A Catholic education provides students with more than just academic instruction. Students from Prep through to Year 12 are educated to develop academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically to become compassionate and contributing members of our world. St Catherine’s is a college built on the Mercy tradition and values. Ignatian spirituality guides our unique Catholic vision and purpose of “finding God in all things”. The values of Justice, Compassion, Excellence, Service and reflecting on experience underpin our learning framework, culture and ways of proceeding. At St Catherine’s this is done through the House system, Personal Development program, Outdoor Education Program, community service and behaviour management.
Our four college houses reflect our Mercy traditions and Ignatian spirituality. Students on Loyola Campus support house Care Groups, have monthly house meetings/assemblies and organise fundraising and Sports Carnivals. Our college houses are:
McAuley House (red): Catherine McAuley was the founder of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland. Driven by a deep faith and sense of charity, she built orphanages, schools and houses of refuge. Catherine had a great concern for the marginalised and calls us to not just talk about love and compassion but to do something about helping those in need in our community.
Frayne House (green): Ursula Frayne was a Mercy Sister who travelled the world by sailing ship. She led a group of courageous Irish women committed in faith, to the pursuit of justice and compassion in early Australian times. Frayne opened the first Mercy school in Australia in 1846. Frayne was very committed to the development of a better life for all Australians.
Ignatius House (yellow): Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of an Order of priests and brothers, the Jesuits. Ignatius placed great importance on all-round education and striving for excellence in all we do. Ignatius encouraged his followers to go forth to other countries to spread God’s word “finding God in all things”.
Xavier House (blue) Francis Xavier was a friend of Ignatius of Loyola and one of the first Jesuits ordained. He wholeheartedly accepted the challenge of “a faith which does justice”. He travelled by ship to many foreign lands to bring the Gospel to the inhabitants; was influential in the spreading and upkeep of Catholicism in Asia, India, Japan, Borneo, and other areas which had never been visited by Christian missionaries.
A formal program of regular lessons in personal development runs from Prep through to Year 12. The content and delivery of the program varies according to the needs, maturity and interests of the students. We are a KidsMatter school. KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative set in primary schools. We use the resources to help us sustain the good mental health for all members of our school community, especially our children. The Kidsmatter resources include many parent information sheets which you may find relevant for any issues that might like to investigate.
In Prep to Year 3 the personal development program is YOU CAN DO IT! The program’s core purpose is the development of young people’s social and emotional capabilities, including: Confidence (academic, social), Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along, and Emotional Resilience. Central to the development of these 5 foundations is instilling in young people 12 Habits of the Mind that support and nourish the 5 foundations, including Accepting Myself, Taking Risks, Setting Goals, Planning My Time, Being Tolerant of Others, Thinking First, Playing by the Rules, and Social Responsibility (includes the values of respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and honesty).
Lessons and incidental learning from everyday situations play an important role in the social and emotional education of students. Through the buddy system, younger girls and boys can develop friendships across year levels and find positive role models. Other programs to support personal development in the Primary School are Bounce Back, You Can Do It, Circle Time, lunchtime clubs and Yarning Time - Community space.
Community Service - Social Justice Program
St Catherine’s Catholic College graduates will be people of hope who:
Have the courage to proactively seek justice for the common good.
Have the wisdom to recognise their gifts and to strive to excel for the benefit of all.
Have the generosity of heart to show compassion, both in their decision making and in their relationships with others.
Have the integrity to create community through relationships, which are based on respect, inclusion and tolerance.
Community service takes several forms:
- Fundraising for Abera, our sponsor child
- Project Compassion and Caritas
- Donations for Vinnies Christmas Hampers
- Clean up Australia Day
- Vege gardens, butterfly garden, worm farms, Chickens
- Energy monitors
- Indigenous Signs and Symbols
In a school the size of St Catherine’s Catholic College, it is important to know who to approach when questions or problems arise. For both parents and students, the first contact should be the student’s Classroom Teacher. The Classroom Teacher can give valuable insight into their progress in academic and social areas.
The Assistant Principal (Mercy Campus) and Deputy Principal (Loyola Campus) also take overall responsibility for students’ well being. They are happy to talk with parents about any aspect of a student’s school life.
Education at St Catherine’s Catholic College occurs in the context of a college community where staff, students and parents work together to enable each person to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become a lifelong learner. We focus on meeting the needs of each individual student and provide programs that collectively focus on the development of the whole person.
St Catherine’s Catholic College’s motto is “Strength in Faith”. Through our continual focus on initiating the values and teachings of Jesus, students, staff and parents are expected to work together to promote and build an authentically caring, Christian community. Students within the St Catherine’s Catholic College community are expected to care for and respect all students and staff. St Catherine’s Catholic College endeavours to provide an environment in which students are cared for and encouraged to discover their giftedness and grow towards wholeness. Students are encouraged to recognise that belonging to the College community necessitates having responsibilities as well as specific rights.
At St. Catherine’s Catholic College students are expected to be self-disciplined and demonstrate behaviour that is friendly, cooperative, respectful, honest and diligent. The application of these qualities to life outside and beyond the College is the ideal of our developing students.
Values and Expectations are:
- Justice- Be Responsible
- Excellence- Be Your Best
- Compassion – Be Considerate
- Community- Be Respectful
Christ is the focal point of our College community. The practices and culture of St Catherine’s Catholic College are influenced by the gospel – the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Student involvement in Liturgies
- Whole School Mass per term
- Class Mass per term
- Choir/Hymn practice
- Acting out the Gospel
- Student Readers
- Student Prayers of Intercession
- Student lead opening procession
- Student Offertory
- Indigenous Liturgies