The vision for our new Boarding School is a lively home away from home containing a variety of spaces that set the stage for the rhythms of boarding life.
New Boarding School 2025
Our new home
away from home
Drawing on our 125-year history of boarding education, we are proud to channel our rich boarding legacy into a new forward-thinking facility equipped to meet the diverse needs of the contemporary boarding community. This innovative space will be located on Mount Pleasant Avenue, and will span four levels, cascading down the slope beside the gymnasium. It will have an outlook across the oval and to the bush beyond.
The new purpose-built Boarding School will deliver increased student accommodation, flexible communal spaces, updated accommodation for boarding staff and will reflect the school’s vision to create a modern, accessible and ecologically sustainable home for boarding students. Its design will enrich the friendships, educational opportunities and experiences available to students and all members of our community.
We anticipate the Boarding School will open in 2025.
Creating a new home for our boarders
As we boldly look to the future, we know that what has been right for boarding for the last 125 years, may not be for the next 125 years.
Our new state-of-the-art Boarding School has been designed with the needs of current and future Loreto Normanhurst boarders in mind and ensures we can continue on our mission to shape women for our times.
Loreto Normanhurst Principal
Bedroom and Living Spaces
The new Boarding School will have accommodation for over 200 boarding students. there will be a variety of room configurations from 6-bed dorms for younger boarders, and 2-bed and single rooms for senior students. Each room will allow for generous, secure storage. The bathroom facilities will be shared and will be plentiful, modern and new.
The dining and gather spaces will be used for individual or small group areas or for gathering the whole boarding community for meals and other activities. During the school day, the dining room will also serve as a canteen for our day students. The connect spaces include a welcoming communal lounge incorporating a fireplace, shared dining and study table and pool table. Chill spaces will allow for relaxing times with friends and there will be cooking facilities for boarders to prepare snacks together after school. Smaller chill and learning spaces will be spread across the building for small group or individual time out or study. These indoor areas will spill out to usable outdoor spaces, with a garden area and seating for learning and socialising, and a BBQ and firepit terrace for casual weekend nights in.
Repurposing the current Boarding School
The expanded facilities will position areas of the Boarding School as a resource for everyone in the school.
The repurposing of our Heritage 1897 building and the surrounding buildings which make up our current Boarding School, will be repurposed to create flexible teaching and learning spaces to support innovation in our curriculum, as well as for collaboration, recreation and staff spaces in our Secondary school.
This is one other way in which the construction of a new Boarding School will enhance the education opportunities for all students.
Our Master Plan
The 30-year Master Plan aims to improve access, movement and spatial relationships throughout the school, both addressing the school's future growth and honouring our tradition and values. The building of the new Loreto Normanhurst Boarding School is part of our 30-year plan.
We invite you to contribute to the future of our students and our community. You may like to donate to the Building Fund to support our Master Plan, including the development of our new Boarding School.
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