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17 Heyington Place
Melbourne Metro
03 9822 1285
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Non-denominational, Christian
Christian (Non-denominational)
Primary School, Secondary School
ELC - Year 12
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  • Academic Achievement
  • Personal Values
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Resources / Facilites
  • Community
  • Information Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages
  • Sport
  • Music
  • Tertiary Pathways
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Educational Support
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Performing Arts

In a Snapshot
•    A progressive and innovative approach to education;
•    Outstanding VCE results;
•    Comprehensive educational extension and support programs;
•    A non-denominational Christian school with strong values;
•    Inclusive size allowing for greater opportunities;
•    Focused on achieving the personal and academic best of each individual student;
•    Close community with approximately 700 students;
•    Situated close to the city, in picturesque surrounds.


Outstanding VCE Results

Whilst our students are enjoying creative and active school days, we never lose sight of the importance of academic achievement. The past five years nearly 8% of our Year 12 students have achieved an ATAR/ENTER of above 99, nearly 31% have achieved an ATAR/ENTER of above 95 and 53% have achieved above 90. Compared with a State average of 20%, approximately 77% of our students achieve an ATAR/ENTER of 80 or higher (average St Catherine’s School VCE results, 2006-2010).


Inclusive size, greater opportunities

Our extensive range of subjects and activities are comparable with many larger schools and yet our size means that nobody is overlooked. Our inclusive classes enable teachers to know your daughter personally and help her to identify her talents, abilities and develop her learning style. Across all levels, our teachers encourage students to develop critical, creative and higher order thinking, preparing them for the rapidly changing world. St Catherine’s offers a broad range of VCE subjects, university enhancement and VET programs, giving every girl the opportunity to succeed.


Special Features

Reggio Emilia philosophy in the Early Learning Centre, St Catherine’s Model in the Junior School, Leading Extension and Support program, Independent Learning Classes, ESL, St Catherine’s Leadership Diploma, Beyond Boundaries Outdoor Education Program. Extensive co-curricular program including various sports, music and performing arts, debating, environment, student committees and community service opportunities.


Meet our Inspirational Leader

Mrs Michelle Carroll MEd, BEd, GradDipHlth, MACEL, AFAIM

As the Principal of St Catherine’s School, Mrs Carroll has based her educational philosophyon the belief that young women will emerge from their School years with a strong sense of values, underpinned by integrity, wisdom, persistence and empathy.


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Principal's Message

At the heart of our engaged, dynamic and inclusive community, St Catherine’s School nurtures young women, to be bold and creative, independent and resilient, and who are intellectually and spiritually prepared to contribute to a greater good and an enriching life both within and beyond School.

As Principal, I am often asked to describe the essence of St Catherine’s School. Most noteworthy are the authentic learning experiences and quality of teaching provided by our professional and dedicated staff. Their expertise and warmth ensures the provision of a stimulating, tailored and future-focused education, for which St Catherine’s is internationally renowned defining the School as a leader in girls’ wellbeing and academic achievement.

Established in 1896, our reputation as a leader in girls’ education, for well over a century, is based on our readiness to embrace innovation. Our goals are in keeping with our founders’ original aim to prepare students for life; not only through education but also empowering girls to take ownership of their learning through active participation and engagement in School academic and co-curricular programs.

St Catherine’s School accepts girls from Prep to Year 12 and is centrally located in Toorak, Melbourne, Australia. We also welcome three and four year old girls and boys into our Early Learning Centre.

As a non-denominational Christian school, with boarding for rural and international girls, ourcommunity of students, staff, families and past students is actively involved in the life of the School.

To know and value each of our students St Catherine’s maintains small year levels and class numbers. Our size, along with our one campus advantage ensures all our students – from our youngest in Early Learning Centre to our VCE students – learn in one central and encouraging community.

We enjoy a reputation for academic excellence, a supportive community, an outstanding co-curricular program, exceptional teachers, fine facilities and established alumnae networks and yet we believe our greatest achievement is the quality of character which students of St Catherine’s exhibit.

When your daughter joins St Catherine’s she will tread the same floorboards as generations of remarkable women before her. Like them, she will discover her own path to a meaningful career and a full and relevant life.

Please take the time to browse our website and I encourage you to visit our School.

Please contact our Registrar to organise an appointment to view the grounds or book for an Open Morning. I look forward to meeting your family.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Michelle Carroll


About Us

Situated on one campus in Melbourne’s inner south-east, our School’s historic buildings and modern refurbishments create a magnificent blend of the past with the present.

With plenty of open space, technology labs, playing fields, state-of-the-art sports and aquatic centre, our students enjoy a beautiful and comfortable learning environment.
St Catherine’s is a vibrant, close-knit community where students, teachers and parents share in the process of learning. Our relatively small size has many advantages for students, particularly the way in which each girl is recognised and valued based on individual skills and interests. Our pathways from Early Learning to Junior School then on to Senior School, ensure a successful transition through to the senior years of education.

The physical, emotional and social wellbeing of our students is at the forefront of all that we do at St Catherine’s. Our integrated approach to wellbeing ensures students build on their self-confidence, resilience, empathy and integrity under the watchful guidance of our highly qualified staff.

Our whole of School program, weThrive: Wellbeing@St Catherine’s provides a vibrant and holistic approach to wellbeing for all our students from our Early Learning Centre up to Year 12.

Our Student Leadership, Community Service and Leadership Diploma initiatives also provide opportunities for our students to realise their personal leadership potential, reach out to their local communities and contribute to our wider School community.

At St Catherine’s it is not just the best or most proficient who participate. Every girl is involved, and it is our team spirit, dedication and inspiring teaching that sees our students consistently rise to outstanding results.

All our students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the array of co-curricular activities on offer, from educational travel, Debating, Writers and Art Club to Sport, St Catherine’s Aquatic Swimming Club, outdoor education and our wide selection of Music performance groups.

Boarding at St Catherine’s School gives girls the opportunity to achieve a balanced education in a safe and comfortable living environment. We talk of our Boarding House, Illawarra, as a home because this is the atmosphere we strive to achieve; a place where our students feel supported academically, socially and emotionally.

The National Trust listed Boarding House, Illawarra, combines the wonderful charm and design features of a 19th Century mansion with the technological needs of the modern generation. Our boarders’ bedrooms have great character, each containing a fireplace, personal wardrobe with lockable draw, pinboard, chest of drawers and access to wireless internet. Illawarra also has a number of large rooms, including a Prep Room, Dining Room and two Lounge Rooms, allowing our students individual space outside of their bedrooms. 

At St Catherine’s School each boarder is an individual and one of the key tasks of our boarding staff is to understand the particular needs of each boarder. Chosen for their caring attitudes and warm personalities, our boarding staff are involved in the daily pastoral care of our boarders and play a key role in supporting their academic progress. 

The beginning of each school year brings its own challenges and whether you have arrived from a different country or moved from a rural area, boarding is a new experience for everyone. At St Catherine’s, orientation activities are organised to enable all boarders to get to know each other and they are encouraged to involve themselves in all aspects of the co-curricular life of the School. When girls return to Illawarra after school, year levels are forgotten because they are all just part of the St Catherine’s boarding family.

Transport Options

Public transport to and from School is easy with a five minute walk to either tram or train services and eight minute walk to the closest bus stop (Toorak Road). The Number 8 tram runs along Toorak Road which intersects with Heyington Place, and at the other end of the street the train station (Heyington, part of the Glen Waverly line) is five minute walk in the opposite direction.


We welcome applications from students not yet attending St Catherine’s as well as current students. In order to apply, students must be entering at Years 5 to 11.

  • General Excellence Scholarships: For entry into Years 5–11
  • Music Scholarships: For entry into Years 5–9
  • Boarding Scholarships: For entry into Years 7–11

For further enquiries on Scholarships please contact our Admissions Office.

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