Category Archives: History

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.

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

Foundation Building Fund 2017

Thank you to the many families who have generously agreed to support the Aquinas College Foundation Inc. Building Fund for 2017.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

With the end of the financial year just around the corner, however, we would like to remind families that it is not too late to donate to the Building Fund and receive a tax receipt for the 2017 Financial Year.

In recent years, contributions to the Building Fund have helped to shape the educational facilities your sons enjoy at Aquinas today, but it is essential that we continue to maintain and update our College resources to provide a lasting legacy for generations of Aquinas boys to come.

If you would like to contribute to the 2017 Building Fund Appeal before June 30th and gain a 2017 Tax Receipt, a $500 donation can be made most conveniently by visiting our Online Store.

Alternatively, you can make a contribution by contacting Mrs Berni Henri on 08 9450 0662 or or by completing and returning the Payment Form.

Kindly note that all contributions to the Building Fund are allowable tax deductions under the name of ‘Aquinas College Foundation Inc.’ ABN 93 078 219 075, with Tax Receipts provided.

With your support, we can continue to provide an education that enables our boys to take their place in the community as good men.

David McFadden

Mr McFadden commissioned as Headmaster

Aquinas College officially commissioned its 15th Headmaster Mr David McFadden today.

EREA executive director Dr Wayne Tinsey welcomed Mr McFadden and his family back to the College, speaking of the great leadership skills and experience in boys’ education Mr McFadden brings to his new role;

“…We say welcome home to David since he is no stranger to us having taught at Aquinas for 13 years in various roles before leading the CBC Fremantle community for four years.”

“David is an internationally-acclaimed educator and leader. He is renowned as an educational innovator and an expert in Boys’ Education…we are so pleased that he has decided to dedicate the next phase of what has been and will continue to be an extraordinary career, to the leadership of this great College.”

Mr McFadden spoke of the honour he felt to be commissioned as the 15th Headmaster of the College, becoming part of the rich history of Aquinas.

He spoke to students about their learning journeys at the College, saying their time at Aquinas was just one part of their lifetime of learning and imploring them to tackle challenges along the way.

“…The greatest challenge at Aquinas will always be found in the journey within yourself that you must take with Christ to discover your God.  And at the end of your time here at the College you will leave us equipped to be of good influence, and to take on whatever challenges lie in store for you away from Mt Henry.”

“…If in your lives you have the determination to build strong relationships and to sustain them to serve others as well as lead them against injustice you will make a difference and make an impact upon the world…”

“…Boys my call upon you today is to do small things with great love, simple acts for moral purpose, don’t walk past an injustice, stand up for truth. Let go of the inner boy and become the man you know you should be, be the change you wish to see in the world. Hold close to you the College motto Veritas Vincit (Truth Conquers).”

“A willingness and ability to learn, to lead and to serve in Christ are what enables a life to be both well-lived and worthwhile.”

“Aquinas is just the start, a life of learning, leadership and service awaits you.”



Lest we forget

Aquinas College students commemorated Remembrance Day with a special service at the College on Friday.

Students took part in the service, marching, laying crosses and observing a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives in battle, those who have served their country and those who continue to serve today.