create - connect - innovate

Many advantages come with being a small school especially when it comes to leading the way.


Our size makes it easy to adopt new and innovative programmes and ideas across the entire school, allowing our teachers to be as creative and innovative as our pupils!


St Leonards School has embraced programmes and initiatives such as Enviroschools, STEAM and Play is the Way to help grow and extend your child beyond the classroom walls and open them up to different ways of thinking. 

connect to your environment and create change for a sustainable world at a

green-gold Enviroschool

We are proud to be one of four green-gold Enviroschools in Dunedin. This means that environmental sustainability is part of all our decisions and everything we do.

Enquiry and action is led mainly by our children who have a strong sense of connection to the environment and know they can effect change for a sustainable world.

worm farm




 Be environmentally


Paper for trees

water use

native replanting

waste reduction

native habitats

bee hive

energy use


I love all the nature at St Leonards School. Everything is so free and open, and there is so much space to run around in.

Katie (10)

question, problem solve and communicate with the hands-on learning that comes with . . .  


science, technology, engineering, arts, maths

STEAM brings together the connections and relationships between science, technology, engineering, maths and the arts with hands-on learning.

Kiwis, as a nation, pride themselves on our number-8 wire mentality, but developing such a mentality is not a foregone conclusion of our education system.

STEAM learning is all about how to create, question, problem solve and come up with innovative ideas. The goal is to equip children with skills and knowledge to thrive in the 21st century.

STEAM learning leads children to

express innovative & creative ideas

think outside the box

hands-on learning

be curious about the world

work together

take ownership of learning

Children are always engaged when you do STEAM! 

It has increased their creativity even more. They feel brave about doing things as they know the ideas they have are not going to be put down but listened to.

Jo Wilson (STEAM teacher)

be kind & thoughtful to others and be nominated for the weekly

Bucket Filler Award

Everybody looks forward to Monday morning when the weekly Bucket Filler Award is presented.

The Bucket Filler Award is how we recognise and celebrate children who show empathy and are kind and thoughtful to others.

Every week children can nominate others who have been kind to them or that they have noticed being kind to others.

You will be surprised at how much children notice - those who help others who are hurt, those who make sure everybody is included in their games and those who know how to be a good friend!

create success in your adult life by learning self control and how to be a . . .

self manager

Our principal readily admits she tends to spend her time reading the latest research rather than the latest novel.


So when she came across a paper from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study showing that one of the biggest influences of success in adult life was learning to have self control and self management skills she knew it would have to become a part of learning at St Leonards School.

get creative, learn to self manage, with our annual Wearable Arts parade . . . 

Wearable Arts

Wearable Arts is an annual tradition at our school and every year we are stunned at the fantastic parade children put on.

The Wearable Arts evening is always a great opportunity for parents to see children's creativity on display.

gain confidence on stage and have fun preparing for . . .

performance & drama

Watch your child build confidence, learn to overcome stage nerves and get involved with behind-the-scenes creativity with our stage and public performance opportunities.

Every year we stage an End-of-Year Show which includes whole school singing and dance along with performances developed by each class. It's always a show-stopper event!

Every second year we participate in the Otago Polyfest which involves many months of practice learning our songs and actions.

All of our year four, five, sixes and some younger children participate in the annual Ukelele Jam and we are very lucky to have Ms Thomson teaching ukelele at school.

learn social & emotional skills through guided play, classroom activities and empowering language . . .

Play is the Way

Seesaw digital portfolio

get an immediate, personalised window into your child's day with their

Seesaw helps to answer that question 'what did you do today?' and is a great conversation starter for families.

Children are set up on an App called Seesaw. This App gives children the ability to record their learning in many different formats, such as photos, videos and voice and share it with their parents, caregivers and extended family.

Essentially Seesaw is a pupil-driven digital portfolio.

Your child's work is kept private and is only viewed by you and their teacher.

find out more about your child's learning and what's been happening at school with our termly . . .

school assemblies

We changed the way we ran school assemblies when we realised the traditional model of holding assemblies at the end of the week during school hours didn't work for many parents.

It's really important to us that you are able to attend school assemblies so we now host them once a term in the evening.

Topics covered at assemblies vary. Recent assemblies have included:

  • a start-of-the-year get-together and celebrating the re-naming of our classrooms from Rooms 1, 2 and 3 to Ruma Rātā, Ruma Tōtara and Ruma Rimu

  • every child standing up to speak about an experience from Camp Week 

  • educating parents about how maths is taught at school and getting parents solving maths problems with their children

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