The school ‘Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace’ takes its name from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the 16th century.
The motto of the school is “Tous frères et sœurs, pour servir” roughly translated as ‘All brothers and sisters for service’.
Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace opened its doors on the 4th of February 2008 with 130 pupils (52 girls and 78 boys). The latter limited number corresponded to the opening of five classrooms: two classrooms for Primary one, two classrooms for Primary two, and one classroom for Primary three. The school started with 30 pupils by classroom. This structure of formation was organized in a pyramidal order to preserve the quality of teaching and to allow the selection of the best pupils. Gradually the school opened each year two new classrooms to complete the primary cycle. The primary cycle was completed in 2011. Some of those who finished Primary 6 at that moment were the founding students of Saint Ignatius High School. They finished high school in 2017.
The school which started with a limited number of pupils managed to build more classrooms due to a growing number of inscriptions. With the completion of a new building that houses 8 classrooms, 1 staff room, a library, sacristy for the chapel, and two offices (for the administrator and the accountant), without forgetting the male washrooms, all the planned classrooms are completed. We hope that by 2022, each level of primary school will have 4 classrooms.
The school started with a slightly bigger number of boys. Gradually, the number of girls surpassed the number of boys. As of now, we are a community of 664 pupils (325 boys and 339 girls). All these pupils are in 20 classrooms. Each classroom can accommodate up to 34 pupils.
Our main concerns now are the refurbishing of the dining hall for the kids, the playgrounds, the necessary equipment for the library, and the acquisition of enough computers.
Inspired by the intellectual tradition of the society of Jesus, Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace's mission is to educate young men and women at the primary level to become morally responsible persons, men and women for others, adults who are able to reflect, discern and decide with reference to the values of Jesus Christ, to act wisely, to work competently in the service of the common good.
All who participate in the life of the educational community of Ecole Primaire Saint Ignace must have their eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and looking at Jesus Christ. They must be driven by fundamental values such as excellence (Magis), Integrity, faith that does justice, service, and absolute respect.