St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School

Our School

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School is located in the Glen Abbey Community of Oakville.  We are committed to providing a varied and rich curriculum and to offering a strong Catholic value base for our students. We are dedicated to instilling in our students the desire to give back and the values of dignity, equity and respect.​​

Student Success Programs

Loyola is a school that continually meets high standards and high academic achievement. Our school has high success rates for the Grade 9 EQAO Math test and the Grade 10 Literacy Test (OSSLT). We are a school that celebrates success daily through internal awards, graduation awards, and many scholarships. While a majority of our students easily achieve academic success, some of our students require additional support and resources. There is a wide spectrum of students that are monitored by our Student Success Teacher and the Student Success Team. This allows for students to receive the support they need to be successful. Student support is available for all, but is necessary for some. As a staff we continuously support those that are in need, and celebrate the success of all of our students.

The role of the Student Success Teacher

The Student Success Teacher is a facilitator and provider for direct student advocacy and mentoring.

The Student Success Teacher will:

  • Monitor the transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 for each Student Success Student
  • Track progress of each student throughout the semester at progress reports, midterm reporting, and final report.
  • Conference with teachers to track student progress
  • Regularly meet with students to discuss progress and set goals
  • Implement strategies or schedule recommendations

The Student Success Teacher works with the classroom teacher, Guidance counsellor, Special Education, and Administration to support the student’s individual needs.

The Role of the Student Success Team

The Student Success Team is comprised of the follow people: Student Success Teacher, Administration, and representatives from Student Services, Special Education, Literacy Team, Numeracy Team, Pathways Team. The Student Success Team meets regularly to work together to develop strategies to assist students with their individual needs.

  • ­Student Success Initiatives
  • After school Numeracy for Grade 9 and Grade 10 students
  • After school Credit Rescue for all grades
  • After school Literacy
  • Homework Help Desk drop in lunch program
  • Peer tutoring
  • Outside tutoring available
  • Student Success Altitude Program at McMaster University

Program Highlights

1. In addition to the entire common curriculum that exists in all our Halton Catholic Secondary Schools, Loyola offers 217 courses available at all levels. As well, Loyola is proud to offer the following unique courses, only available at Loyola:

  • E-Learning Courses: Chemistry Grade 12 College level, Careers & Civics Grade 10 Open level
  • The Extended French Program
  • Aboriginal Studies (Grade 12)
  • Repertoire Music
  • Extensive Technical Studies courses
  • The Specialist High Skills Major: Health and Wellness/Sports Leadership 
  • OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) in Welding
  • Grade 10 courses in Basketball and Soccer
  • Japanese Exchange Program
  • Italy Summer Credit Program

These programs which go beyond the normal classroom experience provide a unique opportunity for the intensive training required for apprenticeship, career placement or athletic training, helping to provide an excellent advantage to our students.

2. Loyola also offers 2 Leadership courses at the Grade 12 University Level: IDC 4UT - Peer Tutoring, for those who may possess an interest in teaching. As well, the IDC 4UL – Sports Leadership for those considering studying Business, Sports Management at the Post Secondary level. These programs offer real classroom experience with links to post secondary career-oriented programs.
3. Our Gifted students receive enrichment through an expanded curriculum that goes beyond the basic minimum guidelines and includes unique opportunities to attend learning workshops as well as opportunities to hear speakers on a wide variety of topics. Our Gifted students are also the driving force behind the organization of the Board wide Academic Quadrathlon, among other leadership based opportunities for our students. 
4. Loyola consistently ranks first in the Board for Literacy Rates and ranks high in Numeracy rates as is evidenced by published data from the Ministry of Education.



  • Arts Festival
  • Athletic Banquet
  • Best Buddies – Special Education
  • Book Club
  • Celebrate Life
  • Choir
  • Computer Programming Team
  • Concert Band
  • Debating Team
  • Environment Club
  • Free the Children Club
  • Grade 9 Friendfest
  • Grade 9 Retreats
  • Grade 10 Retreats
  • Green Team
  • Guest Speakers/Presenters
  • Jazz Band
  • Math Contests
  • Mock Trial Team
  • Multi-Cultural Club & Fair
  • Music Ministry
  • Music Night
  • School Reach Team
  • School Theatre Production
  • Social Justice Team
  • SOMA (Southern Ontario Model/United Nations)
  • Student Newspaper
  • Year book


  • Badminton – Junior
  • Badminton – Senior
  • Basketball – Midget Boys
  • Basketball – Boys Jr. & Sr.
  • Basketball – Girls Sr.
  • Cross Country – Girls /Boys: Jr. & Sr.
  • Field Hockey – Girls Jr. & Sr.
  • Football – Jr. & Sr.
  • Golf – Boys
  • Hockey – Girls
  • Hockey – Boys
  • Rugby – Girls
  • Rugby – Senior Boys
  • Soccer – Boys Jr. & Sr.
  • Soccer – Girls Jr. & Sr.
  • Softball – Girls
  • Ski/Snowboarding Racing Team
  • Swim Team
  • Tennis – Jr. & Sr.
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball – Boys Jr. & Sr.
  • Weight Training 


  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • United Way
  • Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Movember
  • Christmas Fundraiser (Angel Tree)
  • Feb. 14 Paid Civvies Day: International
  • National
  • Local


  • Intramural Sports Lunchtime Program
  • Open Gym @ 7:00 a.m. & lunchtime
  • Peer Tutoring - Lunch and After School
  • Room 168 Lunchtime Games & Social


  • Barbecues
  • Carnival
  • Christmas Formal Coffee Houses
  • School Dances
  • Spirit Month


Student leaders who undertake various initiatives, projects and who volunteer time to assist all facets of the school.

Before and After School Programs

​Students at Loyola have the opportunity to be immersed not only in academic pursuits but an exceptional variety of extracurricular activities that allow students to develop and reach their potential physically, socially and spiritually.

Curriculum Focus

  • We offer a multifaceted approach to Learning: Academic, Spiritual, Social and Physical.  Our Catholic values permeate these areas to improve student engagement and to encourage parental engagement in our Catholic School Community.
  • We are committed to creating an environment in the school that makes both staff and students want to come here each day. We work with students, staff and parents to achieve our goals, to meet with success in all our endeavours and to promote continuous improvement.
  • We work hard at making sure our school environment has a safe and inviting atmosphere for each and every student. The values of dignity, equity and respect permeate all that we do so that we can serve our school community and the community at large in a way that reflects the teachings of Jesus. To that end, we will never knowingly allow a student to be bullied, feel intimidated, or be discriminated in any way. All students have the right to feel safe, welcomed and “at home” at Loyola so they are free to focus on their academic studies and to achieve their fullest potential.
  • Our goal is to provide our students with good, solid values that form the basis for strong decision- making abilities based on strong morals and ethics while they are in our school and as they move forward to achieve their post secondary goals. 

Environmental Focus

In collaboration with our community partners, Loyola is involved in all aspects of the recycling program in Halton. The green and blue cart initiative serves to reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate our school’s commitment to improving our Eco-School status.


Parent Community Involvement

The St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School Council is comprised of parents/guardians, a staffrepresentative  as well as community and parish representatives, the Student Council president and the Principal.Its aim is to support school activities through involvement and committee participation.  A parent representative serves on the Safe Schools Action Team, participates in the Home, School and Parish Partnership Day, and serves on various ad hoc committees.   The Catholic School Council also provides a forum for parents to meet and share information and ideas concerning the school community. 

The Catholic School Council supports activities, initiatives and developments at Loyola and within the education environment in general.  The Loyola Catholic School Council also organizes evening Communty Awareness/Education and Engagement sessions for parents on topics of interest to the school community. In addition, School Council is involved in assisting with the Multi-Cultural Fair held in May and also organizes a bi-annual used uniform sale.​

Community Use of the School

Due to Revitalization construction project of Loyola this year, access for public use will not be available. After the construction is complete access will be reinstated.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School

St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School

Location map1550 Nottinghill Gate
Oakville, Ontario, L6M 1X7
Phone: 905-847-0595 Fax:905-847-1498
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St. Matthew Parish


Cairine MacDonald

Vice Principal

Clark McDougall

Vice Principal

Martin McNally


Tim Overholt

Bell Times

8:10 am
8:15 am
2:47 pm
2:47 pm
8:10 am
8:15 am
2:47 pm



School Council Members

Vicki Allingham, Parent

Claudia Baptista, Parent
Mairin Brennan-Murray, Parent
Linda Burton, Parent
Pia D’Alessandro-Nash, Parent
Ashley DeSouza, Student Council President
Paul Duncan, Treasurer
Kathy Furgala, Parent
Snezana Grabic, Parent
Phil Harris, Secretary
Hania Jakimowicz, Parent
Gilmar Militar, Co-Chair
John Murray, Parent
Michael Nixon, Co-Chair
Elisa O’Hare, Staff Rep
Stephanie O’Keefe, Parent
Alourdes Sully, Parent
Nijole Vaitonis, Principal
Shari Whaley, Parent

Director of Education

Paula Dawson


​Anthony Danko
Helena Karabela
Paul Marai
Anthony Quinn​


Approximately 1200 students.

Secondary School

Our Vision

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic, providing exceptional education, while nurturing the call to love and to serve as a people of faith, living out God's plan.

Our Mission

​The Halton Catholic District School Board, in partnership with home and Church, is dedicated to providing excellence in Catholic education by developing Christ-centred individuals enabled to transform society.

Our Governing Values

At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we value:

Our Catholic Faith
and aspire to be models of Christ through our actions of love, forgiveness, compassion, and acceptance.

The Whole Child
and create conditions that support the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional well-being of all students so that they may fulfill their God-given potential.

Excellence in Learning
and provide opportunities that meet the needs and aspirations of all learners in a supportive, creative and innovative learning environment.

Relationships and Partnerships
and recognize that our success is reflective of the healthy and vibrant partnership of staff, parents, pastors, and members of our broader community.

The Importance of Contributing to Our Communities
and respect diversity, celebrate multiculturalism, honour individual rights, and embrace the social values of collective responsibility and the common good.