Learn to Row Regatta 2016
Learn to row 4

Term 3 finished with a bang on 16 September with the Year 8 Learn to Row Regatta. Year 8 students were escorted to the sheds by the 2016 Senior rowers, before hitting the water for a series of races in front of Mercantile Rowing Club.

It was great to witness the girls competing in great spirits, as well as demonstrating patches of good rowing. Developing the skills to be able to race in perfect timing, and with the aggression required to compete, takes many hours of training. It was great to see our Year 8 students displaying good patches of rowing well ahead of schedule.

It was also great to see parents coming along to cheer on the girls as they battled it out on the Yarra. We are very much looking forward to seeing the Year 8 girls in action during Term 4 training.

Intermediate and Senior Rowing: September Holiday Training

Years 9, 10 and 11 rowers all completed their holiday training schedule over the last weekend of holidays. A high number of students attended taking every opportunity to kick-start their Term 4 season.

Technique was the focus of the sessions, as coaches gave students the opportunity to consolidate their skill development through Term 3. It was great to have the students back working well together, and all coaches are especially excited to get cracking in some consistent training commencing this coming week. 

The St Catherine’s School new boat purchases for 2016

We are incredibly grateful to the families who donated to the Heyington Club last season, enabling the purchase of two new boats.


The early delivery of the new Empacher 8+ has been the most significant in St Catherine’s School’s rowing history. Empacher is the brand of boat most preferred by Olympic rowing crews and has a long history of durability and reliability.

Arriving in a shipping container from Germany, we unloaded and set up our new Senior girls 8+ to row at our September holiday training days. The boat did not disappoint. Most importantly, students showed the utmost respect for the boat. Coaches have taken the opportunity to allow as many rowers to rotate through the new boat as possible. We believe it’s important each student is provided with the opportunity to enjoy the purchase.

A new Sykes Racing Quad has also been delivered for our younger rowers. The Intermediate coaches elected to get some more training under the belts of the girls before rowing the new boat. We look forward to seeing the new quad on the water next week.

Additional funds raised by the Heyington Club will be utilised for further strategic purchases. The success of the Rowing program relies on the continual update of equipment for safety, reliability and competitiveness.

Go St Catherine’s!


Mr David Fraumano, Head of Rowing