Philosophy of the College
Choosing the right school for your children can be one of the most important and difficult decisions anyone has to make. If you are a parent looking for a school that will ensure your child receives a well-rounded Catholic formation and holistic education that prepares them for life and eternity, St Thomas Aquinas College is for you.
The College mission is to provide a complete education, taking in the whole of human life: spiritual and physical; intellectual and moral; individual, domestic and social – in accordance with the example and teachings of Christ.
If you are a parent looking for a Catholic school that lives up to that name, St Thomas Aquinas College can help you. We are dedicated to providing a real Catholic environment, education and formation to all our students, steeped in the Traditions of the Church, because we aim to form in each youth the true and perfect Catholic.
If you are looking for a school that pushes its students to strive for excellence in all their endeavours, we can help.
If you are a parent that yearns for their child’s character to be formed in all the most beautiful of Christian virtues, then the St Thomas Aquinas Virtues Program is for you.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you.
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.