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 fast-growing reputation and following the completion of a $25 million campus upgrade recently. After adding two extra streams in 2021 to meet demand, applications for Year 7 2022, which are currently open, look set to be even higher. 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, distinct STEM and innovation focus and impressive array of extra-curricular offerings, it’s no wonder that demand for new places at St Leo’s Catholic College Wahroonga has surged.

Demand was so high last year that two extra Intake 2021 (Year 7) streams were added, and applications for next year – which are open now – look even higher already!

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.”

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 across all their subjects. A Masterclass program also runs during school holidays, led by internal and external subject experts

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STEM & Innovation:

  • St Leo’s has a distinct STEM and innovation focus with an ever-growing range of opportunities in this area, building skills for a globalised world. Current programs include robotics, AR/VR workshops, Code Camp, Minecraft Mondays and drone workshops with industry partners such as Yamaha and Tradiebot

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 20 co-curricular ensembles – all FREE for students!

Enrolling at St. Leo’s Catholic College:

St Leo’s is now accepting final enrolment applications for Year 7 2022  (students currently in Year 6).

Most other year groups have waiting lists, but limited places may become available. There’s no application fee or application form required for students from Catholic Schools Broken Bay (CSBB) feeder schools (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 Open Day

To see St Leo’s in action, visit their Open Day and Expo on Tuesday, 16 March from 4-7pm. Registrations are essential.

 St Leo’s Catholic College website

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