I was delighted to be appointed Principal of Loreto Kirribilli in 2014 and I’m continually inspired by the tangible sense of spirit that is definitively, Loreto Kirribilli. Loreto’s rich faith life, excellence in teaching and learning, positive relationships, high expectations within the classroom and beyond and our beautiful location are all conducive to a joy of learning.

Loreto Kirribilli proudly continues the journey begun over 400 years ago by our founder, Mary Ward and sustained by the Loreto Sisters and their companions here in Australia since 1875. Loreto Kirribilli was established on Carabella Street, Kirribilli, in 1908 and in 2018 we will enjoy honouring and celebrating our 110 year history, as well as focussing on the wonderful future that lies ahead for our school community. The goals of a Loreto education are in essence the same as the goals of our founder: the spiritual, intellectual and social development of the individual, and the preparation of students to take an active role in the society in which they live – making a positive difference in the lives of others and achieving their ultimate goal, the knowledge and love of God.

Mary Ward’s vision was to educate in society, for society, not apart from it. Our students are part of a rapidly changing world which presents challenges and opportunities. We empower our students to respond to these challenges and opportunities by equipping them to be dynamic, agile thinkers. Learning at Loreto Kirribilli is relevant and meaningful, preparing our students for the issues, moral and ethical, that they will face in the years ahead – being aware that some of our students will be citizens of the 22nd century! At Loreto, we believe the intangibles really matter: verity, justice, sincerity, felicity, freedom of mind and spirit. Our goal is to embed these qualities in our students to help them develop as confident, well educated, socially responsible woman.

While Mary Ward said “Women in time to come will do much”, we know that women ‘doing much’ is no longer an aspiration, it is an expectation and responsibility that each Loreto girl treasures.

We believe that a Loreto education should, and does, offer “something more”. This something more focusses on learners who who are highly successful, joyful and spirited, curious and reflective and who are inspired to offer loving and responsible service. Our wonderful students are a testament to the success of this ideal.

Anna Dickinson