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At St Leo’s we believe that each individual is blessed with God given gifts that should be nurtured and shared for the benefit of the whole community. We are committed to offering each of our young people this opportunity in a wide range of co-curricular activities.
Activities beyond the classroom are an essential part of the holistic educational journey for students at St Leo’s. These activities are designed to introduce students to a variety of challenges and experiences, allowing them to extend themselves in their areas of interest or passion.
Opportunities exist for students to compete in a range of representative sports, performing and creative arts. The College has an active co-curricular music programme and has many musical ensembles, catering for students of all abilities. Students can participate in drama productions and music groups including Concert, Stage, Jazz and Symphonic Bands, and the Bel Canto choir. Individual tuition in music is also available.
Students also have the opportunity to be involved in debating and public speaking through the Catholic Schools Debating Association (CSDA) competition held in Terms 1 and 2 and a number of other public speaking competitions, including several run by UN Youth. Teams are able to attend workshops run by the College as well as debating societies of Sydney and Macquarie universities to improve their skills and confidence in this important area.
St Leo’s students are encouraged to showcase their creative talents through experiences such as interactive sessions with Australian Slam Poetry Champion, Luka Lessons, Shakespeare Interactive, Write-a-Book-in-a-Day experience and opportunities to enter a variety of writing competitions.
The College has a comprehensive Outdoor Education programme. All students in Years 7 – 10 are involved in a series of camps designed to develop a strong sense of community, provide opportunities for student-student, staff-student and staff-staff relationships to be built and strengthened. All students are able to be involved in the internationally recognized Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Other extra curricular activities include the Peer Support and Peer Mentoring programmes, Retreat and Reflection programmes, lunchtime sports competitions, lunchtime Games Club, Chess Club, celebrations, Seasons for Growth programme, leadership opportunities such as the Student Representative Council, House system and opportunities to be involved in a wide range of social justice opportunities.
There is a significant focus at the College on living out the joy of the Gospel by putting our Faith into action. St Leo’s Social Justice Programme is an essential part of the College’s holistic education.
The College Outreach Programme is integral to the College Social Justice Programme, involving local, national and international immersion experiences. As part of the programme, a team of students travel to the Pacific Island of Kiribati to work with Sacred Heart School and assist the surrounding communities. Other immersion experiences include the Bi-annual Outback Reconciliation Pilgrimage, Year 10 Street Retreats and the Benedictine Abbey Pilgrimage.
Students are encouraged to participate in the many other social justice activities including St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol, visits to the local nursing home and fundraisers for a variety of charitable organisations. The College actively promotes students involvement in leadership roles. Students are able to be a member of the St Leo’s Chapter of the St Vincent de Paul Society and work in Colour Houses to focus on student led social justice initiatives.