Aquinas College, Ringwood VIC







Established: 1961

Principal: Mr David Broadbent

Address: 46 Great Ryrie Street, Ringwood 3134


Key Information


156 Teaching

91 Non Teaching


$7,680 (Year 7)

$7,680 (Year 12)

VCE Subjects



French & Chinese


VET Available

Flagship Programs

Academic Excellence, Arts Program, Co-curricular Program, Coding and Robotics, Environment and Sustainability, Facilities,

About our school

Inspired by Gospel values and mindful of our Catholic identity, our Vision is to ignite the fire of learning and shine as a beacon of excellence, hope and love in the world. Our College motto, ‘Illuminare et Ardere’, is interpreted by us to mean ‘To Light Up and Be on Fire’.

Our Spirit of Aquinas Program has been developed to ensure that our core values of Belonging, Stewardship, Perseverance, Justice, Compassion and Spirituality are embedded across our curriculum and co curricula programs, as well as forming an integral part of our pastoral program and commendation system. In conjunction with our core values, the Attributes of an Aquinas Student are a constant reminder of the goals we set as a community to ensure our students leave school as global citizens, aware of a world that extends beyond themselves and with skills enabling them to be positive and spirit filled contributors.
The College is a fully accredited member of the Council of International Schools and a major secondary campus of St Mary’s College for the Deaf.

Principal's Message

At Aquinas College, a love of learning grows in an environment that fosters strong relationships between the student and the teacher, based on a belief in the dignity of all. As a dynamic and innovative learning community, we strive to create an environment that meets the diverse needs of all students. Aquinas is a place in which hospitality is valued and a warm welcome awaits. As a Regional College of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, our founders had a vision of high quality, affordable Catholic education for our local community and we proudly boast strong inter-generational connection to many families residing in this region.

Our College motto – Illuminare et Ardere – is interpreted by us to mean To Light Up and Be on Fire. In all that happens at Aquinas there is great enthusiasm and as a school based on the gospel values of Jesus Christ, we make every endeavour to provide an enjoyable and challenging Catholic secondary education.

At Aquinas College we are committed to educating our students to take their place in a global environment and to view the world from multiple perspectives with an awareness of God in their lives guided by the virtues taught by our College Patron, St Thomas Aquinas, and our College values: spirituality, belonging, perseverance, compassion, stewardship and justice. We closely connect student wellbeing to learning, as students who feel safe at school are inclined to learn more successfully and take greater advantage of school life and it’s many benefits.

We are accredited with the highly regarded Council of International Schools which has over 700 members across the world. At the same time, we are committed to every student experiencing success in their personal learning and life development. Our aim is to assist students to embrace and harness their unique gifts by providing a broad comprehensive curriculum in the Middle Years, with increasing opportunity to pursue specific areas of interest as students proceed to their Senior Years.

At Aquinas we want every student to find opportunities to embrace their spirit and ‘discover their place’ in a welcoming and supportive community.

Mr David Broadbent


Quick Facts

  • Accredited member of CIS, among the top 20% of education facilities globally.
  • A large campus set over 16 hectares.
  • A diverse and extensive curriculum and vocational pathways.
  • Learning spaces designed to enhance visibility and collaboration.
  • A dedicated, fully equipped Science precinct.
  • Features multiple sporting fields and a fully equipped gymnasium.
  • 300-seat theatre and two smaller theatrettes.
  • An industry-standard Hospitality Trade Training Centre and Cafe.
  • Experiential education program for Year 9 students.
  • Catholic Social Teachings embedded across our curriculum and co-curricular programs.

More from the school


Aquinas College has excellent and modern facilities to support and enhance learning and offers many opportunities for sport, the arts and recreation.

These include:

  • Modern classrooms and learning areas
  • A comprehensive Resource Centre
  • Media, design and Art centre
  • Science precinct
  • A two court indoor sports hall with fully functioning gymnasium
  • Ovals and both open and covered recreation spacesplusanewstructurebeingbuilt
  • A 300-seat theatre, 150 and 64 seat lecture theatres and supporting drama spaces
  • A music centre with practice rooms and studios
  • An registered trade training centre featuring a full equipped training kitchen

2021 NAPLAN Results

Year Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
Year 7 564 553 555 561 565
Year 9 598 574 579 583 595

This table above shows the average student results for the year 2021. Data sourced from:

2022 NAPLAN Results

Year Reading Writing Spelling Grammar Numeracy
Year 7 555 559 559 542 553
Year 9 584 556 581 579 583

This table above shows the average student results for the year 2022. Data sourced from:

Campus Locations

Main Campus

46 Great Ryrie Street, Ringwood, 3134

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