St Catherine’s has leading fundraising priorities that guide the work of the Foundation each year.
We are also justifiably proud of the impact of our Foundation on our School over time.
To find out more about the impact of our Foundation or to join in the collective delivery of our current aspirations, please contact Kathy Hines, Advancement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 3 9828 3032.
Many of the facilities and programs at St Catherine’s have been provided through the generosity of the St Catherine’s community.
Sports Centre and Strength and Conditioning Studio
Officially opened on 9 August 2023, the revitalisation of the Sports Centre has brought to life three dynamic spaces for teaching, learning, playing, and training; a Tumbling Studio designed for our younger ELC and Barbreck students, the Strength and Conditioning Studio for the Senior girls and the Sports Court, which doubles as a venue for our weekly Assemblies, and annual House Arts performances with a new tiered electronic seating system installed.
The Jamie and Rebecca Gray Theatre
Officially opened by Hon Julie Bishop in May 2022, our Jaime and Rebecca Gray Theatre provides an outstanding professional venue for our Performing Arts program, ensuring a specialised learning space that complements the professionalism and standard of performances by St Catherine’s students.
This black box style theatre features floor to ceiling digital display system, 360° blackout curtains, state-of-the-art lighting, sound and media technologies and sprung floors and The Jamie and Rebecca Gray Theatre has transformed the drama teaching and learning facilities at St Catherine’s.
Junior School Redevelopment, Barbreck
The redevelopment of our Junior School through the Her Future Begins Here campaign provided the facilities essential for our next generation of learners. The new Junior School will include vibrant flexible spaces responsive to the interests and abilities of each girl in their formative primary years including dedicated facilities to develop the science and language skills necessary for students living and working in the 21 century.
Centre for Science Laboratories Upgrade
The School is undertaking a significant upgrade to its Science Laboratories in the Edna Holmes Centre for Science to boost science learning and the capacity for our girls to succeed in an emerging workforce based on science and technology.
The project is part of a broader comprehensive plan to further strengthen science, technology and mathematics learning, including the addition of a purpose-built STEM Lab in the new Junior School and the recruitment of new science specialist teachers.
Edna Holmes Centre for Science Laboratories Upgrade Opened 2018/19
A significant upgrade boosting science learning and the capacity for our students to succeed in an emerging workforce based in science and technology. The project is part of a broader comprehensive plan to further strengthen science, technology and mathematics learning at St Catherine’s.
Junior School Redevelopment Opened 2018/19
A new purpose-built centre with carefully crafted design, a personalised teaching approach and committed staff, fostering the education, growth and creativity. A hub reflecting and enabling a philosophy recognising and nurturing every primary student’s ability and potential – academically, physically, creatively and emotionally.
Melbourne Foundation Scholarships Launched 2015
The School began a partnership with The Melbourne Foundation to provide academic scholarships to talented, financially disadvantaged secondary school students.
Ruth Langley Research and Learning Centre Opened 2015
The new and extended centre provided refreshed learning spaces, allowing girls to work collaboratively on tasks, and in quiet reading areas, filled with ample natural light for contemplative study. The Centre includes the revitalised Nicholas Library containing a rich collection of books, a careers precinct and technology hub.
Edna Holmes Centre for Science Opened 2015
The Edna Holmes Centre for Science was revitalised by providing a glass atrium connecting the Science laboratories.
Mary Davis Centre Opened 2015
The Mary Davis Centre was substantially redesigned and refitted to provide a vibrant café and social hub for our students and School community, along with an outdoor deck and seating overlooking St Catherine’s Walk and the sporting courts.
The Marigold Southey Sports & Aquatic Centre Opened 2011
The Centre provides extensive sporting facilities to increase participation, performance and elite pathways for St Catherine’s students.
Indigenous Scholarship Program Launched 2011
The School began a partnership with the Yalari Foundation to provide opportunities to young Indigenous students from across Australia with a full boarding and academic scholarship to complete their secondary schooling at St Catherine’s.
Campbell House: The Ilhan Family Centre Opened 2008
Campbell House was first used as the boarding house before becoming the School’s kindergarten in 1977. In 2008, the Ilhan family became generous benefactors in the refurbishment and extension of Campbell House into a state-of-the-art learning environment for the School’s Early Learning Centre.
Impact of Giving Reports
The Foundation Board publishes an annual Impact of Giving Report outlining the tangible difference the philanthropy of Foundation members is making for current and future students of St Catherine’s School. It also includes a lists of our donors and members, profiles of supporters, key projects and a snapshot of our giving results.