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.
As a MindMatters school, St Catherine’s is firmly focussed on the development and maintenance of healthy and supportive relationships amongst students, staff, families and community. In Years 7-10 the Personal Development Program utilises MindMatters and other resources to address several areas of importance in ensuring the excellent relationships that help create an optimal learning environment.
Friendships, group work and relationship management are key areas for students in Years 7-10, along with cybersafety, body image and self-esteem. In Years 9 and 10, the focus switches to the demands of Senior Schooling and the importance of learning styles, thinking strategies and academic reflection.
Student Leadership & Voice
Leadership is an area of focus throughout students’ secondary schooling and we encourage the students to develop skills in teamwork, team building and team leadership. There are many opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership skills. All students can nominate to be considered for leadership roles in the SRC (Student Representative Council). Student representatives are also elected to lead the House Groups. Those wishing to be considered for SRC or House leadership positions must make presentations to the relevant group which is followed by student voting. House Leaders assist with House projects and events and represent the College at community events and presentations. SRC leaders are encouraged to use College Assemblies as a platform.
Students attend college retreats, camps and conferences, such as the ‘Grip Student Leadership Conference, for personal development and to develop their leadership skills. They are given a voice in the College through writing for our newsletter, publishing their work, student work displays, culminating events, public acknowledgement of their achievements and the planning and celebrating of significant events.
Camps and retreats are held to challenge students, to develop physical and emotional confidence. Year 7 to Year 10 attend one retreat per Semester. Year 7 attend a 3 night camp with a focus on leadership and participate in a day retreat.
Year 8 to 10 attend an Action Challenge Camp.
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 on Manresa Campus takes on several forms:
- Social Justice Group
- Vinnies Sleep out
- Relay for Life
- Young Christian Students.
- Ecosystem Study
- Reef Guardian school
- 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 Teacher. The classroom Teacher can give valuable insight into their progress in academic and social areas. Students are organised into Vertical Homerooms and meet each morning with their Homeroom Teacher for notices. Each year level has has a Pastoral Care Coordinator to monitor student progress and coordinate pastoral care activities for the year group. The Pastoral Care Coordinator would be the parents and students next point of contact.
The Deputy Principal and Assistant Principal 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
Manresa Campus utilises the Responsible Thinking Process
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
- Year level Mass per term
- Student Readers
- Student Prayers of Intercession
- Student lead opening procession
- Student offertory
- Indigenous Liturgies