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Catherine Dennis: Growing in confidence and faith


She said her passion for creative writing was nurtured by her English teachers at St Andrew’s Cathedral School over the years. Her teachers let her know about more opportunities to increase her writing skills and knowledge which increased her appreciation of the writing process.

“I wanted to let people know that they’re not alone, that they have a community of support here at St Andrew’s Cathedral School.”

What was your favourite memory of St Andrew’s Cathedral School?

I most enjoyed participating in the reading programme with the Junior School. I loved that they were learning from us, but really, we were learning from them! I also had so much fun in our school musicals, both Fiddler on the Roof in 2019 and Annie in 2022. I was never really a drama kid – I was very quiet – but it gave me such a great opportunity to come out of my shell. It was a great bonding experience and special to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Tell us about your work with CRU.

CRU is an external Christian organisation, made up of many ministries, including schools. I was co-CRU Captain, which involved talking in Chapel, providing feedback on what chaplaincy looks like from a student’s perspective, and helping to lead middle school CRU. I worked with Year 8 girls, talking, sharing prayer points and encouraging each other.

What was your best experience of CRU?

It was a difficult one, but it was speaking in Chapel, sharing some lessons I wish I had internalised when I was younger. I spoke about physical and spiritual sustenance; how we seek fulfilment from things like school grades or popularity. However, these are always in flux. In contrast, Jesus’ spiritual fulfilment never fails and never fades out. In the end, no one will remember my Ancient History speech, but I might have impacted one person in that Chapel service.

You’re also passionate about mental health.

I am. I tried to make an effort to reach out to people and to let them know that they’re not alone, that they have a community of support here at St Andrew’s Cathedral School.

What do you hope for the future?

I would like to do something that has a direct impact on people – I would like to be an agent of change. I have been looking at psychology degrees to feed that interest and passion.