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Loreto Mandeville Hall

Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak is an independent Roman Catholic comprehensive single-sex early learning, primary and secondary day school for girls, located in Toorak, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is one of many Loreto schools around the world, established by the Loreto Sisters founded some 400 years ago by Mary Ward.[2]

Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak is located in Melbourne
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak
Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak

Coordinates37°50′52″S 145°0′51″E / 37.84778°S 145.01417°E / -37.84778; 145.01417Coordinates: 37°50′52″S 145°0′51″E / 37.84778°S 145.01417°E / -37.84778; 145.01417
TypeIndependent comprehensive single-sex early learning, primary and secondary day school
MottoLatin: Cruci Dum Spiro Fido
(While I live, I believe in the Cross)
Religious affiliation(s)The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of Loreto
DenominationRoman Catholic
Established1924; 95 years ago (1924) 130 years in melbourne
PrincipalSusan Stevens
YearsEarly learning; K-12
Enrolmentc. 950[1] (2007)
Campus typeSuburban
Colour(s)Blue and gold         

The school was established in 1924. Loreto has a co-educational Early Learning Centre established in 2002 which is a partnership with St. Kevin's College. Both the junior school and secondary school are located at 10 Mandeville Crescent, Toorak.


Loreto is associated with the 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) where they play against many other independent schools in Melbourne such as: Melbourne Girls Grammar, Firbank Girls Grammar, Lauriston, Methodist Ladies' College, and many other private girls' schools that are members of GSV sport. Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak has a joint Early Learning Centre which is a partnership with St. Kevins College. The school also completes many activities with St. Kevins College including; Year 9 collaborative program, Ballroom dancing in year 10, Christian Living Retreat in Year 11, Year 7-9 musical, Year 10-12 musical, Inter-school debating and Year 6 buddy program. The programs between the schools, allow for the girls from Loreto Toorak and the boys from St. Kevins College to form and create friendships which they will cherish and enjoy for many years to come. The school also completes activities with Xavier College including, Inter-school netball and musicals.


Loreto is located on a single campus. The Junior School, Rathfarnham, 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, Gymnastics centre, photography classrooms, art classrooms, weight room, rowing room, health classrooms, basketball court and more. There are also science laboratories, drama classroom along with Cafe Mandeville and the school canteen. The school also features the brand new Mandeville Centre which has the Library, year 12 centre which features a common room and balcony garden for the year 12 student's to enjoy The new Mandeville Centre also features many classrooms that classes are able to be held in.[3]


Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak offers a range of Victorian Certificate of Education (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 Toorak Rowing ClubEdit

The Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak rowing program is one of the top school rowing programs nationally.[4] The Loreto Toorak Rowing Squad comprises over 170 athletes from Years 9-12 who compete in the annual Head of the Schoolgirls’ Regatta. In 2019 Loreto entered a rowing crew in the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.[5] A rowing fee covers the cost of the equipment and coaching.

Rowing costs
Year level Cost
Year 9 $2,195 per season
Year 10 $2,195 per season
Year 11 $2,675 per season
Year 12 Rowing fee is covered by the school

There is also other fees and costs involved for some rowing camps and regattas.

Co-curricular activitiesEdit


Loreto enters a large number of students from Years 7–12 in the Debating Association of Victoria's (DAV) Debating Competition. In previous years, Junior Team competitions have been held at St. Catherine's Girls School in Toorak, while the Senior Teams (Years 8–12) have been held at Scotch College. Loreto also competes in friendly competitions against boys schools such as St. Kevin's College and Melbourne Grammar School.


Prep – 3 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 and Woodwind Program, similar 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 more.

Senior School students have many opportunities to engage themselves in the musical area of Loreto Mandeville Hall. New year 7 students are able to choose an instrument to learn for the first semester; 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, 7 and 8 Choir, Senior Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Year 12 choir, specifically for Year 12's.


Loreto Mandeville Hall girls are known for their strength in Rowing and Aerobics in previous years.[citation needed] 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 Regatta in March, the following year. In 2012, Loreto placed first overall and in the same season won a National title in the Schoolgirl Coxed Quad Division 1 event. In 2014, Loreto won their first National title in the Schoolgirl Division 1 Eight event.

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 with Girls Sport Victoria (GSV); sporting activities includes Water Polo, Snowsports, Diving, Swimming, Tennis, Hockey, Netball, Cross Country, Athletics, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, Softball, Volleyball, Surf Lifesaving, Triathlon, Badminton and AFL. 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 vocal), Dance and Acting, as well as Technical (sound effects and lighting) in which Student Leaders run. This is performed at the Melbourne Convention 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 afterschool or beforeschool activities are inconvenient or impracticable.

2019 fees and chargesEdit




Tuition fee

Preparatory $19,010
Year 1 $19,010
Year 2 $19,010
Year 3 $20,600
Year 4 $20,600
Year 5 $20,600
Year 6 $20,600
Year 7 $25,070
Year 8 $25,070
Year 9 $27,420
Year 10 $27,420
Year 11 $27,420
Year 12 $27,520

Along with the tuition fees, all families are required to pay an annual levy – $2,320 for one child, $3,000 for two or more – to pay for building improvements.

Loreto Toorak House systemEdit

As with the majority of Australian schools, Loreto features a House System (see below). 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.[6] The Houses have several leaders for each Area of the School, such as Music, Sport, Drama and Debating.

Barry (yellow)
Mornane (green)
Mulhall (red)
Ward (blue)

The above houses compete in several Inter-house events, including inter-house athletics, cross-country, swimming/diving and aerobics. In the fields of Music and Drama, inter-house drama and the annual Performing Arts Festival are two events on the School Calendar. The PAF or Performing Arts Festival, is compulsory for all students who attend Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak. The Performing Arts Festival, helps to encourage girls to participate in Music and Drama throughout their school life at Loreto Toorak.

Crest and mottoEdit

It is thought that the Loreto crest was developed by Mother Teresa Ball in the 1850s.[7] There are six parts to the crest that are of significance.

  1. Maria Regina Angelorum - Latin meaning Mary, Queen of Angels.
  2. Cruci Dum Spiro Fido - Latin motto meaning While I live, I believe in the Cross, literally "In the cross, while I breathe I have faith"
  3. The cross
  4. The Sacred Heart of Jesus surmounted by the cross
  5. The anchor of hope
  6. The loving heart of Mary

A significant song associated with the Loreto schools is the holiday hymn, Causa Nostrae Laetitae.

Notable alumnaeEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak – Our School (accessed:21-06-2007)
  2. ^ "Who we are". Mary Ward International Australia.
  3. ^ "The Mandeville Centre". Loreto, Mandeville Hall, Toorak.
  4. ^ "Loreto Toorak's senior eight won the Under 17 Schoolgirls Coxed Eight". Herald Sun. 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Australian clubs and schools prepare for Henley". Rowing Australia.
  6. ^ "The Life of Mary Ward". Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak Library.
  7. ^ "Loreto Crest". Loreto Sisters in Ireland.
  8. ^ Famous alumni on Latham's hit list Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:26-04-2006)
  9. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "CALLIL Carmen Therese". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  10. ^ Melbourne, National Foundation for Australian Women and The University of. "Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Elizabeth – Woman – The Australian Women's Register". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  11. ^ "At 23, Clare the Mayor makes Australian history". The Age.

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