Aquinas College, Tauranga
|183 Pyes Pa Road, Pyes Pa, Tauranga|
|Type||Catholic co-educational collegiate and intermediate (Year 7-13)|
"Hold Fast to Truth"
|Ministry of Education Institution no.||482|
|Principal||Ray Scott (2010 - )|
|School roll||754 (July 2015)|
Aquinas College is a state integrated Special Character school on the south western outskirts of Tauranga City, New Zealand. It is a Roman Catholic Co-educational combined collegiate and intermediate (yrs 7-13). It was founded in 2003 with St. Thomas Aquinas as its patron by the first Principal Brendon Schollum (2003–2010), a former Catholic monk.
The school colours are green and navy blue. First formers (Yr 7) to fifth formers (Yr 11) wear white (female) or dark blue (male) blouse/shirts with navy shorts or green skirt. Sixth and seventh form (Yr 12-13) wear a Green Blazer with navy skirt or trousers. All students wear the blue and gold school tie from term 2 until term 3 along with the winter uniform, which changes back to the summer uniform in term 4.
The school has four houses. They are:
- Heni Pore
Each house is represented by a different colour - Purple for Browne, blue for Cluny, gold for Foy and red for Heni Pore. The annual House Championship is fiercely contested for.
Aquinas fields numerous teams across a wide range of sports, with many teams and individuals representing the College regionally and nationally, including, but not limited to: basketball, rugby, soccer, water polo, softball, tennis, rowing and clay pigeon shooting.
NCEA levels 1,2 and 3 are offered to years eleven to thirteen. Religious Education is compulsory as a subject from years seven to year thirteen.
References and Further Reading
- "Directory of Schools - as at 17 August 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-20.
- "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- Diocese of Hamilton in New Zealand Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved on 2007-01-07.
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton in New Zealand