The Amiel Society

Named in honour of Nicki Amiel, former student, teacher, parent, Council member and Chair of College Council, The Amiel Society aggregates the rich and diverse programs, committees and interest groups which constitute our Colleges unwavering commitment to social justice, uniting them under the one umbrella.

The Amiel Society symbol was designed to visually reflect the values of empathy, kindness, compassion, respect, understanding, empowerment, embracing and sharing.

One of the most endearing and enduring qualities of the St Leonard’s College community is the sense of responsibility for those less fortunate. Our young people are encouraged through a myriad of opportunities to make valuable and meaningful contributions to society.

Recognition of the importance of kindness in today’s world is actively demonstrated and ingrained in the behaviour of our students. They understand that generosity not only manifests in financial giving, but also in the giving of time and gestures inspired by love and compassion.

A range of core College initiatives such as Lennies Van and our Warruwi Partnership, along with our vitally important local, national and international social action activities, all contribute to The Amiel Society which disperses the funds raised through these programs, thereby supporting disadvantaged youth.


Lennie’s Van


Launched in early 2018, Lennies Van is a 91 initiative founded on our strong sense of community.

Senior School students and staff volunteer to assist, attending several different Bayside locations delivering our Lennie’s Van food services to disadvantaged members of our community who have been identified as food vulnerable and who are often at a social and economic disadvantage.

Since commencement, Lennies Van services have overseen the delivery of weekly breakfasts to adults and children on local housing estates. Our students cook egg and bacon rolls on the BBQ whilst assisting local children in making themselves school lunches. Our bread and fresh fruit and vegetable drop service has delivered thousands of loaves of bread and much-needed fresh fruit and vegetables to our patrons. Our weekly lunches see our students preparing fresh salad rolls during summer, whilst our winter menu consists of hot soup (lovingly prepared by our cafeteria staff) and bread rolls. Afternoon tea services allow our students the opportunity to engage in conversation with our patrons whilst cooking toasties and pikelets to accompany our fresh fruit and vegetable platters. All of these services are delivered to those in need in our local community who benefit not only from the food provided but also from the social interaction due to the social isolation that many experience.

We invite you to view the below animation for further insight into this College initiative.

Warruwi Community School Partnership In Auray Bay, off the coast of the Northern Territory, lies South Goulburn Island, home to around 400 people, most of whom are members of the Indigenous Warruwi community.

91 has developed a strong partnership with the Warruwi Community School. Through immersive programs, including camps, for both 91 students and those of the Warruwi Community School, real and lasting connections have been forged. These experiences provide a deep understanding and appreciation of our countrys Indigenous heritage, history and life. Our students are inspired to undertake a range of fundraising and awareness-building activities to support the education of their Warruwi friends. To read a student reflection on Warruwi, please click here.

St Leonard's College was recognised as a finalist in the Reconciliation Victoria and VLGA 2020 HART (Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together) Awards. These awards recognise outstanding reconciliation initiatives such as this Warruwi Community School Partnership.

The Amiel Society has been established as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) which has an official charity status with the main purpose of directly contributing to the relief of poverty, sickness and suffering.

This PBI charity status ensures both charity tax concessions and deductible gift recipient status from the Australian Taxation Office.

It allows the College to ensure the prudent management of the funds raised through our social action initiatives such as Lennies Van and our Bangladesh education program.

The Amiel Society ABN 38 628 931 386