Exchanges and Trips
Passport to learning
St Catherine's School offers students many opportunities to extend their learning by travelling overseas.
St Catherine's has a well established program of study abroad for Senior students (Year 10 & 11). During the Christmas vacation, selected students travel to St Catherine's international sister schools, staying with host families and attending school. They improve their language skills and experience the culture of the country through 'immersion'.
The exchange partners receive hospitality from Australian families and St Catherine's when they visit Australia in their summer vacation between June and August.
St Catherine's language exchange partner schools are:
- Otsuma Gakuin, Tokyo, Japan
- Shukutoku College, Nagoya, Japan
- Lycée Privé Sainte-Marie des Champs, Toulouse, France
- Collège Sainte Catherine de Sienne - Aix-en-Provence, near to Marseilles, southern France
Enquiries for Exchanges to Ms Corinne Buzza
Australian Exchange Program
Hobart & Adelaide Exchange
St Catherine's School has established a recipricol exchange program with
St Michael's Collegiate in Hobart. Each year, St Catherine's Year 8 students play host to a student from St Michael's Collegiate and then travel to Tasmania to stay with their exchange student.
Cultural Exchange Program
St Catherine's School has developed strong links with Queenswood School and St Catherine's School in England over recent years. A most successful component has been an exchange program for our Year 9 students where girls spend Term 2 as boarders at one of the schools. Prior to that, they act as host sisters to the girls during first term at St Catherine's.
St Catherine's School has also established an exchange program with the Ethel Walker School in Connecticut, USA. This program is available to students in Years 9 and 10. Girls who participate are expected to host girls from these schools at St Catherine's during return visits.
Enquiries to Miss Tamara Andrews, English Exchange Coordinator.
Overseas trips are offered every year to enrich the study of areas such as History, Art, Languages, Geography and Science.
Every two years, the World Challenge Expedition is offered to students in Years 10 and 11. This consists of four phases: Acclimatisation, Service, Expedition and Rest and Relaxation. Students are responsible for organising all aspects of their trip, whilst being supported by staff. The next Expedition will be in June 2013.
All trips gives students the opportunity to learn and develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills in a challenging environment.
Enquiries to Miss Tamara Andrews, Chair, Trips Committee.