07 April 2017

An impressive start to the school year

​What a spectacular term this has been! So much has been achieved in the last 10 weeks, with teamwork, love of learning, determination and exceptional talent on display in the academic, performing arts and sporting arenas. Our girls have made an impressive start to the school year and I thank all staff for their tremendous support and hard work throughout the term.

 We are delighted to have launched our Strategic Plan, with work well underway on a number of key initiatives. In the Junior School two new academic programs, 'Studio Learning' and 'Create and Innovate', are already making a significant impact on the girls' love of learning. The Wednesday Week B initiative has been embraced by Senior School staff, who are delving into data with great enthusiasm to determine where intervention is required. Interestingly, a recent article in the Australian Financial Review examined what good schools have in common, with high expectations, explicit instruction and a focus on performance data identified as key characteristics (AFR Weekend Edition 25-26 March 2017). 

Some recent highlights in the performing arts include: the magnificent musicianship of our music scholars in an intimate concert; the thought provoking and uplifting performances at the 54th annual Clubs and Choirs; the splendid contributions of the Junior School choir and musicians during our Easter Chapel service; and a thoroughly enjoyable performance of 15 Shades of Shakespeare by the Year 11 drama students. Well done girls!  

It was a pleasure to share with parents our vision and practical considerations regarding the RPAC project at an information evening last month. We were also thrilled to show the latest version of the 'architects' flythrough' in Junior and Senior School assemblies. And, what an incredible response from the girls! Their wide-eyed excitement was so wonderful to witness.

What a joy it is to see young hearts and minds ignited by learning on a daily basis. However, we take equal delight in witnessing our girls working and interacting respectfully with others, building relationships, demonstrating kindness, and making their own valuable contributions to life at St Catherine's and beyond. On that note, I wish our girls and staff who are travelling to Nepal a safe and wonderful trip, as they serve others and continue to build relationships with Asha Nepal and the Down Syndrome Society. 

My warmest wishes to all members of our community for a happy Easter and refreshing break from the busyness of term time. The staff and I will look forward to welcoming the girls back to school on Thursday 27 April.

View the highlights of Term 1 here. ​

 Ms Sarah Guy
Acting Headmistress