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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): Toni Di Franco
  • Olivera Glasford
  • Lina Iacobucci
  • Paul Nalli
  • Superintendent: Deborah Finegan-Downey
  • Trustee:
  • Anna da Silva (Ward 3)
  • Shawn Xaviour (Ward 7)
  • Shawn Xaviour (Ward 8)
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St. Thomas Aquinas SS Important Updates





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


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Upcoming Events



Graduate Exit Survey
By Friday, May 27, 2016


All Grade 12s are asked to complete this survey, which is based on the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by Friday May 27, 2016. Thank you Grade 12s for taking the time to tell us about your Catholic school experience. Check out:
OCSGE Survey Poster 2016




Get Ready!
August 25-30, 2016


"Get Ready!" is designed to provide a successful transition into their secondary program by providing them with an opportunity to review key concepts in literacy and numeracy, as well as introducing effective learning strategies and organizational skills. The program also consists of orientation to the secondary school including an overview of secondary programs, schedules, school layout and practices. As students will be participating from a number of elementary schools, this initiative will also allow our incoming Grade 9s to establish connections with their new peer group, senior mentors, and members of the secondary faculty. The 16 hour program will be delivered by secondary teachers at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School and will run August 25, 26, 29 and 30, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30.p.m. All Aquinas parents and students are invited to join us for an Orientation Session on Monday, August 29th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., including those students who do not register for the "Get Ready!" Program. Check out:

Get Ready 2016 Flyer

Get Ready Orientation Website Letter 2016





Events at Aquinas
May 2016

Monday 2nd to
Friday 6th
Catholic Education Week - Students will have an opportunity to hear working poets and writers discuss their work.

Friday 6th 40th Anniversary Celebration - 1) During the day, students will see a multi-media presentation assembly. Later, students will enjoy a BBQ and anniversary activities during all lunches. ROPSSAA Soccer and Lacrosse games will occur throughout the afternoon starting at 11 a.m.
2) Father Tobin will celebrate an anniversary mass for staff, students and alumni in the library at 5:00 p.m.
3) Official Welcome to the Anniversary Festivities.
4) We will host an 40th Anniversary/Reunion Pub (no cover, cash bar) in the cafeteria commencing at 7:00 p.m, ending at 11:00 p.m., including a slide show and athletics display.

Tuesday 10th Multicultural Day - Students from many ethnic backgrounds represented at Aquinas will perform dances and vocal performances highlighting their cultures during period 1 assembly. At night, there will be additional performances and various cultural displays and food available. Don't miss it.

Wednesday 11th Co-op Career Fair - Co-op students of semester 2 will display work from their semester in the cafeteria periods 1 and 2.

Thursday 19th Dress Down Day - Students and staff are permitted to dress sans uniform in more casual, but appropriate, outfits.

Wednesday 25th Blood Donor Clinic - Students and staff are encouraged to donate blood.

Wednesday 25th to
Thursday 26th
Aladdin - The musical theatre class presents a whole new world of fun with the Disney musical Aladdin in the Brian Dunn Theatre. Showtimes to follow.

Friday 27th Prom - Grade 12 students will be celebrating the (almost) end of four fun years at Aquinas at the Pearson Convention Centre.

Tuesday 31st Year End Masses - Grade 9, 10 and 11 students will be celebrating the culminating mass of the year in the cafeteria during period 1.


Important Information




Social Justice Week
April 18-22, 2016



Former Toronto Mayor and current CEO of World Wildlife Fund, David Miller (far right), visits Aquinas April 20th to discuss climate change and its effects on the planet and on wild animals, such as polar bears in the Arctic. Standing with, L to R, Principal Ariganello, Mr. Connolly and Mrs. Fortini.




Budget Consultation with Parents
April-May 2016


If you are interested in making a 5 minute presentation to one of two board meetings about the 2016-2017 budget, please check out the 2016-2017 Budget Consultation Letter to Parents.




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




Graduation 2016 Information
2015-2016


For all things Graduation 2016, check out the Graduation Page



Yearbooks Inserts

The 2015 Yearbook inserts are available for pickup in the math office, Room 324. There are still at least two dozen copies available for purchase, which will be sold until they run out. The cost is $30 cash for both yearbook and insert.





Transportation Start Up Procedures
September 2015

Please click on the link below for information about September 2015 transportation start up procedures, plus helpful tips to enhance student safety.

School Start Up Transportation
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



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.



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

  




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.





Academic Awards Night
November 19, 2015

On Thursday, November 20th, awards were distributed awards for top achievement in each area of study at St. Thomas Aquinas. Congratulations to all award winners. Here are some Pictures. Below are the top students from Grades 9, 10 and 11.



Matthew Picozzi
Top Grade 9 Winner

Laura Bonato and
Merin Kuriakose
Top Grade 10 Winners


Niamh Cashell
Top Grade 11 Winner



Remembrance Day
November 11, 2015

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, plus a quite moving video with images and video from World War I to the War in Afghanistan. Here are Pictures.





Halloween
October 29, 2015

Hundreds of students dressed for Halloween, featuring zombies, the Blue Jays starting lineup, the Olympic Ski Team, iRobot and much, much more. Here are 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.





Harvest Festival
October 17, 2015

The biggest and best Harvest Festival yet featured a spectacular haunted hallway, with blood, gore and an asylum. Aquinas students and friends enjoyed midway games, makeup tables, fun costumes, food, a live band and pumpkin carving. Here are some Pictures.





Boys Night Out
October 14, 2015

Over 100 grade 9 boys enjoyed a chance to meet their fellow classmates and engage in fun activities such as auto maintenance, baking cookies, weightlifting, watching the Blue Jays and fun games in the gym. Here are some Pictures.






Girls Night Out
October 7, 2015

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: Part 1 and Pictures: Part 2.






Terry Fox Walk
October 2, 2015

Students and staff enjoyed a brisk walk and raised $16,395 during the annual Terry Fox Walk. Over 1000 people were served a hamburger, snack and drink afterwards, and then enjoyed the Senior Football team's 43-9 win over the Mayfield Mavericks. Here are some Pictures.






Grade 9 Retreat
September 29, 2015

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.






2014-2015
Top Academic Graduates
June 25, 2015


At the 2015 graduation in June, the top three scholars of the graduating year were celebrated and rewarded for their hard work and high level of achievement. Here are some other Pictures.


Robert Maronowski
1st

Leonor Separi, Jacob Turk
2nd

Benson Ho
3rd



Athletic Banquet
June 9, 2015

Athletes and coaches recognized most improved, dedicated and valuable athletes from each team, including Athletes of the Year Jessica MacNeil and Jesse Soares. Here are Pictures.





Girls Softball ROPSSAA Champions!!
June 4, 2015

The Girls Softball team has won the ROPSSAA Championship three years in a row! This year, the team dominated the St. Marcellinus Spirit 12-2 for the victory.






Carnival!
June 2, 2015

Students enjoyed hamburgers, freezies, henna tattoos, gladiator fights, cross-fit and and other games like can knock, ice cream and a climb and slide run. Here are Pictures.





Prom
May 29, 2015

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






Spring Art Show
May 27, 2015

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






Elements
May 26, 2015

The St. Thomas Aquinas Arts Department presented Elements, a dance show based on the elements of earth, air, fire and water, with over 30 different numbers. The Grade 10, 11 and 12 RAP classes, and the Grade 11 and 12 Open classes danced in many styles to a wide variety of music. Also featured were a wide variety of individual and duo performances. Here are pictures from Act 1 and Act 2 .







Alice In Wonderland
May 20-22, 2015

The musical theatre class presented the Broadway Musical "Alice In Wonderland", based on the Lewis Carroll classic . Here are some Pictures.





Inside Ride
May 14, 2015

Students and staff participated in fundraiser to raise funds for cancer patient care by riding stationary bikes in the gym. They raised over $8000 for the cause. And, of course, they wore very festive clothing while doing it. Here are Pictures.






Co-op Fair
May 13, 2015

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





ABL Championship
May 7, 2015

Four teams of students and one team of teachers competed in the early morning hours in the Aquinas Basketball League. The Mavericks faced off in the championship game against the Raptors, and in a seesaw battle decided by two late three point field goals, the Mavericks were victorious 58-55. Here are Pictures.







Edward Albee A to Z
May 7-8, 2015

The Grade 12 Drama Class presented two one act plays written by American Playwright Edward Albee. The American Dream punctures the myth of the American Dream and suburban family life in the 1950's. Zoo Story deals with the loneliness of a man in Central Park, who meets and engages a New York executive who just wants a quiet place to read, and their encounter ends in tragedy . Here are some Pictures.






Multicultural Day
April 9, 2015

Multicultural Day featured two assemblies of dancing and entertainment, and a night of food and even more entertainment. A wide variety of cultures and nationalities were represented, from South Korea to Jamaica, from South Asia to South America, from the Philippines to Japan and Africa. Here are some Pictures.





Board approves school closures as part of Pupil Accommodation Review

25/05/2016

On May 24, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board of Trustees approved the closure of two Mississauga elementary schools, effective June 2017. Read More

Catholic Education Week 2016

25/04/2016

Schools and parishes across the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will host many special events and activities during the week of May 1-6, as students, staff, and the community celebrate Catholic Education Week. Read More

East Credit Mississauga Pupil Accommodation Review Update Bulletin 4

22/04/2016

At its November 24, 2015 meeting, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board of Trustees approved the commencement of a Pupil Accommodation Review in the East Credit Service area of Mississauga. Read More

DPCDSB and OPSEU Local 283 reach tentative local collective agreement

21/04/2016

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 283 have reached a tentative local Collective Agreement, pending ratification by both parties. Read More

My Catholic Education Social Media Campaign

18/04/2016

On April 25, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will launch a two-week social media campaign called #MyCatholicEducation to commemorate Catholic Education Week – May 1-6. Read More

2016-17 Public Budget Consultation

13/04/2016

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is, once again, providing multiple options this year for parents/guardians and other community stakeholders to provide input regarding the board’s 2016-17 operating budget. Read More

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