Dr Julie Townsend Theatre

On Wednesday 7 December, St Catherine’s School farewelled its 12th Headmistress, Dr Julie Townsend, at her final Speech Day.

During the proceedings, the School Council dedicated the school’s 500-seat theatre in the Performing Arts & Aquatic Centre in her honour – officially naming it The Dr Julie Townsend Theatre.

We were delighted that three significant female leaders, Allegra Spender MP, Marjorie O’Neill MP and Paula Masselos Mayor of Waverley Council, joined us for the celebration.

Dr Townsend unveiled a plaque that quoted her vision for the Performing Arts & Aquatic Centre: “the many facilities in this building will underpin the transformative power of education, inspiring generations of St Catherine’s students to develop their inner core as they grow into ethical, capable, dependable and outward-looking young women – with a healthy dose of optimism.”

Dr Townsend has shaped the school significantly during her 13 years as headmistress. She transformed the school’s subject offerings, particularly in languages and technologies, and introduced a focus on STEM.

Under Dr Townsend’s leadership, St Catherine’s became one of the first schools to include positive psychology as part of its Academic Care program. Rowing, cadets and AFL have also been introduced, with much success

Finally, Dr Townsend shepherded the building of the Performing Arts & Aquatic Centre through 12 years of planning, COVID delays and building shortages. It is especially fitting that the theatre now bearing her name is housed in this centre.

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Our Open Mornings allow you to immerse yourself into life at St Catherine’s. Hear from our headmistress and take a guided tour of classrooms, facilities and spaces to get a unique insight.

Open Mornings are offered four times a year and registration is essential.

Open Mornings 2023:

  • Tuesday 21 March
  • Thursday 18 May
  • Tuesday 29 August
  • Wednesday 22 November

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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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