Aquinas College, Tauranga

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Aquinas College
183 Pyes Pa Road, Pyes Pa, Tauranga
Coordinates 37°45′07″S 176°07′21″E / 37.7519°S 176.1226°E / -37.7519; 176.1226Coordinates: 37°45′07″S 176°07′21″E / 37.7519°S 176.1226°E / -37.7519; 176.1226
Type Catholic co-educational collegiate and intermediate (Year 7-13)
Motto Tene Veritatem
"Hold Fast to Truth"
Established 2003; 14 years ago
Ministry of Education Institution no. 482
Principal Ray Scott (2010 - )
School roll 778[1] (July 2017)
Socio-economic decile 8P[2]

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 (years 7-13). It was founded in 2003 with St. Thomas Aquinas as its patron by the first Principal Brendon Schollum (2003–2010).

House system[edit]

The school has four houses. They are:

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: basketball, rugby, hockey, rock climbing, sailing, surf lifesaving, touch rugby, windsurfing, badminton, cross country, water polo, netball, football, gymnastics, squash, cricket, golf, multi-sports, swimming, snow sports, volleyball, tennis, rowing and air-pistol shooting.


NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 are offered for years ten (for the accelerated class) to thirteen. Religious Education is compulsory as a subject from years seven to year thirteen.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 2 August 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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