Aquinas Catholic College Menai

2017 College News / Events

The Principal News 


As the term draws to its conclusion I would like to again acknowledge the work of the staff of Aquinas who have been most generous in their efforts to provide our students with numerous experiences within the curriculum and in all manner of co and extracurricular activities.  I would in particular like to thank the staff members who accompanied Year 11 on their retreat last week.  For staff to be able to be away from families and other responsibilities for two nights and three days is a noteworthy commitment and I believe greatly adds to the learning environment and community that we all share in.  Thanks to; Mr O’Connor, Mrs Monk and Ms Kilzi for their leadership of each of the retreats and to the Year 11 Team;

Mr Tsambalas, Ms Athayde, Mr Burke, Ms Dickinson, Mrs Fensom, Mrs Halliday, Mrs Higgins, Ms Moore, Mr Mollica, Mrs Murphy, Mr Obeid, Mr Petrie, Mr Ritchie, Mr van der Kley, and Ms Ware.  Interestingly, the ‘Year 12 Exit Survey’ undertaken each year always underlines the relevance of the Year 11 & 12 Retreats as pivotal experiences for our senior students.

A prominent thinker and highly significant member of the early church, St Irenaeus, wrote about “The glory of God is in man [and woman] fully alive.”  This consideration leads us to the comprehension that in endeavouring to achieve our potential as people of the church, at whatever aptitude we are capable of, is a powerful vocation that plainly sees our lives as a living prayer.  In this way we can all take comfort in that attempting to lead our lives in wholeness, rejoices in the God-given dignity that we all received in the gift of life and then baptism into the church.

Remarkable personal accomplishments have been made @ Aquinas in the classroom, on the playground, in exams and assessment, in debating, in social justice outreach, in liturgical celebration, reconciliation and in our relationships with each other; to name just a few.  These undertakings fulfil the vocation of being “fully alive” that St Irenaeus stressed and should not be eclipsed by those few instances where we have frustrated ourselves in not quite making the most of our potential.  The season of Easter that we celebrate in the coming holidays offers reconciliation and hope, and in the times where we tussle either internally or with others; we need to recall this is the Christian prototype of forgiveness and perseverance to individual and communal improvement that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection shows us, his revelation of His Father’s love for humanity.


I would like to wish all members of the Aquinas community a safe, happy and most of all a Holy Easter season.



Congratulations to the following students who have achieved significant successes  

 Ethan Stacey [Year 10] has been selected in the NSWCCC side that will compete at the NSW All schools trial this week.  This is a huge achievement as he was competing against students up to two years older than him.  Good Luck Ethan!!

 Last week the highly competitive Sydney Independent Catholic Colleges Rugby League Trials were held at St. Mary's. All Independent schools from the Broken Bay, Parramatta and Southern Sydney diocese were present along with a Christian Brothers’ side.  Congratulations to the following boys who were selected to play at the NSWCCC trials; Joshua Stepic and Lachlan Maric [Year 9] in the Under 15s and James Roumanos [Year 12] in the Opens Side.  James is also the Captain of the Sharks SG Ball side that has lost just one game thus far in their 2017 campaign.  Best wished to the boys in these trials.

All students are reminded that upon their return to school [Wednesday April 26, following a Staff Development Day & Anzac Day] that full winter uniform is to be worn.  The complete details are listed in the College diary [pg9 – 11].  Key points to note are:


  • Blazers are a compulsory uniform item for all students Years 7 – 12
  • Blazers should be the outermost garment whist travelling to and from the College and at official College functions
  • Ties are to be worn as part of the boys’ winter uniform
  • All students are to wear black leather low-rise, black leather lace-up school shoes
  • At all times hair is to be tied back, no make-up is permissible and any jewellery that is worn is as per the College diary.

The College’s reputation in the Community is in no small way reflected by the behaviour and presentation of our students in public.  The pride and effort taken in the way in which the uniform is worn directly reflects on our students.  As such the College staff will take every opportunity to ensure that the College uniform is worn correctly.  The way in which the vast majority of our students meet these high expectations is most pleasing and is a source of positive comment in the wider community. 

James Corcoran




Term 2 Week 1 Event

Staff Development Day
Monday 24 April

Anzac Day
Tuesday 25 April

Year 11 and 12 Vaccination Program
Wednesday 26 April

Parents and Caregivers of Year 11 and 12
NSW School Vaccination Program 2017
NSW Ministry of Health offers all school students free vaccinations recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). These vaccines are important and protect students through to adulthood.
Letters and Vaccination Packs will be distributed today. Please return these completed forms to your child’s Pastoral Teacher. The first stage of vaccinations for Year 11 & 12 will occur on Wednesday, 26 April.

Damien Kerr
Assistant Principal



2017 College Enrolment Information 


Open Night Wednesday 8th March 2017 6.30pm 

Enrolments open 9th March 2017

Closing date for applications:

Year 7, 2018 Friday 28th April 2017

Year 7, 2019 Friday 21st July 2017


Due to a change in Sydney Catholic Schools Enrolment procedures from now on students must apply in Year 5 for enrolment into Aquinas Catholic College Year 7.



2017 Student Leaders 


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The Principal News
Term 2 Week 1 Event
2017 College Enrolment Information


Enrolments open 9th March 2017



Closing date for applications:


  • Year 7, 2018 Friday 28th April 2017
  • Year 7, 2019 Friday 21st July 2017


Due to a change in Sydney Catholic Schools Enrolment procedures from now on students must apply in Year 5 for enrolment into Aquinas Catholic College Year 7.




eLe@rning: Bring your Own Device Specification for 2017 (Click on this link)



Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2016


Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2016 … 76% of subjects above state average


Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2016 … 50 Band 6s / E4s


Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2016 … 248 Band 5s / E3s


Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2015298 Band 5s / 6s or E3s / E4s




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.


A new Administration Building is complete, and the students have moved into additional new classrooms and the outstanding MacKillop Common. 






College Dux Jushua Swan


HSC Courses above state average


50 Band 6's / E4's


Band 5's / E3's


A very big CONGRATULATIONS to all students in 8 Maths.

Peer Support

At Aquinas Catholic College, a group of selected Year 10 Leaders meet with a Year 7 group, once a week, during Term 1 to work through a series of discussions and activities.

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