An education for life

St Leonard’s College is one of Australia’s leading independent coeducational schools and Melbourne's Bayside school of choice, educating students from ELC3 to Year 12. For over 100 years we have provided students with outstanding educational experiences.

At St Leonard’s College our young people are educated in a physically, emotionally and spiritually safe environment where they are genuinely known, nurtured and loved.

We are unwavering in our commitment to developing the whole child – head, heart and soul.

Our students excel academically and enjoy access to first-class facilities and an outstanding array of cocurricular experiences.

St Leonard’s College is committed to the authentic values that reflect the community we serve. Our young people are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and for the active daily demonstration of the values we instil.

Our students 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.

St Leonard’s College recognises the centrality of developing intellect, building character and learning practical capabilities. Our focus on the development of character and virtue cultivates empathy and responsibility for all people, the planet and all life that exists. More than two thousand years since the teaching of Socrates, St Leonard’s College continues to articulate similar qualities as those declared by him as constituting the four pillars of character: Courage, Wisdom, Temperance and Justice.

We seek to develop selfless citizens, 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. Our grounded and well rounded students seek to make the world in which they live a better place for both themselves and others.

Our cocurricular program encourages our young people to explore their gifts and discover their passions to achieve excellence and fulfilment. We offer a reassuring breadth and depth of programs designed to meet the needs of all students, including the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and the globally renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) as tertiary pathways.

Through our diverse programs, advanced scholastic models, and brilliant teachers, our students are developed to believe in their ability to succeed if they give of their best. Consequently, our students thrive academically.

St Leonard’s College is a leading academic school in Melbourne’s Bayside, with our Class of 2018 achieving a combined median ATAR of 90.5. 52% achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% nationally. 71% of students achieved an ATAR of 80 or above, and 85% achieved an ATAR or 70 or above. 99.3% of students achieved first-round tertiary offers and 100% of our young people leave school with the opportunity to pursue their university, TAFE course, working career or travel.

Our world-class teachers are committed to self-development to enhance their ability to support the learning of all students in their care. St Leonard’s provides professional learning partnerships with leading world universities, including Harvard and the University College London to navigate an increasingly evolving, uncertain, and complex modern world.  St Leonard’s College is also the only Australian school invited to engage in the OECD 2030 project – The Future of Education. We are recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative schools for the application and utilisation of technology and the development of systematic, critical and creative thinking.

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The Alumni members of St Leonard’s College are a resounding testament to our College vision to provide ‘an education for life.'

Our Old Collegians express their gratitude for the rich and diverse opportunities they enjoyed at St Leonard’s, providing them with valuable experiences that enabled the exploration and discovery of their own unique talents and passions.

The dedication and commitment of our teaching staff nurtured their capabilities and ensured they developed the required skills, values and competencies to forge successful and fulfilling lives.

Inspiring Alumni Stories

Di Fleming, Old Collegian (1966), Executive Director, Ducere Foundation

The St Leonard’s College 2018 theme was ‘I am responsible for…’ – a cloze procedure activity that was chosen with the intent of encouraging all College Community members to consider their many and varied responsibilities. We asked Di Fleming (OC 1966), Executive Director of the Ducere Foundation, and the first educator to become the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year (VIC), to share her perspective on the theme of ‘I am responsible for…’

Our College Principal, Stuart Davis, says: “Our need to develop in our students the tools and motivation to think outside the realm of self-interest is vital if individual people, communities and nations are to embrace the responsibility to act for the good of all humankind.” It is through this broader, service-oriented perspective that students will also discover a pathway to a fulfilling and rewarding life.

Di is clearly an individual who embodies the St Leonard’s philosophy and her impressive career, which has notably impacted the greater good, is demonstrative of being a true ‘global citizen.’

View the video below to hear Di’s inspiring story.

Dr Paul Lasky, Old Collegian (1998), Astrophysicist

Dr Paul Lasky (OC1998) is one of our St Leonard’s College Ambassadors for the new Inspiring Innovations Development.  Paul’s passion for maths and science was ignited during his education at St Leonard’s College, where his curiosity and capacity to question was nurtured and encouraged.

He went on to acquire a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Monash University in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, followed by a PhD in Astrophysics. Paul is an Astrophysicist with particular interests in gravitational wave physics, neutron stars, and black holes.

He is a Lecturer and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at Monash University. His expertise in gravitational astrophysics has led to international research collaborations and numerous citations in scientific research journals relating to broader theories of gravity, gravitational lensing, cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics.

In addition to being an Old Collegian, Paul is also a parent to two young children at St Leonard’s College.

Kate Amos, Old Collegian (2007), Soprano 

Kate Amos (OC2007) is one of our St Leonard’s College Ambassadors for the new Inspiring Innovations Development. Kate’s early experiences on the St Leonard’s College stage fuelled her love of the theatre and inspired the pursuit and accomplishment of her dreams. Kate is now recognised as one of Australia’s most artistically versatile and highly sought-after young sopranos.

Performing nationally and internationally, Kate boasts a remarkable list of awards and scholarships, including Opera Scholar of the Year, Melbourne Welsh Choir Singer of the Year, the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Scholarship, the Sleath Lowrey Scholarship, the UK Royal Overseas-League Bursary and the Italian Merenda Scholarship.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with Honours, a Diploma of Language (Italian) and Masters of Music (Opera Performance) from the University of Melbourne. Kate completed an Advanced Masters in Opera at the Welsh International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, Wales. Kate is also classically trained in ballet (RADA) and has graduated from several NIDA Acting Technique Courses. In 2014 Kate was selected to join the Young Artist Program with the Victorian Opera performing leading and supporting roles and in 2018, Kate made her Principal Artist debut with Opera Australia.