Loreto Kirribilli

For other schools of the same name, see Loreto College (disambiguation).
Loreto Kirribilli

Mary, Queen of Angels, as I Live I Trust in the Cross
Kirribilli, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°50′49″S 151°12′59″E / 33.84694°S 151.21639°E / -33.84694; 151.21639Coordinates: 33°50′49″S 151°12′59″E / 33.84694°S 151.21639°E / -33.84694; 151.21639
Type Private, Day school
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1901
Principal Anna Dickinson[1]
Staff ~99 (2011)[2]
Grades K12
Gender Girls
Enrolment 1054 (2014[2])
Colour(s) Royal Blue, Gold and White
Website www.loreto.nsw.edu.au

Loreto Kirribilli is an Independent, elite Roman Catholic, day school for girls, located in Kirribilli, a Lower North Shore suburb of Sydney, Australia.

Established at Milsons Point in 1901, Loreto has a selective enrolment policy and currently caters for approximately 1,050 girls from Kindergarten to Year 12.[2]

The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[4] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[5] and is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).[6]

Loreto Kirribilli is one of many schools around the world established by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Loreto Sisters, founded some 400 years ago by Mary Ward.

Its Sydney sister school is Loreto Normanhurst, and there are five other Loreto schools across Australia, in Melbourne, Ballarat, Victoria, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth, as well as other international schools such as St Mary's Shaftesbury and Saint Mary's Ascot in the UK.


Loreto Kirribilli was founded in 1901 following the move of the day school of Loreto Randwick (founded 1892) to "Kunimbla", a house in Milsons Point. In 1907, increasing enrolments necessitated a move to "Fern Hill", a house in Upper Pitt Street, and in 1907 to the current site in Carabella Street.[7]

Loreto Chapel Tower

"Elamang", a home owned by early settler James Milson (1785-1872), was purchased in 1907 with the financial assistance of Sarah Heaton, mother of, Sr. Philomena Heaton ibvm, a founding member of the Kirribilli community. This purchase allowed for boarders and an increase in day students. Adjacent properties were purchased over the years, including "Coreena" (previously owned by Alfred Milson) in 1921, "The Hermitage" in 1924, Thoms in 1952, and "Araluen" in 1975. The Loreto Kirribilli Chapel Tower was the highest point on the Kirribilli Peninsula for many years, and remains a landmark dominating the skyline when viewed from Neutral Bay. Once the junior school, The Hermitage, was demolished in 1936 to make way for a playing field and tennis courts, and "Coreena" was replaced in 1961 by the present junior school. Government funding in the 1960s allowed for the building of St Joseph's wing, including science rooms and a library. This was also an era of significant growth in student numbers.[7]

The boarding school began its phasing out period in 1968, following an explosion which destroyed St Mary's (Thoms). Loreto's last boarding students left in 1972. In 1980 "Araluen", which had previously been a music centre, was extended to provide accommodation for the Loreto Sisters, and the community areas in the "Elamang" building were converted for use as staff rooms, general school administration and music.[7]

IN 2010 Loreto acquired the neighbouring Tremayne Private Hotel, formerly a Y.W.C.A.[8] rename the Marian Centre.


Period Details[6]
1920 1925 Sr Eulalia Hyland
1925 1929 Sr Elizabeth Forbes
1932 1937 Sr Rita Nolan
1938 1942 Sr Canice Woods
1942 1948 Sr Mechitilde Farrell
1949 1954 Sr Emilian Cowden
1955 1956 Sr Miriam Nowotny
1957 1958 Sr Jude Lane
1959 1965 Sr Angela Quill
1966 1969 Sr Juliana Coughlin
1970 Sr Noni Mitchell
1971 Sr Anne Anderson
1972 1981 Sr Jeanne Cover
1981 1985 Sr Mary Wright
1986 1992 Sr Margaret Honner
1993 1999 Sr Anne Kelly
1999 2013 Ms Janet Freeman
2014 Mrs Anna Dickinson


Compulsory subjects

In the Loreto senior school the following subjects are compulsory:

Elective subjects

Year 8

In year 8 students choose a language from the following:

Year 9

In year 9 students chose four electives, two subjects that run for two years (200 hrs) and two subjects that run for one year (100 hrs). They chose from the following subjects:


The new Loreto library was opened in mid 2013. The library contains over 27 000 books and resources.[9] The library is located at the top of the Saint Joseph's (J) Block. At the 2013 Spring Fair the library raised $3 000 for their sister school in Panighatta by selling handmade book related jewellery, in a stall named 'Read-Cycled'.

Extra curricular activities


Loreto currently participates in three debating competitions:


Students are encouraged to join musical ensembles such as the Orchestra, Choir, Flute Ensemble,Concert Band, Stage Band or Chamber Strings Group. Private instrumental or vocal tuition as electives, is also available.[9]


Loreto 1st VIII receiving third place medals, Head of the River, 2007

Loreto sporting teams participate in competitions run by a number of associations, including the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA)[4] for primary students, and the Catholic Girls' Secondary School Sports Association (CGSSSA), and Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA)[10] for those in the secondary school. Sports offered to junior students include: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross country training, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Tildesley Shield Tennis,Volleyball and Touch football.[11] In 2015 Loreto won the Interschools competition for Tae Kwon Doe.


As with most Australian schools, Loreto has a house system to facilitate school based competitions and activities. House activities include Inter-house debating, athletics and swimming carnivals, music and drama festivals and other house activities. The school currently has four houses:

There are a number of inter-house events during the year. These include the athletics carnival, swimming carnival, drama festival, dance night and Music Festival which is held annually at the Sydney Town Hall in June.[12]

Notable alumnae

Further reading

See also


  1. "Principal's Message". Loreto Kirribilli. 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 "Loreto Kirribilli 2014 Annual Report" (PDF). About Loreto Kirribilli. Loreto Kirribilli. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  3. "AHISA Schools". New South Wales. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  4. 1 2 "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". New South Wales Branch. Junior School Heads' Association of Australia. 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  5. Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Retrieved 2007-12-19.
  6. 1 2 "Heads of New South Wales Independent Girls' Schools". About AHIGS. Association of Heads of Independent Girls Schools. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
  7. 1 2 3 "History". About Loreto Kirribilli. Loreto Kirribilli. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  8. http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/colleges-go-househunting-to-beat-the-urban-squeeze-20101217-190sn.html
  9. 1 2 3 "Prospectus" (PDF). Enrolments. Loreto Kirribilli. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  10. "AHIGS Member Schools". Member Schools. Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  11. "Sport". Extra Curricula. Loreto Kirribilli. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  12. "Inter-House Competition". Extra Curricula. Loreto Kirribilli. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  13. "A very public life". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2004-03-06. National News. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  14. "TENNIS.". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 1 February 1934. p. 21 Supplement: Women's Supplement. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  15. Crawford, Kate (20 January 2009). "Soprano by the Seaside". The Mosman Daily. News Community Media. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  16. "Encore on Again" (PDF). Board Bulletin. Board of Studies NSW. 6 (1): 12. January 1997. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
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