Aquinas Catholic College Menai


Named after the learned Doctor of the Church, Aquinas College, Menai was opened by Cardinal Edward Clancy in 1993. This was to be a secondary school for the rapidly growing residential area which had formerly belonged to the parish of Sutherland. It was only in 1986 that Holy Family Parish, Menai was established, with Fr Denis Foley as parish priest. Holy Family Catholic Primary School was also started in 1986 and within five years had 400 students.


These students would soon require secondary schooling, and so in 1990 the Sydney Archdiocesan catholic Schools Board recommended that a secondary school be established at Menai. The next two years were spent in planning. A five-stage building program was envisaged, with use of demountable classrooms during construction.


Aquinas College opened with 50 boys and girls in Year 7, seven teachers and two ancillary staff, all under the leadership of the founding principal, Mr Peter Turner. Stages Two and Three of the building program were blessed on November 1996 by Bishop Geoffrey Robinson. New facilities then included a library, science laboratories, some classrooms and a staff area, at a cost of $5.6 million, of which $4.5 million was contributed by the local community. The final stage of the building program, a multi purpose hall and a four classroom block, was completed in 2006.


The College has continued to grow with the first Year 12 class completing their HSC in 1998. In 2005 the College had 975 students and 88 staff.


In 2018 Aquinas Catholic College is undertaking a new student information system called Compass.
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2018 New Student Information System - COMPASS

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

For more information please read the brochure, "Welcome to Compass - a guide for Parents and Families" found here:

For instructions on how to download the Compass School Manager App, open this document.

Parent Instructions - Compass School Manager app

For instructions on how to record an approval for your childs absences & lateness this 4 minute film:

Approval for absences & lateness



Congratulations to the HSC Class of 2017

First Place in Systemic Sydney Catholic Schools (Archdiocese of Sydney) 

Gia Di Pietro: Ancient History and Biology

Natasha Krois: Hospitality and PD/H/PE


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

College Dux Gia Di Pietro

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.



Aquinas Silver Jubilee Celebrated in 2017






College Dux Gia Di Pietro


HSC subjects above state average


Band 6's / E4's


Band 5's / E3's



Aquinas - Year 7 School Camping

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