St Catherine’s Day House seeks to provide a safe environment that upholds and actively promotes service, challenge and the development of every pupil's full potential; where each girl feels welcomed into a happy and secure community and is loved and recognised each and every day. Amongst pupils and House staff alike, we actively promote an environment where respect and dignity for all is both given and received and for St Catherine’s girls to securely know that their happiness and holistic development is as much a priority as their academic success.
Our House patron Saint, St Catherine of Siena, was a Dominican nun and mystic who lived in 14th century Italy. She is famous for establishing numerous hospitals and she continues to inspire us each day. We serve the community through our outreach to the children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.
St Catherine of Siena so famously said, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire”. We strive to continue to create a vibrant and dynamic faith-based House of young women who are encouraged to live out their vocation through the life of the School. Through celebrating the many gifts and talents represented within the House including academic, sporting, dramatic, artistic, spiritual and social, we seek to enable all in the community to live out the words of St Catherine of Siena and “set the world on fire”.
The House's unofficial motto “small but mighty” captures the effort which we make in all aspects of our endeavours, whether it is gaining our first trophy for the choral in House Music or bagging another hockey trophy. Parents too enjoy being part of St Catherine’s and we hold various events for parents, a highlight being the parents' BBQ and rounders evening in the Summer Term.
The Housemistress of St Catherine's is Mrs Jo Harvey-Barnes (pictured) who started her post in September 2019. She is also Head of Netball, while her deputy is Mrs Victoria Sadler who also teaches Geography and accompanies the Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions. They, together with the House tutor team and House Chaplain Fr Gabriel Dobson, look to ensure there is an active and vibrant spiritual life in St Catherine’s and that all girls have the opportunity for prayer and reflection in varying ways ranging from Lectio Divina to student-led reflections and prayers.