Our History - An Outline

This 3-minute audio-visual clip commemorated the 100 years of St. Aloysius' College in 2008.


In 1592, the Jesuits founded the Collegium Melitense in Valletta. It was a college with pontifical faculties to award academic degrees. This first educational undertaking of the Jesuits in Malta prepared the way for the University of Malta, established when the Jesuits were expelled from Malta from Grand Master Pinto, in 1769.

After an absence of nearly one hundred years, a group of Jesuits from Sicily returned to Malta in 1868, this time to teach at the Seminary in Gozo, while a group of English Jesuits established St. Ignatius' College in St. Julians.
On 8 October 1907, the Jesuits, at the request of Pope Saint Pius X, founded St. Aloysius' College at Birkirkara. The student population at the time was merely 139 boys whereas the present student population is just over one thousand. This increase in student population is an indication of the strides the College has made over a span of ninety years in its history of service by generations of Jesuits and lay teachers to thousands of students and to Maltese society in the spirit of Ignatius of Loyola.

Constant development took place at the College over the years. The main College building houses the Secondary School, with a population of 600 students from Forms 1 to 5. The Sixth Form building, inaugurated in 1991, caters to over 400 students. The College has extensive sports grounds. The recently upgraded sports ground is also home to the Sports Complex, in use since 1997. From its early years, the College has had its own Church, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Though mostly used by the College student population, the Church is open to the public for daily Mass.

At the same time, Jesuit and lay members of staff have continuously worked through the years to share the Ignatian spirit with the students. From the original Ratio Studiorum dating back to 1575 to the wealth of experience in teaching, the Society of Jesus published the Characteristics of Jesuit Education which in turn developed into the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm of 1993.

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