Philosophy of the College
Each school has something that makes it different from another. Why are parents more inclined to send their children to one particular school rather than another? Because of what it offers, its way of teaching, its way of life. In one word: its philosophy.
What is the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas College? Its philosophy could be illustrated by the example of another great ‘Saint Thomas’, the great Englishman that was Saint Thomas More. Saint Thomas More depicts a model of a perfect father who works in the best interest of his family and children. Indeed, with his children, Saint Thomas made sure that they received a complete education, religious as well as profane, an education that helps them to develop all their potential. Loving father that he was, he drew the best out of his children for their own personal achievement and happiness.
Our school has the same goal. It is committed to helping the students to develop all their qualities and God-given talents. By this means, it is also committed to assisting parents in their work of education which is nothing else than preparing their children to be serious and responsible adults.
Students of Character
When a student leaves St Thomas Aquinas College, these are the qualities which should be deeply entrenched within them:
- A deep understanding of their faith and true love for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His holy Mother
- True affability, respect and good manners
- Constant readiness to oblige
- A taste for studies
- Common sense and simplicity
With the grace of God and a sincere collaboration between parents and teacher, we hope we achieve this goal and help our pupils to turn their hearts and souls to what makes life worth living, to what is True, Wise, Good, Great and Beautiful.
Statement of Democratic Principles
The VRQA Minimum Standards for registration of schools require that the programs and teaching at St Thomas Aquinas College must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy.
In accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 the programs of, and teaching at St Thomas Aquinas College, support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
- Elected government.
- The rule of law.
- Equal rights for all before the law.
- Freedom of religion.
- Freedom of speech and association.
- The values of openness and tolerance.
As also stated in the Minimum Standards, the requirements of the commitment above are not intended to affect the rights accorded to, or the compliance with any obligation imposed on, the College under a law of the State or of the Commonwealth.
Why has the Government included the principles of ‘democracy’ in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006?
Australian society is defined, among other aspects, by a belief in elected Government; by a commitment to the rule of law, to equal rights for all before the law; and by a belief in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association. Our society is also tolerant of a range of religious, political, social and cultural beliefs and values in the context of the fundamental principles of our democracy.
The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 requires all education providers to operate in a manner consistent with this set of Australian democratic principles.
Government has an obligation to foster adherence to the principles of Australian democracy by all education providers. Identifying this framework through legislation reminds all Victorians not only of the values we hold in common, but also of our shared responsibilities in promoting these values.