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Boarding Life

“Many parents from regional towns choose
Loreto Normanhurst for their daughters because
they are looking for more subject options and
a wide variety of extra-curricular options."

Mrs Kate Kovacs, Director of Boarding

A Day in the Life of a Boarder

A typical day in boarding... 

Starts with breakfast which is served from 6.30am in the Boarders' Dining Room.

After breakfast, boarders might have sport training, or head off to school early to catch up with their friends, call home to family, or take the opportunity for a walk on the oval with friends.

At recess and lunch, boarders collect their meals from the Boarding School and head outside to enjoy with their friends.

After school is finished for the day... 

Boarders enjoy sport training, and recreation and extra-curricular activities, before settling in to guided study and homework help.

Dinner is served from 6pm-7pm and boarders eat together at mixed dinner tables with girls ranging from Years 7 to 12.

Supervised study occurs before and after dinner for all boarders, with leisure time allocated for catching up with friends before bedtime, calling home and getting ready for the next day at school.

Weekends are a relaxed time for boarders...

Years 7-10 participate in compulsory Saturday sport and most Years 11-12 boarders continue to play a team sport as well.

There is a lot of flexibility for leave across the weekend and if staying onsite, boarders have lots of recreation and study options. 

After lunch on Saturday, boarders can enjoy the expansive grounds and sporting facilities of the School. There is an organised activity program for the younger boarders on Sunday with the option for older boarders to join in if they would like to.  

The week begins with mass...

On Sunday night and all boarders are expected to be in the Boarding School by 6.30pm.

One weekend a term is a Community Weekend where all boarders remain onsite and participate in organised games and activities, that help them get to know all the members of the boarding community as well as use their leadership skills and creativity.


  • Safe and secure environment.
  • Years 7 and 8 share two large dormitories.
  • Year 9 are in rooms of 2, 3 or 4.
  • Years 10-12 enjoy single rooms (there are a few shared rooms in Year 11).
  • Communal lounge areas.
  • Boarders’ Dining Room.


  • Boarders enjoy after-hours and weekend access to school facilities such as the aquatic centre, gym, all purpose courts and tennis courts, and oval.
  • The Mary Ward Health Centre provides boarders with access to onsite nurses and counsellors.


  • Dietician approved, well balanced menu prepared by professional caterer seven days a week.
  • A new menu is provided each term.
  • Breakfast and dinner is served in the Boarders’ Dining Room.
  • Boarders collect recess and lunch and eat with their friends during the week.
  • Afternoon tea and snacks are available from the common areas.


  • One Community Weekend each term provides a variety of social and emotional opportunities, life skill programs, age relevant activities and local community events that encourage boarders to get out and about and enjoy what is on offer close to home. 
  • Organised recreation program on the weekend.
  • Saturday morning sport is compulsory for Years 7-9 and there are also opportunities for competitive Saturday afternoon sport.
  • Pink Lady Cruise and the Pink Lady fun run are organised each year. 
  • Boarders often take part in after hours school-run presentations and events.


  • Boarders can participate in Friday Morning Communion.
  • The week begins for boarders with mass every Sunday evening.

Master Plan

As a vibrant and dynamic school, we are also continually reinventing – striving to offer outstanding education and facilities for young women that is relevant to the changing times in which we live. To support our mission, we have developed a 30-year Master Plan – a Master Plan that will suit contemporary expectations and support the education of our young women for another 124 years and beyond. 

Phase One – Boarding School
Proposed opening: 2024 

The vision for the boarding school is to create a lively, homely and safe living environment by
providing a variety of spaces that set the stage for the rhythms of boarding life. 

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