Aquinas College officially commissioned its 15th Headmaster Mr David McFadden today.
EREA executive director Dr Wayne Tinsey welcomed Mr McFadden and his family back to the College, speaking of the great leadership skills and experience in boys’ education Mr McFadden brings to his new role;
“…We say welcome home to David since he is no stranger to us having taught at Aquinas for 13 years in various roles before leading the CBC Fremantle community for four years.”
“David is an internationally-acclaimed educator and leader. He is renowned as an educational innovator and an expert in Boys’ Education…we are so pleased that he has decided to dedicate the next phase of what has been and will continue to be an extraordinary career, to the leadership of this great College.”
Mr McFadden spoke of the honour he felt to be commissioned as the 15th Headmaster of the College, becoming part of the rich history of Aquinas.
He spoke to students about their learning journeys at the College, saying their time at Aquinas was just one part of their lifetime of learning and imploring them to tackle challenges along the way.
“…The greatest challenge at Aquinas will always be found in the journey within yourself that you must take with Christ to discover your God. And at the end of your time here at the College you will leave us equipped to be of good influence, and to take on whatever challenges lie in store for you away from Mt Henry.”
“…If in your lives you have the determination to build strong relationships and to sustain them to serve others as well as lead them against injustice you will make a difference and make an impact upon the world…”
“…Boys my call upon you today is to do small things with great love, simple acts for moral purpose, don’t walk past an injustice, stand up for truth. Let go of the inner boy and become the man you know you should be, be the change you wish to see in the world. Hold close to you the College motto Veritas Vincit (Truth Conquers).”
“A willingness and ability to learn, to lead and to serve in Christ are what enables a life to be both well-lived and worthwhile.”
“Aquinas is just the start, a life of learning, leadership and service awaits you.”