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St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga: Demand soars after $25m upgrade

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Demand for places at St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga is at an all-time high

Demand for places at St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga is at an all-time high thanks to the College’s strong academic record and after the completion of a $25 million campus upgrade at the end of last year. But, while applications for Year 7 2022 are currently being taken, there are also limited spots available now for senior students. Here’s a look at everything St Leo’s has to offer. 

With an impressive $25 million campus offering state-of-the-art facilities, consistently high academic results, a caring community and wholistic approach to learning and wellbeing, it’s no wonder that demand for new places at St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga has surged.

While applications for Year 7 2022 are now open, places for Year 7 2021 well exceeded this year’s intake, resulting in  St Leo’s adding extra streams for next year. Other year groups currently have waiting lists, but the College has also decided to open extra senior places for Years 10 and 11 next year for a limited time. 

St Leos Catholic College Theatre

The new $14m Mary MacKillop Centre includes a dance and drama studio and a theatre

Principal Mr Anthony Gleeson agrees that interest has increased with the upgraded facilities, including the new Mary MacKillop Centre for Creative and Performing Arts, Technology and Hospitality, but says it is also due to several other important factors.

“We take a future view of education,” Mr Gleeson says. “The aim is to develop transferable skills that set our students up to become lifelong learners who are able to tackle the many challenges of an ever-changing world.”

St Leo’s Catholic College: Developing the whole person

The College focuses on developing the whole person, which is central to their Catholic ethos, aiming for students to grow across a broad range of areas called the St Leo’s ‘Growth Domains’.

  • Academic
  • Cultural
  • Spiritual
  • Social Emotional
  • Environmental
  • Physical

“Everything is designed to support a focus on all these areas,” explains Mr. Gleeson. “Our ‘Learning Den’ custom online platform, for example, gives students ownership of their learning, allowing them to demonstrate how they have developed in each Growth Domain, as well as giving them an online portfolio to show employers when they leave. Our Pathways program is another example, helping students and families navigate life beyond school, and developing partnerships with higher education and industry.”

Students in St Leos uniform

The school focuses on developing the whole person, which is central to the school’s Catholic ethos

St Leo’s: A standout offering for students


  • Building on consistently strong results, the College stands out with its senior Passion into Excellence (PEP) program – a personalised academic excellence program for every senior student. Individually tailored and mentored by the College leadership team, the program tracks progress and sets personalised strategies to improve each student’s results in all of their subjects
  • A free Masterclass program runs during school holidays, led by internal and external subject experts
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St Leo’s offers a personalised academic excellence program for every senior student

Pathways & Careers:

  • The Pathways program guides students and their families and prepares 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
Cooking class

The Pathways program focuses on developing workplace skills and partnerships with industry

Creative & Performing Arts:

The completion of the $14m Mary MacKillop Centre now gives the College state-of-the-art facilities including dance and drama studios and a theatre with retractable seating, music rehearsal studios, art galleries and various other performance and learning spaces. There are also an incredible 16 co-curricular ensembles – all free for students.

Enrolling at St. Leo’s Catholic College:

St Leo’s is accepting enrolments now for Year 7 2022 (students currently in Year 5). Due to increased demand and the completion of the $25m campus upgrade though, the College is also opening additional senior places next year for a short time only. There are limited places available for Years 10 and 11 for 2021. There’s no application fee for new applicants until the end of July (a saving of $100). 

Contact the St Leo’s Catholic College via email or phone 9487 3555 for more information or to arrange a personalised tour.

St Leo’s Catholic College website

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