Senior School Wednesday, 30 Nov 2022

AC Boys Walk for Breast Cancer

Support Year 11 Aquinas boys Benjamin Clarke and Travis Shearer as they challenge themselves to walk or run as far as they can on January 4th 2023 in order to raise money for breast cancer.

1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime which includes Travis' aunty and Ben's mum, which is why they are putting their bodies to the test to raise funds and show their support.

Visit https://bit.ly/3g8CEsF to donate and support the boys!

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Senior School Wednesday, 30 Nov 2022

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Recently, Finn Chadd (Class of ’21) and Kurtis Tanna (Class of ’22) attended a ceremony at Government House to be awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards by His Excellency, the Honourable Chris Dawson APM Governor of Western Australia. Hard-earned and highly prized, the Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Duke of Edinburgh program. To achieve this Award, Finn and Kurtis had to participate in 54 hours of voluntary community service; improve in an area of physical activity over 54 hours; undertake 54 hours in developing a skill of personal interest; planning, training for and completion of a 4 days/3 nights camp; and participate in a residential project staying and working away from home doing a shared activity over 5 days/4 nights.

Congratulations boys!

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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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Senior School Wednesday, 23 Nov 2022

Artist workshop with Andy Quilty

At the end of Week 5 Term 4, the Visual Arts ATAR students had the opportunity to attend an artist workshop incursion with well known WA artist Andy Quilty. Andy has been highly engaged and active in the art community in WA for a number of years now and is a regular lecturer at the University of Western Australia, where he teaches several units in the Fine Arts Major.

The Year 11 and 12 Art students participated in a three hour workshop where they built up their drawing and observation skills. They had to loosen up in order to discover new and creative ways of drawing and mark making. This was a great experience for the students leading into their projects for next year.

To check out Andy's current exhibitions take a look at his website for more info.

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Senior School Tuesday, 15 Nov 2022

ACER Assessment of Language Competence Awards

Learn to mingle, be bi-lingual!

Congratulations to these Language students on their outstanding ACER ALC results. In August they sat an online test which tested their reading and listening skills in a foreign language.

The certificate levels correlate with the hours of tuition and student skills.

Certificate Level 1 – Year 10

Certificate Level 2 – Year 11

Certificate Level 3 – Year 11

The Level 1 Italian students were taught by Prof Nicole Aquilia. All the others have undertaken their chosen language course and studied it online. Online study requires a greater level of self-direction and discipline. These virtues have paid big dividends for all these students.

Acknowledgement is paid to these teachers;

Herr Patrick Guiggisberg – Year 11 ATAR German at MLC,

Prof Alberto Runco – Year 11 ViSN ATAR Italian at John Paul College in Kalgoorlie

Prof Maria Lo Presti - Year 12 ViSN ATAR Italian at Aquinas College

Guru Katerina – Indonesian - Vocational Language Learning Centre in Melbourne.

Gayathri Sensei – Japanese at SIDE in Leederville.

Here are the amazing results! Bravissimi!

Language Certificate

Student

Listening

Reading

German Level 2

Sam Yeow

Distinction

Distinction

Indonesian Level 1

Dylan Atkins-Walters (Yr 9)

High Distinction

High Distinction

Italian Level 1

Dante Aldegheri

High Distinction

High Distinction

Lucas Barbato

High Distinction

High Distinction

Archer Davey

Credit

Credit

Michael Elhaj

High Distinction

High Distinction

Stefan Elhaj

Credit

High Distinction

Joshua Fulgaro

Credit

Credit

Orlando Iacono

Credit

Credit

Italian Level 2

Praneel Mukherjee

High Distinction

High Distinction

Nishok Nimalan

High Distinction

High Distinction

Lauchlan Smith

Distinction

High Distinction

Jake Zito

Distinction

Distinction

Italian Level 3

Christian Francesca

Distinction

Credit

Aaron Martino

Distinction

Distinction

Matthew Paoliello

High Distinction

High Distinction

Japanese Level 1

Noah Haggerty (Yr 7)

High Distinction

High Distinction

All these students have demonstrated excellent language skills and the Aquinas community is very proud of their efforts. Congratulations!

Maria Lo Presti HOLA of Languages.

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Senior School Monday, 17 Oct 2022

Transition Week at Salvation Army

Last week, during the Year 10.5 Transition Week, each House participated in a one-day workshop on the topic of homelessness. The workshop was conducted by Liam Swainson from the Salvation Army and included an exploration session, street walk and a powerful movie about young people in the Oasis Program. On the weekend, like many weekends before, Year 10 students such as Flynn Fulton took part in the Breakfast Patrol. It is here that they can see how donations and services are being used directly. The Breakfast Patrols feed approximately 40 people each morning. What an incredible lesson learned beyond the classroom!

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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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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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