In October 2003 the Aquinas-India Project
was set up to help underprivileged children in Mumbai. Working primarily with the charity Prem Dan (“Gift of Love” in Hindi), we have sponsored children and provided funds for a social worker. Students take part in fund-raising activities throughout the year to raise funds for the Project. These have helped to sponsor children, and contributed towards the costs for a home for orphans.
Each February a large group of students go to India to work with the children at Prem Dan schools in Mumbai, particularly the Garden School in Colaba. Two or three students each year have additionally undertaken a gap placement working at the Garden School for up to three months.
More information about the India Project
Euroweek is an EU project that takes place in Sept/Oct each year. Eight students and two teachers from each EU country get together to make friends and learn about each other. Aquinas has been representing the UK at Euroweek since 2001.
Euroweek is a fantastic experience, you can meet young people from all over the EU and get a flavour of 22 different countries with just one trip! The official language of Euroweek is English and all participants and hosts speak excellent English. One student described it as "the best experience I've had at Aquinas"
Activities in the week include dances and presentations from each country and an international buffet where you can sample culinary delights from all over the EU.
The host country changes every year-in 2012 Euroweek was in Czech Republic and in 2013 it will be in Estonia.
Euroweek 2012 Czech Republic
Other International Events at Aquinas College
Barcelona (Performing Arts)
Annually, in July, performing arts students, including Dance and Drama students, attend a course in Barcelona.
Conservation work for Environmental Science
Students studying Environmental Science have the opportunity to take part in a conservation project. In previous years this has involved saving leather backed turtles in Costa Rica or working in the rainforests in Tobago. In Summer 2011 a group travelled to the Philippines for a conservation diving project for 4 weeks.
Costa Rica 2006
New York (Politics/Media)
Politics conference - United Nations New York Every two years both AS and A2 politics students have the opportunity to take part in a visit to New York, engaging in a range of activities, one of which is an international conference, discussing global issues such as peace, security and poverty. Also Media students have the opportunity to go on a separate trip to investigate the cultural impact of the city.
Poland - Krakow/Auschwitz (History)
Trip takes place in the AS year, early February for 4 days. The trip is directly related to the 'Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust' unit.
Italy - Rome/Pompeii (Archeology/Classical Civilisations)
This trip is in the week before Easter for 6 days. Directly related to AS Classical Civilisation- Roman Architecture and Town Planning unit- but also open to all Classical Civilisation and Archaeology students in lower and upper sixth.