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St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
"Faith Hope Love"
905.791.1195
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School
  • 25 Corporation Drive
  • Brampton ON, L6S 6A2
  • Phone: 905.791.1195
  • Fax: 905.793.4665
  • Principal: Rosina Ariganello
  • Vice Principal(s): Donald Alva
  • Olivera Glasford
  • Lina Iacobucci
  • Paul Nalli
  • Superintendent: Max Vecchiarino
  • Trustee:
  • Anna da Silva (Ward 3)
  • Shawn Xaviour (Ward 7)
  • Shawn Xaviour (Ward 8)
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Aquinas Pictures Page

If you want to see pictures from some of the many activities at St. Thomas Aquinas, check out the Aquinas Pictures Page


Aquinas RAP on Twitter

For updates on the REGIONAL ARTS PROGRAM (RAP), including Application deadline reminders, upcoming performances and updates: @AquinasRap


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Current and Upcoming Events




Events at Aquinas
December 2016

Tuesday 6th Put Yer Pinkies Up - The males of Aquinas are invited to have their pinkies painted red with a white ribbon, to signify the need to end violence against women.

Wednesday 7th Night of the Stars - The Regional Arts Dance Program presents its annual dance extravaganza, Night of the Stars, where RAP and open students present over 30 dances in a wide variety of styles, from Hip Hop and Ballet, to Acro and Contemporary.

Monday 12th to
Friday 23rd
10 Days of Christmas - Student council presents 10 days of fun Christmas-themed events during the last two weeks before Christmas holidays.

Wednesday 14th Dress Down Day - Students can dress down (or up) in appropriate non-uniform clothing.

Thursday 17th Christmas Concert - The Regional Arts Program vocal and instrumental music present their annual celebration of Christmas with a wide variety of songs sung and played.

Thursday 17th Christmas Art Show - The Regional Arts Program presents it's annual collection of paintings, sketches, sculptures and other objects of art in the library.

Saturday 24th to
Sunday January 8th
Christmas Holidays - Stay home and enjoy a nice two-week break. Classes resume at 8:12 a.m. on Monday January 9th.

Monday January 9th Classes Resume - Oh, joy, classes resume at 8:12 a.m.


Important Information




Message from the Trustee
December 2016

During this Advent Season, as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and guardians for choosing a Catholic education for your children.

As we approach Christmas, it’s a good time to reflect on the very busy, but very successful start to the school year. Our schools enjoy strong relationships with our families, local parishes and the community at large, and continue to be safe, caring, healthy and inclusive places to learn and to work. We continue to see strong performances by our students across the board in terms of EQAO scores and graduation rates, which are among the highest in the province. But we’re not resting on our laurels by any means, and we continue to work hard to make sure that each student has every opportunity to achieve success.

As we celebrate this sacred season, I thank you again for supporting Catholic education, and wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.




Night School 2017
February 2017


You may register for Dufferin-Peel Winter 2017 Night School, which runs from February 8, 2017 to May 24, 2017.

For further information, click the links:

Winter 2017 Night School Flyer
Winter 2017 Night School Registration Form




Message from the Superintendent
September 2016

Greetings from Max Vecchiarino
Brampton North-East Family of Schools


Welcome to a new school year – and a warm greeting to those students who are beginning their education in the Dufferin-Peel community! As Superintendent, I am excited to be a part of this vibrant and diverse community once again. The Brampton North-East Family consists of twenty-three schools – four secondary and nineteen elementary – working together with our six parishes to support our students’ faith formation, learning and well-being. Four trustees represent our family: Anna Da Silva, Frank Di Cosola, Darryl D'Souza and Shawn Xaviour – each a strong and dedicated advocate for our students and our schools, and for Catholic Education, which represents both our promise and our hope. Our collective hope is that you find your child(ren)’s school to be a safe, caring, healthy and inclusive learning environment, focused on students’ achievement of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations.

Our life is a journey, Pope Francis reminds us – and our staff work collaboratively to support our young people, along the way, in developing their gifts, so that this year’s theme for Catholic Education Week, Walking Forward Together, is particularly apt. As parents, guardians and ‘first’ educators, you are witnesses to the wonder and anticipation that nourishes each child’s formation.

Education is a co-operative endeavour. As parents and guardians, you play a foundational and essential role in your child(ren)’s success. We look forward to working alongside you in setting high expectations for learning, achievement, and well-being – a driving force to motivate a child, in terms of participation in all aspects of school life, study habits and grades, and the achievement of their fullest potential, in all areas. There are many ways to do this: by talking with your child(ren) about their interests, aspirations and dreams and their life at school; by fostering a love of learning about God’s creation; by supervising homework; and, as possible, by limiting disruptions.

Our faculty have worked hard in preparing for the upcoming school year. Administrative teams are prepared to ensure that programming and safety are paramount. We welcome your involvement, support and suggestions, as we strive, together, to form an ever stronger home and school partnership, a foundational under-pinning of the Strategic System Plan of our Board of Trustees.

I take this opportunity to wish all our students a successful school year and all of God’s blessings to the community as a whole.




OSSLT Cancellation
October 20, 2016


The online writing of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test was cancelled due to connectivity issues with EQAO, which occurred across the province. Those scheduled to write the OSSLT will write it instead on March 30, 2017. For more information, please read the OSSLT Cancellation Letter.




New School Uniform
September 2016


As agreed upon by Aquinas School Council and Student Council and approved by Superintendent of the Brampton North East Family of Schools, in 2016, we will introduce a new Aquinas school uniform items and the previous uniform items will be phased for a period of one year. For the 2016-2017 school year, students in Grade 9 and new students to our school will be expected to wear the NEW school uniform.

Uniform for Students in Grade 9 or Any New or Existing Students Who Want to Purchase the New Uniform

Effective September 2016, ONLY the following Aquinas uniform options will be available for purchase.
Polo Shirt: Red Aquinas short sleeved crested and collared dry fit polo shirt. Only short sleeved shirts may be worn underneath the polo. Long sleeves and/or hoodies cannot be worn underneath the short sleeved polo shirt.
Pants: Black Aquinas pants with crested logo. Pants are to be neatly hemmed and worn at the waist.
Jacket: Black Aquinas crested and collared full-zip jacket. Note: The red Aquinas polo shirt must be worn underneath this jacket.

Uniform for Students in Grades 10, 11 & 12

Previously purchased uniform items will remain acceptable for the 2016 – 2017 school year until June 30, 2017 for students in Grades 10, 11 & 12. After that time, the old uniform consisting of the white polo and the burgundy Rugby shirt will be retired and can no longer be worn. .

For further information, click the link: Uniform Policy September 2016




Yearbook Inserts
September 2016


The yearbook inserts have arrived. All students who attended St. Thomas Aquinas in the 2015-2016 year are eligible to receive their copy, no extra charge. Students who graduated last June and are not returning to Aquinas, you can receive your copy this Thursday September 1st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or can come in and get a copy from Mr. Chambers after school starts. Those scholars returning to Aquinas, you will receive your copy during the first week of school in the week starting September 6th.




Transportation Start Up Procedures
September 2016

Please click on the link below for information about September 2016 transportation start up procedures, plus helpful tips to enhance student safety.

Transportation Start Up Memo for Dufferin-Peel
Safety Tips You Can Use




St. Thomas Aquinas February 2016 Newsletter
February 2016

To download the Aquinas February 2016 newsletter, go to
Aquinas February 2016 Newsletter

To download the Aquinas November 2015 newsletter, go to
Aquinas November 2015 Newsletter



Online Reporting Tool

To promote a positive school community, this Safe @ St. Thomas Aquinas - Online Reporting Tool has been created so students who become aware of bullying incidents and other negative behaviours that impact the school environment can report them.

When you fill out this form, you are not required to provide your name or any other information that identifies you. If the information is provided anonymously, it may be dealt with in a general way, as there may be no means to respond specifically if limited information is provided. Depending on the type of information you provide, you may be identifiable.

In some cases, if you are identifiable based on the information provided, the school principal/vice-principal may approach you to provide more information on a confidential basis. If you choose to identify yourself in the reporting process, the principal and/or vice-principal may follow up directly with you.



STA Regular Day Schedule:

       Period 1:         8:12 -  9:30
       Period 2:         9:35 - 10:50
       Period 3(A):   10:55 - 11:35       
       Period 3(B):   11:35 - 12:15
       Period 3(C):   12:15 - 12:55
       Period 4:         1:00 -  2:15



Parent Handbook

Welcome to the St. Thomas Aquinas S.S. Community. The 2014 Parent Handbook details a wide variety of topics, from uniform policy to absences to student progress. Click Parent Handbook 2014 for a copy of the handbook.



Accident Insurance Coverage

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school activities.  You may purchase coverage for your child at www.insuremykids.com or by calling toll free at 1-800-463-KIDS (5437).

Please click on link below to access an important notice to parents, guardians regarding insurance for students who participate in out-of-school excursions and extra-curricular activities. Memo to Guardians/Parents re: Student Accident Insurance



Kiss and Ride and Bus Loading Zones

Please see information below related to student drop-off and pick-up each day.  If all our families comply, it will make for a stress-free time for all.

The 48 passenger buses drop off and load students in the rear lot of the school.

The kiss and ride area located on the north side of the school has been reconfigured to accommodate more vehicles.  Parents are asked to use the entire length of the kiss and ride zone for dropping off students in the morning and for picking up students in the afternoon.

Please refer to the accompanying campus map to see an illustration of the prescribed traffic flow at New Kiss and Ride and Bus Loading Zones



Homework Help Initiative

This September, the Ministry of Education and the Independent Learning Centre continues to run "Homework Help"; a website for all Math students in grades 7 through 10. To access the site, students simply log-on at Homework Help and using an interactive chat room, they can obtrain personalized tutoring from a certified Ontario Math Teacher.  Chats take place Sunday to Thursday between the hours of 5:30 to 9:30 pm. Homework Help is free, live and anonymous!

For other important information please use the appropriate tabs on the main navigation bar at the top of this page.


Past Events









  

If you want to see pictures from sports, arts and other Aquinas events, check out: Aquinas Pictures

  




Boys Night In
November 17, 2016

Over 150 grade 9 boys enjoyed a chance to meet their fellow classmates and engage in fun activities such as auto maintenance, baking cookies, weightlifting, shooting baskets, hammering contests and a chance to try on silver bracelets. Here are some Pictures.






Remembrance Day
November 9, 2016

The St. Thomas Aquinas community experienced a Remembrance Day service featuring thoughts and words from Aquinas cadets and a Brampton veteran, performances by school bands, choirs and dancers. Here are Pictures.





Halloween
October 31, 2016

Hundreds of students dressed for Halloween, featuring a non-scary clown, roller skaters, Blue Jays, playing card Queens, panthers, ninja turtles, superheroes, lots of cats and a massive dinosaur. Here are Pictures 1 and Pictures 2.






Harvest Festival
October 26, 2016

The Harvest Festival yet featured another frightening haunted drama room, with blood, gore and lots of screaming. Aquinas students and friends enjoyed midway games, a clairvoyant, makeup tables, fun costumes, food, and pumpkin carving. Here are some Pictures.





Academic Awards Night
October 19, 2016

The highest achieving scholars in course offered at Aquinas were presented with awards to recognize their stellar accomplishment(s). Congratulations to all award winners. Here are some Pictures. Below are the top students from Grades 9, 10 and 11.



Avery Wilson
Top Grade 9 Winner


Iliana Portelli
Top Grade 10 Winner


Jasmine Musa
Top Grade 11 Winner



Spirit Week
October 3-7, 2016

Students enjoyed Karaoke, hair styling, some games and the Terry Fox BBQ during spirit week. Here are some Pictures.





Terry Fox Run
October 7, 2016

Students and staff enjoyed a brisk walk and raised thousands of dollars during the annual Terry Fox Run. Over 1000 people were served a sausage on a bun, snack and drink afterwards, and then enjoyed the Senior Football team's game vs. St. Marguerite D'Youville. Here are some Pictures.






Girls Night In
October 5, 2016

About 150 grade 9 girls enjoyed a chance to meet their fellow classmates and engage in fun activities such as changing a car tire, icebreakers, yoga, bracelet-making and cosmetology. Here are some Pictures: Part 1.






Grade 9 Retreat
September 28, 2016

The entire Grade 9 class went to Pearson Convention Centre together with their teachers, to dance, play games and get to know one another. Here are some Pictures.


Top Grade 12 Graduates
June 29, 2016

In the 40th year of Aquinas, here are the graduates with the top academic averages ...
1st - Sameer Dhami
2nd - Gabrielle Campos
3rd - Brooke Low



Athletic Banquet
June 7, 2016

Athletes and coaches recognized most improved, dedicated and valuable athletes from each team, including Athletes of the Year Katie Cheeseman and Ivan Mancia. Marie Sobrepena captured the Outstanding Graduate Contribution to Athletics award. Former WWE wrestler Anthony Carelli spoke to the students about perseverance, hard work and dedication to reach one's goals. Here are Pictures.





OFSAA Track Champions
June 3, 2016

Elizabeth Martin captured gold in the Midget Girls 100 m sprint, crushing the field of quality sprinters by several lengths. She also captured bronze in the 200 m spring. Nyah Layne finished an extremely fast 4th in the Midget Girls 80 m hurdles with her fastest time ever.





Girls Softball ROPSSAA Champions!!
June 2, 2016

The Girls Softball team has won the ROPSSAA Championship, their fourth in a row! The team won a thrilling 5-4 game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.






Spring Art Show
June 1-3, 2016

The library became an Art Gallery, with a large display of paintings, sketches, sculptures, digital photography and more from students in the fine arts and photography programs. Here are some Pictures.





Prom
May 27, 2016

Students and teachers broke out the formal wear, and looked good doing it. They enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, punch, pictures standing by a Venetian mask mural, a four-course meal, and plenty of dancing. Here are pictures from Act 1 and Act 2 .







Aladdin
May 25-27, 2016

The musical theatre class presented the Disney Musical "Aladdin Jr.", based on the fun and colourful Disney classic animated movie, but different. Here are some Pictures.





ABL Championship
May 25, 2016

Seven teams of students and one team of teachers competed in the early morning hours in the Aquinas Basketball League. The Lakers faced off in the championship game against the Spurs, and the Lakers were victorious 46-44. Here are Pictures.






Elements
May 20, 2016

The St. Thomas Aquinas Arts Department presented Elements, a dance show based on the elements of earth, air, fire and water, with 29 different individual, group and class dances. The Grade 9, 10 and 12 RAP classes, three Extreme teams and the Grade 10 and 11/12 Open classes danced in many styles to a wide variety of music. Here are pictures from Act 1 and Act 2 .






Co-op Fair
May 11, 2016

Students in the Co-op program provided displays from their co-op placements in 2nd semester. Here are some Pictures.





Multicultural Night
May 10, 2016

Multicultural Night featured a night of food and even more entertainment. A wide variety of cultures and nationalities were represented, from South Korea to Italy , from China to the Phillipines, from Japan to West Africa. Here are some Pictures.





40th Anniversary Celebration: Night
May 6, 2016

In the evening, the festivities began by celebrating mass led by Father Tobin, long-time chaplain of Aquinas and still saying morning mass once a week at the school in his retirement. After that, hundreds of current staff and former staff and students came back to share old memories, including a slideshow video from each year of the last 40 years of the school. Here are some Pictures and the Video.






40th Anniversary Celebration: Day
May 6, 2016

Students went to an assembly to see a brief and fun video of Aquinas past and present. At lunch, they experienced an outdoor BBQ, with Lacrosse and Soccer games to view, and music to listen to. Here are some Pictures.






Social Justice Week
April 18-22, 2016

The week featured a multitude of speakers, from ex-Toronto Mayor and current WWF CEO David Miller speaking about climate change, the Paris conference and endangered animals, and ecological solutions many cities internationally have implemented. Also, Agata Gerroir talked about "My Plastic Journey", Covenant House talked about youth poverty and homelessness, Aquinas students who traveled to Cambodia this past winter discussed their experience, and awareness was raised as to "Who Made My Clothes". Here are some Pictures.







Spring Concert
April 14, 2016

The Arts Music Department presented their annual Spring Concert featuring a variety of musical groups, including Grade 12 RAP Vocal class, the Chamber Choir, Women's Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Orchestra and the always groovy Stage Band. Here are some Pictures.






Pi Day
March 22-23, 2016

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, due to pi's rounded value of 3.14. Professor Pralat from Ryerson University came to talk to six classes of students about how pi is used in popular culture, technology and the difficulty in calculating its decimals over the centuries. And everyone received a delicious mini-pie. On day 2, students were able answer skill-testing math questions in the cafeteria, and win a QTpi button or a sticker. Here are some Pictures.







Les Misérables
March 8, 2016

The Arts Department presented the outstanding musical Les Misérables, the Paris uprising era after the French Revolution story of Jean Valjean, convicted for stealing a loaf of bread, becomes a respectable businessman, protects his ward Cosette, who meets and falls in love with Marius, one of the student revolutionaries along with Éponine, who grew up with Cosette years before with Éponine's innkeeping parents, the sketchy Thénardiers. Great music, excellent costumes and sets, really nice performances. Here are some Pictures.







Senior Solidarity Night
March 3, 2016

The first Senior Solidarity Night for grade 11 and 12 students heard about the needs of refugees from members of St. Anthony's parish, and students brought in donations to help out. And there were fun games as well. Here are some Pictures.






Senior Semi-Formal
February 19, 2016

Over 250 enthusiastic senior students from St. Thomas Aquinas enjoyed an evening of dressing up and getting down on the dance floor, at the Senior Semi-Formal. Well-organized by Student Council, the seniors enjoyed a light dinner, colourful lights and a variety of tunes provided by the enthusiastic DJ's. Here are some Pictures.






Ash Wednesday
February 10, 2016

The St. Thomas Aquinas community celebrated the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Here are some Pictures.






One Act Play Festival
January 29, 2016

The Grade 11 and 12 RAP Drama classes presented original one act plays, all written, acted, directed and produced by Grade 11 and 12 students. Here are some Pictures.





Indoor Soccer
January 6, 2016

Dozens of intense Aquinas soccer players competed in the Indoor Soccer League. In the finals, Italy dominated Holland 12-6 to take the Aquinas Cup. Some Pictures.





10 Days of Christmas
December 7-18, 2015

Pictures with Santa, wearing Christmas apparel, decorating cookies, Karaoke, the annual Food Drive - some of the many Christmas activities in the last two weeks of school. Here are some Pictures.






Night of the Stars
December 11, 2015

The Meadowvale Theatre was packed to see the 2015 edition of Night of the Stars. The show featured a wide variety of dance performances, from ballet to hip hop, from the Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 arts program classes, the Grade 9 and 10 Open classes, and a variety of solo and small group numbers. Here are some Pictures: Act 1 and Act 2.







Christmas Concert
December 10, 2015

The St. Thomas Aquinas Instrumental Music program presented its annual Christmas Concert in the Aquinas cafetorium. The evening began with a medley of Christmas music from the Junior Band, and continued with the Julian's Hair Quintet, the Jazz Ensemble, The Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble and the night ended with the Stage Band. Here are Pictures.






Junior Semi-Formal
December 4, 2015

Over 250 enthusiastic grade 9 and 10 students enjoyed an evening of dancing to old and new hip hop and dance tunes during a spectacular light show, plus a photo booth and a plate of pasta and garlic bread. Here are some Pictures.





Put Yer Pinkies Up
December 4, 2015

Several hundred male students had their pinkies painted red, with a white ribbon added on the nail, as a means to reducing gender stereotypes and violence against women and girls. Here are some Pictures.





Advent Mass
December 3, 2015

The Aquinas Community celebrated Advent Mass. Here are some Pictures.





Sounds of the Season
December 3, 2015

The Aquinas cafeteria was alive with the Sound of Music, with the Woman's Chorale, A Capella and Chamber Choir, plus the Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 RAP vocal classes providing Christmas and other great tunes. The Pictures.






The Winter Art Show
December 3, 2015

The Aquinas Library became an Art Gallery, with a wide variety of art, from sketches, conte drawings and oil painting, to a bit of sculpture and of photography cubes. Here are some Pictures.





Co-op Career Fair
December 2, 2015

Aquinas students in the co-operative education program created displays highlighting the key aspects of their co-op job. Here are some Pictures.






Koffee Haus
October 29, 2015

A variety of talented Aquinas students got out their guitars and drums and warmed up their voices for an evening of fun and music. Here are some Pictures.



Information session to support the transition of children with differing abilities into Kindergarten

21/11/2016

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017 the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s Special Education and Learning Services Department will host a Kindergarten entry planning and information session. Read More

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

14/11/2016

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario schools runs from November 20-26. Read More

Boundary Meeting for St. Daniel Comboni Elementary School

12/11/2016

An Open House is being held to present the proposed permanent boundary for St. Daniel Comboni, as well as the proposed host bounday. Read More

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration

09/11/2016

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year will be held at all Dufferin-Peel Catholic elementary schools in January. Read More

2017-2018 French Immersion Program Information Meetings

02/11/2016

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold a series of public information meetings in Mississauga and Brampton for parents and guardians interested in enrolling their children in the board’s French Immersion Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Read More

Dufferin-Peel schools and students recognized by the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario

01/11/2016

On October 29, at the Father Patrick Fogarty Awards Dinner the following Dufferin-Peel schools and students were recognized by the Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario: Read More

Fr. Michael Goetz Secondary School to host Development and Peace Conference

26/10/2016

On November 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Father Michael Goetz Secondary School in Mississauga will host its 10th Annual Development and Peace Conference for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board secondary students. Read More

Dufferin-Peel hosts Orientation Day for International Students October 7

05/10/2016

On October 7, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold an Orientation Day at the Mississauga Grand for International students currently attending our secondary schools. Read More

Dufferin-Peel Catholic Secondary Schools to Hold Public Information Sessions for Grade 8 students and parents

04/10/2016

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold a series of public information sessions for Grade 8 students and their parents/guardians interested in enrolling in a Dufferin-Peel Catholic secondary school for the 2017-18 school year. Read More

DPCDSB to honour Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Joan Simone with its Catholic Award of Merit on September 27

23/09/2016

On Tuesday, September 27, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will honour Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Joan Simone, founders of the charity, Food for Children, with the board’s Catholic Award of Merit. Read More

EQAO results indicate Dufferin-Peel Catholic board students continue to demonstrate high achievement in literacy

21/09/2016

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the 2015-16 annual assessments completed in Grades 3, 6, 9 and 10. Read More

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