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Celebrating our legacy – 125 Old Aquinian stories

Stories of 125 alumni are being retold as part of Aquinas College’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2019.

Stories of boys who have graduated CBC Perth/Aquinas College and have chosen a path reflective of the values of an Edmund Rice education.

Our project “Legacy – the best you can be… for others” reflects the stories of men across the generations. Please click here to begin reading their stories.

Starry, Starry Night Silent Auction items to delight

The Silent Auction at this year’s City Toyota Aquinas College Foundation Starry, Starry Night Ball will be sure to delight guests, with a multitude of items and experiences to bid on during the evening. Below is a sample of some of the many items kindly donated for auction;

  1. 3 x 100 tonnes of Aglime: kindly donated by Aglime of Australia
  2. Two nights’ accommodation at the Alex Hotel plus a $100 dinner voucher, kindly donated by Alex Hotel
  3. Five nights in a luxury, self-contained townhouse in Dunsborough, kindly donated by the Johnston family
  4. ‘Field of Flowers’ – abstract, acrylic, still life, field flowers design, kindly donated by Robyn Bowler
  5. 3 x $1000 Diagnostic Financial Health Check Program, kindly donated by Knight Financial
  6. Newman Turkeys Football Legends signed jumper, kindly donated by ME Holdings WA & Newman Vets Football Club
  7. 70L of Solver or Wattyl premium-grade interior or exterior paint, kindly donated by Perrott Painting
  8. Ricky Ponting signed and framed bat, kindly donated by anonymous
  9. Rambla on Swan Private Dining Room dinner and drinks package for 20 people, kindly donated by Hugh Brown, Rambla on Swan
  10. Luncheon for eight at Parliament House hosted by Sean L’Estrange MLA (’85), kindly donated by Sean L’Estrange.
  11. Supper Road dinner party for 10 in your home. Five-course degustation meal, matching wines, chefs and wait staff, crockery, cutlery and clean-up:  Kindly donated by Supper Road
  12. Three-course luncheon with wines for 10 in the Waterford Dining Room. Proudly donated by Aquinas College Foundation Inc.
  13. ‘Wistfulness’ acrylic painting, kindly donated by Robyn Bowler
  14. Custom, hand-shaped ‘Beeline’ surfboard with a distinct Aquinas College flavour, kindly donated by Zag Surfboards

Starry, Starry Night auction items set to sparkle

There are just a few short weeks before the City Toyota Aquinas College Foundation Starry, Starry Night Ball.

Our major auction will showcase a diverse range of items and experiences for you and your family to enjoy – from adventures in Queensland to a Leeuwin voyage, a spectacular custom-made pendant or 2018 West Coast Eagles signed guernsey and much more. Below is the list of experiences and items available in the major auction.

The Millbrook Winery Experience

Enjoy a flight for four people from Heliwest in Jandakot to the beautiful Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale. Relax in the picturesque charm of this boutique winery on Chestnut Farm, while savouring a three-course lunch and a glass of Millbrook’s award-winning wine.  Kindly donated by Heliwest Group


Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyage

A week-long voyage on a tall ship for youth aged from 14 to 25 years, sailing off the coast of WA.  Hands-on activities include navigating, taking the helm, setting and furling the sails, climbing the masts and working aloft.  No previous experience required.

Leeuwin Youth Explorer Voyages are endorsed by the WA Education Curriculum Council and the Duke of Edinburgh Award of Australia.  Kindly donated by Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation


6PR Advertising Schedule

This incredible package includes 30 x 30 second ads.  6PR understands the immense power of talkback radio and will provide an incredible platform for your business to deliver its message directly to your consumers.

The following conditions apply:

  • The advertising schedule is to be used between 1st October 2018 and 28th February 2019 and is subject to availability.
  • Commercials will be placed at the best available times between 5.30am and midnight Monday to Sunday.
  • The content of your commercials must be acceptable to the format of 6PR and must conform to all advertising standards and broadcasting codes of practice.
  • A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required before the advertising schedule is to commence on-air.
  • The advertising schedule cannot be exchanged for cash or traded for any existing commercial agreement with 6PR.
  • Commercial production costs may apply.

Kindly donated by 6PR


Queensland Outback Experience and Gold Cost Adventure for two adults – (airfares not included)

This exciting holiday package includes:

Braidwood Station

  • Four all-inclusive nights in “River Cottage” as guests of Peter and Robyn Bowler
  • Take part in the day-to-day activities of a working cattle station, or simply relax and take in the beauty of outback Queensland

Longreach Outback experience

  • Three nights’ accommodation at Saltbush Retreat
  • Thompson River Cruise with campfire dinner, Starlight’s Spectacular sound and light picture show
  • Cobb and Co Stagecoach experience
  • Entry to the Founders Museum, Jet Tour and 747 Wing
  • Entry to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Dinner and Stockman’s Show


Gold Coast – Broad Beach Accommodation

  • Four night stay at La Grande Apartments in a three-bedroom self-contained ocean view property close to restaurants and the entertainment area in Broad Beach.


Inside Realty – Commission Free Home Sale

If you’re considering selling a property within the next two years, this auction item from Inside Realty Applecross may appeal to you:

  • No agency selling commission (usually two per cent plus of sale price)
  • Offer valid for two years (not transferable)
  • Any residential property in Perth Metro Area
  • No ceiling on price of property ($25,000 – $5,000,000+)
  • Includes professional photography, marketing material and signage

Kindly donated by Inside Realty

Andre Rieu Experience – four tickets

Four tickets to Andre Rieu’s Christmas with Andre concert at the RAC Arena on Saturday 24th November 2018.  Fans from across the globe love his eclectic mix of waltz, score music, musical, opera and easy listening.  This offer includes:

  • Corporate suite
  • Food and beverages served throughout the event

Kindly donated by Toyota WA


BBQ Events Australia -Private BBQ at own home for 12 people

A three-course Texas-style share platter meal created onsite in a fully self-contained trailer parked at your house. You and your guests will watch the theatrics as your meal is prepared by award-winning pitmasters:  First in four individual events – Seafood, Chicken, Duck and Pork – at the 2017/18 Smokin’ Charity BBQ Competition held by Mondo Community Warriors Charity.  Kindly donated by BBQ Events Australia


Aquinas College Foundation Pendant by Soklich & Co Jewellers

The exclusive Aquinas College Foundation pendant is handmade in 18ct white and rose gold, with a 12.1mm Broome cultured pearl, 61 round, white diamonds and approx. 32 round Argyle Pink diamonds.  It features a rose gold Aquinas Star on reverse.

The pendant has been handmade at the Soklich & Co Workshop/Showroom on Angelo St in South Perth.  This stunning WA sourced gold, diamond and pearl pendant is certified and valued at  $15,000.  Kindly donated by Soklich & Co and the Aquinas College Foundation.


RAC Arena Concerts – 4 Tickets to 3 Events

Spread over three different events, the newly badged RAC Arena invites you to enjoy the following:

  • Four tickets to the Hopman Cup Final 5th Jan 2019.
  • Four tickets to Phil Collins Concert 28th Jan 2019
  • Four tickets to Michael McIntyre concert 20th Mar 2019

Upon arrival to each of the above events, relax in the comfort of the RAC Lounge …

  • Enjoy a bottle of French champagne
  • Indulge in a chef’s selection of pre-show share plates


Aquinas College Licence Plate No 19

Make a statement with your personalised Number 19 Aquinas College licence plate.  Keep it for yourself or gift it to your favourite Aquinian.  Kindly supplied by the Aquinas College Foundation.

Signed West Coast Eagles 2018 Team Jumper

Be the envy of all your friends with this signed team jumper and photo from the 2018 AFL Premiers, the West Coast Eagles. Kindly donated by Newman Pioneers Football and Sporting Club, in conjunction with V Swans and the West Coast Eagles.

For further information please contact the Foundation Office via



Veritas Society continues legacy of giving

Everyone has their own reason, their own legacy and hope to contribute in some way to benefit the future generations that walk their old school halls.

Peter Hutchinson (’76), the inaugural member of Aquinas College’s newly-established Veritas Society, is continuing the highly valued philanthropy of generations of Old Boys and community members before him who have left gifts and bequests to the College, each contributing to an Aquinas College education in their own, significant way.

Mr Hutchinson and his wife Jeanine enjoyed a special morning tea at the College this term in recognition of his decision to include a bequest to Aquinas College in his Will, becoming the first official member of the Veritas Society.

Headmaster David McFadden thanked Mr Hutchinson for his generosity, saying his contribution would help to improve educational outcomes of many future Aquinians.

Mr Hutchinson was a boarder at the College from Year 8-12 and returned as a parent from 1999-2006. He spent several years as a volunteer Aquinas College Foundation Councillor and has been a strong supporter of Rowing at the College since his days as a student.

 “I am delighted to be the inaugural Veritas Society member. My hope is that others will eventually follow – it will be a slow process but, as the years pass, it will grow and grow,” he said.

The Veritas Society has been established to acknowledge and thank friends of the College who choose to leave a gift to Aquinas College in their Will. Members are invited to special events throughout the year and receive a Veritas Society Pin in recognition of their contribution to Aquinas.

For more information about leaving a gift to the College in your Will, please click here or contact Louise Symonds from the Foundation Office on (08) 9450 0799 or

A starry, starry night wants your business to shine!

Has your business booked a Sponsor’s Table for the City Toyota Starry, Starry Night Foundation Ball yet?

Tickets are selling fast, so hurry, don’t miss out!

A Sponsor’s Table of 10 is $5,000. In return, your business will receive a Tax Invoice/Receipt for the Sponsorship portion of $2,600 to claim as a cost at tax time. You will also receive:

  • Close proximity to the stage on the night
  • Logo acknowledgement in the audio-visual display throughout the event
  • Logo acknowledgement in the 2018 Foundation Ball Program
  • Logo acknowledgement on the Aquinas College Foundation Ball website page, with a link to your website
  • Logo acknowledgement in the FISH Magazine (circulation up to 8,000, four issues p.a.)

Your participation in the Starry, Starry Night Foundation Ball will help the College to achieve its objective – to provide greater access to an Aquinas College education through the Scholarship  Program –  whilst connecting you to a very large number of prospective new clients.

Click here for more information about sponsorship opportunities. To book a table please follow this link or contact Louise Symonds in the Foundation Office on (08) 9450 0799 or


Louise Symonds
Executive Officer
Aquinas College Foundation