Middle School Wednesday, 30 Nov 2022

Morris Gleitzman Visit

Morris Gleitzman is one of Australia's funniest and best-loved authors for young people. Recently he visited Aquinas College to speak to our Year 7 students. Morris talked to the boys about using imagination, creating characters, and playing with language. It was a great opportunity to learn from an award-winning writer and former Australian Children's Laureate.

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Senior School Wednesday, 23 Nov 2022

Art Exhibition 2022

Aquinas Art, Media, Design & Technology Exhibition 2022

Thank you to everyone who participated in and visited this year's exhibition. We saw a wide range of work from Year 7 - 12 students in Visual arts, Media, Design, Woodwork and Metalwork. The graduating Year 12 students were able to see their work exhibited alongside their peers. Congratulations to all the students who won awards and to all the students who put in the time and effort to create some amazing and engaging work. We have some truly talented students!

The winner of the people choice award this year goes to Ben King in Year 11.5 for his Semester One work. Congratulations Ben!

A huge thank you to all staff and students who helped make this year's exhibition possible. It is a huge undertaking and we appreciate all the support in making such a fun night possible.

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Middle School Thursday, 10 Nov 2022

School Sport WA 2022 All Schools Triathlon Championship

On Thursday the 3rd of November, Aquinas College entered twelve of our top placed triathletes from the recent middle school triathlon into the School Sport WA 2022 All Schools Triathlon Championship held at Champion Lakes. Barton Mincham (Yr 10) also raced in the event. The goal of the day was simply to expose a number of students to the sport of triathlon and hope that they enjoyed the experience and potentially to see if some may be interested in pursuing future events/races.

I was incredibly impressed with the attitude of the boys. It was a late decision to enter and with only several day’s notice, the boys jumped at the opportunity despite little to no experience in the sport. The distances (junior = 300m swim/ 11km bike/ 2km run & intermediate 600m swim/ 16km bike/ 4km run) were significantly longer than the house carnival where they qualified. This didn’t deter the boys nor did the fact that most of our students had mountain bikes and were racing in tee shirts, coming up against others on $5k time trial bikes in Australian race suits. I was incredibly proud of the boys efforts. They could have easily said no to the challenge but they approached the challenge with a positive attitude and mindset. I was thrilled to hear them all say that they enjoyed the race and would happily do another triathlon. They well and truly deserved the McDonalds feed on the way home!

Thanks to the parents who came down to support along with Mr Bryan Johnson, who gave up his morning to assist with the morning. Special thanks to David and Marrnie Mincham for the shared use of the tent and quality photos. Hopefully, next year we can organise a bigger team exposing more students to the sport of triathlon. Congratulations to the following boys for entering and racing a foreign sport to the very best of their ability.

Jett Abbott
Jake Arena
Thomas Backhouse
Xavier Bianchini
Christopher Chan (20th)
Oscar Coutts
Daniel Delic
Harrison Ganza
Kye Inferrera
Barton Mincham (6th)
Callum Redelinghuys
Bruce Weston
Hugh Wilkinson

Results

Race Calendar

Written by James O'Neill
Director of Nunan Residence

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Middle School Thursday, 03 Nov 2022

Year 7 Indigenous Ecology Day

1 November 2022 was the Year 7 Indigenous Ecology Day. We broke up into our science classes and had an Indigenous student mentor (Years 9-11) to help us for the day. We did things like traditional dancing, eating bush food and evening spear throwing. The day was all about indigenous culture, what they did, what they used and how they did it. The first activity my group did was eating bush tucker, we ate things like kangaroo, emu and even buffalo which all tasted AMAZING. Next, we moved on to my favourite, the dancing, we did the spirit, emu and kangaroo dance, then did the lost boys and ended with a celebration dance. Third, was spear throwing. This is what Indigenous people used to hunt for food. We did two throws each, one with a spear thrower and one without, the trick is that it is all about technique. Next, we learnt about when the British settled in Australia, which was very unsettling to the Indigenous people. We then had two external presenters talk to us about how women used to hold babies and collect food, the use of kangaroo skin and saw different weapons like spears and boomerangs. We also tried to make a fire which sadly didn’t work. Finally, we had a go at the didgeridoo. We made the sound of the kangaroo, the dingo and the emu. Overall, today was an amazing experience and can’t be more grateful to have such an amazing culture.

Marcus Quartermaine Year 7

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Senior School Thursday, 13 Oct 2022

2022 Philosothon

On 20th September 2022, six Aquinas boys from the Middle and Senior School were selected to represent Aquinas at the 2022 Perth Philosothon Competition at UWA. Overall, there were 120 students attending across the state representing their schools. The event consisted of four rounds. The first two rounds were year level Philosothon discussions, followed by two open rounds with mixed year groups. The four topics were, “What is the value of art?”, “Is it fair to split sports into female and male divisions?”, “Is a hole something or nothing?” and “Should we welcome our cyborg future, and what is the difference between humans and cyborgs?”. Lively discussions and questioning took place on each of these topics between students and schools, coordinated and marked by facilitators and judges for each group based on three key criteria; creative, critical and collaborative thinking. After 2 and a half hours of philosophical discussions presentations took place. There were places for each year level, the most promising speaker awards and the overall winning school of the night. This went to PLC, but the Aquinas boys battled it out well in all year groups and discussions. I was fortunate enough to be presented with the Most Promising Philosopher’s Award! Well done to all the boys and a big thank you to Mrs Monks for organising the event, getting us there and supporting us throughout. It was a really fun and rewarding experience, and we will be back next year to try and take out the winning school award!


Hudson Woods-Smith
Year 7

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Middle School Tuesday, 11 Oct 2022

Year 7 Mother & Son Evening

Last Sunday evening, prior to the start of Term 4, the Middle School Pastoral Care Team hosted a mother and son evening for the Year 7's. The night began in the College Chapel with a reflection on the heavenly Mother and Son, Mary and Jesus. The focus was on two prominent artworks at the College; the Teenage Christ statue, which sits in the heart of the Year 7 quad, and the magnificent mosaic icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, which overlooks the Year 7 quad. We take comfort from knowing that the Holy Family experienced the same sorts of worries and joys as the rest of us. We then heard from two very brave Aquinas mums, Stephanie Clarke and Trinita Suckling, who shared some of their experiences of “letting go” with their older sons.

Time was then spent in group discussions chaired by Year 10 mentors before one-to-one time with mothers and sons. The evening concluded with a prayer of thanksgiving and a reflection by Mr Dempsey. We were thoroughly delighted with the format of the evening and the large turnout given the busyness of our modern lives. A special thanks to Fiona McAlister, Adele Baker and Michael Dempsey for their assistance and to the Year 10 mentors whose maturity and wisdom was a big factor in the success of the evening.

Maree Brennan
Head of Edmund House

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Middle School Tuesday, 04 Oct 2022

Middle School Winter Sports Carnival

The Middle School Winter Sports carnival took place on 16 September 2022. Students could play to their strengths by choosing to participate in either Triathlon, Ultimate Vortex or Theatre Sports. The day provided a wonderful opportunity for a brain break after a busy CAT schedule and was action packed. Treacy House proved too strong and took out the overall gold medal for the day.

Triathlon

The 2022 Aquinas Middle School Triathlon occurred in Week 9. This event consisted of a 100 metre swim, a 2000 metre bike ride and a 1000 metre run. In each year group, there were individual participants from each tutor group who courageously completed the whole course by themselves. Additionally there were also team triathlon groups from each tutor group which consisted of a swimmer, biker and runner. This gave all boys an opportunity to participate and specialise in an area where they could show off their skills to the rest of the Middle School. With Mr Dempsey on the microphone commentating, the atmosphere at this event was great, with all boys who had/were yet to complete their race, cheering on their peers to try and steal some extra points for their house. There was great camaraderie and house spirit shown throughout the day as boys rallied behind their peers and supported them in an amazing show of sportsmanship and respect for one another. There were some amazing efforts by boys such as Christopher Chan who won the individual year 7 triathlon and Daniel Delic who’s incredible running ability saw him overtake the lead and win the year 8 individual triathlon. The triathlon was only one event of the Winter Sports Carnival as there was also ultimate vortex and theatre sports. Once the last competition was completed, it was the mighty Treacy House that walked away with the win. (Year 9 individual winner – Xavier Bianchini)

Theatre Sports
Theatre is a medium for expression for many boys at the College. It cannot be understated how Aquinas excels in its drama department, with various productions and dramatical opportunities cementing the school’s place as a college for the arts. The recent introduction of theatre sports to the Winter Sports Carnival not only solidifies the position of arts at Aquinas, but opens the door to many opportunities in the future. Theatre sports is a relatively simple concept; teams (generally of 3 to 5 participants) compete in improvisation-based drama games, being assessed based on their narrative, technique, and entertainment. Technique is a focal point for assessment; teams must demonstrate that they understand the rules of the game. For example, in the game 'Alphabet', teams create a story based on the given prompt by the adjudicator. The catch, however, is that each new sentence begins with the next letter of the alphabet. The three points of assessment can create engaging, entertaining and technical scenes.

The day ran like this; we began by compiling into our house teams and choosing our team names. Teams consisted of 8 to 10 members. Following this, we had a briefing from Mrs Vaswani about how to play theatre sports correctly, with the rules for each game being expounded. Finally, we got into action; through the help of Mrs Vaswani and Ms Cocks, along with the assistance of year 10 students Charles Mavrick, Cooper Allen and Noah Linaker, the competition ran smoothly. The three judges; Mr Bowyer, Ms Wilson and Mr McAndrew; for entertainment, narrative and technique respectively; produced a fair competition. In the end, Bryan house came first, creating a fantastic end to Aquinas’ first annual theatre sports competition. (Samuel Johnston - Year 9 student)

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Middle School Thursday, 29 Sep 2022

Year 8 Advocacy Night

REFLECTIONS OF YEAR 8 ADVOCACY PRESENTATIONS

Once Mr Dempsey told us we had to present our Advocacy Presentation to family and friends I started to freak out a little bit because I have never really done public speaking before and we had to create a PowerPoint. Once we had started creating the PowerPoint, I found it way easier and because Mr Dempsey guided us on what to do it made it easier. On the night I was very nervous and anxious because my mates would be watching and so would my parents, the only reason I was nervous was because I didn’t want to do a bad job. After the presentation I was so relieved and felt way better because it was over and done with. A positive from the night was that I got to listen to my mates advocating for different things and they were all just as nervous as I was. Overall, it was a great experience with Mr Dempsey guiding the way to improve our presentation skills and will help me in the future with advocating and creating PowerPoints if we ever have to do one.
Jett Abbott

When Mr Valentine told us about the Advocacy Presentation, I was pretty excited. This was because I was going to be working with my mates and I was going to present in front of friends and family. After all the work we did, Lachlan, Jonathan and I thought were ready for the night. When the night rolled around, we were all a bit nervous as we hadn’t presented in front of friends and family before. Although we were nervous, we got up anyway and presented. Looking back on it we shouldn’t have been nervous at all, as we all spoke well. Overall, it was a fun night and it was a great learning experience.
Matthew Trainor

At first, when I was told to create an Advocacy presentation to present in front of parents, teachers and students I wasn’t feeling overly excited. When we picked our group members, I felt a bit better because I had Daniel and Clancy. On the night of the presentation, before we started I was nervous seeing everyone enter the school and that they would be watching. Our group also went first which put a lot more pressure on us. After the presentation I was feeling a lot better because it was over, and I could watch everyone else’s without worrying. A positive I took out of the advocacy night was seeing all the bad things people have done to the earth and that our earth could be much better if we didn’t do those little things. I think overall our group did pretty well on our presentation and we all spoke fairly well.
Max Johnson

When I was told I was going to be doing the advocacy presentation I was annoyed because it sounded serious and that stinks, it was not that it scared me or anything, but I knew I had to do a serious thing with my presentation which I never do. I always add in funny aspects all over the place in my PowerPoints, my speech and even my actions so I’m soooo used to doing that and I have got pretty good at it so having to do a serious one threw me off completely. Alas on the night of the presentation I was feeling ready to get this over with also a bit tired but my highlight on the night was not even in my presentation funny enough it was actually on Aidan’s presentation he called for people to come up and stand over there if you think it’s bad or it’s good I don’t remember what it was something about farming but yeh I went up and I put on my funny socks and made people laugh which I love, doing it really made my night. Working with Mathew and Jono was a good experience they both are good friends of mine and it was fun working with them Mathew definitely helped Jono and I with a lot of things which helped our presentation but overall a fine experience.
Oscar West

Once I was told we were going to make a presentation I felt annoyed and like I didn’t want to do it and thought I would be really nervous on the night. After the presentation I felt like I did really well but before the presentation night I thought my parents would make fun of me. On the night of the presentation, I felt really nervous but excited at the same time because there were all my friends with me and it was going to be a good night. A positive that I took from the advocacy presentation night was that I am a good speaker and good at making presentations and working in a group with others. Another positive is that I want to tell you is that I love creating presentations and making them how I like to design them in my liking, I also like working in groups because you get to enjoy the fun and hanging out with your mates.
Aidan Zammit

When I first heard about the advocacy night I was really worried and stressed. After getting put into a group with some friends we worked on it during class and we rehearsed it multiple times. As the day crept closer the presentation slipped out of my mind until the veritas lesson the day before I was really worried until we went to the library before the night where we rehearsed it around 5 times. The moment arrived and the presentation went swimmingly. Overall this was a good opportunity to voice some of my concerns and I really enjoyed making the presentation it also helped with my collaboration skills helping me work better with my friends it also improved my public speaking and also improved in my design skills in making most of the presentation, I learnt how to make it look good.
Felix Kurmann

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Senior School Tuesday, 06 Sep 2022

World's Greatest Shave

On Monday 5th September 43 Middle School and 37 Senior School students shaved their head in support of the Leukaemia Foundation’s mission to shave the world from Blood Cancer. The idea to bring this event to the College was instigated by Year 11 Students Thomas Eade, Luke Porteous and Conor Nolan who need to be commended for their efforts and organisation. The current total money raised is $43,850 eclipsing the original goal of $20,000 set by the boys.

The event could not have happened without the generosity of the Aquinas Community in their donations as well as the commitment of a dozen Hairdressers who offered their time to shave the students head. A huge thank you goes to the following Hairdressers: Rebbeca Richardson, Jaimi Frase, Lea Hugget and Taaj Arden from Barbershop Express Booragoon, Zeleha McAdam and Tanesha Dougan from Hair at the Zoo in Leeming Forum, Samnatha Urquhart, Kelly Chinnery, Ros Borgomastro, Roby Eade, Carla Peca and Melissa Burych.

Well done to the following students who committed to the cause, without their efforts we would not have been able to run such a successful event.

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