Barbreck News Week 4 Term 3

It has been another action-packed week in Barbreck.  

Victorian Interschool Cross Country Championships 

Firstly, congratulations to our Barbreck Cross Country skiers who were victorious at last weekend’s Victorian Interschool Cross Country Championships at Mt Buller.

A special thank you to our Barbreck parents for all their efforts in assisting their daughters to compete in the Championship.  

Thanks also to Mr Tom Crebbin, Barbreck Coordinator of Sport and Miss Olivia Cody, Snowsports Coordinator, for their work throughout the weekend. Their constant encouragement of students, and commitment to making the event a success, despite the obvious challenges presented by the cold environment, is a testament to their professionalism and work ethic.  

Interschool Snowsports are just around the corner in Week 6, and we look forward to hearing more stories of fun and success. 


Chess is proving to be an extremely popular activity in Barbreck this term.  

Today’s Barbreck Chess Tournament was an immense success. Forty students from Years 2 to 6 competed under the guidance of Mr Tim Tainsh, and our Chess Coach, Mr Ross Neumann. Students had a great time and enjoyed competing under tournament conditions.  

If your daughter is interested in chess, please encourage her to attend our Barbreck Chess Club, held on Monday lunchtimes.  

There are also remaining places in our intensive coaching session before school on Monday. For more information, please click here.  

COVID Safety 

To continue to provide a COVID safe environment for our community, we encourage students, staff, and visitors to wear masks when indoors.  

Staff and students are also required to stay home when unwell. This reduces the likelihood of passing on COVID, as well as colds and flu. Students should stay home and get tested if they have symptoms such as fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of smell or taste. 

Whilst we are no longer supplying RAT tests on a regular schedule,  if you do require some the School has a supply and is happy to provide them to parents. Please visit Barbreck Reception. 

ICAS Competition 

Students in Years 4 to 6 who signed up for the ICAS Competition please note testing will commence over the coming weeks, outlined below. Students will complete the tests during class time. 

Week 5 – English  

Week 6 – Science 

Week 7 – Mathematics  

ICAS is an online academic competition designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills.  

The Competition questions are set in modern, real-world scenarios where students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts.  

Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals. 

Please note that the enrolment period has closed for students wanting to complete the assessments in 2022.  

Good luck to all students who are competing! 

Out of School Hours Care – Term 3 Week 5 Activities

Upcoming activities for Term 3 Week 5 are detailed here.

St Catherine’s School offers an Out of School Hours Care program to all ELC and Junior School families. The program is implemented by our provider ‘After the Bell’ and operates within the ELC building. Parents are reminded that if you need to use the Before School Care or After School Care service, registrations need to be made in advance with ‘After the Bell’. Please allow up to five business days for your registration to be processed before your child can begin attending the program. Registration is free. All families are encouraged to register so that they can use this service in the event that you are unable to pick up your child.

Before School Care – 7.00am to 8.45am

After School Care – 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Registrations can be completed via the ‘After the Bell’ website.

Please phone 9758 6744 for all inquiries.

Mr Luke Russell, Deputy Head of Junior School