Boarding life at Loreto College aims to provide your daughter with a secure, caring and happy environment where she can achieve her full academic and social potential. The holistic and pastoral approach of the Loreto Boarding House ensures that we meet the physical, academic, spiritual and cultural needs of each girl, providing the opportunity to establish life-long friendships and develop the qualities of confidence and leadership.
Our Boarding House cultivates initiative and self-reliance in students so that they act both independently and responsibly.
The Boarding House is located on campus in Adelaide’s leafy eastern suburbs in Marryatville, South Australia. It is well serviced by public transport and is only five minutes from Adelaide’s CBD and 30 minutes from Adelaide’s Domestic and International Airport.
With approximately 60 girls from Adelaide, regional South Australia, interstate and overseas, our staff are focused on creating a community of care for young women from Years 7 to 12.
To further support boarding students we provide:
Each space in the Boarding House was purpose built to facilitate communal living while respecting each girl’s privacy.
Living within the College on our extensive heritage grounds means that Boarders have access to all School facilities including the library, health and fitness facilities (gymnasium, weights rooms, netball and tennis courts) and Music Centre. Many girls also choose to be part of the College’s extensive co-curricular and sporting programs.
We recognise that the transition from home into Boarding is a big step for students and parents alike. Our Boarding staff are empathetic to the needs of girls and young women and our senior boarding students, led by our student Boarding leaders, ensure that younger and new students feel a sense of belonging to the Boarding community.
All new Boarders are also supported in their transition from home through our ‘Little Sister’ program, whereby an older student mentors a new student. In addition, the College’s Clinical Psychologist conducts homesickness programs for all girls as well as providing support for parents.
Full-time boarding students in Years 7-12 live in the Boarding House for the duration of the school year and enjoy participating in weekend activities. All meals are provided and supervised study sessions occur Monday to Thursday. Leave occurs by arrangement between parents and boarding staff. This may include visiting family and friends, attending special events and sporting commitments.
Weekly boarders in Years 7-12 reside in the Boarding House Sunday night (or Monday morning) to Friday afternoon, and spend weekends at home. This combines the best of both worlds – that of a supportive boarding experience and quality family time on the weekend.
Short stay boarding is offered as a convenient service for College families should they require short-term accommodation for their daughters. This option is offered subject to availability. The cost is calculated pro-rata on the current boarding fees, applicable for the year.
Prospective Boarding students are invited to spend a night in the Loreto Boarding House to sleepover and then spend a day at the College to attend classes and meet new students. This immersive experience allows our prospective boarders to experience what life is like in the Loreto Boarding House, become familiar with procedures and expectations, as well as get to know staff and students.