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Loreto Kirribilli, Kirribilli NSW

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Loreto Kirribilli
An independent Catholic day school for girls with a strong program of religious education, excellent academic outcomes and a wide choice of co-curricular activities supported by talented staff and an up-to-date, fully-equipped campus.
85 Carabella Street
85 Carabella Street
Sydney Central, Sydney North
(02) 9957 4722
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Mary, Queen of Angels

While I live, I trust in the cross

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Dr Nicole Archard
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Independent
  • Catholic
Kindergarten – Year 2 $22,350
Year 3 – Year 6 $25,290
Year 7 – Year 9 $29,520
Year 10 – Year 12 $32,550
Gifted & Talented Program
  • Culture / Tradition
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Personal Values
  • Alpine Sports
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Hockey (field)
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football


Loreto Kirribilli is an independent Catholic school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 with an enrolment of over 1,100 students. Established on the peninsula in 1908, our school is proud to be part of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), an international network of faith, friendship and education, imbued with the Mary Ward tradition of women ‘doing much’ in the service of others.

Our school is a learning community where positive relationships flourish, the dignity and rights of all are respected and where joy and hope are hallmarks. Our strength is driven by the values we hold dear: verity, justice, sincerity, felicity, freedom of mind and spirit.

At our heart is a culture of growth and excellence, where we are focused on the education of the whole child, intellectually, culturally, socially and spiritually. We celebrate success and champion endeavour. We develop lifelong learners who are collaborative, creative, critical thinkers, equipped to be positive agents for change in our constantly evolving world.



We are Loreto Kirribilli, an award winning, independent, Catholic school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 located on Sydney Harbour. 400+ years of heritage with an international family of Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) schools worldwide.  1100+ seekers of truth and doers of justice. Welcome.




At Loreto Kirribilli, the concept of Verity underpins the high impact learning experiences provided for gifted and talented girls. Students are challenged in their gifted domain to transfer their high ability to achievement, and to embrace the spirit of Mary Ward in the classroom and during extra-curricular activities. Our teaching staff are committed to facilitating this process of talent development for gifted learners: empowering young women to “do what [they] have to do well”, recognising that every gifted and talented learner is different, possessing unique and diverse qualities.

Identification of gifted and talented students here at Loreto Kirribilli is a multi-faceted and on-going process, whereby we use multiple criteria to ensure gifted students of all domains are recognised. The foundation of our identification process is Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent. Gagné categorises:

  • Gifted students as ones who possess superior potential or natural ability which places students in the upper 10 percent of age peers in at least one of the following horizontal domains: intellectual, creative, social, perceptual, muscular and motor control.
  • Talented students as ones where factors have combined favourably so ability has transferred to noticeably superior achievementto place students in the upper 10 percent of age peers in at least one field, including: academic, science and technology, arts, social services, sports and athletics.

High potential, or giftedness, must be nurtured to develop into talent, and many opportunities are offered to our gifted students to facilitate this developmental process. This results in a range of pathways by which talent can be developed and gifted learners can achieve excellence.

We acknowledge gifted learners can require modification to regular learning programs in order to develop students’ gifts as they progress towards full potential. Consequently, a range of programming strategies are used to develop the talent of gifted learners, including in-class extension or enrichment to suit strengths or interests, and flexible grouping to ensure gifted and talented students work with their peers. Throughout the school, mentoring and pull-out programs aimed at gifted and talented learners are used, and accelerative strategies such as curriculum compacting and telescoping are implemented to provide appropriate challenge. The social and emotional needs of gifted and talented learners are attended to through our pastoral program which focuses on self-knowledge and personal growth, as well as through the many affective elements of our subject programs.

A wide variety of extra-curricular provisions are offered to gifted and talented learners, including the Da Vinci Decathlon and the Philosothon, all of which seek to connect the girls with like-minded students in rich learning situations to inspire and develop talent further.

Key specialists in gifted and talented education, including our Gifted and Talented Coordinator, work closely with our students to offer more personalised learning opportunities. These specialists also collaborate with teachers to aid the talent development of our gifted learners, ensuring a holistic approach.


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Public Transport

Loreto Kirribilli is well connected to a number of different public transport options and students travel by bus, ferry or train. It is a short walk to the school from any of these drop of points.

  • Train: Milsons Point Station
  • Bus: Kirribilli/Milsons Point
  • Ferry: Kirribilli Wharf/Jeffrey Street Wharf/Milsons Point Wharf

Further details, including a trip planner can be found using the Transport NSW Trip Planner.

Junior School students are accompanied to local transport hubs under the supervision of a staff member at the end of each school day.

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As a specialist educator of girls, I strongly believe, as did Mary Ward, that girls and women are to be celebrated and that they have much to offer society.


Loreto Kirribilli is a Catholic school in the Loreto tradition. Established on Carabella Street in 1908, Loreto Kirribilli is part of a national and international network of schools and other social justice organisations that have been shaped by the Loreto charism through the IBVM Sisters.

Our foundress, Mary Ward, began the journey of educating girls more than 400 years ago, this was continued from 1875 in the Australian context by Mother Gonzaga Barry.

At the heart of a Loreto education are the beautiful values that we share across all Australian Loreto schools: Freedom, Justice, Sincerity, Verity, and Felicity. These values drive our students, staff, and broader community in the honourable pursuit of educating girls and young women to become ‘seekers of truth and doers of justice’.

As a specialist educator of girls, I strongly believe, as did Mary Ward, that girls and women are to be celebrated and that they have much to offer society. I believe that a girls’ school environment, enriched by Catholic values and faith, will prepare our students to be strong and confident women of the future. It is through the values of a Loreto education that our girls become ‘wise, loving, well-educated women’, who are socially just, ethically minded, and the women leaders our society deserves and requires.

To embrace a Loreto education is so much more than achieving academic excellence: it is about shaping the whole person - a person who has integrity and a strong self-belief, a person who cares deeply about others and our world, and who possesses the confidence to put themselves forward in the pursuit of personal and spiritual growth.

I am honoured to be Principal of Loreto Kirribilli, to be in the position of sharing this journey with you and helping to shape your daughter to be the woman she will become.


Dr Nicole Archard
BA DipEd, MA, MEdLead, MTheolSt, PhD
Principal K-12

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