Temporary fencing has now been erected around the Br NN Wilson Boathouse.Br NN Wilson Boathouse

Its long-awaited demolition is one last permit away from starting. Despite the cancellation of the Head of the River, 2020 has been an exciting year for Aquinas Rowing, with incredible performances across the teams.

As Director of Rowing, Nick Collins said; “Aquinas Rowing has never been stronger, bring on 2021, we have unfinished business.”

Thank you for your patience and thank you for supporting Rowing at Aquinas College.

Aquinas College 1sts sporting teams will compete against traditional rivals Trinity College in the final summer fixture of 2019 this weekend.

Supporters are encouraged to wear their red and black in support of our teams, with all games to be played at Aquinas – except Water Polo.

Volleyball – Aquinas – Br Paull Centre – 8.30am
Tennis – Aquinas – Hard Courts – 8.30am
Cricket – Aquinas – Memorial Oval – 9.30am
Basketball – Aquinas – Br Paull Centre – 10am (time subject to change depending on Volleyball)
Water Polo – Trinity – College Pool – 10.30am

The PSA competition now includes Term 4 summer results, with points in contention this weekend which will count toward summer trophies awarded at the end of Term 1 2020.

Come along and support our teams as we celebrate the end of the term’s PSA sports competition!

The Boatshed Renewal Appeal was launched on Friday 3rd May with a cocktail party at the Br NN Wilson Boathouse.

On what could only be described as an extraordinarily warm Autumn evening, guests arriving at the venue were treated to a stunning performance on the Canning River, with single sculls and jet skis powering through the water under the orange glow of the setting sun.

Inside the transformed Boathouse, Year 11 jazz band “Frankie and the Five “ provided easy-listening background music for guests to mingle, view decades-old rowing memorabilia, inspect the proposed building plans and artist’s impression of the boatshed, bid on silent auction items and purchase fresh honey from the honey bar or a drink from the cash bar.

Auctioneer and Boatshed Renewal Appeal Chair Peter Bowler provided additional entertainment later in the evening with the auction of three oars from the successful ’94 & ’95 crews.

Thank you to past and present rowing community members for supporting the event.  All profits from the Launch evening will directly benefit the Boatshed Renewal Appeal.  If you would like to support the Appeal by making a donation of money, memorabilia or silent auction items – for our upcoming rowing reunion events in June – please click here for further information.

Thank you to Peter and Robyn Bowler for providing the door prize of four night’s accommodation at their beautiful Gracetown beach house, the O’Hare-Searle family for the delightful honey bar, Christine Bogunovich for the two amazing silent auction hampers, Phylissa Jessop and Julia Schortinghuis for the stunning silent auction flowers and Greg from Liquor Barons for the silent auction magnums.

Thank you to our helpers on the night:

  • Head Rowing coach Nick Collins for his enthusiasm and support across all areas
  • our trusty P&F volunteers Mat Scott, Louise Jeffees, Una Henderson, Marie Condon and Catherine Martin who gave up their Friday night to run the cash bar
  • rowing coaches Ben Davidson, Riley King, Phil Colic, Will Robinson, Cooper Reeves, Cameron Glover, Liam Rafferty, Chris Kilroe, Jono Van den Einden and Joel Kelly who served the canapes throughout the evening and helped with the clean up afterwards
  • Year 11 jazz band “Frankie and the Five”, comprising Luke Schortinghuis, Bryce Kilpatrick, Thomas Jessop, Samuel Dixon and Luka Humich, for the musical interlude
  • Megan Sweeting and the Grounds and Maintenance staff for helping with set up
  • Andre Trentini for providing our AV requirements
  • Bernard Major and rowing boarders Matthew Clarke, Daniel Bumbak, Tom Johnston, Ben Smith and Jesse Harris who directed parking on the McMahon Oval

Finally, a big thank you to our Launch Committee – Julia Schortinghuis (Chair), Abby O’Hare-Searle, Phyllisa Jessop, Suzanne Teasdale, Helene Long and Christine Bogunovich, Louise Symonds (Foundation Office) and Nichole Rowson (Events & Alumni) – for pulling together a very successful and enjoyable evening.

Louise Symonds
Foundation Office


Calling all oarsmen and rowing community members – past and present – it’s time to get back in the boat and help us build the new Aquinas College Boat Shed.

The Aquinas College Foundation will host an official launch of the Boat Shed Appeal on Friday 3rd May. Past and current rowing parents are invited to attend this special event which will mark the beginning of the campaign to fund the development of the new Boat Shed on the shores of Aquinas.

The official launch will be followed by a series of Rowing Reunions across the generations of past rowers within our alumni community, from those who graduated last year, to rowers of last century – each will be invited to attend a reunion dedicated to particular leaving year groups, including the 1950s, 1960s-’70s, 1980s-’90s and 2000s-2010s. Each reunion will feature pre-drinks in the current Br N.N. Wilson Boat Shed, canapes and a two-course meal. 100 per cent of profits from the event will benefit the Boat Shed Appeal. Click here for further details of the events.

Every point will count in the competition between Aquinas College, Hale School and Scotch College as they compete for the Headmasters’ Cup during the 2019 sports season.

Wins achieved by all years from Year 7C teams to Senior 1st teams will have equal bearing on the results tally between the three schools and will determine the ultimate Headmasters’ Cup winning school.

Aquinas College Headmaster David McFadden said the original Headmasters’ Cup predated PSA school competitions and was competed for by CBC on the Terrace, Hale and Scotch

Mr McFadden and the headmasters of Scotch and Hale had agreed on a reformatted version of the competition to compete for the coveted cup once again in the 2019 season.

“The original Headmasters’ Cup eventually became the Challenge Cup, which is still competed for on Head of the River day. The new format of the Headmasters’ Cup will see each fixture between our three schools count toward the final tally – each and every student will be part of the cup competition,” Mr McFadden said.

He said coaches and sports staff were encouraging students to try their best, and be inspired by being part of a tradition which stemmed back to CBC on the Terrace.

“In our 125th anniversary year as a College, it is a fantastic initiative to develop good sportsmanship among our boys and strong school spirit,” he said.

The Headmasters’ Cup competition will be held during Term 1,2 and 3. Each time Aquinas College, Hale School and Scotch College have a fixture against one another in Term 1, and the first time they meet each other in winter, every result will be recorded with a win, loss or draw – each team level will have equal weighting in the final results.

The school which wins the direct head-to-head fixture will get two points toward its Headmasters’ Cup tally. Athletics, Swimming and Rowing will see the school with the highest overall standings among the three receive one point toward its Cup total score.

The Headmasters’ Cup winning school will be presented the trophy by the headmasters of the two other competing schools at the end of Term 3 after the PSA Athletics.

“This summer we have over 100 teams and crews competing during Friday and Saturday fixtures. In the Headmasters’ Cup competition each of these boys will play his part trying to gain points for the College, no matter his team or skill level,” Mr McFadden said.

This weekend’s Head of the River and PSA Sports fixture will see Aquinas compete for its first points against Scotch College in the Cup competition.