Loreto Schools aim to form young people of faith, of truth, of sincerity, seeking justice and freedom, in joyful service for the greater glory of God.
Loreto College Foxrock was established in 1941, as a private girl’s school, educating children age 3 - 18. Culturally in Ireland much has evolved and changed in the past seventy-five years nevertheless some core principals are constant; our philosophy centres on these same founding values:
The Catholic tradition of education involves no diminution or distortion of the Aims of Education. Instead, it gives to the wholeness, truth, respect, justice and freedom pursued in education a new depth, a richer possibility, a fuller understanding. These elements would find an echo in the hearts of many parents, teachers, members of our community and schools of many different structures and religious affiliations.
Loreto College Foxrock in the Mary Ward tradition… ‘seeks truth……loves what is good……… strives for excellence’ Teresa Ball IBVM
MARY WARD VALUES
In 1615, IBVM* (Loreto) foundress, Mary Ward, identified the foundational Gospel values which she saw as ‘altogether needful for those who should well discharge the duties of the Institute’.
JUSTICE, FREEDOM, TRUTH, SINCERITY, JOY
These principles are known as ‘Mary Ward Values’ to Loreto teachers and students. The adults within the school community carry a particular responsibility for upholding and nurturing these values which should inform the characteristic spirit in Loreto Foxrock.
CONTINUING THE JOURNEY
*IBVM Venerable Mary Ward (1585 – 1645) founded the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) in 1609 to provide education in the faith and in the liberal arts for Catholic girls then denied access to schools. This tradition is now represented by IBVM and Loreto Schools across 24 countries worldwide.
Over 30,000 students have graduated from Loreto Foxrock College. In 2017, we recognised the achievements of all those who nurtured these seventy-five years of educational excellence and development of our students. Our graduates are well prepared to take their place in contemporary society, motivated by selfless generosity and aware of how fully they can contribute to the common good. Our alumni include lawyers, medical professionals, mothers, fathers (Junior boys in school from 1941 – c.1968) teachers, financiers, artists, authors and poets.
‘Women in time will come to do much’ foundress Mary Ward IBVM