Aquinas Catholic College Menai

2017 College News / Events

The Principal News 

16th Week of Ordinary Time 

Term 3 has begun with the College being a hive of activity; in classrooms, on the Oval, and other learning spaces as students and staff address the curriculum, take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities and as learning again commences in earnest.  To help mark the College’s 25th year we also ‘welcomed’ a new addition to the College, a sculpture of our patron, St Thomas Aquinas.  Situated in the garden between the TAS Block and Staff Centre the bronze and stainless steel piece seeks to capture Aquinas’ love of learning as part of his life dedicated to God and his ongoing revelation to humanity.   

The garden will be adapted to maximise the sculpture that also has three of Thomas’ maxims engraved into the stainless steel;

“If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”


“Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.”


Wonder is the desire for knowledge.


We hope that all in our learning community will be inspired by Aquinas’ personal example in loving God and striving to learn with the aim of the Dominican order, Contemplare et aliis trader, to contemplate and then pass on the fruits to others as has been done here at our College over the last 25 years.


The staff are continually looking at ways to enhance the growing of the Aquinas learning culture and is a task that the staff takes seriously.  I strongly encourage our HSC students to take up the offer from the College to utilise the Resource Centre in the coming weeks where they can study and have the opportunity to work with staff, peers or individually.  Once again I would like to acknowledge the staff who are giving up their personal time to encourage our students to develop good learning habits that will hold them in good stead as lifelong learners. 

“There is no such thing as good ‘luck’ in exams, only good preparation!” 

A number of students have achieved significant achievements in and out of the classroom recently.  Congratulations to the following students;


 Congratulations to the Aquinas chess squad, winners of the Shire heats & Semi-finalists in the Inter School Chess Competition.  In particular, well done to :


  • Tony Hollman who came first
  • Matthew Parsons who came 2nd
  • Michael Parsons and Jacob Harb who both placed equal 4th


 Kate Donovan [Year 9] and Michael Monk [Year 11] both successfully auditioned for the CaSPA 2017 Theatreworks production that will tour Sydney Catholic Schools in Week 6.  The paly focuses on the plight of asylum seekers and also explores racism.  Excitingly, the group will also perform at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival [ACYF] in December this year.


 James Roumanos played for the NSWCCC Opens Rugby side in the Australians Schoolboys Championships held @ Penrith during the holidays.  James’ side made the final against NSWCHS, and shortly after the final he was named as a member of the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Side. This side will tour New Zealand at the end of this term.  Well done James!!


To more pragmatic matters I take this opportunity to remind parents/guardians that, from time to time, we are required to provide student details and background data to government agencies.  This is particularly important to note at Census time and for the August Special Circumstances applications to be submitted to AGDET.  Parents/ guardians are able to access the Sydney Catholic Schools [SCS] Privacy Policy - Standard Collection Notice on the SCS public website via this link; xzeWRuZXktY2F0aG9saWMtc2Nob29scy1wb2xpY2llc3xneDo3NTMxNWQwNTQ3N2NjZWUy



James Corcoran



This Week




SSCCC Athletics Carnival - Campbelltown

Monday 24 July

Aquinas Year 11 Mass - 8.20am

Wednesday 26 July

Year 11 2018 - Senior Subject Selection Meeting - 7.00pm

Lunch Time Talk - University of Wollongong

Thursday 27 July

Next Week




HSC Trial Examinations

Monday 31 July

HSC Trial Examinations

Tuesday 1 August

Year 10 Incursion - Science

Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

English ICAS Competition 7-10

HSC Trial Examinations

Wednesday 2 August

Aquinas Year 10 Mass - 8.20am

HSC Trial Examinations

Thursday 3 August

Senior School Subject Selection Interviews with parents (7:30am - 6:00pm)

HSC Trial Examinations

Friday 3 August

Year 11 Excursion - Biology

Senior School Subject Selection Interviews with parents (1:00pm - 3:00pm)


Damien Kerr 

Assistant Principal





2017 Student Leaders 


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Parish Project Information

Attention Parents of Kids / Teenagers

Skills courses will be run in the parish later this year. Details are as follows ...

Parenting Children Course

Mon 21, 28 Aug; 4, 11, 16 Sep 2017 7:30-9:00pm

NB: the early bird cut off date is 1st Aug.

Full details are available in this Skills for Children flyer.

Parenting Teenagers Course

Mon 23, 30 Oct; 6, 13, 20 Nov 2017 7:30-9:00pm

NB: the early bird cut off date is 3rd Oct.

Full details are available in this Skills for Teenagers flyer.



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.



Celebrating 25 Years of being ‘Enlivened by the  Spirit’






College Dux Jushua Swan


HSC Courses above state average


50 Band 6's / E4's


Band 5's / E3's

Aquinas community held their annual Aquinas Day

Gifted Challenge Day at Aquinas

Gifted Challenge Day at Aquinas

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