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The resignation of Adelaide businessman
Jim Whiting as chair of Aquinas College
marks the end of an era in the governance
of South Australia’s only Catholic
residential college for university students.
The managing director of Badge
Construction has served on the council for
13 years and has been chair for ten years
but he is confident he’s leaving the council
leadership in good hands.
Incoming chair Dr David Brookes has
also been on the council for 13 years.
He attended the College for four years –
including one year as student president
– and two of his four children are ex-
Jim and David, both Sacred Heart College
old collegians, say they came to the
council on the “Laurie Smart ticket”,
referring to the College’s first student
president and long-time council chair Mr
Laurie Smart AM.
At the time newly-installed Archbishop
Philip Wilson had indicated a need for new
“energy and direction”, and there was a
strong commitment to re-establish the
importance and tradition of Aquinas.
Jim said the fact that it was a governing
council meant members took their
responsibilities seriously and could
contribute their skills and knowledge
effectively. “It’s a good model for the
Church,” he said.
Reflecting on the past 13 years, David
paid tribute to Jim and the deputy chair
Mark Phelps for driving the $7 million
redevelopment of the campus, ensuring
the future of the College – which has a
record enrolment of 200 students from
around the State and nation.
“What the College does now in terms of
tutoring, mentoring, social justice and the
whole experience the students get is quite
phenomenal,” said Jim. “Every student
has a great opportunity in their tertiary
Jim said the presence of the Marist
Brothers at the College since the mid-
2000s was a “great move” and added to
the students’ spiritual development.
“If there is anything the Church needs now
it’s to really engage with kids being tertiary
educated,” he said. “We have only got one
Aquinas;...it is an important incubator for
the Church. If you come up here at 5pm
on a Sunday you’ll see 120 kids at Mass
– and they’re enjoying it. Where else can
you see that?”
David said there was a 90 percent return
rate for second year students and that
there was “great belief in the leadership
group” which came mainly from third and
fourth year students. “The Council views
all of the senior students as part of the
leadership of the College,” he stressed.
“The challenge is to build on that...now
that we’ve got the facilities and the room
to do it; we want to explore how we can
interact with the alumni for their enjoyment
and for the students’ experience,” he said.
“We also want to do more to assist
students from hardship backgrounds, as
part of our commitment to social justice.”
The council aims to have a “meaningful”
alumni program up and running by the end
of the year and is keen for current senior
and immediate past students be involved.
David, an Adelaide Hills GP and Davis
Cup team doctor travelled from Mildura to
attend boarding school at SHC and then
studied medicine at Adelaide University.
Seamless change of guard at Aquinas
By Jenny Brinkworth
NEW GOVERNANCE: Dr David Brookes (left) and Jim Whiting.
Finalising enrolments for 2016 and beyond
Limited vacancies in select year levels
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Catholic Education South Australia
(CESA) last month launched a 3000-word
stimulus paper to encourage dialogue on
the dignity of children and childhood from
the perspective of the Catholic tradition.
The document, Children: Close to the
Mystery of God, has been developed by
the Theology of the Child Working Party
with Father James McEvoy, from the
Australian Catholic University Faculty of
Theology and Philosophy.
It was launched on July 22 by director of
Catholic Education SA Helen O’Brien with
Fr McEvoy and internationally renowned
early childhood expert Professor Carla
“The Catholic Church has a very deep
and enduring commitment to children’s
dignity, and this document will assist
people throughout the Port Pirie Diocese
and the Adelaide Archdiocese to reflect
on the deepest commitments of our faith
on this matter,” said Fr McEvoy.
“The launch will send the document out
into the wider community in the hope that
it’s taken up by as many school, parish,
and community groups as possible.”
CESA has long been committed to the
lives and the faith of children, however
that commitment was strengthened
through the South Australian Premier’s
Department “Thinkers in Residence”
program 2012-13 which featured
Professor Rinaldi, from Reggio Emilia.
Her “Re-Imagining Childhood” initiative
emphasised the dignity of children, seeing
them as competent and accomplished
human beings and citizens.
“Our strong engagement in this initiative
renewed our commitment to children’s
education and to the development of
educational philosophies and practices
which honour an authentic image of the
child,” said Ms O’Brien.
The paper is available at: https://online.
New paper focusses on childhood
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