Loreto Mandeville Hall
Toorak is a Roman Catholic
day school for girls in Toorak, a suburb of
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
It is one of many Loreto schools
distributed over the world,
established by the sisters of the Institute of the Blessed
or Loreto Sisters, founded some 400 years ago by
.The school was established in
1924. It has a co-educational Early Learning Centre, a joint
venture with St. Kevin's
at St Peter's Church, Toorak Road, Toorak and a junior
school and a secondary school at Mandeville Crescent, Toorak.
Loreto is associated with Association of Independent Schools of
Victoria (AISV), Junior School Heads Association of Australia
(JSHAA), Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia
(AHISA), Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA), and a
member of Girls Sport Victoria (GSV).
Loreto is located on a single campus. The Junior School, featuring
an art centre, Multi-Purpose rooms, tennis courts, netball courts,
new classrooms and more is separated by the school Oval to the
senior school. The Senior School facilities include the 'Barry
Centre', featuring two pools, gymnasium, photography classrooms,
art classrooms, weight room, health classrooms, basketball court
and more. There are also science laboratories, drama classrooms and
Cafe Mandeville, the school canteen.
The Loreto Sisters acquired Mandeville Hall in 1924. It is a former
mansion and the original building
is on the Victorian Heritage Register and Classified by the
National Trust of
. The sisters established a convent
and a boarding school for girls. In the
early days there were also some boys in junior classes. In more
recent years, the sisters moved off-campus and there are no longer
boarders. The first house of the IBVM in Ireland at Rathfarnham was
called Loretto after a popular place of pilgrimage on the Adriatic
coast of Italy. This shrine dates from the time of the crusades and
contains a small house which is venerated as the house of Mary in
Nazareth and as the site of the annunciation. It is associated in
piety with the holy family of Nazareth and was often chosen as a
name for a happy family home. Loreto had been a favourite place of
devotion for Mary Ward who had travelled across Italy to visit and
pray there several times en route to and from Rome.
Spelling of name (Loreto, not Loretto)
Early records of Loreto convents in Australia and Ireland often
show the title spelled as Loretto. This was how the Rathfarnham
convent was first named and it was only around the turn of the 19th
Century, that the correct (ie Italian) spelling was restored. The
Institute in Canada (est. 1847) still retains the"double t".
Institutes in Europe and in York, which
originated from the Mary Ward foundation in Munich, was never
associated with the name Loreto.
There the IBVM nuns were
known as Englischer Fraulein or English Ladies. Because of the
house name at Rathfarnham and all subsequent foundations in Ireland
and overseas, and probably because of the length of the full name
of the community,The Institute of the Blessed
, the nuns in Ireland soon became known commonly as
the Loreto Sisters
Recent additions to the buildings include the Barry Centre 2002
which includes two pools, gymnasium, sports hall and other sporting
facilities. In 2006 the Science Centre was opened, featuring
several Forensic Laboratories, General Science Laboratories,
creatures, displays and more.
Construction is taking place in part of the Junior School
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak offers a range of Victorian Certificate of
(VCE) subjects, approximately 36. There are also 11
University studies that Year 12 students are able to elect as part
of their VCE program.
Loreto enters a large number of students from Years 7-12 in the
Debating Association of Victoria's Debating
. In previous years, Junior Team competitions have
been held at St. Catherine's Girls School in Toorak, whilst the
Senior Teams (Years 8-12) have been held at Scotch College.
also competes in friendly competitions against boys schools such as
Kevin's College and Melbourne Grammar School.
Prep students participate in a compulsory "Loreto Sings" programme.
Year 3 students partake in the String Program, where they are able
to learn a string instrument and have the option to continue. Year
5 students participate in the Brass Program, and similarly to the
String Program, girls have the option to continue the instrument.
All Junior School students learn the Recorder, and have the
opportunity to join the Choir, Wind Band, String Band and
Senior School students have many opportunities to engage themselves
in the musical area of Loreto Mandeville Hall. Year 7 students are
able to choose an instrument to learn for a period of time; this is
optional due to other commitments, however many students
participate and continue learning. All girls are able to learn the
instrument of their choice and join a band or Orchestra. Stage
Band, Wind Band, Symphony Orchestra, Violin and Saxophone Ensembles
to name a few. Late in 2008, the full Orchestra travelled around
Europe to showcase their finest music. They travelled to Germany,
England, Ireland and other parts of Europe. The Performing Arts
Festival also invites all music students to join a House Band. All
students can also participate in Choirs, such as the Junior, Senior
and Year 12 Choir, specifically for the Year 12 students.
Loreto Mandeville Hall girls are known for their strength in Rowing
and Aerobics in previous years. The Rowing Program begins for the
Year 8 students in September/October. They participate in a 2 week
Learn to Row program and then a Development Program. Girls who
continue after the Development Program are expected and encouraged
to commit to the full season which concludes with the Head of
School Girls. In 2009, Loreto placed equal second behind
Methodist Ladies College,
however had the highest percentage ahead of Methodist Ladies College and
The crews are separated into year levels, with the Year 11s and 12s
combined to form Senior Crews. Aerobics is a strong field of sport
for Loreto Mandeville Hall, with many students placing first,
second and third in State and National Competitions. A large number
of the Squad travel to Sydney for the Nationals where many teams
and individual competitors achieve excellent results. The Aerobics
Squad work closely with the Specialist Dancers. The school is
affiliated withGirls Sport
(GSV), sporting activities includes Water
Polo, Snowsports, Diving, Swimming, Tennis, Hockey, Netball, Cross
Country, Athletics, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, Softball,
Volleyball and more. Secondary Junior School Students are also
involved in an inter-school program.
All girls participate in the compulsory Performing Arts Festival
early in the year. This incorporates Music (instrumental and
Choir), Dance and Acting, as well as Technical (sound effects and
lighting) in which Student Leaders run. This is performed at Hamer
Hall, the Arts Centre. Interhouse Drama is also another aspect of
the Theatre at Loreto, in which girls are encouraged to partake in.
Lunch time music concerts, interhouse drama and interhouse aerobics
are examples of the in-school activities that students are
encouraged to participate in if afterschoolor beforeschool
activities are inconvenient or impracticable.
As with the majority of Australian schools, Loreto features a House
System. An important part of the School, Loreto has four houses,
three of which are named after Loreto sisters, and one after the
foundress of the IBVM. The Houses have several leaders for each
Area of the School, such as Music, Sport, Drama and Debating.
The above houses compete in several Interhouse events, including
interhouse athletics, cross-country, swimming/diving and aerobics.
In the fields of Music and Drama, interhouse drama and the annual
Performing Arts Festival are two events on the School Calendar. The
PAF is compulsory for all students and this encourages girls to
participate in the Music and Drama throughout school life. In Year
12, girls are separated into their house groups for Homeroom
classes, allowing House Leaders to work closely together and form
Crest and Motto
It is thought that the Loreto Crest was developed by Mother Teresa
Ball in the 1850s. There are six parts to the Crest which are of
- Maria Regina Angelorum- Latin meaning Mary,
Queen of Angels.
- Cruci Dum Spiro Fido- Latin motto meaning
While I live, I believe in the Cross.
- The Cross
- The Sacred Heart of Jesus Sermounted by the
- The Anchor of Hope
- The Loving heart of Mary
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