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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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St. Thomas Aquinas SS Important Updates


 

RAP Acceptances

Here are the RAP Acceptances for the 2017-2018 Regional Arts Program.


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


Aquinas Sports on Twitter

For the latest in Aquinas sports updates, news and scores regarding Aquinas Cardinal Athletics, follow us: @Aquinassports

Catholic Community Culture and Caring

Parent Survey

“A Catholic Community, Culture, and Caring School Climate Survey has been developed to provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to express feedback regarding their perceptions of school climate. All parents and guardians of students in Dufferin-Peel are invited to participate. You can access the survey link under QUICK LINK:  Catholic Community Culture and Caring Parent Survey. The survey will be open from February 6, 2017 to March 6, 2017.


Here is the link http://bit.ly/2kBwUJa.

Current and Upcoming Events




Events at Aquinas
February 2017

Wednesday 1st Exam Review Day - Come see the results of your semester 1 final examinations, starting at 8:12 a.m.

Thursday 2nd PA Day - Students should stay home and mentally prepare for semester 2, with the first day of classes on Friday February 3rd.

Friday 3rd Semester 2 First Day - Classes for semester 2 begin at 8:12 a.m. Let the fun begin!

Friday 3rd RAP Acceptances - Grade 8 students who applied for the Aquinas Regional Arts Program should check to see if they were accepted to the program. The results will be posted by 3:00 p.m.on Friday February 3rd at RAP Acceptances

Wednesday 8th Report Card Distribution - Students will receive their semester 1 reports cards during homeroom.

Tuesday 14th Valentine's Day - Be very romantic. Or spend time with friends. Or better yet, stay home, put on a movie and enjoy some delicious chocolate.

Monday 20th Family Day -A great day to spend time with friends and family.

Tuesday 21st and
Wednesday 22nd
Grad Picture Retakes - If you need retakes or missed getting your grad pictures done in 2016, these days are for you. Be sure to sign up.

Wednesday 22nd Dress Down Day - Students are permitted to wear appropriately classy clothing of their choice.

Tuesday 28th Math Contests - The University of Waterloo Math Contests for grade 9, 10 and 11 will be written during period 1 in the cafeteria. Those who signed up should go to the cafeteria by 8:10 a.m.

Wednesday 1st to
Tuesday 28th
Black History Month - There will be events and field trips throughout the month. Listen for announcements during February.


Important Information




Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
January 2017


If your child is currently in Grade 12, you should know that applications are now open for college and university programs. The last date for university applications is January 11th. College applications for the fall term should be submitted before February 1st.

Your child may benefit from financial assistance for postsecondary education from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). As part of the most significant reform of student assistance in North America, the government of Ontario is removing the financial barriers to attending college or university.

If your family income is under $50,000, your child’s tuition is covered. Even if you earn more, the new OSAP is still there to help with generous grants that will make sending your child to college or university more affordable.

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has launched a new online calculator to help students and their families find out quickly and easily whether they qualify for free tuition or other grants and supports from the province. We encourage you to find out more at ontario.ca/osap.




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




“We Are All Treaty People”
Awareness Campaign 2016


Students from the Alternative Education, Social Sciences, and Technology Departments at St. Thomas Aquinas recently celebrated Treaties Recognition Week, participating in a multi-faceted, student-led campaign. The project included morning reflections, a video reflection, media awareness campaign, First Nations teachings and an art installment. Students had the opportunity to show their understanding of this important issue by signing a canvas banner to be displayed in the school and wearing purple and white bracelets woven by fellow students to represent the wampum beads in the treaty belts.



This art installation was created with tiles painted by NBV3C students who were encouraged to express their understanding of Treaties artistically. The colour purple was utilized to reflect the colour of the wampum beads used in Treaty belts. The wood was harvested from Mississaugas of the New Credit land and was selected as its curves symbolized the shape of a river (“For as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows”). The top of the tiles were secured with four dowels to represent the four sacred medicines (Tobacco, Cedar, Sage and Sweetgrass); at the bottom with 7 dowels to represent the Seven Grandfather teachings (Courage, Honesty, Humility, Love, Respect, Truth, and Wisdom); and at the sides with one dowel each representing the Treaty partners (the Indigenous People and the Europeans).

Throughout all of these activities, the students were proudly able to proclaim that “We are all treaty people,” with a unique understanding of this vital component of Canada’s past and future.




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




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




 

 

 



 

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

  





Into The Woods
January 11, 2017

The Grade 12 RAP class presented the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods , a musical reworking of well known fairy tales with characters like Cinderella, Prince Charming, Red Riding Hood, the big bad wolf, the baker and his wife, Jack in the Beanstalk, his mother and their cow, the wicked witch and Rapunzel, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty and several others. Here are some Pictures.







The Fall Art Show
December 15-16, 2016

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






Christmas Concert
December 15, 2016

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, the Show Choir, Women's Chorale, the Jazz Ensemble, The Symphonic Band, Chamber Choir, Mixed Voices, the Wind Ensemble and the night ended with the Stage Band. Here are Pictures.






Christmas Mass
December 15, 2016

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





10 Days of Christmas
December 12-23, 2016

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






Night of the Stars
December 7, 2016

The Meadowvale Theatre was packed to see the 2016 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 RAP program classes, the Grade 9 / 10 Open classes, and a variety of solo and small group numbers. Here are some Pictures: Act 1 and Act 2.






Put Yer Pinkies Up
December 6, 2016

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.






Co-op Career Fair
November 30, 2016

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





Junior Semi-Formal
November 25, 2016

Over 300 enthusiastic grade 9 and 10 students enjoyed an evening of dancing to old and new hip hop and dance tunes, plus a photo booth and pizza to refuel. Here are some 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.



Catholic Community Culture and Caring School Climate Parent Survey

06/02/2017

​This survey asks questions about what you think about the safety, inclusion, and communication with your child's school. Read More

In Our Thoughts and Prayers

31/01/2017

In memory of the victims of the shootings at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Ste. Foy, Quebec Read More

Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools celebrate Black History Month

30/01/2017

Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools will host many engaging events and activities to celebrate Black History Month, including "It's Everyone's History – Walking Forward Together in Hope", a board-wide Black History Student Conference on February 23 for secondary school students. Read More

Director’s Annual Report 2015-16

26/01/2017

The Director of Education produces an annual report to the community outlining board activities, events, highlights and statistical information over the past school year. Read More

Dufferin-Peel receives funding approval for two new schools

17/01/2017

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board recently received notification from the Ministry of Education of the funding of two new Catholic elementary schools; one in Brampton and one in Caledon. Read More

Kindergarten Registration Dates for St. James Catholic Global Learning Centre

12/12/2016

Kindergarten Registration for the St. James Catholic Global Learning Centre will take place January 30 & February 1-3, 2017 Read More

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