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Engaging with the bigger picture.


Our supporters in learning come from across a variety of sectors including tertiary education, the business sector and government, encouraging students to broaden their learning horizons beyond the school gates and to engage with the bigger picture. Our relationships have been forged with leading names in science and technology, construction, law, finance, business, entrepreneurship, education and the arts.

Loreto Academic Mentor Program (L.A.M.P.)

L.A.M.P., gives our students access to experts and role models from a wide variety of fields spanning academia, science, technology, finance and industry. Some of these longstanding mentors include:

  • University of Sydney: Dr Haydn Allbutt & Professor Phil MacManus
  • Australian Catholic University: Dr Cristina Lledo & Professor Damien Freeman
  • CSIRO & CSIRO STEM Professionals Program: Dr Sarvnaz Karimi
  • Platypus Asset Management: Ms Jelena Stefanovic
  • Pacifica Opera: Mr Emillio Mancini
  • Dolby Australia: Mr Bart Lindsey
Birdlings Entrepreneurship - Springboard to CEO

The Birdlings Entrepreneurship Program was hatched in 2018, inspired by the insight that student ideas are unique and innovative but are rarely carried through to their full potential.

With sound mentoring and exposure to the depth of understanding brought by experts in the field, the Birdlings Entrepreneurship Program bridges this gap and guides students from concept to creation, fulfilling the potential of their ideas and passions.

Birdlings Entrepreneurship inspires young women to be future founders, creating globally scalable companies to solve global problems.

Ex-student & Birdlings Mentor
Richard Crookes Constructions

In partnership with Richard Crookes Constructions, our Student Engagement Program is aimed at ensuring students develop an understanding of our new Spiritus building during its construction to maximise the learning opportunities the project provides.

In the first phase of the Program, representatives from Year 6 classes participated in a tour of the construction site and two separate tours were conducted for Year 3 students as part of their unit of work on change in their local community. The visits extended the girls’ study into the similarities and differences across our Kirribilli campus from the past, present and future.

In addition to site visits, the Program provides students with further opportunities including workshops, presentations and insights into careers in construction.

We were excited to hear about the new opportunities available to students throughout the building process, including the chance to learn about a career in the construction industry under the guidance of the exceptionally talented team currently on site.

Harper, Year 12
Taronga Zoo

Loreto Kirribilli has established a Memorandum of Understanding with Taronga Conservation Society Australia, forming the foundation of many exciting initiatives and experiences for students to explore the '4Cs' (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) in partnership with Taronga.

For example, through our co-constructed program with Taronga Zoo on biomimicry, students access the Zoo each fortnight throughout the year to learn about, and be immersed in, the principles and real world of biomimicry. They use this knowledge in alignment with a unit in the STEM elective called Designing for Space. In this unit of study, students work on projects that integrate the principles of biomimicry with space transport, living, health and sanitation, life preservation and agriculture.

Students utilise skills in 3D design, specifically Autodesk Fusion 360, to develop 3D models of their project ideas that are supported with research. They present these at a plenary session at Taronga Zoo to the scientists, educators, and stakeholders at the end of Term 4.

St Aloysius' College

Often regarded as our 'brother' school, our strong relationship with St Aloysius' College spans decades. Students benefit from shared learning opportunities, social events and reciprocal use of facilities.

Some examples of this relationship in action include: Careers Expo, Year 6 Debating, Problem Solving Day, Gifted and Talented group meetings, Leadership Group meetings, and a recent visit by our Junior School Gardening Club to the boys' well-established vegetable patch and herb garden.

Companions in Learning
Our Companions in Learning program formalises this longstanding relationship. With a foundation of common Catholic and educational values in the Ignatian tradition, Companions in Learning serves as a platform for the two schools to work together on extra-curricular experiences across four important pillars: Social Justice; Community Engagement; Respectful Relationships; and Academic Companionship. Read more about the program here.

Gelato Messina

The Gelato Messina project was a one-off partnership program. Messina approached us with a problem they had in their stores; the scoop-washing system was non-functional in its current format and required a redesign.

Students were tasked with the research and design tasks required to come up with alternatives.

We deployed Agile practices and Google Ventures Design Sprint processes to assist students in managing the design process through stand-ups, careful project planning, product ownership and management, and delivery of key milestones by key players.

The Design Sprint model was used to shape student thinking around collaboration and priorities; customer empathy, project prototyping and evaluation were the core focus.

The final presentation was a “pitch” of their product and business model that supported the implementation of the project.

We used the Messina project as a springboard to teach students about the rigor of start-ups, business design and project delivery in short timeframes.

Other Learning Partners

  • Arup - engineering and design consultants
  • The Australian Museum
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Laing O’Rourke - International engineering and construction company
  • North Head Quarantine Station
  • QANTAS Airways
  • Roads and Maritime Services
  • Sydney Jewish Museum
  • Transurban - Roads and projects
  • University of Sydney - Chau Chak Wing Museum
  • University of New South Wales - Water Research Laboratory
  • University of New South Wales - Solar Research Facility
  • University of Technology, Sydney - Engineering Studies

Loreto Kirribilli is always on the lookout for new, innovative and interesting partnership programs. We believe in mutually beneficial and empowering partnerships that build the capacity of young women to know the future careers they can be involved in.

Dr Jonathon Mascorella, Coordinator of Innovation

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