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


Red Haze

Red Haze Day this weekend!

This Saturday 5th August is the annual Red Haze Day at Aquinas College.

Show your support for the Aquinas Senior sports teams as they play their final home fixture for 2017 against their great rivals Trinity College.

Three of the six winter teams are in competition to take out top spot.

The atmosphere is sure to be electric in what could be the deciding round for these teams.

The Red and Black supporter group will be back at the event so come down and join in the chants with some of the Old Boys!

Your support and cheers will also provide a fitting conclusion for the Year 12 boys who will be playing their last sporting fixture at home for Aquinas.

There will be food, sausage sizzles and coffee for sale next to the Br Paull Centre.

Everyone is encouraged to wear red to provide great support for the Aquinas teams.

1sts Fixtures:

  • Badminton:  9am in the Br Paull Centre
  • Football:  10.30am on Memorial Oval
  • Hockey:  10.30am on the Hockey Turf
  • Soccer:  10.45am on McMahon Oval East
  • Rugby:  11.00am on McMahon Oval West

There will be plenty of games to choose from to support on the day, with other Aquinas teams also taking to the fields during these times.

Click here to find out where the Aquinas playing fields are at the College,  or read more about the PSA Winter Sport season here.



Homelessness Collection Drive

The Junior School Service Program would like to thank the generous families who donated to their Homelessness Collection Drive last term.

The items donated, including toiletries, blankets and other necessities, will benefit many homeless people and families of Perth this winter.


2017 Annual Giving Appeal

Thank you to the past, present and even future community members who have already generously supported the Aquinas College Foundation Inc. 2017 Annual Giving Appeal.

Your tax-deductible gifts are highly valued and a tax receipt and thank you has been issued to acknowledge your generosity.

As we head into the second half of 2017, I would like to remind families that it is still possible to contribute to the 2017 Appeal, with a tax receipt issuing for the 2018 financial year.

Aquinas College depends on the generosity of the entire Aquinas community to help realise its commitment to providing a vibrant learning environment that motivates our boys to define and develop their unique talents.  The 2017 Annual Giving Appeal is your opportunity to make a personal contribution to a legacy that will not only serve the students of today but the generations of tomorrow.

The 2017 Annual Giving Appeal provides you with the flexibility to contribute to either the Aquinas College Foundation Building Fund – for the maintenance and upgrade of our buildings and facilities – or the Scholarship Program – providing more opportunities for boys to access an Aquinas education. All contributions to the Appeal are fully tax deductible, with a formal thank you and receipt issued.

Tax deductible donations can be made by:

Please join me, and the Aquinas College Foundation, in making a donation to the 2017 Annual Giving Appeal.  Your participation and generosity makes a real difference to the life of our College.



David McFadden