St Catherine’s Heritage Trail

Last Saturday 4 February, we celebrated St Catherine’s School’s Foundation Day. As part of the 127th birthday celebrations our School’s new Heritage Trail was unveiled.  

The installation of St Catherine’s School’s Heritage Trail has been a two-year project, that honours the amazing history of St Catherine’s. With stories of not just our buildings, but the people who have made up our remarkable history.  

The first instalment included heritage plinths located in four of St Catherine’s most notable historical landmarks: 

The Heritage Trail aroused the curiosity of our Senior School and Barbreck girls who were able to bring the Heritage Trail to life with the use of the QR codes located on the Markers, that connect to the historical stories in a digital version. This use of technology enables the user to dive deeper into the history, stories, and images of our School.  

Researched and written by past parent and School Council Member, Mr John Steven, the Heritage Markers include a summary of the historical importance of the landmark. As a hobbyist historian, John’s passion for research has ensured the history of St Catherine’s School has been captured and is now shared for all to enjoy.  

The Heritage Trail honours the remarkable history at St Catherine’s with stories of not just our buildings, but of the people, who for many years, have walked through the gates of Heyington Place and enjoyed the surrounds of the majestic Sherren House.  

The official launch this week provided a wonderful opportunity to thank the generous donors who made this project possible through their Annual Giving pledge to the School Library Fund.  

Additional stories will be added to the Heritage Trail each year. Plans are underway for installations at the Rose Garden, Playing Fields, Art Cottages and Wiltondale. I encourage community members to have their smart phones in hand next time they stroll through our Campus to enjoy this immersive tour of our School and its grand history. 

Michelle Carroll


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