Athletics Victoria Cross Country Relays Championships

It was a great start to the school’s Cross Country season over the weekend at the Athletics Victoria Cross Country Relays Championships. The event once again returned to Jells Park, however, this year on a much more challenging, steeper course. With this year’s GSV Championships being run at Bundoora, one of the hardest hill races in Melbourne, this type of course was exactly what the St Catherine’s team required to better prepare them for what lies ahead. The girls performed extremely well and continue to put ‘pennies in the bank’ on the training park. The team looks forward to the St Catherine’s Fun Run (Tan Time Trial) this coming Sunday 7 May, and then ahead to the Athletics Victoria Road Relays on Sunday 20 May, a team favourite as they prepare for GSV.

Most Outstanding Run – Ava Lansell (Year 8). Each week, Ava continues to get the best out of herself at training and on the weekend that effort was certainly on show. She ran a gutsy race and demonstrated enormous strength powering up the hills. Ava’s great run saw her break 13 minutes on the course and put her team in a strong position. Well done Ava!

Most improved Run – Madeleine Hooker (Year 7). Madeleine gives 100% effort in everything she does, whether it’s in the pool, on the slopes or as it was over the weekend, on the cross country field. Madeleine ran a fantastic second leg for her team and we are excited to see her continue to improve with more training.

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St Catherine’s crowned Snowsports School of the Year

On Thursday 27 April, St Catherine’s School Toorak was awarded Snowsports School of the Year by Ski and Snowboard Australia at their awards ceremony at the Docklands, Melbourne.

Each year in April, Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA) recognise their athletes and coaches as well as there being two school award categories; “Snowsports School of the Year” and “Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools” from the Interschools Championships.

St Catherine’s was selected from all schools nationwide and was chosen based on our outstanding contribution to the School Snowsports Program.

This is an outstanding achievement for St Catherine’s. It recognises the strength of the
St Catherine’s School program and the contribution it has made towards the ongoing development of school Snowsports within Australia. This achievement not only highlights the large participation and exceptional performances of our students on the slopes, but also highlights the outstanding support and enthusiasm given by our wider St Catherine’s Snowsports community, including its staff, Auxiliary and parents. This award is a reflection of many years of Snowsports community involvement and participation.

Our Snowsports program has a high record of participation and a proud culture of inclusion and encouragement. The program has a culture within the community that has been developed over the past 20 years, encouraging students from Prep to Year 12 to participate in House Snowsports, Interschool Championships and National Championships.

Our Snowsports Program develops skills, independence, sportsmanship and team spirit. The fun and excitement of this program, shared by our community, highlights all the positive aspects that a successful sports program can bring.

The St Catherine’s Snowsports team are now in full swing getting prepared for what we expect will be another successful year on the slopes.

Good luck, girls.


Mr Lloyd Knight, Head of Sport