Please note the following events and activities in Week 1 and 2, 2018:
Tuesday 30 January
8.30 am Staff Only Day. Students do NOT attend school. All staff to meet in the chapel (teaching & non-teaching). Any Year 13 students without options confirmed.
Tues 30/Wed 31 January
Student Executive Camp in Whare.
Wednesday 31 January
8.45 am-3.15 pm Y7 students.
9.00 am Morning tea provided by PTA for parents of new students.
8.45 am-11.15 am Y8-13 new students with Year 9 Dean in chapel.
9.45 am-3.15 pm Y11 Peer Support Leaders.
11.00-12.00 pm Y11-12 students who have not yet confirmed options.
10.15 am Mass for New Students and Staff (foyer).
Thursday 1st February
8.45 am-3.15 pm All students attend.
9.45am full-school powhiri. New students/staff meet in Technology Block courtyard, existing staff/students move to whare courtyard. Community members welcome to attend.
Friday 2 February
8.45 am-3.15 pm Full school attendance, normal timetable.
Monday 5 February
Staff only day – no classes. Students do not attend school.
For information of a general nature pertinent to each year group, or to discuss changes to courses, please get in touch with the relevant Dean:
Year 7 – Mrs Kate Krauts – email@example.com – DDI 07 543 9061
Year 8 – Mr Peter Braid – firstname.lastname@example.org – DDI 07 543 9061
Year 9 – Mr Leon Roberson – email@example.com – DDI 07 543 9056
Year 10 Mrs Marlise Greyling – firstname.lastname@example.org – DDI 07 543 9058
Year 11 – Mrs Paula Skelton – email@example.com – DDI 07 543 9060
Year 12 Mr Myles Reid – firstname.lastname@example.org – DDI 07 543 9059
Year 13 – Mrs Christina Nicolaas – email@example.com – DDI 07 543 9045
We are delighted to announce the student leaders for 2018.
Head Girl: Jessica Phayer. Deputy Head Girl: Abigail Speight
Head Boy: Ethan Mackay. Deputy Head Boy: Leon Castle
Special Character Committee: McKenzie Frear and Joshua Sutherland
Health Committee : Teri Dawson and Louis Robinson
Environment Committee: Lilli Scott and Sean Berry
Arts and Culture Committee: Hannah Mahon and Finlay Kamo-Watson
Sports Captains: Sophie Tamblin and Lochlainn O’Connor
Browne: Seamus McCann and Emma MC Donnell
Foy: Ben Lee and Grace McColgan
Heni Pore: Ben Woodrow and Rachel Brebner
Cluny: Eli Dunn and Jasmin Dunn
Please note the following events coming up over the next few weeks.
Staff Only Day
Monday February 5th. There will be no classes that day so please make alternative supervision arrangements.
The following day, Tuesday 6th of February is the Waitangi Day public holiday.
New Families Picnic
Thursday 8th of February. Come meet the staff and other new families joining the college for a shared picnic tea from 5 pm – 7.30 pm.
PTA Twilight Festival
Thursday March 1st . Enjoy an evening of fun, food and festivities from 4 pm – 7 pm.
A very warm welcome to the 2018 school year from the Aquinas College PTA. The committee is committed to both fundraising and to creating memorable and successful school community events.
The goals of the PTA are to work alongside the Principal, the Board and staff to build a strong and vibrant school community and to raise funds that benefit the students and the school.
Read about the important events planned for 2018 here – Term One Newsletter 2018
Any families needing information about bus routes and times for school buses leaving Aquinas College, please e-mail Mrs. Van Kol here.
Twelve buses depart Aquinas College each day at 3.20 pm. Please note if you are picking up students within the school grounds all vehicles are required to wait until the buses have departed. This enables them to arrive on time at their scheduled stops.
To ensure students safety, there is no parking allowed in front of the school office from 3 pm each day.
Bus fares remain the same as last year ($2.00 cash and $1.60 with a Smartride card). Note that Route 552 has extended to intersection of Lakes Blvd and Te Ranga Memorial Drive but no longer travels to Inverness Drive. Route 553 is extended to bus stop at 15 Inverness Drive (to replace 552). For general information about the school bus service, complaints or concerns regarding passenger safety, please visit the Bay Hopper website here.
Please note that all students must attend school in the correct summer uniform.
Hats are essential in Term 1 and 4. Students are reminded to wear sunscreen and reapply this throughout the day.
Sunscreen is available at the office or at the Action Centre.
As the weather is forecast to be very hot in the next few weeks please remember to bring a drink bottle and stay well hydrated throughout the day.
Please use the Absentee Line to advise the college if any student is going to be away from school.
The phone number is 07 543 2400, Option 1.
Students are required to have a written note to show their teacher and the office staff if they are leaving the school grounds during the day.
Register for Chosen: This Is Your Catholic Faith – This weekly faith formation programme will be run for 1 hour, on Fridays after school-time during Term 1, 2018.
The programme is particularly important for students wishing to receive the sacraments of Communion or Confirmation.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with name and year level of student.
If your plans have changed during the holidays and you are not returning to Aquinas College, please e-mail the Principal’s PA on email@example.com.
Please click the following link for the 2018 stationery list – Student Stationery List 2018
School stationery supplies are available from the following stores: Bay Office Products- CLICK HERE, Office Max – CLICK HERE, (Please note that ‘MySchool’ online ordering offers parents the option to buy now and pay later (on delivery), Warehouse Stationery – CLICK HERE
At Aquinas College we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer the following Itinerant Music Lessons during school time. There is no cost for the actual lessons but there is a $15.00 charge to cover folders and music. We do have a small number of instruments available to hire. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If your son/daughter would like to take up this opportunity please collect an enrollment form from the school office or from Mrs Cooney. Instruments available include:
Strings: Mrs Fitzpatrick violin, viola, cello, double bass.
Woodwind and Saxophone: Ms Martin, Mrs Jones flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, bass, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone.
Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Baritone Horn, Euphonium.
Drums and Bass: Mr Barlow.
Other instruments may be available upon request. Please contact email@example.com
Out of hours beginner Keyboard lessons are also available Year 7 and 8 students.