We are proud, at St Catherine’s, to have a mission statement that fully reflects the daily life of the School. It captures the special position of our patron saint, the fourteenth-century St Catherine of Siena: her courage, leadership and humility are values that girls of all faiths can still admire today. Her feast day is a time for special celebration each year – and includes a chocolate treat for all pupils.
The values here demonstrate both our strengths and our goals. Visitors often comment on the friendly atmosphere at St Catherine’s, and this is informed by the values of community and faith. They define our welcoming Christian ethos, as a place where each girl knows she belongs, and where she can develop great friendships and self-confidence.
Courage and scholarship combine to show our emphasis on ambition and innovation. St Catherine’s girls are able to take risks, to rise to challenges and to aim high, and there is a team of dedicated staff to help them, and to celebrate their achievements.
Lastly, our focus on service is about being outward-looking. We encourage pupils to have a heart for social justice, an appreciation of what it means to serve others, and a commitment to developing well-informed and active engagement with the world around them – to be young women of deeds, not words.
We are inspired by St Catherine of Siena, who said ‘Be who God wants you to be, and you will set the world on fire’, to form young women of confidence and compassion, ready for service and leadership in the world. We fulfil our mission through these values:
Community: a place of cheerfulness, dignity and tolerance, where all are welcome
Faith: a Christ-centred school with time for reflection; a culture of gratitude and friendship
Courage: with self-knowledge, resilience and integrity, and a readiness for challenge
Scholarship: where gifts are developed through curiosity, imagination and ambition
Service: commitment to others, to stewardship, and to justice and hope for all