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St Catherine's School

Welcome to St Catherine’s School

At the heart of our engaged, dynamic and inclusive community, St Catherine’s School nurtures young women, to be bold and creative, independent and resilient, and who are intellectually and spiritually prepared to contribute to a greater good and an enriching life both within and beyond School.

As Principal, I am often asked to describe the essence of St Catherine’s School. Most noteworthy are the authentic learning experiences and quality of teaching provided by our professional and dedicated staff. Their expertise and warmth ensures the provision of a stimulating, tailored and future-focused education, for which St Catherine’s is internationally renowned defining the School as a leader in girls’ wellbeing and academic achievement.

Established in 1896, our reputation as a leader in girls’ education, for well over a century, is based on our readiness to embrace innovation. Our goals are in keeping with our founders’ original aim to prepare students for life; not only through education but also empowering girls to take ownership of their learning through active participation and engagement in School academic and co-curricular programs.

St Catherine’s School accepts girls from Prep to Year 12 and is centrally located in Toorak, Melbourne, Australia. We also welcome three and four year old girls and boys into our Early Learning Centre.

As a non-denominational Christian school, with boarding for rural and international girls, ourcommunity of students, staff, families and past students is actively involved in the life of the School.

To know and value each of our students St Catherine’s maintains small year levels and class numbers. Our size, along with our one campus advantage ensures all our students – from our youngest in Early Learning Centre to our VCE students – learn in one central and encouraging community.

We enjoy a reputation for academic excellence, a supportive community, an outstanding co-curricular program, exceptional teachers, fine facilities and established alumnae networks and yet we believe our greatest achievement is the quality of character which students of St Catherine’s exhibit.

When your daughter joins St Catherine’s she will tread the same floorboards as generations of remarkable women before her. Like them, she will discover her own path to a meaningful career and a full and relevant life.

Please take the time to browse our website and I encourage you to visit our School.

Please contact our Registrar to organise an appointment to view the grounds or book for an Open Morning. I look forward to meeting your family.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Michelle Carroll

In a snapshot

St Catherine’s School has many distinctive features including:
• A progressive and innovative approach to education;
• Outstanding VCE results
• Comprehensive educational extension and support programs
• A non-denominational Christian school with strong values
• Inclusive size allowing for greater opportunities
• Focused on achieving the personal and academic best of each individual student
• Close community with approximately 700 students
• Situated close to the city, in picturesque surrounds.

Outstanding VCE Results

In 2015:
9.5% achieved ATAR scores of 99 and above which places them in the top 1% of the State;
28% achieved ATAR scores of 95 and above which places them in the top 5% of the State;
53% achieved ATAR scores of 90 and above which places them in the top 10% of the State;
77% achieved ATAR scores of 80 and above which places them in top 20% of the State;

Inclusive size, greater opportunities

St Catherine’s School extensive range of subjects and activities are comparable with many larger schools and yet our size means that nobody is overlooked. Our inclusive classes enable teachers to know your daughter personally and help her to identify her talents and abilities and develop her learning style. Across all levels, our teachers encourage students to develop critical, creative and higher order thinking, preparing them for the rapidly changing world.

The school offers a broad range of VCE subjects, university enhancement and VET programs, giving every girl the opportunity to succeed.

Special Features:
Reggio Emilia philosophy in the Early Learning Centre, St Catherine’s Model in the Junior School, Leading Extension and Support program, Independent Learning Classes, ESL, St Catherine’s Leadership Diploma, Beyond Boundaries Outdoor Education Program.

Extensive co-curricular program including various sports, music and performing arts, debating, environment, student committees and community service opportunities.

St Catherine's School

17 Heyington Place
Toorak, VIC 3142
Phone: 03 9822 1285
Fax: 03 9822 7595


Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Combined
  • Gender: Girls
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes
  • Early Learning: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • International Students: Yes


Visit our School

There is only one way to appreciate the special qualities that make St Catherine's School one of Australia's best schools. We invite you to make a booking for one of our School Tours to meet our girls, tour the campus and see our School at work.

There are many specific questions you may like to ask which are particular to your daughter, her interests and her year level. Our staff and students will be happy to answer all your questions about

St Catherine’s and how you and your daughter can be a part of our community.

To reserve your place at one of our School Tours or to arrange a personal tour at an alternative time which suits you, please contact our Registrar on +61 3 9828 3071.


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