Message from the Principal

Our Junior School has a proud history of academic achievement, laying the educational foundation for generations of women – leaders and pioneers of industry, philanthropy, medicine, law and music. We are proud that the first female Lieutenant Governor, Lady Southey, and Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau, both began their educational journey in our Junior School.

To better cater for a range of needs and learning modes, the new classroom design is premised upon flexibility—the capacity for spaces to capture the needs of individual or small group work, team teaching or an open shared space for collaborative program work. Prep to Year 3 students will be housed together on one floor providing a gentle transition into the Junior School, enabling interaction with each other, and providing ease of access to the Library, Art Studio, Language Lab and Science Lab, fulfilling our commitment to providing specialist learning areas, such as the emerging field of STEM education.

There is a palpable and very positive energy to Barbreck. You can feel it as soon as you step onto our campus, our School’s character is evident immediately from the entry gates.

The Red Steps, Assemblies, Year 6 leaders, the Year 4 Four Leaf Clover program, the Junior School Musical, Twilight Picnic and other celebrations that remind us what is unique about Barbreck and inspire us to assume responsibility for the School’s future.

This is our bold dream for St Catherine’s girls

Mrs Michelle Carroll




Phase One – December 2016 [complete]

Early site works commence

Phase Two – April 2017 – July 2018 [complete]

The goal of the construction stage is to safely deliver the project in accordance with the approved documentation and within budget.

Phase Three – July 2018 –  January 2019

On completion of the new building, the existing building will be decommissioned and demolished to make way for landscaped play space.