It is Mary Ward's vision; "women, in time to come, will do much", that has guided our College's mission of shaping strong, confident and articulate young women.
Loreto College, Marryatville is one of the top independent private schools in Adelaide.
As "a place for women", we have a vigorous belief in the capacity and responsibility of women to contribute significantly to society. This belief underpins our educational program at Loreto.
When Mary Ward founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) in 1609, she recognised the critical difference that the education of women could make to her troubled world, especially through the care and development of faith.
Some 400 years later, the spirit of Mary Ward continues to inspire us to offer an Independent Catholic education, which liberates, empowers, and motivates students to use their gifts with confidence, creativity, and generosity in loving and responsible service.
Loreto College, Marryatville, is one of seven IBVM independent private schools across Australia. Our sister Loreto schools can be found in New South Wales (Kirribilli and Normanhurst), Victoria (Toorak and Ballarat), Queensland (Coorparoo) and Western Australia (Nedlands). Together with over 150 Loreto schools world-wide, we share a strong belief in the education of girls and young women; thus fulfilling Mary Ward’s vision for education.
All Loreto schools in Australia share the same set of values: freedom, justice, sincerity, verity and felicity. These values are at the heart of educational philosophy and shape our identity as a school.
Mary Ward’s understanding of freedom flowed from her personal relationship with God and her belief that each one of us, in our ordinary experience of life, has access to God's loving care. This is the truth that set us free. It is an inner freedom; an acceptance of self, an openness to and with others, and a trust in life.
Justice, as Mary Ward describes, involves personal integrity based on harmonious relationships 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. We are challenged "to be seekers of truth and doers of justice".
Sincerity is our communication and relationship with others – an essential characteristic of the personal integrity Mary Ward envisaged. Her ideal was that "we should be such as we appear and appear such as we are”.
Closely linked to sincerity is Mary Ward's concept of verity. For her it means 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 gift of life and mystery of God.
Felicity is an attitude of mind, a disposition of the heart which manifests itself in cheerfulness, good humour, joy, happiness, hope, optimism, friendliness, courtesy, positive thinking, inner peace, self-acceptance and courage.
Loreto is embarking upon an exciting journey of growth to deliver the best learning outcomes whilst continuing to be a school of choice and excellence. Find out about our exciting plans.
Our new Loreto ELC will open in January 2018, for girls and boys aged six weeks to five years. We are now accepting applications for admission.
The Loreto College Boarding House caters for students in Years 7 to 12 as either full-time or weekly Boarders.
Learn about the accomplishments of our Year 12 Class of 2016.