Boarders add a unique dimension to this wonderful school and are a vibrant and integral part of the Loreto Normanhurst community.

Loreto Normanhurst was established in 1897 as a boarding school, to make it possible for generations of country girls to obtain an education.  Today, the Boarding School is home to more than 150 girls, the majority of whom are country boarders.  The Boarding School is set within 13.5 hectares of beautiful gardens, ovals and bushland close to the exits for the M1, M2 and M7 motorways.

The bonds of friendship in the boarding school are strong and lifelong.  The boarding community is close and has a strong sense of identity and connection with the school. In this sense the boarding school is the “heart of the school”.  Loreto Normanhurst does not offer weekly or casual boarding as it is important for all girls to feel that they are part of this community.   A sense of humour, acceptance of others and cheerfulness are assets in boarding school life.

Boarders can participate in every aspect of the extra-curricular life of the school, encouraging further the bonds of friendship outside of the Boarding School and the development of each girl.  There is a high rate of participation in a wide variety of sports, in the creative and performing arts, in debating and oratory and many more of the activities which the school offers.

A well organised, stable and caring environment characterises our boarding school, where all staff work in partnership with parents to make the most of the boarding experience offered at Loreto Normanhurst.  Boarders are encouraged to participate to the fullest extent in school life, to discover their gifts and to take advantage of every opportunity for personal growth, as they prepare to meet the challenges of their time.

Year 7 and 8 Recreation Program

The boarding school provides a diverse and interesting range of activities for the students on a Sunday to assist them become confident in their travels around Sydney.  In the company of the Coordinators they experience a range of activities including theatre visits, rock climbing, ice skating, picnics in the Botanical Gardens, movies, cultural lunches and Taronga Zoo.  The girls develop their skills for planning a trip to a variety of locations around Sydney.