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 foundation@aquinas.wa.edu.au

An Aquinas College team has secured a place in the Synergy Schools Solar Challenge state final next month.

The Year 8 team won the South Metro Regional Semi Final at Rossmoyne Senior High School, winning the knockout, best of three races competition over four rounds.

The team’s car only tallied one loss across the competition.

Aquinas College had 10 teams in the semi final, which involved students building solar cars using Synergy-supplied kits and racing them over a 20m distance. The Aquinas team heading to the state finals put its success down to the aerodynamic shape of the winning car.

“We think the reason our car was so fast was due to its lightness and flat aerodynamic shape.”

“While other schools angled their panels to capture more sunlight, our testing showed this only had a minor effect in a short 20m race – instead, we focused on streamlining the shape and using a smaller gear to maximise the speed in the last section of the race.”

This was Aquinas College’s first attempt at the Synergy Solar Challenge, however, the College’s experience in the field of solar energy goes back more than 20 years, with success in the Australian Model Solar Car Championships.

The team will compete for the Champion Schools trophy at Optus Stadium on 9th April.




The Aquinas College Board welcomes its new board chairman Old Aquinian Jonathan Murray (’90).

Jonathan has been a member of the College Board for a number of years and decided to take on the role of Board chair this year, replacing outgoing chairman Michael Hughes (’75).

As part of his new role, Jonathan also sits as a councillor on the Aquinas College Foundation Council.

Jonathan’s ties to Aquinas College started in 1986 when he began as a boarder at the College, graduating as a day student in 1990. He has since gained more than 20 years experience in corporate and commercial law and is currently a partner at Steinpreis Paganin – lawyers and consultants.

He is married with two daughters and one son, who is currently studying at the College.

Jonathan describes himself as “a quietly passionate Old Boy”, who remains committed to the Aquinas ethos and the ongoing promotion of the College’s curriculum in the community.

The first edition of the Aquinas College Learning Solutions for 2019 is now available.

Please click this link to access the document. This edition of Learning Solutions focuses on the importance of boys developing good reading habits, offering information from recent studies and tips on how to encourage boys to read regularly. It also explains the new reading programmes implemented in the Aquinas College Middle and Senior Schools.

Aquinas College will welcome students and staff back for the 2019 school year in coming weeks.

Some key dates for Term 1 include;

Mon 4th February            JS, Year 7, New Year 8 and Year 12 students commence
Tues 5th February           Continuing Year 8 and Year 9-11 commence
Fri 1st – Mon 4th March EXEAT Weekend
Fri 12th April                    Term 1 concludes

A Reminder of Uniform Changes – 2019

  • Senior Students (Year 10, 11 and 12): it will be compulsory to wear white academic shirts Monday to Friday.
  • All students: the 12-month changeover period will cease in Term 1 2019 and all boys will need to be wearing the correct House shirt for all PE periods. The red Aquinas polo is for PSA sport days.
  • All Middle and Senior students: will change from long to short grey academic socks.

Uniform Shop Open Days 2019
Fri 1st February 10am – 2pm
Sun 3rd February 3pm – 6pm
Mon 4th February 3pm – 6pm