St Catherine's School

St Catherine's School

Toorak VIC, Melbourne Southern Suburbs & Western Port

Our goal is to ensure all our students learn to be their best within a setting that encourages a high level of engagement, understanding, collaboration and reflection.

 ‘Barbreck’ – Where Girls Matter

Barbreck is a vibrant hub of learning that nurtures every girls’ ability and potential—academically, physically, creatively and emotionally.

During the all-important primary years, St Catherine’s ensures opportunity for our Barbreck girls to participate in a broad range of activities that enable discovery of her talents, her interests and her dreams; equipped for a lifetime of learning.

Purposefully small, our average class size of 17 students enables every girl to receive engaging learning experiences and personalised learning plans. In Barbreck, we ensure a daily commitment to prioritising academic time for the development skills in literacy and numeracy through a model of explicit instruction. The promotion of creativity, self-expression and self-awareness is also a key feature of a Barbreck education.

At St Catherine’s, we celebrate our care of students, both pastorally and academically. It is this nurturing, yet empowering approach, that epitomises a Barbreck education.

A Personalised Approach

Each girls’ academic strengths and areas for improvement are identified through a detailed analysis of her work, with tailored personalised learning plans established to accommodate each student.

We believe in the progress of every girl and our dedicated staff are committed to ensuring girls understand their progress through feedback, guidance and encouragement of the necessary growth mindset to accept challenges and persist in their efforts to improve.

Our academic programs are sequential in nature, developing a level of rigour that ensures each girl strives for her continual improvement and captures the personalised approach of a Barbreck education. We also pride ourselves on our consultative and collaborative approach of connecting with parents to ensure information regarding their daughter’s learning plans and academic progress is comprehensively communicated.

The St Catherine’s expansive curriculum is based on Best Practice teaching and is carefully planned with our students’ knowledge, needs, interests and varying abilities in mind. It is underpinned by the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and is both rigorous and sequential.

Prep ready

Starting Prep is a time for young children to wonder, explore, discover and make meaning of the world. At St Catherine’s School, our Prep learners are offered rich learning experiences through an educational program with the depth of opportunities for your daughter to build upon her physical, social, emotional, personal, creative, cognitive and linguistic skills. Our Barbreck girls are supported by dedicated class teachers guiding a curriculum centered on Literacy, Numeracy, STEM, Humanities, Physical Education, Language, Visual and Performing Arts, Library and Learning Extension.

We know children require the time, space and opportunities to develop a range of skills, learnings, understandings and behaviour in their early years and our optimum class sizes ensure a strong foundation for the first year of school and successful lifelong learning. The high-quality and rich learning experiences offered at St Catherine’s School highlight our commitment to holistically support young children’s learning, development and wellbeing, upon which to build for future learning.

Key Facts

School uniform

The uniform is compulsory

Number of students

Total enrolment: 682
Up to Year 6: 197
In high school: 485
In Year 12: 73

Gender in depth

Female: 100%

Male: 0%

Other Requirements

Boarding school

Offers IB

Accepts international students

Offers VCE VM

Offers VET

Our Curriculum

Subjects Overview

Math classes: vertical, streamed and mixed
English classes: vertical, streamed and mixed
LOTE taught:
Chinese, French, Japanese

Senior secondary subjects overview

35 VCE level 3/4 studies
159 VCE students

Senior secondary programs overview

3 VET program(s) available
6 VET students

How our students performed in Year 12

Academic Results

Scores of 40+: 29%

Median Score: 36

Satisfactory completions of VCE: 100%

Satisfactory completions of VET: 100%

Activities & Support Staff

Accelerated learning

Accelerated learning (2)


Activities (16)


Extra-curricular (10)


Music (12)


Sports (21)

Support Staff

Support Staff (18)

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School Details









Interim Principal: Mr Robert Marshall


17 Heyington Pl Toorak Victoria 3142

Tel: (03) 9822 1285

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