St Catherine's Blog

 

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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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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