Our College

Our College

Our College2023-10-12T12:20:10+10:00
Loreto College Coorparoo is a Catholic secondary school for girls within the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Established in 1928, it is part of the Mary Ward network of more than 150 schools worldwide, founded by the Institute of Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) or Loreto Sisters.

Why Loreto College Coorparoo?

At Loreto College Coorparoo, we offer a Catholic education that has been honoured over 400 years of educating women, guided by the Mary Ward tradition of excellence. Our school is part of an international network of over 150 Mary Ward schools worldwide, offering a unique and innovative education that empowers girls to make a profound difference in the world. Mary Ward founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1609, recognising the transformative power of education and the care and development of faith. Her legacy inspires us today to be “seekers of truth and doers of justice.” At Loreto, we strive to liberate, empower, and motivate our students to use their individual gifts with confidence, creativity, and generosity in loving and responsible service. We offer a balanced, happy yet challenging education that prepares our students to exert a lasting influence on the world. Choose Loreto College Coorparoo for a Catholic education that will equip your daughter to make a difference in the world.

The Mary Ward Tradition of Women’s Education

The Mary Ward tradition of excellence in women’s education dates back to 1609, when Mary Ward founded a religious order and opened her first school for girls in St Omer in Flanders (now Belgium). She believed in the capacity of women, through education, to make a profound difference for good in the world. Loreto’s vision is to offer a Catholic education that liberates, empowers, and motivates students to use their individual gifts with confidence, creativity, and generosity in loving and responsible service.

Over 400 years of Educating Women

The educational vision of Loreto schools is grounded in Ignatian spirituality and springs from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mary Ward recognised the critical difference that education could make to her troubled world, especially through the care and development of faith. She believed in the capacity of women to find God in the ordinary experience of human life. Over 400 years later, the spirit of Mary Ward continues to inspire Loreto schools across the world.

Loreto schools are part of an international network of cooperation. In Australia, Loreto was established in 1875 by Mother Mary Gonzaga Barry and her 7 companions, who brought the Institute to the country. She established schools across the country that provided a balanced, felicitous, yet challenging education that prepared students to exert a lasting influence on the emerging nation. The Institute is now active across Australia and in every continent, collaborating with others to bring the Gospel to life in the Church and in society.

Why choose a Girls School?

Choosing a girls’ school can be a fantastic educational choice for your daughter. The Alliance of Girls Schools Australia provides a clip on why a girls’ school is an excellent choice. Loreto College Coorparoo is an independent Catholic girls’ school that provides a Catholic education that liberates.

Loreto Connections

The Loreto organisations listed below are part of Australian and international networks committed to working together towards Mary Ward’s vision of justice, freedom and sincerity.

Loreto Schools Australia

There are a number of Loreto Schools throughout Australia in which Loreto traditions are integral to the education carried out in them. Loreto Australia is committed to maintaining these schools, ensuring that school councils, principals and staff have access to the spirituality of Mary Ward.

  • Loreto Ballarat, Vic
    Loreto College Ballarat is an independent Catholic day secondary school for girls from Years 7 to 12.
  • Loreto Kirribilli, NSW
    Loreto College Kirribilli is an Independent Catholic day school with an enrolment of approximately 1049 girls from Kindergarten to Year 12.
  • Loreto Mandeville Hall, Vic
    Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak is a Catholic day school for girls from Prep to VCE.
  • Loreto Marryatville, SA
    Loreto College Marryatville is an independent Catholic day and boarding school providing outstanding educational opportunities for girls from Reception to Year 12.
  • Loreto Nedlands, Perth, WA
    Loreto Nedlands inspires and empowers students to strive for excellence, to be of service to others and to confidently embrace life in the spirit of Mary Ward.
  • John XXIII College, Perth, WA
    A co-educational Catholic college in Perth.
  • Loreto Normanhurst, NSW
    Loreto College Normanhurst is a Catholic secondary boarding and day school for girls.
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