Loyola High School traces its Jesuit tradition to St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Spaniard who died on 31 July 1556, and was canonized …. years later on the same date. Loyola High School chose the same date when the Catholic Church marks the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, as its special day to commemorate the founding of the school, reflect on the values of education that are inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola, renew our allegiance to the ideals of St. Ignatius, and re-confirm our pledge to educate our children following the principles of Jesuit education. On Loyola Day we remember and honour St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, the congregation which owns and runs this school. However, in marking Loyola Day we do not remember the death of St. Ignatius, but rather his life and influence to the millions of people he met and touched, notably through institutions run by Jesuits for centuries. Loyola Day is an occasion to evaluate ourselves as to what extent we emulate the Jesuit values of education. It is an occasion for Loyolites to look ahead with a sense of hope and challenge, and plan the most appropriate course of action in order to live the inspired values as best as we can. Therefore, Loyola Day is indeed value-based; value-oriented. It is these multiple reflections focused on values that make Loyola Day exciting.
Normally, there is excitement at Loyola Day celebration. Everything is special. The routine changes; mass is special; there is often parade and many other performances etc. More often than not, the Students’ Government Council (SGC)’s team plays against the staff team on Loyola Day.