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Incorporating the Old Girls’ Bulletin AUTUMN 2018





Senior School

Our Community




VCE 2017


Dux 2017






School Captains

12 ELC


Student Perspectives





Science Building Progress





Staff Profiles





New Barbreck Progress


Leading The Way



Junior School

For the latest St Catherine’s news and regularupdates visit Editor Ms Petalyn Walker Assistant Editors Mrs Jodie Naismith, Ms Narda Edmondson, Ms Kerrie Mussert, Ms Meredith Taylor Cover photo Patrick Cody

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“The winds of change are upon us. From the strength and determination of women and men today, our students, and St Catherine’s future Old Girls will live in a world where women are heard.” – MRS MICHELLE CARROLL, PRINCIPAL


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The Bold Stance of Being Fearless

From the Chair of Council

A key priority for Council in 2018 is our building program to provide improved learning spaces for our girls. The Junior School is almost at completion with students set to commence in the new facilities in Term 3. As we excitedly anticipate the new facilities it is important to also acknowledge the history of Barbreck, especially the contribution of our past students, teachers and families – the heart and soul of Barbreck. In early 2019, St Catherine’s will host an opening ceremony where all past and current members of our community are welcome to celebrate this significant milestone.

It is hard to believe we have arrived at Term 2. I hope you have all had a positive start to the year and are well rested after the Term 1 Easter break.

The Senior School is also receiving a major refurbishment to its Science facilities to ensure students have state of the art learning spaces, consistent with our commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and conducive to an enriched learning environment.

I would like to thank all members of our community who have generously contributed to the St Catherine’s Foundation campaigns in support of these, and other, projects. Such support is an investment in our girls’ futures and testament to the strong spirit of giving within our School community. Looking to the future, Council is currently undertaking a master planning exercise to ensure facility upgrades are undertaken in a considered and planned approach. Council has committed funds to pursue the master planning process, as well investigate the development of concepts for a Performing Arts and Sports precinct – both key priorities for our School offerings. I look forward to updating the Community once these processes are completed – exciting times are ahead for St Catherine’s. Ms Jane Hodder Chair of Council


“...hands triumphantly placed upon her hips... she took the world by storm!” Standing 130 cm tall, hands triumphantly placed upon her hips and facing Wall Street’s iconic statue, Charging Bull, she took the world by storm! Fearless Girl has consistently drawn crowds since she first assumed her bold stance in New York City’s financial district. Installing Fearless Girl poignantly on International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2017 to face-off against the Charging Bull has continued to capture the attention of the world. As Principal of a girls’ school, I was, of course, most impressed with the statue. I loved the name and the message that girls are fearless. My wish is for every St Catherine’s girl to be fearless too. Inspired by New York’s Fearless Girl and all that she represented, our 2018 Year 12 Cohort selected the word ‘Fearless’ as the theme to shape their year of student leadership. During their Opening Address, School Captains Stephanie Ferrali and Annabelle Motteram, encouraged each and every St Catherine’s girl to “be fearless with their approach to School life, embracing each opportunity with a willingness and enthusiasm to try new things.” The words of 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons, was akin to the encouragement of a fearless approach when she urged young Australians to “defy their expectations by doing what is hard and to accept the challenges as they are presented, to place high expectations on oneself, to take risks that are both calculated and courageous and, importantly, to do something that matters.” As I have often commented, I believe St Catherine’s is in the business of not only educating young girls in their academic pursuits but also working with parents to help shape the character of the girls in our care. Instilling resilience, courage and a fearless approach to life, enabling them to grow into strong women capable to handle not only the joys but the challenges of life. Professor Simmons’ words reflect the virtue of courage and a desire to be hopeful and confident in one’s decisions. Significantly, courage is also caring enough about your values

to uphold and demonstrate this strength, each and every day. I consider St Catherine’s girls, both past and present, to hold this value as an intrinsic truth within themselves and I am proud to be a part of a School that empowers young women to seek out challenge with a fearless confidence. Twelve months on from Fearless Girls installation in NYC, 2018 International Women’s Day was marked with an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Women from all walks of life are calling out discrimination, sexual harassment and violence and are encouraged by global marches and campaigns, most notably the #MeToo movement. These issues are now front and centre on the national and international agenda and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. The winds of change are upon us. From the strength and determination of women and men today, our students, and St Catherine’s future Old Girls will live in a world where women are heard. Within the St Catherine’s community including professional networks, we collectively forge a sense of belonging and a focus to inspire girls of St Catherine’s to lean in with interest and curious minds. As a strong advocate for girls and women, I cannot underestimate the importance we place on providing our girls, and those who came before them, with strong, positive images and stories of women who are achieving in many and diverse ways.

“... seek out challenge with a fearless confidence.”

This edition of the St Catherine’s News provides a visual diary of the story of the St Catherine’s girl from ELC to VCE graduate and beyond. It also provides an insight into the dedication and professionalism of the St Catherine’s staff and the development of innovative and rigorous programs to demonstrate the School’s commitment to nurturing and empowering independent and globally responsive young women. Such fearless women will be enabled to approach all their endeavours with confidence, wisdom and integrity. Mrs Michelle Carroll Principal



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A Bright Future The future is bright for our Class of 2017 with 100% of graduates who applied for a tertiary course, receiving an offer to study in 2018.





100% Received Tertiary Offers







The Class of 2017 demonstrated exceptional leadership across all their endeavours including dedication to their studies, participating in co-curricular programs and contributing to our School and community through their involvement in service and leadership opportunities. Their commitment has resulted in outstanding performances including:


We congratulate our 2017 graduating students, with 100% of those who applied for a tertiary course, receiving an offer to study in 2018. Our graduating students will be represented at 20 different Victorian, interstate and overseas tertiary institutions including University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The Australian National University, University of Sydney, Bond University. Our graduates will embark on study in a range of interest areas including Biomedicine, Science, Technology, Engineering, Design, Arts, Commerce and Business.


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Our Class of 2017 embark upon life beyond the Heyington Gates.




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A career in landscape architecture beckons for 2017 graduate Stephanie Wills, who plans to study Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne. Stephanie also hopes to utilise the networks she developed whilst on work experience to secure employment in the future.

“St Catherine’s and my teachers have taught me to push my boundaries in all aspects of life. They have helped me become more resilient and to keep striving if I don’t succeed the first time. Through their support and feedback, I have set some very ambitious goals, some of which I have already achieved”, says Chloe.

With a desire to work in the film industry, Year 12 graduate Sidonie Bird de la Coeur is now studying Arts at The University of Melbourne with a major in screenwriting.

With a passion for Mathematics and Science, Eliane Sadler is studying Engineering at Monash University.

“Within the next five years I hope to have completed my degree and be working as part of a landscape architecture or design firm, hopefully with one of the businesses where I completed work experience,” Stephanie explains.

Studying a Bachelor of Design at The University of Melbourne, Chloe is looking forward to expanding her design skills and techniques over the coming years and would love to eventually open her own design business.

Sidonie says the friendly and dynamic nature of the teachers at St Catherine’s has really helped her reach her goals, “the familiarity all the students have with our teachers makes it so easy to consult them and talk through all of our questions.” “The teachers taught me to say yes to opportunities when they arise… I always felt like I could try everything without worrying about whether I was good enough.”

Discussing the importance of more girls opting to undertake Science and Engineering degrees Eliane says, “... It is important for women to study what we find pleasure in and never let any statistics hold us back. “I think the opportunities are endless for women in the Science and Engineering sector, having such great importance in today’s world. As we continue to advance and grow, the career options from these degrees are endless.”



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PREMIER TERTIARY STUDY Beyond the Heyington Gates, a world of possibilities awaits our 2017 graduates. Three graduates are taking the opportunity to study abroad at some of the world’s leading universities.

VCE PATHWAYS SCHOOL DUX ZEYI (ZOE) YU School Dux, Zeyi (Zoe) Yu, was offered places to study Mathematics in the United Kingdom at both the University of Cambridge and the Imperial College London. “I chose to study Mathematics in the United Kingdom because I am passionate about this subject and Cambridge sounds like a wonderful place to study. It would be a beautiful and quiet city to live in during my study. London, on the other hand, is a busy place with all the attractions as well as more career opportunities,” Zoe explains. “During my time overseas, I am looking forward to reaching my highest potential in my chosen subject. It also provides me with a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and immerse myself in a new country and a different culture to Australia. “I was provided with so much information when I was applying to universities overseas from my teachers as well as my Careers Advisor and School Counsellor. I would not be embarking on this UK adventure without their support and the support of the staff in the Boarding House who provided such a great place to study, especially during the exam period.”

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VCE PATHWAYS RUYAN (LILY) LI After receiving university offers from both The University of Melbourne and the Imperial College in the United Kingdom, Ruyan (Lily) Li will study in Melbourne initially to ensure her selected course; Biomedicine, is the career pathway best suited for her. “Studying Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne provides the perfect pathway for my dream career participating in the health sector. The course also allows me to continue studying Biology and Chemistry, my two favourite subjects,” Lily explains. “Without my teachers from St Catherine’s I would not have achieved the ATAR results I received and be commencing tertiary study in the course I dreamed of. I still remember contacting Mrs Matt in despair after my Specialist Mathematics exam thinking I was doomed. Mrs Matt drove over to the Boarding House and gave me a huge hug and told me I would be fine.” “My other favourite teacher, Ms Jackson-McRae also helped me so much in organising our School Science Club, writing recommendation letters and helping me prepare. Mrs van der Poel’s expertise in application writing ensured my UK application was easy and fluent. I would not have been able to do this without any of them.”

VCE PATHWAYS CHLOE THOMPSON “My teachers taught me how to think independently and critically, to find my own voice as a writer and trust it, and, perhaps most importantly, they instilled in me an unshakeable determination to pursue whatever brings joy,” explains Chloe Thompson. Accepting an offer to read English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, commencing in October of this year, Chloe is looking forward to studying the English Language in such a broad, yet intimate manner at Oxford. “What attracted me to Oxford University is their one-on-one tutoring system, the beautiful town it is situated in and its close proximity to the rest of Europe! Not only does their literature course encapsulate everything I love about learning, thinking and creating – but it enables me to immerse myself deeply and daringly into a world for which I’ve always yearned.” “Being so far from home, my friends, and my family, I hope that these coming years will shape me into a more resilient person and independent thinker, while helping me develop my writing, reading and analytical skills.” Prior to commencing at Oxford, Chloe will be working and attending Melbourne University, undertaking subjects unavailable during her Literature course in England.



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are all key elements of the school’s push for improved teaching and learning.” Consistent with this statement, St Catherine’s focus for 2018 has three key elements: 1. Use data from the systematic use of assessment instruments to identify in students, skill gaps and misunderstandings. 2. Ensure every class has explicit learning intentions articulated by the teacher so the intent and purpose of every lesson is clear for every student.

Driving a Learning Agenda The importance of an education that is rigorous, robust and relevant, has never been more important. We live in a complex world and the future is not only uncertain, but can be a daunting proposition for our young people. St Catherine’s girls must be equipped with a range of knowledge, skills and dispositions, to embrace their futures with confidence and optimism. The task for our team of dedicated education professionals at St Catherine’s School is to ensure all students have access to the highest quality learning experiences. St Catherine’s is a high performing school. However, even in the highest performing organisations, there is scope for improvement and the need to set the bar higher. After four years at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), leading the school improvement initiatives I am excited about commencing at St Catherine’s. My work has allowed me to audit over 100 schools across Australia and review their practices. These schools were across all three sectors – government, Catholic and independent. Upon my arrival at St Catherine’s in Term 4 last year, I conducted a review of the Teaching and Learning programs. The first and most obvious observation was the strength of St Catherine’s culture. Teachers speak in glowing terms about the care and affection they have for the students. Staff are deeply committed

and passionate about the work they perform. Staff love the School and there is a high degree of collegiality. There is, as you might expect, a high degree of pride in the School by all members of the community. It is no exaggeration to say St Catherine’s is very effective at delivering a high quality education to girls. Whilst I believe the School is providing an education that the vast majority of schools in Australia can only dream of, there is room for us to improve. The review conducted at St Catherine’s involved interviewing over 90 staff as well as students and parents. The result of this work has been to establish an Academic Strategic plan. The National School Improvement Tool, developed by ACER, identifies practices that high performing schools need to be engaged in. It states emphatically that schools must have: “Clarity about what students are expected to learn and be able to do, high expectations of every student’s learning, explicit teaching of skills and content, individualised attention as required, and timely feedback to guide student action

3. Identify and make sure all learning for students has explicitly visible success criteria for all assessments. In addition, at St Catherine’s, we are driving a learning agenda which ensures high expectations for every student in our care and that all teachers will: • Move towards an expectation that all faculties and teams are able to illustrate, through case studies, meeting minutes and project plans how data has been used to identify priorities, take action and monitor progress. • Refine professional learning in the School and commit to documented professional learning which addresses and supports the School’s explicit improvement agenda and ensures this plan makes provision for the further development of formal mentoring and coaching. • Ensure there is strong alignment between the overall curriculum delivery plan, term and unit plans, classroom teaching and the regular assessment of student progress in relation to curriculum expectations. We believe attention to the fine detail in the teaching and learning process at St Catherine’s will improve the quality of our teaching. In doing so, the learning outcomes for all of our girls will improve. We have all the conditions in place to move towards St Catherine’s becoming an even greater School than it is today. Mr Robert Marshall Director of Teaching and Learning


Fostering Resilience

outcomes including scholastic success, quality interpersonal relationships, leadership in organisations, mental health, resilience, wellbeing and life satisfaction. Children and adolescents who have access to programs that develop emotional intelligence skills may have important advantages over children and adolescents who do not. SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

St Catherine’s and Swinburne University continue to deliver an up to date, research based wellbeing program for our students from ELC to Year 12. Let’s not forget that the small emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it. — Vincent Van Gogh Artist Vincent Van Gogh’s observation in the 1800s is testament to the recognition of the role emotions play in our everyday feelings, thoughts and consequently our actions. Van Gogh’s acceptance of our emotions being the ‘captains of our lives’ is, however, being challenged by the 21st Century understanding that increased Emotional Intelligence can render us more aware, and in more control of our emotions and their influence on our decisions, attitudes and aptitudes. WHAT IS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE? Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a set of skills relating to emotions and the processing of emotional information. International research has now shown that EI is an important determinant of a range of life

Now in the third year of our partnership with Swinburne University’s Emotional Intelligence Research Unit, we continue to be able to integrate the most up to date research into our weThrive Wellbeing @ St Catherine’s program. Branded Aristotle EI Programs, after the philosopher who first spoke of the intelligent use of emotions, a suite of programs has been designed to develop the emotional competencies across a range of developmental stages. These competencies include: Emotional Recognition and Expression, Understanding the Emotions of Others, Emotional Reasoning, and Emotional Management and Control. Using this scientific model of emotional intelligence as a strong foundation for each lesson within the program, students reflect on their current EI strengths and opportunities for development. The activities are undertaken sequentially, building upon one another from more basic concepts to the more complex and are designed to establish a common language for emotional intelligence. The ‘Aristotle’ program has expanded each year and forward planning continues. Swinburne University staff train St Catherine’s teachers who are implementing the programs, tailoring the content to the needs of our students as part of this professional collaboration. This year the EI Program has been extended to include the Year 10 ‘Resilience EI Program’ and the Year 11 ‘EI in Leadership’ modules. The Aristotle modules currently complement the Wellbeing Program in the following Year levels: Year 1 Foundations Program, Year 4 Building Blocks Program,

Year 5 Building Blocks Booster Program, Year 6 Social Skills Program, Year 7 Development Module 1, Year 8 Development Program, Year 9 Development Program Booster, Year 10 Resilience Program, Year 11 EI in Leadership, and planning is underway to introduce the ‘EI in Sport’ program. RESILIENCE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAM The Year 10 Resilience EI Program was launched at this year’s inaugural Year 10 Wellbeing Retreat. The students had the opportunity to build on skills from previous years to discuss and develop their EI skills, with a particular focus on resilience. Resilience in adolescence is considered a very important factor in supporting desirable mental health and wellbeing. A recent Swinburne study examined the role of emotional intelligence and coping style in predicting aspects of resilience, revealing that adolescents with greater EI were more likely to utilise problem-focused strategies, seek social support to cope with adversity and display greater levels of resilience. Their research suggests that resilience development is reliant upon repeated utilisation of adaptive coping strategies that are supported by increased EI skills. The Year 10 program aims to provide opportunities to develop a range of coping strategies as an important foundation for the fostering of resilience. To revisit Van Gogh’s metaphor, human emotions are turbulent but they can be effectively navigated through improved emotional intelligence. Ms Merran O’Connor Director of Student Wellbeing



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Senior School Captains WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DUTIES YOU WILL TAKE ON IN YOUR ROLE? Stephanie: In addition to our public speaking and formal commitments, one of the most important tasks for School Captains is to represent St Catherine’s and its values to the highest standard. We must be able to express the purpose of these values so the entire community can be proud of the School. This generates leadership amongst all the girls. We will take the opportunity to connect with and mentor students across all Year levels. Part of our role will be to work collaboratively with teachers, other staff and all of the girls. We are having exciting conversations about all sorts of initiatives and activities. We believe we should do our very best to generate inspiration and action and are looking forward to encouraging and supporting the girls to embrace all aspects of life at St Catherine’s. This is particularly important for those of us in our final year. As one of the representatives of the Cohort, I will be sure to listen carefully, consider alternate views and foster a sense of unity. I hope we can embrace this very special time together with strength, courage and humour.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO A POSITION ON THE STUDENT EXECUTIVE? Stephanie: I commenced my journey at St Catherine’s as a three-year-old in the Early Learning Centre so I have had a strong and long-standing involvement with all aspects of School life. It occurred to me that I had a great deal of knowledge and experience to pass on. Coming close to the end of my time here, I also had a strong desire to connect with the younger girls and to serve as a symbol of how we can develop, adapt and take intelligent risks – we always have the capacity to be better. Each Year level writes a new chapter in the history of St Catherine’s and I relish the possibility of offering some direction and guidance. For the class of 2018, this is the moment; right here and right now! WHAT MAKES A GOOD LEADER? Annabelle: A person who offers guidance and acceptance in the hope that the people they are leading will tackle their ambitions on their own with the knowledge that someone is supporting them. To me, a leader is someone who resolves conflict by compromising in the hope that each voice, no matter how soft, is heard.

IS THERE A HIGH PROFILE OR COMMUNITY LEADER THAT YOU ADMIRE? Annabelle: The St Catherine’s Old Girl Dr Joanne Wainer AM (Richardson ’63) who I read about to prepare a speech to become School Co-Captain. Her contempt for injustice and her unfaltering resilience in order for women to have choice over their own bodies are things that I find very admirable. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED AS A STUDENT LEADER OF ST CATHERINE’S? Stephanie: I hope I am remembered as a School Captain who was a leader all of the time and led by example. I hope I will have shown myself to be a Captain who understood what kind of approach a situation called for and was able to adapt. If the girls across all Year levels were to see me as a School Captain who had been honest, inclusive, and kind, I would be absolutely thrilled! I would also like to think I had been available to the girls and that I had listened well. I would be so proud if I were to leave a legacy of positivity and inspiration. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL? Annabelle: The opportunities that lie beyond the gates of Heyington Place. I’ve always thought of St Catherine’s as a strong foundation, in which a girl can go anywhere they want to if they are committed.


Junior School Captains HOW WERE YOU CHOSEN FOR YOUR ROLE? Charlotte: Firstly, we were required to write a letter to Mrs Moor, explaining why we wanted to be a Barbreck Captain and why we thought we would be worthy of the role. Then, all of the Years 5 and 6 students were asked to nominate four girls who they thought would be a great Barbreck Captain. The Barbreck teachers also nominated students for the role. Based on the application letters, and the student and teacher votes, Mrs Moor and Ms Samuel then selected the two Barbreck Captains. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO BE ELECTED? Georgia: The moment they called my name I was in utter disbelieve! Me?! I was against really qualified girls and they chose me?! While I was still contemplating if there was a malfunction in the voting system everybody was congratulating Charlotte and I. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A BARBRECK CAPTAIN? Georgia: I love setting a good example and being responsible. I am aware that I am setting an example for the younger students. When I was younger and the Year 6 students talked to me I would look at them in awe. I knew one day I would be just like them, so tall, intelligent and responsible. I still think of those thoughts today, how can I make myself a great leader just like they were. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN YOUR ROLE THIS YEAR? Charlotte: I am looking forward to working together with Georgia and all of the other Year 6 students to be role models for the rest of the Barbreck students. I really enjoy helping others so I can’t wait to help anyone who needs it, whether that be new or old students or children coming on a Barbreck tour. It is also really exciting that we will be moving into the new building in the middle of the year. I cannot wait to help the Barbreck students get to know their way around the new building. Also, although I

am nervous about public speaking, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to write speeches and share my ideas. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE QUALITIES THAT A GOOD LEADER SHOULD HAVE? Charlotte: A good leader should be a good listener and respect everybody’s ideas. They should make sure everyone has a chance to speak and share their ideas. They should value the opinions of those around them and be respectful of their friends, their teachers and their surroundings. They should also be able to remain calm when they are stressed or frustrated. They also need to work hard at their job, even at times when they don’t feel like it. A good leader should lead by example and be a wonderful role model for the people around them. They should also be able to make fair decisions which may sometimes be tough and they need to be honest at all times. WHAT MAKES ST CATHERINE’S SUCH A GREAT SCHOOL? Charlotte: I remember when I started at St Catherine’s in Year 1, how quickly I made new friends. I think that is one of the most wonderful things about Barbreck, that students and teachers try really hard to make new students feel welcome. I love the fact that it is a small School so most of the Barbreck girls know each other and play with girls from other Year groups. I also love the fact the teachers make learning fun, we work hard but we have fun doing it. If you find something difficult you also never need to feel bad about asking for help. At St Catherine’s we are also given the opportunity to participate in many activities such as Swimming, Athletics, Water Polo, the Barbreck choirs, the Years 5 and 6 Band and Snowsports. Georgia: St Catherine’s has so much to offer and that’s why I knew this was the School for me. At our School there is something for everyone. If it’s an instrument, sport or a subject it will be here. The facilities are wonderful and the teachers are like friends; kind, intelligent, attentive and humorous. The teachers make your time at St Catherine’s unforgettable. I know my time at St Catherine’s will be cherished for the rest of my life.


SENIOR SCHOOL YEAR 12 CAPTAINS School Captains Student Executives House Captains Beaulieu Blair Davis Holmes Kilbride Langley Templeton Art and Design Boarding Community Service Debating Drama Duke of Edinburgh Environment Magazine Music Choral Music Instrumental Spirit and Wellbeing Sport Athletics Cross Country Diving Rowing Snowsports Swimming Concert Band Leader School Pianist Jorgensen Orchestra Leader

Annabelle Motteram Stephanie Ferrali Stephanie Ferrali Samara Gill Juliet Grant Annabelle Motteram Emma Rodgers Annabel Joubert Emma Rodgers Alexandra McBain Sarah Wilson Isabelle Gough Sarah Steven Camilla Broome Charlotte Sinclair Jessica Caine Charlotte Fortey Erin O’Brien Natalie Chan Emily Kent Madeleine Leggo Samara Gill Isabel Gray Demi Markakis Lucy Porter Michelle Libreri Olivia Murdoch Phoebe Hamilton Maria Wu Yasmin Spyrou Juliet Grant Eleanor Millear Isabelle Dann Camilla Broome Isabelle Dann Sarah Wilson Laetitia Donato Juliet Grant Eleanor Millear Sophie McAllister Claudia Richardson Isabelle Gough Charlotte Sinclair Lily Arnoul and Jasmine Pearce Higgins Maria Wu Isabelle Binsted

BARBRECK LEADERSHIP POSITIONS Barbreck School Co-Captains Georgia Hennessy Charlotte Upton Music Captains Arkie Bertalli Sophia Atkins House Captains Beaulieu Blair Luisa Burney Sophie Dreaver Davis Lilla Barrington Millie Nilsen Holmes Kilbride Mattea Demetriou Amelie Snell-Bliss Langley Templeton Indi Cunningham Scarlett Pringle


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Strong Foundations “We see how early childhood experiences are so important to lifelong outcomes, how the early environment literally becomes embedded in the brain and changes its architecture.” – Andrew S. Garner It is a very exciting time of year as the children commence their educational journey in the Early Learning Centre. The early years are one of the most important stages in life for children as this is the time when the foundations for learning, social behaviour and wellbeing are formed. Neurological research demonstrates the early years are a critical time in a child’s life in terms of brain development. In the first five years of life, a child’s brain develops more rapidly than at any other time. Early experiences, using all of the senses stimulate the brain, creating millions of connections causing the brain to ‘hard wire’. This is when the foundations are laid for lifelong learning, wellbeing and social behaviour. It is imperative that young children are provided with enriching and meaningful learning opportunities, and establish positive, caring relationships during their early years. These factors greatly influence how

the brain develops. Our role as educators, in partnership with parents, is to provide a secure learning environment where children can develop a sense of identity and belonging; are actively involved in meaningful learning experiences; where children are given opportunities to build positive, caring relationships with other children and adults; and where the uniqueness of each child is respected and embraced. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin Young children need opportunities to be in the world doing things. Albert Einstein describes a child’s play as “the highest form of research.” Children need to be actively involved in meaningful play experiences as learning happens best when it is in context. Young children especially need opportunities to engage in active, hands-on learning.


They also need time – time to build relationships, time to have conversations, time to play and explore. We really want to build a lifelong love for learning right from an early age. “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori Our Early Learning programs at St Catherine’s are designed to optimise opportunities for children to learn, develop and grow during their fundamental years. Our aim is for children to reach their potential through an education and learning environment that is conducive to this. Our learning environments are designed to provoke curiosity and wonder. The experiences offered to the children invite inquiry, thinking, questioning and research. There are opportunities for individual learning as well as for children to work collaboratively as a member of a community. All of these learning opportunities work towards building a positive attitude towards learning and a desire to learn from a young age. Relationships are integral to everything we do. Relationships between children, families and educators are nurtured and fostered. Children need to feel a sense of identity within, and belonging to, their learning community. They need to feel safe and secure within these relationships. Once this rapport is established, then children’s learning will flow. The early years are undoubtedly the key to lifelong learning. Therefore, optimising this stage of a young child’s life is the best investment you can make to ensure their future wellbeing and success. We look forward to the children’s educational journeys unfolding at the Early Learning Centre this year, for this will be a year of considerable learning, growth and development. Ms Sarah Bethune Early Learning Centre Coordinator



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Bridging the Communications Gap Our children are online and connected, providing much potential to create, connect and communicate. As communication and connection via technology increases and becomes more sophisticated, it is important for young people to understand how to navigate and balance both offline and online spaces. Within the Junior School, we harness the benefits technology brings and equip our girls with strategies to handle the challenges.

Communication online is increasingly accessible and is often the predominant form of communication for young people today. Therefore, as we consider the wellbeing of students and their personal and social development, it is essential to deepen their understanding of respectful, responsible and safe communication regardless of whether they are face-toface or online. Our goal is for students to understand that our values, choices and behaviours are interchangeable between the two, identifying the benefits, intricacies and potential challenges of both, and the time and place for each.

In the Junior School, we have an explicit digital citizenship curriculum to address this need. The topic is delivered through a developmentally appropriate and differentiated program. The program is underpinned by St Catherine’s Wellbeing program, the Australian Curriculum and Common Sense Media scope and sequence, based on the research of Dr Howard Gardner and the Good Play Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The purpose of this program is to help students understand some of the nuances of the online world and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to be respectful, responsible and safe while in the online space.


Some of the key understandings and skills we develop in our students are: • A bank of strategies for managing their privacy, security and safety while online. • A considerate and respectful approach to others and themselves whilst online. • An understanding of the similarities and differences between how we communicate in face-to-face and online spaces, and making good choices based on this understanding. • Being aware of responsibilities and rights as creators and users of content and information in online spaces. • An understanding that their online behaviour and choices reflect who they are and can affect their relationships. • Developing positive and appropriate communication strategies.

• Learning what to do if they are involved in, or come across any, inappropriate communication or behaviour online. • Identifying, finding, evaluating and using information effectively. With each of these concepts one of the most important elements is connecting those understandings with what they might do if they were faced with the same situation in person. For example: • Keeping house keys safe – keeping usernames and passwords secure and private.

The delivery of this program empowers girls to think critically, behave safely and respectfully and participate responsibly in our digital world. These 21st Century skills are essential for students to harness the full potential of technology for learning and life. We want to provide our students with “the ability to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.”1 Ms Catherine Samuel Deputy Head of Junior School

• Not speaking to strangers – only connecting with people online who you know.


• Speaking to one another kindly – making sure any online communication is positive and encouraging.

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St Catherine’s News Autumn 2018


Rising & Fearless On Thursday 8 March, we celebrated International Women’s Day. This is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. I began reflecting on the Year 12 theme for 2018, Fearless, and the desire in all young women to rise up and be fearless. It is a common theme that we all hear and recognise but we all know it comes with its own set of challenges in life. To be fearless, to stand tall, and to hold firm to a view or belief can be difficult and it is how one responds that truly matters. The importance of being resilient and rising up is an empowering idea and it reminded me of Maya Angelou’s poem.

This is where she will become one of the departed, Once alive and surrounded by loved ones, now to cease to be alone.

In one stanza Maya writes:

But as she decides that this will be it,

I rise

Something she did not expect to happen occurs.

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Her home-turned prison is suddenly alit,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

With the light of her saviours who are almost a blur.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise.

This notion of rising and overcoming adversity as women aligns with our first study in Writer’s Club this year where we asked the students to respond to the idea Leave No Woman Behind. The students wrote with such sensitivity, maturity and insight on this theme.


Year 8 students immersed in a study of women in another culture through writing and performing plays

As Angela Yu so aptly writes, to rise up, to be fearless, to leave no woman and man behind is a concept we need to teach every child to be heard, to listen and to understand. “To complete everything in little steps and let our expectations drop just a little.” Such wise words from one young woman.

Now it will end where it all started, The home of her childhood now her gravestone.

I feel a great sense of optimism and pride in our St Catherine’s young women. I know that when they rise, and they all will, their impact will be magnificent and fearless! Mrs Ceri Lloyd Head of English

Her horizons of possibility in life are suddenly wide, She will find her family among the rubble of the past. Maybe she can feel a sense of pride, That she was one who managed to last.

By Emilia Searby, Year 8

“…The key, the solution, the ultimate goal we are all searching for, is to complete everything in little steps. To let our expectations drop just a little, in order for us to complete just a little, and then rise again with each situation that we encounter on our way to gender equality. The first step that I propose is to teach every child, no matter in school or at home, the same concepts, ideas and creative innovations that have shaped our lives today. Teach every child to climb trees so that every person can survive a tsunami, not just the men. Teach every child justice, and that everyone is able to learn everything well, no matter if they are male or female. Maths is not just for the men, and maths is not just for the women. Teach every child at the same pace, no matter if they are male or female; care for every child in the same way, no matter if they are male or female; listen to every child with the same mindset, no matter if they are male or female. In fact, listen to every person with the same mindset, no matter if they are male or female. Because everybody and everything deserves to be heard, and to be listened to, and to be understood. That, in its whole self, is the meaning of gender equality. It is when we, as a peaceful, cooperative union of both males and females alike, leave no woman behind, and leave no man behind either.”

By Angela Yu, Year 8



Year 12 student Demi Markakis performed at the Playhouse Theatre stage and shared her theatrical work as part of the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority’s (VCE) Top Class program.


Our students were honoured to be selected as part of the VCE Season of Excellence

The Stagecraft examination assesses the ability of VCE Theatre Studies students to interpret a monologue from a playscript and justify their interpretive decisions. Of the fourteen monologues on offer, Demi selected Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods. The monologue is sung by Little Red Ridinghood, and consists of the details about her visit to ‘grandmother’s house’. “Demi’s thorough research of the contexts of both the playwright and the world of the play lay the foundation for her to be able to develop a strong and cohesive interpretation of the monologue. It is a formidable challenge to take on the role of both actor and director, but Demi took this in her stride, and was able to experiment with

different stagecraft areas and approaches to the character to refine her performance and the meaning she wanted to communicate to her audience,” explains Mr James Brown, Head of Performing Arts. “Ultimately, she was able to master the theatrical style, use of non-naturalistic elements and find the right balance between the colourful fairytale world and the poignant messages and warnings of Sondheim’s playscript.” “I am thrilled that Demi had the opportunity to perform on the Playhouse Theatre stage and share her work at the Top Class session.” Demi reflects on her performance, “Having admired the Top Class

performers last year, being given the opportunity to perform my Theatre Studies monologue on the Playhouse stage to a sold-out crowd was a phenomenal experience! It was exhilarating to think that only three weeks ago I was watching The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on the same stage on which I was now performing. It was a privilege to be amongst the 25 students selected, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting like-minded students with a passion for Theatre. I appreciated having such an enthusiastic audience, and I would like to thank my parents and my teacher, Mr Brown, for coming to support me on the day and for all their help and guidance last year,” says Demi.



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Green & Gold

St Catherine’s School offers a wide variety of sporting opportunities for our students to experience and develop the values associated with sport.

Whether it be rallying out a set within the Girls Sport Victoria (GSV) weekly Tennis competition, running that extra mile in Athletics Victoria Cross Country relays or striving for more length down the Barwon River at the Head of the Schoolgirls Rowing Regatta, our St Catherine’s girls work hard to deliver their best efforts and contribute positively towards their School. Although we regularly recognise and praise the performances of those students who wear the light blue on competition day, we also acknowledge the effort and achievements of those who wear different colours (in some cases the green and gold), yet still represent the pride of St Catherine’s in all that they do.




Jeneath is setting the golfing world alight as she recently toured Asia and the United States, competing in junior Golf events. In 2017, Jeneath won the Under 12 title at the Malaysian tournament, scoring rounds of 76, 76 and 75 on the Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort Course. She also won her age group at the inaugural U.S. Kids Golf Australian Open and capped off her 2017 year with selection in the School Sport Victoria Under 17. Jeneath works extremely hard, practising almost everyday as her handicap nudges the scratch mark. Along with her national and international commitments, Jeneath has enjoyed representing her School at the GSV Golf Tournament, a chance for all girls to sample and experience the great game of Golf.

In 2017, Lucy Gray took her sailing to the next level as she represented Australia at the 420 World Championships in Fremantle, Perth. This event saw over 146 boats from 17 countries take part in elite level racing. Sailing is an extremely challenging sport, where the physical ability of handling the boat is met with the complex negotiation of managing weather and equipment. During the event, Lucy faced the extremes of all conditions, however, felt the experience was a learning curve for her development as a young sailor. Over the past two years, Lucy has enjoyed representing her School at the Girl Sail event at Davey’s Bay, an event dedicated to promoting girls in Sailing.

After recent international competitions her dream of competing at Olympic level does not seem far away. At the recent Koala Cup Championships, Mayuri received the gold medal after strong performances, including anchoring her Australian team to victory over Japan. Along with being crowned the Under 15 National Champion, these performances swiftly pushed Mayuri up the Australian and World rankings. In 2018, Mayuri will contest a number of international competitions as she continues to build her points ranking in pursuit of a position in the Australian senior Fencing team.


We congratulate all our international sport representatives and wish them all the best for their 2018 sporting pursuits. We trust that although they may not be wearing the St Catherine’s light blue in the competition arena they will represent their School with pride. Mr Lloyd Knight Head of Sports

Each year, St Catherine’s welcomes students from around the world into our School community to learn, live and share cultures. In Term 1, seven Year 9 students from our sister schools in the United Kingdom – St Catherine’s Bramley and St George’s Ascot, commenced at St Catherine’s. From St Catherine’s Bramley we welcomed Grace Brown, Amy Earl, Isobel Chiappini and Maya Vere Nicoll and from St George’s we welcomed Matilda Cayton, India Williams and Megan O’Hare.

CULTURE exchange

student, Matilda says “I even love waking up at four in the morning to go rowing! Which I never thought I’d be saying.” Maya expressed the view of all the UK exchange girls when she commented, “The Australian exchange has been amazing. My hosts have really made me feel like a part of their own family. I am getting on really well with my exchange sister and I am so lucky to have her. I have had so many new experiences, and I am enjoying school, making new friends and experiencing the new subjects here. I am so excited to have my exchange sister back in England and show her around our school and English life.”

JEMIMA WILCOX (YEAR 7) Although only in Year 7, Jemima is already establishing herself as a basketballer to watch out for on court. This year, she will represent the Australian Under 14 Basketball team in their tour of New Zealand. Jemima has worked extremely hard to be selected for the team after breaking her foot in 2017. With diligent determination, Jemima trained extremely hard and competed strongly at the Australian Junior Country Basketball Cup. Here the coaching team recognised her versatility, calm head and leadership both on and off court as valuable attributes that would positively contribute towards the Australian team.

The seven girls arrived two weeks before the School year so they could attend our Rowing Camp. This was a new experience for the girls as none of them had ever rowed before. Rowing Camp was a great way for the girls to meet the rest of the Year 9 students before classes commenced. India and Grace were fortunate enough to win at the Firbank Regatta with their crew. St George’s

We are very excited that this Exchange Program continues to be a huge success for the girls involved and also allows our Year 9 students to learn about the English school system. It is very exciting to announce we will be expanding our Year 9 exchange program offerings in 2019 to include a school on Vancouver Island, Canada. This exchange will run alongside the UK exchange and enable more students to take up this opportunity. Miss Tamara Andrews Trips and Exchanges Coordinator



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Meet four of our students... Alexia Chatfield

Kayla Jackson



What are you learning in the classroom at the moment? We are learning place value in Mathematics and we are also doing lots of writing. I wrote a story about Wonder Woman and how she went on vacation to Hawaii and saved lots of people when a building fell down.

What are some of your favourite aspects of School life?

Do you play any musical instruments? I have been playing the piano since I was five and I have just started playing the violin at School. My favourite song to play on the piano is Little Indian Brave.

To be a good leader and provide younger students with advice about School and how to manage their time to complete work.

What would you like to be when you grow up? I love reading and writing so something that lets me do that.

More Co-curricular activities. I am interested in the Drama Club and Art Club.

What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl? To be thoughtful, caring, curious and always wanting to learn.

I am happy to be a St Catherine’s girl because I am receiving a good education that will allow me to achieve my long-term goal of being a vet.

What are you looking forward to next year in Year 3? My little sister will start School and be in Prep, I will be able to show her around and see her in the playground! I am also looking forward to learning more Maths and going on School camp.

You have been accepted into the National Indigenous Netball Team. Congratulations. Can you tell us how you were selected and what being part of the team involves?

What are your favourite things to do outside of School? I love going to the movies and spending time at the beach. Do you play any sports? Little Athletics and Ballet. My favourite event in Little Aths is Hurdles. My least favourite is High Jump.

The seats in the Winter Garden where I see my friends. Physical Education because I run and have fun with all my class friends. What would you like to achieve during your time as a St Catherine’s girl?

What do you hope to do by the end of the year at School?

What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl?

Over the Christmas holidays I played for the Northern Territory Indigenous Netball team on the Gold Coast. During the event my coach signed me up for trials for the indigenous Australian side. I made it through to the second round of trials and I said to myself, “I think I might have a chance of qualifying.” At the closing ceremony, they read out the teams. When I heard my name called for the Under 14s team I felt very excited!


Lily Arnoul

Sage Prior



What do you enjoy the most about School?

What do you like most about School? Learning new things every day and seeing my friends.

Seeing my friends every day, taking subjects that I enjoy and working together with the Year 12 cohort to organise fun initiatives. At the moment we have been working towards initiatives relating to this year’s theme; ‘Fearless’. Another highlight has been volunteering at Friday Night School. It has been rewarding to be a regular tutor for disadvantaged students and help them with their school work. How do you enjoy the role as Cox in the first VIII? What benefits has Rowing provided you at School?

I have thoroughly enjoyed being the Cox of the First VIII this season, especially being able to enjoy all the wins with an amazing group of girls who work really well together. I have learnt how to be disciplined with how I manage my time, as well as developing my organisation skills because of Rowing. I have also learnt how to prioritise and persevere when things become challenging. You also received the Noel Warner Award for School Excellence last year. How did you feel receiving this?

It was a great honour to receive the Award and it has since inspired me to continue contributing to the School as much as I can through my co-curricular activities. What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl?

Placing pride in everything I do. Challenging myself and not being afraid to try new things for fear of not succeeding immediately.

What are you looking forward to learning this year at School? Division! What would you like to be when you grow up? I would love to work to save endangered animals, particularly rhinoceros. I watched a documentary about endangered animals and it made me want to do something to help. My parents have set up a Foundation that helps save endangered animals. At the moment the white rhinos are almost extinct, there are only three of them left. They are living in a wildlife reserve, being protected from poachers. What is your favourite animal? Rhinoceros. I have lots of different rhino items in my room. I have paintings, toys, ornaments and cups. When I was younger we went to Australia Zoo and I was able to see real life rhinos. It was amazing. What are your favourite things to do away from School? I love Taekwondo and am a Yellow Belt with two stripes. I started last year and want to continue in the sport until I have achieved my Black Belt. I also love skateboarding and playing with my dog, Ruby. What does it mean to you to be a St Catherine’s girl? I feel lucky to have the privilege to attend St Catherine’s and have so many opportunities available to me.



CONNECTING our community

The Rowing season certainly is a team effort “it takes a village to raise our rowers” says Head Coach of Rowing Program Mr David Fraumano.

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Happy Chinese New Year! St Catherine’s was abuzz with festivities to celebrate the Year of the Dog. #LifeAtStCatherines

#teachertuesday Learning with their hands – our Junior School students explore the French language through a hands on approach. #lifeatstcatherines

Our Learning Support Teacher discusses techniques used to build vocabulary according to individual students. #LifeAtStCatherines #literacy

Our Year 12 cohort greet our Year 7s as they arrive for day 1 of 2018. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!” Dr. Seuss #LifeAtStCatherines

Buon viaggio to our students off to Italy for the annual Italy Study Tour. #LifeAtStCatherines

How can parents help their daughters understand that ‘supergirl’ is a myth and ‘being enough’ is truly enough? #teachertuesday

Our collaboration with @vicuni enabled students to design a digital teddy bear helping children with #autism and cognitive disabilities.


It is no secret that teenagers love to talk. They talk amongst themselves, in private, and with an increasing dependence on social media that promotes bite-sized commentary. However, that same outspoken student who is comfortable on social media can be quite reserved in a classroom setting where more complex content, language, argument, and sustained engagement are required from them.

The classic cannons of rhetoric or the three pillars of public speaking mean very little to modern students, and yet they have never been more relevant in the construction of reality in the post-truth era of fake news. Historically and currently, skilled speechwriters can imbue the words of a charismatic public performer or public leader with seeming depth and authenticity. Our European counterparts have long valued the art of ‘holding your own’ in conversation; traditionally, social competence and social resilience have often been a corollary of the ability to speak to a wide range of people on a variety of topics. Indeed, the culture of social and verbal competence cannot begin early enough.

We all know students who love the written word and can lose themselves happily in the world of novels, but the art of mastering the verbal word has often been considered the poor cousin. Therefore, encouraging and teaching students explicitly to articulate not only their frustration but their learning is a constant challenge for English teachers. Generating student enquiry and enabling them to articulate and share their ideas, define and evaluate their goals, and express their viewpoints on controversial issues are necessary skills, otherwise students run the risk of remaining silent academically as well as socially1. The renewed emphasis on analysis and performance of oral language by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment

To Speak or not to Speak Authority (VCAA) in the new Study Design in English recognises the importance of skills required to be able to tailor one’s content, language, argument and manner for a specific audience. Students practise these skills in their English classes from Years 7 to 12, and more broadly, are invited to enter the large number of Debating and Public Speaking competitions which run throughout the year. Thus, not only do students practise the skills of rhetoric consciously, they also develop the skills of analysing when verbal language and argument are used to manipulate, exploit, cajole or entice them as an audience to agree with a

speaker’s point of view. Fortunately, appeals to audience fear, creating an ‘us and them’ mentality and the construction of the ‘other’ as alien and undesirable, are all devices with which students are now familiar. In moving from a position of passive acceptance of a speaker’s views to critically challenging them, students are far more prepared to question the range of political and social viewpoints they will face beyond the School gates. Therefore, creating appropriate conditions in the classroom which ensure that students are comfortable expressing themselves, contributing to class discussions regularly,

and also writing and shaping arguments in public speeches, allows their own genuine personality and perspectives to emerge and be acknowledged by their peers, rather than remaining socially invisible. Ms Mary-Anne Keratiotis Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator Reference 1. Students at the Center, Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind, Kallick, A. Zmuda, ASCD, 2017



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From the first day of Prep, students in our Junior School eagerly participate in our specialist Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs. Whilst still in its infancy, students are already reaping the rewards of the programs as they develop skills and ideas that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Facilitated through the Primary Connections Program, students explore the Science curriculum through a sequential inquiry approach. These bi-weekly classes assist in developing specific scientific knowledge, as well as helping to dispel any misconceptions they may have about the world. This approach to learning supports the students’ development of critical and creative thinking skills, a key objective of STEM based learning. Embedding

the STEM approach to all learning tasks not only provides students with opportunities to apply their scientific knowledge and skills, such as classifying, predicting, inferring and communicating, but also challenges them to apply other thinking strategies to solve problems. Combining both the scientific method and design process, students continue to build conceptual understandings whilst also making connections to how their thinking can relate to the wider community. To facilitate this learning the use of technology is essential. From iPads to laptops, LEGO and robotics, students engage with a range of devices to ensure they enhance their competencies across a diverse range of learning tools. Students from Years 4 to 6 utilise their laptops to engage in a blended method

Students from Prep to VCE are immersed in the curious world around them through St Catherine’s specialist Science program. Science in all its many facets is a primary way in which students develop a greater understanding of the world. As we continue to advance in society, science is essential to our future.

of learning using a specially designed website. Combined with the use of iPads students create contemporary learning reflections to demonstrate their thinking. In the Senior School Science Faculty we continue to build strong links between classroom Science and the community. These links have increased students’ interests, optimised their learning and developed their critical thinking. Students have participated in the CSIRO Scientists in Schools Program, National Youth Science Forum, Australian Science Teachers Association SPECTRA program, Monash Science School: The National Virtual School of Emerging Sciences, excursions, incursions and listened to guest speakers. St Catherine’s Science Faculty has developed several unique student based programs that draw the attention of

SCIENCE educators across Australia, including the Science Students @ Work Program, Assessing the Credibility of Scientific Evidence, Science and Sustainability through Plants Program (SSSP) and particularly the Propagation, Education, Conservation and Exploration Program (PECE Program). In 2012, St Catherine’s Science Faculty was invited by Dr John Varigos, a member of the Victorian Orchid Society, to develop a pilot program based on the Writhlington School Orchid Project in England. Dr Varigos is a pharmacologist and Adjunct Senior Researcher with Monash University, who has been involved in managing clinical trials for over 30 years in both industry and university environments. His particular field of interest is cardiovascular medicine and he has been a member of the international

steering committees for a number of international ground breaking studies. Dr Varigos continues to share his scientific expertise and passion for orchids with the Year 8 students at St Catherine’s School. The work of staff, especially Ms Virginia Midgley, Ms Jan Rouse and Ms Wendy Stevens along with our students has been acknowledged through an invitation to present the program at the Orchid Conservation Symposium. Staff continue to conduct scientific investigations to improve our methods whilst students apply scientific method to growing orchids using aseptic techniques and investigate the evolution, geographical distribution, classification, structure, pollination and their reliance on fungal symbiosis.

Dr Varigos and Margaret MacDonald, lead tours of the local area to further develop student understanding in orchid identification, habitat and conservation. Students were able to observe the orchid species they have been growing from seed at School. Year 8 students now travel annually to Anglesea to investigate the conservation of orchids. This year, a new greenhouse has been constructed so the laboratory propagation of orchids from seed can be cultivated in the greenhouse. With so many exciting things happening with the students at St Catherine’s who knows what amazing discoveries will emerge from their learnings. Miss Alyssa Flint Junior School STEM Teacher Ms Vanessa Jackson-McRae Head of Science



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Deciding that books, ideas, reading and writing could never be a sideline to her work, Kristy Forrest decided to make them her career and became an English teacher.

Discussing her own teaching methods and how she keeps them up to date, Kristy says she has always undertaken a steady stream of post graduate courses. “I have a good pedagogical library which I dip into regularly and I have studied consistently at The University of Melbourne in a variety of post graduate courses since I commenced working, the most recent of which is a Masters in Education, specialising in Pedagogy and Assessment, which I’ll finish this year. This helps me remain connected to current practice. I am also lucky to be surrounded by excellent colleagues who keep me on my toes.” As well as her new role as Pedagogical Coach, Kristy teaches English, Philosophy and Literature as well as coordinating the Friday Night School program at St Ignatius Church where St Catherine’s students work as volunteer tutors for refugee children. “Learning about new cultures different to my own is a great passion of mine. Backpacking through Latin America is my favourite pastime. I travel there as much as I can and relish the opportunities to practise my Spanish. I particularly love Mexico; however, Guatemala and Colombia are a close second.”

Ms Kristy Forrest ENGLISH TEACHER Now in a newly created coaching role for teachers at St Catherine’s, Kristy is developing professional learning teams across academic staff to improve learning outcomes for students. “I am working alongside my colleagues to ascertain the impact they are having on their students’ learning, as well as finding the best methods to refine their teaching practices to achieve the goals they have set for their classes,” Kristy says. The new role forms part of St Catherine’s focus on clarity in learning for students. Through articulating learning expectations, in all classrooms, for all girls, students will know the learning intention of a lesson which will help focus them on the purpose of the activity.

Teaching since 2005 when Kristy joined St Catherine’s as a graduate teacher has provided her with the benefit of teaching many girls over several years, “a great part of teaching at St Catherine’s is the opportunity to teach students over several years. It’s always nice spending the final days of Year 12 reminiscing with students about their Year 8 antics.” When asked about the biggest reward and challenge of teaching Kristy responded, “The reward for me comes when students make you a part of their intellectual journey and in particular, when they begin to find their voice as mature writers, this is always a privilege to be a part of as an English teacher.” “The biggest challenge is helping students negotiate the competing pressures in their lives to focus on what is genuinely important. After that, the challenge for all educators is to make School an engaging place to be. I aim to try and make English enjoyable for even the most reluctant of students,” Kristy says.

MS FIONA BARKER ELC TEACHER, BANKSIA ROOM For ELC teacher, Fiona Barker, her interest in young children and supporting them in their development, as well as providing knowledge and guidance to parents are the reasons she pursued a career in Early Learning. “I thoroughly enjoy supporting the children in my class to be the best version of themselves. Creating a dynamic learning environment that engages the children is also something I enjoy, seeing the children enter the Banksia Room and launch themselves into play-based learning is so rewarding,” Fiona explains. Ensuring the children have all the resources they need for a stimulating session in the ELC, Fiona arrives to work early to prepare the learning spaces, builds displays for the children’s learning as well as liaising with staff to discuss the daily program and the individual needs of the children. “I also have a strong passion for ICT in the early learning program, and spend time developing ideas of ways we can integrate ICT into the learning environment that provide new and exciting ways for the children to learn.” Having worked at St Catherine’s for eleven years, Fiona has been an ELC Coordinator as well as being currently involved in St Catherine’s Wellbeing Committee. Outside of School, Fiona enjoys travelling, reading, dining out and indulging in dark chocolate every now and then. Fiona also shared that growing up on a farm has instilled in her a lifelong love of the outdoors. “Memories from these times have equipped me with the passion to explore the wonder and beauty of the natural world with the children in my class each day,” Fiona says.





Life at St Catherine’s has turned full circle for Humanities teacher, Anna, who completed Year 12 at the School. Following this, Anna commenced her working life as an archaeologist.

Prior to commencing at St Catherine’s in 2017, Director of Teaching and Learning, Mr Robert Marshall worked at the Australian Council for Educational Research as Senior Project Director of School Improvement and has recently completed his Masters of Education in Leadership and Change.

Prior to working at St Catherine’s, Simone worked in the East End of London teaching under privileged children, “school was these children’s safe place. One term, I taught a prep class of 38 children, which sometimes included their toddler siblings who came along for the day,” says Simone.

“After studying Archaeology in Melbourne and then Yale University, I worked on excavations in Syria with The University of Melbourne, Chicago and Yale. After my children were born, I worked in finance completing an MBA at the Melbourne Business School,” explains Anna. “However, after the death of my mother, I reassessed my career path and pursued my passion for teaching humanities, particularly global politics, history and legal studies. I was looking for something a bit more meaningful and teaching was what I decided to do,” Anna explains. “I really enjoy thoughtful questions from students about the material we are studying. This means the student has had a new idea which is always an exciting, and rewarding, aspect of teaching.” Anna explains her special skills of being a speed reader is very useful when teaching Humanities, “my typical day involves preparing lessons and resources, teaching classes, marking student pieces, and conferencing with students, so the ability to read through content quickly is very helpful.” Outside of teaching, Anna is a passionate swimmer and joins a swimming group each summer morning for pre-dawn swims, “I swim every morning over summer in the bay at 6.00am with a group of friends. It is still dark at this time so we all wear fluoro bathing caps so we can see each other in the dark.”

“Working at ACER and undertaking my Masters has allowed me to develop and explore my passion for maximising student learning programs,” Robert says. “I have been a teacher for over 30 years, teaching in schools in Melbourne and Canberra including roles such as Head of Boarding and Director of Learning. I love seeing teachers succeed in delivering amazing learning experiences for students; it is the most rewarding aspect of my career.” At St Catherine’s, Robert is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of contemporary teaching and learning approaches. “I spend a typical day talking to students, parents, teachers and faculty leaders about issues related to learning. Learning practices at St Catherine’s are dynamic; we are constantly improving teaching approaches to ensure all our girls receive a quality learning experience.” “St Catherine’s has a unique ‘village’ – where every person is valued. There is a fundamental knowledge within St Catherine’s that understands every girl is capable of successful learning. The School’s culture is built upon mutual trust and respect between teachers, students and parents and where intellectual rigour is paramount, I am really enjoying being part of this culture.” Along with his passion for teaching, Robert enjoys outdoor adventure activities, recently returning from Nepal with his wife, two adult sons and their partners where they hiked through the Himalayas.

“Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to teach – it was just part of who I was and who I am. If not a teacher, I would have liked to be a photographer out in the Australian bush.” This love of teaching, learning and Australia culminated in a 12-month camping holiday around Australia, which Simone believes unmasked her hidden talent of, “convincing my family to live in a tent for the whole of 2012 as we travelled around Australia!” As part of her role at St Catherine’s, Simone has been leading the Junior School Environment Committee for many years, “a passion of mine is caring for the environment and encouraging our students to feel a deep connection to their environment. The Committee is a wonderful opportunity for interested students to be creative, learn from each other and pursue a passion of their own. There is something intrinsic to all of us, to be connected with the earth. Watching the delighted faces of our girls when we pick produce grown from our own veggie patch is a sight I will never tire of.” Having worked in St Catherine’s Junior School for almost ten years, Simone is particularly excited this year as her first group of Year 3 students from 2009 are set to complete their VCE in 2018. “I have loved watching the girls pursue their passions and discovering strengths they never knew they had. I love walking up to the Senior School and seeing what my old girls have achieved,” Simone says.



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An Ever Present Push for Science

To this day the observatory is still utilised and an annual astronomy night is held, directed by the President of the Astronomical Society of Melbourne.

While the resources in our new Junior School STEM laboratories would have been more likely to feature in a Science Fiction novel than St Catherine’s School curriculum in the 1940s the push for Science has been ever present at the School. In the 1940s, Old Girl, Diane Lemaire (’39) was the first woman in Victoria to graduate in Engineering, completing her degree at The University of Melbourne. Diane went on to become a leading aeronautical engineer along with many other Old Girls of the time undertaking courses in medicine, dentistry, science and architecture. The St Catherine’s Science Club was so popular during this time it was divided into Junior and Senior groups and the St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association established a fund for a new Science wing. Over the course of the next fifty years St Catherine’s commitment to providing girls with opportunities in the sciences saw two major refurbishments of the campuses Science wing. Firstly in 1963-66, the School’s

Diamond Jubilee year, a new Science wing was opened with new laboratories, more classrooms and Physics and Chemistry labs. Then, again, in 1993, St Catherine’s unveiled a refurbished Science precinct to meet the needs of a new generation of learners and evolving curriculum with Sir Zelman Cowen officially opening the facilities. During this time, Science students, under the tutelage of Physics teacher, Mrs Pam Robertson were frequently utilising the School’s 25cm telescope to view the space collision of the Shoemaker-Levy Comet with the planet Jupiter. A setback to this was each night the telescope had to be carried up and down the stairs to prevent weather damage. As the fundraising efforts to fully fit out the new Science wing continued, a most generous donation from Mr and Mrs Clive and Margaret Wallace Smith enabled an observatory to be installed to house the telescope. The fittings and equipment were provided by parents and students who participated in a program generously funded by Mr George Altman of Renaissance

Supermarkets and organised by Mrs Sandra Jane Rudegeair (’64). The observatory was officially opened in 1994 by NASA astronaut, Dr Rhea Seddon. This event was anticipated with great excitement and also included Dr Seddon becoming St Catherine’s Astronaut-in-Residence, where she worked in the classrooms with students on topics including satellite imaging. During Dr Seddon’s time at the School posters appeared around the campus reading, ‘Girls Can Do Anything’. Similarly, in 1943 students heard from visiting scholar, Dr Rathgeber, a scientist engaged in space research. Students at the time were enthralled, recounting, “This is the first time in memory that the School has been honoured by a visit from a scientist engaged in such important research.” From our past into our present, St Catherine’s students have always had a great thirst and enthusiasm to delve into Science. Source: Hansen, D.E and Hansen I.V (1996). St Catherine’s: A Centenary Celebration 1896-1996.


A Shared Home At the commencement of 2018, we welcomed 18 new boarders and their families to our boarding community. Arriving on their first day, guests would have noticed the two framed pictures representing our past and present. Our boarders travel from across Australia and internationally from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau and China.

As you enter the impressive entrance hall of Illawarra two framed pictures greet visitors – the c1900 black and white photograph of Illawarra in its early years as a splendid 19th Century mansion and the We Share Vision of the 21st Century School Boarding House. The words weShare our home, our stories and our world underpins our life at Illawarra today. This year, on the 18 May, 2018 we also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the official re-opening of the refurbished Illawarra as the new St Catherine’s Boarding House.

The second week of Term 1 is our traditional Closed Weekend where the new Boarding Captains develop a program to introduce all the new and returning boarders to each other in a fun and structured way. The weekend commenced with a visit to the School’s swimming pool, followed by our favourite dinner – a BBQ held on the eastern lawn at Illawarra beside our brand new trampoline. The Boarding Captains devised a Boarders’ Olympics and quiz which completed the night’s activities. On Sunday, the entire boarding cohort and boarding staff ventured by train and tram for an afternoon of ice-skating at Docklands. Inspired by the Winter

Olympics the girls demonstrated great teamwork, skill and co-operation to ensure everyone enjoyed their skating experience. It is during activities like ice-skating that many new friendships develop and continue during the early weeks of Term 1. Congratulations to the Boarding Captains for their enthusiasm and organisation. As Term 1 draws to a close, the boarders are well established in their study routines and house habits and friendships are flourishing. As a Boarding House we have also celebrated Chinese New Year with a dinner banquet and the Chinese Lantern Festival with a traditional tea ceremony hosted by two of our Junior School parents who are looking forward to a year of celebrations as we share our lives together. Our vision of weShare our home, stories and world is a reality for our boarders and staff at Illawarra and we share pride in living in and looking after our 130 year old mansion. Mrs Sue Collister Director of Boarding Services


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One Community The Committee’s work is based on the Community Engagement Intent in the School’s 2020 Vision and our Five Pillars of Community Engagement: • All-Inclusive Culture • Sense of Belonging • Fostering Engagement • Lifelong Connections • Spirit of Philanthropy Our inclusive culture begins from the premise that everyone in the School – students, educators, alumnae, support staff and parents – belong and contribute to the life of the School. We are building a community that values, celebrates and responds to diversity with respectful relationships between learners and School community members. St Catherine’s has a proud and rich history of community involvement and the Committee is focused on collaborating with the St Catherine’s Old Girls Association (SCOGA) to create enduring life-long connections with the School and our global network of over 7,000 alumnae and their parents. The Committee has recently streamlined its volume of events and the number of philanthropic approaches as well as improving communications with international families and the celebration of major cultural events and visits by School leaders. For over 120 years, St Catherine’s has been dedicated to supporting students and families from a diverse range of backgrounds and locations. In recognition of this diversity the St Catherine’s Community Engagement Committee has been working purposefully to strengthen and enhance the experiences of all of our community.

The Committee is headed by Becky Hyde, mother to Emma in Year 12, Chloe in Year 10 and Charlotte in Year 7 and includes representatives from the PFA, SCOGA, the Past Parents’ and Families’ Network (PPFN), boarders, international families and School Council.

CLOTHING REVOLUTION There has been a quiet revolution underway for several months now – a revolution headed by your Parents’ and Friends’ Association, including an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G group of mothers and our own dynamo Lisa James. Last year the PFA, led by Nicole Begley, took up the task of collecting second hand uniform items and has transformed the delivery of uniform items for the benefit of all St Catherine’s families. Lisa has spent countless hours writing policy documents, implementing a point of sales system, drafting consignment and donation forms and formulating standards for presentation. New stock has been added such as PFA cookbooks, House flags and blue ribbons. Proceeds from the sale of items is returned directly to parents through the PFA’s contribution to the Village Green/playspace in the new Junior School redevelopment. It has also been a team effort with the School’s Maintenance team refitting the space and the ICT Department installing an automated sales system and training volunteers. So next time you see Lisa or any of our Second Hand Uniform Shop volunteers please give them a pat on the back and if you can, support any of their calls for new stock. Volunteerism is truly alive and thriving at St Catherine’s.

L-R The three amigos: Amanda Thompson, Lisa James and Lara Stocco


U N I T I N G T H E G E N E R AT I O N S When the exams are finally over and your daughter walks through the gates as a student for the last time, as a parent you may reflect on her many years of growth from a child to an adult. No doubt you also have a sense of excitement on what the future may hold for her in the years to come. As your daughter graduates from School, she becomes a valued member of the St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association (SCOGA) with a lifetime connection with her peers and a growing engagement and support program. For you also, the Past Parents’ and Families’ Network (PPFN) exists to help you stay connected with each other and the School.

The first event for many parents is the Leaving Parents’ Morning towards the end of Term 4 with the Principal and Head of Year 12. This event is followed up by a welcome letter to the Network introducing its role and opportunities for your participation in the years ahead. In the New Year, new PPFN members receive an invitation to their first reunion, usually held at a fellow parents’ home. This year, parents of the Class of 2017 will gather on Wednesday 18 April at the home of Fiona and Scott Reinke. These reunions occur every year where possible, at least until ten years from your last year at School. Every second year, there is a get-together across all year levels

and this year it will be held at Cranlana – thank you the Shelmerdine family for hosting us on Thursday 25 October. In recent years, the Network has been further expanding opportunities for past parents to get together, through a shared interest in skiing, rowing and music. International families are also invited to catch up on regular visits by the Principal and Senior School staff visits. We hope to see you at one of the Network’s events in 2018. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Sophie Gardiner on (03) 9828 3928.



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Thank you for your support

Summary of your generosity

2018 Campaign Team: Cameron Bertalli, Wayne Kent, Michelle Carroll, Sherrie Zeng, Stuart Galbraith, Sally Joubert, Jim Shergold, Lachlan Armstrong. Absent: Claudette Passon.

Together, the St Catherine’s community has generated a wonderful response to TOTAL DONORS our request for support of the Her Future Begins Here campaign.



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donors Our initial target of $3 million has now been reached and is a significant achievement for the campaign and St Catherine’s School. This milestone has been achieved because GAVE $1.2 MILLION of the collective contribution of our School community of parents, alumnae, staff and friends of St Catherine’s. The Foundation Board and School Council is grateful for the support provided to transform St Catherine’s School campus.


The Foundation and the Campaign Committee are continuing to reach out to our School community to raise the final level of funds required to complete the Junior School redevelopment and deliver the major upgrade to the Edna Holmes Centre for Science in the Senior School.


I encourage you to be part of the community that supports the rebuilding of the Junior School if you have not already done so. Barbreck sets the foundation and culture of the St Catherine’s School community.



You may also wish to support our girls to build the confidence and capacity necessary for careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Alumnae industries. The new Centre for Science will complement our purpose-built STEM laboratory in the Junior School ensuring all our students, from Prep to Year 12, have the resources they need to flourish in STEM.


One of the most pleasing aspects of this campaign has been the way our community has made new connections with each Junior other and to our School. Through Her School Future Begins Here information sessions, dinners and social events we have been able to personally meet with so many of our families as well as keep them up to date on the School’s vision and future plans.


commitment of our School families to invest, not just in the future of their daughters, but in the education and wellbeing of future generations of St Catherine’s girls. Council


including board and

Foundation membership is for a lifetime committee members and we warmly welcome School families from many generations back to the School to enjoy our expanding range of functions. This year, we look forward to unveiling new initiatives to complement our annual Thank You Celebration, the Impact of Giving Report and Jeanie Hood Society Senior Dinner. The Celebration will be held at theSchool State Library Victoria on Friday 4 May.

$3.047 million


We are delighted Past to welcome over 100 new families to the St Catherine’s School Parents Foundation, following their gifts of $10,000 or more. This increases our Foundation membership to 500 and reflects theStaff

& Friends


Thank you again for your tremendous support. I hope you look back in years ahead with a true sense of pride when you say to your daughter or granddaughter, “we did that, we made a difference here.”

9% ELC

Mr Wayne Kent Foundation Chair


Note: Constituents may be members of several categories



Campaign Summary 178





including board and committee members

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$3.047 million


39% Senior School



Past Parents

9% ELC

18% Staff & Friends


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THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 DONORS Dr Harriet Edquist (‘65)

Jane Edwards & John Edwards

Sarah Low & George Low

Sally Ahern (Watson ‘74) & Dr Stephen Ahern

Valda Ellinson (Beville ‘49)

Thea Manson (Coltman ‘51)

Catherine Samuel

Betty Alexopoulos & Bill Papastergiadis

Anna Field & John Field

Erica Marriott & Peter Marriott

Lindy Shelmerdine (‘80)

GAVE Sarah Foote (Scambler ‘93) $1.2 MILLION Dianne Martuccio & Andrew Foote & Adrian Martuccio

May Chen & James Chen Charlotte Clemens (‘66) Jodie Cody & Patrick Cody Dr Anne Connellan Axi Cooper (‘05) Astrida Cooper & Craig Cooper The Hon Andrea Coote Mandy Coupe & Dr Peter Jurcevic

49% of total

Grenet Foundation

Rowena Mytton & Alistair Mytton

Christina Herold & Andrew Herold

Caroline Nattrass & Dr Gary Nattrass

Prue Herron (Lording ‘96)

Lisa Nicoll-Cooke (‘63)

Jane Hodder & Murray Ware

Prof John Nieuwenhuysen AM

Bill Hogg

Kate Nilsen & Mark Nilsen

Annabel Holmes (Levy ‘79) & Allan Holmes

Phoebe Norman (Olsen ‘95)

& Bruce Stewart

Meredith Taylor (‘79)

Julia Thomas (Hammon ‘00) GIFTS AND PLEDGES THROUGHOUT THE CAM & Peter Thomas

Merran O’Connor $50

Julie-Anne Pagnin & Dean Pagnin

Rebecca Turnbull & Nick Turnbull

Annick Houle & Stephen O’Connor

Tiffany-Lynn $40 Pascoe & Benjamin Pascoe

Caroline Vaillant (Officer Brown ‘56)

Claudette Passon $30

June Vose (Mackay ‘46)

Annie Paterson & John Paterson

Dr Sylvia Walton AO

Margaret Howes (Duckett ‘48) & Sam Howes Ammy Huang & Hua Shen Yini Huang & Weiwei Chi

Hilary Day (Oliphant ‘52)

Dr Rupali Kashyap & Arjun Thyagarajan

Symone Demetriou & Andrew Demetriou

Merran Kelsall (‘71)

Alison Eaves

25 CAMPAIGN EVENTS 440 ATTENDEES Lisa Steven & John Steven Amanda Stewart (Trumble ‘69) 85% ATTENDED AN EVEN St Catherine’s Snowsports Auxiliary

Noelene Horton AM


Jennifer Jeffries-Wilson (Ramsay ‘47)

Rosemary Duthie (Loveless ‘71) & Ian Duthie

St Catherine’s School Yulendj Arts Exhibition Committee

Lisa Hennessy

Nicola Court (Foley ‘83) & David Court

Sally Dreaver & Phil Dreaver

Second Hand Books

Alana Moor

Anne Court (Lowry ‘58)

Andrea Donaldson & Bruce Caine

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Renee Monkman-Straub & Sven Straub

Sandra Henderson (Evans ‘53) funds

Gina Israel (Shackell ‘76) & Peter Israel

Axy Dickinson (Boynton ‘76) & Gordon Dickinson

Cassie Monahan


Diana Kimpton & James Kimpton AM Cathy Kudelka & Peter Kudelka Tina Li & Ye Shao Yi Li & Ivan Ma Lin Lin


Katherine Wang

Gina Peele & Stuart Peele

Penny Watson (‘07)

Assoc Prof Samantha Pfeifer (‘78)

Vanessa Webb (Hergstrom ‘85) & Richard Webb

Received no pledge Rachael

Sonia Kent & Wayne Kent

Jenny Lansell (Home ‘52)

Jan Peele

Sofya Vainer


Powell $0& Joe Powell

Emma Pratt & Ian Pratt Kathleen Rankin (‘35)*

Fiona Reinke & Scott Reinke Yumin Ren & Hui Wang Jill Richards (Sargood ‘48)

Anita Westacott (Stuart ‘54) & John Westacott 2016Wilson (Neville ‘62) Beth

Samantha Wood & Stuart Wood QC Dr Jenny Woods

Helen Rofe QC & Rowan Gregory

Janet Zwar & Tim Zwar

Nadine Rosham & Jonathan Rosham

Sherrie Zeng & Gary Cao Julie Zhu & Allan (Yanwen) Chu

Monique Rosshandler & Ion Teska


Rowena Rudge (Williams ‘87) & Nicholas Rudge


Michelle Carroll & Justin Carroll




Clare Cannon (Darling ‘77) & Andrew Cannon AM

Suzie Gough & Simon Gough


St Catherine’s Parents’ Friends & Friends’ Association


Melissa Campbell

Dr Paula Moir & Dr Stuart Moir

Katy Gobel & Chris Gobel

St Catherine’s Old&Girls’ Association Staff


Noel Calvert (Davidson ‘55)

Matheen Mohamed

Joan Glover (Barwood ‘40)

9% ELC

St Catherine’s Back to School Bash


Dr Gail Butler & Dr Jim Butler

Erica Gill & Dr Brendan O’Brien

Catherine Sprott & Jonathon Sprott


Elizabeth Burman (Harley ‘55)

Graham Menzies



Prue Brown & Nicholas Brown

Abigail Gill & Adam Gill

Past Parents


Caroline Brain (Purves ‘63)

Fiona Menzies (‘87)


Susan Braid

Patricia McKenzie

Janet Gibson (Currie ‘53)

Lady Marigold Southey AC (Myer ‘45)


Julie Bongiorno-Millar (Bongiorno ‘97)

Karen McKendrick & Sean Hogan

Lyra Gattino & Marco Gattino


Bei Song & Zhiqiang Wang


Julia Bertalli & Cameron Bertalli

& Tony Garrisson

$3.047 million

Jennifer Smith (Wilson ‘57)


Nicole Begley & Ross Begley

TOP 10 Susan McDonald (Officer Brown ‘50) Sophie Gardiner DONORS Rosie Garrisson (Waite ‘78) Catherine McDowall (‘76)


Libby Beale (‘68)

Stuart Galbraith

Anne Smith


Kate Barber (‘96)


Michelle McDade &School Dean Sleigh


Caroline Balderstone (‘87)

Chrissy Skinner (Condon ‘76) & Andrew Skinner


Jill Baker

Jackie Sitch (Barnes ‘77) & Greg Sitch

Caroline McAllister & Cameron McAllister Junior

Sarah Fulford (‘70)

including board and committee members

Holly Shergold (Tinsley ‘89) & Jim Shergold

Judy Matear (Spry ‘49)


Ann Badger

Letitia Shelton (Cole ‘58)

AVERAGE Alexandra Mayes (‘80) The Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker Barbara Mayes (Spry ‘52) GIFT $17,000

& The Rev Dr Peter French



Pam Fraser (Wallace Smith ‘54)


Jo Atkins

Gillian Ruan & Paul Yu

DONORS CONSTITUENCY Chrissy RyanBY (Graham ‘79)



Joanne Ashton (Carter ‘68) & Richard Ashton

Jeanette Fraser (‘51)*

Elizabeth Loane (Hayes ‘56)


Rebekah Armstrong & Lachlan Armstrong (‘95)



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Nina Aberdeen (Kirby ‘94) & Paul Aberdeen

Dollars raised (in thousands)


Summary of your generosity


To prepare students for 21st Century careers and the emerging importance of Science and Technology, it is essential to equip them with 21st Century thinking. Through a firm understanding of scientific principles including creativity, critical thinking, open-ended exploration and collaboration, our students gain an education preparing them to be women of the future, across a diverse range of industries and careers.


As the new Edna Holmes Centre for Science takes shape, both teachers and students alike are excitedly anticipating the state of the art learning spaces that will foster the education, growth and confidence of our St Catherine’s girls. At the heart of the redesign is the strategic intent to further strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at St Catherine’s School. The addition of new Biology, Chemistry and Physics laboratories, equipped with specialised experimental interfaces will enhance student exploration and discovery and broaden our students’ capacities and critical thinking.



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From Little Things

big things

While the true vision for our Junior School is now coming to fruition in 2018, the commitment to deliver a world class education for St Catherine’s students commenced back in 1949 when Barbreck first became our much-loved Junior School. Since those early years, Barbreck has been providing a nurturing first-class primary education, adapting and modifying to ensure education is provided at the highest standards and harnessing the rapidly changing technological opportunities available. And now, nearly 70 years since students first walked the halls of Barbreck, we are ready to deliver a purpose-built Junior School promising a new learning experience for our Barbreck girls, fostering their education, growth and creativity. The building design provides flexibility for learning with both single classrooms and shared common spaces available for cross-grade program work. The classrooms, with adjacent breakout spaces utilised for small group extension work and individual academic support, are designed to foster teacher collegiality, with a focus on ensuring expertise through sound professional practice and collaborative sharing of pedagogy.



With our new Barbreck open for learning in Term 3, it is now time for a new legion of Barbreck girls to walk the halls, to find their voices, build a love of reading, develop confidence to solve mathematical problems and tease apart the mysteries of science.




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Leading THE WAY

Our community of Alumnae inspire future generations of women through their diversity of talent, ambition and achievements. In this edition we showcase two women who are pursuing their goals through tertiary study and career ambition.

Ingrid Crossing (’17) Genius knows no bounds for 2017 Year 12 graduate, Ingrid Crossing who hit the ground running after completing her VCE last year, having her stagecraft designs exhibited at The Melbourne Museum during the VCE Season of Excellence. As part of her VCE Theatre Studies work, Ingrid created costume and make up designs for the character of Old Major from the monologue Animal Farm, an adaptation by Peter Hall of George Orwell’s classic tale. Ingrid’s costume and make up designs were recognised for their excellence and exhibited at The Melbourne Museum as part of the Top Designs Exhibit, which showcases the most outstanding works created by VCE students from across the state. “I am incredibly proud of Ingrid’s achievements in Theatre Studies,” says Head of Performing Arts, Mr James Brown. “Her passion, drive, collaborative mindset and creative risk taking saw her excel in not only the Stagecraft Examination, but the subject overall. Watch out for her name, as I imagine she will be involved in some spectacular design projects in the future.”

During the exhibition Ingrid’s design were again recognised, receiving one of five ‘Dean’s Awards’ for her innovative use of resources. Despite her expertise in the arts, Ingrid is continuing her studies in the Sciences at The University of Melbourne. “In my first year of my degree I am studying Chemistry, Biology and Psychology. Psychology is definitely my favourite subject, and I’m considering continuing with it as a major. I’m still exploring Science so things could easily change, it is still early days,” Ingrid says. Discussing her approach to Year 12 and now, as an Old Girl, her advice to future Year 12 students encourages the girls to relax, “You can only do so much before the stress becomes unhealthy. It is a huge year in terms of study, but it can also be an enjoyable year. Make time for social activities, they’ll keep you sane and healthy, and don’t abandon your Co-curriculars. It’s a busy year, but it’s worth it,” Ingrid says. The Top Design Exhibition will be held at the Melbourne Museum from the 17 March to 15 July. Top Designs is part of the VCE Season of Excellence managed by Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.


Alexandra Brownlow (’96) Interior Designer and Decorator at Brownlow Interior Design, Toorak.

Where are they now? This autumn we sit down with 1996 graduate, Alexandra Brownlow, to find out where life has taken her since graduating from St Catherine’s What does a typical work day look like for you? The only typical part of any day is my alarm going off at 5.40am! This allows me some time for checking emails over a quick coffee, which may have come in overnight from overseas suppliers. 6.05am l leave home for either a gym session or walk/jog around The Tan. Mind and body fitness is a high priority for me to sustain my focus throughout a busy day. Depending on my schedule, if I’m in Melbourne for the day, I like to start between 8-8.30am, by calling to our workrooms to check progress on customised orders, furniture, soft furnishings, rugs, lighting or antique restoration. Early site meetings with builders to check progress of construction or maybe a client meeting in our showroom. Often a site meeting or photo shoot will be out of town or interstate, travelling is a constant part of my schedule so juggling my time in an efficient way is a daily challenge.

Can you tell us about your career journey since graduating from St Catherine’s? Since finishing VCE at St Catherine’s, I studied a Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration at RMIT. Following my studies, I spent seven years with Dedece, an importer of high end international furniture brands. This was an invaluable time in my early career, dealing with Australia’s top design firms, travelling overseas on buying trips and meeting some of the world’s best designers. A defining moment was the decision to join my mother’s business and open our showroom in Toorak. This decision has seen our business grow and allow our name to become synonymous with Interior Design in Australia. What do you enjoy about Interior Design? I love the freedom to search the world for new ideas. I love to be able to share these ideas with our clients and watching them come to life in such an individual way, reflecting each client’s personality. Working in design you must have many inspirations and muses. Who inspires you? I have a long list of designers who inspire! One special icon is Ilse Crawford, famed for bringing modern design to Britain and the world with Elle Decoration Magazine in the late 1980s. Ilse is so progressive with her take on modern design and really delves into the human psyche, by focusing on wellbeing as part of the process of approaching design.

Ilse examines how we feel in a space and how we experience the space around us – a very important part of Interior Design! What is your favourite St Catherine’s memory? As a former boarder at St Catherine’s, there are so many memories I have. As a student I spent a lot of time in the Art Cottage at the end of the lane, which no longer stands. In Year 9, I created a lino-cut print of the green checked curtains which hung across the French doors of the cottage. I still have it hanging on my wall at home. Any Old Girls of my era will remember that gorgeous cottage and the print I have is a happy reminder of my time at School. What did you enjoy about returning to St Catherine’s this year to work on the restoration of Sherren House? I have really enjoyed the support and positive response from the School community who I have recently met during visits to Sherren House. Staff, students, friends and parents have all been so enthusiastic about our involvement and the changes we have made to the spaces we have worked on, particularly the fresh new look for the Dining Room. It has been a pleasure to work with everyone involved and I must say a real team effort to be able to achieve the fabulous results we have so far.



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A Word from the President It is with great honour that I accept the role of President of St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association (SCOGA) in 2018.

I, and our entire committee, thank Mrs Phoebe Norman (Olsen ’95) for her dedicated and remarkable service to our Old Girls and St Catherine’s School during her term as President. SCOGA is fortunate to have Phoebe continue on our committee as Honorary Secretary. When asked by a School Council member what my goals were whilst in this role, my thoughts were crystal clear. Enriching the database. If our database is solid, we can build on this foundation. With a solid foundation, we can grow to new heights. I explained that when we as Old Girls feel valued and acknowledged, or part of a common group, it will ignite fond and fabulous memories from our own history at St Catherine's. I am a big picture person. I like to seek the ultimate goal, and if we as a Committee agree to it, we can then build the steps to achieve it. SCOGA is launching a number of new and exciting initiatives, including: • The SCOGA News • Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum Barbreck Project

take their place sitting on the red steps. We at SCOGA wanted to commemorate this tradition by giving our valedictorian girls a badge to symbolise they are an Old Girl of the Junior School. Our donation to the Her Future Begins Here, Junior School redevelopment, was made to recreate a more modern version of this fantastic tradition. The red steps will continue. Following on from the success of these Badges, we introduced a teddy shaped bag tag for our youngest Old Girls – the Preps. These tags will be presented at the students' 100th Day of Prep Assembly. Our reunions continue to underpin SCOGA’s event calendar. We hosted over 400 Old Girls last year, and with nine evenings planned again in 2018, we encourage all our alumnae to gather with their cohorts. With the imminent opening of the new Junior School building, we are delighted to announce that SCOGA will be extending the Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum Project into Barbreck. This project will be dedicated to those Nil Magnum Nisi Bonum recipients who were girls of Barbreck.

• Mentorship

Following the great success of the inaugural Leavers' Panel in 2017, we held this now annual event in February this year. Thank you to Isabelle Ferrali (’15), Sophie Joubert (’15), Lucinda Davies (’14), and Georgia Sexton (’14) who participated as panellists at this most informative morning where we welcomed back our Class of 2017.

One of our new initiatives is the introduction of the ‘Red Steps’ Badge to our Year 6 graduates. Our Barbreck girls have to wait until Year 6 to

We were saddened to hear of the passing in January of our Honorary Old Girl, Mrs June Hudspeth. A dedicated staff member

• ‘Red Steps’ Badges for Year 6 Valedictory Evening • SCOGA teddy bag tags for the Preps • Greater communication between SCOGA to Junior and Senior School students

for many years, June was quick witted, great fun and an extraordinary teacher. June will be greatly missed by many. SCOGA would not be possible without the tireless work of our wonderful Committee: SCOGA President – Chrissy Ryan, Vice-President – Deb Berry (Manos ’77), Vice President – Sarah O’Brien (’02), Honorary Treasurer – Lucy Court (’11), Honorary Secretary – Phoebe Norman (Olsen ’95), Sally Ahern (Watson ’74), Kate Barber (’96), Victoria Dryden (Krauss ’92), Virginia Edwards AM (Smith ’56), Nicolle McCurdy (Austin ’88), Olivia Molesworth (Hocking-Brown ’13), Kristina Moussalli (’09), Emily Smith (’10), and Victoria Landale (’10). Huge thanks to retiring Committee members – Grace Davenport (’06), Louise Lampard (’79), Roz Mackay (Kirk ’75), Philippa Elder (’99), Nicole Osborn (Schwarz ’85) and Nakita Wilson (’13). Their service has been invaluable. Thank you also to Principal – Mrs Michelle Carroll, St Catherine’s School Council, the Foundation Board, the Development and Community Relations Office as well as the Marketing, Archives, and Business Departments at St Catherine's. In summary, I hope we can brighten the light of SCOGA in 2018 through a range of fabulous functions, reunions and new initiatives for our entire alumnae community. Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79) SCOGA President

St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association

Inge Kozeniauskas (Jabara ’10), Bianca Russell (’95), Amelia Milne (’96), Kate Zwar (’13) and Allie Hays (’13)


Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79), Georgina Mahony (Brain ’92) and Alexandra Brownlow (’96)

Women in Education Networking Event In a round table discussion on Tuesday 5 September 2017, Claire de Crespigny (’95) – Education Leader, Guardian Early Learning Group, Prue Herron (Lording ’96) – Primary teacher, Philippa Elder (’99) – Secondary teacher, Fintona Grammar School and Lisa Ritchie (’85) – Secondary teacher, St Kevin's College, spoke about the importance of using the SCOGA network to develop connections across educational institutions and workplaces. Prue discussed the flexibility around working with children, particularly with maternity leave and then part-time work, noting how the industry has been able to work with her changing needs with three children.

Women in Design and Construction Networking Event

The importance of continued study was highlighted by Claire as she discussed working and studying internationally, with all panellists agreeing that being an educator also means being a life-long learner.

teachers, shared their differing experiences on all of the issues discussed. The evening concluded with a flurry of details being exchanged, with everyone eager to strengthen the connections made that night.

The differing needs of boys and girls was explored with Lisa, who shared her experiences in both areas. The importance of developing life experience outside of the classroom and becoming teachers later in life was also discussed, with Philippa demonstrating how her previous experience has added to her teaching practice.

Philippa Elder (’99)

The round table, made up of experienced teachers and those studying to become

On 5 September 2017, SCOGA hosted the first Women in Design and Construction networking event, providing an opportunity for Old Girls to hear from exceptional women in various areas of design and construction. Alexandra Brownlow (’96) – Director, Brownlow Interior Design, Georgina Mahony (Brain ’92) – Infrastructure Leader VIC / SA, Aurecon and Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79) – Interior Decorator and House Flipper lead the way, providing the audience with stories of how they have achieved success within their fields of expertise. They discussed the need

Prue Herron (Lording ’96), Lisa Ritchie (’85), Philippa Elder (’99) and Claire de Crespigny (’95)

for persistence, dedication, and determination. They all agreed there is a need for mentors and supporters throughout your life's journey and that these may change along the way. The evening finished with a Q&A session, followed by an informal gathering. This gave all those who attended a real opportunity to network amongst the group. A truly fabulous evening! Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79) SCOGA President



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On Thursday 8 March, International Women’s Day, the St Catherine’s Old Girls community joined together en masse. Assembling at Crown, with blooms of beautiful hydrangeas and city skyline views, we gathered ready for a day surrounded by old friends, and being filled with memories jolted from the banks of our past. At SCOGA we wanted to do something different this time with our gathering of Old Girls. We decided to put out the call to our Year Group Reps so they could, as a cohort, scan their class photos and search for excellence. We were inundated with nominations. At the Lunch, we honoured these nominees, who are from all walks of life, for volunteering, for professional achievement, for spirit and determination and for just being amazing.

St Catherine’s Old Girls stretch across the globe. For a small school, our Old Girls achieve great things everywhere.

We heard inspirational words from Principal, Mrs Michelle Carroll, and wonderful stories from three of our Honourees – Jaimee Salmon (’05), Jacky Abbott (Gurner ’63), and Kim Kane (’90). They spoke of how their time at St Catherine’s helped to pave the way in their careers, and their thoughts of the importance of mentors. Once again, we thank Emma Freedman (’05) for being an incredible emcee for this event. Her warmth and professionalism made for a seamless order of proceedings as she read through the list of extraordinary women being honoured and presented them with their certificates. With the promise of extraordinary lucky dip prizes to be won, and a main raffle which had

Old Girls planning which of the amazing trips they would like to win and when they would leave. Others put on their decorating hats to work out which prominent wall they could hang the beautiful artwork donated by Old Girl, Rowena Martinich (’97). Following an incredibly brisk trade, the lucky dip sold out remarkably quickly and we congratulate all the winners. During the lunch we launched the St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association Fellowship. This will be a $5,000 annual award presented to an Old Girl who wishes to advance their learning and education. We are so excited about being able to financially support those women who walk beside us. As President of SCOGA my vision is to enhance and enrich our Old Girl community. We have an extraordinary and diverse group of women who have walked the corridors

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HONOURING OUR REMARKABLE OLD GIRLS At the Biennial Lunch we honoured the lives of the following remarkable women, all of whom were nominated by their peers. We continue to celebrate us all as Old Girls.

LEFT PAGE: Back Row: Jane Moreton (’78), Xenia Williamson (Boynton ’78), Claire Cooper (’78), Alexandra Anderson (Kiel ’78), Rosie Garrison (Waite ’78), Front Row: Marian Farrell (Hellier ’78), Caroline Sturzaker (’78) and Sally Fethers (’78); ABOVE: Maddy Hunter (’05), Elizabeth Aitken (’05), Chelsea Armstrong (’05), Emma Freedman (’05) and Elizabeth Woodruff (’06); BELOW: Emma Freedman (’05), Jaimee Salmon (’05), Dr Jacky Abbott (Gurner ’63) and Kim Kane (’90).


1986 | Kate Rowland For service to Hospitality

1948 | Robin Ramsay, Elaine Clark (Tozer), Naomi Nicholson (Kaufman) For service to Arts and Theatre

1986 | Georgie Seccull (Handbury) For her Spirit and Determination

1952 | Hilary Day (Oliphant) For service to the Mohair Industry 1956 | Wendy Watson-Bailey For service to Literature 1956 | Lavinia Cumming For service to Botanical Art 1958 | Anne Court (Lowry) For service to the Community and St Catherine’s School


1961 | Mars (Mary) McMillan For service to Music 1962 | Min Earle (Molesworth) For service to the Community 1963 | Shelley Warner For service to Australia and China Relations 1963 | Liz Bostock (Carter) For service to Volunteering and St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association (SCOGA)

1989 | Kati Lansell For service to Art 1990 | Kim Kane For service to Literature 1991 | Suzie Brown For service to Parents and Families 1993 | Sarah Milne For service to Research 1993 | Natasha Morgan-Jockel (Jockel) For service to Landscape Design and Horticulture 1995 | Elodie Chalmers For service to Financial Services 1995 | Bronwyn Haack For service to Law 1996 | Sarah Carlile For service to Community Service 1997 | Rowena Martinich For service to Art

1963 | Dr Jacky Abbot (Gurner) For service to Australian Politics

1999 | Charlotte Keating For service to Medicine and Mental Health

1965 | Professor Jane Haliday (Wettenhall) For service to Medicine

2000 | Lucy Folk For service to Jewellery Design

1965 | Carol Willis (McGregor-Dawson) For service to Charity and Community Work

2001 | Frances Derham For service to Film Production

1967 | Joanna Davenport (McCallum) For service to Arts and Theatre

2001 | Kate Stewart-Dixon (Stewart) For service to Event Planning

1970 | Victoria Hamer For service to Architecture

2002 | Alysha Dutton (Searle) For service to Business

1971 | Victoria Hattam For service to Political Science

2002 | Caroline Tilleard (Stawell) For service to Art

of our School, I want to embrace this excellence and create a bank of mentors, work experience opportunities, and networking for us all, particularly the younger generations of Old Girls and current students.

1972 | Gill Farrell For service to Medicine

2002 | Stephanie Manolas For service to Business

1974 | Mary Eggington For service to Medical Research and Fundraising

2003 | Marina Carroll For service to Architecture

A highlight of the lunch was when guests were asked to be upstanding and over the speakers came the sounds that grabbed the attention of only St Catherine’s Girls; our School Anthem. With more than a few glistening eyes, the words flowed back into our voice boxes like they had never left. It was magnificent.

1975 | Karen Vickery For service to Arts and Theatre

Sometimes it takes a nudge to remind us what amazing things are right under our noses. We are surrounded by remarkable women. To the Honourees, huge congratulations to you all. Your stories are inspiring. Enormous thanks to the SCOGA Biennial Lunch Committee whose tireless efforts produced a day to remember by all who attended this amazing event. Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79) SCOGA President

1976 | Sarah Faulkner For service to Art 1977 | Deborah Berry (Manos) For service to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association (SCOGA) 1977 | Clare Cannon (Darling) For service to Conservation, Sport and St Catherine's School 1978 | Samantha Baillieu AM (Myer) For service to the Community 1978 | Caroline Sturzaker For service to Asylum Seeker Aid 1979 | Sally Morrell For service to Australian Media 1981 | Julie Paton For service to the country Australian community 1982 | Lauren Berkowitz For service to Art 1983 | Minnie Law For her Loyalty, Kindness, and Sense of Community

2004 | Georgie Seccull For service to Art 2005 | Jaimee Salmon For service to Industry and Financial Services 2007 | Natalie Yap For service to Public Health 2009 | Ariana Squillacciotti For service to Public Relations 2011 | Chantel Giannarelli For service to International Events and Communications 2012 | Elizabeth Coughlin For service to the Homeless 2013 | Francesca Sadler For service to Social Services 2014 | Maddy Steere For service to Academic and Sporting Excellence 2015 | Emma Thompson For service to Medicine 2016 | Katherine Yuan For service to Academic Excellence 2016 | Ruby Smith For service to Music



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Chrissy Ryan (Graham ’79), Isabelle Ferrali (’15), Sophie Joubert (’15), Lucinda Davies (’14), Georgia Sexton (’14)

Connecting our Community Please ensure your details are up to date so you do not miss any invitations or School and SCOGA news. To update your contact information (email, postal address or phone numbers), please email or phone Ms Meredith Taylor, Community Relations Officer, on +61 3 9828 3081. You can also like St Catherine's Facebook page to keep up with the latest community news – stcatherinesschooltoorak Join the St Catherine’s Old Girls’ Association (SCOGA) closed group page on LinkedIn. The page is set up for Old Girls to communicate, network and hear about upcoming alumnae events. Once a member of the page, feel free to share with other Old Girls in your LinkedIn network. www.

SCOGA Welcomes the Class of 2017 Monday 12 February saw the Class of 2017 return to St Catherine's for the first time since completing School. Whilst many felt strange returning, everyone seemed excited to share what they had planned for the year ahead. Along with this warm and relaxed energy came some uncertainties regarding life outside School. Knowing this, SCOGA kindly organised a panel of recent School leavers, as they do each year, to discuss university and college life with the Class of 2017. The most fantastic thing about the panel was that each of the past students offered insights into very different aspects of university life. Lucinda Davies (’14), provided girls with incredibly fascinating stories of her time spent in Paris on exchange as part of her Interior Design degree at RMIT. She explored the possibility of exchanges at university broadly, whilst also detailing her time spent at RMIT as an Art student. Georgia Sexton (’14), who is completing a Biomedicine undergraduate degree at The University of Melbourne, experienced occasional difficulties with commencing a course and realising it is very different to what you had

envisioned. Georgia also touched on the ways in which you can persevere with those challenges or be flexible with changes if need be. Sophie Joubert (’15), who is now undertaking a Design undergraduate degree at The University of Melbourne, shared her views on gap years and her fantastic experience in England post Year 12. The girls were thrilled to hear that taking a break, if need be, can be extremely rewarding and even enhance your university experiences when you return to study. Isabelle Ferrali (’15), shared her experiences at The University of Melbourne, where she is completing an Arts undergraduate degree. Isabelle explored ways in which you can work whilst at University and the importance of striving for a balanced and independent lifestyle when leaving St Catherine’s. She also detailed her experience at Ormond College and touched on the social aspects of university life. The Class of 2017 were thrilled to engage in a very honest and relaxed discussion and will no doubt take this information on board for a wonderful first year out of School. Isabelle Ferrali (’15)

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Old Girl Championing Women’s Rights

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Old Girl Dhivya Kanagasingam (’08) is working towards achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through her work with the Asia Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW). Hailing from Malaysia, Dhivya was a boarder at St Catherine’s and graduated in 2008. After completing a Bachelor of Science at Monash University, Dhivya was unsure what she wanted to pursue for her Masters Degree, and decided to move home for a year and undertake some internships before making her choice.

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Having always had an interest in women’s rights, Dhivya began an internship at the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), Malaysia’s largest service provider for domestic violence survivors. Through this experience, Dhivya learned about the barriers women in Malaysia face when trying to exit an abusive relationship. This is particularly prevalent in areas where service providers and law enforcement see abuse as a family issue, and something to be resolved in private. With a new found passion and sense of purpose, Dhivya applied for a job at ARROW, where she has now been for three years. Dhivya works within the Monitoring and Evidence Generation for Change Programme at ARROW, working to ensure consistent monitoring of international commitments on women’s health, gender, sexuality and rights to ensure accountability of stakeholders including governments, international bodies and UN agencies. Part of Dhivya’s work includes ensuring that the realities of sexual and reproductive health and rights faced by women and young people are truly represented at both regional and global levels. This is done through partners across 17 countries who are on the ground, battling injustices such as child, early and forced marriage (CEFM), female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender-based violence (GBV), among other things. ARROW also explores the linkages

of these issues with other trends such as climate-change, conflict and religious fundamentalism, which Dhivya says can exacerbate and further entrench violations against women’s rights. Through ARROW, Dhivya has had the opportunity to meet and learn of the resilience of marginalised women and girls living in resource poor environments, some of them her age but pregnant with their tenth child. Dhivya shared that it is often women and girls that bear the worst forms of atrocities in vulnerable settings such as disasters and conflict, This is especially true amongst women from ethnic and religious minorities, for example the forced sterilisation of Rohinga women as a form of ethnic cleansing. While Dhivya has always been passionate about women’s rights, she admits this experience has proven how often we take for granted the rights and opportunities we enjoy. In the future, Dhivya would like to find an area in development work where she can make the greatest impact on the lives of women and girls. She has set her sights on holding governments accountable for collecting quality data to better measure the progress of, and challenges to women’s rights. Emily Smith (’10)

Vice Presidents Deborah Berry (Manos ’77) Sarah O’Brien (’02) Honorary Treasurer Lucy Court (’11) Honorary Secretary Phoebe Norman (Olsen ’95) Reunion Coordinator Sally Ahern (Watson ’74) Mobile 0419 001 012 Bulletin Editor Emily Smith (’10) School Council Nominee Kate Barber (’96) General Committee Victoria Dryden (Krauss ’92) Virginia Edwards AM (Smith ’56) Nicolle McCurdy (Austin ’88) Olivia Molesworth (Hocking-Brown ’13) Kristina Moussalli (’09) Victoria Landale (’10) Ex Officio Mrs Michelle Carroll (Principal) Mackenzie Leyden (2017 School Captain) Georgie Sitch (2017 School Vice Captain)



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My time at St Catherine’s School began in 1985 and as a Year 10 boarder. This was a big change for a girl who had grown up in the country and was unused to a city life. I settled in well to life as a boarder, revelling in the supportive environment and the academic challenges that awaited. These are all very special memories for me.

Appointed to the Victorian County Court in 2017, Judge Carolene Gwynn (’87) shares the story of her journey from St Catherine’s to the Bench, and the opportunities and challenges along the way.

During my time at St Catherine’s I came to realise that my calling was to the law. This was despite having no family background or friends in what is now my chosen field. I was particularly drawn to the area of criminal law as I genuinely saw it as a way to assist people – including those that were faced with particularly difficult cases needing to navigate their way through the court system, those with mental health issues, and those suffering the scourge of drug addiction. It was both intellectually and emotionally challenging. I was fortunate to get work with an established criminal law firm as a solicitor, followed by work for Victoria Legal Aid before going to the bar for a period of 14 years. As a barrister, I was able to practice in criminal law but engage in both defence and prosecution work -evening the scales so to speak. The combination of my time as a solicitor, followed by my career at the bar, gave me a solid foundation in legal work, the dilemmas and conflicts which arise, how to meet those dilemmas and conflicts, as well as time and people management. The ever-changing nature of the work and the people within it meant that I was able to constantly maintain both my interest and enthusiasm. The challenge was making time for work-life balance!

During this time I found it an important part of my legal practice that I played a role in educating and mentoring those that are coming into the profession. I was involved in teaching new law students and new readers at the bar the skills they needed as they began their career. On four occasions I travelled to Papua New Guinea to teach law students about the skills of courtroom advocacy. I have also been to Vanuatu to teach those same skills. Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu were particularly challenging but it was so encouraging to see the difference that such assistance could make. In 2015, I was asked to join the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria, an opportunity I readily accepted. My working history up until that point in time had given me the knowledge, experience, and understanding of the need for humanity and some compassion in the court system, whilst still trying to meet the proper administration of justice, and I felt ready to take up this next stage. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in what is known as the ‘People’s Court’. I was often dealing with upwards of 70 cases a day, dealing with many people who were without legal representation and confronted by the environment in which they found themselves, as well as many of the real difficulties and balances that often occur in coming to the decisions that were required of me. In 2017, I was asked to join the County Court of Victoria. I am now a judge of that Court. I am hoping that my background in the legal profession, together with my background as a magistrate will provide me with all the tools that I will need to do this job competently and fairly. Another challenge awaits!

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TOP: Anita Westacott (Stuart ’54), Jenifer Murchie (Paton ’53); BOTTOM LEFT: Kath Lynch (Christie ’42), Marigold Southey AC (Myer ’45); BOTTOM MIDDLE: Back: Virginia Edwards (Smith ’56), Sally Ahern (Watson ’74), Shirley Strauss (Ellison ’42), Jill Richards (Sargood ’48); BOTTOM RIGHT: Deborah White (’56), Sue Ure (Kinnear ’48), Margaret McGregor (Orr ’48)

Pre 1958 Reunion Luncheon On Friday 20 October 2017, the SCOGA Committee hosted the Pre 1958 Reunion Luncheon, including the 60th Anniversary of girls who left in 1957, represented by Sue Silver (Green ’57). Pre 1958 Coordinators Virginia Edwards AM (Smith ’56) and Sally Ahern (Watson ’74) arranged the luncheon, which is in its twelfth year. Sally received wonderful comments on the unusual and striking lavender table decorations, which she donated, and that made the Ballroom look wonderful. An excited Diana Brelaz (Deutgen ’44), who has attended many SCOGA luncheons, won the much-anticipated annual raffle hamper.

2017 SCOGA Vice President Louise Lampard (’79) formally welcomed the guests on behalf of President Phoebe Norman (Olsen ’95). Louise gave an interesting update on the Her Future Begins Here Barbreck campaign and the progress of the Junior School redevelopment. Guests included stalwarts of this event Anna Cowen (Wittner ’41), Marigold Southey AC (Myer ’45), Shirley Strauss (Ellison ’42) and Kathy Lynch (Christie ’42). Also at the Luncheon were Jenny Murchie (Paton ’53), Hillary Day (Oliphant ’52) and Carol Boykett (Hartley ’56). Old Girl, Dr Deborah White (’56) from South Australia had not been back to

St Catherine’s for the last 60 years and was totally amazed by all the changes. This year we hope to have Ms Melissa Campbell, St Catherine's Archivist attend so guests can speak about any special mementos or photos they may have for the School Archives. Naomi Nicholson (Kaufman ’48) brought a very interesting photo album of her time at St Catherine’s which she has been asked to display again in 2018. We are so pleased that each year more members from across the decades are attending this special occasion and we look forward to this year's event. Virginia Edwards AM (Smith ’56) and Sally Ahern (Watson ’74) SCOGA Luncheon Convenors



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Dates for

2018 Events & Reunions Tuesday 1 May 2018 Year Reps’ Cocktail Party 6.30pm, Drawing Room – Sherren House Saturday 26 May 2018 30 Year Reunion – 1988 Tour 10.00am, Morning Tea/Coffee in Drawing Room at 10.30am Kayt Macdonald (Riches) – 0403 308 785 Nicolle McCurdy (Austin) – 0417 104 055 Friday 3 August 2018 20 Year Reunion – 1998 Tour 5.45pm, Drinks in Drawing Room at 6.15pm Kate Cooper (Olsen) – 0414 313 645 Friday 24 August 2018 25 Year Reunion – 1993 Tour 5.45pm, Drinks in Drawing Room at 6.15pm Joanna Chamberlain (Grant) – 0448 840 648 TBA September 2018 SCOGA Networking Evening Saturday 15 September 2018 50 Year Reunion – 1968 Tour 10.00am, Morning Tea/Coffee in Drawing Room at 10.30am Carol Reid (Gadsden) – 0419 532 765 Friday 12 October 2018 5 Year Reunion – 2013 Tour 5.45pm, Drinks in Drawing Room at 6.15pm Zoe Allatson – 0488 280 031 Nakita Wilson – 0409 953 477 Friday 19 October 2018 Pre 1959 Luncheon 12.00pm – 2.00pm Sally Ahern (Watson) – 0419 001 012 / 03 9818 4423 Virginia Edwards AM (Smith) – 03 9503 1222 Friday 23 November 2018 40 Year Reunion – 1978 Tour 5.45pm, Drinks in Drawing Room at 6.15pm Rosie Garrisson (Waite) – 0439 348 002 Saturday 24 November 2018 SCOGA Annual General Meeting 10.00am, Ballroom – Sherren House

Reunions TOP: 1977 Year Group – 40 Year Reunion Year Rep: Sue Clemenger; MIDDLE LEFT: 2008 Year Group – 10 Year Reunion Year Rep: Jacinta Halsall; MIDDLE RIGHT: 1967 Year Group – 50 Year Reunion Year Rep: Toni Armstrong (Pierce); BOTTOM LEFT: 2007 Year Group – 10 Year Reunion Year Rep: Alexandra Elliott; BOTTOM RIGHT: 1987 Year Group – 30 Year Reunion Year Rep: Rosalind Rowlands

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Babies 1. Charlie Bruce Shiels, a son for Filamena Bruce (’96) and Thomas Shiels; 2.Edward Gordon Hunter, a son for Kate Barber (’96) and Anthony Hunter. A brother for Lachlan. 3. Elke Olivia Grahame, a daughter for Alexa (Rowlands ’96) and Christian Grahame. A sister for George; 4. Frederick Lachlan Ross Champion de Crespigny, a son for Claire de Crespigny (’95); 5. Isolde Elizabeth Carr, a daughter for Caroline Goulden (’97) and Christopher Carr. A sister for Millicent and


Lucinda; 7. Edward William Kalish, a son for Julia (Mitchell ’96) and Darren Kalish. A brother for Zara; 6. Leonardo Nelson Reinstein Barretto, a son for Audrey Reinstein (’03) and Rodrigo Barretto; 8. George Field Kiriakidis, a son for Annabel (Showers ’96) and Laz Kiriakidis. A brother for Sophia; 9. Annabelle Ruth Vawdrey, a daughter for Rebecca (Hounsell ’04) and James Vawdrey; 10. Charles Alexander Silk, a son for Katherine (Lee ’01) and Josh Silk. A brother for Jonathan.











TOP: Olivia Hocking-Brown (’13) married Lachlan Molesworth on 11 February 2017 at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Adam Rabone, Shannae Brown, George Nedovic, Stephanie Chosich, Lachlan Molesworth, Olivia Molesworth (Hocking-Brown (’13), Claire Gifford (’14), Harry Kempler, Oliver Arbes Du Puy, Sarah Pemberton and Hamish Fraser. BOTTOM LEFT: Amy Freeman (’00) married Nick Sutton on 9 November 2017 in New York, USA. BOTTOM RIGHT: Felicity Smith (’07) married Andrew Mursell on 7 October 2017 at All Saints Estate, Wahgunyah.

Vale Helen Cooke (Chambers ’45)

Rosanne (Winky) Lowry (Armstrong ’65)

Margot Hartl (Webster ’61)

Sophia Mason (Williams ’91)

June Hudspeth (Retired staff member and Honorary Old Girl)

Geraldine Parsons (Retired staff member and Honorary Old Girl)

Joyce Greer (Blight ’39)

Joan Payne (Grey ’62)

Amie Jelbart (Bilson ’43)

Jill Rudge (Watson ’54)

Pamela Kiel (Austin ’50)

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