News & Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PTA Committee Meeting - Tuesday 9 May at 7.30
    ​Venue: Senior School, Conference Room
    ​We are always very happy to welcome new members, so come and join us.
  • Speech Day, 8th July 2017
    ​One for the diary. Picnis on the lawn, the uplifting tones of the Concert Bank and the Jazz Band and an incredible BBQ. Speech Day marks the start of the Summer.

RECENT EVENTS

Quiz Night, 28th April 2017

Over 180 parents, ex parents and sixth formers gathered on 27 April for 2017 Quiz Night.  Massive congratulations to the winning team "Sink Like a Stone" who took home the coveted Golden Goose and wine vouchers generously provided by Taurus Wines.  It was a hotly competitive atmosphere that required firm handling from our excellent Quiz Master, PTA Committee member, Caroline Good.  Thanks go to Nickie Smith and John Reeves for compiling the quiz with something for everyone and rounds ranging from history, geography, politics and culture.  And, of course, the ever popular picture round.  Big thanks also to Taurus Wines for the lovely selection of wines on the night and to the amazing St Cats Catering team for serving up delicious fish and chips and chocolate brownies.

PTA Lecture: Alex Fryer, Tuesday 14th March 2017

​Talking to your chilldren about sex - a talk by Alex Fryer

Alex is one of the UK’s leading PSHE Speakers specialising in issues around sex and relationships. She has many years of experience providing information and advice to both young people and their parents.  Alex is well known to St Catherine’s and comes and speak to our girls regularly as part of the PSHE/Life Matters curriculum. 

Her talk centred around what she covers with our girls, communicating with our children about sex and relationships, how to go about it and why it is so important. The impact of the Internet and social media means that they are constantly exposed to the normalisation of abnormal behaviour, not least of all when it comes to relationships and sex. We cannot protect young people from this but we can help them to make better sense of it and by providing relevant and helpful information we can help them make better choices and so avoid emotional and physical harm. 

We are delighted that we have been able to secure her to speak to St Cats parents this year. Following on from Alex Fryer’s excellent talk to PTA, there are notes on the additional resources she recommended available here.

 

4th Form Supper, 27th January 2017

A super social evening for 4th Form parents, both Lower and Upper, who had the opportunity to mix across their daugther's year group and meet staff accross the School. Around 70 guests enjoyed an informal and social evening. Parents were then able to mingle and meet old and new friends and enjoy a wonderful curry supper provided by the school caterers.

 


Christmas Party, 3rd December 2016

Over 200 gathered for the annual PTA Christmas Dinner Dance for a wonderful evening that heralded the Christmas season!  

The dining hall was transformed with the use of a marquee lining into a fabulous party space with twinkly lights adorning the tables to create a festive mood. After welcome drinks, parents were able to enjoy a fabulous 3 course dinner and then dance the night away to a very popular DJ. It was a fantastic evening, with a great party atmosphere and just what was needed to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

U3 Curry Supper, 7th October 2016

Each year the PTA hosts a supper party for U3 parents to offer them a chance to get to know other parents within their daughter's year group, to discuss School logistics and enjoy the School's incredible catering. Nearly 100 parents attended this informal curry supper. All arrived to see the hall laid out with balloons representing the house colours and after welcome drinks all were invited to seat within their houses for a delicious meal. It was a very relaxed evening thoroughly enjoyed by all attending.

New Parents Tea, 7th September 2016

 

 

Speech Day, 2nd July 2016

As ever, the PTA were on hand to make Speech Day a great success.

There was a choice of BBQ food and drinks served from a range of gazebos, ice creams and strawberries featured too. The atmosphere was buzzing as everyone enjoyed the refreshments and some longed for sunshine, after days of rain.

The party atmosphere was further enhanced by the Concert Band who gave a most professional performance and really added to the mood of the occasion. A great day was had by all!

Quiz Night, 22 April 2016

Over 160 parents and two tables of 6th formers joined the Quiz Night. Congratulations go to the winning team Not Bloody Fish Again! (L6) who collected the fabulous Golden Goose and won the wine vouchers generously provided by Taurus Wines.  Our PTA member, Caroline Good, made an excellent Quizmaster and the teams vied for position with questions across music, culture, sport, politics and geography.  The picture round created lots of debate!  Our thanks go to Taurus again who offered a great selection of wines on the night and to the St Cat’s Catering team who as ever delivered a great fish and chips supper followed by their famous chocolate brownies.   

Dr JoAnn Deak Lecture

On 27th November we were delighted to welcome Dr JoAnn Deak to the Auditorium, to hear her speak about the development of the child's brain and its consequences on the rest of her life. Please find attached the fascinating "Core Characteristic Number' chart she referred to.

JoAnn's website address is www.DEAKgroup.com and the password is elvis1. Under the resources section you will be able to access the material she mentioned during the lecture as well as the information she referred to during the week's GSA Conference in London as well as her workshops with some St Catherine's girls and the staff.

JoAnn can be contacted by email on jdeak@deakgroup.com

Thank you for attending the lecture, we look forward to seeing you at the next one!

 

125th Anniversary Gift from the PTA

To mark the 125th Anniversary of the school the PTA made a donation of a beautiful teak bench which will sit upon the grass outside the Anniversary Halls. The inscription reads: "Presented by the Parent/Teacher Association in 2011 in celebration of the 125th Anniversary of St. Catherine's School".

If you get the chance, do take a moment to sit upon it and admire the view!

Quasquincentennial Celebration Ball

To celebrate 125 years of St Catherine's School, 450 parents enjoyed an evening of fine wine, food and music in a marquee situated in the school grounds. There was no fundraising on this occasion, just out and out celebration and all those who were present enjoyed a fabulous evening well into the early hours. The evening began with champagne on the lawns, whilst the school Jazz Band entertained all with a very professional performance. Following a delicious dinner, all were then able to dance the night away to either the band or the DJ, singing along to some very familiar tunes. A truly fantastic evening and a great way to celebrate in true St Cats style.