Aquinas Catholic College Menai

2017 College News / Events

The Principal News 

6th Week of Eastertide 

May, the Month of Mary, Mother of God 

 

Our Lady of the Southern Cross by Paul Newton 

 

This Wednesday, May 24th, is the Solemnity of the Our Lady Help of Christians and has even more significance for Australians as she is also Patroness of our country.  Mary was chosen as our Patroness by the First Provincial Synod, convened by Archbishop Bede Polding, in Sydney in 1844.  The colonies were in need of inspiration and Mary provided that at a time when life on the Australian continent was very primitive and spiritually taxing, whilst our living conditions are now far improved for most Australians, Mary’s example is still one that can inform our spirituality and faith.  To celebrate this significant day in the life of the Church, our students will be wearing jerseys or team colours on Thursday [as a large number of teams are playing in the Sharks’ league knockouts on Wednesday] and donating a gold coin to the Charitable Works Fund [CWF] of the Archdiocese of Sydney.  More significantly, Years 7, 10 and 12 students will join with parishioners at Holy Family Church for the 8:20am morning mass to celebrate this Marian Feast Day. 

In preparation for senior exam blocks, managing time and giving them some accountability, our Year 10s are being given the opportunity to only attend school when they are sitting exams in Week 6.  They also have the option to study in the Resource Centre if they would prefer.  A note for Year 10 parents and students has outlined College expectations for this privilege and I will remind Year 10 about the unqualified need to travel directly to and from school and not gathering at shopping centres or transport hubs.  I came across the following study tips and thought they might be useful to share or to use as conversation starters on the home front; 

Just going over and over your material is not enough. You must of course do the reading and revision but you also have to spend time setting yourself tests.

Focus on your exam notifications to understand what will be examined and what will not.

Write down questions and then write down your answers.

Then check your answers from your revision material & texts.  Write down the correct answers and read them again.

When you are away from your books, ask yourself questions and think hard to retrieve the right answers.

Focus on retrieving your knowledge as much as storing it.

Acknowledgement: “Exams Measure What We Know, But They’re Also One of the Best Ways to Learn” by Benedict Carey, author of How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where and Why It Happens (Random House, 2014); The New York Times Magazine, September 7, 2014  

Congratulations to James Roumanos [Year 12] who has been selected in the NSWCCC Opens Rugby League side that will contest the Australian Championships that are being held at St Marys, NSW in July.  Well done also to Mr McGee and Mr Burke who were the coach and trainer respectively of the Sydney Independent Catholic Colleges side that James was part of at the selection trials. 

 

James Corcoran

Principal

 

 

Week 5- Week 6 Event

This Week

 

Event

Date

Years 7 - 10 Assessment Free Week (Theory Based Subjects)

Monday 22 May

 

Big Science Competition

Years 7 - 10 Assessment Free Week (Theory Based Subjects)

Tuesday 23 May

Years 7 - 10 Assessment Free Week (Theory Based Subjects)

Wednesday 24 May

 

 

 

Year 7, 10 and 12 Mary Help of Christians Mass - 8.20am

Sharks Knock Out - Rugby League (13, 14 and 15 Divisions)

Regional Debating Competition (Venue: Aquinas)

Years 7 - 10 Assessment Free Week (Theory Based Subjects)

Thursday 25 May

 

 

Jersey Day

SSCCC Football Final (Senior) - 12:15pm

Years 7 - 10 Assessment Free Week (Theory Based Subjects)

Friday 26 May

 

National Sorry Day

Holy Family Parish Mass: Dedicated to Teaching and Support Staff of Sydney Catholic Schools of the Parish.

Celebrant : Bishop David Cremin

Time:          5.30pm

Saturday 27 May

Next week

 

 

Event

Date

 

Years 7 - 10 Half Yearly Exams

Monday 29 May

 

Years 7 - 10 Half Yearly Exams

Tuesday 30 May

 

Years 7 - 10 Half Yearly Exams

Wednesday 31 May

 

 

 

 

 

Aquinas Year 11 Mass - 8.20am

 

Sharks Knock Out - Rugby League (16’s Division)

 

University of Sydney - Lunchtime Talk

 

Regional Debating Competition

 

Years 9 - 10 Half Yearly Exams

Thursday 1 June

 

Years 9 - 10 Half Yearly Exams

Friday 2 June

 

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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Student Enrolments

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

 

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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. 

 

 

 


 

97.95

College Dux Jushua Swan

76%

HSC Courses above state average

50

50 Band 6's / E4's

248

Band 5's / E3's

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