Principal – Mr Peter Clague
Providing Exemplary Education for Over 100 Years
Established in 1914, St Leonard’s College is Bayside’s school of choice and one of Melbourne’s premier independent schools, educating students from ELC3 to Year 12. Our College Vision is to provide all students with ‘An Education for Life.’ We foster in young people the personal qualities necessary for lifelong learning. Our College mission is shared below.
Through inspiring and caring professionals and in a physically, emotionally and spiritually safe coeducational environment, St Leonard’s College provides an exemplary, innovative education for its students, enriched by the traditions of its heritage and the diversity of all humanity to develop global citizens who know and embrace all others as equals.
We are unwavering in our commitment to developing the whole child – head, heart and soul. Our students are genuinely known, nurtured and loved. They are welcomed into a warm, caring, connected community with an ethical culture founded upon a strong moral purpose – to develop genuine global citizens who respond to inequity, inequality and injustice. As global citizens, our students are armed with the necessary skills, values and attitudes required to build an economic and social future in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.
Our teachers are carefully selected for their academic prowess, in addition to their ability to nurture the development of self-confidence, curiosity, integrity, resilience and creativity. We seek to develop students who understand that their education is not only about what it can bring to their life, but through them what it can bring to the lives of others.
Celebrating 50 Years as Leaders in Co-education
St Leonard’s College is a recognised leader in education. Our College was the first single-sex independent school in the state to introduce co-education in 1972. Our vast experience delivering co-education, for almost 50 years, tells us that both boys and girls thrive when they learn and grow together. We offer a genuine co-education, with boys and girls learning alongside each other in an environment that truly reflects life beyond the school gates.
Celebrating 40 Years as a World IB School
Renowned for pedagogical innovation, St Leonard’s College was the first Victorian school to introduce the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in 1982. Senior School students are offered the highly sought after choice between the VCE and the IBDP. The IBDP’s international orientation makes it the most highly regarded and respected tertiary entrance qualification by the world’s leading universities.
Celebrating 20 Years of the IB Primary Years Programme
Junior School students are educated within the expertly designed framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) – an inquiry-based approach to learning incorporating personal, social and international values. The PYP values independence, initiative and self-motivation, encouraging every student to take responsibility for their learning.
Early Learning Centre – World-Renowned Reggio Emilia
We follow the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, a world-renowned teaching and learning philosophy inspired by the system of early years education in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy. Widely recognised as best practice in early childhood education, the Reggio Emilia approach offers an education that respects children and their rights as citizens. We see the child as competent, powerful and full of potential, and we place each child at the centre of their own learning.
Comprehensive and Diverse Cocurricular Program
Our cocurricular program encourages our young people to explore their gifts and discover their passions to achieve excellence and fulfilment. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop skills and interests via a rich and diverse cocurriculum program, including Debating, Public Speaking, Drama, Music, Leadership and Social Justice programs, Media Production, Photography, and Sport.
College Sport Opportunities
Our team of expert sporting coaches with state, national and Olympic experience have led students to enjoy unrivalled success in a range of pursuits including athletics, swimming and cross country. A variety of traditional sports and outdoor activities are available, and our specialist coaches inspire students to strive for excellence and follow their passions. Sports available include Australian Rules football, badminton, basketball, cheer spoirts, cricket, futsal, golf, gymnastics, hockey, karate, kayaking, lifesaving, netball, running club, sailing, soccer, softball, softcrosse, sports aerobics, table tennis, tennis, touch rugby, triathlon and volleyball.
The College takes part in mid-week inter-school sports competitions through the Association of Co-educational Schools, leaving weekends free for family activities, other events and local community sports teams.
Celebrating 50 Years of Outdoor Education
From canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering, snow sports and sailing, our students have enjoyed the exploration of the great outdoors over the last 50 years, developing valuable life skills such as leadership and teamwork, in addition to building a significant understanding of environmental sustainability in more recent decades. Our longstanding success in outdoor educational programs is a testament to our commitment to educating the whole child, providing them with opportunities for personal growth and development. Camp Ibis, our picturesque permanent campsite on the Banksia Peninsula which enjoys scenic water frontage, has provided the perfect setting for our students to create lifelong friendships and memories, whilst building resilience, character, and self-esteem.
St Leonard’s College has a, bring your own device (BYOD) technology program, with students bringing their own iPad or laptop to school every day. The BYOD program is complemented by a high speed, site wide wireless network and in-house IT support. St Leonard’s College is widely recognised in educational circles as a centre of excellence in eLearning and is regularly visited by other schools to learn from their success. Our remote teaching and learning practices have been recognised as leadership benchmarks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As one of Melbourne’s leading academic schools, St Leonard’s College congratulates our Class of 2021 on their exceptional results across both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), as outlined below.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Results
Victorian Certificate of Education Results
Combined IBDP and VCE Results
Social Action and Global Citizenship
A St Leonard’s College education develops a strong sense of social responsibility through a variety of local, national and international fundraising, community service and social action programs and initiatives. Our students acquire a deep awareness that with great privilege comes great responsibility. A St Leonard’s education prepares young people to take their place in the world and make meaningful contributions to society.
Quality Pastoral Care
Ensuring each child feels safe, valued and develops a sense of belonging is paramount to St Leonard’s educational philosophy. Our graduates leave with the self-assurance and resilience to take advantage of life’s opportunities and overcome its challenges.
Our unwavering commitment to the highest standards of pastoral care is demonstrated through our Mentor Program. Relationships are at the centre of our model of pastoral care and the mentor’s role is pivotal in this context, focusing on each individual student according to their interests, abilities and potential for personal growth. Mentors take a holistic view of their students and come to know them across all domains of school life. Mentors track academic progress, know a student’s strengths and weaknesses and meet regularly with individual students to discuss progress and challenges.
St Leonard’s students enjoy exceptional facilities including modern well-resourced libraries, music centres, theatres, multi-purpose halls and excellent sporting facilities including an indoor aquatic centre, aerobic area, aesthetics sports centre (including sprung floor) and gymnasium. Our Visual Arts Centre provides specialist facilities equipped with the latest resources and impressive gallery areas. Dedicated spaces for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programs offer innovative technologies to support student learning. Set amongst the College grounds is the impressive Leonardian Centre which includes a world-class auditorium and systems engineering centre featuring two STEM laboratories. The Senior School building offers a new benchmark in educational spaces featuring a tertiary style lecturette, 11 break out learning spaces, 9 collaborative study nooks, community common area, custom-built examination space and new Senior School cafeteria.
Enrolment and Scholarship Applications
St Leonard’s College welcomes enrolment waitlist applications for places in Junior School (ELC, prep and years 1 to 4); Years 5 and 7, 10 and 11. Limited places are also available in other year levels as they arise. For information about the St Leonard’s College scholarship program, please visit our website.