St Catherine's School

St Catherine's School

Toorak VIC, Melbourne Southern Suburbs & Western Port

At St Catherine’s School, our core philosophy is to empower and nurture independent and thoughtful young women with the confidence to maintain strong values and aspire to their personal best. With our four core values of integrity, curiosity, perseverance and empathy underpinning our educational framework, St Catherine’s School creates an enriching environment focusing strongly on the development of the whole person. We encourage our students to believe in their potential, achieve their aspirations and become confident, resilient women of the future.

Offering a personalised level of academic care and exceptional educational opportunities, St Catherine’s is a place for your daughter to excel. Our school culture integrates a critical awareness, a social conscience and quality relationships, which form an essential basis for our students to have a lasting sense of purpose in the world.

We are proud of our reputation for excellent academic results and the quality and character of our students.

Our Graduates

Strong educational foundations empower our graduates to study at top institutions throughout the world, such as Imperial College London, Princeton University, Boston University, University of St Andrews, ANU and The University of Melbourne.

Developing Passion and Confidence In Stem

The school’s STEM programs are at the forefront of innovative educational practice and take students beyond the textbook. Leading the way, augmented and virtual reality technology is now offered as an elective subject. Students can also learn computer coding, electrical circuitry, 3D design and construction and forensic science as well as working in tandem with industry professionals through partnerships with the CSIRO and the Australian Academy of Science.

Broadening Perspectives Through Co-Curricular Opportunities

Our co-curricular programs provide opportunities for students to personalise their learning journey beyond the classroom. Our programs are designed to create space for students to be brave, to feel safe enough to embrace new experiences. It is through these courage-building experiences they can then begin to deepen the connection to the skills learned in the classroom.

We encourage every student to go beyond the classroom and experience all opportunities and programs that define life at St Catherine’s.


The variety of Co-Curricular programs ensure our students have the opportunity to pursue their interests and be daring enough to seek new adventures. We encourage students to be bold, adventurous, and a little fearless in the pursuit of new challenges. As they step outside their comfort zones, we witness the possibility to prosper, we see them unlock their potential and we celebrate the moment they realise they are ready to achieve so much more.

Early Learning Centre

The Early Learning Centre (ELC) – Campbell House: The llhan Family Centre offers beautifully designed indoor and outdoor learning spaces inspire children to wonder, question, discover, imagine and create. Our educators recognise the unique qualities of every child, responding to children’s ideas through programs that stimulate their thinking and enrich their learning.

Junior School

We believe nurturing children through the formative year’s means surrounding them with a learning environment enriched with experiences, opportunities and an atmosphere of individual care and attention. Our new Junior School building offers dedicated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and language learning spaces, a 21st century school library and resource centre, a purpose-built auditorium equipped with a designated rehearsal space, a well-equipped music classroom with private instrumental tutorial spaces and a new art studio and gallery. 

Senior School

Our comprehensive Senior School curriculum encourages collaborative and individual learning. Our students are taught to develop negotiation, problem-solving, communication, presentation, planning and researching skills, and are encouraged to participate actively and challenge themselves across our extensive co-curricular programs. 

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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