We value integrity, resilience, respect, relationships and service to strengthen communities, build character and improve others’ and our own well-being.
Do you love school? Are you interested and involved in the world around you? Would you like to make your mark in the world?
St Catherine’s School is over 160 years old. That’s over160 years of educating and caring for girls like you. Girls who value integrity, are honest and fair-minded and aspire to greatness.
We have seen many girls like you come through our gates in Waverley, Sydney. You demonstrate compassion, kindness and generosity to those around you. You show integrity, you are resilient (or would like to be) and are curious about how a Christian tradition might help you uphold your own values. You may be really interested in science or music or have a passion for drama or a desire to perform. You may love sport and playing in a team or strive to improve your personal best. Do you help out in your community to make it a better place? Do you get lost in whatever you’re reading? Are you eager to learn another language? Would you like to speak up? Speak out?
If you recognise yourself in just a few of these qualities, you are already a St Catherine’s girl at heart and we would love to welcome you to our school.
St Catherine’s School is a dynamic and supportive day and boarding school for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12. We offer a broad, challenging and vibrant education designed to unlock the unique potential of every girl. We are Australia’s oldest independent Anglican girls’ school and one of the most forward thinking. As a non-selective school our girls achieve at high academic levels.
Our goal is to develop young women of character and intellect who are equipped to make their unique contribution to the world. A combination of research-based practice, excellent facilities and integration of the principles of positive psychology enable our dedicated teachers to support your learning path. While respecting the different strengths of all our girls, we foster the development of each of you as an individual. This makes St Catherine’s a diverse and enriching place to learn and grow. Our girls build a network of valuable relationships which will support you through your studies both emotionally and intellectually, and into the future.
While at St Catherine’s your study is complemented by strong cocurricular programs in sport, music, performing arts and service education. We have a Christian tradition but welcome and value all faiths and abilities. The core virtues of the St Catherine’s are integrity, resilience, respect, relationships and service.
All our girls are encouraged to embrace challenge, value each other and to LOVE SCHOOL.
Come and join us.
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.
To nurture each girl through her school journey we provide a broad, challenging and vibrant education that unlocks and develops her potential in all areas of school life. That includes the development of skills beyond the classroom that help our girls to grow into balanced and well-rounded individuals.
We run extensive co-curricular programs in sport, music and service education. They nurture creative, physical and social abilities and talents, allowing every girl to reach her potential and develop in discipline, confidence and teamwork.
St Catherine’s boarding house is a home away from home where respect for others, integrity, trust and responsibility are nurtured. The boarding community is a wonderful mix of girls from country NSW and the Asia Pacific region. Each girl is cared for by staff who love working with young people and are highly qualified in residential care.
Girls are encouraged to consider their own response to the Christian message and uphold the values of our Christian tradition
St Cath's teacher Sam Clare is a top volunteer
It is National Volunteer Week and the Salvation Army has commended Ms Samantha Clare, a mathematics teacher here at school?, as one of its top volunteers.
Samantha, along with students from St Catherine's, have been compelled to bring hope to those who are struggling. Nina, a regular at Sydney Streetlevel Mission has been on the receiving end of that kindness.
Nina would always wear a big heavy coat to keep all her belongings safe. But during the warm summer months, it was unbearable for her to wear. The team at Streetlevel would often have to help Nina cool down when she would turn up at the centre with heat exhaustion.
Samantha and some St Catherine's students were volunteering at the service and noticed Nina's need for a 'summer' alternative. Within 24 hours, Samantha and her students had created a special vest for Nina. Knowing how much of a Bon Jovi fan Nina was, they even added some special detailing on the back.
"I loved the chance to use my sewing skills to make Nina a jacket. I tried to be as creative as possible to include her favourite band Bon Jovi," said Samantha. "We thoroughly enjoyed giving back to the community by volunteering at Streetlevel. Volunteering improves other people's lives and gives our St Catherine's girls the opportunity to consider the needs of others before their own and gives them time to build connections with the wider community. Volunteering is good for your health and wellbeing."
Service is one of the core values at St Cath's and at the end of May over 200 girls were door-knocking as part of the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal in the Bondi/Waverley area.
St Catherine’s is committed to reducing traffic congestion around the School and providing safe and reliable, environmentally friendly travel alternatives for students. With the support of Waverley Council, bus services provide a convenient mode of transport to and from School and encourages independence and relationship building among the girls.
We provide subsidised private bus services to all St Catherine's students. Four bus routes are available.
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