Principal

A Message from the Principal.

Welcome to Aquinas College. We endeavour to be a dynamic and innovative learning community, striving to create an environment to meet the diverse needs of all students. We enjoy classroom facilities that enhance the learning experience, encourage differentiation and promote individual resourcefulness. Aquinas is a place in which hospitality is valued and a warm welcome awaits.

Our College motto – ‘Illuminare et Ardere’ is interpreted by us to mean ‘To Light Up and Be on Fire’. In all that happens at Aquinas there is great enthusiasm and as a school based on the gospel values of Jesus Christ we make every endeavor to provide an enjoyable and challenging Catholic secondary education.

Each year we choose one of our Core Values as a focus and in 2017, we highlight our sixth Core Value ‘Justice’. Aquinas College promotes awareness of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the values of Catholic Social Justice Teaching such as the Dignity of the Human Person and Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.  This is seen in our support for Catholic Aid agencies such as Caritas and with work undertaken by students to reach out to those in need through the Missionaries of Charity and the St Vincent de Paul Society.   

We value our accreditation with the highly regarded Council of International Schools which has seven hundred members across the world. At the same time we are committed to every student experiencing success in their personal learning and life development. It is for this reason that we provide a comprehensive curriculum and offer strong support programs enabling students to achieve their very best. A collaboration of experienced and passionate staff deliver this curriculum, complemented by state of the art facilities which are fully equipped to manage the technology required in the classroom of the future. Middle Years students utilise the iPad as a wonderful resource and tool for learning and Senior Years students are permitted to use any suitable device that they find most appropriate to their learning needs.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our dynamic and inclusive community.                                                                                                    

Darren Atkinson
Principal