Class of ’17 gives gift of education

Aquinas College is proud to announce the Class of 2017’s ground breaking gift to Aquinas – the gift of an Aquinas College education.

Until now, it has been customary for our leaving class to raise funds for a parting gift to the College, resulting in many wonderful gifts over the years.  The Class of 2017, however, will be the first class to provide the gift of an Aquinas College education for another boy, putting our core value ‘Service with Generosity’ into action and starting a fantastic new tradition at the College.

Working with the Foundation, the Class of 2017 Scholarship will provide a half-scholarship for a student to attend Aquinas College in Years 11 and 12, commencing in 2018. Participation is voluntary, but students are asked to consider a contribution of $50 this year. Families who would like to contribute more are welcome to do so.

Following graduation, the Aquinas College Foundation will write to each student and his family – in 2018 and again in 2019 – encouraging them to contribute a further $50 to cover the two-year half-scholarship, resulting in a total contribution of $150 over three years.

A plaque commemorating the Class of 2017 Scholarship will be hung in a prominent location on the College grounds and will take pride of place as the first of many Year 12 Scholarship gifts.

Contributions to the Class of 2017 Scholarship can be made by visiting the Online Store and selecting Class of 2017 Scholarship from the dropdown menu, or by completing the Contribution Form and returning it by post to Aquinas College, Locked Bag 11, Bentley Delivery Centre, Bentley WA 6983 or by email to foundation@aquinas.wa.edu.au.

By contributing to the Class of 2017 Scholarship you will change a life, whilst leaving a legacy that fulfills the core values of Aquinas College.

Thank you for your support.

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Performing Arts win for Daniel

Year 5 Daniel Setiawan has won the Sisters of Mercy West Perth Award for Piano Solo/Duet Primary at the 2017 Catholic Performing Arts Festival.

Daniel played Nocturne in C – Sharp Minor by Fredric Chopin at the Shield Winners Concert at the Perth Concert Hall on Monday night before accepting his award.

He was one of many Aquinas students who participated in the Festival this year including 35 soloists, 22 ensembles and the College’s production cast.

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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, debtors@aquinas.wa.edu.au, 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