The winning entry in this year’s Aquinas College Photo Competition captured the theme of contrast in many ways.

Year 7 Banjo Young’s entry Burnt Black depicted the contrast of straight and curved lines, the sky and textured foreground and contrasts of black and white instead of colour, according to judge Aquinas College’s Paul West.

Mr West commended the composition of the photograph, particularly the relative relationship between sky and land along with Banjo’s chosen viewpoint of the image, taken in close proximity to the ground which further emphasised the subject.

Year 7 Daniel Setiawan’s entry Dusk was named second place winner, the image contrasting light and dark. Mr West said retaining the dynamic sky and bright sunset was technically difficult and Daniel was able to overcome this to produce the final image.

He commended Daniel on the composition of the entry, placing silhouettes against the bright background and his use of compositional
devices such as the rule of thirds.

Many other entries were commended by Mr West for their composition, subject matter and technical elements.

The Class of 2018 returned to the College for the annual Aquinas College Foundation Leavers’ Breakfast in the Churack Pavilion on Wednesday.

The boys enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast and a chance to catch up with their peers, as they poured over their final College Annual.

Dean of Development Peter Robertson warmly welcomed the graduates back to Aquinas, emphasising the importance of the Annual Leavers’ Breakfast as a mechanism for the boys to reconnect with the College and their peers, so soon after graduation.

Peter congratulated the boys on their generous contribution to the College by way of the Class of 2018 Scholarship Gift, adding “…there is now a young man at Aquinas College who would not be here without your help”. Following a commissioning ceremony in early May, the 2018 scholarship commemoration plaque is hanging on the interior, north-facing wall of the Heritage Room, alongside the Class of 2017 plaque.

Old Aquinians’ Association President Matthew Noonan-Crowe also addressed the boys, encouraging them to join the OAA to take advantage of the wonderful social and networking opportunities available to them through membership.

For further information about the OAA and upcoming events, please visit the OAA’s Facebook page at or contact Matthew at

We wish the Class of 2018 the best of luck in the next stage of their lives and look forward to many more opportunities to welcome them back to Aquinas College.


Louise Symonds
Executive Officer
Aquinas College Foundation

The Boatshed Renewal Appeal was launched on Friday 3rd May with a cocktail party at the Br NN Wilson Boathouse.

On what could only be described as an extraordinarily warm Autumn evening, guests arriving at the venue were treated to a stunning performance on the Canning River, with single sculls and jet skis powering through the water under the orange glow of the setting sun.

Inside the transformed Boathouse, Year 11 jazz band “Frankie and the Five “ provided easy-listening background music for guests to mingle, view decades-old rowing memorabilia, inspect the proposed building plans and artist’s impression of the boatshed, bid on silent auction items and purchase fresh honey from the honey bar or a drink from the cash bar.

Auctioneer and Boatshed Renewal Appeal Chair Peter Bowler provided additional entertainment later in the evening with the auction of three oars from the successful ’94 & ’95 crews.

Thank you to past and present rowing community members for supporting the event.  All profits from the Launch evening will directly benefit the Boatshed Renewal Appeal.  If you would like to support the Appeal by making a donation of money, memorabilia or silent auction items – for our upcoming rowing reunion events in June – please click here for further information.

Thank you to Peter and Robyn Bowler for providing the door prize of four night’s accommodation at their beautiful Gracetown beach house, the O’Hare-Searle family for the delightful honey bar, Christine Bogunovich for the two amazing silent auction hampers, Phylissa Jessop and Julia Schortinghuis for the stunning silent auction flowers and Greg from Liquor Barons for the silent auction magnums.

Thank you to our helpers on the night:

  • Head Rowing coach Nick Collins for his enthusiasm and support across all areas
  • our trusty P&F volunteers Mat Scott, Louise Jeffees, Una Henderson, Marie Condon and Catherine Martin who gave up their Friday night to run the cash bar
  • rowing coaches Ben Davidson, Riley King, Phil Colic, Will Robinson, Cooper Reeves, Cameron Glover, Liam Rafferty, Chris Kilroe, Jono Van den Einden and Joel Kelly who served the canapes throughout the evening and helped with the clean up afterwards
  • Year 11 jazz band “Frankie and the Five”, comprising Luke Schortinghuis, Bryce Kilpatrick, Thomas Jessop, Samuel Dixon and Luka Humich, for the musical interlude
  • Megan Sweeting and the Grounds and Maintenance staff for helping with set up
  • Andre Trentini for providing our AV requirements
  • Bernard Major and rowing boarders Matthew Clarke, Daniel Bumbak, Tom Johnston, Ben Smith and Jesse Harris who directed parking on the McMahon Oval

Finally, a big thank you to our Launch Committee – Julia Schortinghuis (Chair), Abby O’Hare-Searle, Phyllisa Jessop, Suzanne Teasdale, Helene Long and Christine Bogunovich, Louise Symonds (Foundation Office) and Nichole Rowson (Events & Alumni) – for pulling together a very successful and enjoyable evening.

Louise Symonds
Foundation Office


Headmaster David McFadden and the Aquinas College Foundation welcomed past Captains Jeremy Burke (’17) and Tim Bodlovich (’18) back to the College for the commissioning of the Peer Scholarship Program plaques for the Classes of 2017 and 2018 on Friday 3rd May. 

Following in the inaugural footsteps of the Class of 2017, it is now College tradition for each leaving class to contribute the life-changing gift of a two-year half-scholarship for a boy as their parting gift to the College. Students are asked to consider a contribution of $50 in their final year at the College, with a further contribution of $50 per year for the first two years out of school – that’s around one dollar per week for three years.

With the completion of renovations to the Heritage Room last term, the plaques commemorating the gifts from the Classes of 2017 and 2018 now take pride of place on its north-facing wall, with plenty of space for future contributions.

Speaking at the ceremony, David McFadden thanked the boys for their support of the Peer Scholarship Program, a program that exemplifies the mission of our Founder Edmund Rice – making a difference in the lives of boys from challenging financial positions.

Contributions to the Class of 2019 Scholarship Gift can be made by visiting the Online Store and selecting “Peer Year Scholarships” from the drop down menu, or by contacting Louise Symonds at

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.