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St Catherine's School, Sydney NSW

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St Catherine's School, Sydney
26 Albion St
Waverley
New South Wales
2024
Australia's oldest independent Anglican girls' school with a dynamic and supportive community in a beautiful location. Our purpose is to develop young women of character and intellect who have the capability and the determination to enrich their world.
Sydney East
+61 2 8305 6200
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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 NSW

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K - Year 12
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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.

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.

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 Martin Seligman's PERMA model, VIA character strengths? and studies in grit and resilience.

We help develop girls' wellbeing by building

  • Positive emotions
  • A resilient mindset
  • Academic tenacity
  • Strong relationships 
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
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
English
Mathematics
Science
History/Latin (alternating semesters)
Chinese or French
Music
Technology
Visual arts
PDHPE
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
Music
Visual arts
History (elective)
Commerce
Design and technology
Food technology
Information and software technology
Drama

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.

Engineering Studies is a recent addition to our curriculum. 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.

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.

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

Our director of positive psychology, Daisy Turnbull Brown, promotes the value of actually talking over texting.

Our director of ICT, Rathika Suresh, explains why preparing for a career that will take many twists and turns over a working lifetime is the new normal.

In HeadLines, our Head of Junior School, Mrs Elizabeth Worsley, reminds us how important it is to let our children play. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison.

If the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human right, how is it that women’s happiness is declining? In HeadLines,  Dr Julie Townsend shares some thoughts on why and what we can do about it.

Catch up with Dr Townsend’s comments about ‘concierge’ parents published in the Sun Herald. 

Next time you hear the fateful words “I’m bored!” you’ll know exactly what to say. Read our latest blog.

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 conjunciton 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 year 11 and 12.

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

Important dates

Indigenous scholarships are open for applications.

The Jane Barker Scholarship will open in November 2019 for a place in 2021.

Other scholarships will open for applications in November 2019.

 

 
 

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.

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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