the unique cultural cuisines which reflected our vast diversity,’ Tony said. ‘I also saw the passion from our supportive parents who were not afraid of getting involved in the performances and be part of our pluralistic, loving school community.’

'African Queens' were the first group to perform on the day.


Good Shepherd Primary Vice Captain, Joaquin Dungca, said he was saddened yet interested by the recounts of the immersion trips taken by Loyola students and the way they helped under-privileged people. 

‘This just goes to show that when God saw the people in poverty, he created us to help them and act like Jesus,’ Joaquin said. 

A Bollywood inspired duet represented Indian cultural in the school.
A Bollywood inspired duet represented Indian cultural in the school.


Tutor groups from the Loyola worked together to create multicultural dishes which they shared with the school community.

Tutor groups from the Loyola worked together to create multicultural dishes which they shared with the school community.
Tutor groups from the Loyola worked together to create multicultural dishes which they shared with the school community.


Following the lunch, there was a multicultural concert with performers dressed in traditional costumes representing many different cultures from around the world. There were performances representing African, Indian, Russian, Indonesian, Persian, Filipino, Maltese, Tongan and Samoan cultures.

There were performances representing African, Indian, Russian, Indonesian, Persian, Filipino, Maltese, Tongan and Samoan cultures.
There were performances representing African, Indian, Russian, Indonesian, Persian, Filipino, Maltese, Tongan and Samoan cultures.


Loyola Senior High Principal, Catherine Larkin, said the day is one of the biggest annual events on the school calendar and a great opportunity to recognise other cultures.

There were performances representing African, Indian, Russian, Indonesian, Persian, Filipino, Maltese, Tongan and Samoan cultures.
There were performances representing Tongan and Samoan cultures.

‘It was terrific to see the students, staff and families being so supportive, encouraging and accepting of each other and the many cultures present in our school community,’ Catherine said. 

Even Principal Catherine Larkin performed a Scottish Highland dance with her daughter.
Even Principal Catherine Larkin performed a Scottish Highland dance with her daughter.


For more photos from the day please see the gallery on the right.