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2019

IN REVIEW


As a leading girls’ school in Australia, St Catherine’s is committed to nurturing and empowering independent and globally responsive young women, enabling them to approach all their endeavours with confidence, wisdom and integrity. St Catherine’s School Charter


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Academic Success

2020 Tertiary Offers

2020 Tertiary Places

2019 Naplan Results

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Outstanding Educators

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS Our Class of 2019 will be remembered for their enthusiasm and eagerness to achieve their best in all aspects of life at St Catherine’s. This success is testament to the fortitude, diligence and perseverance shown by each student. Through their sustained commitment and determination, our Year 12 cohort have achieved remarkable academic results across a broad range of subjects. Study Scores of 45 and above achieved in the following VCE Subjects:

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Studio Arts

Geography

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Literature

Legal

Biology

History Revolutions

Physics

Maths Methods

Health & Human Development

Psychology

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Chinese Second Language Advanced

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SUMMARY OF TERTIARY OFFERS 2020 MEDIAN STUDY SCORE 35

For the first time, VCE students received tertiary offers days after receiving results. • 77% offered a place at Monash University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

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• Students obtained tertiary places across 37 different fields.

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• One student completed the Monash University Medical Interview process and will study Medicine at Monash University.

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• One student has been successful in obtaining an offer from the University College London. • Seven students successfully obtained a place at the Australian National University. • One student received an offer from the University of California. • 24% have received offers to study double degrees including Engineering/Science, Law/Global Studies and Nursing/Midwifery.

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20% ATTAINED A STUDY SCORE OF 40 & ABOVE 34% ATTAINED AN ATAR OF 90 & ABOVE 66% ATTAINED AN ATAR OF 80 & ABOVE

• Two students deferred tertiary offers and will participate in a gap year working abroad in France and UK. Both students will resume their tertiary studies in 2021.

Note: Information is correct at time of printing, January 2020

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2020 TERTIARY PLACES 100% of our class of 2019 who applied for tertiary courses received an offer to study in 2020. Our graduating students will be represented at institutes including The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Australian Catholic University, Deakin University, Latrobe University, RMIT, Australian National University and Swinburne University of Technology and overseas at University College London and University of California. Further offers at interstate and overseas institutes are imminent.

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17% STEM STEM 100% Received Tertiary Offers

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MANAGEMENT & COMMERCE

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ENVIRONMENT

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2019 NAPLAN RESULTS

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The 2019 NAPLAN results are excellent, with St Catherine’s students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 continuing to exceed the state and national means across all five areas. All results across every year level and across every category were once again well above both the Victorian and national averages. St Catherine’s very strong results are a reflection of both the quality of teaching and learning opportunities and the diligent work of our staff and students in maintaining a clear school-wide focus on the key learning platforms of literacy and numeracy.

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TEACHING, LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY • Implementation of the Head Start program designed to support students to transition into 2020 curriculum. This is particularly important for students commencing new VCE subjects. • Introduction to a new Academic Model in the Senior School that prioritises time in core subjects: Mathematics, English, Humanities, Languages and Science. • Utilisation of the Track One Learning Analytics Data Software has been used to ensure a rigorous analysis of end of semester student data. • Academic Assessment Services (AAS) testing was conducted for all Year 6 and Year 8 students. This data assists in benchmarking our own assessments against these standardised diagnostic assessments. • Formalised a partnership with University of Queensland (UQ). The ‘Teaching for Thinking’ project, led by Ms Kristy Forrest, the School’s Pedagogical Coach, will commence in 2020 with ongoing collaboration between UQ and St Catherine’s teaching staff.

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• The ICT Team has implemented key security assessment recommendations to reduce future risk of cyber threats and crimes including multi-factor authentication, Mimecast email security protection system was implemented and will increase the capabilities of the School’s Emergency Wireless Communications System. • This year has provided opportunity for students to listen to presentations by the most inspiring women, each have empowered our girls with the belief that anything is possible for their future: • Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria • World renowned Conservationist and Primatologist, Dr Jane Goodall • The Honourable Julie Bishop, Former Foreign Minister and the first ever Female Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party • The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp • Olympic gold medallist and basketballer Jenni Screen

• The mystcatherines community portal was utilised by teachers in the Senior School to report on real-time academic feedback and the rolling display of a current grade average for each subject and is now established as the key communication and reporting tool for the community.

• Former aerial skier World Champion Jacqui Cooper

• The final stage of the Interactive Digital Panel AV project was completed with the final installations to five classroom spaces. The School now supports AV resources across all Senior School and Barbreck teaching spaces, including Barbreck, replacing traditional whiteboards with these wireless touch enabled digital panels. The technology is an outstanding resource and has become the major teaching tool in a classroom.

• Humanitarian, Dr Edwina Thompson (’96)

• International Human Rights Law expert, Johanna Gusman • Clare Kenyon, Astrophysicist with the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne • Artist, Lisa Roet (’84) • Georgia Beattie (’04), a dynamic Entrepreneur

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OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS 2019 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award: • Ms Sarah Bethune • Ms Melissa Braddy

Miss Kristy Forrest, English and Literature Teacher: • Guest lecturer at Melbourne University to Masters of Teaching Students (English Stream) on using backwards design to construct units and assessment in VCE English.  • Article published in a peer-reviewed academic journal: Educational Philosophy and Theory called ‘Bernard Stiegler and the Student as Consumer’. • Delivered a presentation at Melbourne Graduate School of Education on ‘Thinking and Planning in the Language of Student Cognition’.

The following staff completed Professional Learning in the Harvard Visible Thinking Project and/or the Rigour Project: • Mrs Tracey McCallum • Ms Ingrid Hildebrand • Miss Jenny Molloy • Ms Kate Fitzgerald • Miss Elizabeth Ryan • Mrs Vicki Marinelli • Ms Julia West

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• Introduction to Collegial Practice enabling two teachers to work with students in the one classroom. One example included Mrs Brigid Weereratne co-teaching with Mrs Vicki Marinelli and the Year 12 Studio Arts class to strengthen the individual guidance provided to students in the practical component of the Study Design. Bringing to the class a range of expertise in a variety of art forms, sharing teaching practice and experience in a collaborative setting. Students were able to draw on both teachers to develop their individual folios of artworks and prepare for the end of year examination. • Mrs Vicki Marinelli and Ms Julia West attended the Culture of Thinking Conference at Bialik College. • Mrs Brigid Weereratne was asked to participate in the collection of information and research for ArtC research project, focussing on the Arts and Civic Engagement in collaboration between Project Zero at Harvard University and Independent Schools Victoria. • The Reconciliation Action Plan action group convened to facilitate a reconciliation action plan for our indigenous students to bring an educational adherence program into our curriculum. • Ms Vanessa Jackson-McRae was selected to participate in ChREfT. This is a professional development program for Chemistry teachers that embeds teachers in research laboratories within the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne so that they can participate in a frontier research project.

• Mrs Wendy Stevens, Senior Laboratory Technician – Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Laboratory Technician of the Year. • Ms Vanessa Jackson-McRae – member of the education committee of RACI held its third Chemistry conference for VCE teachers in conjunction with the Chemistry Department at Monash University. Also presented a workshop at STAVCON 2019 Making Chemistry Fun, Fascinating and Accessible with Jenny Sharwood (Chemistry Education Association, Chemistry Educator of the Year). 2019 2019 | YEAR | YEAR IN REVIEW IN REVIEW


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Staff completing postgraduate studies: • Ms Fiona Ganino-Day – Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology

The following teachers were accepted as Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) examiners:

• Mr Fiachra Barry – PhD

• Ms Vicky Spanos (Literature)

• Mrs Leah Stamm – Master of Autism

• Mr Darren Plunkett (EAL)

• Miss Camilla Dunstan – Master of Teaching

• Miss Kristy Forrest (English)

• Mr Dylan Licastro – Master of Teaching

• Ms Kate Fitzgerald (Business Management)

• Mr Lloyd Knight – Master of Sport Coaching

• Mr Paul Gilby (EAL and Global Politics)

• Miss Brigette Carlile – Master of Sport Coaching

• Ms Anna Curnow (Ancient History)

• Ms Holly Shoar – Bachelor of Music

• Ms Sophia Hardwick (Geography)

• Miss Sally Wilkinson – Master of Educational Management

• Mr Chris Zuccala (French orals)

• Ms Liv Cher – Master of Educational Management

• Ms Anna Pianezze (French orals)

• Ms Kanako Yokouchi – Master of Education: Studies of Asia

• Ms Asuko Okumura (Japanese orals and written)

• Ms Nadia Durrant – Master of Education (Student Wellbeing)

• Ms Sue Macgeorge (Biology)

• Mrs Louise Pearson – Diploma of Library and Information Management

• Mr James Brown (Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination)

• Mrs Elka Gaensler – Master of Gifted Education

• Miss Winnie Xie (Chinese SL) • Ms Vanessa Jackson-McRae (Chemistry)

• Miss Jeanette Gunn (Mathematics Methods) • Mrs Janette Matt (Specialist Mathematics and Assistant Chief Assessor) • Mr Wei Wang (Specialist Mathematics) • ELC Educators have actively participated in a range of Professional Learning in relation to the Reggio Emilia approach to education; nature-based pedagogy; behaviour management; wellbeing; and STEM. • ELC Educators worked with an Educational Consultant to analyse and reflect on some of our program offerings and develop critical reflection practices.

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“I truly believe that through the study of great literature a student’s values, attitude to life and empathy for others is developed.” – Mrs Ceri Lloyd, Head of English and EAL


ENGLISH • Writer’s Club has continued to grow in 2019 as a way to extend and enrich students’ learning and writing. Focus has been on International Women’s Day and World Poetry Day through creative writing and discussion. • Academic Honours English further developed in 2019 for Years 7 and 8 students. • Year 7 and 8 author workshops with Children’s and Young Adult authors Shivaun Plozza and Nova Weetman worked with students to explore approaches to creative writing. • Targeted focus on individualised spelling and grammar program has resulted the highest results for both Year 9 and 7 NAPLAN over the five-year trend.

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• Online curriculum developed through My Portal. Individualised learning and teaching focus for students. Extension and support strategies. • Continued development of thinking routines for all essay types Year 7 to 12. Translated into a common metalanguage for writing and literacy in all English classes. • As part of the VCE English curriculum, the production had a significant benefit for a Year 12 student to be a part of, or to view the production in conjunction with studying the play in class. • Student participation in the ANZAC Day Poetry competition, Insight Writing Competition, International Women’s Day Writing Competition and others.

Student Achievement • Participation in the Melbourne Writers Festival Competition. • Students participated in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ Competition. • Participation in the Stonnington Library Writing Competition. • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in Literature, English and EAL. Perfect Study Score of 50 in English. In English, 30% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above. 60% of students achieved an A+ or A grade on the examination.

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“The opportunity to meet Ms Julie Bishop was a highlight. Throughout her discussions, Ms Bishop was keen to emphasise her interest and role in encouraging women and girls to take a central role in political and economic decision making.” – Mrs Tracey McCallum, Acting Head of Humanities


HUMANITIES • Global Politics and Legal Studies students were fortunate to have a Boardroom style meeting with The Honourable Julie Bishop. • In 2019 Humanities offered four Year 10 Elective subjects, including Accounting, Globalisation, Philosophy and Geography, each of these electives provides an opportunity for students to build a foundation of both knowledge and skills prior to entering into VCE. In addition, Year 9 students were able to choose from a range of Electives, encompassing Economics, Business, Accounting, Politics and Critical thinking. • With its curriculum links to Year 8 Geography, the Year 8 Central Australia Camp is of significant value for students, whereby they are able to develop meaningful ‘real life’ connections that enhance their learning which is difficult to replicate within the classroom environment.

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• Year 9 Geography teachers successfully incorporated curriculum links to the Heyington to Highlands Program during the study of Sustainability. This enabled the students to appreciate and understand the sustainability initiatives and issues for the Fijian people living in remote villages. • In April a group of Year 10 and 11 students accompanied by Ms Anna Curnow and Mr Chris Zuccala, departed for France to participate in the inaugural St Catherine’s French and History Study Tour. • Senior Humanities students were invited to hear Dr Edwina Thompson (’96) speak about her experience conducting frontline research on how money flows during the conflict in Syria and her work to develop platforms that ensure that funds can be accessed by those in need.

Student Achievement • Years 7 to 12 students entered in the nationally recognised Australian History and Australian Geography competitions in Term 2. • The following students were awarded High Distinctions: • Australian History Competition: Olivia Hargrave (Year 7) and Angela Yu (Year 9). • Australian Geography Competition: Paula Chen (Year 10) received an outstanding result, putting her in the top 1% of participants in the State. • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in Philosophy, History revolution, Accounting, Global Politics, Legal Studies, Business Management and Geography. 31% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above.

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LANGUAGES • In 2019 the Year 8 students studied one language for the whole year for 10 lessons a cycle. This increased ‘time on task’ served to enable greater breadth, depth and consolidation of their Language study. • Heritage Chinese offered for the first time to advanced learners of Chinese in Year 7. • All Year 11 Outcomes re-written in response to the new Study Design. The introduction of the Interpretive Communication Outcome requires students to listen, read and view materials in the second language.

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• Nine Students visited Kyoto, Tokyo and our Sister School in Nagoya during the Japan Study Tour. • Two Students studied Latin. • 12 Year 8 students visited the Melbourne Chinese Museum. • Year 12 Chinese students undertook Mock Orals, practising with their peers from Korowa and Brighton Grammar.

Student Engagement

• Year 11 students Amber Liong, Alice Menzies-King and Margaret Handolias participated in the UN Conference in Japanese.

• 120 Students participated in the Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette competition.

• Year 10 Japanese students attended the International Film Festival.

• 15 Students hosted a student from another country (Japan, France).

Community Engagement

• Three Students participated in an Immersion Exchange with Sister School, Cours Fénélon.

• St Catherine’s Languages alumnus Isabel Gray (’18) addressed students at the beginning of the year offering strategies for success in studying a language in VCE.

• Four students participated in an exchange with an independent organisation. • Nine Students travelled to Paris, the WW1 Battlefields, D-Day Normandy beaches during the France Study Tour. • 22 Students visited Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and our Sister School in Hangzhou during the China Study Tour.

• St Catherine’s Languages alumni, Sophie Seng Hpa (’17) and Georgie Sitch (’17) ran Conversation Classes to prepare students for their Oral Examination. Working with peers offers an important perspective to build self-efficacy in ensuring exam readiness.

Student Achievement • Nine students reached the finals of the Berthe Mouchette competition: Ruby Wake (Year 9), Lan-Tian Yen-West (Year 9), Jasmine Pierides (Year 9), Emilia Searby (Year 9), Angela Yu (Year 9), Lucy Keilar (Year 10), Georgina Vote (Year 10), Valérie Plastow (Year 9). • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in French, Chinese Advanced, Chinese Second Language Advanced, Chinese Second Language, Japanese. 36% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above. 2019 | YEAR IN REVIEW


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MATHEMATICS • The Mathematics extension, part of the Academic Honours Program, has continued for Year 5 through to 9 led by Mr Wei Wang exposing students to problems and solution techniques that are well beyond the School curriculum. • The St Catherine’s School Mathematics faculty was invited to work with VCAA to produce annotated work samples at both Year 7 and 9 that have already been published on their web site. • The Algorithmics elective was run at Year 9 attracting enough students to require it to be run in both Semester 1 and 2. Setting up algorithms and writing code are both important skills in the 21st Century.

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• A mentoring trial was established for one of our Year 10 International students. Tingquan (Gloria) Meng (Year 10) spent some of her time during Year 10 Maths explaining the work in both Chinese and English to a student who started at the school in the middle of the year. This worked most effectively as the student’s Maths skills improved dramatically as well as her English. • In both Year 10 and 11 Mathematical Methods we commenced a program named LUIS (Let Us Improve our Skills). This was the regular testing of skills that the girls should have acquired during their Mathematical education to make sure they were remembering how to apply them after they had finished studying that topic. This has been pleasing as the Skills exams at both levels have shown a marked improvement in this area.

Student Achievement • Tingquan (Gloria) Meng (Year 10) achieved an Outstanding Award in the University of Melbourne School Mathematics competition and offered a place in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee’s School of Excellence. • In the Australian Intermediate Maths Olympiad, Tingquan (Gloria) Meng (Year 10) was awarded a Distinction and Angela Yu (Year 9) a Credit.

• In the Maths Challenge set by the Australian Maths Trust Keyue (Karen) Deng, Flora Du, Emma Gregory, Christina Wu, Ava Colosimo and Caitlin Wang (all in Year 8) and Angela Yu in Year 9 all achieved a High Distinction. Several other girls achieved Distinctions and Credits. • In the Australian Mathematics Competition, we had six High Distinctions (two at each Year 7, 10 and 12), 22 Distinctions and 48 Credits.

• Year 12 students Ying (Stella) Liu, Lily Trosdal Ryan and • The AMT Enrichment Series (a series of problems over a Yuwei (Sophie) Ying attend the “Big Data Day” at Monash term) was conducted for the Honours girls. We had three University. The theme of the day was to envision Melbourne High Distinctions, three Distinctions and several Credits. in 2050 – a very relevant and important topic for discussion – and use their skills in mathematics, business and economics • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in to develop strategies and plans to ensure that our society Maths Methods, Specialist Maths and Further Maths. will be well equipped and informed for 2050. • In the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition – Paula Chen (Year 9) was awarded a High Distinction with a 99 percentile. Charlotte Wood and Chloe Butterfield (Year 7), Emily Dziedzic (Year 10) and Gabriella Tymms (Year 12) all gained a Distinction and another 32 girls were awarded a Credit. 2019 | YEAR IN REVIEW


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“We pride ourselves on keeping abreast of current health issues and trends to tailor a curriculum that meets the fluid nature of health and wellbeing in today’s society.” – Ms Debbie Thompson, Head of Health and Physical Education


HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION • The Health and Physical Education Faculty conducted an audit of the Years 7 to 10 courses with a view to tailoring our 2019 curriculum to continue to meet the needs of our students within the new curriculum structure, while ensuring the curriculum remains sequential, relevant and rigorous. • Further development and refinement of rubrics and assessment tasks, incorporating clearly articulated levels of achievement within rubrics, to make success criteria explicit for all students. Assessment tasks designed to provide every student challenges, thus building stronger, more resilient and independent learners.

• VCE: 2019 again saw increasing numbers of students selecting HPE Faculty subjects, with two classes running in Health and Human Development to meet demand, along with a Unit 3 and 4 Physical Education class. • Development of the Culture of Thinking approach in all our classrooms, where each individual and group is valued and actively promoted as part of their regular classroom experience. • Physical Education continues to provide experiential learning, with movement and skill development providing the building blocks for involvement in an extensive sporting program.

• In 2019 the Health and Physical Education Faculty introduced • Years 7 to 10, students have participated in presentations, two new and very successful Year 9 Electives, with large courses and clinics taken by outside presenters including numbers selecting to undertake Sports Coaching and or Dr Melissa Whitelaw – ‘Dispelling Dietary Myths’, Paul Dillon’s Personal Fitness and Health and Wellbeing. Drug and Alcohol Organisation (DARTA): Presentation – Myths vs Facts, Liz Dougall, Maternal and Child Health Nurse: • Additionally in 2019, two Year 10 Health and Physical Whittlesea City Council, Julie Armstrong – Examination Education electives were offered: Human Movement and Revision and Extended Response Lecture, Dr Edwina Global Health. Both electives were developed to provide Thompson – economic platforms developed in Syria, opportunities for students to build knowledge and skills Russell Spinks – Biomechanics Lecture, Exercise Research prior to commencing VCE Physical Education or Health Australia – Physiology Presentation: Energy Systems and Human Development. (Student VO2Max and Anaerobic power testing) and Robert Malpeli – Examination Revision Lecture.

Student Achievement • Year 8 and 9 Students completed Level 1 Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic First-Aid Course. • All Year 9 Sports Coaching Elective Students completed a Level 1 Coaching course. • All Year 10 Students completed the teen Mental-Health and First-Aid and basic Self-Defense course. • 2019 VCE Study scores of 40 and above achieved in Physical Education and Health and Human Development. 25% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above with one student achieving a perfect study scored 50 in Health and Human Development. • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in Theatre Studies, Media, Visual Communications and Studio Arts. 27% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above.

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“It is amazing to see how someone who has had to face so many challenges be so persevering and become such a strong voice in the Science community and the fight against climate change.” – Lucy Croft (Year 11)


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• Amber Liong, Emma Robertson, Lucy Croft, Isobel Tanner, Claire Hayne and Thali Barbayannis attended the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Victoria Science Breakfast at Mentone Girls’ Grammar with Ms Kelly Brady.

• Indiana Wilde (Year 11) , Claire Hayne (Year 11), Jasmyn Jiang (Year 11), Erica Pan (Year 11), Lucy Campbell (Year 10) and Amber Liong (Year 11) will attend Super Hack at the University of Melbourne in December.

• CSIRO Scientists in School Program – Professor Paul Wood AO continues to work with staff to deliver the Year 10 Assessing the Credibility of Scientific Evidence Project.

• Year 7 students successfully completed the St Catherine’s Science and Sustainability through Plants Program (SSSP) supported by a sustainable gardening workshop at the Royal Botanic Gardens and a visit to the Melbourne Zoo Education Centre.

• VCE Physics students attended the Luna Park Physics Day, which is organised each year by the Australian Institute of Physics. • Science week assembly and activities – Key note address Ms Clare Kenyon, Laby Teaching and Outreach Fellow at the School of Physics, University of Melbourne. The school community was invited to view the moon with Cris Ellis, President of the Astronomical Society of Melbourne on the roof of the Science building. Year 9 and VCE Physics students participated in a real time conference with NASA about the new space vehicles with SPACE LIVE whilst the Year 9 Accelerated Biology class, skyped a biomedical scientist from The University of Melbourne’s School of Biomedical Sciences. The Science faculty held its first Brain Break Morning Tea donating the money generated to the Brain Foundation. • VCE Biology students attended Genetic Workshops at the University of Melbourne. • Year 9 and 10 students were invited to join the Monash Engineering Girls program.

• Year 8 students successfully completed the St Catherine’s PECE (Propagation, Education, Conservation and Exploration) Program in conjunction with the Victorian Orchid Society and assisted by university academics. Students participated in a site visit to Anglesea with the Victorian Orchid Society. • Year 8 Science Academic Honours Program conducted an investigation into simple machines and students built their own hydraulics machine. • The Year 7 Science Academic Honours Program involved the completion of the Australian Science Teachers Association SPECTRA Program in Chemistry and the RACI Crystal Growing Competition. • Environment Club – introduction of phone recycling (money generated to support the Jane Goodall Institute); terracycle (recycling toothbrushes, empty toothpaste containers, etc); batteries; and compositing food waste from the canteen. • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in Biology, Physics, Psychology and Chemistry. 20% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above.

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Student Achievement • Mardi Bray (Year 12) attended the National Youth Science Forum at ANU. • All VCE chemistry and interested Year 10 Chemistry students participated in the R.A.C.I. Australian National Chemistry Quiz. Results: • Year 10 Candidates Jessica Yang received a High Distinction; Ella Johns and Tiffany Pham received a Distinction; and Clementine Newton-Brown received a Credit. • Tingquan (Gloria) Meng received a HD Excellence Award for an outstanding performance. • Year 11 Candidates Claire Hayne received a High Distinction; Lucy Croft, Jasmyn Jiang and Serena Sitch received a Distinction; and Indiana Wilde received a Credit. • Year 12 Candidates Clementine Aston and Gabriella Tymms received a Distinction; Mardi Bray, Darcy Christie, Celia Cody, Qirui (Cindy) Li, Henrietta Paterson and Olivia Soong Zi Yuan received a Credit. • Two students participated in the CEA Chemistry Olympiad Training Program at the University of Melbourne during Terms 1 and 2. Romy Cantwell (Year 11) received a Credit certificate, placing her in the top 30% and Indiana Wilde (Year 11) received a Distinction, placing her in the top 20%. • Big Science Competition – The Years 8 and 9 students participated in the Big Science Competition. Students receiving a Distinction certificate, placing them in the top 11% of the competition: • Year 8 students Keyue (Karen) Deng, Flora Du, Emma Gregory, Lily Taylor, Christina Wu received a Distinction; and Freya Cantwell, Katherine Graham, Zoe Hall, Julie Kent, Qingyu (Eva) Liang, Samantha Love, Matisse Stafford and Andrea Ting received a Credit. • Year 9 students, Paula Chen, Madeleine Hooker, Jariyan Patel and Tallulah Scott-Elliott received a Distinction; and Catherine Chen, Amy Cooper, Annabelle Green, Ciara Jenkins, Mikayla Lee, Alexandra Oliphant, Valerie Plastow, Sophie Simons, Cara Uzunovski and Angela Yu received a Credit.

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PERFORMING ARTS • The Crucible was a 2019 Senior School production featuring students from St Catherine’s School and St Kevin’s College. Arthur Miller’s play is regarded as a central work in the canon of American dramatic realism. Part of the VCE English curriculum, the significant benefit for a Year 12 student to be part of this production or to view the play in conjunction with studying the play in class. The student run performances saw over 80 students involved across all areas of production. The performance was an impressive effort led by a number of dedicated staff and the VCE Theatre Studies production team. • Year 7 and 8 Musical Cinderella performed to two sold out audiences. Students in cast, tech team, makeup team and backstage crew worked cohesively, learned new skills and enjoyed the experience.

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• Year 10 Class Production staged for parents and friends. • Many students were involved in technical, makeup, costume and backstage teams across the year – providing many with a “sense of belonging” and offering “purposeful contributions” to the School’s co-curricular program. • Student led House Arts performances in the final week of Term 4 was inclusive, creative, collaborative and student led. • Year 3 Stage Skills and Year 4 Perform co–curricular Drama programs continue to foster collaboration and creativity in our Junior School – Barbreck students.

• Small group VCE Theatre Studies Partnership with Trinity Grammar School. Friends and Family performance evening hosted by Mark Lauber at Trinity.

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“The most rewarding part of our captaincy was viewing the capability of students to craft their own music and take leadership in their ensembles. Glee Club and Jazz Band were stunning examples of student-teacher collaboration to execute performances which radiated passion for music.” – 2019 Music Captains Madison Hunt and Olivia Soong Zi Yuan


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Instrumental lessons 2019

• 70 Year 7 students sat AMEB online Theory Examination.

• 239 Instrumental lessons delivered each week.

• Years 7 and 8 – incorporate music vocabulary and cultural literacy with a ‘classics’ component’. Have retained Taiko at Year 8 and African Drumming at Year 7, delivered formally by experts in each discipline.

• 441 students participating in 26 Ensembles per week.

Over 34 performance opportunities for students from Years Prep to 12 including: • Concerto Concert. • Years 7 and 8 Musical – Cinderella.

• Year 9 Kool Skools elective new at 2019. • Year 10 Elective included six dedicated students. Highlight was Master class with Mr Michael Dahlenburg.

• Junior School Musical – Mary Poppins Jnr.

Victorian Schools Music Festival

• Years 7 and 8 Concert at St Catherines.

• Years 7 and 8 Concert Band (32 Students) – Jess Farrell – Silver Award.

• Jazz night at The Fyrefly. • Gala Concert at Melbourne Recital Centre.

• Elgar Cello concerto MSO Year 10 music elective class excursion.

• Two choirs and one band performed at the Victorian Schools Music Festival. Epstein Singers received Platinum.

Victorian Schools Music Festival

• 103 students attended Music Camp.

• Sherren Singers Years 7 and 8 (40) – Ms Liv Cher – Silver Award.

• Successful Year 5 and 6 classroom band program. • Sherren Singers numbers increased from 30 to 40 in 2019.

• Epstein Singers Year 4 to 6 (50) – Mrs Lyn Henshall Platinum.

• Recognising talent and potential in staff: Miss Jessica Farrell – appointed Head of Wind and Bands.

• Introduced the inaugural Music Awards Breakfast – New for 2019.

Student Achievement • Years 11 and 12 students competed in the annual Sing-Off competition and were awarded first place in the group section. • The Epstein Choir (Years 4 to 6) received a Platinum Award at the Victorian Schools Music Festival (VSMF). • Catherine Chen (Year 9) awarded AMusA. • Year 8 students Emma Gregory and Ava Colosimo – 1st in accompanied Duets – Flute Guild Competition. • Many individual students received Honours and Distinctions for their Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Music exams.

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VISUAL ARTS • Under the framework of Thinking Strategies the Visual Arts staff have created Thinking Routines that support the development of deeper thinking in the student learning. This has seen a marked improvement in the way students approach the practical and theoretical aspects of the Visual Arts curriculum. With the extra time allocated to Years 10 and 11 we have been able to put in place structures that have seen students better prepared for VCE, with more time to develop art literacy skills and documentation of the visual diary. • Visual Arts teachers have spent time this year developing new ways to use technology in the classroom to ensure students have a deeper understanding and proficiency of digital software. They also developed Camtasia clips for art analysis, trialling of laser cutters for implementation of design tasks for 2020 and using mobile phones for filming tasks.

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• Years 7, 8 and 11 visited the KAWS exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). • Kayla Harrison (Year 11) created waxes of her ‘Sturt Desert Pea’ inspired jewellery designs, which will be cast in silver to raise money for Yalari Scholarship Fund. • Year 12 Studio Arts excursions learning about the Art Industry included the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Ten Cubed and Monash University Museum of Art. • Year 12 VCE students visited Top Designs at the Melbourne Museum. • Years 9 and 10 worked with Artist in Residence, Lisa Roet (’84), in a series of studio presentations and workshops that helped the students understand her art practice. Students were able to create wax sculptures and jewellery pieces that were cast in bronze.

• Ms Kimberley Mannix created a cross curricular task for Year 7 Art and Science, linking their study of endangered animals and visit to the zoo as a starting point for their printmaking task. This resulted in a range of individual and creative interpretations of animals presented in their artworks.

• The annual House Arts event demonstrates the clear links to the Faculty of Arts curriculum while supporting the development of leadership skills. Year 11 students learn to manage the demands of working across the year levels, with planning beginning in Term 1 working collaboratively to develop ideas, to ensure they adhere to the criteria.

• Year 7 excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) (and possibly Koorie Heritage Trust) for facilitated education program about Australian Indigenous Art in preparation for their trip to Central Australia next year.

• Students participated in Art and Design Club, making mosaic pavers to be used in the garden design of Wiltondale Visual Arts Centre and designing VCE Art Exhibition invitation, posters for different clubs, programs and promotional material for School productions and photography for events.

• Year 8 excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) to view contemporary and traditional art. • Year 10 visited the Alexander Calder and White Rabbit exhibition as part of their study of sculpture and contemporary art.

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Student Achievement • Margaret Handolias (Year 11), who will be studying Studio Arts in 2020, has applied for the National Gallery of Australia, National Summer Art Scholarship, an opportunity to extend her understanding of visual arts in a week long program in Canberra in January 2020. • Eve Rayner (Year 12) was selected to attend the Melbourne University Art History extension program. • Charlotte Zelouf (Year 12), finalist for Top Designs, and was one of sixteen students selected from the state of Victoria. Charlotte created a dynamic suite of posters and an interactive educational tool to raise awareness about panic attacks. Charlotte’s fictional client requirements were to design materials that would visually communicate what a panic attack felt like. • Co-Captain of Art and Design, Katherine (Lulu) Murrell (Year 12), shortlisted for Top Arts for her dramatic dry point etchings of skulls. • Stella Fry (Year 12), shortlisted for Top Designs: Designed an infographic and poster series for the Country Fire Authority (CFA). During the design process she met with representatives from the CFA to establish gaps in the market in terms of marketing materials, establish their requirements and gain feedback on her work. • Amelia (Millie) Chambers (Year 12), shortlisted for Top Designs: Created a look book to showcase a garment to be shown at a fashion Gala that highlights the impact this industry has on the environment. In addition, Millie designed a supporting infographic that provided visual information. To complete this project, Millie chose to design and create a garment using her skills in fashion design. • 2019 VCE Study Scores of 40 and above achieved in Theatre Studies, Media, Visual Communications and Studio Arts. 27% of students achieved a Study Score of 40 or above.

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DEBATING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING School Public Speaking participation rates: • In 2019 we had 9.98% student participation in external Public Speaking competitions across the Senior School; 47 students in total. • 23.4% of our public speaking participants placed in the top 6 of competitors, were Semi-Finalists, or won their Regional Heat; 11 students in total. One student was top three in the State. • Senior School students took part in eight external public speaking competitions.

Debating participation rates: • Senior School students took part in three external debating competitions. • 20.2% of students in Years 9 to 12 took part in Senior Debating; 66 students in total. • 34.8% of our Senior debaters were awarded Best Speaker in the Senior Debating competition. • 23 Best Speakers awarded in Senior Debating. • A Grade: Year 12 students Kavina Kalaichelvam (three times), Sophie Turnbull (twice), Madison Hunt, Annelise Cody. • B Grade: Year 11 students Isabella McDonald (twice), Tess Hogan, Alexandra Shergold, Isobel Tanner. • C Grade: Year 10 student Sophie Williams. • D Grade: Year 9 students Ciara Jenkins, Eloise Rudge, Paula Chen, Bronte Cullen, Georgia Stoupas, Madeleine Farrer, Annabelle Green, Lan-Tian Yen- West, Lara Thorn.

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• Specific standout results: • A Grade – Team 2 won 80% of their debates; achieved equal 2nd on the Ladder. • D Grade – Team 1 won 80% of their debates; achieved equal 2nd on the Ladder. • 17.3% of students in Years 7 to 8 took part in Junior Debating (the JSP); 26 students in total. • 46.2% of our Junior debaters were awarded Best Speaker in the Junior Debating competition (or the JSP). • 12 Best Speakers awarded in Junior Debating: Year 7 students Maeli Davenport, Zara Johnston, Rhea Werner, Sienna Lonetti (twice) and Charlotte Wood and Year 8 students Ava Colosimo (twice),Katherine Graham (twice), Jemima Wilcox and Tayla Sharman. • We had a highly successful year in Junior Debating with four of our five teams being undefeated; three of our Junior students were nominated as Top Scoring students in the Toorak region: Tayla Sharman (Year 8), Sienna Lonetti (Year 7) and Katherine Graham (Year 8). • Outgoing Year 12 students are offered the opportunity of becoming a DAV Adjudicator.

House Debating Competition: • 72 students from Years 7 to 12 participated (15.09%).

House Public Speaking Competition: • 20 students from Years 7 to 12 participated.

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Student Achievements in Debating • Isabella McDonald (Year 11) and Paula Chen (Year 9) have been invited by the DAV to try out for the Victorian State Team in Debating, based on their strong individual scores in Debating in 2019. • Angela Yu (Year 9) achieved Best Speaker in the Inaugural DAV Women’s Competition (where she competed against older, experienced debaters).

Student Achievements in Public Speaking • Madeline Powell (Year 9) placed 3rd overall in the DAV Intermediate Public Speaking Competition. • Allegra Dennison (Year 10) placed 5th overall in the DAV Intermediate Public Speaking Competition. • Fleur Anstee (Year 10) place 6th overall in the DAV Intermediate Public Speaking Competition. • Nadia Mohamed (Year 7) placed 4th in the Toorak regional heat of the DAV Junior Public Speaking Competition, and competed in the Semi-Finals. • Angela Yu (Year 9) was a Semi-Finalist in the Rostrum: Voice of Youth competition (Junior Division). • Fleur Anstee (Year 10) was a Semi-Finalist in the Rostrum: Voice of Youth competition (Senior Division). • Georgina Cottrill (Year 12) was nominated a Semi-Finalist in the Rostrum: Voice of Youth competition (Senior Division). • Sophie Turnbull (Year 12) was a Semi-Finalist in the Rostrum: Voice of Youth competition (Senior Division). • Amelia Sun (Year 11) was a Semi-Finalist in the Rostrum: Voice of Youth competition (Senior Division). • Jemima Wilcox (Year 8) was the winner of a Regional Final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. • Ava Colosimo (Year 8) was awarded a Commendation in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.

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“The success of our Sports program is without a doubt due to the support of our Physical Education staff, specialist coaches, school executive, sports auxiliaries and parents. Our students dedication to their peers, sport and school have helped St Catherine’s achieve such outstanding results.” – Mr Lloyd Knight, Head of Sport


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Individual Sporting Success • Jenneath Wong (Year 9) placed 3rd overall in the Girls Individual Stroke Championship and was named in the All Australian Team at the School Sport Australia Golf Championships. • Samantha Love (Year 8) and Lucy Dunlop (Year 8) were selected to represent Victoria at the U15 Australian Hockey Carnival. Lucy was also selected to participate in the FHE International Cup. • Jemima Wilcox (Year 8), Megan Chang (Year 7) were selected to participate in Victorian Development Squads for their respective sports, Basketball and Soccer. • Celia Cody (Year 12) and Sophia Rothfield (Year 12) were selected to represent Sandringham Dragons in the AFLW NAB U18 League. • Indi Cunningham (Year 7), Julia Kent (Year 8), Matisse Stafford (Year 8), Sarah Marriott (Year 9), Zara Bongiorno (Year 9), Madeleine Hooker (Year 9) and Annabel Sweetnam (Year 10) were selected to participate in Ski & Snowboard Australia development and talent squads for their respective disciplines.

• Rosie Oxley (Year 8) was selected to participate in the New Zealand Sailing Championships. • Olivia Nigido-Scott (Year 9) was selected within the Athletics Victoria All Schools Team and also qualified to compete at the Athletics Australia Championships. • Mayuri Muralidharan (Year 10) has represented both Victoria and Australia at numerous International Junior, Cadet and Senior Championships throughout Australia and Asia. • Romilly Walker (Year 11) qualified to compete at the Swimming Australia underage Championships. • Romy Cantwell (Year 11) was selected within the Victorian Youth VIII to compete at the Australian Junior Rowing Trials. • Lindsey Ware (Year 11) and Emerson Stuchbery (Year 10) both qualified and competed at numerus National and International equestrian competitions.

GSV Weekly Sport • St Catherine’s were represented in GSV Finals in the following sports: Junior Tennis, Intermediate Tennis, Senior Tennis, Junior Hockey, Senior Netball, Junior Badminton, Senior Badminton, Junior Water Polo, and Junior Cricket. • St Catherine’s were GSV Zone Winners in the following sports: Junior A Tennis, Junior B Tennis, Intermediate A Tennis, Senior B Tennis, Junior A Hockey, Junior B Hockey, Junior A Badminton, Junior B Badminton, Senior A Badminton, Senior B Badminton, Junior Water Polo, and Junior Cricket. • St Catherine’s were GSV Premiers in the following sports: Junior A Tennis, Senior B Tennis, Junior A Hockey, Junior B Hockey, Junior A Water Polo. • Romilly Walker (Year 11) and Thalia Barbayannis (Year 11) were selected to represent the GSV Water Polo team at the Association Championships.

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Carnival Sport Aquatics (Swimming & Diving) • St Catherine’s qualified the for GSV Division 2 Swimming Championships, finishing 11th of 24 schools. • St Catherine’s students qualified for eight Individual and eight relay events at the GSV Finals Evening. • St Catherine’s School achieved one Silver and two bronze medals at the GSV Finals Evening finishing 14th on the medal count. • Romilly Walker (Year 11) and Madeleine Hooker (Year 9) both achieved podium finishes in their respective events at the GSV Finals Evening. • Romilly Walker (Year 11) and Madeleine Hooker (Year 9) were selected to represent the GSV at the Association Swimming Championships. • St Catherine’s qualified for the GSV Division 1 Diving Championships, finishing 7th of 24 schools. • St Catherine’s students qualified for two Individual events at the GSV Finals Evening.

Athletics (Cross Country / Track & Field) • St Catherine’s qualified for the GSV Division 1 Cross Country Championships, finishing 7th of 24 schools. • St Catherine’s qualified for the GSV Division 1 Track & Field Championships, finishing 6th of 24 schools. • St Catherine’s won the Overall Population Trophy and Senior (Year 11 and 12) Trophy at the GSV Preliminary Carnival.

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• St Catherine’s students qualified for 37 Individual and three relay events at the GSV Finals Evening. • St Catherine’s School achieved six Gold, five Silver and four bronzes medals at the GSV Finals Evening finishing 6th on the medal count. • Millie Fraser-Smith (Year 11) finished 1st in the Year 11 Shot Put and Year 11 Javelin at the GSV Finals Evening. • Tamsin Sleigh (Year 10) finished 1st in the Year 10 Shot Put at the GSV Finals Evening. • Olivia Nigido-Scott (Year 9) finished 1st in the Year 9 Shot Put, Year 9 Discus and 3rd in the Year 9 Javelin at the GSV Finals Evening. Olivia also finished 2nd overall in the U16 Shot Put and Hammer Throw at the Athletics Victoria All Schools Championships. • Lucia Tabbagh (Year 8), Emma Froomes (Year 9), Chloe Joubert (Year 10), Elodie Ferrali (Year 10), Harriet Fortey (Year 11), Celia Cody (Year 12), Emily Sutherland (Year 12), Annelise Cody (Year 12) all achieved podium finished in their respective events at the GSV Finals Evening. • The St Catherine’s U20 Team finished 3rd overall in the Medley Relay at the Athletics Victoria State Relay Championships. • The St Catherine’s Senior Team finished 3rd overall at the Athletics Victoria All Schools Nitro Championships. • The St Catherine’s Senior Team qualified for the Athletics Australia All Schools Nitro Championships.


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Rowing • St Catherine’s crews qualified for seven A-Finals at the Head of School Girls Regatta. • St Catherine’s 1st and 2nd VIII both finished 3rd overall in their respective A-Finals at Head of the School Girls Regatta. • St Catherine’s 1st VIII won the Melbourne Head Regatta. • St Catherine’s 1st and 2nd VIII both won their respective finals of the Australia Henley Regatta. • St Catherine’s 1st VIII finished 4th overall at the Australian School Girls Rowing Championships.

Snowsports

• Madeleine Hooker (Year 9), Annabel Sweetnam (Year 10), Matisse Stafford (Year 8) and Kate Rowthorn (Year 8) all achieved individual victories in their respective events at the Australian Interschool Championships. • Madeleine Hooker (Year 9), Zara Bongiorno (Year 9), Sienna Bamford (Year 7) and Kate Gibson-Rowshorn (Year 8) all achieved podium finished in their respective events at the Australian Interschool Championships. • 12 St Catherine’s division teams achieved podium finished in their respective events at the Australian Interschool Championships.

House Sports

• St Catherine’s senior team achieved the overall school point score victory at all Victorian and Australian Interschool Events.

• Davis won the 2019 Intra-House Swimming Championships. Romilly Walker (Year 11) won the ‘Blue Ribbon’ 50m Freestyle Race, while Brydie Read (Year 8) won the ‘Junior Flyer’ 50m Freestyle Race.

• Zara Bongiorno (Year 9), Madeleine Hooker (Year 9), Annabel Sweetnam (Year 10), Matisse Stafford (Year 8) and Kate Gibson-Rowsthorn (Year 8) all achieved individual victories in their respective Victorian Interschool Championships.

• Holmes Kilbride won the Intra-House Cross Country. Alexandra Demetriou (Year 10) won the ‘Blue Ribbon’ for the fastest 2km time at the event, while Lulu Burney (Year 7) won the ‘Junior Flyer’ fastest junior 2km time.

• Madeleine Hooker (Year 9), Sarah Marriott (Year 9), Matisse Stafford (Year 8), Celia Cody (Year 12), Jessica Yang (Year 10), Arabella Hall (Year 9), Catherine Chen (Year 9), Zara Cooper (Year 8) and Zoe Hall (Year 8) all achieved podium finished in their respective events at the Victorian Interschool Championships.

• Holmes Kilbride won the Intra-House Track & Field. Annelise Cody (Year 12) won the ‘Blue Ribbon’ 100m race, while Annie Seymour (Year 7) won the ‘Junior Flyer’ 100m Race. • Davis won the 2019 Intra-House Snowsports.

• 22 St Catherine’s division teams achieved podium finished in their respective events at the Victorian Interschool Championships.

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ELC – YEAR 2

YEARS 3–4

YEARS 5–6

ILLAWARRA

YEAR 12

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

YEAR 11

YEAR 10

YEAR 9


WELLBEING • The Aristotle Emotional Intelligence Programs (EI Program) have been extended in the fourth year of the partnership with Swinburne University’s Emotional Intelligence Unit. • The EI Program has been extended to include: • Years 1 and 2 Foundations Program • Year 4 Building Blocks Program • Year 5 Booster Program • Year 6 Social Skills Program • Year 7 Transitions • Year 8 Development Program • Year 9 Booster Program • Year 10 Resilience Development • Resilient Youth Australia Survey Years 3 to 12 undertaken; data received and collated. • The Staff mentor program provides each Year 12 student with a key staff member as an ongoing support person. • The year level lunches were introduced to facilitate student feedback and provide a forum for student voice and initiatives. • School Spirit and Wellbeing Captain has led the ‘A Team’, a Student Club that fosters connections between age groups and Year levels. • Leadership opportunities have included Years 6 and 12 Leaders, Year 12 Executive and Captains, Year 11 Mentors and Global Young Leaders and Years 9 and 10 Leadership Diploma.

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• Creation of a Student Charter and a Boarders’ Charter. • Year 10 Wellbeing Retreat in Marysville. • Heyington to Highlands cultural and educational exchange. • Participation strategies to embed a Child Safe Culture have continued to implement Student education, empowerment and participation to align with the Child Safe Standards and the St Catherine’s Child Safety Policy, including Student Reporting procedures. • Student seminars delivered on Relationships, Resilience Building, Digital Citizenship, Cyber Bullying, Growth Mindset, Nutrition, Alcohol Education, Study Seminars and Leadership. • Student presentations have included: • Years 7 and 8 Brainstorm Productions ‘The Flipside’ • Year 8 Alcohol Education Sessions by Warner Education • Year 10 Teen Mental Health First Aid • Year 10 to 12 Drugs and Alcohol Education – Paul Dillon • Years 11 and 12 Health and Wellbeing sessions • Years 11 and 12 Study and Tertiary Entrance sessions • Parent presentations and workshops – Keeping Kids Safe on i-Devices • Boarding House peer activities, Student Staff and Boarding Parent dinners • House meetings and activities fostering peer interaction across levels

• Student Executive initiatives have included the Clocktower Bathroom upgrade.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE Throughout 2019, St Catherine’s students delivered a range of programs and initiatives that encouraged a culture of philanthropy, an understanding of social justice and a commitment to community service.

Senior School Initiatives Australian Red Cross

Legacy

Avalon Community Centre

Red Shield Appeal

MND Big Freeze

Breast Cancer Awareness

Oltome Community School

Foodbank Victoria Coat for Cancer

Koala Kids

Fareshare

Very Special Kids

Envision Hands

Mental Health Awareness

Country Fire Authority

The Smith Family

Global Gardens of Peace

ANZAC Appeal

Jeans for Genes

Hair 4 Heart

Dementia Australia

Destination Dreaming – Fijian Community

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Junior School Initiatives Good Friday Appeal

Drought Relief Appeal

John Macrae Centre

Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea

Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Breast Cancer Network Australia


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St Catherine’s has proudly been involved in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for over 40 years. Focussing on leadership, creativity, skill development, community service, physical activity and adventure, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the leading international youth achievement program. Students in Years 9 to 12 are eligible to complete their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award at St Catherine’s. Gold Award participants also undertake a Residential Project. Name

Year Level

Award Level

Charlotte Gough

11

Bronze

Georgia Green

11

Bronze

Margaret Handolias

11

Bronze

Madeleine Hardy

10

Bronze

Ella Johns

10

Bronze

Mia Jurcevic

10

Bronze

Caitlyn Le

10

Bronze

Penelope Pick

11

Bronze

Alessia Tzelepis

11

Bronze

Annabel Whiter

10

Bronze

Lauren Lew

12

Bronze

Lucy Campbell

10

Silver

Allegra Dennison

10

Silver

Clementine Aston

12

Gold

Harriette Dryden

12

Gold

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EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL

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The students of St Catherine’s explore the world around them with the aim of becoming global citizens. They have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs, tapping into areas that interest them. Some students are looking to enhance their academic learning, others to experience a new culture, give back to a developing community or to push themselves physically while completing an expedition. Some students were able to achieve multiple goals through participation in the World Challenge Program, which consists of three main phases including an expedition, community project and cultural immersion. The group was incredibly adaptable when their destination needed to change from Sri Lanka to Vietnam and Cambodia following the bombings in Sri Lanka. 2019 has been a year where we have reached out to other schools to expand our partnerships, with a focus on our Year 9 Exchange Program. We have begun our partnerships with Shawnigan Lake School, British Columbia, Canada and Buffalo Seminary School in Buffalo, New York State, USA and have established partnerships with The Royal High School, Bath, UK and Culford School, Suffolk, UK for 2020. The level of interest in a Global Exchange at Year 9 continues to grow and we are thrilled that we have offered 18 students exchange places for 2020.

Semester 1

UK and Canada Global Exchange St Catherine’s School Bramley UK St George’s School Ascot UK Shawnigan Lake School Bristish Columbia Canada

Year 9

April

Duke of Edinburgh/Outdoor Education Program

Years 10-11

April

USA Cultural Exchange Tower Hill School Delaware USA Ethel Walker School Connecticut USA

Year 10

April

French/History Study Tour

Years 10-11

June/July

World Challenge Expedition (Destination Vietnam and Cambodia)

Years 10-11

July

Global Young Leaders Conference Washington DC and New York City

Year 11

July

Oxbridge Program London

Year 11

Semester 2

French and Chinese Language Exchange Cours Fénelon Toulon France Olive Tree Academy Hangzhou China

Years 10-11

September

Chinese Cultural Tour Olive Tree Academy Hangzhou China

Years 8-10

October

USA Global Exchange Buffalo Seminary School New York State USA

Year 9

December

Japan Study Tour

Years 9-11

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JUNIOR SCHOOL

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• Junior School – Barbreck building was officially opened by Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria on 26 February 2019.

• Psychologist, Neringa Smith, joined the Junior School staff to provide expert assistance with the academic and pastoral needs of the students.

• Dr Jane Goodall, a British ethologist known for her research on the chimpanzees and the cofounder of the Jane Goodall Institute, visited the school on 10 May and spoke with the students. All were inspired by her words and the work she has undertaken.

• Student driven assemblies designed to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of the students across all areas of school. • The Junior School began moving to the Australian Curriculum and its Achievement Standards. Humanities and the Social Sciences was the first subject of focus in this move.

• The Barbreck Environment Committee planned and promoted sustainability by working with Dr Jane Goodall, tree planting and fundraising to support the endangered • Our Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN results were the best orange bellied parrot, collecting mobile phones to donate achieved in the past five years, with our means to a Mobile Phone Recycling campaign, collecting bottle exceeding those for the Victorian mean for Years top lids to be made into prosthetic limbs and taking action 5 and 7 respectively in a few areas. to reduce our impact on the environment by promoting nude food and organising activities for the Junior School • Parent forums were held to gain parental perspectives such as planting and endangered species projects. on what the Junior School does well and areas where greater gains could to be made. • Term overviews were introduced to provide parents with information about what students would be learning • The uptake of Chess has continued to increase in each subject every term. and improvement was seen at the competition level with gains in competition placings made. • Personalised Academic Learning Plans were introduced and focused on providing each student with their key • The musical Mary Poppins Jr was held with goals for English and Mathematics for that term. all Years 5 and 6 students participating. • Five Junior School staff participating in the online course Harvard ‘Visible Thinking’.

• Parent seminar ‘Early Year Literacy’ held and well received.

• Four Junior School staff involved in the Professional Learning Team studying ‘Rigor in Teaching’.

• Junior School staff participated in an online course on School Box to enable better understanding and use of this learning management system.

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Student Achievement ICAS Competition Results Mathematics: • High Distinction: Kaixuan (Isabelle) Cao (Year 5), Minnie Chen (Year5), Xiuqi (Anna) Wang (Year 6). • Distinction: Clara Barry (Year 3), Amity Morris (Year 5), Audrey Doan (Year 6), Yau Yin (Nicola) Liu (Year 6), Natalie Wang (Year 6).

English: • High Distinction: Kaixuan (Isabelle) Cao (Year 5), Chloe Favaloro (Year 6). • Distinction: Joy Lovegrove (Year 2), Clara Barry (year3), Arabella Foote (Year3), Amelie Favaloro (Year3), Annika Gill (Year 3), Clara Calvert (Year 4), Mirabelle Thomson (Year 4), Diya Asthana (Year 5), Mila Heng (Year 5), Alexandra Mirabella (Year 5), Audrey Doan (Year 6), Xiuqi (Anna) Wang (Year 6).

Australian Maths Trust Maths Challenge • Distinction: Minnie Chen (Year 5), Xiuqi (Anna) Wang (Year 6), Chloe Favaloro (Year 6), Annabel Taylor (Year 6), Natalie Wang (Year 6), Audrey Doan (Year 6).

Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad • Top 10%: Kaixuan (Isabelle) Cao (Year 5), Minnie Chen (Year 5), Audrey Doan (Year 6), Natalie Wang (Year 6), Linda Wan (Year 6), Xiuqi (Anna) Wang (Year 6), Yau Yin (Nicola) Liu (Year 6).

RACI State The Art and Science of Growing Crystals – Year 2 1st place 68th Science Talent Search: • Major Bursary Recipients: Emma Peele (Year 5) and Giselle Upton (Year 5). • Minor Bursary and selected to enter the BHP National Award: Kaixuan (Isabelle) Cao (Year 5) and Mia Upton (Year 5). • Distinction: Anna Shears (Year 4).

Victorian State Chess Championship: • 4th place.

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Sport in Barbreck: 2019 Swimming: • The year began well with a much improved 2nd place at District Swimming. • Our 12 Year old Freestyle team of Audrey Doan, Portia Gowrie, Catherine Ross and Annabel Taylor made it all the way to the State Championships culminating in a Gold medal. • Portia Gowrie and Audrey Doan then continued their success to State level in the 50m Butterfly and Freestyle.

District Netball, Basketball and Soccer: • Netball – finished 5th. • Basketball – finished equal 2nd. • District Soccer – a popular new introduction in 2019 and our students enjoyed the challenge of competing on full size pitches against quality opposition.

District AFL Football: • 2019 saw the popular introduction of a District AFL Football round Robin – finishing 3rd out of our eight District schools.

Cross Country: • From the District event we saw Isla Morris 4th (10 Year age group), Emma Peele finish 5th and Lily Van der Venne 6th in the 11 Years age group and then progress all the way to Regional level.

Snowsports: • At Nationals Chamonix Stafford (Year 6) produced her best individual performances (1st in Skier X) and 2nd in Alpine to anchor the Division 4 team to victories in those two events. Year 6 students Catherine Ross, Bella Burdett and Lucy McAllister provided great support to ensure the Division 4 team scored many points for St Catherine’s. • At Nationals it was fantastic to see St Catherine’s claim the Female Overall Primary School award by the narrowest of margins.

Athletics: • Congratulations to Year 5 students Emma Peele (Triple and Long Jump), Mia Upton (Discus) who progressed to Regional level for their events. Mia Upton threw a personal best of 21.60 metres in the Discus to record an impressive personal best and progress to the state Championship whilst Emma Peele also registered personal best performances in Long Jump (4.04m) and Triple Jump (8.71m) at Regional level.

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“A sense of belonging to community is at the heart of the Early Learning Centre (ELC) philosophy. When children feel secure, comfortable and connected within their community, then their learning and development will flourish.” – Ms Sarah Bethune, Head of ELC


EARLY LEARNING CENTRE • The ELC children have engaged in a range of inquiry-based projects throughout the year. This has provided them with opportunities to develop their learning, understanding and skills across a range of areas. In-depth investigations in relation to the city, buildings and architecture, endangered animals, birds and nests, mini-beasts, maps have enabled the children to develop their intellectual learning, creativity, language, numeracy and literacy skills. • Connecting the children with Indigenous culture and history has been an important aspect of our program this year. The children participated in an indigenous smoking ceremony and engaged in learning with an Indigenous educator to learn more about Aboriginal culture and language. This connection with the land and Indigenous culture was extended further through an ELC community project where the children engaged collaboratively to create two representations of Bunjil the eagle. • An opportunity was introduced for ELC children to engage in child-led learning discussions with their parents. This was the children’s opportunity to share their current classroom learning with their families from their voice and perspective. • A range of incursions were planned and implemented through the year to extend upon the classroom programs. Visiting artists and experts in the areas of puppetry, sea creatures, gardening, science and sustainability provided workshops for the children to engage in hands-on experiences to extend their learning.

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• Special celebrations for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparents and Special Visitors Day enable extended family members to connect with the ELC children and their learning programs. • A revised Siesta / Relaxation program was implemented with Children engaging in a range of relaxation offerings including sleep, rest, yoga, meditation, mindfulness or quiet activities within the classroom. • An expanded co-curricula program was offered to ELC children this year. This includes gymnastics, dance (offsite) and the Learn to Swim program. • The ELC children had the opportunity to hear Dr Jane Goodall speak when she visited St Catherine’s earlier this year. The work of Dr Goodall has inspired the children’s ongoing learning throughout the year as they have continued to investigate endangered animals, and elements of conservation and sustainability. This visit has had a profound impact on the children’s learning and understanding. • The ELC children connected with the St Kilda Mums “Coats for Kids” campaign by donating winter clothing to those in need. This was a wonderful learning opportunity for the children to learn more about the importance of giving and helping those in need.

• Following an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo and after being inspired by the work of Dr Jane Goodall, the children decided to engage in a project to raise money for Zoos • Excursions to the Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo were Victoria to help protect endangered animals. also conducted to extend the children’s learning in relation to animals, nature and sustainability. This is also a wonderful way to connect with the broader community.

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2019 Year in Review  

It has been a privilege to witness the growth and development of each St Catherine’s girl and the children in our ELC. All students have exp...

2019 Year in Review  

It has been a privilege to witness the growth and development of each St Catherine’s girl and the children in our ELC. All students have exp...

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