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St Catherine's School, Waverley
26 Albion St
New South Wales
Australia's oldest independent Anglican girls' school is a dynamic and supportive community in a beautiful location. It aims to develop young women of character and intellect who are equipped to make their unique contribution to the 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 others’ and our own well-being.

Upcoming Events

St Catherine's School Open Morning Thu May 24 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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St Catherine's Indigenous boarding scholarships Fri Jun 22 @ 5:00PM -
[31 Days to go]

St Catherine's School Open Morning Wed Aug 01 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
[71 Days to go]

St Catherine's School Open Morning Thu Nov 15 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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Dr Julie Townsend
Primary School, Secondary School
K - Year 12

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 161 years old. That’s 161 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.


French, Japanese, Latin, Spanish


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.

About Us

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
Mid 2017 construction of an integrated complex comprising of
• Aquatics centre (two pools)
• Performing arts auditorium (orchestra pit, fly-tower, green room)
• Research centre (fully integrated, interactive, collaborative space)
During Year 7 students study English, mathematics, science, history, technology, visual arts, PDHPE, Biblical studies, French or Chinese, Latin and music. Japanese and Spanish are available from Year 8 and further electives from Year 9 including drama, design & technology and commerce. In Years 11 and 12, students choose from a wider range of subjects to prepare for the Higher School Certificate and many are available at extension levels.
Our Learning Enrichment team support our gifted and talented students and those students requiring extra academic support.

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

The core virtues of the School are integrity, respect, courage and service and we recognise the importance of resilience and interdependence toward a fulfilled and purposeful life. Our staff strive to model and encourage these attributes in our students.


2019 Indigenous scholarships are now open 

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Feature Story

Dr Julie Townsend welcomes the return to favour of ‘explicit instruction as a highly successful teaching method

Explicit instruction is a teaching method whereby the teacher tells students what to do and shows them how to do it. Over the past few decades there has been a move away from explicit instruction, which has been derided by some as outdated 'chalk and talk'. Advocates of the constructivist teaching method argue that the teacher should be the more modern 'guide at the side' rather than the traditional 'sage on the stage'. But, thank goodness, the tables are turning.


Transport Options

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.

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St Catherine's School, Waverley NSW

26 Albion St 
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