Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN WAS LORETO NORMANHURST ESTABLISHED?

Loreto Normanhurst was established as a boarding school in 1897, under the care of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), also known as the Loreto sisters. It is part of a worldwide network of Loreto Schools, with a 400 year tradition of educating girls.

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL’S MISSION STATEMENT?

Loreto Normanhurst, in the spirit of Mary Ward, as a school community: encourages each student to fulfil her academic and personal potential in an atmosphere of freedom, care and respect for the individual; celebrates a joyous Christian faith which grows from reflection and leads to justice; develops independent, articulate and compassionate women of integrity.

what is the school’s boarding model?

We offer full-time boarding for girls in Years 7-12 with full flexibility on weekends. This model of boarding can take some of the pressure off busy family life and help students meet their academic and extra-curricular commitments. Most of our boarders are from country NSW and the Sydney basin. 

WHAT IS THE PASTORAL CARE LIKE AT LORETO NORMANHURST?

Pastoral Care at Loreto Normanhurst is about knowing, nurturing and developing each student to achieve her personal potential. Our vertical pastoral care structures provide a student-centred and caring educational environment where students are well known as individuals within their House groups.

WHAT IS LEARNING LIKE AT LORETO NORMANHURST?

The award-winning Loreto Normanhurst Student Growth Model focuses on the development of students in a holistic sense, utlising the key areas of faith, academic, community and extra-curricular to focus on individual student growth. This model of education is innovative and dynamic and fosters critical thinking, curiosity and joy in learning. Please note, Loreto Normanhurst is not registered to deliver courses to overseas students.  

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

Students may combine sport with an academic enrichment program, debating or music and social justice groups. Please view the extra-curricular flyer to see all the options available.

WHAT SPORTS DOES LORETO NORMANHURST OFFER?

The school offers an extensive array of sports which cater for girls of all skill levels. Representative pathways are provided by IGSSA (Independent Girls Schools Sports Association), IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia), and NSW CIS (Combined Independent Schools). 

WHAT IS THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LIKE?

The Primary School caters for students from Years 5-6. The Primary School teachers are passionate about teaching, learning and responding to every girl’s academic, social, spiritual and emotional needs which leads to a smooth integration to the secondary school.

WHAT TRANSPORT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?

Loreto Normanhurst is well served by public transport (rail and buses). We also have six dedicated private school buses that service Lane Cove/North Ryde, Drummoyne/Gladesville, The Hills District, Arcadia, Mosman/North Shore and the Northern Beaches.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC TO APPLY?

The school accepts applications from varied faith backgrounds. In selecting students for enrolment at the school, primary consideration will be given to families who have congruence with Catholic values and the ethos of the school. Parents wishing for a place at the school for their daughter are expected to have an understanding of, and a commitment to, all that a Loreto education represents.

DOES LORETO NORMANHURST OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS/BURSARIES?

The school does not offer scholarships. Means-tested bursaries are available to families who would otherwise not be able to access a Loreto Normanhurst education.