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 (Years 10 and 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, France
Enquiries for Exchanges to Ms Corinne Buzza
Australian Exchange Program
Hobart & Adelaide Exchange
St Catherine's School has established a reciprocal exchange program with St Michael's Collegiate in Hobart, Wilderness School in Adelaide and Pymble Ladies’ College in Sydney. Each year, St Catherine's Year 8 students play host to a student from one of these schools and then travel to either Tasmania, South Australia or New South Wales to stay with their exchange student.
Cultural Exchange Program
St Catherine's School has developed strong links with Queenswood School, St Catherine's School and St George’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 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 both Ethel Walker School and Kingswood-Oxford School in Connecticut, USA and The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, USA. These programs are 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.
Overseas trips are offered every year to enrich the study of areas such as History, Art, Languages and Geography. These have included study tours to Italy, France and Japan. The newest offering will be a French and Russian Revolutions Study Tour in 2015.
Community Service Trips
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 2015.
In 2013 the inaugural Fiji Sport and Community Service Trip was held and was most successful. The girls established links with the village of Nasivikoso and the intention is for a group of students to return every two years to participate in a variety of netball matches and contribute to the local school through assisting with PE lessons and literacy sessions.
All trips gives students the opportunity to learn and develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills in a challenging environment.
All enquiries to Miss Tamara Andrews, Trips and Exchanges Coordinator