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.

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.

The Aquinas College Strategic Plan calls for the development of Christian Leadership in all of our pupils.

We aim to develop young men who will have the knowledge, courage and conviction to uphold moral values, strive for social justice, serve others and aim to be Christian leaders in their homes, communities and throughout their lives.

This has seen the recent implementation of new student leadership programs in Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

These programs emphasise the College values of Faith, Justice, Service, Respect and Excellence and require participation in College life.

As a result, in 2020 we have new student leaders in each of the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

The College Prefects have been elected from those students who have completed the Senior School Leadership Program. Each student will be responsible for management and leadership of a committee consisting of Year 9-11 students.

Each committee has a key support staff member and an allocated portfolio. They are charged with establishing goals for the forthcoming year and ensuring that pupil representation and participation occurs during the year.

Congratulations to the following students;

College Captains
College Captain – Kynan Ganza
College Vice Captain – Samuel Collins

Council Captains
Chaney – Samuel Lego
Cullity – Declan Jefferys
Durack – Luke Egger
Prendiville – Tom McGrath
Academic – Oliver Lego
Advocacy – Dylan Teasdale
Boarding – Joshua Cripps
Culture – Samuel Dixon
Divinity – James Brennan
Service – Thomas Grier
Sport – Ryan Fox
Student Wellbeing – Frank Lei

Click this link to read more about our 2020 College and Council Captains.

Aquinas College’s Aquinas Connect initiative was a finalist in this year’s Australian Education Awards in the Best Student Wellbeing Program category.

Aquinas Connect, now in its fifth year at the College, equips incoming Year 7 and 8 new boarding students with connections to future classmates and staff, knowledge of College life and practices, and an understanding of boarding life.

The Aquinas Connect Programme begins six months prior to students starting boarding at the College. The programme combines orientation events on campus with opportunities for the boys to connect with one another at home using a range of social and academic digital platforms. This regular contact bridges the vast physical distances between the boys and helps them begin to develop friendships and a network of support before they start boarding life. The transition to boarding and College life continues for the boys as the programme continues during their first six months at the College the following year.

Head of Boarding Sean Henderson says the positive nature of the relationship building exercises across the initial six-month programme are evident at the second orientation event held at the College.

“It’s an outstanding programme – an extremely comprehensive and well organised initiative. It was noticeable at our Orientation Day in October how the boys and their families already felt a real connection with boarding at Aquinas, and this is primarily thanks to the Aquinas Connect programme,” Mr Henderson says.

“It is terrific that the programme has gained some much deserved recognition by being named as a finalist at this year’s Australian Education Awards. Full credit to Teneeka for her continued outstanding work with the programme. Her calm guidance enables all new boarding families to feel completely reassured when their Aquinas journey begins,” he says.

Aquinas Connect facilitator Teneeka Hill says the programme continues to be developed to ensure the needs of families and incoming boarders are met with the 2017/2018 Aquinas Connect Research Project which tracked students social and emotional wellbeing as they transitioned to Aquinas College. This qualitative and quantitative data was collected in partnership with UWA’s Health Promotion Unit.

Congratulations to the Aquinas College Prefects of 2018 announced this week;

College Captain – Timothy Bodlovich
College Vice Captain – Timothy Andrews

Middle School – House Prefects
Bryan – Callum Milne
Edmund – Matthew Colliss
Glowrey – Jonathon van den Einden
Treacy – Nicholas Klvana-Hooper

Senior School – House Prefects
Chaney – Noah Humich and Lachlan McLean
Cullity – Christopher Kilroe and Samuel Hoskin
Durack – Sabian Peaker and Tom Loughnan
Prendiville – Lachlan Dodge and Thomas Dwyer

Boarding Prefects
Gibney – Mitchell Lord
Pinder Boor – Mitchell Russell
Nunan – Lachlan Thomas
Captain of Boarding – Regan Clarke

Academic – Daniel Nazzari
Advocacy – Charlie McCormack
Culture – Andre de Moeller-Samarin
Divinity – Benjamin Bianchini
Environment – James Lodge
Service – Lucas Brown
Sport – Nelson Aranda