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St Catherine's School, Sydney NSW

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St Catherine's School, Sydney
26 Albion St
New South Wales
Australia's oldest independent Anglican girls' school with a dynamic and supportive community in a beautiful location. We aim 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.

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

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 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 welcome all backgrounds, faiths and abilities, acknowledging that diversity enriches our community.

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. 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 Academic Care program, founded on the principles of positive psychology, is designed to develop girls' wellbeing by building positive emotions, a resilient mindset, academic tenacity and strong relationships.

While at St Catherine’s your daughter’s study is complemented by strong cocurricular programs in sport, music, performing arts and service education. When she leaves St Catherine’s we want her to be well educated, well rounded and well balanced – ready for further study, ready for life.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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.

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.



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

All girls have special qualities but we know some are already achieving at high academic levels or have a serious talent for performance, sport or music.  If your daughter is one of these girls, St Catherine's offers a broad range of scholarships which could allow her to develop her talent further while enjoying all our school has to offer. If you are from regional or Indigenous Australia, or descended from an Old Girl of the school, we have something for you too.


Open to girls entering Year 7 only.


Open to external applicants entering Years 7 to 10.


Open to all girls entering Years 7 to 11.


Open to girls from regional Australia entering Years 7 to 11.


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


This means-tested scholarship will be awarded every second year and covers 50% of tuition fees for Years 11 and 12.  The Faith Patterson Scholarship will open in November 2020 for a place in 2022.


Open to daughters or grand-daughters of Old Girls, awarded every second year.

All the details

Please read this important information if you are considering applying for a scholarship for your daughter.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to St Catherine's.

Apply for a scholarship here

Important dates

Scholarship applications open: Monday 26 November 2018
Scholarship applications close: Friday 01 March 2019 
Examination date: Saturday 09 March 2019

Music scholarship applications open: Monday 26 November 2018
Music scholarship applications close: Friday 15 February 2019 
Music scholarship auditions: Sunday 3 March 2019 
Music examination date: Saturday 9 March 2019

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


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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.

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St Catherine's School, Sydney NSW


Waverley,New South Wales
+61 2 8305 6200
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