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The St Leo’s Award System
Compass Merit Awards

A graded system of Merit Awards recognises students’ efforts and achievements. Growth Domain Merit Awards are awarded by teachers and can be for:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Academic Effort
  • Putting Faith into Action
  • Living the College Values
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Sporting Effort
  • Music Achievement
  • Music Participation
  • Co-Curricular Achievement
  • Co-Curricular Effort

The Merit Award System is progressive:

  • Purple Merit award (10 Merits) presented at Year Meeting
  • Gold Merit Award (3 Purple Merit Awards) presented at an Assembly
  • St Leo’s Medallion (3 Gold Merit Awards) presented at an Assembly.
Awards Presented each Semester
  • Principal’s Gold Awards are presented to students who have achieved Effort Grades of Excellent in All Courses on their reports.
  • Principal’s Silver Awards are presented to students who have achieved Effort Grades of Good or Excellent in All Courses on their reports.
  • Excellence in Catholic Life and Mission Awards acknowledge students who have put their faith into action in a significant way.
  • Excellence in Sport acknowledge students judged to be best and fairest, most improved or worthy of a coach’s award.
  • Elite Athlete Awards are presented to students who have represented the College at a State or National Level (eg. Broken Bay team, NSWCCC team or Australian Team).
  • Excellence in Music awards are presented to students who have demonstrated a high level
  • of musical achievement or have been judged as having made an Outstanding Contribution to an ensemble or group.
  • Excellence in Co-Curricular awards are presented to students judged to be best and fairest, most improved or worthy of a coach’s award in a significant co‑curricular activity.

Year 7–10 Academic Achievement Awards

  • Academic Gold Achievement awarded to students who are ranked first place in a course.
  • Academic Silver Achievement awarded to students who are ranked in the top 5% in a course.

Note: Students who achieve either a Gold Academic Achievement award or three Academic Achievement Awards (Gold or Silver) are presented at the Semester 1 and Yearly Academic Awards Ceremonies with an Academic Excellence Medallion.

Year 11–12 Academic Achievement Awards

  • Academic Excellence – High Distinction awarded to students ranked in top 10% in four or more courses.
  • Academic Excellence – Distinction awarded to students ranked in the top 10% in 3 courses.
  • Academic Excellence – Credit awarded to students ranked in the top 10% in 2 courses or 1st place in any courses.
Special Awards – Presented Annually at the Year in Review
  • Sportsman of the Year (Year 7–11)
  • Sportswoman of the Year (Year 7–11)
  • Best All Rounder (Year 7–11)
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Life and Mission of the College (Year 7–11)
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to Instrumental Program (Year 7–11)
  • Most Outstanding Contribution to Vocal Ensembles (Year 7–11)
  • Michael O’Brien Award for Contribution in the Field of Computing (Year 9, 10 or 11 student)
  • Vanessa Anderson Award for Excellence in Sport (Year 10 Award)
  • The Gellert Josef Bakos Memorial Encouragement Award (Year 11 Award)

Major Year 12 Awards

  • Fair Play Award
  • Award for Year 12 Sportswoman of the Year
  • The Award for Year 12 Sportsman of the Year
  • Basilica Art Prize
  • The St Cecilia Music Award
  • The St Mary MacKillop Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts
  • St Thomas Aquinas Award for Mathematics
  • St Peter Chanel Award for Outstanding Effort in Studies
  • The Venerable Catherine McAuley Award for Leadership
  • St Ignatius of Loyola Award for Leadership
  • The St Francis Xavier All Rounder Award
  • Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award
  • St Teresa of Calcutta Award for Contribution to the Religious Life of the College
  • The St Leo’s Medal
  • Dux of the College
  • HSC High Achiever Awards
St Leo's Catholic College

Locked Bag 1007, Wahroonga
16 Woolcott Avenue, Wahroonga NSW 2076
Phone: 02 9487 3555
Email: stleos@dbb.catholic.edu.au