11 March 2016

Old Girls celebrate 160 years of educating women

​St Catherine's has reached a milestone year - celebrating 160 years of educating women. This is a wonderful achievement and further cements our place as the oldest independent, Anglican girls' school in Australia.

At St Cath's we celebrate our alumni and the rich tradition and history that generations of Old Girls provide. Our alumni are an integral part of our School community, and during the first weekend in March we celebrated this milestone year for our community.

On Friday 4 March 2016 the Old Girls' Union hosted a 160 year anniversary celebration dinner at Doltone House, Pyrmont. Over 200 Old Girls, from the Class of 2003 to the Class of 1944, attended this fabulous occasion with over 20 members from our current and past staff community. The evening was led by OGU Vice President and TV & radio personality, Mrs Electra Manikakis, with special welcomes from OGU President, Mrs Cathy Ridge, and Headmistress Dr Julie Townsend, as well as a moment of reflection from Mrs Fay Keech, our oldest Old Girl in attendance. A wonderful night was had by all.

On Saturday 5 March, St Catherine's Foundation Day, the OGU hosted a Return to St Catherine's Day with over 90 Old Girls in attendance, including many past boarders who travelled from interstate as well as overseas. The day commenced with a chapel service led by Reverend Alex Koch, followed by a delicious lunch on the Cloisters Lawn which current boarding students also attended. At the conclusion of lunch, Old Girls were invited on tours of the School and the Boarding House, led by members of the OGU, before meeting again in the Chapel for the OGU AGM.

The weekend activities were thoroughly enjoyed by all and marked a fabulous start to the 160th year of celebrations at St Catherine's for our Old Girls.

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