Did you know Aquinas College is the oldest co-educational Catholic College on the Gold Coast. Founded in 1964 by the Christian Brothers as a boy’s school, it later became co-educational when girls attended with the closing of the Mercy convent – Star of the Sea. Since that time, Aquinas has grown to become a dynamic and contemporary community of learners. We continue to undertake a variety of strategies that not only build on strong foundations in Teaching and Learning but also launch Aquinas into a new and vibrant future.
In 2020, we have continued to focus on our academic, pastoral and religious dimensions. These ‘pillars’ form the basis of our Strategic Plan 2019-2021 and our 2020 Action Plan.
2020 has seen the commencement of our Master Plan. Construction of Stage One is almost completed, it includes a new administration area, staff work spaces, SAO, Business area and a wider entry to the College. We are excited by this next phase of development of the College that will move us towards a progressive pre-tertiary educational facility.
Over the past few years we have used a theme to draw attention to particular aspects. In the past we have used the theme of Head, Heart and Hands. In 2020 we will explore the theme of “Walk in another’s shoes”.
In 2021 we are excited to introduce the Illuminate Academic Excellence Program to the Year 7 cohort for the first time.
The Illuminate Academic Excellence Program will be for Year 7 students and continue into Year 8 and Year 9. Successful applicants will be placed together in a core class for Religion, English, Maths, Science, Geography/History, and Health and Physical Education. Elective subjects will be taken with the remainder of the cohort.
The Program will allow students to work collaboratively with like-minded peers and engage with teachers who share a passion for teaching. The Australian Curriculum, which informs teaching and learning at Aquinas College, allows for: flexibility to meet the individual learning needs of gifted and talented students, opportunities to work with learning area content in more depth or breadth, encompassing specific aspects of the general capabilities learning continua and/or focusing on cross-curriculum priorities (ACARA, 2016).
Online enrolment applications for Years 7 – 12 are open for students for entry up to the year 2025, so do not delay in placing your application today to join a caring and supportive Catholic College.
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