Our goal is to ensure all our students learn to be their best within a setting that encourages a high level of engagement, understanding, collaboration and reflection.

 ‘Barbreck’ – Where Girls Matter

Barbreck is a vibrant hub of learning that nurtures every girls’ ability and potential—academically, physically, creatively and emotionally.

During the all-important primary years, St Catherine’s ensures opportunity for our Barbreck girls to participate in a broad range of activities that enable discovery of her talents and her interests; equipped for a lifetime of learning.

Purposefully small, our average class size of 17 students enables every girl to receive engaging learning experiences and personalised learning plans. In Barbreck, we ensure a daily commitment to prioritising academic time for the development skills in literacy and numeracy through the Barbreck Teaching Model of explicit instruction. The promotion of creativity, self-expression and self-awareness is also a key feature of a Barbreck education.

At St Catherine’s, we celebrate our care of students, both pastorally and academically. It is this nurturing, yet empowering approach, that epitomises a Barbreck education.

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The St Catherine’s School’s Towards 2025 Strategic Plan articulates our six key strategic intents and establishes our focus for educating and nurturing young girls. The focus for Barbreck encompasses the development of young minds and embraces carefully crafted academic programs and a personalised approach, recognising and nurturing every Barbreck girl’s abilities and potential – academically, physically, socially and emotionally.


At the heart of our Barbreck building, the warmth and colour of the Library draws girls to a love of books and reading every day. This central learning hub is complemented by the surrounding specialist learning spaces. Our purpose-built Science Lab recognises the critical importance of developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) capabilities for girls. Our commitment to developing globally aware citizens is enriched by our Language Lab, a space dedicated to an enhanced learning experience in LOTE and French.

The Village Green provides a wonderful play space for students offering the flexibility to deliver Physical Education lessons and the enjoyment of ball games during After-School Sport to hosting our much loved annual Teddy Bears Picnic event. Located adjacent to the indoor swimming pool facilities, the Village Green includes much-loved climbing equipment, a natural Bamboo garden walk and the vegetable and herb garden, carefully tended to by the Environmental Club.

Performing and Visual Arts are also essential and vibrant components of the Barbreck academic and co-curricular programs. Our Music and Drama curriculum is supported in our state-of-the-art Jamie and Rebecca Gray Theatre.  The much-treasured annual Barbreck Musical/Play offer a creative celebration of the extensive musical and dramatic talents of our girls and is the colourful culmination of rich cross-curricular activities embedded in music, art and the co-curricular choral programs.

A Personalised Approach

Each girls’ academic strengths and areas for improvement are identified through a detailed analysis of her work, with tailored personalised learning plans established to accommodate each student.

We believe in the progress of every girl and our dedicated staff are committed to ensuring girls understand their progress through feedback, guidance and encouragement of the necessary growth mindset to accept challenges and persist in their efforts to improve.

Our academic programs are sequential in nature, developing a level of rigour that ensures each girl strives for her continual improvement and captures the personalised approach of a Barbreck education. We also pride ourselves on our consultative and collaborative approach of connecting with parents to ensure information regarding their daughter’s learning plans and academic progress is comprehensively communicated.

The St Catherine’s expansive curriculum is based on Best Practice teaching and is carefully planned with our students’ knowledge, needs, interests and varying abilities in mind. It is underpinned by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and is both rigorous and sequential.

Barbreck students have a wide range of co-curricular activities from which to choose. The list below reflects the main activities; however, at times, clinics and short-term activities are offered. Students are advised of these through assemblies and the Parent Portal.


Co-curricular Programs

Our co-curricular offerings provide opportunities for students to personalise their learning journey beyond the classroom. Our programs are designed to create space for students to be brave, to feel safe enough to embrace new experiences. It is through these courage-building experiences they can then begin to deepen the connection to the skills learned in the classroom.

The variety of Co-Curricular programs ensure our students have the opportunity to pursue their interests and be daring enough to seek new adventures. We encourage students to be bold, adventurous, and a little fearless in the pursuit of new challenges. As they step outside their comfort zones, we witness the possibility to prosper, we see them unlock their potential and we celebrate the moment they realise they are ready to achieve so much more.

Opportunities to build self-confidence, resilience and encourage positive risk-taking is provided in our Outdoor Education program available to students from Year 2.

Out of School Hours Care

Out of School Hours Care is provided by TeamKids and is available from 7.00am until the commencement of the ELC program at 8.45am. This service is also available in the afternoons from 3.00pm until 6.00pm. The Out of School Hours Care Program operates within the ELC building in a shared space known as the Piazza.

Application For Enrolment

Your child’s education is one of the most important decisions you can make about their future. Please visit Admissions to assist you in navigating this process, contact us to arrange a personal tour or register for Open Morning.