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St Catherine's School, Sydney NSW

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We value integrity, resilience, respect, relationships and service to strengthen communities, build character and improve the wellbeing of all.

St Catherine's School, Sydney
26 Albion St
Sydney East
+61 2 8305 6200
We are an Anglican day and boarding girls' school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Our purpose is simple: to develop young women of character and intellect who are equipped to make their unique contribution to the world.
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Love school. Embrace life. Enrich the world.

St Catherine's School, Sydney NSW

Virtual Tour

We are hosting a Virtual Open  Morning Thursday 12 November 2020, please book here.

Virtually join our Headmistress, Dr Julie Townsend, to learn about St Catherine's approach to education. Then embark on a virtual tour to explore our campus and the opportunities that await your daughter. Our Headmistress and Head of Junior School, teachers, and students will give you a wonderful insight into life at St Catherine's in the informative Q&A.

Dr Julie Townsend
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Kindergarten
  • Junior School
  • Senior School
  • Anglican
K - Year 12
Gifted & Talented Program
BoardingBoarding Available
From Year 7
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Culture / Tradition
  • Educational Support
  • Faith / Religion
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Numeracy / Literacy
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values
  • Robotics
  • Science/Technology
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Sport
French, German, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin (Chinese), Spanish, Other Languages
  • Australian Rules Football
  • Alpine Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey (field)
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball

How will you shape the future?

Do you embrace life? What communities and experiences will you make yours? Do you feel empowered to make your mark in the world?

Girls just like you who are exploring these important questions can find their answers at St Catherine’s School. We are a dynamic and supportive day and boarding school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12. St Catherine’s offers you a broad, challenging and vibrant education designed to give you the capability and the determination to enrich the complex world you will inherit.

Our teachers embrace the latest educational research balancing clear instruction with deep engagement. They will help you learn in the way that is right for you and will challenge you to achieve your best. You will learn how to flourish at St Catherine’s and make the most of all our school can offer you.

We have a broad curriculum and a wide range of subjects along with strong mentorship to help you shape your dreams. Our Academic Care program is designed to develop your wellbeing by building positive emotions, a resilient mindset, academic tenacity and strong relationships. Ones you’ll have for life.

We welcome all backgrounds, faiths and abilities here at St Catherine’s. Extra programs in sport, music, performing arts and service education will help to broaden your horizons even further. When you leave school to go to university, or to travel or to start your first job, you can feel truly ready to live your life. You’ll be a St Catherine’s girl and that will be yours forever.

Learning at St Catherine's

We educate girls like yours who will shape our future world. 

Our teachers embrace the latest educational research balancing clear instruction with engagement. They help each girl to learn in the way that is right for her, giving her the academic rigour she needs and the tools she can use to flourish at school. When she leaves, we want her to be well educated, well rounded and well balanced – ready for further study, ready for life.

Academic Challenge

The foundation of learning at St Catherine’s is what we call Academic Challenge. We offer a broad, differentiated curriculum with a focus on meeting individual student needs, plus other forms of enrichment, extension and the opportunity for acceleration. 

Our teachers really get to know the students to gain a deep understanding of their talents and interests as well as areas that may need some work. We will help your daughter develop a resilient mindset and show her how to apply it to her learning. 

Academic Challenge is part of a learning philosophy that will help your daughter to become accomplished. She can then approach her final years at school with the confidence she will need to enter university and the career to which she aspires.

Academic Care

Our Academic Care program, founded on the principles of positive psychology, is designed to develop girls' wellbeing and help them flourish. The philosophy is based on evidence-based positive psychology,the  VIA character strengths? and the school values of integrity, resilience, respect, relationships, and service. 

We help develop girls' wellbeing by building

  • Positive emotions
  • A resilient mindset
  • Academic tenacity
  • Strong relationships 
We will help your daughter make the right subject choices that will reflect her learning style.

Curriculum Years 7 to 10
St Catherine's offers a wide range of elective subjects as your daughter moves from Years 7 to 10.

In Year 7 she will study
History/Latin (alternating semesters)
Chinese or French
Visual arts
Biblical studies

In Year 8 she selects two elective subjects and continues with these over Year 9.

In Year 10 she will add one more elective making three in addition to her core curriculum.

Elective subjects
English plus
Chinese or French
Japanese, Latin or Spanish
Visual arts
History (elective)
Design and technology
Food technology
Information and software technology

We will guide her as she makes her subject choices and encourage her to challenge herself.

Curriculum Years 11 and 12
Your daughter can choose from over 30 courses to prepare for the Higher School Certificate with many of those available at extension levels. Our teachers work closely with the senior girls ensuring their subject choices are the ones that will provide the best pathway to the post-school programs they wish to pursue.

Building a strong STEM culture at St Catherine's ensures we have young women entering the workforce with the kind of enquiring mindset vital for a world constantly calling for innovative and creative thinkers.
Music facilities include:
• Theatre
• Rehearsal rooms
• Practice studios
• Band room
• Computer lab and recording studio
Sports facilities include:
• Award-winning sports centre
• Indoor courts
• Cardio room
• Gymnasium

To develop initiative, confidence and teamwork St Catherine's girls are encouraged to participate in activities beyond the school day.

The Beyond the Curriculum (BTC) program at St Catherine's is a truly extensive and engaging array of artistic, cultural and sports activities to nourish your daughter's physical, intellectual and social abilities.

The holistic approach we take helps each girl reach her true potential and prepare for post-school experiences. She'll know how to take the initiative and be more driven for success in all her endeavours. In short, we'll help her become more confident and creative.

With Academic Challenge and Academic Care the twin pillars of our approach to education, St Catherine’s girls are encouraged to: 
Love school
Embrace life
Enrich the world

We only have 60 places in our boarding house and that's just the way we like it. We're one big international family living here at school.

Our boarders are from Asia Pacific and regional Australia which is a real blending of country friendliness and cultural diversity.

The girls have the best of Sydney at their doorstep:

  • Only 20 minutes from the airport by car
  • Bondi Junction bus and train interchange 10 minutes' walk
  • Buses right outside the school gates
  • A short stroll to our village shops, Charing Cross
  • Bronte or Bondi beaches one way, Centennial Parklands the other

At St Catherine's we use the Bible's guiding principles to help your daughter to grow in wisdom, character and knowledge regardless of her faith background. She does not have to be a Christian to feel she belongs here.

Being honest, fair-minded and acting in accordance with sound ethical principles.
Having the emotional strength to rebound from adversity with optimism for the future.
Treating others with consideration and dignity.
Feeling valued and able to value the contribution of others.
Considering the needs of others, with an attitude of compassion and generosity.

Gifted and talented

Some girls need extra challenges to get the most out of their education. Those identified as gifted will have an individual profile created which is shared with all her teachers. She will be provided with work that is tailored to challenge areas of strength, extension opportunities in specific subjects, or may be recommended for acceleration beyond her current year level. 

Girls have many opportunities to take part in enrichment activities including:

  • The da Vinci Decathlon
  • Future Problem Solving Program Australia
  • ISDA and Archdale debating
  • The Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition
  • Tournament of Minds
  • UN Youth Australia (The Evatt Competition and Voice NSW)
  • Write a Book in a Day

Learning support

Students are closely monitored from Kindergarten to make sure they are on track academically.

Girls will get the help they need for:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Curriculum subjects
  • Assessments
  • Study skills
  • Organisation
  • Exam preparation

English as another language

The English as Another Language (EAL) program is for girls whose primary language is not English. She will receive help with English to support her learning and have access to other specialist teachers across the curriculum.

Read our latest blogs:

Using augmented reality in the classroom is a blog written by our Director of STEM and Innovations about the science department who has been exploring different uses of augmented reality in the classroom.

Finding the words written by our Director of Positive Psychology focuses on how we need to broaden our language around our emotions. Social emotional literacy is the ability to recognise and express feelings – in yourself, and in others.

In It's a wonderful life our Headmistress Dr Julie Townsend ponders on what have we learned about our mental health and wellbeing during this crisis, and what do we want to take with us through the recovery?

SCHOLARSHIPS will open in November 2020. 

St Catherine's offers a variety of scholarships reflecting the academic and inclusive nature of our learning philosophies.

ACADEMIC Open to girls entering year 7 only.

ALL-ROUNDER Open to external applicants entering years 7 to 10.

MUSIC Open to all girls entering years 7 to 11.

COUNTRY BOARDING Open to girls from regional Australia entering years 7 to 11.

INDIGENOUS Open to Indigenous boarding and day students in conjunction with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), Go Foundation and the John Moriarty Scholarship.

FAITH PATTERSON SCHOLARSHIP Means-tested awarded every second year and covers half tuition fees for years 11 and 12.

JANE BARKER SCHOLARSHIP Open to daughters and grand-daughters of Old Girls, awarded every second year.



Professor Tamara Davis AM (1993) 

Tamara received the Order of Australia in the Queens Honour this year for significant service to astrophysical science, to education, and to young astronomers. 

Dani Young (2009) 

Country singer who was named a Golden Guitar finalist in 2017. The album of duets with Aboriginal singer Warren H Williams reached #2 on the ARIA Country Albums chart.

Gabi Simpson (2010)

Gabi received the Liz Ellis Diamond Award, one of the highest accolades an Australian netballer can receive. 

Tamina Pitt (2013)

Tamina left St Catherine’s in 2013 and has since been honoured for her contribution to indigenous culture.  A proud Meriam woman (Torres Strait) and Wuthathi women (Cape York), in 2018 she was awarded the NAIDOC Youth of the Year for her achievements in technology.

At school, Tamina was a self-confessed ‘tech geek’ and completed her HSC in 20xxx with an ATAR score of 95.75.  She has since gone on to study Computer Engineering at UNSW. Tamina has stated that her St Catherine’s teacher Dr Shantha Bose was a huge motivation for her to achieve such top results. 

“Ms Bose [still a St Cath’s teacher] is a Doctor [PhD of Mathematics]...and she just made me feel so inspired.”

Tamina has used her technology knowledge and expertise to help Indigenous people through a collaboration with non-profit organisation Indigitek.  She continues her advocacy work alongside her mother in social media, digital marketing and research and she has also completed two summer internships with Google and a cadetship with the ABC.

Amy Ridge (2014)

Amy has been selected in the Aussie Stinger squad for the next 12 months as the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics Games reaches one year to go. 

Mia Maric (2014) 

A recent graduate of UNSW, Mia was awarded the Pacific Aluminium prize for the best performance in AMTS3007 Materials Industry Management and the Australasian Corrosion Association Prize for the best performance in MATS4007 Engineered Surfaces to Resist Corrosion and Wear.

During 2017 Mia had the wonderful opportunity of participating in the North Carolina State University practicum exchange program, a 12-?week study program working in the field of computational simulations of materials. The program focused on the generation and analysis of simulations of amphiphilic DNA molecules furthering her learning about the fundamental principles of research.


Beyond the curriculum

Study is complemented by strong co-curricular programs in sport, music, performing arts, and service education. The range of experiences on offer at St Catherine’s provide many avenues for students to experience intellectual, emotional and social development.

Apart from specialised camp programs, students have opportunities to take up immersive cultural and language exchanges as well as music, history and service education trips to Europe, Asia and the South Pacific.

St Catherine’s has a whole-school approach to STEM literacy and enrichment with a robotics club and makerspace contributing to a culture of creativity, innovation and enquiry.

Have a look at what we like to call Beyond the Curriculum (BTC) at St Catherine's.

Senior School

Junior School

Getting to St Catherine's

St Catherine’s School is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs close to magnificent Centennial Park and the University of New South Wales. Some of Australia’s most famous beaches including Bondi and Bronte are a short walk or bus ride away.

We provide a subsidised private bus service for St Catherine’s students from Years 1 –  12 to our neighbouring suburbs and beyond.

For more information, please click here.

After just two terms, we have seen remarkable changes in our daughters motivation, organisational skills and academic achievements. A fantastic start supported by lovely, highly engaged staff.
Sonja Mickoski | June 2019 | Facebook review 

I attended Catherine’s from first class to year 12 and matriculated in 1985. St Catherine’s gave me an education second to none and enabled me to pursue my dreams of becoming a health care practitioner. I have been a Chiropractor for 28 years now earning my Masters in Chiropractic from Macquarie University in 1992. I have delivered over 50,000 treatments to date and will probably deliver another 30,000 before my retirement. Thank you St Catherine’s for my beautiful start in life and career. My heart is filled with gratitude.
Diane Kennedy | April 2019 | Facebook visitor post 

As a sport coach, I found the school and the students outstanding. Highly committed to academics and sport, and of course people of great character. I would highly recommend the school.
Luke Simpkins | April 2019 | Facebook review 

Was an international boarder for 6 yrs. Caring, supportive environment.
Anna Tinalli | April 2019 | Google review






Virtual Open Mornings 2020 

We would love to welcome you and your daughter to our school at one of our Open Mornings to get a feel for the way we approach education.

Thursday 12 November 2020 

Please visit our website to book.


If you are interested in employment opportunities at our school please visit the following page:

St Catherine's technology is helping hospitals deal with the COVID-19 crisis. 

St Catherine's has registered our capabilities with a 3D manufacturing company who are looking to crowd-source to boost their production of vital medical equipment. You can read the full article from the ABC here.

The image in the heading is the first of many face shield components 3D printed by St Catherine's. The components will be shipped, processed and sent to hospitals and front-line medical workers wherever there is demand. While the word 'unprecedented' has been used a lot lately, dealing with new and deadly diseases spreading throughout society is actually as old as humanity. What is unprecedented is just how quickly technology is able to help us cope with it.

Mr Rene Mercer
Director of Stem and  Innovation 


Have a look at our COVID-19 news website with fun and free activities curated for parents and students, wellbeing tips and much more.

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