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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: Dan Compagnon
  • Vice Principal(s): Toni Di Franco
  • Olivera Glasford
  • Lina Iacobucci
  • Kathy McQuire
  • Paul Nalli
  • Superintendent: Max Vecchiarino
  • Trustee:
  • Anna Podesta-da Silva (Ward 3)
  • Scott McLauchlan (Ward 7)
  • Scott McLauchlan (Ward 8)
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St. Thomas Aquinas SS Important Updates


Aquinas Sports on Twitter

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


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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Upcoming Events




ShareLife Fundraiser
October 20-30, 2014


Period 3 classes will receive a jar in which to collect donations for ShareLife, with a goal of $100 or more in each class. Classes that meet their fundraising goal will qualify for a Dress Down Celebration Day on Tuesday, November 4. All donation jars must be brought to the chapel during period 3 on Thursday, October 30.





Events at Aquinas
October 2014

Wednesday, 1st Girls Night In - Grade 9 girls are invited and encouraged to attend an evening of games, music, fun activities and a chance to meet their fellow grade 9 girls. Listen for sign up information on the school announcements.

Monday 6th to
Friday, 10th
Spirit Week - Let's have some fun!

Monday - Pictures with Cardy, Jelly Bean Count and music in the cafeteria
Tuesday - Just Dance Competition
Wednesday - Aquinas Family Feud
Thursday - Sumo Wrestling
Friday - Aquinas Spirit Wear Day and Friday Night Lights

Wednesday, 8th Boys Night In - Grade 9 boys are invited and encouraged to attend an evening of games, sports, fun activities and a chance to meet their fellow grade 9 boys. Listen for sign up information on the school announcements.

Friday, 10th Football Doubleheader - At the Rogers Centre, the St. Roch Ravens will face off against our Aquinas Cardinals in a Junior and Senior Football doubleheader starting at 10:30 a.m. The $25 ticket price includes entrance to the game and transportation from Aquinas to the Rogers Centre. They are on sale September 22-26

Wednesday, 15th Photo Retake Day - If you need a retake of your school photo, or you missed getting yours done in September, this is your last chance to get it done.

Monday, 20th
to Thursday 30th
ShareLife Fundraiser - Students are encouraged to contribute to ShareLife, with classes raising over $100 getting a special dress down day November 4th.

Tuesday, 21st Civvies Day - Students may dress down in appropriate non-uniform clothing if they choose.

Thursday, 23rd Parent Teacher Interviews - This is the chance for parents to meet the teacher and discuss the progress of their scholar thus far.

Friday, 24th Harvest Festival - Come out and enjoy STA's annual fall festival. Going from 6 to 8 p.m., the evening soiree features food, games, fun costumes and scary haunted stuff.

Friday, 31st Halloween - Students and teachers have the opportunity to dress up in scary and entertaining costumes to celebrate the day in style. Or lack of style works too.





Dufferin-Peel Catholic Institute for International Education Information Night
Thursday, October 23, 2014


To see information on the Dufferin-Peel Catholic Institute, check out:

2014 International Student Information Night




Remembrance Day Services
Sunday, November 9 to Tuesday November 11, 2014


To see a list of Remembrance Day Services in the Peel Region, check out:

Remembrance Day Services 2014




Brampton Christmas Activities
Thursday, November 13 to Sunday, November 16, 2014


To see a list Christmas activities in Brampton, from Christmas Tree Lighting, the Santa Claus Parade, a new Frozen Show and much more, check out:

Christmas in Brampton 2014


Important Information





Yearbooks Inserts
September 2014


The 2014 Yearbook inserts have arrived. Each person who purchased a yearbook last school year will receive their copy free. They will available for students to pick up starting the first day of school, September 2nd, but if you wish to come in and get yours early, they will be available in the math office Monday August 25th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Thursday August 28th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

There are still about a dozen copies available for purchase, which will be sold until they run out. The cost is $40 cash.






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.



Are You Ticked?

Make Sure Your School Support Designation is English Separate (Catholic). It's a powerful message in support of Catholic education.

On October 27, you will cast your vote for Catholic school trustee in the Municipal elections. Make your vote count, by ensuring you are registered as an English Separate school supporter. When you designate yourself as an English Separate school supporter, you help foster a strong political voice, through your elected representative (Trustee), in ensuring your rights to a Catholic education for the young people in our province.

To verify that you are registered as an English Separate school supporter: Check the assessment section of your Tax Bill or Property Assessment Notice. Check your Voter Information Card received by mail during the month of May We can help you register or change your direction of school support. Contact the Admissions Department at 905-890-0708 ext. 24512.

For more information, visit www.dpcdsb.org and see Dufferin-Peel Link



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



Uniforms

All our students are expected to be in full and proper uniform every day at school.  This includes being in the halls, library, and cafeteria.  Students who do not comply with the school uniform policy will receive appropriate consequences. 

Shirt: (RJ McCarthy Only)
   -> Aquinas Crested Rugby Shirt
   -> Hoodies are not permitted

Pants: (RJ McCarthy Only)
   -> Black Dress Pants with the Cardinal Logo on the right thigh
   -> Pants must be worn at the waist

Shoes:
   -> Black Dress or casual shoes with Black laces only
   -> All students must wear socks with their shoes

Optional Summer Uniform: (RJ McCarthy Only)

For September to Thanksgiving, and May 1st to Final Exams only
   -> Aquinas Monogrammed White Golf Shirt, instead of Rugby Shirt

Please note: the last day that students can wear the optional "summer uniform" is Thursday, October 10th.  All students must be in their rugby shirt after Thanksgiving.

Uniform items may be purchased through R.J.McCarthy located at 44 West Drive in Brampton.   For more details go to www.rjmccarthy.com. To see a picture example of the uniform, click Aquinas Uniform .



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.



Religious Accomodations

If you are in need of religious accomodations for this coming school year, please read this letter at Religious Accomodations Letter 2013-2014 .



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




Transportation Start Up Procedures
September 2014

Please click on the link below for information about September 2014 transportation start up procedures, plus helpful tips to enhance student safety.

DPCDSB School Start Up Memo
Safety Tips You Can Use



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

  




Friday Night Lights
October 10, 2014

Several hundred enthusiastic Cardinals traveled to the Rogers Centre in Toronto to witness a junior and senior football doubleheader against the St. Roch Ravens. Here are some Pictures.






Boys Night Out
October 8, 2014

About 100 grade 9 boys enjoyed a chance to meet their fellow classmates and engage in fun activities such as hip hop dancing, auto maintenance, baking cookies, trivia competition, weightlifting and fun games in the gym. Here are some Pictures.





Spirit Week
October 6-10, 2014

Student council organized a wide variety of fun events each during period 3 lunch hour. Here are some Pictures.





Girls Night Out
October 1, 2014

About 150 grade 9 girls enjoyed a chance to meet their fellow classmates and engage in fun activities such as dancing, cupcake decorating, icebreakers, yoga, bracelet-making and cosmetology. Here are some Pictures.





Grade 9 Retreat
September 23, 2014

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.





September BBQ
September 17, 2014

Student council organized a fun BBQ during Period 3, featuring music, dancing and hamburgers. Here are some Pictures.






2013-2014
Top Academic Graduates
June 26, 2014


At the 2014 graduation in June, the top three scholars of the graduating year were celebrated and rewarded for their hard work and high level of achievement.


Connal De Souza
1st

Megan Loseto, Sarah Bonato
2nd

Katrina Velasquez
3rd




A Time To Dance
June 5, 2014

The St. Thomas Aquinas Arts Department presented A Time To Dance, a dance show with over 30 different numbers. The Grade 10, 11 and 12 RAP classes, and the Grade 11 Open classe danced in many styles to a wide variety of music. Also featured was the Extreme HIP HOP team, and wide variety of individual and duo performances. Here are pictures from Act 1 and Act 2 .






Athletic Banquet
June 4, 2014

Athletes and coaches recognized most improved, dedicated and valuable athletes from each team, including Athletes of the Year Jamie MacNeil and Kayode Simmons. Here are Pictures.





Carnival!
June 3, 2014

Students enjoyed hamburgers, freezies, baton fights, basketball, football and other sports competions, ring toss, ice cream and running through a maze. Here are Pictures.





Prom
May 30, 2014

Students and teachers broke out the formal wear, and looked good. They also enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, punch, pictures standing by the famous Hollywood Sign and other glamourous locations, a several course meal with a spiffy dessert, and plenty of dancing to one of the best DJ's the Prom has had in a while. Here are pictures from Act 1 and Act 2 .






Exhibit A
May 22, 2014

The cafeteria became an Art Gallery, with the largest display yet of art from students in the fine arts program. Here are some Pictures.






Seussical
May 21-23, 2014

The musical theatre class presented the Broadway Musical "Seussical", a complex medley of many of the books of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking. Here are some Pictures.






Co-op Fair
May 14, 2014

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





Multicultural Day
May 2, 2014

The week of April 28 to May 2 was Multicultural Week at St. Thomas Aquinas, culminating with two assemblies and a night of food and entertainment. A wide variety of cultures and nationalities were represented, from South Korea to Jamaica, from India to South America, from Trinidad to Lebanon. Plus, Hawaii and many more. Here are some Pictures.






Alumni Basketball
April 29, 2014

The Aquinas bleachers were packed with basketball fans ready to cheer on their Senior Boys Cardinals, who were taking on a team of recent alumni from the Cardinal basketball program. A school brass band belted out a variety of tunes, Aquinas RAP dancers led the fans with cheers and an energetic halftime show, and there were 3 point shooting and slam dunk contests during halftime. The current Senior Cardinals came from behind to beat the Alumni 59-56 in an exciting finish to a fun basketball game. Here are some Pictures.







Electra
April 30 to May 2, 2014

The Grade 12 RAP Drama class presented the ancient Greek drama Electra, by Socrates. It is the story of the killing of King Agamemnon of Argos by his wife and her lover, and the revenge sought by their second daughter, Electra, who waits for her brother Orestes to return from exile to help her. Here are some Pictures.






ThinkFast
April 24, 2014

ThinkFast is an annual opportunity for students to learn about current social justice issues. This year's theme was "We Are All Treaty People", where students learned all of us are affected by treaties, and about mining in the global south and Canada. Students fasted for 24 hours to raise awareness and contributed a $25 or more donation to go towards Development and Peace initiatives. Here are some Pictures.







Spring Concert
April 10, 2014

The Arts Music Department presented their annual Spring Concert featuring a variety of musical groups, including Take Heart, Junior and Senior Concert Band, the S.T.A. Singers, the Grade 12 Vocal class, S.T.A Combo, the Jazz Choir and the always entertaining Stage Band. Here are some Pictures.






Indoor Soccer
February 21, 2014

Dozens of intense Aquinas soccer players competed in the Indoor Soccer League. In the finals, Spain narrowly beat Germany 4-3 to take the Aquinas Cup. Some Pictures.





Ash Wednesday
March 5, 2014

The St. Thomas Aquinas community celebrated the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. The 2014 Lent Theme was "Take Up The Cross", where students and staff were encouraged to wear the cross, and reflect in their lives what burdens and sacrifices they should make. Here are some Pictures.






Hairspray
February 25-28, 2014

A collaboration of musical, dance and dramatic talent came together to present the satiric John Water musical "Hairspray", a story of a teenage girl who dreamed of being a regular on a local dance show in 1963 Baltimore. When she gets on the show, she finds the dancers only represented a narrow white demographic, and she works to have the show integrated with a more diverse group of kids who look like the people she knows from school and her neighbourhood.. Here are some Pictures.





Senior Semi-Formal
February 21, 2014

Over 200 enthusiastic senior students from St. Thomas Aquinas enjoyed an evening of dressing up and getting down on the dancefloor, at the Senior Semi-Formal. Well-organized by Student Council, the seniors enjoyed punch, a light dinner, colourful lights and a variety of tunes provided by the enthusiastic DJ's. Here are some Pictures.






One Act Festival
January 31, 2014

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






Blood Brothers
January 8, 2014

The Grade 12 RAP Drama class presented the West End musical Blood Brothers, January 8-10, in the Brian Dunn Theatre. In the play, two brothers are separated at birth, one growing up in poverty and one growing up in affuence, in love with the same woman, both meeting a tragic end. Here are some Pictures.






The Art Show
January 8, 2014

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






Aquinas Got Talent
December 18, 2013

The Aquinas cafetorium was packed to see the annual Aquinas Got Talent competition. The show featured nine entertaining acts, from a rock band, to a duo playing five different international instruments, to exceptional high energy dance numbers, and even a magic show. Congratulations to the winner, as voted on by students in attendance ... Grade 9 dancer Kevin Scheitzbach. Here are some Pictures.





Christmas Concert
December 12, 2013

The Aquinas cafeteria featured the instrumental musical stylings of the Junior and Senior Concert Bands, the electric Stage Band, the STA Combo, the Senior Guitar class, plus an appearance from the Grade 9 vocal class. The Pictures.





Sounds of the Season
December 12, 2013

The Aquinas cafeteria was alive with the Sound of Music, with the Aquinas Singers, the Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 RAP vocal classes providing Christmas and lots of other great tunes. The Pictures.





Put Yer Pinkies Up
December 6, 2013

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






Night of the Stars
December 5, 2013

The Aquinas cafetorium was packed to see the sold out 2013 edition 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, the Extreme Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz groups, and a variety of solo and small group numbers. Here are some Pictures.





Co-op Fair
December 4, 2013

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






Arts Olympics
December 3, 2013

The Arts Leadership class, with assistance from the regular Leadership class, hosted special needs students from 8 schools, in a day of music, dance and fun activities. Here are Pictures.





Halloween
October 31, 2013

Several hundred students dressed for some Halloween fun, featuring zombies, several Wonder Women, multiple Gatsbyesque flappers, Supergirls, cowboys and cowgirls, several teething babies, vintage 70's basketball players, many Batmans and even more Robins, a couple of Pikachu's, the Ellen princesses, Jesus of Nazareth, Miss Fortune, witches, bunny rabbits, angels, a Herman Munsteresque Frankenstein, Cleopatra, a why-so-serious Joker, Walter White and a special appearance by Miley Cyrus. Here are some Pictures.






Koffee Haus
October 30, 2013

Members of the musical wing of the Arts Department organized an evening of live music, where a variety of students strapped on guitars, banged on the drums and sang original and popular tunes. Here are some Pictures.





Harvest Festival
October 25, 2013

The St. Thomas Aquinas Student Council hosted the annual Harvest Festival, a night for the whole family to dress up, play carnival games, carve pumpkins, chow down on hot dogs or donuts-on-a-string, get frightened in the Haunted House and much more. Here are some Pictures.





Academic Awards Night
October 10, 2013

On Thursday, October 10th, awards were distributed awards for top achievement in each area of study at St. Thomas Aquinas. Congratulations to all award winners. Here are the top students from Grades 9, 10 and 11.


Niamh Cashell
Top Grade 9 Winner

Robert Maronowski
Top Grade 10 Winner

Katrina Velasquez
Top Grade 11 Winner


French Immersion Information Sessions

17/10/2014

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 2015-2016 school year Read More

Secondary Information Sessions

07/10/2014

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 2015-16 school year. Read More

Ciao Italia 2015

06/10/2014

Secondary students are invited to participate in a learning experience that combines the sites of Italy with courses that count towards high school credit. Read More

Grade 9 EQAO and OSSLT Results

24/09/2014

Results from the 2013-2014 EQAO Grade 9 assessments of mathematics and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) indicate that Dufferin-Peel students exceeded the provincial average by between 4% and 13%. Read More

Elementary EQAO Results

17/09/2014

Results of the recently released 2013-2014 Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments mark the sixth consecutive year in which the percentage of Dufferin-Peel students achieving at, or above, the provincial standard (Levels 3 or 4) in Grades 3 and 6 has equalled or exceeded the provincial averages. Read More

Strategic System Review Survey

11/09/2014

In May 2014, the Board undertook a large-scale strategic review survey of stakeholders with a view to incorporating data gleaned from the survey into the development of the Board’s new Strategic System Plan, which would provide direction for the next five years. The survey was completed by May 31, 2014. Read More

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