House Groups

Each student belongs to one of four Houses - Barry, Mornane, Mulhall or Ward. School sport, Arts festivals, fundraising and many other activities are organised through this House system. Each of the Houses is named after a Loreto sister of significance.

Through our House system, we strive to show respect for one another and treat one another with dignity, so that each student has a confident sense of self-worth and a willingness to take initiative, accept responsibility and exercise leadership.

A crucial element of pastoral care is using ‘fun' to help students develop a sense of connectedness and belonging. Research has highlighted how important connectedness is to adolescents and feelings of self-worth. Loreto College uses a House System to provide opportunities for students to have fun and feel nurtured as members of the Loreto community. This reinforces a sense of belonging through a range of activities, including House Choirs, sporting carnivals and casual days, and provides students with leadership opportunities.

House Group Heritage

M Gonzaga Barry at deskBarry House

Mother Gonzaga Barry

Mother Gonzaga Barry led the first group of Irish Loreto sisters to Australia in 1875. She began the first Loreto school in Australia here in Ballarat and she went on to establish other schools in other states of the country.

Please refer to information on Mother Gonzaga Barry (pdf)



Mornane, Anastasia at 18 years

Mornane House

Mother Stanislaus Mornane

Mother Stanislaus Mornane was the first Australian ex-student to be join the Loreto Order. She taught and worked mainly in Sydney and is buried at Loreto Normanhurst.




P563 M Stanislaus Mulhall

Mulhall House

Mother Stanislaus Mulhall

Mother Stanislaus Mulhall arrived in Australia in 1897 and taught at Mary’s mount, establishing an orchestra here. She went on to become the leader of the Australian Loreto sisters.

Please refer to information on Mother Stanislaus Mulhall (pdf)





Mary Ward Augsburg Portrait

Ward House

Mary Ward

Mary Ward is the founder of the IBVM. Born in England in 1585, she started many schools in Europe and England.

Please refer to information on Mary Ward (pdf)