Loreto College, Victoria

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Loreto College, Ballarat
Loreto crest. Source: www.loretonh.nsw.edu.au (Loreto Normanhurst website)
Ballarat, Victoria
Coordinates 37°33′25″S 143°49′25″E / 37.5569°S 143.8237°E / -37.5569; 143.8237Coordinates: 37°33′25″S 143°49′25″E / 37.5569°S 143.8237°E / -37.5569; 143.8237
Type Independent, Single-sex, Day school
Motto Maria Regina Angelorum. Cruci Dum Spiro Fido
("Mary, Queen of the Angels. As long as I live I put my faith in Christ who died for me.")
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1875
School number 35[1]
Principal Ms Judith Potter
Enrolment 860 (7-12)
Colour(s) Gold and Blue          
Slogan "Proudly educating young women of influence for 139 years."
VCE average 31[2]

Loreto College is a Roman Catholic secondary school for girls in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The school prides itself on "educating young women of influence".


Loreto College Ballarat was the first Loreto school in Australia, established by Mother Gonzaga Barry and her community of sisters in 1875 following an invitation from the Bishop of Ballarat to establish a school for girls. This boarding school was known as Loreto Abbey Mary's Mount and was soon followed by a day school, also in Ballarat, known as Loreto Convent Dawson Street.

Mother Gonzaga had come to Australia from Ireland and established local primary schools as well as Loreto schools in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

In 1978, Dawson Street Day School and Mary's Mount were formally amalgamated to form Loreto College Ballarat, with Years 7 - 8 at Dawson Street and Years 9 - 12 at Sturt Street - Mary's Mount. In 2007, Loreto's junior and senior campuses were combined on the one campus at Sturt Street following the construction of the Mary Ward Centre for Years 7 -8. The Dawson Street site closed in 2006, and was used by Ballarat High School for a short time before being bought by the Quest Apartments group. In 2015, the college opened The Mary's Mount Centre. This performing arts center houses a 500-seat theatre along with music and dance studios, classrooms and multimedia labs.


There are four houses at Loreto College Ballarat, named Barry, Mornane, Mulhall and Ward. The colours of the houses differ from school to school. At Loreto College Ballarat, Barry is red, Mornane is gold, Mulhall is green and Ward is blue. The houses are named in honour of great patrons of the school.

Barry House is named after Mother Gonzaga Barry who led the first group of Loreto nuns to Australia from Ireland in 1875. She began the Loreto school in Ballarat, quickly following that with other schools across the country. She was a great pioneer in education opening teachers' colleges and preparing girls for university.

Mornane House is named for Mother Stanislaus Mornane, who was one of the very early pupils of Loreto Abbey Ballarat in 1876 and became the first Australian Loreto pupil to enter the institute in Australia. She spent many years in Sydney where she was a teacher and Mother Superior.

Mulhall House takes it name from Mother Stanislaus Mulhall. She arrived in Australia in 1897 teaching at Mary's Mount and for many years was the Mistress of Novices. Mother Mulhall had a passion for music and in 1915 followed Mother Gonzaga as Provincial Australian.

Ward House is named after Mary Ward, foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) as the Loreto nuns are officially called. Born in England in 1585, she traveled valiantly across Europe founding schools in many countries and setting up a new style of religious life. She died in 1645 confident that "women in time to come will do much"

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Related schools[edit]

There are six other Loreto related schools in Australia. These include:

There are also many other Loreto schools worldwide including Ireland and India.

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