Boarders add a unique dimension to this wonderful school and are a vibrant and integral part of the Loreto Normanhurst community.
“The thing I love most about being a boarder at Loreto is the strong sense of community that it brings. It is a homely and close environment where I am able to reach my full potential while being surrounded by the support of my closest friends and boarding staff. Boarding at Loreto has provided me with countless opportunities that I otherwise would not have access to.”
Ella, 2019 Boarder Captain
Loreto Normanhurst was established in 1897 as a boarding school, to make it possible for generations of country girls to obtain an education. From 2018, the school welcomed city-based boarders and introduced a flexible boarding model for all boarders. While full time boarding is still at the core of Loreto Normanhurst boarding, there is full flexibility on weekends. For country and city-based boarders alike, this means boarding all week with greater access to weekend time with family and friends. This model of boarding can also take some of the pressure off busy family life and help students meet their academic and extra-curricular commitments.
Jayda is from Sydney and boards with Loreto Normanhurst for the convenience and flexibility.
“I save more than two hours a day in travel time, which has allowed me to be more involved at school. I have been able to get more work done than ever before and if I’m stuck on anything there are 30 other girls in my year or tutors who can help me. I love being part of such a strong community. I have made so many friendships, which I will treasure forever. The support and genuine care the boarders have for each other is so special.”
Home to more than 150 girls, 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.
Boarder Charlotte Ainsworth from the Class of 2018, says she loved being part of the boarding community and appreciated the encouragement and support she received.
“As a boarder, it was not only my school but my ‘home away from home’ for five years, and the community that surrounded me encouraged my academic and personal growth.”
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.