Our Approach

Founded in 2003, our Yr 7 to Yr 13 college is set on 10.7 hectares in Pyes Pa, Tauranga — close to The Lakes and the city’s key thoroughfares. With a roll of just 750 students, Aquinas College students thrive in our supportive, close-knit environment.

In the Catholic tradition of hope, faith and love, Aquinas embraces the individuality of each student and challenges them to strive for personal excellence. We aim to grow Catholic leaders who have a strong sense of self, are active participants in their community, lead with moral purpose and strive to be their best.

Hold Fast to Truth – Kia Mau ki te Pono

Educating Catholic Servant Leaders through Faith and Action

At Aquinas College, we dedicate ourselves to the education of students grounded in the Catholic traditions of hope, faith, and love, while honouring our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Our philosophy is to nurture a deep sense of belonging within a faith community that honours and uplifts each individual’s identity. We inspire students to believe with reason, empowering them to realise their true potential and pursue personal excellence. We accompany young people to become Disciples of Christ, dedicating ourselves to developing servant leaders who positively influence the lives of others.

Family (Whānau), Scholarship (Mātauranga), Truth (Pono), Service (Manaaki), Prayer (Karakia), Joy (Harikoa).