St Catherine's House
St Catherine’s is filled with light and energy – boredom has been completely banished. Our unofficial motto “small but mighty” sums up the effort which we make in all our endeavours, whether it’s gaining our first trophy for the choral in House Music or bagging another hockey trophy. We all love cupcakes and enjoy our monthly birthday teas and progress celebrations. Parents too enjoy being part of St Cat’s. We hold Family Quiz Nights, Parent Teas and Rounders Night.
We do realise also that life has its serious side and that young women should be taken seriously. International Women’s Day is celebrated across the girls’ houses and a pastoral programme which encourages our girls to learn to speak for and about themselves with confidence allows them to develop the self-esteem which enables them to thrive in every area of life.
The Housemistress of St Catherine's is Mrs Andrea (Andie) Fullalove and her deputy, Miss Jo Barnes, have a wealth of pastoral and academic experience. Mrs Fullalove has taught a range of subjects from English to Mathematics. Miss Barnes brings a background in PE and girls’ game, as as well as boundless enthusiasm. They, together with the House Chaplain Fr Roderick Jones, ensure each girl learns to accept any and every challenge which comes her way.
Our patron saint, St Catherine of Sienna, was a Dominican nun and mystic who lived in 14th century Italy. Famous for escaping an assassination attempt, as well as setting up numerous hospitals, St Catherine continues to inspire us. In typical “girls together” style, we serve the community through our outreach to St Catherine’s Hospice and the International Women for Women charity.