St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga
St Leo’s Catholic College is located on six hectares in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga and is the only co-educational Catholic secondary school on Sydney’s Upper North Shore.
We are a caring, inclusive community renowned for our pastoral care, with a strong emphasis on knowing each student and growing their unique potential. With consistently strong academic results and a wide range of co-curricular offerings, we aim to help students find their passion and develop their talents so that they can shape and change the world for the better.
We recently completed a $25m campus and technology upgrade, including our $14m Mary MacKillop Centre for Creative and Performing Arts, Design, Technology and Hospitality. As result of our new facilities and huge demand, we have added extra streams for Year 7 2021 are currently enrolling for Year 7 2022 and limited additional places for Years 10 and 11 2021.
Why Choose St Leo’s?
Teaching and Learning
St Leo’s is an award-winning school acknowledged for teaching excellence. We provide an engaging and challenging learning environment focused on promoting student growth. While our academic results are consistently strong, our broad curriculum provides balance and diversity across a range of academic, cultural, physical and vocational fields.
We embrace a diversity of student capabilities and provide academic challenges and support for different learning styles, rates and abilities. We ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve their best. Along with Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects, we offer Gifted and Talented Programs, Learning Support and a unique Community Tutoring Program. We recently introduced
Pastoral Care and Wellbeing
We are proud of our reputation for the highest quality pastoral care. We recognise each student and encourage them to find their personal greatness. Our comprehensive Pastoral Care Program focuses on promoting wellbeing, connectedness, resilience and positive relationships.
At St Leo’s, we focus on developing the whole person by ensuring a balanced, diverse experience and development of our students across a range of areas we call our St Leo’s Growth Domains – Academic, Spirtiual, Social Emotional, Physical, Cultural and Environmental.
Mentor teachers work with each student to develop a Personalised Learning Plan and digital portfolio using our custom online Learning Den, setting goals and reflecting on their growth. Our pastoral programs include retreats, outdoor programs and peer support, as well as our comprehensive mentoring program and Duke of Edinburgh program. Our unique Pathways Program assists students and families transition from school to the world beyond through various tertiary and industry partnerships.
Catholic Life and Mission
St Leo’s is first and foremost a Catholic school, with the religious dimension of the College being a shared partnership between families, parish communities and the College.
Religion is an essential and comprehensive area of study for all students, prayer is an important part of daily life, and Christian leadership is fostered through our Youth Ministry Program. A real sense of community exists at St Leo’s, and our Chapel is the spiritual heart.
Our Faith in Action - Social Justice
There is a significant focus at St Leo’s on putting our faith into action and giving students agency and confidence to build a world that is positive, just and inclusive.
Our Youth Ministry Coordinator oversees our renowned Social Justice Program, where we offer many opportunities for students to learn about social justice and structural inequalities that create barriers in our society through range of activities.
The College also offers unique, life-changing immersion experiences that broaden students’ education and strengthen their faith including our ongoing Pacific Partnership Program with the island of Kiribati.
Beyond the Classroom – Sport for Life
St Leo’s has a strong sporting culture and enjoys huge successes in representative sports. Students participate in a wide range of organised and representative sporting events throughout the year, and we offer a high-quality tiered sporting program covering a huge range of sports.
Our Accelerated and High Performance Sports Program allows talented sports students to progress to higher levels including local, national representation and International tours.
Beyond the Classroom – Creative and Performing Arts
Drama, Music and Visual Arts are an integral part of the school curriculum and Dance and Entertainment (VET) have now also been introduced to the College. Our music program is exceptional, with various band, ensemble and choir programs and an annual musical.
Our Showcase is an impressive community event featuring outstanding student works across the spectrum of creative and performing arts. St Leo’s students regularly win awards and eisteddfods, are invited to exhibit at ARTEXPRESS, Music Encore and offered places at NIDA. We are proud to have head three students offered places at NIDA for 2019.
Our new $14m Mary MacKillop Centre includes a drama and dance theatre with retractable seating, art gallery, art studios, and specialty music rooms. We offer an amazing 16 ensembles - all free of charge to students.
Preparing Students for the Future
We equip our students with the skills and attitudes to be future leaders in their fields. Technology is an integral part of daily learning with iPads or MacBooks, and students are encouraged to advance their skills for the future in a safe environment through an interdisciplinary approach to STEM subjects and programs such as VEX robotics.
Our Learning Den is a custom online learning platform where students can record and track their progress in a range of areas, providing them learning ownership and a digital portfolio to take with them when they leave.
We have a unique Pathways program which guides students and their families, preparing them for life beyond school. This extensive program focuses on developing 21st century workplace skill and partnerships with industry and higher education providers to assist students, as well as informing teaching programs at St Leo’s.
Find out more about St Leo’s at our Open Day in March each year, or contact us to arrange a tour throughout the year at a time convenient to you.
St Leo’s Catholic College is a located on six hectares in the leafy suburb of Wahroonga on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. We are just off the M1 Motorway exit, near the Pennant Hills Road and Pacific Highway junction, and a short walk from Waitara train station.
There are a number of transport options for students depending on the starting point, including:
Visit the Transport NSW trip planner or use the travel app of your choice to view the best options for your circumstances.
Free public transport (School Opal card) is available to students who live more than 2.0km straight line distance from the College, or at least 2.9km walking. Apply or update your details via the Transport NSW website.
"We are very grateful for the tireless effort, support and dedication to our child’s learning St Leo’s staff and Mr Gleeson!"
Dimi V (parent)
"You guys are amazing and so dedicated! Our kids are so lucky to have such wonderful caring teachers."
Monique D (parent)
"St Leo’s have demonstrated their ability to get things done - our kids are in safe hands." Sean C (parent)
"I’m so proud to be a part of this school." Claire C (parent)
"We are so grateful to Mr. Gleeson and all the staff of St. Leo’s Catholic College, for their incredible dedication and tireless efforts in delivering an exceptional online learning platform for our children, in the most extraordinary of circumstances. The rollout, communication and ongoing support from St. Leo’s - for both the students and parents - has been just brilliant. It’s been a wonderfully smooth transition; our son is excited and engaged, and we all feel incredibly blessed to belong to such a wonderful community." Tess D (parent)
"I’m very proud to be a staff member at such an innovative school. We are not afraid to experiment and we just get on with business as usual. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful, dedicated and caring team." Rachel W. (teacher)
I am proud to welocme you to the St Leo’s community.
We are a caring, inclusive community renowned for our pastoral care, with a strong emphasis on knowing each student and growing their unique potential.
At St Leo’s, we are committed to forming confident, competent Catholic-valued young men and women of conscience, aiming to help students find their passion and develop their talents into greatness so that they can shape and change the world for the better.
With consistently strong academic results and a wide range of co-curricular offerings, we equip our students with the skills and attitudes to be future-leaders in their fields, honouring God in what they do and how they do it. To achieve this, we aim to provide broad educational experiences that promote the spiritual, academic, social, cultural and physical growth of our students.
I invite you to come and see the many opportunities available at St Leo’s and experience the warmth and caring of our community for yourself.
Mr Anthony Gleeson
After unprecidented demand and extra streams being added for 2021, we are now enrolling for Year 7 2022.
with the complation of our $25m campus upgrade, we also have a limited number of additional places available for Years 10 and 11 2021.
(as voted by site visitors)