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Being a girl is to be celebrated

Loreto College for girls

Dr Nicole Archard featured in an Advertiser article on raising girls.

The notion that girls need special attention is something that many other educators agree with. Among them is Dr Nicole Archard, who is principal of all-girls’ school, Loreto College at Marryatville.

She has completed a PhD, researching girls and leadership, an area of interest that arose from her questioning why despite the great opportunities provided to young girls (education as an example) it doesn’t necessarily translate into life success for women.

“Girls need to have a clear understanding of their identity and self-concept … that they not just believe in who they are, but in what they can do,” she says.

And just as Biddulph does, Archard — a mother to three adult daughters — similarly places blame at the social and cultural views of girls that they absorb from a young age.

Archard tells the story of a young girl, no older than six, whom she was talking to recently who was having a hard time understanding that Archard was both a doctor (of education) and a mother.

“The girl said to me: ‘But you can’t be a doctor and a mother’ … now, no one had told her that; it’s just a good example of how she had absorbed something from the world that swirls around her that tells her what girls, what mothers, what females, what males, can and can’t do.

“It starts at a very young age … We raise boys to be brave and girls to be princesses.”

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Charlotte awarded the Simpson Prize

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We congratulate Year 11 Loreto student, Charlotte Matthias, who this week was announced as the South Australian winner of the prestigious Simpson Prize.

Charlotte was presented with her award by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, The Hon Dan Tehan, at Parliament House in Canberra this week.

Students were asked to submit an essay or audio-visual presentation examining the significance of the Western Front battles in helping to shape the Anzac story. As part of her prize, Charlotte has earned a two-day educational program at national institutions in Canberra as well as a tour of the Western Front and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Anzac Day commemorative services in France.

This award is an addition to Charlotte’s other impressive achievements, which include being named the 2016 Young Historian of the Year, South Australia (National History Challenge), winner of the 2016 Premiers Anzac Spirit School Prize and South Australian winner of the 2016 National History Challenge, Indigenous History Category.

We were delighted to also learn that another Loreto student, Lucinda Hogan from Loreto Kirribilli was the winner of the New South Wales category.

Congratulations Charlotte!

Back-to-back athletics wins for Loreto!

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Back-to-back wins for Loreto! Loreto were the overall champions in the SA Catholic Combined A-Grade Athletics Carnival. We also placed 1st in the Under 14, Under 16 and Open age groups, and second in the Under 15 age group – only missing out on first by half a point. This is the second year in a row we have been the overall winners.
We congratulate our girls on their success as well as the spirit in which they approached the day.

Recognition for Social Justice Captain, Chloe


We are proud to announce that Year 12 student and one of our Social Justice Captains, Chloe Sexton, has been named one of ten finalists in the Statewide Super Heroes Awards.  Chloe was selected as a finalist in the awards from over 450 nominees - a wonderful achievement!

The overall winner is determined by a public vote which closes Friday 24 March. You can view the other nominees on the Statewide website, or click here to be taken directly Chloe's profile and register your vote. 

As her finalist bio reads; 'Chloe is a Year 12 student with a strong commitment to social justice. Each Tuesday since Year 9 she has volunteered her time working with dementia patients. She has attended UN Youth events to learn about the millennium development goals, indigenous rights, gender equality, refugees and global health. She is Social Justice Captain at her school where she makes regular speeches at assemblies on these issues. Chloe has also visited an indigenous community, used her art to tell stories about complex issues in emotive ways, and is currently working with Build the Bridge volunteers to raise awareness around homelessness.'

The winner will be announced at a special event at Adelaide Oval on 28 March. We congratulate Chloe on this wonderful achievement, thank her for all that she does for our College and the wider community, and wish her all the best for this final stage of the competition.

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Insights into human life on Mars


On the invitation of UniSA, our STEM Trip students were fortunate to attend ‘Human Life on Mars’, - a talk presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre in arrangement with WOMADelaide festival’s Planet Talks Program. 

Our girls heard from Carmel Johnston, who recently served as the Crew Commander of the 365 Day Simulated Mars Mission (HI-SEAS 4), run by the University of Hawaii and co-funded by NASA. The Mission required her and five other people to live in complete isolation for an entire year to simulate a Mars mission.  Joining Carmel at the talk was Josh Richards – a physicist, explosives engineer, soldier, comedian and astronaut candidate, who has been selected from over 200,000 applicants to be one of the 100 people short-listed to leave Earth forever to colonise Mars in 2027 as part of the Mars One project.

Through attending this fascinating talk, our students gained valuable insights into what humans and our planet might gain in the short term by practising and preparing to inhabit the Red Planet. We hope this information may also assist us in our own Mars Challenge at the Kennedy Space Centre as part of our STEM Trip in April.

Loreto Old Scholars Evening

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Tuesday 7 March, 7.00pm - 8.00pm

The Principal, Dr Nicole Archard, invites Loreto Old Scholars to attend an evening in the Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

The evening will include a presentation from Dr Archard to update you on the strategic direction of the College, and a chance to network with fellow Loreto graduates.

Tuesday 7 March
7.00pm - 7.30pm    Presentation
7:30pm - 8:00pm    Network- drinks and nibbles

Performing Arts Centre, Loreto Senior Campus

RSVP: Thursday 2 March via Trybooking

Public Talk: Raising Girls to Become Confident Leaders

Raising Girls Public Talk

Presenter: Dr Nicole Archard
Tuesday 21 March 2017
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Loreto College Performing Arts Centre

Reserve your seat via Trybooking.

Dr Archard’s extensive academic background and passion for the education of girls offers a unique perspective on the importance of raising girls not just for today, but in shaping them to become leaders and women of influence in the future.

She has extensively researched girls from early childhood through to adolescence, focusing on the relationship between girls and leadership. Her study of girls from schools located around the world explored how confidence, risk-taking and failure can impact on girls’ sense of identity and self-belief.

With a strong belief that being a girl is to be celebrated, Dr Archard wishes to see the girls of today become the women leaders of tomorrow.

Congratulations Loreto College Class of 2016

Celebrating Year 12 Success

We are delighted to announce the SACE results of our Class of 2016.

We congratulate our College Dux, Malkah Lara Muckenschnabl, who achieved an ATAR of 99.6.

We also congratulate Annabel Lane, who was awarded the Governor of South Australia Commendation for outstanding achievement in the SACE. Annabel is one of only 25 students, out of more than 15,000, to be awarded this Commendation. It is the sixth consecutive year that a Loreto College student has been awarded this prestigious honour.

19 students, including two accelerated Year 11 students, achieved 28 Merits across 16 subjects: Biology, Creative Arts, English Communications, Ensemble Performance, Food & Hospitality, Integrated Learning, Material Products II, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Methods, Modern History, Nutrition, Psychology, Religion Studies, Research Project, Solo Performance and Visual Arts – Art.

Some further statistics:

57% of all Year 12 grades were As, with 65% of students achieving 3 or more As, 54% achieving 4 or more As, 38% achieving 5 or more As and 26% achieving 6 or more As
3% achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the State
9% achieved an ATAR of 98 or above, placing them in the top 2% of the State
25% achieved an ATAR of 95 or above, placing them in the top 5% of the State
47% achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the State
100% of Year 12 students successfully achieved SACE completion

Additionally, 16 Year 11 students accelerated their studies, completing one or more Stage 2 SACE subjects, with 76% of these students achieving results in the A Grade range.

Congratulations to all students in our Year 12 cohort on their hard work and dedication throughout 2016. We wish them the very best for their future endeavours and accomplishments.

As a community, we are proud of our Loreto College girls!

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2016 Year 12 Dux and Governor of South Australia Commendation

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Loreto College is delighted to announce our 2016 College Dux, Malkah Lara, and Annabel Lane, the sixth consecutive Loreto recipient of the Governor of South Australia Commendation.


Celebrating Molly's "oar-some" efforts


Student Molly Everett has achieved outstanding successes in her Rowing endeavours - winning two State championships as well as excellent results in the Head of the River competition. She achieved two titles at the 2015 State titles: winning the Year 9 schoolgirls double scull final, and the Year 9 schoolgirls quad scull final over a 1000m course.

Molly's incredible accomplishments were recently featured in The Courier newspaper. Her positive attitude, tenacity and natural talent are a testament to her success.

Congratulations, Molly!



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