St Katherine’s House (Kats) was built on “a desolate corner of the grounds once known as the Wilderness and inhabited by wild cats.” It has been described as “a beautiful courtyard surrounded by pillared cloisters, flanked in the upper storey by two large dormitories, sunny all day, with windows to the east and west and one of them open to the north”.
These days, you’ll be pleased to hear, the dormitories all have four sturdy walls and are draught free. The central courtyard is a tranquil haven, bounded on the south by the house sitting-room, outside of which grows a magnificent wisteria creeper, a sight to behold in the spring. The courtyard has, as its focal point, a charming statue, a poignant memorial to a pupil, Margery Barry, who died at the age of 14, while attending school here in 1923.
The inscription around the base of the statue
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come.
The tower on the south western corner of St Katherine’s houses the bell donated to the school by St George’s Anglican Church, Parktown.
It tolls 21 times at the beginning and end of each day – 21 being the number of pupils first enrolled at Roedean. At the beginning and end of term, each girl presently in the school is represented by 1 toll of the bell.