Meet our Principal

Dr Susan Stevens

Dr Susan Stevens, PhD, MEd(EdAdmin), MMus, AMusA, GradDip(AdolHeal&Welf), GDipTheol, FACE, MACEA, MAICD, is Principal of Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, and is a truly accomplished woman in her own right.

While completing her Music Degree at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, Dr Stevens was the recipient of numerous academic distinctions, including being twice awarded the prestigious Ormond Exhibition for Academic Excellence, and twice awarded the Una Bourne Pianoforte Scholarship for outstanding practical performance.

She began her teaching career with the Victorian Department of Education, later transferring to the Catholic Schools Sector.

Dr Stevens worked for a number of years with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in various capacities. During her time, she has been Chairperson and Chief Assessor for Music Styles; Assistant Chief Assessor for Music Performance and Solo and Music Performance. She has also served as a committee member on the Loreto Schools Advisory Committee, and held the position of Chair of the national Loreto Committee.

Dr Stevens also contributes to a number of outside groups and committees. She is a member of the Curriculum Committee of the PAVCSS (Catholic Principal's Association), the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) Website Committee, the Invergowrie Grants Committee, and is Deputy President and Director on the Board of Directors of the Invergowrie Foundation. Dr Stevens has held the position of chairperson of the Mary Ward International Advisory Committee for Grants Allocation, and is currently a Director of the Board of Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA).

Furthermore, she has also been President of (GSV) for seven years, as well as serving as a Director on the board of Mt St Joseph's Girls' School in Altona West.

In 2014 Dr Stevens was re-appointed for a five year term as Principal of Loreto Toorak. She frequently speaks as a guest speaker at National and International conferences and is a qualified member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As the mother of four children, Dr Stevens spent many years as an active member of the Parish of St Dominic’s Camberwell.

Leadership Team

Dr Susan Stevens heads the Leadership Team of the School, comprising:

Deputy Principal: Ms Angela ODwyer

M. Ed (Management), GDipEd, B.A.

Director of Studies: Ms Sam Jensen
B.A.(Hons), M.Teaching, Cert IV TAA

Director of Rathfarnham: Mrs Catherine Maimone Crowhurst
M.Ed (Mathematics), B.Arts, B.Teaching, Grad.Cert.(Early Numeracy)

Director of Mission: Michelle McCarty
B.A., GDipEd, GCertRE, GDipEdStuds(StudWelf), MEd

Director of Wellbeing: Ms Rhiannon McGee
B.A, Grad.Dip.Ed., M.E.(Student Wellbeing). Prof.Cert.Ed (Positive Education).

Director of School Operations: Seamus Scorgie
B.Sc, B.A (Hon), MA, Dip Ed., M.Ed (Ed Man)

The School is owned by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) often known as the Loreto Sisters, and governed by a School Board established in 1992, with members appointed by the Institute. Mr Gerard Dalbosco is the current Chair of the Board.