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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: Denise Oude-Reimerink
  • Trustee:
  • Anna Podesta-da Silva (Ward 3)
  • Shawn Xaviour (Ward 7)
  • Shawn Xaviour (Ward 8)
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Upcoming Events


Personal Electronic Devices
April 20, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, “we believe that each one, created in the image and likeness of God, is called by name into the Dufferin-Peel Community to realize the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations to the fullest extent possible as we all journey from the early years to vocation.” As we monitor and refine our support, programming continues to ensure that each child is well on their way to achieving the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations within the context of learning in the 21st century.

St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School will be participating in a pilot that will permit students to bring personal electronic devices to school for educational purposes. We recognize the value of using Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) to enhance learning and curriculum delivery. As such, we support the responsible and ethical use of PEDs in keeping with the Catholic Code of Conduct and the DPCDSB’s Policies and General Administrative Procedures.

Through the authority of the principal and under the direction of staff, students are permitted to use the school board’s wireless network and their registered PEDs for educational purposes during this pilot. Further details are included in the following two attachments: PED Parent letter 2015 and the Personal Electronic Device User Agreement.

PED Parent Letter 2015

Personal Electronic Device User Agreement




myBlueprint.ca IPP Completion
April 24, 2015

Students are asked to complete their IPP at myBlueprint.ca. Please refer to the guidance page for more information. Go to the link Guidance Page



Father Jim Roth
April 2015

Allegation of Sexual Abuse Regarding The Late Fr. James (Jim) Roth, OSFS

Information regarding an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor related to the late Fr. James (Jim) Roth, OSFS, is posted on the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s main webpage at www.dpcdsb.org. Additional information, including where to report abuse or suspected abuse, is also posted on the website of Father Roth’s religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, at www.tdprovince.org and the Archdiocese of Toronto at www.archtoronto.org . Please consult these sources as appropriate.





Events at Aquinas
April 2015

Thursday 2nd
to Friday 6th
Holy Thursday - Period 1, Regular Schedule for the Day
Grade 9 and 11 ‐ Period 1A 8:20‐8:50
Grade 10 and 12 –Period 1B 8:55‐9:25

Thursday 9th Multicultural Day - From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., students, parents and community members are invited to participate in the Annual Multicultural Day. Come for the informative pavilions, a show will dance and musical performances, and lots of food. Countries include, Jamaica, The Phillipines, Spain, Atlantis, West Africa and many more. Cost is only $2. There will also be a sneak preview performance during period 1 in the cafeteria.

Monday 13th Inside Ride Assembly - During period 1, selected students will attend the Inside Ride Assembly.

Wednesday 15th Euclid Math Contest - Grade 12 Mathematics scholars will write the University of Waterloo Euclid Math Contest during period 1 and 2.

Thursday 16th Grade 9-11 Math Contests - Selected grade 9, 10 and 11 math scholars will write the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Mathematics contests during period 1.

Friday 17th Report Cards - Report Cards will be distributed to the scholars during homeroom classes.

Tuesday 21st Civies Day - Students are permitted to dress in appropriate clothing that is not their uniform, if they desire.

Monday 20th to
Friday 24th
Solidarity Week - Several Social Justice initiatives will occur during the week. Details will follow.



Sir John A Macdonald Multimedia Contest
March-May 2015

In honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald, Dufferin-Peel will be hosting a board-wide multimedia contest. This challenge invites students from grades 9 – 12 to produce a reflective piece showcasing their knowledge and understanding of the life and times of Sir John A. Macdonald.

Present - April 1 Each secondary school is encouraged to submit one student name in each category to the Family Representative to compete in the Family Level competition.

April 24 - Family Reps submit first place winner name in each category for participation in the Board Level competition.

May 8 - Board Level Competition. Participants will be provided with a scheduled time to present to the panel

Winners of Board Level Competition present their entries, and are recognized at the Board Meeting on May 26.

For additional information please contact Silvana.Gos@dpcdsb.org or Michelle.Coutinho@dpcdsb.org. To see the scoring guidelines, check out:

PublicSpeaking / Spoken Word Scoring
Senior Essay Rubric
Video Production Rubric


Important Information



Summer Programs 2015

Check out the many available summer programs, some sponsored by the Dufferin-Peel School Board, some by outside agencies. To see the lists, go to:

DPCDSB Summer Programs 2015 Flyer

Summer Programs 2015



Health and Physical Education Curriculum Guidelines
February 2015

The Ministry of Education released its updated Health and Physical Education Curriculum Guidelines on Monday, February 23. Our preliminary analysis would indicate that the document is a significant update of the curriculum. Working with the Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO), we will meet the expectations of the Ministry, within our Catholic faith context, in delivering the curriculum to our students. To see a letter from the Board, go to:

Community Letter Health and Phys Ed Curriculum 2015



Message to the Community

Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,

I write to inform you of my transfer from the Brampton North-East Family of Schools to Dufferin-Peel’s Program Department. I have very much enjoyed and treasured my time as Superintendent of this Family of Schools and have cherished learning alongside students, their families, our parish teams and staff. I wish to extend my sincere thanks to each and all who have made a difference in Brampton North-East. It is true, as I daily witness first hand, that “extraordinary lives start with a great Catholic education.”

I also take this opportunity to welcome Denise Oude-Reimerink to the position of Superintendent of Schools for Brampton North-East. Ms. Oude-Reimerink is an experienced Supervisory Officer, who has previously held the position of Superintendent of Schools, as well as Central Office portfolios.

My very best wishes for all of you in the future, and for all of God’s many blessings.

Sincerely,

Max Vecchiarino
Superintendent – Brampton North-East Family of Schools




Graduation Information
2014-2015


For all things Graduation 2015, check out the Graduation Page



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 .




Yearbooks Inserts

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.





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

  




Pi Day
March 10-12, 2015

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14, due to pi's rounded value of 3.14, and once a century like this year 2015, we can use pi's rounded 3.1415. Professor Pralat from Ryerson University came to talk to nine 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 and juice box. On day 2, students were able to join the Amazing Math race to answer 5 questions, and win a QTpi sticker. Here are some Pictures.






Thinkfast!
March 11, 2015

This year, over 200 students learned about the systems which allows corporate farming interests to squeeze out local individual farmers. Plus, the ten students who took the trip to Cambodia shared their experiences with slums, the education system and the killing fields. Here are some Pictures.






Junior Boys Basketball Champions!
March 5, 2015

The team won the ROPSSAA Tier Two Championship with a dominating 53-34 win over the visiting Erindale Raiders. Here are Pictures.





Mural Ceremony
March 5, 2015

Several art and native studies classes prepared murals, in memory of the dozens of native women across Canada who have been killed or disappeared, and unveiled them in a ceremony in the library. Here are Pictures.






Shrek: The Musical
March 4, 2015

The Arts Department presented Shrek: The Musical, featuring singing, dancing, acting and a full orchestra. And jokes, lots of fairy tale characters, an onion, belching and a lot of green. Here are some Pictures.





Ash Wednesday
February 18, 2015

The St. Thomas Aquinas community celebrated the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. 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.





Senior Semi-Formal
February 13, 2015

Over 250 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 a light dinner, colourful lights and a variety of tunes provided by the enthusiastic DJ's. Here are some Pictures.







Our Town
February 5, 2015

The Grade 10 RAP Drama class presented the Pulitzer winning drama "Our Town". Our Town is a 1938 three-act play by American playwright Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens, and the details of their lives and deaths. Here are some Pictures.






Cambodia Trip
January 2015

Ten students and five teachers took a spectacular trip of a lifetime to Cambodia, to help build a latrine, but more so to learn about the culture and way-of-life of people in a very different country compared to Canada, and the poverty, education system and history, including the notorious killing fields. Here are some Pictures.







One Act Festival
January 26, 2015

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





Girls Rugby Trip
December 2014

The Girls Rugby team practiced hard during the fall for their annual trip to Florida for the international high school rugby tournament. The Cardinals not only enjoyed a day at Universal Studios theme park, but won the tournament as well. Here are some Pictures.





10 Days of Christmas
December 8-19, 2014

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






Indoor Soccer
December 17, 2014

Dozens of intense Aquinas soccer players competed in the Indoor Soccer League. In the finals, Chelsea came from behind to defeat Barcelona 3-1 to take the Aquinas Cup. Some Pictures.







Christmas Concert
December 16, 2014

The St. Thomas Aquinas Instrumental Music program presented its annual Christmas Concert at the Lester B. Pearson Theatre. The evening began with a medley of Christmas music from the Junior Band, and continued with the STA Combo and the newly formed Symphonic Band. Act 2 opened with the always exciting Stage Band, and moved through a four-person Guitar Ensemble, Rags to Riches and ended with another newly formed group, the Wind Ensemble. Here are Pictures.






Junior Semi-Formal
December 5, 2014

Over 350 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 5, 2014

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.






Night of the Stars
December 4, 2014

The Meadowvale Theatre was packed to see the 2014 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.






Advent Mass
December 4, 2014

As Advent began November 30th, the Aquinas Community was led in Advent Mass by Father Francois. Here are some Pictures.





Co-op Career Fair
December 3, 2014

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, 2014

The Arts Leadership class, with assistance from the Grade 12 Class, hosted special needs students from Notre Dame, Holy Name of Mary, Cardinal Ambrozic, St. Agnes and Cardinal Newman for a day of music, dance and fun activities. Here are Pictures.






Sounds of the Season
November 27, 2014

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






The Art Show
November 27, 2014

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.





Academic Awards Night
November 20, 2014

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.


Anthony Rasetta
Top Grade 9 Winner

Kristen Yeh
Top Grade 10 Winner

Robert Maronowski
Top Grade 11 Winner



Halloween
October 31, 2014

Hundreds of students dressed for Halloween, featuring zombies, Iron Man, the Hulk Hogans, cowboys and cowgirls, superheros, Pikachu's, witches, bunny rabbits, cats, angels, Minions, Shakespearean characters drenched in blood, and more. Here are Pictures.






Harvest Festival
October 24, 2014

At the biggest and best Harvest Festival yet, including a spectacular haunted hallway, Aquinas students and friends enjoyed midway games, makeup tables, fun costumes, dancing and pumpkin carving. Here are some 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. Here are some other Pictures.


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.







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.




Public Budget Consultation

16/04/2015

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is providing multiple options this year for parents/guardians and other community stakeholders to provide input regarding the board’s 2015-16 operating budget. Read More

Technological Skills Competition

01/04/2015

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s 2015 Catholic Technological Skills Competition will be held on April 8 (Elementary) and April 9 (Secondary). Read More

Sir John A Macdonald Contest

26/03/2015

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is hosting a board-wide multi-media contest for students to recognize and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald. Read More

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