Our Mission, Vision and Values

At our heart is a culture of growth and excellence, where we are focused on the education of the whole child.


Loreto Kirribilli is an independent Catholic school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 with an enrolment of over 1,100 students. Established on the peninsula in 1908, our school is proud to be part of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), an international network of faith, friendship and education, imbued with the Mary Ward tradition of women ‘doing much’ in the service of others.

Our school is a learning community where positive relationships flourish, the dignity and rights of all are respected and where joy and hope are hallmarks. Our strength is driven by the values we hold dear: verity, justice, sincerity, felicity, freedom of mind and spirit.

At our heart is a culture of growth and excellence, where we are focused on the education of the whole child, intellectually, culturally, socially and spiritually. We celebrate success and champion endeavour. We develop lifelong learners who are collaborative, creative, critical thinkers, equipped to be positive agents for change in our constantly evolving world.

Our Mission

We are committed to nurturing wise, loving, spirited young women of faith, inspired to seek knowledge and wisdom throughout their lives.

Students are invited to use their gifts and talents to make a difference, both locally and globally, and to be women of courage who will challenge accepted notions and modes of society which are opposed to the values for which the school stands.

Our Vision

We offer a Catholic education from Kindergarten to Year 12 which liberates, empowers and motivates students to use their individual gifts with confidence, creativity and generosity.

We have a thriving learning culture with an expectation that excellence is embedded into each and every classroom, and in all learning experiences. Each child is engaged, supported and challenged, promoting curiosity and a love of learning. Each students’ intellectual, personal and spiritual growth is a priority as they are encouraged to embrace a growth mindset and realise personal success.

Our Values

We hold the strong belief that the intangibles really matter: freedom of mind and spirit, justice, sincerity, verity and felicity.

We nurture these values in students to help them develop into mature, well-educated, socially responsible women. These core values draw on the Ignatian spirituality of foundress, Mary Ward, whose mission was built on the Gospels.

Freedom of Spirit
Open-minded and Open-hearted Attitudes

Grant me O Lord the freedom to refer all to you – for only in your gift realised and returned are we made fully free.

Mary Ward

Mary Ward's profound understanding of freedom was grounded in her sense of personal relationship with God. She believed that each one of us , in our ordinary experience of life, has access to God's loving care. This is the truth that sets us free. It is an inner freedom, accepting of self, open to others and trusting of life.

Social conscience and critical awareness

Be seekers of truth and doers of justice.

Mary Ward

Justice, as Mary Ward describes it, involves personal integrity based on a harmonious relationship with God, with other people and with the whole of creation. It is expressed in “works of justice”, in active participation in the struggle to bring about such harmony.

Mother Gonzaga Barry was profoundly committed to the support of those in need, and she urged her students to be aware of their surroundings and the situations of those less fortunate than themselves. In this vein, Loreto Kirribilli has a long tradition of challenging social inequity wherever it is found.


We should be such as we appear and appear such as we are.

Mary Ward

Sincerity in our communication and relationship with others is an essential characteristic of the personal integrity Mary Ward envisaged. This quality allows students, who are faced with the many stresses of modern living, to develop strong personal relationships, celebrate without envy and respect the individual.

The Search for Truth

This is verity – to do what we have to do well.

Mary Ward

For Mary Ward, verity meant integrity and truth, particularly the profound truth of who we are and what gives meaning to our lives, a truth that centres fundamentally on the mystery of God. Students are inspired to invest their everyday lives with value, freedom and responsibility.

Love verity, seek knowledge, not for themselves but for the end they bring you to which is God, then you will be happy and able to profit yourself and others.

Mary Ward
Joy and Celebration

A cheerful mind, a good understanding and a great desire after virtue are necessary, but of all these a cheerful mind is the most so.

Mary Ward

Felicity is an attitude of mind, a disposition of heart which manifests itself in cheerfulness, good humour, joy, happiness, hope, optimism, friendliness, courtesy, positive thinking, inner peace, self-acceptance and courage. The natural gift of a Loreto Kirribilli student is her joy, and it is fundamental to the spirit of our school. With this joy come celebration, reflection and spirituality – all of which manifest themselves in a cheerful, open-minded and generous woman.