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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): Jason Boily
  • Toni Di Franco
  • Olivera Glasford
  • Lina Iacobucci
  • Superintendent: Max Vecchiarino
  • Trustee:
  • Anna Podesta-da Silva (Ward 3)
  • Scott McLauchlan (Ward 7)
  • Scott McLauchlan (Ward 8)
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Events at Aquinas
April 2014

Monday, March 31
to Friday, April 4
E Waste Week - E-Waste week is March 31st to April 4th. The following items can be dropped off: Cellphones Laptops, Inkjet and Toner Cartridges, T.V.'s, VCR's, DVD players, Projectors, Microwaves, Monitors, Desktop Computers, Cameras. Drop off of all big items will happen from 7:30 to 8:10 am at the receiving doors and any small items, such as cellphones/toner cartridges, at lunch.

Thursday, April 3 Parent-Teacher Night - Parent Teacher Night will take place 6:30 to 9 p.m at the school. Please have your student sign up with his/her teacher for the 10 minute slot desired.

Tuesday, April 8 Parent Council Meeting - Parent Council meets in the school library at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Monday, April 14
to Thursday, April 17
Holy Week - St. Thomas Aquinas celebrates the Lenten and Easter season during the week, culminating in a Holy Thursday liturgy.

Tuesday, April 15 Euclid Mathematics Contest - The Grade 12 University of Waterloo Euclid Mathematics Contest will be written by those math scholars who signed up.

Thursday, April 15 Grade 9 - 11 Mathematics Contest - The Grade 9 to 11 University of Waterloo Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Mathematics Contests will be written by those selected math scholars.

Friday, April 18
to Monday, April 21
Easter Weekend- Good Friday on the 18th and Easter Monday on the 21st are holidays.

Thursday, April 24 Thinkfast! - Thinkfast! takes place after school on April 24th until 8:30pm. The night will feature a variety of workshops, fun events and food. This year's theme is "We are all treaty people - A voice for justice" - a chance to raise awareness regarding the impact of mining in the global south as well as land claim disputes of our First Nations, Metis & Inuit peoples here in Canada.

Friday, April 25 Report Cards - Report cards will be distributed to students during homeroom class.

Monday, April 28
to Friday, May 2
Spirit Week - Spring Spirit Week features a multicultural emphasis, ending in Multicultural Day on May 2.




Are You Ticked?
April 2014


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. - See more at: Dufferin-Peel Link


Important Information





2014-2015 RAP Acceptances
February 3, 2014 at 3 p.m.


You will find the acceptances for each discipline posted on February 3, 2014 by
3 p.m.
They will be posted here.




Graduation 2014

Information and forms for Graduation 2014, at the: Graduation Page


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 2013 Parent Handbook details a wide variety of topics, from uniform policy to absences to student progress. Click Parent Handbook 2013 for a copy of the handbook.



Yearbook Inserts 2013

The Yearbook Inserts are still available. All those who purchased a 2013 yearbook are entitled to a copy, no extra charge. Come pick up your copy in the math office, room 324.

To see Aquinas pictures from last year and past years, check out Dr. J's Aquinas Page.



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



Access to Bus Information

Please click on the links below for the latest information re: integrated ridership for bused students.

Frequently Asked Questions
Integrated Ridership: May Info Letter
Integrated Ridership: Special Education Information

To access information regarding bussing eligibility please follow the steps below. 

Please click on the link below for the most up-to-date information from STOPR regarding student transportation: STOPR School Start Up Info

* Access the http://businfo.stopr.ca
* click "student login"
* Enter your child's OEN number, street address number, school, and grade (please note that the OEN number appears on the report card)
* click "login"

Please click on the link below for information on how eligibility is determined.

Transportation Eligibility Information

Students who are eligible for bussing will be able to locate this information on the STOPR website. 



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!




Holmes Makes It Right - Labour of Love
April 2013

Check out the link below for the Holmes Makes It Right - Labour of Love episode that aired on Tuesday, April 16th featuring some of the St. Thomas Aquinas S. S. construction students and Mr. Kilinskas, as they work with Mike Holmes to renovate the Odulio home. Holmes Makes It Right Episode

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

  





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 Championship
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. Here are 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



Boys Night Out
October 9, 2013

Over 100 enthusiastic grade 9 boys, seniors and teachers enjoyed an evening of bowling, games, cooking and building stuff, plus wholesome hotdogs. Here are some Pictures.





Terry Fox Run
October 4, 2013

On a wet Friday morning, several hundred Aquinas students walked, ran or rolled in the annual Terry Fox Run, raising over $10000 for Cancer Research. Here are Pictures.





Girls Night Out
October 3, 2013

Over two hundred grade 9 girls, senior students and teachers enjoyed an evening of dancing, cheers, cosmetology, cupcakes and a chance to meet new people. Plus an excellent pasta meal. Here are some Pictures.





Grade 9 Retreat
September 17, 2013

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





Top Academic Graduates
June 27, 2013


At the 2012 graduation in June, the top three scholars of the graduating year were celebrated and rewarded for their hard work and high level of achievement.


Andrew McFarlane
1st

Suraj Gopinath Birla
2nd

Udbhav Kharad
3rd



Athletic Banquet
June 5, 2013

Athletes and coaches recognized most improved, dedicated and valuable athletes from each team, including Athletes of the Year Bernice Agyepong and Patrick Taccogna. The Pictures.






A Time To Dance
June 4, 2013

The St. Thomas Aquinas Arts Department presented A Time To Dance, a dance show with over 30 different numbers. The Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 RAP classes, and the Grade 10 Open classe danced in many styles to a wide variety of music. The 2nd half featured the Senior Extreme Contemporary team, two Grade 11 RAP presentations choreographed by the students, and a dozen Grade 12 RAP individual and small group performances. Here are pictures from Act 1 and Act 2 .






Carnival!
June 4, 2013

Students enjoyed hamburgers, freezies, baton fights, basketball competion, ring toss, throwing cream pies at student council members and a massive waterfight. Here are Pictures.






RAP Awards
May 28, 2013

The Regional Arts Program conducted its Awards Night with Bond, James Bond as its theme. Awards were distributed to those arts students in Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 who distinguished themselves as leaders in their classes and most valuable to their program, in the diciplines of Fine Arts, Drama, Vocal Music, Dance and Instrumental Music. Here are a few Pictures.





Multicultural Day
May 16, 2013

Original dances, musical numbers and dramatic presentations displayed student's cultural heritage, from such places as Japan, Hawaii and Jamaica. Here are Pictures.





Co-op Career Fair
May 15, 2013

Students in 2nd semester co-op displayed the highlights from their co-op work placement, from teaching assistant to chef to electrician to retail sales. Here are a few Pictures.






Godspell
May 1-3, 2013

The Grade 12 RAP Drama class presented the final play in their drama series, the Broadway classic Godspell. The play featured modern interpretations of the parables of Jesus, such as the prodigal son returns, as well as a bit of Les Miserables, Rocky Horror, the Bird Dance and even a brief glimpse of Gangnam Style. Here are some Pictures.




Board will not appeal court decision

23/04/2014

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will not appeal the recent Ontario Divisional Court decision related to religious exemptions Read More

GSN Announcement

02/04/2014

Board chair, Mario Pascucci says that Ministry of Education’s announcement on school board funding for 2014-15 is no good news story as far as the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is concerned. Read More

Interschool Mass

28/03/2014

On April 3, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will hold its third annual Interschool Mass. The theme is “Take up your cross and follow me.” Read More

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