Loreto College, Marryatville

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Loreto College Marryatville
Loreto College Marryatville South Australia logo.jpg
Marryatville, South Australia
Coordinates 34°55′45″S 138°38′32″E / 34.92917°S 138.64222°E / -34.92917; 138.64222Coordinates: 34°55′45″S 138°38′32″E / 34.92917°S 138.64222°E / -34.92917; 138.64222
Type Independent, Single-sex, private, Day & Boarding
Motto Latin: Maria Regina Angelorum.
Cruci Dum Spiro Fido

(Mary, Queen of the Angels.
While I live, I believe in the Cross)
Denomination Roman Catholic, IBVM
Established 1905
Colour(s) Saxon Blue & Gold         

Loreto College is a private, independent Catholic, day and boarding school for girls, located in Marryatville, an inner-eastern suburb of Adelaide located about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the Adelaide city centre.

Established in 1905, the school is one of many around the world directed by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). It caters for some 1,000 students from Reception to Year 12, including 70 boarders.


A modest house in Sydenham Road, Norwood, became the first Loreto Convent in Adelaide in 1905. The college opened with five students. Two years later the nuns bought a larger house on The Parade, Norwood and Loreto became a boarding school.

By 1920 it was obvious that a larger establishment was needed to provide for the increasing number of pupils. In December of that year, Loreto moved to its present site when the nuns purchased "The Acacias" at Marryatville. The Acacias dates back to the earliest history of South Australia, and is associated with some of the State's great pioneers, including George Fife Angas, Henry Kingscote and Sir Edwin Thomas Smith.

Sir Edwin Smith bought the property in 1878 and added extensively to it. The stables, built by Sir Edwin, housed the entire senior school until 1951. By this time there were more than 200 students at Loreto.

College growth[edit]

The Junior School was built in 1961, and the Mary Ward wing of the Senior School in 1969. The increasing number of students necessitated new buildings and facilities, hence the Gymnasium and Art facilities were constructed in 1998, and the Junior School Administration in 2000. The award winning "Stage 3" project, which included the building of new Senior School classrooms, and the refurbishment of existing buildings, was completed during 2001.[citation needed]

In 2005, four new Middle school classrooms were built in the Junior School to house Year 7 students and Chinese language classes. In conjunction with Montessori,[who?][which?] the Loreto Bapthorpe Early Learning Centre (co-educational) was added in the latter half of 2005, and was operational from the beginning of 2006. Out of School Hours care, the new Portrush Road wall, car parking and landscaping were also developed in 2005.[citation needed]

A Hospitality and Food Technology Centre was opened in 2006 to deliver and expand curriculum offerings in that area. In 2007 a new Boarding Precinct Development and the St Gertrude's Music Centre were opened, and in 2010 the St Anne's Performing Arts Centre was opened.[citation needed]


Similarly to the other Loreto schools throughout Australia, Loreto Marryatville has four houses. Students are allocated to different houses which they represent at the school's annual events including the Swimming Carnival, Athletics Carnival, and Performing Arts Festival.

  • Ward House is named after the founder of the IBVM Sisters, Mary Ward. The House is represented by the colour blue.
  • Barry House is named after Mary Gonzaga Barry who led the first group of Loreto Sisters to Australia from Ireland. The house is represented by the colour yellow. The school's art centre is also named after Mother Gonzaga Barry.
  • Mulhall House is named after Mother Stanislaus Mulhall who joined Mother Gonzaga Barry as a Loreto Sister. The house is represented by the colour green.
  • McGrath House is named after Mother Emilian McGrath who was the Superior of the Loreto Convent in Marryatville in the 1920s. The house is represented by the colour red.


Facilities include:[1]

Mary Gonzaga Barry Arts Centre Includes creative spaces, a walk-through gallery, art rooms and a private workshop for senior students.
Boarding Precinct Four purpose-built and modern houses make up the Loreto College boarding precinct. Each girl has her own private room and access to common areas and shared lounges.[2]
Buses Three school-owned buses are used for pick-up and drop off of students living in the Adelaide Hills, western and northern suburbs (Mawson Lakes).[3]
Chapel Used for Masses, weddings and religious ceremonies.
Demonstration Room A lecture-style theatre with audio-visual facilities.
Early Learning Centre Loreto's ELC shares the facilities at the Junior School campus.
St Brigid Jones Gymnasium The gym has two expansive indoor playing courts with a weights and gym room fitted with an array of fitness equipment.
Health Care Centre Infirmary staffed by a registered nurse who provides care to day students, boarders, and staff during school hours.
Kitchens 12 fully equipped domestic kitchens and 6 commercial kitchens.
Libraries The Senior York Library and Junior Micklegate Library have areas for collaborative learning, as well as private meeting spaces. Loreto College's libraries are also open for extended hours before and after school.
St Gertrude's Music Centre A state of the art Music Centre with 6 tuition rooms, creative music areas, a keyboard laboratory (28 computers, 28 keyboards), recording spaces, private practice rooms and musical instrument libraries.
Netball courts Includes 2 full sized indoor netball courts.
Out of School Hours Care Available before and after school hours, as well as during school holidays.[4]
Outdoor Learning Area Located on the Junior campus, Loreto College's Outdoor Learning Area provides a sheltered space tailored to investigative, play-based learning.
A long jump pit located on the school oval
An oval Used for outdoor activities and events.
St Anne's Performing Arts Centre Complete with a fully functioning theatre, lobby, mirrored dance room and a workshop for building sets.
Science laboratories
Swimming pool For boarding students.
Technology access Computing laboratories, individual student laptops, portable digital devices, wireless network access, interactive whiteboards and iPads.
Tennis courts 5 outdoor tennis courts.
3 language labs Chinese, French and Italian.[5]
5 science labs (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, General, East)

Notable alumnae[edit]

Notable staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.loreto.sa.edu.au/about-us/grounds-facilities
  2. ^ Boarding Precinct, www.loreto.sa.edu.au
  3. ^ Buses, www.loreto.sa.edu.au
  4. ^ Out of School Hours Care, www.loreto.sa.edu.au
  5. ^ Chinese is taught from Reception to Year 5. In Year 6, students can try all three subjects, Chinese, French and Italian. Students can then pick one of the three and continue with that language from Year 7.
  6. ^ "Former Loreto College student Alyssa Fitzpatrick named SA's new Rhodes Scholar". Eastern Courier Messenger. www.adelaidenow.com.au. 23 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "University of Adelaide has 109th Rhodes Scholar". www.adelaide.edu.au. 29 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Former Australian Women's Weekly editor Helen McCabe moves to Nine". www.smh.com.au. 11 July 2016. 

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