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Redefining Intelligence

Students must be provided with an environment where they can take intellectual risks with their learning and also learn strategies to manage their emotional responses...
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Welcome to 2016 – our 120th Anniversary

2016 is an exciting year for our School community as St Catherine’s celebrates its 120th anniversary...
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A few simple tools…

Music composition should be encouraged in young children the way art, literature and drama are, explains Deputy Head of Music Mr Tim Collins...
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St Catherine's School 120 year celebrations

Since our School’s foundation in Castlemaine in 1896, the School has been realising the vision of our Founding Principal, Miss Jeanie Hood, to develop “women of the future”...
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Financial Education and Confidence

Why financial literacy is important for women in the 21st Century...
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Parent Involvement; Positive Role Modelling

School life demonstrates your interest in education and that School is worthwhile...
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The Hand

We teach at St Catherine’s School that Music is historical, mathematical and language-based and most importantly Art...
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Role Models and Support Networks

Our strong network of Old Girls provide enduring support, advice and aspiration for our students...
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Early Morning Maths Builds Skills and Confidence

Spatial thinking is a fundamental component of learning...
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Genius Hour – Where Passions Come Alive

Our Year 5 Genius Hour engages, empowers and motivates students to learn and follow their own passions...
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The Upside of Teaching is Learning

Teaching facilitates learning, the most challenging, exciting, expansive and complex cognitive activity known to humankind...
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A Vision of Wellbeing

The curse of perfectionism and the importance of providing balanced, realistic thinking throughout School life...
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Transitioning from School

There is no one size fits all approach to post School transition...
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Supporting a Culture of Giving

A shared role between School and community empower and nurture women of the future at St Catherine's...
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The Rewards of Responsible Travel

To truly appreciate a country you must meet their people, establish relationships and live the culture...
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Be Proud of your Individualism

The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life...
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Challenging Students with Choice

Today's curriculum must acknowledge the role of students in the learning process...
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A Suitcase Full of Opportunity

Futures learning – we contemplate what our St Catherine’s graduates carry in their educational suitcases for the journey post School...
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Benefits of Educational Study Tours

Shared experiences such as study tours create enduring links between students and staff...
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Be Confident, Show Grit

It is argued having 'grit' is just as critical to academic performance as intellectual ability...
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Embodied Pedagogies in the Early Learning Centre

Children require regular opportunities to connect with other learners and explore ideas through their bodies...
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A Committed and Wholehearted Approach

As Term 3 comes to a close we remain focused on supporting our Year 12 students who enter their final phase of VCE exam preparations...
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The Island of Knowledge and the Sea of Ignorance…both need Foxy Thinking

Classroom teaching is perhaps the most complex, challenging, demanding, subtle, nuanced, and frightening activity our species has ever invented...
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Indigenous Education

Respect, resilience, expression and achievement at St Catherine's...
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Stubbornness and Thinking are Great Partners!

Whilst stubbornness can be viewed as an unwelcome trait it does have some benefits for learning...
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The Legacy of Great Leadership

The change in season also marks a period of change in student leadership at St Catherine's...
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Trimester Electives: A safe haven for innovation

Amazing results can emerge when innovation and new ideas are protected and nurtured...
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Science Week

Leading female Engineer, Professor Jean Armstrong, provided our Senior Students an insight into a career in Science...
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World Challenge Expedition Southern Peru 2015

Visiting Southern Peru provided a life changing experience for 22 St Catherine's Year 10 students...
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The Honourable Pursuit of Victory

Women in sport continue to showcase the honourable pursuit of victory compared to their male counterparts...
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Shining Outside of Academics

Co-curricular activities allow our students to further develop skills and self esteem...
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Motivation and Resilience

A student’s ability to bounce back after academic difficulties and failure, can be improved by factors such as self-belief, commitment and control...
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Are you still awake?

Regardless of recommended sleep guidelines, teenagers will want to stay up late and sleep in...
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Girls Who Dream Become Women of Vision

The significant involvement of our St Catherine’s fathers builds confidence, persistence, courage, and a belief that success is not out of reach for our girls...
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Wellbeing @ Illawarra

The launch of the ‘we Thrive: Wellbeing @St Catherine’s Program at the beginning of the year provided an excellent opportunity in our Boarding House,...
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Careers of the Future

Young women risk being left behind by the mismatch between their qualifications and the skills that industries require...
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Learning to Communicate

Every experience at communicating provides students with opportunities to develop a range of skills and confidence...
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Year 9 Think Tank and Launch of Heyington to Highlands

Our new Year 9 Heyington to Highlands program creates opportunity for involvement, team work and personal reflection for students...
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The Enjoyment of Reading

Great books help you understand and they help you feel understood...
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St Catherine’s Women Leading the Way

Our Old Girls continue to inspire, lead and educate...
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Reflections on a Semester with Year 8

A successful Year 8 student is motivated, engaged during classes and communicative with staff about her own learning...
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Exchange Delivers Personal and Global Appreciation

St Catherine's Exchange Program provides students with a deeper appreciation of themselves and the wider world...
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Neophobia

In an era of great change, emerging technologies and professions must be embraced by educators, students and parents...
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Literacy Development Provides Strong Foundation

St Catherine’s focus on literacy in our Junior School provides students with a comprehensive foundation of literacy development...
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The Future of Work and the Relevancy of Media Literacy

An in-depth knowledge of the viewer or in more economic terms the consumer is what gives Media students a tool kit for future employment...
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Creating Opportunity, Leaving a Legacy and Inspiring Generations

Resilience, adaptability, curiosity, trust, resourcefulness and creativity, all values we hold true at St Catherine’s and also what can send you to Mars...
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e-Relationship Clean Out

Managing online relationships is not easy...
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"Be Bold, Be Bold, Be Bold"

An insightful and personal walk through the distinguished career of The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD, CVO...
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Emotions Matter

The ability to recognise and control our feelings is essential to our emotional intelligence...
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Runners Run for Freedom

The 1967 Boston Marathon challenged women's roles in society...
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Data: PANDA-monium

The illusion of knowing is a dangerous frailty...
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Finding Her Voice

Finding her voice. A school culture that is affirming and aspirational can encourage girls to safely explore risk-taking...
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Critical Thinking

The central task of education is to confront passivity...
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Academic Success Achieved through Long Term Commitment

Achieving academic success cannot be ‘crammed’ for during National testing...
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The Joys of Dressing a Production

Performing Arts in schools provide wonderful opportunities for students...
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The Development of Character

Through a strong culture of service we can encourage girls to give back and enable the development of life skills...
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A Little Assembly Creates a Big World

Stories spark emotions. A good story can reshape our world...
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Community Spirit through the Arts and ANZAC

The community spirit at St Catherine's supports the School in so many aspects...
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Making St Catherine's History Come Alive

History is relevant and has connections...
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Senior School Official Opening

This week St Catherine's officially opened and named our renewed Senior School buildings...
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Projects are Vehicles for Learning

Children are quite capable of constructing their own learning...
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Everyone smiles in the same language

I was fortunate to travel as part of the St Catherine's Fiji Sport and Community Service Tour. As a group, we journeyed to Nasivikoso Village in the Fijian highlands...
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Thank you, Farewell, Bon Voyage and Happy Easter!

I wish all our St Catherine's family a relaxing and enjoyable Easter holiday...
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Confucius Classroom at St Catherine's

Since 2012 St Catherine's has offered students a 'Confucius Classroom', in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Melbourne University. This partnership underpins the School's commitment to the teaching of Chinese language and culture...
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Balancing 'pester power' and 'present parenting'

Today's society has a very unique generation of young women. With all the human qualities of generations before but with a very different environment and social issues to deal with as they grow...
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Technology in Early Childhood Education

There is a distinct difference between using technology for education purposes and entertainment...
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Wellbeing is Thriving at St Catherine’s

Given our commitment to continued best practice, the St Catherine’s Student Wellbeing Committee has recently reviewed our pastoral care program...
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Revising the Smart Way

Many people confuse learning and memory. However, while the two processes are linked, they are distinctly different...
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International Women's Day Activities

Students and staff explored the importance and meaning of International Women's Day last week...
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The time to read is now!

It is easy enough for us to remember to help our children learn to read, but it is also important that we continue along that journey with them...
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Process is the True Measure of Learning

How do we know when true learning has taken place?...
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Physical Education is imPErative

The strong Physical Education (PE) program at St Catherine’s School promotes health and fitness in students of all ages...
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A time of change and growth

Changes for the School Council and our Year 6 girls, who received their 'Leadership Badges' last week...
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Global citizenship is nurtured through trips and exchanges

Students grow and develop in our incredible travel programs...
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Leap towards your goals

Principal Mrs Michelle Carroll honoured the 2014 School Leavers this morning at a special assembly...
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