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Pastoral Care in Primary

Our Pastoral Approach

Loreto Normanhurst supports the wellbeing of our students by creating a safe, respectful and engaging learning environment in which creativity, fun and a strong sense of community are actively fostered. Students are known for their strengths, grow in resilience, and are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential.

Working in close partnership with parents, we aim to support our students in understanding and accepting their own individuality, their gifts, challenges and strengths.

Primary School House System

Loreto Normanhurst is committed to a vertical House structure as the basis for its Pastoral Care. In the Primary School, there are three Houses. They are named after Loreto Sisters who had a strong influence on the culture and direction of Loreto Normanhurst. Students from Years 5 and 6 will be placed into one of these Houses and vertical pastoral groups will be formed in each House.


Named after Mother Benedicta Fallon, a founding member of the Loreto community who shared her love of music


Named after Mother Clare Birrane, a much-loved superior of Loreto Normanhurst over many years.


Named after Mother Dorothea Frizelle, the first Superior of Loreto Normanhurst in 1897

Spirituality and Faith Formation

As a Mary Ward school in the Ignatian tradition, our aim is to educate our students in the Catholic faith, to enable them to develop spiritually, to centre their lives in Jesus and to find God in all things. This happens through our Religious Education Curriculum and through prayer and liturgical experiences, which are led by the girls.

The example and teachings of Jesus are lived out in the Gospel-centred Loreto values of Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Felicity and Verity and students will be guided into understanding and living these values so that they may learn to make right choices and develop good relationships. 

Leadership in Primary

Leadership at Loreto Normanhurst has its foundation in the words and example of Jesus Christ. We choose to lead through service to others and working for the common good of the school community.

The Primary School Leadership structure consists of students elected by their school peers in Year 5 and 6. There are 2 School Leaders and 2 House Leaders for Benedicta, Clare and Dorothea Houses elected in Semester 1 each year, with new leaders being elected in Semester 2.

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