College Governance

Aquinas College receives its educational mandate from the Catholic Archbishop of Perth and operates in accordance with the policies of Edmund Rice Education Australia and the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia.

Edmund Rice Education Australia
Catholic Education Western Australia
Policies

Edmund Rice Education Australia

Edmund Rice Education Australia

The Christian Brothers’ handed the governance of their schools over to Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) in 2007.

As a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice Tradition, Aquinas offers:

  • Liberating Education
    • We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.
  • Gospel Spirituality
    • We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.
  • Inclusive Community
    • Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering the right relationships and committed to the common good.
  • Justice and Solidarity
    • We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to assist those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

Catholic Education Western Australia

Catholic Education Western Australia

As a Catholic school, Aquinas falls under the Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) banner. Catholic schools have a history of academic excellence across the state, offering a quality, Christ-centred and child-focussed education. Community is at the very core of a CEWA learning environment, recognising the family as each child's most influential educator. CEWA schools are inclusive and supportive learning environments where diversity is celebrated, and students are encouraged to discover and explore their potential.

Policies

Child Safe

Aquinas College is committed to ensuring the welfare, wellbeing and safety of all students and is dedicated to protecting them from forms of abuse and grooming. Below are links to the College's Child Safe Policy documents:

Role of the Director-General

The Director-General of the Department of Education is responsible for ensuring that the school observes the registration standards, including the standard about its complaints handling system. Any student, parent or community member is entitled to contact the Director-General with concerns about how the school has dealt with a complaint. Information is available on the Department of Education website. While the Director-General may consider whether the school has breached the registration standards, she does not have the power to intervene in a complaint or override the school’s decision.

Whistleblower

Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) is committed to providing a supportive environment for any person making a Whistleblower disclosure and will use its best endeavours to ensure that no individual making a Whistleblower disclosure is personally disadvantaged by having made a disclosure in good faith. This includes protection from dismissal or demotion, any form of reprisal including retaliation, harassment or victimisation.

The Guidelines to the Whistleblower Protection Policy outline the process by which EREA captures actual, planned or suspected ‘wrongdoing’ for which a person providing the disclosure considers cannot reasonably be managed through existing internal reporting procedures in the areas of child protection, health and safety, complaints management and internal grievances.

Aquinas College (College) will follow EREA guidelines and protocols.