The Amiel Society

Named in honour of Nicki Amiel, former student, teacher, parent, Council member and Chair of College Council, The Amiel Society aggregates the rich and diverse programs, committees and interest groups which constitute our College’s unwavering commitment to social justice, uniting them under the one umbrella.

The Amiel Society symbol was designed to visually reflect the values of empathy, kindness, compassion, respect, understanding, empowerment, embracing and sharing.

One of the most endearing and enduring qualities of the St Leonard’s College community is the sense of responsibility for those less fortunate. Our young people are encouraged through a myriad of opportunities to make valuable and meaningful contributions to society.

Recognition of the importance of kindness in today’s world is actively demonstrated and ingrained in the behaviour of our students. They understand that generosity not only manifests in financial giving, but also in the giving of time and gestures inspired by love and compassion.

A range of core College initiatives such as Lennie’s Van, our Warruwi Partnership, our educational facilities in Bangladesh and our vitally important local, national and international social action activities all contribute to The Amiel Society which disperses the funds raised through these programs, thereby supporting disadvantaged youth.


Lennie’s Van


Launched in early 2018, Lennie’s Van is a St Leonard’s College initiative founded on our strong sense of community.

Senior School students who volunteer to assist at our Lennie’s Van food services are involved in attending several different Bayside locations delivering a food service program to disadvantaged members of our community who have been identified as ‘food vulnerable’ and who are often at a social and economic disadvantage.

In reflecting upon our services over the course of 2019, it is estimated that we served 760 breakfasts, made 532 children’s lunches for school, dispersed over 1,400 loaves of bread, over 1,600 bread rolls and approximately 200kg of fresh fruit and vegetables, made pikelets and toasties for approximately 1,140 patrons at afternoon tea and served lunch consisting of homemade soup, fresh salad rolls and homebaked treats to approximately 1,200 patrons. All of these services have been provided to those in need in our local community who benefit not only from the food provided but also from the social interaction the service offers due to the social isolation they experience.

We invite you to view the below animation for further insight into this College initiative.

Warruwi Community School Partnership In Auray Bay, off the coast of the Northern Territory, lies South Goulburn Island, home to around 400 people, most of whom are members of the Indigenous Warruwi community.

St Leonard’s College has developed a strong partnership with the Warruwi Community School. Through immersive programs, including camps, for both St Leonard’s College students and those of the Warruwi Community School, real and lasting connections have been forged. These experiences provide a deep understanding and appreciation of our country’s Indigenous heritage, history and life. Our students are inspired to undertake a range of fundraising and awareness-building activities to support the education of their Warruwi friends.

St Leonard's College was recognised as a finalist in the Reconciliation Victoria and VLGA 2020 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. These awards recognise outstanding reconciliation initiatives such as this Warruwi Community School Partnership.

Education in Bangladesh


Our partnership with Fred Hyde Co-operation in Development (CO-ID) in Bangladesh extends over 20 years and is a testament to the deep commitment demonstrated by our College community to provide education to children who otherwise would not have access to schooling. St Leonard’s College proudly funded one of the first of the CO-ID schools. As of 2020, we now fund 3 primary schools and 1 pre-school in Bhola Island, Bangladesh.

Bhola Island is a mud island with a predominantly farming community. The island is home to over 2 million people and they are incredibly poor even by Bangladeshi standards. The basic skills that the western world takes for granted, such as learning to read and write, are only for the fortunate few. By supporting the development of the educational system in Bangladesh, a country still considered to be one of the third world’s poorest, we are helping to create a more optimistic future for these children.

Please see further information and images below.

Students from Bhola Island, Bangladesh attend the Frank Hyde (CO-ID) educational facilities funded by The Amiel Society.

The Amiel Society has been established as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) which has an official charity status with the main purpose of directly contributing to the relief of poverty, sickness and suffering.

This PBI charity status ensures both charity tax concessions and deductible gift recipient status from the Australian Taxation Office.

It allows the College to ensure the prudent management of the funds raised through our social action initiatives such as Lennie’s Van and our Bangladesh education program.

The Amiel Society ABN 38 628 931 386




Images featured above from Bhola Island, Bangladesh courtesy of Frank Hyde (CO-ID) 2019.