Welcome to boarding

Boarding is a very special experience – a unique adventure with like-minded girls that unfolds in many different ways. Boarding has always been part of the St Catherine’s experience, and we maintain our longstanding reputation for providing a strongly supportive home away from home.

Our modern, comfortable boarding house caters to 66 boarders in Years 7 to 12, drawing from Sydney, rural Australia and overseas. Our caring staff foster a strong sense of connection and contentment, allowing girls to develop independence, resourcefulness and self-confidence.

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A close-knit, happy group

Australian and international boarding students live together in a modern, welcoming house located in the most historic part of the school. This collaborative and supportive environment promotes independence, resourcefulness and self-confidence, and we work hard to ensure every student feels connected and content as they pursue their academic studies and wider interests.

Boarding is central to school life and girls form deep bonds, becoming an extended group of like-minded ‘sisters’ who find support, guidance and friendship in each other. Their collective and positive attitude weaves into the wider school, making for a happy, connected community.

Benefits of boarding

Boarding at St Catherine’s is a special adventure. Our welcoming boarding house nurtures a strong sense of community and provides a safe environment in which girls feel supported and connected, enabling them to forge deep friendships that last for life. 

Girls can embrace opportunities knowing they have an experienced team nearby that encourages hard work and rigorous effort while promoting balance, self-worth and personal wellbeing.

Boarding facilities

The boarding house is designed to provide all the comforts of home, giving boarders the freedom to move, feel connected and grounded and enjoy everything that school life has to offer.

Whether from overseas, country Australia or just up the road, everyone gets to spend time together, taking advantage of the extensive range of high quality facilities and resources that foster productive learning and social development.

Well-resourced and connected

High quality resources

Boarders also have access to the prep centre, a fantastic resource to connect with teaching staff for after school hours assistance, support and mentorship.

All boarders come to the prep centre after dinner at 7pm, with Years 7-9 staying until 8.30pm and Years 10-12 until 9.00pm.


Centrally located

Our local shopping village provides access to a range of facilities such as chemists, doctors, bakery, cafes, hairdresser, gift shops and a post office. It is also central to everything that Sydney and its surrounds have to offer including arts and entertainment, parklands, and of course world-famous beaches.

Bondi Junction — a major transport, shopping and entertainment hub — is only a 10-minute walk from school. And for our international students, the airport is only a 20-minute drive.

Find out more.

To find out more and really get a sense of the boarding environment we highly recommend attending one of our Opening Mornings, held through the school year.

If the dates don’t work for you then we welcome your enquiry to arrange a visit. Our enrolments team would be happy to discuss further and organise a time to suit.

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.

Please note, applications for senior school are currently closed for 2024, 2025 and 2026 – except for boarding and 2026 scholarships.

2024 Open Mornings :

  • Thursday 22 August (at capacity)
  • Wednesday 13 November

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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