Three Aquinas College students have gained top honours in this year’s SCSA Exhibition and Awards.

Subject Exhibition winners Mitchell Crook (Geography) and Corey Sellars (PE Studies) achieved the highest examination mark in their respective ATAR courses. Patrick Lorraine was recognised as the top VET Construction Industries student, who demonstrated the most outstanding performance in a Cert II or higher course in his final WACE year.

Aquinas College Head of Academic Studies Brendan Chapman congratulated students on their achievements, saying their results were a reflection of their commitment to learning and study.

“It’s an honour for these boys to be recognised as among the top achievers in subject areas and VET across the state. Congratulations to each of you and best of luck in your future endeavours,” Mr Chapman said.

The students will receive their awards at an official ceremony at Government House Ballroom in February.

To view the full list of 2019 SCSA Exhibition and Award Winners click this link.

Further details of College award winners will be published in coming weeks.


An Aquinas College student’s initiative and willingness to help others has benefitted Perth’s homeless community.

Jack Sheppard’s idea to set up a fundraising event and sell home-cooked cookies led to a donation of $850 to St Bartholomew’s House. The charity published the following article on its website about Jack and his mum’s work to fundraise for the organisation;

As Jack was waiting for his mum to finish work one day at their nearby office, she explained that the women they saw across the road were being supported by St Bart’s because they were experiencing homelessness.

“I knew about homelessness because we learnt about it at school, but I didn’t understand what it meant and how important services like St Bart’s are in helping people find their way back to a home,” says Jack.

Coming from a family that loves to bake, Jack – an Aquinas College student – asked his mum if he could bake some cookies for the ladies. A further brainstorm led them to the creation of a fundraising event that saw them raise a hugely impressive $850 for St Bart’s!

What is equally rewarding was hearing how Jack’s mum wanted to find a way to encourage the kindness in our children in a society where it is not easy to find opportunities for them to help when they are young. What a team they make!

Read on for our interview with Jack…

What was your initial reaction when hearing about us?
I was shocked by the amount of people who do not currently have a home. I felt upset for them not having a home because they may feel scared or lost not knowing what to do. I felt happy when I read about your services and that you help people in need.

How did your mum help influence your decision to create the fundraiser for St Bart’s?
I like baking cookies because they are fun and easy to bake and they taste great. I asked my Mum if we could bake cookies for the ladies across the road. She called St Bart’s for me and while we were trying to donate cookies, we realised that raising money would be more helpful. We checked if we could sell cookies in our car park with the City of Perth and they approved the event. We sent out invitations and started an Instagram page. We started to get orders which was really exciting.

What was your initial estimate for the fundraiser?
Our initial goal was to raise at least $400. We raised $850.

How has the experience helped to broaden or change your perception of homelessness?
I always thought people who were homeless were those who lived on the street. I didn’t know there were so many people who didn’t have a permanent home. If there was no help for people in need of a permanent home, it would be really difficult for them to change their situation.

What do you hope to do once you finish school?
I know I want to help people when I finish school.

 

 

By the way, the Choc Brownie and Oatmeal Raisin cookies were all plant based and low allergy, and utterly delicious! Be sure to follow Jack on Instagram: @jackscreativekitchen and his mum @rawcrush.

 


Congratulations to two recent Aquinas graduates who have been recognised for their achievements by the University of Notre Dame.

Nicholas Elphick (’16) has been awarded the Prendiville Scholarship – an annual scholarship acknowledging an outstanding Aquinas graduate.

Nicholas has represented WA and Australia in Water Polo and currently has a scholarship at the WA Institute of Sport (WAIS). He is hoping to represent Australia at the U20 World FINA Water Polo Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in August, with the ultimate goal of representing the nation at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “I would like to thank the Prendiville family for providing this scholarship which will help me with my studies and in achieving my future goals,” Nicholas, a Bachelor of Physiotherapy student, said.

Ethan Williams (’15) received the School of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor’s Medal, which is awarded to an undergraduate student from each school with the highest average weighted percentage mark for eligible units in the previous academic year.

Ethan is studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, alongside a Pre-Medicine Certificate and hopes to study a Doctor of Medicine in the future.


The Class of 2016 was officially farewelled by the College on Friday at its Graduation Ceremony.

Students took part in a memorable ceremony, reflecting on their time at Aquinas College and looking ahead to their future challenges and achievements.

Year 12 students were given a Guard of Honour by younger boys at the College, receiving thankyous and best wishes as they progressed through the line.

Best of luck to the Class of 2016 in its future endeavours.


Congratulations to the 2016 Oxford Fellowship Abroad participants who will travel to Oxford University in the July school holidays to participate in the annual academic experience.

Congratulations to;

Jeremy Burke, Samuel Fitzgerald, Thomas Higgins, Michael Jacob, Joseph O’Sullivan, Harry Pitts, Aaron Stulcbauer, Joshua Turner