St Catherine’s Boarding

Boarding offers a wide range of benefits to students and can enable the discovery of one’s independence.

Over the weekend we welcomed over 180 St Catherine’s boarders back to School as part of our 120 anniversary celebrations.

The Old Girls who attended  travelled from as far as New York to attend the reunion. Boarding plays a significant role in the history of our School, with the first St Catherine’s boarders dating back to the 1890s when the School was located in Castlemaine. Founding Principal, Miss Jeanie Hood, advertised in the local paper on 7 December 1895, that she was “opening a Ladies College and would receive boarders.”

Boarding offers a wide range of benefits to students. As much as parents may feel compelled to shield their children from the concerns of the world, independence could be the greatest gift they have to give. In a time when many parents are hyper-vigilant about staying involved in the lives of their growing children, boarding school can deliver the ideal antidote of enabling discovery of one’s independence.

Boarding school is a transformative experience in learning about the real world, something that most people do not get until they attend college or move out of home. The residential environment provides a unique opportunity that promotes camaraderie, honesty, development and trust between students and teachers. It also ensures students are able to immerse themselves in an educational world where learning and growth forms the basis of all their activities.

At St Catherine’s, in addition to a structured preparation session to complete homework, our younger boarders receive the added benefit of School provided tutors twice a week to assist with Mathematics, Science and study across all subjects areas. Our older students also embrace their leadership roles through mentoring younger boarders and often provide assistance with both academic studies and social support.

Currently, our Boarding House is running at capacity but we do have some casual boarding places available next Semester. Parents who would like to receive further information about casual boarding placements are invited to contact our Head of Boarding, Mrs Sue Collister on (03) 9822 1285.

Mrs Michelle Carroll


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