Aquinas Catholic College Menai

Learning Support

A student-centred approach to education is based on catering for the pastoral and learning needs of the individual. The Aquinas mission statement challenges teachers to recognise that all students are at different stages of development and to focus their teaching on the student. Given the mixed ability learning environment at Aquinas, programs, policies and practices must be developed to cater for the needs of gifted and talented students, EAL/D students, students on the Special Education Program and students with disabilities and specific learning disabilities. Aquinas has adopted an integration model for students with special needs assisted by the provision of specialist support on an individual needs basis. The role of the classroom teacher is critical, therefore, in identifying the diverse needs of students and in the provision of effective teaching strategies.


Therefore, within the College we will ensure that:


Teaching programs across KLAs will outline modifications in place for the range of students within each course.


Withdrawal from class is kept to a minimum and centres around special projects such as the parent and student led reading program and any value-added course required in the short term.


Specialist support teachers will work with classroom teachers within the class environment, assisting with group work and the modification exercises.


Support teachers will work actively with the full range of abilities to help establish rapport and a profile with all students.


Whenever possible support teachers will be actively involved in pastoral and co-curricular activities.


Resource teachers may at times withdraw mixed ability groups for activities within a unit.


Life Skills candidates as well as gifted students will be rotated into the Seminar Room to undertake specific units of work or value-added courses.


Support teachers will actively in-service staff on modifications within programs and the managing of Individual Education Programs.


KLA Co-ordinators will oversee the modification and programming process within their subject areas for special education students and gifted students, taking care that all student needs are being met in a realistic manner.


Students with identified special needs will be placed on Individual Transition Programs (ITP) and linked with a mentor in order to establish and evaluate goals and to ease communication with the community and home.


Support teachers will assess students and liaise with outside agencies whenever needed.


Avenues will be explored whenever possible to enable special needs students to participate in programs designed to meet their needs, e.g. I.P.A.T. Programs and modified vocational courses or gifted mentoring in order to ease the transition of special needs students into the communityLife Skills – Stage 5 and 6


Life Skill courses in Year 9 and 10(Stage 5) and Year 11 and 12(Stage 6) are a special program of study specifically designed for students with special needs who are unable to meet curriculum requirements for the award of School Certificate and Higher School Certificate using Board Developed Syllabuses and Courses.

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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