Founded in 1964 by the Christian Brothers as a boy’s school, Aquinas College later became co-educational when girls attended with the closing of the Mercy convent – Star of the Sea – it is the oldest co-educational Catholic College on the Gold Coast.
Over the last few years, Aquinas’ commitment to holistic education has found expression in its attempt to bring together the academic, pastoral and religious dimensions by exploring themes connected to the concept of HEAD, HEART and HANDS. (In 2017, Aquinas focused on the HEAD, 2018 was the year of the HEART and 2019 is the year of the HANDS). The image below and the description that follows are taken from the Aquinas College website.
The representation and symbolism captures our emphasis on the HEAD – Academic (including enrichment), Cognitive, Mental Health, Brain-based learning, Mindframes and mindfulness. In our HEART, we recognise the Central Core of Aquinas: our Religious, Pastoral, Emotional and even cardio vascular fitness elements.
And finally, our HANDS represent our Outreach and Practical link to the world beyond Aquinas. In addition, the three themes are bound together symbolising our holistic approach to learning and teaching at Aquinas. The Celtic triangle represents our links to Ireland and the Trinity.
To support their emphasis on the HANDS in 2019, the College community will embrace and explore how our hands can have an impact on the world - through support for each other and through Social Justice initiatives.
Indeed, members of the Aquinas College community got their hands dirty by participating in the National Tree Day. As it states on the college website, “While every day can be Tree Day, we dedicate celebration of Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day to the last Friday and last Sunday in July”.
We are blessed to have the Aquinas College community shining their light to the world as an Associate School of EREA.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively
work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.