“Aim at something excellent: our life is largely influenced by what we aim at – our ideals often make our realities…” Mother Gonzaga Barry

Loreto College has been awarded the 2016 Federation Business School eCommerce and Online Award in the 2016 FederaOfficial Photograph 2016 winners (Small)tion Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards. The award was presented at a gala presentation dinner on Thursday 25 August and it was an honour for Loreto College to be represented amongst so many inspirational and successful Ballarat Businesses. This is the third consecutive year that Loreto College has been a finalist in these Awards and the second time that Loreto College has won the eCommerce and Online Category. However these Awards are about much more than just the Category title.

Despite our significant history, Loreto College is now a 21st Century school operating in the business of education. From humble beginnings in 1875, Loreto College now employs 139 staff and has just over 900 enrolled students. There are over 18 different digital, online and e-Commerce platforms currently used by the school to operate our core business of education, including our wonderful new website and over 1000 laptops! All of these platforms are managed and supported in-house.

Loreto College recognises and acts on the fact that not only do we need to be great teachers, we need to strive for excellence in our organisational management, business practices, religious values, human resource management, regulatory compliance, community relations, environmental sustainability and marketing and development. Loreto College is proud to adopt and promote sound business practices that support and enhance our core business of education.

Today Loreto Schools are part of an international network. In 1875 Mother Gonzaga Barry brought the Institute (ibvm) to Australia and Loreto College Ballarat was the first of many schools that she established across Australia. Her influence on primary, secondary and tertiary education was profound. Moreover, her initiatives to improve the quality of teacher training and inservice went far beyond Loreto . Educating and empowering young women for their future is as relevant today as it was in 1875 and this Award and recognition is something to which every staff member and student can be proud.