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Welcome to St Catherine’s

We want our girls to be women of character, imbued with the moral and emotional strength to deal with life's challenges and rebound from its setbacks.”

Dr Julie Townsend, Headmistress


St Catherine’s is Australia’s oldest independent, Anglican girls’ school and we develop critical and reflective thinkers who will shape society as outstanding women and leaders.

Our K-12 day and boarding students learn in world class facilities framed by ancient magnolia trees. We are truly non-selective and our students come from all backgrounds and faiths.

St Catherine's is a pioneer in developing its one-to-one ICT for Learning and Positive Psychology programs. In 2015 our Year 12 students received 150 acknowledgements on the NSW BOSTES Distinguished Achievers List for students who achieved a mark of 90 or above in one or more of their HSC subjects. Nine students were mentioned on the All Rounders achievement list for marks of 90% or above in 10 or more units of HSC study.  Of particular note was the French Extension cohort, where all girls achieved a band E4 (the highest band for an extension c​ourse) result and one student coming 9th in the State for Studies of Religion II.   Students were selected for HSC showcases in a range of courses. These included ArtExpress (Visual Arts) and OnSTAGE (Drama).  With one student nominated for Encore (Music).
These excellent HSC results from 2015 reflect the breadth of achievement and the excellent educational opportunities at St Catherine’s School.

Our Christian foundation has a profound influence on the way we educate our students. Each girl is infinitely valuable and unique, and is encouraged to nurture and develop her God-given talents and abilities. Meaningful learning is built on strong, caring relationships.


Read the Headmistress' Welcome.

Read the Chaplain's Welcome.

A wonderful place to learn and grow


Our girls are encouraged to strive for excellence supported by a nurturing environment built on a network of relationships across the School community. Our Academic Care program is underpinned by the principles of positive psychology which closely monitors and supports each girl on her unique education journey.


 St Catherine’s boarders have been at the heart of the School since its foundation and the girls live a homely, inclusive environment where integrity, trust and responsibility are encouraged. Our boarding community is deliberately small and each girl has a private space in a beautifully decorated dorm that includes a study area and a kitchen for snacks. When study time is over the girls enjoy age-appropriate cultural, sporting and entertainment activities around Sydney’s iconic city centre and nearby beaches and parks.


I love living in the boarding house, as we have a lot of support with everything. I especially love having so many girls around me who are just like sisters."

Rebecca Year 9