Our family has had a very long association with the Loreto community. My wife Meg Morrison, and her sister Marie Morrison attended Loreto Kirribilli from Kindergarten to Year 12, and their five brothers all attended the junior school. For the last six years, our daughter, Alexa, has been continuing the family tradition. Loreto’s commitment to high quality education is a cornerstone of the organisation. However, this is only the beginning as this education is amplified by the community’s commitment to social justice through the empowerment of women.
We turn left in our taxi, away from the noisy, organised chaos of the main road. Along with our vehicle, motorbikes with entire families on the back squeak down the narrow street, brushing past school kids making their way home weighed down with backpacks. We pull up outside a tall gate, open just far enough for us to see a familiar smiling face; it is Loreto Sister Hoa, ‘House Mother’ and host for our visit.
Founder of the Loreto Sisters, Mary Ward, was a visionary woman born in England over 400 years ago. She believed that girls should be educated and women empowered. In an era when education was unavailable to girls, Mary Ward offered young women an opportunity to open their minds – encouraging them to seek truth and do justice.