Halloween Costume Guidelines

Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume, we encourage you to reflect about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of your lives. The following are suggested questions to reflect on when choosing a costume to avoid being disrespectful or offensive: Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion?Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?Am I altering … Continue reading

Join us for an IB Parent Information Evening!

Dear Parents and Guardians, On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School will host an information evening for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. IB is a globally recognized programme that challenges students to excel in their studies and in their personal development. Students enrolled in the IB Programme study topics in greater depth, helping them develop the knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary for success in post-secondary education and beyond. The IB information evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. Parents and students in grades 7 – 9 who are interested in learning more about the programme and the application process are encouraged to attend. For more … Continue reading

Take Our Kids to Work Day

Take Our Kids to Work Day is taking place on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. This an annual event where grade 9 students step into their future for a day and get a glimpse into the working world. Students must return the permission form to their period 1 teacher by Monday Oct 28th 2019.  For extra permission forms please visit https://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/TLP/media/Documents/TOKW/TOKW-Family-guide_web_EN-2019.pdf or come into STA’s guidance office … Continue reading

HCDSB Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October is the designated Hispanic Heritage Month in Ontario. The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in the province, with Ontario being home to more than 400,000 first-second and third-generation Canadians of Hispanic origin. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, our largest newcomer population is Hispanic! This month, HCDSB recognizes the dynamic community that has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario. Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the outstanding achievements and contributions of Hispanic people in our province, and around the world. To learn more … Continue reading

HCDSB Marks Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, the Halton Catholic District School Board will be marking Rowan’s Law Day to raise awareness about concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head, face, neck, or body that can cause a sudden jarring of the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Research indicates that a concussion can affect a student’s school performance in both cognitive activities (school work) and physical activities (physical education program/interschool activities). Research also indicates that engaging in cognitive and/or physical activities, while a … Continue reading

Civvies Days

As in previous years at STA the last Thursday of each month students will be allowed to wear appropriate civvies wear.  Students are reminded to review the School Code of Conduct which outlines appropriate attire for non-uniform days.  In the event students are not dressed appropriately they will not be allowed to attend class.  To continue  STA’s tradition of supporting the less fortunate, students will be asked to pay $10.00 per student for semester one civvies days. That is the equivalent of $2.00 per month. All donations will go to various charities in our surrounding communities and will be communicated via … Continue reading