The English classroom at Aquinas College is one where students are encouraged to become confident and engaging communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers and active learners. Gone are the chalk and blackboards of an earlier era and in their place are the tools of the contemporary classroom; six computer areas, Smart Boards, film and video access, Clickview, MyInternet with individual access through Myclasses, webquests and live performances both at school and at outside venues.
At the College, we take a whole-school approach to reading by beginning each morning with ten minutes of silent reading in the pastoral class. Students are encouraged to bring a book from home or to use this time to read one of their English novels. English homework is given at the junior level for twenty minutes, three to four times per week.
In each of Years 7 and 8 they will study examples of:
Gifted English students in Stage 4 are catered for within the Challenge Class and in conjunction with the Gifted and Talented Program that is conducted through the College Learning Centre. At the Stage 5 level, gifted students are invited to participate in a selective English class that provides a challenging environment to further develop their skill and knowledge. All English units of work are differentiated to cater to different learning styles and abilities.
Aquinas College students have a healthy sense of competition and this is encouraged through participation in debating and public speaking competitions as well as numerous external English competitions. Debating classes are held after school hours, during the debating season and public speakers have individual teachers as mentors. In short, there is always something happening!
In 2018 Aquinas Catholic College is undertaking a new student information system called Compass. It is a cloud-based program that will be implemented in all Sydney Catholic Schools, over the next 3 years. At the beginning of this year we will be opening the Student and Parent Portals and you will have access to parts of Compass. Throughout 2018 you will be sent instructional guides and information about Compass via the College newsletter.
The Compass Parent Portal is an integrated, online portal that allows you to access up-to-date and meaningful information about our school and your child's progress. Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:
Monitor your child's attendance, and enter an explanation for absence or lateness
Communicate with your child's teachers
Update your family contact information
View your child's timetable and the school calendar
Monitor your child's homework and assessment tasks
Download and view your child's Semester Reports and Progress Reports
Book Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences
Early in Term 1 2018 every family will receive a unique printed Compass login letter, you will be sent an email notification alerting you to the arrival of the letter. Please ensure the letter is only opened by a parent and that the details are kept private. The letter will also provide you with the direct link to the Aquinas Compass Parent Portal and instruction for downloading the Compass App.
For more information please read the brochure, "Welcome to Compass - a guide for Parents and Families" found here: tinyurl.com/SecondaryParentBrochure
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 87% of subjects above state average
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 61% of subjects more than 5% above state average
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 72 Band 6s / E4s
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 253 Band 5s / E3s
Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017 … 325 Band 5s / 6s or E3s / E4s
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HSC Results 99.30
Aquinas Catholic College Menai is a co-educational, Years 7-12, Catholic High school, established in 1993. The present accommodation includes the Administration Building, College library, general classrooms and the full range of specialist rooms.
College Dux Gia Di Pietro
HSC subjects above state average
Band 6's / E4's
Band 5's / E3's
Ph: (02) 9543 0188 | Fax: (02) 9541 0398 | Anzac Rd, Menai NSW
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