​Discover more about St Catherine’s from four of our current students.

Ana Safiya

Ana-Safiya Barmare

Year 3

What do you like most about School?
My friends. I am always excited to come to School to see them. I also love Mathematics and practice my division and multiplication at home. I also love writing stories in English to present to the class.

What are your favourite things to do away from School?
Tennis! I have been playing since I was three years old. My favourite game to play at Tennis is called skeleton. If you hit the tennis ball in the correct place you are safe but if the ball goes in the wrong section of the court you lose points which are called sick, hospital, dying, dead, skeleton and zombie!

Do you play any musical instruments?
Yes. I play the cello and the piano. The cello is my favourite because it is very different and not many people choose to play it – you can play it different ways as well by drumming the body, plucking the strings and using the bow.

What would you like to be when you grow up?
I want to be a Tennis player and compete at the Australian Open. All my St Catherine’s friends could come and watch me play and hold up big posters with my name on it. I also want to work for NASA and build rockets and help discover new planets.

What have you enjoyed the most so far this year?
The Twilight Picnic at the start of the year was so much fun. Eating ice-creams and playing with my friends was great. I have also really enjoyed Art, especially the Music bag that we made by sewing felt designs on to the bag, we use the bag to hold our recorders. I have also loved doing Gymnastics.

What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl?
Happiness. All the girls at St Catherine’s are polite and kind and the teachers are always helpful. They help me if I cannot understand things.

What are some of the things you are most looking forward to in Year 4 in 2016?
I am looking forward to a new classroom and teacher. I have heard there are so many things that you do in Year 4 that you cannot do in Year 3 – I am looking forward to these surprises!

Clementine Sitch

Clementine Sitch

Year 5

What do you like most about School?
I have the funniest teacher in the School! Mr Hughes always teaches our class in a fun way and my day is never slow.

What are your favourite things to do away from School?
I love going to our family beach house and swimming with our long haired border collie, Archie.

Do you play any sports?
I enjoy District Running, Netball and Soccer as well as Jazz and Gymnastics, Beam is my favourite apparatus.

What would you like to be when you grow up?
A neurosurgeon. I love Science and I really like helping people. I read Science books as often as I can and try to focus on Maths and Science at School.

What have you enjoyed the most so far this year?
Competing in all the District Running events, sitting the NAPLAN tests and being part of such a nice School – everyone at St Catherine’s is so caring and we are part of a big team.

What do you hope to do by the end of the year at School?
I would like to make it into the top Mathematics group and compete in most of the District Running events.

What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl?
Upholding the School values. I see Empathy as understanding other people’s situations, Persistence as striving higher, Integrity as being proud of my decisions and Curiosity
to try new things.

What are some of the things you are most looking forward to in Year 6 in 2016?
Hopefully being lucky enough to have a leadership role, helping Mrs Moor with fundraising events, the Canberra Study Tour and learning Algebra in Maths.

Lucy Wentworth

Year 7

Name three aspects you enjoy the most about School, and tell me why you enjoy them.
I love all the teachers because they are so nice. Being able to try lots of different sporting events and School Assemblies – because we get to hear about other girls’ achievements.

You moved from Barbreck to the Senior School this year. How have you found the transition from Junior School to Year 7 at St Catherine’s?
I honestly thought it would be a lot harder than it was but all the teachers are really nice and they let you settle in and are always there for you if you need any help.

Are you involved in any co-curricular activities at School?
GSV Hockey, Swimming, Diving, Tennis and Athletics as well as Interschool Gymnastics.

What would you like to achieve during your time at St Catherine’s?
I would love to be a Langley Templeton House Captain in Year 12 and also participate in one of the big School trips that St Catherine’s offers. I also really hope to achieve the best possible marks I can in all my subjects.

What do you hope to do by the end of the year at School?
I hope to achieve higher marks then I did in the previous terms of 2015. I hope to improve my sporting events, for example, jump higher then I have jumped before, run faster than I
have ever ran before and swim faster than I have ever swum before.

What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl?
It makes me feel really proud and happy to put a blue ribbon in my hair every morning before School.

What are some of the things you are most looking forward to next year being in Year 8?
Meeting some new teachers and welcoming more new girls to the School. I am looking forward to improving more and more in my School work and my sporting events.

Emily Barrington

Emily Barrington

Year 10

Name three aspects you enjoy the most about School, and tell me why you enjoy them.
The small, tight-knit community that our School is so well-known for. The size is small so you can form friendships across all Year levels and develop connections with the teachers, it provides a comfortable environment to work and learn in. The lunch-time help sessions are also extremely worthwhile as teachers can personally help you with class work.

The new buildings are also an amazing aspect which I have enjoyed this year as we are given beautiful, open spaces for lunch breaks, as well as an improved Library which I use often for a peaceful place to read and study.

Inside the classroom, what has been the highlight of 2015 so far, and why?
A highlight of this year would be taking the next step up in difficulty in a number of subjects, particularly in Mathematics and French. Our class also had the opportunity to converse with the French exchange students which gave me the chance to improve my conversation skills and learn more about French culture.

Outside the classroom, what has been the highlight of 2015 so far, and why?
This year I had the amazing opportunity to visit Peru as a part of a World Challenge expedition. We were able to help build a girls’ school in a small town called Ollantaytambo
and interact with the native Peruvian children there. We also hiked on the challenging Salkantay trek and visited some of the most renowned places in the world, such as
Machu Picchu.

What would you like to achieve during your time as a St Catherine’s girl?
My main goal is to complete my subjects to the best of my ability. During this time, I would like to discover what my interests might be, when I leave School. This process is aided by the variety of career sessions we have in Years 10 and 11. I also want to take advantage of the vast amount of activities offered at School and approach new opportunities that will force me to step out of my comfort zone.

What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl?
St Catherine’s is a School that celebrates cultural diversity and encourages everyone’s knowledge and skills in both the classroom and in co-curricular activities. I am proud to support these values and feel comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone knowing I will be supported by all members of my School. At St Catherine’s the friendships made throughout your School years are friendships which will continue throughout your life.