A School with Spirit

Step through the front gates of Loreto Kirribilli, and you will encounter what is warmly referred to throughout our community as our school ‘spirit’.


Intangible, indefinable, our school spirit is the reason our harbourside campus is vibrant, welcoming and full of life, and why every student develops a deep sense of belonging to a rich community of faith.

It is our spirit that imbues every learning opportunity, every feast day and sporting event.

Perhaps it is the very same spirit that over 400 years ago gave our foundress, Mary Ward, the courage and strength of faith to establish her schools for girls; girls who would come to be ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice.’

Our Houses

Our Houses provide structure to the many intramural activities and competitions held throughout the year, from the Music Festival to sports carnivals, Theatresports competitions to May Day celebrations.

Houses also provide structure for our Pastoral Program in the Senior School. Each House name has historical significance to Loreto Kirribilli.



Named after Mother Gonzaga Barry who led the first group of Loreto nuns to Australia from Ireland in 1875. She began the first Australian Loreto school in Ballarat, Victoria.


Named after the Heaton family. Edward and Sarah Heaton were the great benefactors of our school. Their daughter, Mother Philomena Heaton, is remembered by generations of past pupils, as well as by many local people, for her generous service to Kirribilli.


Named after the Milson family who once owned most of the local area as far as Lavender Bay. James Milson built “Elamang”, the beautiful sandstone building by the front drive, in 1851.


Named after Mary Ward, foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) as the Loreto nuns are officially called.

Being part of the school House system gives each student at Loreto Kirribilli a ready-made family that she remains part of throughout her entire school life. The House colour forms a bond that stretches across year groups and promotes a great camaraderie among the girls.

Barry House Academic Care Coordinator

Interhouse Competitions

Junior School
Athletics Carnival
Jazz Dance
Swimming Carnival
Touch Football
Drama Competition
Senior School
Athletics Carnival
Dance Night
Debating Competition
House Choir
Music Festival
Swimming Carnival
Water Ballet
NEW! Best Play Competition

Let me tell you, it was an absolute splash! The Junior School students showed true team spirit by cheering on their teammates and trying their best in all of their events. After an amazing day of swimming, Milson took the title of the highest point score with Heaton winning spirit.

Ava and Olivia - Year 6 House Captains

250 eager Loreto Kirribilli girls bolted into Sydney Olympic Park, excited to represent their colour house. The day started with long-distance running, then short distance and field events. At the end of the hot, tiresome day, Heaton came out on top and Milson won the coveted Spirit trophy. Everyone participated in the day, from cheering on their team, to representing their colour house in an individual event. It was a fabulously fun day for all.

Year 6 House Captains

The Houses of Loreto Kirribilli came together and danced their hearts out to put on an amazing dance competition for the whole Junior School to watch.

Emily and Stella

The House Theatresports Competition aims to create a positive theatrical experience in the spirit of Felicity. It involves teams of actors/players competing in improvisation challenges. There are a number of games that can be played, and the competition requires students to develop and refine the skills of these games.

Gillian Cooper, Drama Teacher Years 7-12