International Affiliations

Aquinas has formed long lasting relationships with schools and organisations around the world. Aquinas students have the opportunity to visit these schools and to benefit from the increased and broad understanding of education and its potential that these relationships bring to the College.

Sister Schools

Lycée Sainte-Marie

Aquinas has a strong ongoing bond with Lycée Sainte-Marie our sister school in Chantonnay, Cedex, France, thanks to the relationship created and nourished by Mme Grimaldi. French students at Aquinas visit and attend classes annually in November and December of their Year 11 year and Chantonnay students visit Aquinas every second year. The visits are homestays, so while the stays are brief, the friendships and memories last a very long time.

Lycée Notre-Dame du Roc

With the growth of Hospitality as a subject at Aquinas has come a second French sister school, Lycée Notre-Dame du Roc in La Roche-sur-Yon, France. Annually our students visit to gain an understanding of French cuisine and the Notre Dame students reciprocate every second year.

Soochow University Experimental School, Suzhou, China

Aquinas College has signed a sister school agreement with the Soochow University Experimental School located in Suzhou, near Shanghai, China.  The agreement came into effect in January 2019 and seeks to foster cultural understanding and respect, friendship and cooperation, as well as student and teacher exchange between the two schools. In 2018 a group of Year 9 students made a one day visit to SUES to extend the first hand of friendship and were warmly received as they interacted with the local students and exchanged gifts and stories.  SUES is located in North Suzhou in newly built, modern facilities and has a progressive approach to education. The school puts a high value on the pursuit of excellence, the joy of learning, and an all-round education, which resonates well with Aquinas College’s Mission and Values. 

Other Affiliations

Council of International Schools (CIS)

CIS is a truly worldwide international educational community comprising over 500 member schools and 400 colleges/universities. The central purpose of CIS is to enable member organisations to achieve and deliver the highest standards in International Education and continually improve the outcome of student learning. Aquinas College is a fully accredited member of the Council of International Schools.


An international student on a student visa must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution meets the high standards expected by international students. The CRICOS Number for Aquinas College is No. 00127G.

About Australian Education

Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA)

Aquinas is an associate member of Edmund Rice Education Australia. Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) is the body of schools, entities and offices offering a Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.  EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.

Established by the Christian Brothers in 2007, EREA now governs the schools owned by the Brothers at that time. With the addition of schools established since 2007 there are 47 schools enrolling over 35,000 students, through all states and territories of Australia. As part of their mission within the Church and inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, schools offer an education guided by the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

Edmund Rice Education Australia

Apple Distinguished Program

In 2013 Aquinas College was designated by Apple Australia as an Apple Distinguished Program for its initial implementation of iPads as 1:1 devices for Years 7-10 students.

“Apple Distinguished Programs are K–20 academic implementations, within one school, across a district, or in a higher education academic program, that provide one-to-one access to Apple notebook computers and/or mobile devices to all students, faculty, and administrators. They demonstrate an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment. “