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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The search for identity

English teacher Ms Gillian Hosking examines how literary texts shape students' own journeys...
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Our community

St Catherine's School encourages a 'team approach' to motivating, empowering and nurturing our girls...
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Why visual art subjects are an important part of learning

Ms Kimberley Mannix explores the role of visual art in enhancing learning and study skills across the school curriculum...
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Welcome to the 2015 school year

Principal Mrs Michelle Carroll welcomes our 2015 Year 12 girls, who recently attended a Residential Conference on leadership at Ormond College, The University of Melbourne...
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A strong tradition of success

The Year 12 students of 2014 have continued a strong tradition of academic success at St Catherine's School, with outstanding VCE results...
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The wonder of learning

Rich learning experiences in early childhood create a sense of wonder and a lifelong love of exploring the world around us, writes ELC Coordinator Ms Fiona Beck...
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Farewell to 2014

As the School year draws to a close, I wish to thank our teaching staff for their wisdom, dedication and passion for teaching...
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French and fun in the early-learning environment

Barbreck French teacher, Mr Andrew Gold, explains why learning French in the pre-school context is most definitely ‘child’s play’...
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Many hands make light work – and a great School

St Catherine’s is blessed to have so many current parents and Old Girls who work tirelessly for the greater good of our School...
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A game-changer for students with learning challenges

Research in the area of neuro plasticity is offering hope to students with learning difficulties and their teachers, writes Mrs Elka Gaensler, one of our Education Support Teachers…...
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Wise Words

As Gail Kelly retires from her position as CEO of Westpac she offers advice to young women...
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21st Century Skills

Senior School Art Teacher Mrs Vicki Marinelli explains how the Arts are well placed to develop and enhance the skills students need in the 21st Century...
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Remembering those that have fallen

Life is about remembering our heritage, overcoming challenges and encouraging others to live their dreams. Mrs Carroll gives an addresses on Remembrance Day...
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Extracurricular activities create valuable learnings

Children experience abundant benefits from learning outside the formal classroom structure…...
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Travel to study

A recent address to Victorian school principals by the Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University clearly underlines the changing landscape of tertiary education in Australia...
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Connectedness in the Curriculum

Learning about the deep connection between Indigenous Australians and the land has been a highlight for the Year 4 students and their teachers, Ms Simone Schilte and Ms Lisa Barker...
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Thank you so much!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, with the international theme ‘Invest in the future, invest in teachers’...
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Travels in the Middle Kingdom

Mr Paul Stokes, St Catherine’s Service and Leadership Coordinator, accompanied nine Year 9 students on a study tour to China during the school holidays. He reports on their discoveries...
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Valete to the Class of 2014

Our current Year 12 cohort celebrated their last day of School with an Awards Night and Valedictory Dinner last Tuesday. Here is Mrs Carroll’s address to the audience...
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Role model on the slopes

Snowsports Coordinator Miss Skye Stansfield reflects on a successful season inspired by the highs and lows of a special St Catherine’s Old Girl...
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New partnerships, HPE Week and inspirational speakers

Our commitment to global education at St Catherine’s continues with a recent School Tour conducted through China...
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Let’s get physical

Health and Physical Education Week is a much anticipated event on the St Catherine’s School calendar. Ms Debbie Thompson, Health & PE Faculty Leader, explains why...
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Air of excitement

Term 4 commenced with an air of excitement this week, as the students and staff were able to make use of the new classroom spaces and refurbished Library in the Senior School…...
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Digital dominance

The value of digital texts as tools for facilitating students’ learning is becoming increasingly apparent, according to Humanities teacher Mr Alex Bacalja, who has been investigating learning in digital environments for his PhD at the University of...
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The blue ribbon

The sky-blue strip of fabric represents the community and spirit we, as St Catherine’s girls, share...
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Teaching History

With high-quality instruction and a clear sense of direction from teachers, allowing students to ‘own’ their learning can produce amazing outcomes, argues Elizabeth Ryan, History Teacher...
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A culture of philanthropy

As a leading girls’ school in Australia, St Catherine’s is a very special place for many...
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All the world’s a stage

The works of William Shakespeare continue to resonate with students more than 400 years since they were written, especially when they are viewed in performance, says St Catherine’s English teacher Mr James Brown...
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Capacity to learn

All students are capable of successful learning if motivated and provided with appropriate opportunities and support...
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Managing Great Expectations

Encouraging the ambitions and goals of young children while setting realistic expectations for them is a delicate balancing act, as our Head of Junior School and ELC, Mrs Alana Moor, explains...
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Conscientious ethical choices

Dr Longstaff challenged the girls to look beyond the modern world of ‘celebrity’ to find heroes in everyday people around them...
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The Value of Boarding

When students attend boarding school, the skills and values they learn stay with them for life, says our Director of Boarding Service, Mrs Sue Collister...
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Leadership that they aspire to

A leadership theme was certainly the focus of our Senior School Assembly this week...
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Celebrating Science Week

Celebrated each year at St Catherine’s, Science Week is an opportunity to showcase an aspect of the world of Science for students and staff. Our Head of Science, Ms Vanessa Jackson-McRae, explains further...
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Student Leadership

Personal responsibility, accountability and the role of service within the context of leadership are important themes...
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Parenting: The hardest job of all

Being a good parent to young teenagers is not always easy but our Year 8 Dean, Mrs Gina Peele, has a few tips that might help...
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Where will you be five years from today?

Life presents us with endless opportunities and adventures – but we seldom see or accept more than a tiny fraction of the possibilities around us...
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Preparing for life after School

Our Careers Practitioner, Ms Pauline Van Der Poel, explains how St Catherine’s helps students discover what they want to do when they leave School…...
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Finding your element

I was fortunate to attend the Australian eduTECH Conference last year...
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Fiction’s dark themes

Head of Library Mrs Faye Shortal provides an insight into the reading habits of teenagers and explains how so-called ‘dark’ fiction can be a tool for empowerment...
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Celebrating NAIDOC Week

Last week, St Catherine’s celebrated NAIDOC Week in our Senior School Assembly...
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Language is Culture and Culture is Language

Learning a language is about so much more than process and memory, says St Catherine's Faculty Leader – Languages, Ms Corinne Buzza...
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Cyber safety

Cyber Safety should not be separated out and taught in isolation. Technology is fully integrated into our students’ lives and it doesn't make sense (to them) to deal with it as a separate issue...
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The advantages of girls’ participation in sport

Taking part in team sport provides girls with many valuable lessons about themselves and life in general, argues Miss Jeanette Gunn, St Catherine’s Dean of Year 11...
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Redefining stereotypes

A viral YouTube clip reminds us to challenge our perceptions of what it means to be a girl...
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Teaching is the profession that makes all other professions possible

I have never met anyone who could not tell me about a great teacher he or she had in school...
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Finding oneself in the service of others

The Year 10 Community Service program helps awaken personal and social consciousness in our students, writes Ms Vasiliki Spanos, Year 10 Dean...
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Strategic Directions

Last Friday 36 members of the School community came together for a St Catherine’s School Strategic Directions Planning Day...
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Transition to Secondary School

The move from Primary School to Secondary School is a time of great challenge and change. A successful transition program is therefore vital for a student’s social and academic wellbeing, writes our Dean of Year 7, Miss Jenny Molloy...
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Engaging in STEM

At St Catherine’s, we support and encourage our students to engage successfully in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics...
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Fostering Deep Thinkers

Curriculum is largely a product of the era in which it is taught, while a good education transcends time, says our Director of Curriculum Innovation and Development, Mr Adrian Puckering...
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How much influence do parents have?

Counteracting the powerful influence of the media is a battle...
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The Narrative Imagination

Mrs Ceri Lloyd, St Catherine’s Head of English, believes literature has a significant role to play in our students’ moral development…...
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The Spirit of Giving

Many members of the St Catherine’s community will have enjoyed reading the inspirational feature article of Old Girl Tamara Cannon (’91)...
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La Vie Française

Our Head of LOTE, Mme Corinne Buzza, reports on the recent French Study Tour undertaken by some of our Senior French students...
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NAPLAN is not the panacea for a country’s education system

The best way for schools to develop their students’ literacy and numeracy skills is to provide a rich curriculum...
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Mythbusters: The Digital Native

The notion that young people are somehow digitally superior to the rest of us is simply not true, says St Catherine's Coordinator of Learning Technologies, Ms Kathryn White...
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Adolescent Brain Chemistry

From the age of 12 to 20, the brain goes through an important stage of development – the growth of the cortex reaches a peak and there is a major rearrangement of neurons that helps the teen adapt in later life...
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Art, Culture and Travel Savvy

Mrs Brigid Weereratne, St Catherine’s Head of Arts, says the recent Study Tour to Italy not only introduced students to Italian art and culture; it also taught them to be organised, patient and resilient...
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Countdown to Opening Night

This week, the St Catherine’s community can look forward to three wonderful performances of our School Musical, Anything Goes…...
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Beauty in Numbers

Coming to grips with Mathematics provides us with true mental capacity and the ability to interpret the world around us, argues our Head of Mathematics, Mrs Janette Matt…...
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The Right Mindset

The most successful students are those who believe they are able to improve and develop through conscientious effort...
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Highly Effective Habits

Ms Sally Wilkinson, our Dean of Year 12 and VCE Coordinator, explains why a good night’s sleep and effective time management are so important for students…...
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Looking Beyond Ourselves

As Mahatma Gandhi said, the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others...
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