Aquinas College, Ringwood

Aquinas College, Ringwood

Principal:  Mr Darren Atkinson

E No.  E1223

Year Levels:  7 to 12

Phone Number:  9259 3000

Email Website


Aquinas Boys' College opened in 1961 as the first purpose-built Regional College in Victoria. Aquinas Girls' College began in 1967. From 1979 the two colleges combined to form a co-educational school. All classes within the College became fully co-educational in 1992.

In 1997 Aquinas College became affiliated with St Mary’s School for the Hearing Impaired and we are now the major secondary school campus for St Mary’s. The partnership has proved beneficial to all concerned, especially students and teachers at Aquinas College.


Aquinas College was established to provide Catholic education for families in the parishes of Mitcham, Croydon, Ringwood, North Ringwood and Park Orchards and Warrandyte. Initially parishes such as Mooroolbark had an involvement in the Aquinas region but this is less so today. By tradition the parishes of Wantirna, Bayswater and Boronia have had close involvement in terms of enrolment and there is significant enrolment from other adjoining parishes.

Aquinas provides a comprehensive curriculum, while being fully inclusive in its approach and having a clear commitment to excellence in all its academic and co-curricular endeavours. The expansive 16 hectare site has two playing fields, a soccer field, basketball and tennis courts and a large multi-purpose sports hall incorporating full gymnasium facilities.


Aquinas College has embraced e-learning with over 500 PCs, all with Internet and email capability. Over forty VCE and VET studies are offered and the College has a very high level of VCE academic performance. An outdoor education program operates in Years 7 to 9 and Year 9 students are involved in a three week program at the school’s city site. Most Year 11 students embrace the Central Australia/Kakadu experience, while the College has sister-school relationships with Catholic schools in France and Indonesia and has developing links with a number of United Kingdom schools.

The College Arts program is expansive with a strong commitment to instrumental and performance music as well as visual art displays. An annual College Musical is a highlight as is an open-air Mass to begin each new school year.

The Education Support Services Team plays an important and supportive role for students with learning difficulties.

Counselling is provided in the Youth and Family Centre while our Health Centre is staffed by registered nurses.

School location

Address:  46 Great Ryrie Street
Ringwood VIC 3134

Diocese:  Archdiocese of Melbourne

Region:  Eastern

Parish:  Our Lady of Perpetual Help