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Chris Turner

Aquinian gives voice to hearing loss at Federal Parliament

Aquinas College Year 8 student Chris Turner gave an inspirational speech to federal politicians last month at Parliament House about living with hearing loss.

Chris relished the opportunity to speak directly to politicians including Trent Zimmerman MP, Emma Husar MP and Senator Rachel Siewert at a Q&A style breakfast on the topic “Assuring the Future for People with Hearing Loss”.

Chris was one of a group of six Australian and New Zealand young deaf people invited to speak at the event. Living with hearing loss since he was diagnosed at 17 months of age, Chris spoke of how his life was impacted by hearing loss including day-to-day challenges such as making friends and playing sports.

Chris is enrolled in the Telethon Speech and Hearing School Support (outpost) program at Aquinas College. He spoke about living with cochlear implants, challenges he has faced living with hearing loss and his views on potential challenges in the future.

“Six years ago my family moved to Perth and things changed,” he said.

“I enrolled in a school called Telethon Speech & Hearing and life improved and gradually since then my school days, I have to admit, have started to brighten.”

“Making friends is important, for a long time all I wanted was to understand and talk to friends like everyone else.”

“I’ve always been lacking in this process but now, thanks to hearing technology, I can listen to my friends in class, I can now socialise…with the assistance of my hearing technology, I have been able to unlock my full potential in all aspects of school.”

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Language Week festivities

Students were immersed in some great cultural and educational experiences during this year’s Language Week celebrations.

Redmond Common hosted an array of cultural experiences, with Italian sports cars on show, and pizza and gelato on sale.

There were also competitions and quizzes in the classrooms as students learned about different cultures throughout the week.

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2017 Aquinas College Foundation Inc. Building Fund Appeal

Thank you to the many families who have generously agreed to support the Aquinas College Foundation Inc. Building Fund for 2017. Your tax-deductible contributions are greatly appreciated.

As we work our way through the second half of 2017, I would like to remind families that it is still possible to donate to the 2017 Building Fund Appeal, with a tax receipt issued for the 2018 Financial Year.

As your sons continue their journey at Aquinas, the College remains dedicated to providing the best possible teaching and learning environment for every student, both today and into the future.  Financial support outside of the operating budget is essential for this to happen and this is where the Aquinas College Foundation Inc. Building Fund plays a vital role.

If you would like to contribute to the 2017 Building Fund Appeal and gain a 2018 tax receipt, a $500 donation can be made by visiting our Online Store.

Alternatively, you can contribute by contacting Mrs Berni Henri on (08) 9450 0662,, or by completing and returning the attached Payment Form

Kindly note, all contributions to the Building Fund are allowable tax deductions under the name of ‘Aquinas College Foundation Inc.’ ABN 93 078 219 075, with tax receipts provided.

With your support, we can continue to provide an education that enables our boys to take their place in the community as good men.


David McFadden



Aquinas College Learning Solutions

Through the recent input from parents, students, staff and Old Boys, the College Board and Leadership Team have established a new direction for Aquinas.

The College’s new strategic plan introduces a series of initiatives in the next three years which will see significant development in: student faith formation and well-being; character education and leadership; curriculum offering and academic performance; teaching and learning; formation and well-being of staff; community relationships; and resources and infrastructure.

These changes are within the context of the Aquinas College Learning Journey, Edmund Rice Education Australia and the Bishop’s Mandate.

With more than 70 actions, this first edition of Aquinas College Learning Solutions introduces some of the first wave of changes being implemented from the Strategic Plan.

The Board 2017

Welcome to new Foundation Council Members

On behalf of the Aquinas College Foundation, I would like to welcome three new members to the Foundation Council:

Ashley Bacon (‘92): Ashley is the Operations Manager at Plum Grove (grain marketing) and the GM/Director of Kalyx Australia (agricultural research). Ashley has two sons attending Aquinas with a third commencing in 2018.

Caroline Bryndzej: Caroline is the Donor Relations and Estates Co-ordinator for the Cancer Council Western Australia. Caroline has one son attending Aquinas.

Matthew Noonan-Crowe (‘99): Matthew is a Partner with Valenti Lawyers and is a member of the Old Aquinians’ Association committee.

Ashley, Caroline and Matthew each bring valuable skills to their Foundation Councillor roles and will greatly assist the work of the Foundation.

I would also like to recognise and thank all the members of our Foundation Council who readily volunteer their time and expertise to set and manage the philanthropic direction of Aquinas College. Their dedication and commitment to Aquinas is sincerely appreciated.

Your Aquinas College Foundation consists of:

  • Peter Bowler – Chairman
  • Julian Lodge – Deputy Chairman
  • Carolyn Walker – Treasurer
  • Michael Hughes (‘75) – College Board Chairman
  • Ashley Bacon (’92) – Foundation Councillor
  • Caroline Bryndzej – Foundation Councillor
  • Matthew Noonan-Crowe (’99) – Foundation Councillor
  • David McFadden – College Headmaster
  • Louise Symonds – Executive Officer

We look forward to working together with our new Foundation Councillors and the entire College community to ensure the long-term success of the College.

Louise Symonds
Executive Officer
Aquinas College Foundation

Back: Julian Lodge, David McFadden (Headmaster), Caroline Bryndzej, Ashley Bacon, Michael Hughes (AC Board Chair) and Matthew Noonan-Crowe
Front: Peter Bowler (Foundation Chairman) and Louise Symonds (Executive Officer)
Absent: Carolyn Walker