Established in 1896, our reputation as a leader in girls’ education, for well over a century, is based on our readiness to embrace innovation. Our goals are in keeping with our founders’ original aim to prepare students for life; not only through education but also empowering girls to take ownership of their learning through active participation and engagement in School academic and co-curricular programs.
St Catherine’s School accepts girls from Prep to Year 12 and is centrally located in Toorak, Melbourne, Australia. We also welcome three and four year old girls and boys into our Early Learning Centre.
- Early Learning
Guided by the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, the Early Learning Centre (ELC) provides an exceptional educational experience for each child.
Our highly qualified and professional educators create a vibrant learning environment that offers every child the best possible start to their schooling years. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the rich educational environment at St Catherine’s encourages children to wonder, to imagine, to explore, to investigate, to create and to belong. Enjoying the play-based activities crafted and interwoven through each day enables every child to flourish and every child to love learning.
- Junior School
Our Junior School empowers and nurtures children through their formative years providing a learning environment enriched with experiences, opportunities and an atmosphere of individual care and attention.
- Senior School
Our comprehensive Senior School curriculum provides student with a diverse subject choice and encourages collaborative and individual learning.
Our students are prepared for their futures with a strong focus on the skills required in the 21st Century including problem solving, communication, negotiation, presentation, planning and research skills.
With expert coaching available, many of our students are outstanding sportswoman and excel within their individual sporting pursuits. We are privileged to have nurtured numerous elite athletes who have represented Australia.
Our extensive classroom Music curriculum and thriving instrumental program provide students with an exciting range of opportunities to learn and build upon their musical skills through both individual and ensemble performances. Scholarships based on musical ability are awarded each year.
- Educational Travel
Opportunities to travel with School instil greater cultural understanding and broader perspectives and personal awareness.
We offer : Language Exchanges/Cultural Exchanges/Australian Exchanges/Study Tours/Expeditions
The Debating and Public Speaking program is one of St Catherine’s most popular co-curricular offerings with over 100 girls involved each year.
- Writers & Arts Club
We believe the Visual Arts are a vehicle for self-expression, as well as a foundation for creative thinking and later career options. Works produced by girls of all ages are displayed throughout the School and in the community, reflecting our commitment to creativity and artistic appreciation within St Catherine’s. Many of St Catherine’s Old Girls have pursued successful careers as artists.
- Outdoor Education
St Catherine’s School provides students a wide range of opportunities to extend their learning, knowledge and confidence through interstate and overseas travel.
- St Catherine’s Swimming Club
Along with our competitive Swimming club, St Catherine’s Aquatic, we also provide activities including Squad Swimming, Learn To Swim, Water Polo, and Adult Swim Classes. Physical Education classes operating throughout the day also take advantage of opportunities such as Diving, Underwater Hockey and Life Saving Skills.