Senior Years at Loreto

Our Senior Years students are recognised as being articulate and confident girls and young women. With a focus on student voice and independence, the girls take an active role in the leadership of our student community.

              Senior Years at Loreto

Loreto College Senior School provides education for girls in Years 7 to 12.

Our College is very proud of the consistently strong academic results of our students. We believe this is due to positive partnerships with parents and our highly qualified, experienced, and dedicated teaching staff. Our girls are committed to achieving their personal best and demonstrate a love of learning.

Extensive course and careers counselling with our Careers and Vocational Education and Training (VET) Key Teacher, ensures girls are given the time and encouragement to explore their future study and career aspirations.

Students are encouraged to maintain a balance between their academic pursuits and their involvement in the school’s many extra-curricular activities. As with our Primary Years, a Pastoral Care program enhances students’ social and emotional development.

Enrichment and support programs are available to cater for individual learning needs and the provision of a Senior Study Room, as well as a Senior Common Room, acknowledges the need for private study time as well as social interaction to help maintain a healthy balance between academic rigour and relaxation.  


Years 7 - 10

The curriculum for Senior School students in Years 7 - 10 is delivered through the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP), which provides challenging, rigorous and relevant learning experiences to actively engage students in the learning process.

The National Curriculum provides the foundation for all learning in Years 7 – 10 with the inquiry based nature of the IB MYP allowing extension of all students’ learning. Assessment is based on International Performance Standards that ensure a rigorous preparation for Years 11 and 12. Independent research has consistently shown that students across the world who undertake the IB MYP consistently out-perform students from other programmes in their final years of schooling.

Years 11 - 12

The Senior Years curriculum at Loreto is delivered through the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Loreto College offers students an extensive range of subject choices whilst also offering both on-line (taught at school) Certificate 1 in Hospitality Operations, Child Care and Retail Services, and off-line (delivered off campus for full or half days) courses at other training institutions. In addition, students are able to study a Certificate I, II and III, part-time at TAFE SA as part of their SACE studies. 

Work experience, a Careers Expo and an extensive careers course counselling process (led by our Careers and VET Key Teacher and involving parents, teaching staff and students), ensures girls’ academic, future study, and career aspirations are explored and future pathways are based upon an informed choice.

Beyond the Classroom

Balancing school work with extra-curricular activities ensures that girls maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as develop skills such as time management, strategic thinking, and competitiveness. These skills are then immediately transferable to the classroom and lead to improved learning outcomes.

A selection of the extra-curricular and co-curricular programs offered in the Senior Years include:

  • Camps and retreats: including challenge, teamwork, and bonding-style camps
  • Careers: Careers Carousel Expo and work experience (Years 10-11)
  • Carnivals: swimming, athletics and cross-country carnivals (internal and interschool)
  • Competitions: Oliphant Science Awards, ICAS competitions, National History Challenge, Premiers' ANZAC Spirit competition and Royal Adelaide Show arts programs
  • Court sports: netball, basketball, volleyball, tennis and badminton
  • Field sports: touch football, soccer, football, hockey, athletics and softball
  • Higher order thinking activities: Tournament of Minds, debating, Business Skills program
  • Involvement in and leadership of major school-based initiatives: Mission Day, Pink Day and Footsteps Walk-a-thon
  • Language trips to Italy, China and France and student exchange programs
  • Loreto Australia’s Mary Ward Connect exchange program to other Loreto schools in Australia (Year 10)
  • Music: string orchestra, bands, vocal groups, choirs and ensembles
  • Ski trip 
  • Performing Arts: plays, school productions, musicals and the annual Performing Arts Festival
  • Social Justice and community programs: Social Justice Passport, community outreach, India pilgrimage, Vietnam pilgrimage, Mimili Trek and community outreach programs
  • Social Justice action groups: Passion for Action group, Environment Action group, Young Bloods (Red Cross Blood Bank Ambassadors)
  • State, district and regional sporting competitions
  • Student council and leadership opportunities: specific Senior Years and year level leadership roles, in addition to Student Representative Council (SRC), house leadership including Sport and Performing Arts captaincy, environment leaders and buddy programs, among many others
  • Water sports: swimming, rowing, water polo and surfing


Year 12 Results, 2016

We are extremely proud of the outstanding personal and group results of our Class of 2016. We congratulate Malkah Lara Muckenschnabl, our 2016 College Dux, and Annabel Lane, the recipient of the Governor of South Australia Commendation.

Each year the College consistently produces a high number of “Merits” (perfect 20s) across an extensive range of subjects.

We are extremely proud of the outstanding personal and group results of our Class of 2016.

We are delighted to announce that Malkah Lara Muckenschnabl is College Dux, with an ATAR of 99.6.

We are also excited to announce that Annabel Lane is one of only 25 students in South Australia to be named a recipient of the Governor of South Australia Commendation Award for outstanding achievement in the SACE, Annabel is the sixth consecutive Loreto student to receive a Commendation from the Governor of South Australia since the award’s inception six years ago. We congratulate Annabel on achieving this well-deserved recognition.

For a summary of our students' achievements, please view our 2016 Year 12 Results Overview.


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