Two new members joined the Aquinas College Veritas SocietyThe Veritas Society welcomed three new members at a morning tea ceremony in the Chapel Meeting Room on Friday 13th March.

Hosted by Principal David McFadden and the Aquinas College Foundation, new members John (’65) and Bella Perry and Chris Garratt (’62) – representing his late brother Nick Garratt (’65) – were joined by Legacy Project Manager Virginia Eastman, Veritas Society Patron The Honourable Justice Eric Heenan (’62), Head of Development Peter Robertson, Head of Rowing Nick Collins, Foundation Executive Officer Louise Symonds and Alumni and Events Administrator Nichole Rowson.

The Veritas Society was established to thank and acknowledge friends and supporters of the College who let us know they will be leaving a gift to the College in their will.

Speaking at the presentation, Mr McFadden thanked John and Bella Perry and Chris Garratt individually, before presenting each one with their Veritas Society pin.

“We want to recognise the kindness and generosity of the three of you,” Mr McFadden said.

“Nick is one of the great names of Aquinas rowing, if not the great name.  His gift to us wasn’t so much the success he brought to rowing, but the quality of man he brought and the relationships that he brought … making the basis of rowing at Aquinas today,” he said.

He said the Perry family had made its mark outside Aquinas and nurtured the community of Mandurah, helping it become the wonderful place it is today.

“Your notion of generosity – the gift from both of you to the College – will be treasured.  Our aim is to take it and fund bursaries for the disadvantaged who want to come to Aquinas College.”

John and Bella Perry

John Perry’s long association with Aquinas College commenced in 1960 as a boarder.  In the years since graduating, he has continued his involvement with Aquinas College, marrying Bella at the Aquinas College Chapel in 1971, returning to the College for various events and reunions over the years and supporting College fundraising efforts, including the Boatshed Renewal Appeal.

After achieving his Leaving Certificate in 1965, John went on to complete the Real Estate Valuation course at WAIT (now Curtin), eventually returning to Mandurah to manage the family’s real estate agency, H&N Perry Mandurah.  John’s successful real estate career spanned many years and many successful projects, including the development of the Garden City Shopping Centre in Booragoon and the high profile land developments at Madora Bay and Florida Beach Estate, Dawesville.

According to Bella, John often recalls his six years as a boarder at Aquinas with fondness “…where he had the opportunity of education, sporting success and the formation of personal values.”

“The school also sowed the seeds of giving assistance to those less fortunate.  The Veritas Society will provide an avenue to enable talented young people to attend the College for an education they may otherwise have been denied,” she said.

Now retired, John and Bella – who has an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama and spent several years teaching privately in Mandurah – are still heavily involved in the Mandurah and Peel Region, supporting groups involved with health, sport and education, including the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Peel Health Campus Foundation, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Mandurah Catholic College (Music Scholarships).  They are particularly interested in supporting our youth.

Nick Garratt

In December 2019, Chris Garratt surprised Aquinas College Rowing with a gift from the estate of his late brother Nick who passed away suddenly in July.  A prefect and crewmember of the 1965 winning 1st VIII in his final year of school, Nick was a much loved and admired member of Aquinas College rowing and Australian rowing in general, across all levels and spanning many decades.  Nick returned to Aquinas in the early 1980s as coach of the senior IVs, before pursuing his successful Olympic rowing career.  Despite his international successes, he always maintained close ties with his College rowing club.

The Summer 2019 edition of the Fish magazine published a lengthy obituary in honour of Nick and his outstanding life achievements and is well worth reading.

Thank you to John and Bella Perry and Chris and Nick Garratt for your generous support of Aquinas College.

If you would like to learn more about including a gift to Aquinas College in your will and joining the Veritas Society, or you would like to notify us that you or a late family member have already included the College in your will, please contact:

Louise Symonds
Executive Officer, Aquinas College Foundation

T: (08) 9450 0799 E:

Three Class of 2019 students who achieved Subject Exhibition awards were officially recognised at the2019 Subject Exhibition Award winners Exhibition and Awards Ceremony last night.

Mitchell Crook (Geography), Corey Sellars (PE Studies) and Patrick Lorraine (VET Construction Industries) were acknowledged by WA Governor Kim Beazley AC and awarded medallions by Education and Training minister Sue Ellery MLC at a special ceremony in the Government House Ballroom.

Aquinas College was one of only three schools across the state to have students achieve Subject Exhibition awards on both the VET and ATAR Pathways, a testament to the College’s commitment to academic excellence for all students.

The Aquinas College Foundation acknowledges and thanks the Aquinas College community – current and past parents, Old Aquinians, staff and friends of the College – for your generous support throughout 2019.

Each and every contribution –whether large or small – was received with gratitude and helps us to build on the generosity of previous benefactors to provide for the students of today and tomorrow.

Click this link to view our 2019 Foundation supporters, across all appeals and events, including the 2019 Building Fund Appeal, 2019 Annual Appeal, 2019 Peer Scholarship Gift, Boatshed Renewal Appeal and Gift in Will (Bequest) Program.

It’s set to be a huge day of sport for Aquinas College teams as they face Trinity College at home this Saturday.

1st Volleyball and 1st Basketball, both on top of the ladder, take on strong Trinity sides at the Trinity Sports Centre. 1st Water Polo and Cricket will also play at Trinity. 1st Tennis will compete at Mt Lawley Tennis Club and all Rowing will be at Champion Lakes as per usual.

Supporters are encouraged to cheer Aquinas teams throughout the morning in their red and black supporters gear.

Full details of games are available here or on the Aquinas College app.



1st Trinity Sports Centre 9.45 am

2nd Trinity Sports Centre 8.30 am


1st Trinity Sports Centre 11.15 am

2nd Trinity Sports Centre 8.30 am


1st Trinity College Mann Oval 9.30 am


1st Trinity Pool 10.15 am

2nd Trinity Pool 9.30 am


1st Mt Lawley Tennis Club 8.30 am


Seniors Champion Lakes- Scotch Regatta 8.30 am

Aquinas College Year 8 student Timothy Kania was awarded the City of Perth’s WA Young Community Citizen of the Year award on Australia Day for his work on various homeless projects.

Timothy was presented with a framed certificate, medal and trophy by Governor of WA Kim Beazley at a ceremony at the Perth Town Hall. Below is Timothy’s speech he gave at the event;

Good morning. I would like to start by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land.

I would like to thank the City of Perth for the award they presented to me – which I humbly accept, on my own behalf and that of the countless volunteers of our city; a city that I feel so fortunate to have been born in and to live in.

Our nation would not exist today without the self-sacrifice of the volunteer. This spirit underpins who we are as Australians. We have seen over this summer that we live in a beautiful and harsh land. Without strong community links – we would perish. The bushfires have starkly reminded us all that without service to others, all that we build up would not only be torn down, but not be built up again for lack of hope.

Although I am saddened by the loss of life, of property, of fauna and flora, I am proud to be an Australian – for when things are at their worst – Australians are at their best.

My Great Grandmother was one of the pioneer ladies of the CWA, she spent her life bringing families together in the bush – her brothers gave their lives in War, defending our nation – what their examples show me, is that we should always be ready to give of ourselves.Aquinas College student Timothy Kania accepted his award from WA Governor Kim Beazley

Once again – I thank you – may God bless you all, and our beautiful nation.