House Information

House Information

Loreto Normanhurst has a strong vertical pastoral care system.  Each House has a unique identity.  The eight Houses support students as they grow and change.  The Houses create a great deal of energy and excitement around whole-school events, letting their individual spirit shine through.


Motto: Our Foundation is strong

Aston Lodge was the name of the first Loreto school, opened in Sydney in 1892. It was built in Stanley Street, Randwick in 1865 by John Watkins who named the lodge ‘Aston’ to commemorate the name of his wife’s mother.  Aston Lodge was donated to the Loreto Sisters.

At this time a community of Loreto nuns from Ballarat came to Sydney under the leadership of Mother Mary Dorothea Frizelle to establish a boarding and day school for girls and they resided at Aston Lodge. In 1897 the boarding school was transferred to Normanhurst.



Motto: Our spirit shines through

Barry House is named after Mother Gonzaga Barry IBVM, who led the first group of Loreto sisters to Australia from Ireland in 1875. She began the first Loreto School in Ballarat and quickly opened schools in other states. She aspired to Loreto girls becoming warm, lovable, well-educated young women.



Motto: Creating the future

Mother Evangeline Kendall IBVM was born in 1907 and joined the Institute in 1927. An inspirational teacher and art critic, Mother Evangeline contributed profoundly to the creative energy and spirit of Loreto Normanhurst from 1948 until her death in 1996.She is remembered as a forward thinking, dedicated artist and teacher.



Motto: Many Bodies One Spirit

Kuring-gai House was established to link the present day caretakers of Loreto Normanhurst with the spirit of the people who first cared for this land. Between North Sydney and Gosford there were many Aboriginal tribes; in the Normanhurst area lived the “Guringai”.  The area of land where the school sits is now known as Kuring-gai.

Kuring-gai students draw strength and inspiration from the beautiful land of Loreto Normanhurst.



Motto: Hearts and Hands United

Sister Kevin Maye IBVM came from Ireland in 1920 and dedicated her life to her work at Loreto Normanhurst. Her beautiful blend of humour and wisdom, strength and gentleness was expressed in a love that centred on others. She came to Australia “to work for God and to do it well”. She is buried in the cemetery at Normanhurst in the bush she so loved.


Motto: Brave heart, cheerful minds, indomitable zeal

Mother Stanislaus Mornane was born in Melbourne in 1847 and in 1879 joined the Loreto sisters as the first Australian to become a member of the order. In 1916 Mother Stanislaus Mornane became Superior at Loreto Normanhurst and in 1924 she moved to Loreto Kirribilli as Superior. Her last years were spent in the Normanhurst community. After sixty-four years as a nun, she died in 1943 and is buried in the Normanhurst cemetery.



Motto: Unity burns within

Mulhall House is named after Mother Stanislaus Mulhall. She is remembered as one of the great women who laid the foundations of the Loreto tradition in Australia. She was the Mistress of Novices for 30 years, a superb musician and had a great knowledge and love of Mary Ward. Mother Stanislaus Mulhall challenged all to live a life of integrity, sincerity and compassion.



Motto: Together we strive

Mary Ward was the foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), the Loreto Sisters. Born in England in 1585 she travelled across Europe founding schools in many countries and setting up a new style of religious life, one that was very active and ordinary in its way of life as well as centred in prayer. She died in 1645 confident that “women in time to come will do much”.