Preparing Our Students for the Future –
Technology, Innovation and More
We have a distinct STEM and innovation focus at St Leo’s, offering a range of programs to ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed and thrive in a globalised world.
Technology is an integral part of daily learning, with individual student iPads or MacBooks and other learning technologies serving as important tools in developing critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills. Our experience has found that technology-enabled teaching and learning allows for more active engagement, it allows teaching to meet the student at their particular point of learning, and students are encouraged to advance their skills in a safe environment.
Overall, St Leo’s is focussed on developing transferrable Deep Learning Skills that will equip all our students for the future by creating lifelong learners able to adapt to and challenge the world being constantly reshaped through advancing technology.
St Leo’s runs a BYODD (Bring Your Own Designated Device) Program where students in Years 7-10 to use Apple iPads, while students in Years 11 and 12 have the option to either retain their iPads or change to Apple Macintosh laptops. Current specifications can be found in the Student Information Handbooks on the Publications page.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a major focus at St Leo’s. We have an interdisciplinary approach, where students apply STEM skills to make connections between school, community, work and the global enterprise. We work with a range of industry experts on real-world applications and challenge-based learning activities to also foster collaboration, teamwork and other essential skills while having fun.
We run a large number of STEM co-curricular and extracurricular activities for students of all levels. A few of the many current opportunities include:
• Vex Robotics Challenge
• Minecraft Mondays
• Code Camp World
• Drone workshops
• Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality workshops
• Gaming Design workshops
• Cyber Security node
• Video challenges and competitions
• Media Crew
The Bush Telegraph, 9/20
Adobe One Minute Video Challenge 2020 Highlights
The St Leo’s Learning Den
Our unique St Leo’s Learning Den is a custom-built online learning platform on which students can record and track their progress in a range of areas, giving them learning ownership and a digital portfolio to take with them when they leave.
Pathways and Partnerships Program
Our innovative Pathways and Partnerships Program works with students and their families to navigate life beyond school, developing industry and higher education partnerships, and shaping new offerings and approaches to learning at St Leo’s.
Our Pathways team work closely with each of our Key Learning Areas such as STEM to identify real-world applications of their learning and opportunities for students to understand more about future career opportunities.
Remote Learning at St Leo’s
With schools forced to move to remote (home-based) learning in a matter of days in 2019 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and again during 2020, St Leo’s led the way with innovative and engaging online lessons for students:
The Bush Telegraph, 8/21