St Leonard’s school provides a number of co-curriculum activities in which students can participate through choice as well as a number of activities that are part of the overall organisation of the school.
Swimming tuition is provided as a part of the foundation to year 2 sports curriculum and is compulsory for all students. The swimming program is optional for students in years 3 – 6. Qualified instructors at the Waverley Aquatic Centre conduct swimming lessons, which is located 400 metres from the school. In 2018 the swimming program will be run during 4th term as a daily intensive program.
Year 5 & 6 students attend an annual School Camp. We rotate the Camps from Camp Rumbug in Foster and Sovereign Hill Camp each year. The purpose of the Camps is to foster stronger relationships between students and their teachers.
Performing Arts Musical Production
The school holds a biennial Performing Arts Musical Concert that involves all students from grades Prep to year 6. It is an opportunity for all students to display their skills and talents in the performing arts. The concert is held at the Crossways Centre each September on the odd numbered year.
Visual Arts Production
The school holds a biennial Art Show that involves all students from grades Prep to year 6. The production is an opportunity for children to showcase their talents in producing both 2D & 3D art. The Art show is held in the September of each even numbered year.
The school has two choirs that practise on a weekly basis under the direction of our music teacher. The two choirs, grades 3 & 4 and grades 5 & 6, practise at least once per week and are sometimes required for additional lunchtime sessions if a performance is pending. The choir performs at sacramental and liturgical celebrations and is also invited to perform at local community events.
Children suffering loss or grief through death or separation can be supported through participation in the Seasons Program. The Student Welfare Team completed specific training with Catholic Family Services Program in 2007 to facilitate this worthwhile program.
St Leonard’s grade 6 students are elected to a number of Leadership positions. All children in grade six are eligible for positions and are elected by their peers.
The grade six and prep students are involved in a buddy system whereby each prep child is allocated a senior student to be their special friend for the duration of the year. The students will often share mealtimes together, be involved in shared learning experiences and forge strong bonds within the school.
Students in all year levels are able to join the St Leonard’s Chess Club. In fourth term a major Chess Tournament is held for all interested students. The tournament attracts a large of students from years 2-6. Selected students (12 –16 students) are often chosen to represent the school at the Victorian Chess Titles held earlier in the year. Chess is supported in many classrooms as a component of the Mathematics program.
Students from Grades 4- 6 are able to try out for the representative swimming squad which competes in the School Sports Victoria swimming championships in first term.
Students from Grades 4 –6 are also able to try out for representative tennis squads which plays an annual tournament against other schools in the district.
The St Leonard’s Parish runs a Netball Club that involves children from grade 2. The teams are coached after hours by parents from the school.
All children from grades 2 – 6 are eligible to enrol for guitar lessons that are held throughout the week during the lunchtime break.
The Boys Club is a long standing weekly evening activity based event open to all boys in Prep – 6 and their Fathers/guardians. Boys and their Dads get to play games and do fun activities. The evening is conducted on school/parish property and is a wonderful experience not only for the boys but also as a way of allowing the fathers to meet on a social basis. Boys Club meets on a Thursday night.