Welcome from the Principal

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dear Parents, Care givers and Community members,


Hurley, Peter.jpgWelcome to Aquinas College, the oldest co-educational Catholic College on the Gold Coast. Founded in 1964 by the Christian Brothers as a boy’s school, it later became co-educational when girls attended with the closing of the Mercy convent – Star of the Sea. Since that time, Aquinas has grown to become a dynamic and contemporary community of learners. We continue to undertake a variety of strategies that not only build on strong foundations in Teaching and Learning but also launch Aquinas into a new and vibrant future.  

In 2020, we will continue to focus on our academic, pastoral and religious dimensions.  These 'pillars' for the basis of our Strategic Plan 2019-2021 and our 2020 Action Plan.

2020 will also see the commencement of our Master Plan. Construction of Stage One began early 2020 and will be completed by the end of the year. It will involve a new administration area, staff work spaces, SAO, Business area and a wider entry to the College. 2020 will also involve planning to air condition the final block of classrooms.


Over the past few years we have used a theme to draw attention to particular aspects. In the past we have used the theme of Head, Heart and Hands. In 2020 we will explore the theme of “Walk in another's shoes". 

                  

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Through assemblies, liturgies and our Pastoral Program, we will unpack the theme. Concepts such as empathy, compassion, cultural and social awareness, stereotypes and social justice issues will be investigated over the course of the year.​

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In addition, the College is continuing our involvement with the BCE initiative for Excellent Teaching and Learning and our College Leadership will endeavour to drive pedagogical change and enact our Vision for Learning.


The theme may provide an emphasis for a particular year, but our College Vision provides the ‘goalposts’ for each member of our college community. We each strive to enhance these values in our lives and bear witness to these in our college and wider community.

In living our Vision we are inspired by:​

* The academic excellence exemplified by Thomas Aquinas

* The mercy and justice witnessed by Catherine McAuley

* The faith and courage of Edmund Rice

* The proactive service embodied in the life of Caroline Chisholm

* The compassion of Oscar Romero


2020 promises to be an exciting and rewarding year for our Aquinas community.

As we journey forward together, we are all committed to provide the best possible outcomes for all members of our community.


Blessings and best wishes

Peter Hurley

Principal​​​