Together with the pursuit of
academic excellence goes a
commitment to a strong Christian
ethic but which gives recognition
to and encourages an understanding
of other religious beliefs.
Consideration for others is
fostered and each individual is
encouraged to develop to her full
physically, socially and
culturally. The school strives to
attain a relaxed, happy
environment where children are
allowed to be individuals and are
encouraged to think independently.
St Katharine's was established
in 1916 and the ethos and culture
of the school remain true to the
founder, Mrs Ethel Fielding's
original vision of holistic
A full range of subjects is
offered. Grade 0 to Grade 5 are
taught by class teachers, with
specialist teachers in Grade 6 and
7 and throughout the school for
Physical Education, Music,
Afrikaans, Zulu, Media Studies and
Computer Studies. With the
emphasis placed on individualized
attention, St Katharine's girls
win scholarships to the country's
leading Senior Schools year after
Sports include gymnastics,
swimming, diving, tennis, netball,
hockey and squash.
Afternoon cultural activities
cover ballet, modern dancing,
ballroom dancing, Irish folk
dance, art, speech and drama, lace
making, a Junior and Senior choir
and instrumental music with an
orchestra of some 50 members.
An awareness of the wider
community is also important. St
Katharine's has various social
services and outreach programmes.
An Adult Education Centre is run
from the school in the evenings.
The girls are well prepared for
their High School careers and
beyond and to this end the
dedicated Staff aim to instil good
manners, self discipline, responsibility
and leadership in all the pupils.
Knowledge Network programme
(Knowledge Network Information
Technology Curriculum and
Knowledge Network Integrated
Learning and Mentoring
Methodology) was introduced into
our school curriculum in 1998.
then we have seen the benefits
thereof in our everyday work.
girls are highly motivated and
have benefited greatly from this
innovative, creative and, I quote,
"cool" programme. They
have learnt the art of using
computers as tools in a relaxed
and friendly environment.
skills have been successfully
carried over into the classroom
situation on different levels.
and project work, reading,
research and sourcing have been
part of our daily routine in the
senior classes. The artistic and
academic combining has resulted in
fine graphic displays and a high
standard of technical skills being
used. Each child has been able to
develop her own unique ability to
present work of an excellent
standard, to combine media and to
has been exciting to see how
planning and structuring have
developed in project work. This is
partly due to the organisational
skills learned on the computer
feel that this training has added
another dimension and learning
curve to our education at St.
have been careful to use computer
skills in an integrated way. I am
proud to say that this has been
highly successful, beneficial and
fun for all of us.