Educating generations of regional girls

A SENSE OF BELONGING: Bella (pictured left) and Nathalie have formed strong friendships through boarding at Loreto Normanhurst.
A SENSE OF BELONGING: Bella (pictured left) and Nathalie have formed strong friendships through boarding at Loreto Normanhurst.

Boarding has been integral to Loreto Normanhurst's identity since it was founded in 1897.

Indeed, the boarding school sits in the middle of the campus.

"It's part of the whole fabric of the school," the school's director of boarding Kate Kovacs says.

"We're here 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

About 85 per cent of Loreto Normanhurst boarders come from regional and rural Australia.

"Many parents from regional towns choose Loreto Normanhurst for their daughters because they are looking for more subject options," Mrs Kovacs says.

"They're also looking at the opportunity for a wide variety of extra-curricular options, and because Loreto Normanhurst is a bigger school, you've got a much bigger choice.

"For these students, moving to Sydney is also a cultural experience and a dedicated years 7 and 8 recreation program encourages their confidence in navigating the city."

The benefits of boarding range from easy access to facilities, to quality healthcare, to increasing self-confidence and expanding students' world views.

"The sense of belonging is critical ... It's about feeling connected, not just with your immediate peers, but across age groups. When these girls leave school, they've got great friends and great connections," Mrs Kovacs says.

Bella is from Dunedoo and has boarded at Loreto Normanhurst since year 7.

"I love being part of such a strong community," Bella says.

"The girls I live with are like sisters to me and I have formed friendships I will cherish for a lifetime."

Loreto Normanhurst is committed to providing an holistic education for girls in regional, rural and remote areas. Boarding scholarships-bursaries for girls in years 7-10 2021 and 2022 are now available.

Applications for 2021 close on October 30 October. Apply via the website loretonh.nsw.edu.au

You can join the school online for a live and exclusive principal's welcome tour on October 26 and November 23. Register at loretonh.nsw.edu.au.

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