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Ms. Suzette Truter-Head Of School


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

For the Greater Glory of God




When I read the following prayer from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, I think that this is what all teachers should strive for: “Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly that our lives may only be a radiance of yours. Shine through us and be so in us that every soul that we come in contact with, may feel your presence in our soul. Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus. Stay with us and then we shall begin to shine as you shine, so as to be light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be ours. It will be you shining on others through us. Let us thus praise you in the way you love best by shining on those around us. Let us preach you without preaching, not by words, but by our example; by catching force-the sympathetic influence of what we do, the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear of you.”


My wish as the Principal of Loreto Convent School is for all staff members of Loreto Convent School to strive for the achievement of what this prayer is emphasizing. As a serving leader, I strongly believe in setting the example. As school community, through leading by example, we strive to mould learners to become model citizens of who we can be proud. Each learner should acknowledge that he or she is capable of so much more than he or she is aware of. Our Foundress, Mary Ward’s words in the 16th century:” Women in time to come, will do much” and “If you show service to anyone, do so willingly” are inspirational for the Loreto Convent School community.


Loreto Convent School is a gem in the heart of the city, with excellent matric results for nearly three decades. The school instils morals and values in all learners, which our beloved country so desperately needs at this time. The school provides a safe environment for all learners. Loreto Convent School, as a convent focuses on girls in a single-sex environment in our senior phases.  Our mission is to equip every child, that crosses our path, with knowledge and skills to overcome gender-based challenges. Through the purposeful education of girls in a single-sex environment, girls are more likely to:

  • achieve higher academic outcomes

  • develop the skills to critically evaluate gender stereotypes and inequality

  • develop a greater understanding of leadership

  • develop a stronger sense of identity, voice, and confidence

  • be more competitive

Our Vision & Mission Statement
Independent Catholic School
Founded 1878  


Our Vision
Learning and Leading in Love and Justice


Our Mission Statement
As the educating family of Loreto Convent School, Nana Sita Street, it is our aim to establish a Christian Community,based on Gospel values and the Loreto Tradition, in which the potential of each person will be fully developed. We will strive to do this by evangelization, example, prayer, responsible discipline and unconditional acceptance of one another. By setting high educational and moral standards, we aim to produce well educated, mature, self disciplined citizens who will serve their own community and their country.
Mary Ward Loreto Convent School
Mary Ward

Mary Ward was inspired by the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola (now often referred to as "Ignatian spirituality"). She had a vision for a different, new and modern mode of religious life for women. She envisioned women living a life in companionship and discernment, inspired by the Gospel and engaging with the world without the constraints of the traditional cloister, nor an established 'rule' placing them under the governance of the local bishop. She also believed that women were equal to men in intellect and should be educated accordingly. The circumstances of the time and the widespread suspicion of Jesuits did not allow her to succeed with the foundation of a religious institute according to her vision. Indeed, although the Institute experienced significant success after its foundation in 1609, it was suppressed in 1630, a situation which lasted nine years, when the Institute revived somewhat. However, it was not until 1703 that, what is termed the Second Institute, received papal approval for its rule from the then-pope Clement IX and canonical recognition as a religious institute by Pope Pius IX in 1877.
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