St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga
St Leo’s is a comprehensive co-educational Catholic college and an exceptional place to learn. We truly are a caring, inclusive community committed to 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. Our incredible community and range of opportunities form well-rounded students for whom anything is possible.
Why Choose St Leo’s?
St Leo’s Catholic College is a 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.
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.
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.
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, while our Pathway Specialist assists students and families transition from school to the world beyond.
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 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, art gallery, art studios, and specialty music rooms.
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.
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 provides a safe, well-balanced learning envirionment. We are privileged to be able to give this to both our son and daughter.
Mr and Mrs Taylor, Turramurra
Because St Leo's is co-ed, it is easier to find a group of friends to fit in with - I am confident and very happy at St Leo's.
Rebecca Year 8
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
(as voted by site visitors)