​​​Closing the gap

Since the early 70s we have been working with Indigenous communities to offer students access to a great education.

St Catherine's is proud to play its part in closing the gap in Indigenous education by offering scholarships to our school. Our first scholarships were awarded in the 1990s and our partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) began in 2009.  We now work closely with the AIEF to provide places to Indigenous students who would like to be boarding students at St Catherine's. Day girls can also apply for a full or partial scholarship through the GO Foundation initiated by Adam Goodes and Michael O'Loughlin, subject to availability.

Well supported

Our Indigenous students have a dedicated member of staff who coordinates communication between the girls and their families, the funding groups and our school staff. We ensure the girls are settled and feel supported while living and studying at St Catherine's.

To expand the aspirations of Indigenous students, we support opportunities for travel and new experiences. Some of our students have visited remote communities in Cape York and have also travelled to Nepal as part of the school's service education program.

We encourage all girls attending St Catherine's to participate fully in school life and to look for opportunities for leadership. In particular, the Indigenous students who have been prefects at the school have become role models for younger students both on campus and in their home communities. The school offers a wide range of sports and co-curricular programs and all students are encouraged to participate.

St Catherine's takes great pride in engaging young Indigenous women in their own education. By offering scholarships to the school, we hope to further develop strong relationships and collaboration with local Indigenous communities and the communities of our Indigenous alumni.

How to apply

AIEF scholarships are now open for entry to Years 7 - 10 2022.  Applications close Monday 01 August 2022.

To apply for an AIEF scholarship, please print and complete the relevant forms along with the St Catherine's enrolment application form.

Please submit your application to: Head of Enrolments, St Catherine’s School 26 Albion Street Waverley NSW 2024, or email to

The enrolment registration/application fee is not required.

For further information email Ms Mandy Treweeke, Head of Enrolments at   

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