Arts & Culture

An inspiring programme of activities will enable you undertake recreational, artistic and creative activities to develop knowledge and skills. Activities include Cartooning, Japanese Culture and the College musical.

All students welcome to audition for our annual college musical. Be part of a team and develop your skills as a performer. You can choose to audition in any discipline; singing, dancing or acting. Please express your interest at enrolment. For more information please contact [email protected]

For general enquiries about Enrichment programmes, please contact [email protected].

AQ Magazine

The college magazine “AQ” has been developed to involve students as partners in capturing the very best of Aquinas College. Facilitated by the guidance of staff, students are given a voice and the chance to offer unparalleled insight into college life. Open to all students: journalism, photography, graphics, editing, researching and team work skills will be developed. Students will report and comment on college news, produce reviews, offer opinion and archive great moments at Aquinas.

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If you play a musical instrument you are welcome to join the college instrumental group. Although we play primarily ‘swing’ music, any instrument is welcome. Students from across college enjoy coming together to make music and friends. Smaller ensemble groups, such as flute choir are also run to give students opportunities to play and perform.

Please contact [email protected] for more information


Singing has been proven to lift the spirits and focus the mind! The college choir performs at a variety of events throughout the year both in college and in the wider community: we have developed close links with Stepping Hill Hospital, performing for their various Christmas events. Students of any ability and experience are welcome to come along and take part in the college’s most prestigious musical ensemble.

Please contact [email protected] for more information


Anyone can cartoon, whether they can draw or not. Cartooning Club gives students a chance to develop and practise their individual art styles through a range of tasks. Each week has a key theme or topic designed to inspire fun and interesting artwork. Whether students want to learn a new skill, or just find the time to actually sit down and draw for a bit, Cartooning Club is a fun, sociable hour each week.

Please contact [email protected] for more information

Chess Club

Students of any ability are welcome to drop into chess club. New high quality chess sets and chess clocks have been purchased for the club and instruction for novices can be given when required. We will organised some chess tournaments later in the year and possibly to have a league table. All that aside though, the main purpose of the club however is to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of chess.

Please contact [email protected] for more information

 Creative Writing

This class is an opportunity for students with an interest in any kind of creative writing to meet other writers, share ideas and find inspiration. Sessions are supportive and informal, with a combination of teacher-led activities and work-in-progress readings by students. Whether you’re polishing a novel for publication or scrawling song lyrics for personal pleasure, this course has something for you.

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Students are given the opportunity to participate in the annual showcase as actors, dancers and singers and back stage workers. Inspiration is taken from Disney films and animated films and students are given the opportunity to perform in front of live audiences.​ The local primary schools come along to watch the matinees and family and friends are welcome for two evening performances.

No auditions required just come along, plenty of costumes from Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Hercules and many more. All welcome especially if you love Disney! Rehearsals Mondays from 4 – 5:30pm beginning ​Monday 30th September in the lecture theatre. Showcase taking place on Weds 4th and Thurs 5th December 2019. A meeting to discuss song/film choices will be held some time in September, so keep an eye on the bulletin for a date and time.

Any queries or ideas please speak to Carly in Performing Arts or email [email protected]

Film Club

Film Club is an opportunity to broaden your knowledge of Film and meet fellow minded film fans. A selection of films will be shown weekly ranging from Classical Hollywood to Cult Classics. Each film will come with a brief introduction and there will be the opportunity for a chat after. Film Club will run in F45 on Thursdays at 4pm.

Please contact [email protected] for more information

Grade 5 Theory

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade 5 Theory is a qualification that many students benefit from. This can support UCAS applications and also open the pathway to higher instrumental practical grades. This is a supportive session working with individuals to further develop theory knowledge and ability.

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Japanese culture

Please come along if you are interested in any aspects of Japanese culture! We currently offer Origami, Anime, Japanese films, Shodo (calligraphy), Sado (tea ceremony), Japanese board games, Japanese cooking and many more! We gather once a week from 4pm to 4:45 on either Mondays or Tuesdays. The exact day will be confirmed shortly.

Please contact [email protected] for more information

 Photography and Photo Editing

This activity aims to develop your Digital Photography skills and teach you how to take photographs using the full camera settings (Exposure, ISO, shutter speed, macros etc.). By becoming college photographers you will contribute to the college e-magazine “AQ”. You will take ownership of photographing college events throughout the year, supplying your photographs to the student journalism team. The activity will also introduce photo editing software, taking a tour through the basic graphic editing techniques. You will import images and then using editing techniques to improve their composition and appearance (crop, scale, hue, saturate, filtering, layering etc.). You will also learn how to optimise your photographs for display in the magazine.

Please contact [email protected] for more information