Loreto College Coorparoo commenced in 1928. Last year we celebrated the College’s 90th Anniversary. The theme for the Anniversary year was “For all that has been – Thanks. For all that will be – Yes.” (Dag Hammarskjold).
This is the Anniversary Logo. The tree represents the Family Tree of Loreto; the book represents learning as well as our stories; the Cross from the College crest represents our Loreto community as followers of Jesus and the hands represent right relationships and people working for Justice.
The College would like to acknowledge past pupil and current parent, Mrs Roxanne Iwinski, who designed the 90th logos and all other Anniversary material.
The 90th Anniversary begins a decade of gathering stories and materials from across the College’s history which can serve as a resource for the celebration of our centenary in 2028. To this end past pupils, teachers and parents are invited to contribute memorabilia and oral histories to the College Archives. The College eagerly looks forward to recording conversations that will add to the College’s existing, rich, historical records. Please contact Kieran Donnelly, the College Archivist, via email@example.com
As part of the College’s 90th Anniversary, two special events were held. Please click on each event to learn more about it.
Sr Claire Gardiner Day
The College is delighted to announce the MC for the Circles of Justice Forum as:
Dr Julia Kelly (2000)
Julia developed a passion for justice while still a student at Loreto. She embraced her many years at university working with disadvantaged children on Edmund Rice Camps and with the homeless and marginalised of Brisbane on Eddie’s Van. Through these organisations she has been gifted many other opportunities including stays at Cana Communities in Sydney and facilitating retreats and immersions for students so they too could have similar experiences. More recently, she has travelled to Kenya as part of the Edmund Rice Foundation’s Gone Fishing program. Julia is an emergency physician working at Ipswich Hospital and continues to advocate for her patients, particularly those with mental illness, treating them with dignity and respect. Her favourite job is as mother to a very busy 20 month old.
The College is also delighted to announce the following speakers for the Circles of Justice Forum.
Johanna Smith (nee Archibald) (1995)
Johanna began her work in justice by working for the Christian Brothers and the Edmund Rice Network as the manager of Edmund Rice Camps in Brisbane. She was also the Coordinator of World Youth Day Edmund Rice in 2008. A high school PE and Science teacher, Johanna has worked in Catholic high schools since 2009 including time as a teacher at the Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre, an outreach school for senior students who are disengaged and disenfranchised from mainstream schooling. She is currently the Deputy Principal Identity and Mission at Ignatius Park College, Townsville.
Marysia Rice (nee Lappin) (2001)
Marysia is an Assistant Principal, Advocate, Foster Carer and Friend. Currently AP Mission and Community at St Edmund’s College in Ipswich, Marysia has taught Drama, English and Religion in schools around Queensland, Melbourne and East Africa. Passionate about community issues, she has been a leader in the areas of Mission, Outreach and Justice in a variety of networks, leading immersions, retreats, cross-cultural connection and engagement activities. Marysia has had a wealth of experience in communities overseas and around Australia. She is a firm believer that true justice is when two people walk alongside each other and you can’t tell who is serving whom.
Sr Diaan Stuart (1956 – 59)
Sr Diaan Stuart is a past pupil and former principal of Loreto Normanhurst and Marryatville. From 2005 to 2017, Sr Diaan worked in Timor Leste at the Catholic Teachers’ College. Before long she realised the Timorese teaching community could benefit from additional skills. This led to the introduction of a program for graduates of Bacau’s Catholic Teachers’ College to spend time in Brisbane Catholic Education primary schools, such as St Agnes, to observe classes and learn valuable teaching strategies. Sr Diaan was an integral Loreto team member that oversaw the planning and building of the Loreto Pre-Primary school and Community Centre in Gari-uai. As part of the College’s social justice program, senior students now have the opportunity to visit Timor and spend time assisting in the classroom at the primary school. Sr Diaan was nominated for a Spirit of Catholic Education Award in 2017 by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission.
Susan Ientile (1968)
Susan is a past pupil of Loreto Kirribilli and her three daughters attended Loreto Coorparoo. A former School Council member and later Chair of the Council, Susan has also held many other voluntary positions in justice related groups. A past Chairperson of Micah Projects, Susan continues to assist the many endeavours of this organisation today. She is also committed to the plight of refugees and works closely with a local Kurdish family. Susan believes that her main role now, as a retiree, is to support her local community of friends, family, neighbours and church community in any small way she can.