High quality facilities

St Catherine’s has a wide array of contemporary spaces and facilities that together provide an immersive experience for students from Kindergarten through to their final years.

From classrooms and study spaces, play areas and lawns, to research centres, science labs, workshops, sports courts and the Performing Arts & Aquatic Centre, students have everything they could need to explore their passions and develop their unique abilities.

We nurture the individual spirit of each girl, guiding her academic journey and supporting her personal development through strong values, as she grows into a young woman of character and intellect ready to make her unique contribution to the world.

Performing Arts & Aquatic Centre

Our Performing Arts & Aquatic Centre opened in January 2022 and provides an integrated suite of spaces that enable students to train, perform, compete and exercise across a variety of interests and disciplines, using the very latest in equipment and technology.

This highly adaptable centre allows students to explore new interests and develop their unique gifts and talents to the very highest levels. Its considered design and layout also offers a wide degree of flexibility in hosting a range of different activities and events.


Life at St Catherine’s is all about balance, so although every student tackles a strong and challenging academic program, it’s important they also have time to develop personally, to find new interests, follow passions and widen their friendships.

Beyond the Curriculum is our extra-curricular program offering a whole world of opportunity full of sport, arts and adventure — a wide range of activities that foster teamwork, motivation, learning and leadership.

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Aquatic Centre

This 12-lane, 25 metre, heated pool supports girls’ aquatic endeavours including water polo, diving and swimming.

It also houses the Barry Rodgers Learn to Swim Pool, in which we run our popular Learn to Swim program.

Barry Rodgers, Australian Ironman and our dedicated swimming coach for almost 40 years, taught generations of St Catherine’s students to swim. This pool has been named in his honour.

Dr Julie Townsend Theatre

Our 502-seat theatre was named in honour of our 12th headmistress, Dr Julie Townsend. 

It enhances our existing performing arts curriculum and provides the perfect space to deliver modern-day theatre and performances.

It offers a 10-metre deep stage with 5-metre wings and a full orchestra pit.

Multi-purpose Hall

The Multi-purpose Hall links to the Dr Julie Townsend Theatre by a shared foyer, offering a flexible space to support events when the auditorium is in use.

When operating independently, the Multi-purpose Hall is designed to facilitate a range of activities such as school examinations, BTC events and social functions.

Learn to Swim program

Our popular Learn to Swim program provides a range of options to St Catherine’s students and the wider community during term time and school holidays.

The program provides multiple entry points, catering for every level from infants to club and competition; focusing on building confidence, learning water safety and improving stroke technique. The overall goal is to deliver a fun and enjoyable experience while developing a valuable life skill.

Swim programs

All new enrolments must schedule a compulsory assessment before booking. Click here to schedule an assessment time.

Water Babies

Start exploring the water with your baby through fun songs and activities. We encourage parents to wear a rash shirt or t-shirt for safety.

• Baby Jellyfish 6 months to 18 months

• Baby Turtle 18 months to 3 years

Learn to Swim

We offer five levels in our Learn to Swim program, focusing on technique development through a variety of fun activities. We incorporate safety skills within each lesson.

• Crabs 3yr+

• Octopus

• Seals

• Dugongs

• Dolphins


There are two levels in our pre-squad program that further develop technique whilst introducing racing and endurance.

• Stingrays

• Makos


Our squad program is broken into four levels, each with a different focus ranging from fitness to club representative and high performance.

• Power Hour

• Development Squad

• Junior Club Squad

• Senior Club Squad

• Adult Squad

St Catherine's Aquatic Club

St Catherine’s Aquatics Swimming Club is our competitive swim team, offering a two-tiered membership structure to help your child reach their swimming goals.

Aquatics Swimming Club Swimmer membership is for those who wish to begin their entry into competitive swimming. This membership allows you access to our Aquatics Swimming Club events and time trials as well as regular updates and information.

Young student taking part in the Learn to swim program at St Catherine's

Contact us

Please contact us for booking times and information about our school holiday program.

Learn to Swim: +61 2 8305 6379

(Mon/Wed/Fri: 9am – 3pm and Tues/Thurs: 1pm – 5pm)

Aquatics program: +61 2 8305 6217

(Mon-Fri: 9am – 3pm)

Click the links below to access our relevant documents: 

Term 1 runs from Monday 29 January to Sunday 12 April.

We have Easter public holidays that fall in Term 1. There will be no swimming on Friday 19 March and Monday 1 April due to Easter.

Open Mornings

Our Open Mornings allow you to experience the magic of life at St Catherine’s for yourself and discover why we’re the right school for your family.

Open Mornings :

  • Wednesday 6 March 2024
  • Thursday 22 August 2024
Applications for senior school are currently closed for 2024, 2025 and 2026 – except for boarding and 2026 scholarships.

All at St Catherine’s School acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal people, the traditional custodians of the lands on which the school sits, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present.

We extend this respect to the continuation of the cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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