Calling all oarsmen and rowing community members – past and present – it’s time to get back in the boat and help us build the new Aquinas College Boat Shed.

The Aquinas College Foundation will host an official launch of the Boat Shed Appeal on Friday 3rd May. Past and current rowing parents are invited to attend this special event which will mark the beginning of the campaign to fund the development of the new Boat Shed on the shores of Aquinas.

The official launch will be followed by a series of Rowing Reunions across the generations of past rowers within our alumni community, from those who graduated last year, to rowers of last century – each will be invited to attend a reunion dedicated to particular leaving year groups, including the 1950s, 1960s-’70s, 1980s-’90s and 2000s-2010s. Each reunion will feature pre-drinks in the current Br N.N. Wilson Boat Shed, canapes and a two-course meal. 100 per cent of profits from the event will benefit the Boat Shed Appeal. Click here for further details of the events.

With the start of Term 2 fast approaching, some key dates for the calendar are below;

Term 2 2019
Term – Wednesday 1st May to Friday 5th July
Parent Teacher Interviews – Tuesday 30th April
All students return – Wednesday 1st May
Exeat Weekend – Friday 31st May – Monday 3rd June inclusive
Last Day of Term 2 – Friday 5th July

Please note, the Uniform Shop will be open Tuesday 30th April from 12-6pm.

Aquinas College looks forward to welcoming students back from the school holiday break for the beginning of term on Wednesday 1st May.

An Aquinas College team has secured a place in the Synergy Schools Solar Challenge state final next month.

The Year 8 team won the South Metro Regional Semi Final at Rossmoyne Senior High School, winning the knockout, best of three races competition over four rounds.

The team’s car only tallied one loss across the competition.

Aquinas College had 10 teams in the semi final, which involved students building solar cars using Synergy-supplied kits and racing them over a 20m distance. The Aquinas team heading to the state finals put its success down to the aerodynamic shape of the winning car.

“We think the reason our car was so fast was due to its lightness and flat aerodynamic shape.”

“While other schools angled their panels to capture more sunlight, our testing showed this only had a minor effect in a short 20m race – instead, we focused on streamlining the shape and using a smaller gear to maximise the speed in the last section of the race.”

This was Aquinas College’s first attempt at the Synergy Solar Challenge, however, the College’s experience in the field of solar energy goes back more than 20 years, with success in the Australian Model Solar Car Championships.

The team will compete for the Champion Schools trophy at Optus Stadium on 9th April.




Every point will count in the competition between Aquinas College, Hale School and Scotch College as they compete for the Headmasters’ Cup during the 2019 sports season.

Wins achieved by all years from Year 7C teams to Senior 1st teams will have equal bearing on the results tally between the three schools and will determine the ultimate Headmasters’ Cup winning school.

Aquinas College Headmaster David McFadden said the original Headmasters’ Cup predated PSA school competitions and was competed for by CBC on the Terrace, Hale and Scotch

Mr McFadden and the headmasters of Scotch and Hale had agreed on a reformatted version of the competition to compete for the coveted cup once again in the 2019 season.

“The original Headmasters’ Cup eventually became the Challenge Cup, which is still competed for on Head of the River day. The new format of the Headmasters’ Cup will see each fixture between our three schools count toward the final tally – each and every student will be part of the cup competition,” Mr McFadden said.

He said coaches and sports staff were encouraging students to try their best, and be inspired by being part of a tradition which stemmed back to CBC on the Terrace.

“In our 125th anniversary year as a College, it is a fantastic initiative to develop good sportsmanship among our boys and strong school spirit,” he said.

The Headmasters’ Cup competition will be held during Term 1,2 and 3. Each time Aquinas College, Hale School and Scotch College have a fixture against one another in Term 1, and the first time they meet each other in winter, every result will be recorded with a win, loss or draw – each team level will have equal weighting in the final results.

The school which wins the direct head-to-head fixture will get two points toward its Headmasters’ Cup tally. Athletics, Swimming and Rowing will see the school with the highest overall standings among the three receive one point toward its Cup total score.

The Headmasters’ Cup winning school will be presented the trophy by the headmasters of the two other competing schools at the end of Term 3 after the PSA Athletics.

“This summer we have over 100 teams and crews competing during Friday and Saturday fixtures. In the Headmasters’ Cup competition each of these boys will play his part trying to gain points for the College, no matter his team or skill level,” Mr McFadden said.

This weekend’s Head of the River and PSA Sports fixture will see Aquinas compete for its first points against Scotch College in the Cup competition.

The Aquinas College Board welcomes its new board chairman Old Aquinian Jonathan Murray (’90).

Jonathan has been a member of the College Board for a number of years and decided to take on the role of Board chair this year, replacing outgoing chairman Michael Hughes (’75).

As part of his new role, Jonathan also sits as a councillor on the Aquinas College Foundation Council.

Jonathan’s ties to Aquinas College started in 1986 when he began as a boarder at the College, graduating as a day student in 1990. He has since gained more than 20 years experience in corporate and commercial law and is currently a partner at Steinpreis Paganin – lawyers and consultants.

He is married with two daughters and one son, who is currently studying at the College.

Jonathan describes himself as “a quietly passionate Old Boy”, who remains committed to the Aquinas ethos and the ongoing promotion of the College’s curriculum in the community.