St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School (Oakville)
|St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School|
|1550 Nottinghill Gate
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 1S2
|School type||Separate secondary school|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|School board||Halton Catholic District School Board|
|Enrollment||1100 (September 2015)|
|Language||English and second language classes in French|
|Colour(s)||Navy blue, maroon|
|Mascot||Hank the Hawk|
|Team name||Loyola Hawks|
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School is a separate school in Oakville, Ontario. The school teaches curriculum based on the Catholic faith, and has close ties with the Diocese of Hamilton and the local church, St. Matthew's Parish.
The academic program at Loyola is taught by ten principal departments, with the efforts of each coordinated by a department head. The departments at Loyola are:
- Technological Studies
- Physical Education
- Canadian and World Studies
- Religion, Humanities, and Social Sciences
- Special Education
The school has an academic staff numbering over 90. Loyola has one of the best technology programs in the region, with students from other schools (both separate and public) participating in technology programs offered by the school.
The school also has a strong English program, with 92% of students in grade ten in 2008 passing the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary Student Literacy Test).
Loyola has the highest literacy rate in all of Ontario, Canada.
Loyola offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. In addition to over 46 varsity sports teams, the school is home to dozens of clubs of various disciplines. Clubs and organizations at the school include:
- Student Council
- Chess Club
- Social Justice Club
- Debate Club
- Student Athletic Council
- Multicultural Club
- Concert Band
- Jazz Band
- Free The Children Club
- SOMA (Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly)
- Hawk Watch (School Newspaper)
- Swim Team
- Math Club
- Celebrate Life Club
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Mock Trial
- Glee Club
- Environmental Club
Loyola also provides opportunities for its students to participate in regional activities, such as the Southern Ontario Model United Nations Assembly (SOMA).
Recently, particular emphasis has been placed on the Loyola athletics program, with the school holding numerous buyouts and pep rallies in order to drum up support for various sports teams. Additionally, since 2007, the school has upgraded numerous sports facilities at the school, including replacing the gymnasium floor, purchasing electronic bleachers for spectators and spending over $2 million Canadian on a new sports field, which is now completed.
- Josh Janniere - Professional Soccer Player
- Adam van Koeverden - Olympic rower, winner of Gold medal in the 2004 Olympics
- Matt Spencer - Tampa Bay Lightning Draft Pick
- Kojo Aidoo - Professional Canadian Football Player
- http://loyola.hcdsb.org (December 2009) St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
- Josh Janniere "High school results, April 28", The Toronto Star, April 28, 2010, accessed April 20, 2011.