An International Baccalaureate World School
Welcome to St Leonard's College - one of Melbourne's premier independent schools for students from ELC to year 12, and the school of choice for more parents in Bayside Melbourne than any other.
For over 100 years we have provided young people with exceptional educational experiences in an unrivalled atmosphere of love and commitment to developing the whole person. Our students excel academically and enjoy access to first-class facilities and an outstanding array of cocurricular experiences.
The last century has seen many developments at St Leonard's College, but through all this growth and change one thing has remained consistent: our unwavering commitment to providing our students with an education for life. Our programs, in and out of the classroom, are designed to develop the whole person – head, heart and soul – and to provide each individual student with the skills and personal qualities they need to be the best they can be.
Our programs support young people to engage confidently and considerately with the world around them.
Like many other independent schools we offer a diverse curriculum, delivered by outstanding teachers in modern facilities, and complemented by extensive cocurricular opportunities. None of these claims are unique to St Leonard’s College. Why then, are we the choice of more parents than any other independent school in Bayside? The answer lies in our approach to educating young people: an approach that considers the whole person – head, heart and soul – and develops the skills and attributes necessary to live as well-rounded, thoughtful and responsible members of society.
In all of our young people we seek to develop the dispositions and capacities to engage mindfully and confidently with the world around them. As a result they will be better placed to face the challenges that will inevitably arise as they move into the wider world. The complexity and enormity of this responsibility should not be underestimated and makes the role of the teacher far more challenging today than it has ever been.
Our teachers understand that they are responsible for creating the conditions for learning in every classroom, and that by giving students a sense of possibility, clear expectations that focus on growth and improvement, a range of opportunities, and the discretion to be creative and to innovate in what they do, the seeds of possibility will grow. We value the differences our students bring to the classroom, and endeavour to personalise their learning by inviting them in every class, every day, to wonder about those ideas and skills that lie at the heart of a discipline and to excite their imaginations to discover more.
The process of developing critical, creative and independent thinkers begins in our Early Learning Centre with Reggio Emilia, which places each child at the centre of their own learning. The program encourages them to brainstorm and discuss topics of interest as well as develop skills in problem solving, hypothesising, critical reflection and collaboration.
As students move into the Junior School they are exposed to the world-leading International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Expertly designed for children aged 3 to 12, the PYP is a curriculum framework, which begins to prepare students for the intellectual and emotional challenges of Middle and Senior School. It emphasises independence, initiative and self-motivation, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
In our Middle School students begin to explore their sense of identity, test their boundaries, and gain an understanding of their potential and place in the world. This is an exciting time of change and growth, and as they progress through the Middle School a range of electives is offered, allowing them to tailor a program to their own interests and passions, and explore a wide range of subjects before they determine a course for their final years of schooling.
Our programs for students in Senior School support the successful transition of our students into the world beyond our school gates. Within a strong academic and highly-supportive emotional framework, our teachers challenge students to work outside their comfort zone, developing in them the courage and confidence to master the challenges of further study, work and life. Students choose between the VCE or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) – the tertiary entrance qualification most respected and widely recognised by the world’s leading universities. An extensive selection of subjects, and our highly qualified and committed staff teaching across both the VCE and IBDP, ensure our students enjoy the best support and tuition available.
The results of the class of 2015 reaffirm our position as Bayside’s leading independent school.
We welcome applications for places in ELC3, ELC4, prep, years 4, 5, 7, 10 and 11. Limited places are also available in other year levels as they arise.
Our cocurricular program is diverse, dynamic and offers something for all students.
Each activity is carefully and considerately designed to further each student’s intellectual, personal, physical, social and emotional growth and development.
We are renowned for our excellent theatre productions, musical performances, and quick-thinking debaters. Our sport teams have enjoyed success across a wide range of pursuits and opportunities to experience the great outdoors are offered at Camp Ibis, our permanent, waterfront campsite on the Banksia Peninsula. We are particularly proud of the contribution of our students to a range of social justice and philanthropic causes. Through fundraising, offering their service and raising awareness, our students are active locally, nationally and internationally.
The wellbeing of your child is of utmost importance to us. Health and happiness are pivotal to their success at school and in their future.
Physically and emotionally healthy young people are able to engage openly with learning and the wealth of opportunities we offer. They can deal positively with life’s challenges and build strong and productive connections with their peers and teachers.
We value all aspects of a child’s development - academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual. From ELC through to year 12, student wellbeing is enhanced by a safe and happy environment where students and staff work together with mutual respect, developing independent, resilient and responsible young people who have the self confidence and commitment to make a positive contribution to society.
We know that every student is an individual with individual talents, interests, experiences and learning styles, and that there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to education.
To ensure each student who walks through our gates leaves with the tools they need to be the best they can be, we have developed an innovative mentoring program that runs throughout a student’s life at the College, from their first day of school to their final exam preparation in year 12.
In the Junior School, classroom teachers act as mentors for their students, looking out for their educational and emotional wellbeing, and creating a safe, nurturing and happy environment that encourages them to take risks, learn and grow. Transition programs provide new students, particularly in ELC and prep, with opportunities to meet their teachers and classmates, establish routines, and feel safe in their new school environment.
Every student in Middle and Senior School is allocated to a home room: a small group of students who have regular contact with one teacher, their mentor. Mentors have the important responsibility of monitoring the academic and pastoral progress of each student in their home room and establishing a strong partnership with parents.
In Middle School this involves encouraging students to become self-managing individuals who take responsibility for their own learning; challenging students’ mindsets and comfort zones; fostering a culture of positivity; and empowering students to achieve their personal best. The Peer Support program connects year 7 students with students in year 11 who assist with the transition to secondary school and provide positive role models.
Senior School mentors meet regularly with the students in their home rooms, collectively and individually. Topics discussed include stress management, healthy habits and exam strategies, as well as one-on-one conversations about each student’s progress and any issues relating to their wellbeing and academic performance. Mentors are in regular contact with parents, ensuring that each student is supported and equipped to reach their full potential.
We know that effective mentoring relies on building strong connections between staff, students and parents, and our mentors a committed to knowing each student; knowing their interests, personal circumstances, strengths, weaknesses, and academic history. This highly personal approach ensures every St Leonard’s student can be the best they can be.
Our Scholarship Program aims to recognise and support students who demonstrate a desire to make a strong and positive contribution to their own future, to the life of the College and to the lives of others. Our past and present scholarship recipients display incredible spirit, amazing breadth and depth of talent, leadership abilities and a passion for community involvement. In addition to their own achievements, these students maximise the learning experience for all students through exposure to a high achieving and culturally diverse cohort.
We offer a number of chartered bus services to safely bring students to and from the College.
The routes we offer from year to year depend on the location and requirements of families wishing for their child(ren) to travel by bus on a permanent basis. Each route is tested to ensure accurate timings and that the bus is able to safely navigate each route. Many routes include stops at key train stations which provides further options for families to connect with our bus services via the metropolitan rail network.
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For over 100 years we have provided young people with exceptional educational experiences. Generations of Leonardians have enjoyed and thrived on the wonderfully diverse opportunities on offer at our College; opportunities that we always have and always will offer in an unrivalled atmosphere of love and commitment to developing the whole child. This is what we mean when we speak of ‘an education for life’.
We seek out only the best teachers from around the world to nurture our young people academically, morally, spiritually and culturally in order that they might develop their confidence and a sense of independence. In doing so, we help them to uncover talents, interests and values that not only prepare them for the next stage of their education, but which stay with them for life.
Our students excel academically and enjoy access to first-class facilities and an outstanding array of cocurricular experiences. We seek for them to become selfless citizens, who understand that their education is not about what it can bring to their life, but through them what it can bring to the lives of others.
I look forward to introducing you to our staff and students, and sharing with you the programs, facilities and educational opportunities St Leonard's College can offer your child.