Loreto College, Victoria

Loreto College, Victoria is an independent Roman Catholic secondary day school for girls, located in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Loreto College, Ballarat
Loreto College, Ballarat
Location in Victoria

Coordinates37°33′25″S 143°49′25″E
TypeIndependent secondary day school
MottoLatin: 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.)
Religious affiliation(s)Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established1875 (1875)
School number35[1]
PrincipalJudith Potter
GenderGirls; Boys (1875–1973, K-3 only)
Colour(s)Gold and blue         
SloganProudly educating young women of influence for 139 years.
VCE average31[2]


Loreto College Ballarat was the first Loreto school in Australia, established by Mother Gonzaga Barry and her community of religious 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.

From its founding in 1875 until 1973, boys were admitted from kindergarten until grades two or three; since 1973, the school has admitted girls only.[3]

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 its 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 travelled 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".

Notable alumnae

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

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

See also


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  2. "VCE School Ranking - 2018". Bettereducation.com.au. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. CAIRNS, NICOLE (8 November 2013). "Quest to find past Loreto boys". The Courier. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. Crikey.com.au: Famous alumni on Latham's hit list Archived 2007-09-26 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:26-04-2006)
  5. Hamer, Alex (15 December 2015). "Judge from Ballarat new State Coroner". The Courier. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. "Our People". Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. 26 March 2009. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
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