26 May 2017

History starts at home


​​​As part of their history studies Year 7 have the opportunity to complete a site study, examining a particular site and how it has changed over time. This semester, our chosen site is St Catherine's. As the oldest Anglican girls' school in Australia, St Catherine's is steeped in history, and this site study gives the students a great understanding of the life and culture of their school.

Our Year 7s work closely with Mrs Evangeline Galettis OAM, the school archivist and expert on all things St Catherine's. They visit the St Catherine's Museum, where Mrs Galettis shows them a range of primary sources about the school, its development, and the people who helped to shape it. Some girls had a great time trying to find their relatives in school photos and past editions of The Catherineian. They will complete a walking tour of the school, finding out when each building was erected and imagining what the school would have looked like 20, 50, and even 160 years ago.

The girls have really enjoyed their time with Mrs Galettis and have learned so much. The Year 7s currently studying Latin will have their turn in Semester 2, when they begin this unit of study. Hopefully, as well as gaining an appreciation of the study of history, the girls will understand that every day they are making St Catherine's history themselves.

Miss Elyse Read
Humanties Teacher