Leadership News


From the Principal

Ms Michelle Brodrick

Congratulations to all our Year 12 students who have finished their VCE and VCAL classes and have transitioned to examinations, work or pending future studies. The Year 12 students have led the way with their approach to their final days of classes. Their senior school experience has been marked by a global pandemic which had the most extraordinary impact on their learning, their time at school and the many experiences that normally accompany the final years of school. In their farewell speech to the students, Year 12 Coordinators, Suzie Fraser and Roger Morris, commented on the circumstances under which the last two years have been completed. The highlights of the day included the traditional crown of flowers that the Year 12s made and the passing of the ‘survival’ buckets to the Year 11 students. A fitting final farewell came from Lila Fields who performed an original song about leaving Loreto. The song captured both the celebratory and sadly emotional realisation that this was the end of their schooling days. A special thank you to our Year 12 leaders, co-captains Maddie Palmer and Casey Dodd. Thank you to the Senate members of 2021 – Alexandra Davies, Eve Lalor, Elissa Ridley, Sunday Walker, and House Captains, Megan Armstrong, Tahlia Nare, Finley Pearce and Darcy Plumridge. It has been a pleasure to get to know the students and to see their earnest efforts to make this year successful.

Congratulations to our Student Leaders for 2022:

2022 Senate
College Captains Sophie Boyd Jaime Sergeant-Crowe
Senators Holly Gleeson Stephanie Mornane
Felicity Jones Charlotte Kelly
House Captains Bella Clark (Ward House Captain) Sophie Gulbin (Barry House Captain)
Gemma Hanrahan (Mornane House Captain) Lana Dodd (Mulhall House Captain)

Congratulations also to our other elected House, Arts and Sports Leaders:

Barry Mornane Mulhall Ward
Vice Captain Cassie Lynch Charli Ross Tahlia Ciappara Eloise Davenport
Arts Captain Alexis Oswin Ashlyn Walker Zoe Britt Grace Cassells
Arts Vice Captain Georgia Siemensma Charlotte McDougall Phoebe McCallum Chloe Taylor
Sports Captain Ella Slater Beth Hucker Ella Hansen Isabella Stevens
Sports Vice Captain Bridie Kennedy Izzy Delvescovo Rosie Todd Tayissa Watkins

Our students have opportunities to lead in many ways – in class, in specialist fields such as dance or philosophy, in sporting clubs, and amongst peers, within the school or community. The school environment is supportive and allows students to aim high. We look forward to our leaders demonstrating sincerity, verity, felicity as they work for a just and free world.


From the Deputy Principal (Learning & Teaching)

Ms Linda McDonald

We are mid-way through Term Four and our thoughts are turning to preparing for final-year exams.

Exams are an inevitable part of a student’s life, but they do not have to be stressful. Good preparation is the key for exams. If you are well prepared you can embrace these exams as a great personal challenge.

Here are some tips which might give you something to focus on while preparing for exams.

  1. Find out about the exam. Know thy enemy, do you have to write essays, short answer questions or multiple choice.
  2. Talk to your teacher, get their advice about what areas of your course do you need to revise.
  3. Set out your materials. Have you got all the necessary notes and handouts?
  4. Check what past exam papers look like and have a go at one of them.
  5. Know where to go and make sure you have everything you need, pens, pencils.
  6. Don’t cram the night before, start preparing weeks before, slow and steady wins the race.
  7. Keep your cool, eat and sleep well beforehand and don’t let yourself get into a mess about the exams.
  8. Use your reading time well in the exam to think about your answers and which question you will do first.
  9. Break the questions down into logical steps.
  10. Make sure you identify the key instructional verb (discuss, analyse) in the question and follow its instruction.

The following information will be useful for students and their families.

Year 11 Exams and those Year 10 completing a Unit 1 and 2 exams begin

  • Friday 5 November – 11 November
  • 2022 Unit 3 and 4 Orientation 12- 26 November, 2021

Years 8, 9 and 10 mid-Year exams begin 22 -26 November.

Year 7s will complete topic tests during the last two to three weeks at the end of the term.

College News


Year 10 Mission & Service Day

Ms Bonnie Townsend

On Friday the Year 10s took part in their final day of Mission and Service, with several activities designed to encourage thinking beyond themselves and focusing on others and the community. We shared inspirational videos, including the incredible story of Malala Yousafzai whose actions earned her a Nobel Peace Prize. There were also videos to celebrate what the Year 10s achieved on their first day of Mission and Service, held during the lockdown, where they contributed to Year Level activities and made a personal action to help those living nearby during the lockdown, such as Affirmation Jars and cooking for a neighbour. The culmination of the dare was the preparation Care Packs designed for Cafs on a variety of themes to help out local families in need. We ended up with around 100 Care Packs, each beautifully decorated and thoughtfully curated by the girls who worked hard to pack these. We look forward to welcoming a Cafs representative her soon who will take the packs and have them distributed amongst the community. We congratulate out Year 10s for putting in such an amazing effort to get these ready.


From the Co-Curricular Leader of Debating & Public Speaking

Mrs Tammy Vandenberg
Public Speaking - Royal South Street Competition 2021

On October 20 after months of delays, the Royal South Street Competition finally took place. While it was not in its usual format in person, it was still a rewarding experience. Each student presented their speech to the adjudicator and a small audience online and received verbal and written feedback before overall placings were announced. The depth and range of the well-researched speeches impressed the adjudicator and audience alike. The topics that our students chose to speak about ranged from Ann Frank and her relevance today, the flaws in our education system, bullying, identity, the education of women and its impact on the world, Surf Life Saving and women in sport.  The placing are listed below. All students are to be commended for their patience and commitment to this competition and to their outstanding preparation and delivery.


1st    Chloe Johnston

2nd   Lexi Ryan

3rd    Ella Gudgeon

Under 16

1st    Annmary Chalakkal

2nd   Emily Betteridge

HM   Lucy Eales

HC    Sophie John

Under 14

1st    Olive Lanyon

2nd   Laine Ballinger

3rd   Hannah John

HM   Sophie Dalton

HC    Johanna Addison


Library News

Mrs Sarah Lane (Library Officer)

Did you know the Library has an Instagram account?

We regularly feature new books, Library events and Book Club activities, as well as competitions, reading recommendations and book reviews.

You can connect with us @loretoballaratlibrary to see everything that’s going on and stay up to date with all Library events.

Happy Reading!

The Library Team



Career News

Ms Jodie Howlett (Careers Coordinator)
In this week's Career News:
  • Australian Defence Force Academy and Gap Year Program
  • The University of Melbourne VCE Summer School
  • La Trobe University Pathway Program
  • Teaching and Nursing
  • Free study skills subjects
  • Westpac Youth Impact Challenge
  • Employment opportunities
  • Pathways to university
  • Dates for your diary

Loreto Community Notices

Academic Award Sponsorship Opportunity

Although COVID has continued to challenge our graduating students this year, they have stood up to the challenge and we look forward to celebrating their academic achievements.

With a variety of subjects to sponsor for $100 each, your sponsorship can be in your personal or business name and may also be an award that aligns with a subject of your special interest.

If you are interested in supporting an academic award, you will give a Loreto student the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve. Your gift may go towards purchasing textbooks, university fees, living or travel costs.

Please contact us by emailing us at development@loreto.vic.edu.au if you wish to sponsor the 2021 Academic Awards.

Academic Awards 2021
Uniform Donations 

If any families have any spare uniforms that they no longer need could they please donate these to Carly at Student Reception.
This will support students in need and provide changes of clothes for sickbay.

New Pants Addition to Uniform
2022 Shoe Guide - The Athlete's Foot

Please click on the button below to download The Athlete's Foot 2022 Shoe Guide which includes shoes that meet the school uniform policy. Each time you buy a pair of shoes $5 is donated back to the school through their School Rewards program.

Athletes Foot
Faull's Shoes - Back to School Brochure 2022

Please click on the button below to download the Faull's Shoes Back to School brochure which features 20% off Clarks and Harrison school shoes.

Loreto College Policies

The College is in the process of updating and publishing a range of relevant policies and procedures. The policies most applicable to families are accessible on the Loreto website.

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Finance News

Conveyance Allowance 2021

The conveyance allowance is a form of financial assistance for parents/carers to transport children to and from school in rural and regional Victoria. Allowances are available for public transport, private car and private bus.

In some locations, students are unable to access free school buses. In these instances, students may receive a conveyance allowance to assist with travel costs.

Important Dates

Due to the unpredictability of the current COVID-19 situation, please keep an eye out on PAM, the Loreto College App, website and social media for any updates to scheduled events.

For the full Loreto Events Calendar please visit via the Loreto College Ballarat app or https://pam.loreto.vic.edu.au/Login/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

Thursday 25 November
  • Year 12 Graduation Celebration
Friday 26 November
  • Year 11 Final Day
Friday 3 December
  • Year 7 to 10 Final Day