View this email in your browser
Pride Newsletter banner

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,
Welcome back to Term Two and may every Easter blessing be with you all.
We have been reviewing our communication platforms with parents recently using the St Leo's P.R.I.D.E. Framework. This framework is part of a College wide review that aims to ensure all areas of the College are Personalised, Rigorous, Innovative, Dynamic and Evangelising. As a result of this review, it is with great pleasure that we launch our new and improved parent communications commencing this term. 
This revised newsletter will continue to be called 'The Pride', and will be sent electronically every five weeks as a showcase of the learning experiences that have taken place in each of the six Growth Domains, as part of the College's commitment to the development of the whole person.
The second is a new document for parents to be sent weekly, titled 'The Lion Roars'. It will detail logistical notices regarding important dates, reminders and updates for parents. Finally, the new College website will be relaunched shortly and will boast much improved user navigation, accessibility and live streaming from College social media accounts.
We hope you enjoy reading and viewing the articles below that are the result of a passion driven learning journey aimed at assisting our students reach their greatness.
Yours in Christ,
Anthony Gleeson
College Principal

An Easter Message

As New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said, 'On a quiet Friday afternoon, a man stormed into a place of peaceful worship and took away the lives of 50 people.' As Christians, how are we called to respond in the face of such violence? Read more...

Stations of the Cross

On April 12, all students in the college commemorated our Lenten journey through participation in a Stations of the Cross reflection. The Stations date back to the earliest years of Christianity. Read more...

Year 7 Reflection Day

Spirituality days provide an opportunity for students to step outside of their everyday school concerns and to focus on their spiritual growth. On April 5, Year 7 journeyed to Baden Powell Scout Centre for a day of connecting with God, their peers and nature. Read more...


On March 29, Catholic Youth of Broken Bay ran the World Youth Day Reunion & Thanksgiving PraiseFest Night at the Light of Christ Centre, Wahroonga with several hundred young people gathered.

ACYF 2019

Last term we launched the Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) from the 7-12th December 2019 in Perth. Students in Years 9-12 have been invited to consider applying for this exciting opportunity.

Visual Arts

In the lead-up to Holy Week, Year 7 reflected on the Gospel account of the crucifixion whilst experimenting with watercolours. Read more...

Project Compassion

Congratulations to Year 8 who raised the highest amount across all year groups, at $285.05. As a school we raised $1347.55. 
In the spirit of Lent we think of the poor and most needy. May our hearts continue to give to those in need. 
Thank you to all students and staff who gave for your generosity.

Leading the Way in Teaching and Learning

As part of our commitment to passion driven education that leads to greatness, St Leo’s has partnered with a global educational movement known as ‘Deep Learning’ designed to assist schools increase their ability to deliver a curriculum that provides ‘lifelong learning’ based on ‘real life situations’.

Assessment and Reporting

As part of our commitment to working together in partnership with parents to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Leo’s, our Interim Reports are more transparent and easier to interpret, so that parents and teachers can work with students to set learning goals for improvement.

Appointment of New Role

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment Mr George Morad as 
Dean of Curriculum and Staff Professional Development, a new role aimed at supporting the significant College vision for teaching and learning.

Best Start Year 7

‘Best Start Year 7’ is a new online literacy and numeracy assessment for students on entry into Year 7. St Leo’s Year 7 students recently completed this assessment. The results from this testing have informed the teaching practice and wellbeing programs across the College. Read more...

No Homework?

From time to time, a student may say their parents that they do not have any homework to complete. While on occasion a student may not have specific homework for that day, there is always work (or learning) to complete when we set the goal of achieving greatness. Read more...

Academic Award Winners

Principal's Gold & Silver Award Winners, 
2019 Year 7 Term 1 Interim Reports:
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Congratulations to all our award winners!

Laudato Si

Four years ago, Pope Francis released his second encyclical, Laudato Si. The letter was addressed to the whole world and calls for humanity to care for 'our common home.' Read more...

Studies of Religion

As part of the Year 12 Studies of Religion 2 Unit exploration of the Christianity during Term 1, students have studied Environmental Ethics in the Christian tradition. Read more...

Touch Football

Congratulations to Monique Dever, Nathan Hassan & Mitchell MacDonald who played for Broken Bay at the NSWCCC Touch Championships. Nathan made the NSWCCC Team and Mitchell narrowly missed out.
Overall, Broken Bay finished second in the Open Boys and third in the Open Girls.

Chiara's Success

Congratulations to Chiara Donagemma who represented Australia in the World Synchronized Skating Championships in Finland recently. 
Chiara and her team competed in front of 7000 people and finished15th in the World, the best ever rank of any Australian team. 

Year 10 PASS Biathlon

On the last Friday of Term 1, both Year 10 Physical Activity and Sport Study (PASS) classes heading to South Curl Curl beach for the annual St Leo’s PASS Biathlon. The Biathlon is the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their physical capabilities after a Term of training during both class time and away from the College in both swimming and running. Throughout the term the students have completed the multi-stage fitness test and the 1.6km run to build their cardio-respiratory endurance, and also a 400m swim at Hornsby Aquatic Centre. 



Students needed to complete a 600m swim in the Ocean Pool followed by a 2km run on the sand. All the students performed the Biathlon to the best of the ability with some fantastic individual results. The three best times were:
1. Julia Rologas  21.35minutes
2. Jade Wright 25.03 minutes
3. Rachel Glendenning 26.46 minutes
1. Angus Perrett 20.18 minutes
2.  Deven Flanagan 20.28 minutes
3. Oliver Wright 26.20 minutes
Congratulations to all students. 

Harmony Day

Last term, our Year 12 Leaders celebrated Australian multiculturalism and the successful integration of migrants into our community through a special College initiative - Harmony Day. Read more...

World's Greatest Shave

In Week 10 last term a number of students and staff enthusiastically participated in the World’s Greatest Shave at a College Assembly to support those with blood cancer. Read more...

Anzac Day

25th April is probably Australia's most important national occasion. St Leo's student leaders attended the Dawn Service at Hornsby to represent our College.

Kiribati Movie Night

In response to ecological concerns facing the island nation of Kiribati, throughout Term 1 our immersion team have been working hard to raise funds for visit in July including a series of BBQs.
They now have a movie night planned for 22 May at Events Cinemas, Hornsby and you are invited!

Street Retreat

St Leo's Year 11 Community and Family Studies class went out on Street Retreat for our annual Easter event, cooking a BBQ for the homeless. It was an amazing experience for all involved.

Open Day video

The College Open Day and Expo in March was a huge success, with over 1000 people attending. 
Relive this highlight of our community calendar with this great video, or if you weren't there, take a look at what you missed! Watch the video...


Musical Update

Our musical students were very busy during the holidays with three extra rehearsals! 
Excited to see the musical developing, the ‘dial tones’ could not stop laughing at some of their choreography. The show is coming together and will be a hit with all ages.
Dates will be confirmed very soon for later this term.

Japan Tour

A group of 16 language students from Years 9, 10 and 12 have just returned from an extensive cultural tour of Japan.
Read about their amazing two week trip incuding the Golden Temple, the Atomic Centre in Hiroshima and a baseball game as well as five nights homestay with a Japanese family.

Ensembles Concert

The CAPA Ensembles Concert held at the end of Term 1 in The Light of Christ Centre saw a wonderful variety of music confidently and musically presented to an appreciative audience.

Year 11 Visual Arts Camp

We were privileged to take our Yr 11 Visual Arts students on a 3 day camp to Bundanon, home to the acclaimed Boyd family. Read more...

Thank you for taking the time to read The Pride. We are happy to receive your feedback or suggestions at any time via email at stleos@dbb.catholic.edu.au
Copyright © St Leo's College, Wahroonga 2019
16 Woolcott Avenue, Wahroonga NSW 2076
Email: stleos@dbb.catholic.edu.au
Phone: 02 9487 3555

You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.