Dear Parents, Care givers and Community members,
Welcome 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.
In 2017, we will continue to build on strong foundations in our academic, pastoral and religious dimensions. To reinforce the holistic approach to learning and teaching, I have introduced the concept of HEAD, HEART and HANDS as a theme for the next few years.
The representation and symbolism captures our emphasis on the HEAD – Academic (including enrichment), Cognitive, Mental Health, Brain-based learning, Mindframes and mindfulness. In our HEART, we recognise the Religious, Pastoral, Emotional and even cardio vascular fitness. And finally, our HANDS represent our Outreach and Practical link to the world beyond Aquinas. In addition, the three themes are bound together symbolising our holistic approach to learning and teaching at Aquinas. The Celtic triangle represents our links to Ireland and the Trinity.
In 2017, the College community will place emphasis on the HEAD but certainly not neglecting the other important elements of our holistic approach.
To support our emphasis on the HEAD, the College is continuing our involvement with the BCE initiative for Excellent Teaching and Learning. We have appointed a Learning and Teaching Coordinator and a Literacy Coordinator. Together with our eLearning Coordinator and Assistant Principals, they will endeavour to drive pedagogical change and enact our Vision for Learning. With this combined effort, we are anticipating improved student outcomes. In addition, we are also investigating opportunities to explore academic excellence opportunities.
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
2017 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