Sport is encouraged by parents and educators in the belief it assists a balance between the purely academic development and the recreational activities in a child’s life. Sport develops skills not obtainable through other experiences.
Sport, within the school, can be seen as contributing to the acquisition of such important outcomes, as leadership, initiative, co-operation, social competence, pride in achievement, group unity, group loyalty and good sportsmanship. Surely it aids guidance and personality development. Sport may achieve this through such things as training (co-operation, initiative, group unity; identifies with the school), personal demands (generosity, loyalty to the student’s school), sportsmanship (accepting results, pride in achievement, self-conduct and self-confidence), aroused enthusiasm (ideas and attitudes can grow out of the observed qualities of their peers and coaches), improved performance (aids mental alertness and co-ordination of mind and body which are so essential to development).
Sport now enjoys its position in the overall educational pattern because of its contribution to the general concept of education for complete living. In its place, sport is valuable and necessary.
Sport takes place every Friday afternoon from 12.30 p.m. till 2.45 p.m. Sport is organised for all the junior school by the Sports Co-ordinator. Senior classes are organised into a pastoral program that may involve some sporting activities. These activities are supervised by the senior pastoral teams. The expectation is that all teachers will have sport as part of their weekly teaching load.
Internal School Sports
The internal sports program is designed to provide regular opportunities for the students to engage in both indoor and outdoor games which involve bodily exercise. Students who are not representing the College in sporting teams will be able to select a sport of their choice each term from a list which is interesting and appropriate for their age and development.
The following ought to be integral to our internal school sports program:
Representative Sporting Teams
Aquinas helped instigate the Sutherland Shire Independent Sporting Association (SSISA) and has taken part in the activities of the Association since those times with a great amount of success. We do so in the belief that sports, properly controlled, are a valuable factor in education. The sporting skills acquired are a benefit in themselves; proper participation also encourages school spirit and other desirable qualities.
The school has a large financial commitment to sport. Coaches invest a tremendous amount of time and effort in its organisation. It is the school’s policy that students who excel at certain sports represent the school in that sport, if they are chosen to do so. This policy should not be applied in a heavy-handed way, because too much stress on this aspect could have a contrary effect. Rather we want to encourage the idea of dedication and generosity, and of the contribution students can make to the school through the gift of their talents. Suitable awards should be made for participants and suitable recognition given them. Students have the opportunity to represent Southern Sydney, NSWCCC and all schools in a variety of sports. Good conduct should be expected of students when travelling and when representing the College at sport. There should be proper supervision by coaches on buses, etc. and consequently to raucous unseemly behaviour by any of the students either on or off the field.
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: tinyurl.com/SecondaryParentBrochure
For instructions on how to download the Compass School Manager App, open this document.
For instructions on how to record an approval for your childs absences & lateness this 4 minute film:
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.
College Dux Gia Di Pietro
HSC subjects above state average
Band 6's / E4's
Band 5's / E3's
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