Loreto Kirribilli

Loreto Kirribilli

Infobox Aust school private
name = Loreto Kirribilli

motto = "Cruci Dum Spiro Fido"
"While I Live, I Trust in the Cross"
established = 1901
type = Private, Single-sex, Day school
denomination = Roman Catholic
slogan =
key_people = Ms. Janet Freeman (Principal)
fees = AU$7,320–10,665 p.acite web|url= http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/enrolments/fees.htm|title= Fee Structure 2008|accessdate= 2008-04-12 |year= 2008|work= Enrolments|publisher= Loreto Kirribilli]
city = Kirribilli
state = New South Wales
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
coordinates = coord|33|50|49|S|151|12|59|E|display=inline,title
enrolment = ~1,050 (K–12)
num_employ = ~97cite web|url= http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/pdf/2006_Loreto_Kirribilli_Annual_Report.pdf|title= Loreto Kirribilli 2006 Annual Report|accessdate= 2007-08-15|year= 2007|format= PDF|work= About Loreto Kirribilli|publisher= Loreto Kirribilli]
revenue =
colours = Royal Blue and Gold color box|#4169E1color box|#FFCC00
homepage = [http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au www.loreto.nsw.edu.au]

Loreto Kirribilli is a Roman Catholic, day school for girls, located in Kirribilli, a Lower North Shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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

The school is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),cite web |url=http://www.ahisa.com.au/Display.aspx?tabid=2230 |title=AHISA Schools|accessdate=2007-12-19 |year =2007 |month =November |work=New South Wales|publisher=Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),cite web |url=http://www.jshaa.asn.au/nsw/directory/index.asp |title=JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members |accessdate=2007-12-19 |year =2007 |work=New South Wales Branch|publisher=Junior School Heads' Association of Australia] the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),cite web|url = http://www.agsa.org.au/members.php?PageID=11&Alpha=L|title = Member Schools|accessdate = 2007-12-19 |last = Butler|first = Jan|year = 2006|work = Members|publisher = The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia] and is a member of the Association of Heads of Independent Girls' Schools (AHIGS).

Loreto Kirribilli is one of many school's 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, 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.cite web|url = http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/about/history.htm |title = History |accessdate = 2008-03-08 |work = About Loreto Kirribilli |publisher = Loreto Kirribilli] "Elamang", a home owned by early settler James Milson, 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 of 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.

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.


Extra curricular activities


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.


Loreto sporting teams participate in competitions run by a number of associations, including the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA) for primary students, and the Catholic Girls' Secondary School Sports Association (CGSSSA), and Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association (IGSSA)cite web|url= http://igssa.ahigs.nsw.edu.au/DeskTopDefault.aspx?tabid=290|title= AHIGS Member Schools|accessdate= 2008-03-08|year= 2007|work= Member Schools|publisher= Independent Girls' Schools Sporting Association] for those in the secondary school.Sports offered to junior students include: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cross country, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Tildesley Shield Tennis, and Touch football.cite web|url = http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/extracurr/sport.htm |title = Sport |accessdate = 2008-03-08 |work = Extra Curricula |publisher = Loreto Kirribilli]


As with most Australian schools, Loreto has a house system to facilitate school based competitions and activities. The school currently has four houses:
* Barry
* Heaton
* Milson
* Wardcite web|url= http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/pdf/Loreto_Prospectus.pdf|title= Prospectus|accessdate= 2008-03-08|format= PDF|work= Enrolments|publisher= Loreto Kirribilli ]

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.cite web|url = http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/extracurr/interhouse.htm |title = Inter-House Competition |accessdate = 2008-03-08 |work = Extra Curricula |publisher = Loreto Kirribilli]

Notable alumni

*Miranda Devine - Conservative "Sydney Morning Herald" columnist
*Clover Moore - Independent Lord Mayor of Sydneycite news| title = A very public life| url = http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/05/1078464637580.html| work = National News| publisher = "The Sydney Morning Herald"| location = Sydney| date = 2004-03-06| accessdate = 2008-03-08]
*Phoebe Tonkin - Actress in fact|date=March 2008
*Joan Hartigan - Tennis Player, Wimbledon finalist
*Amelia Farrugia - Opera singer

Further reading

* Emilsen, S. and Callaghan, M. 2006. "A School With Spirit: Loreto Kirribilli". Alliance Distribution Service. ISBN 9781741149227.
* Meagher, F. 1997. "Loreto Normanhurst: A Century of Memories 1897-1997". Allen & Unwin: St. Leonards, NSW. ISBN 1-8644835-3-9.

See also

*List of non-government schools in New South Wales
*Head of the River (New South Wales)

External links

* [http://www.loreto.nsw.edu.au/ Loreto Kirribilli Website]

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