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
Ministry of Education Institution no. 482
Principal Ray Scott (2010 - )
School roll 754[1] (July 2015)
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 (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.

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, but not limited to: basketball, rugby, soccer, water polo, softball, tennis, rowing and clay pigeon shooting.


St. Thomas Aquinas, Patron of Aquinas College

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[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 17 August 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 

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