On Monday, January 27, the Grade 7 and 8 students at STA celebrated Family Literacy Day with an afternoon of activities following the theme “15 Minutes of Fun!”
During the afternoon, students experimented with static electricity, investigated different ways of cleaning up an oil spill, solved a mystery, and transformed their writing into visually striking word-clouds! In addition to participating in activities at school, students were then encouraged to take home a learning activity to share with their family.
Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.
Out of the three presentations the team was required to make, they got call-backs (reserved for the best of the best) in two of the categories: robot design and core values. Other teams have competed at this level for years without ever receiving a call-back. This was a sign the team was potentially in the top 5 of 40 teams.
The robot competitions were in the afternoon, where teams competed with the LEGO robots that they had designed and programmed to complete specific missions on a game board. The team's goal was 300 points in a round and they made 347! They came 11th out of everyone, which put them into the playoffs!!!!
To make a long and amazing story short, they made it to the third round of playoffs (top 4 in the province) for robot rounds!!! Incredible! Our students conducted themselves with admirable leadership, team-building and spirit throughout a very busy, emotional and exhausting day.
In the awards ceremony, these super stars received the Rising Star trophy (made of Lego, of course)! For their first year at Provincials, these students made a lasting and positive impression on the judges and coordinators of the event. The team is fuelled by their success, and are very much looking forward to building on what they have learned for next year's competitions.
Farm Credit Canada recently commented on the efforts of staff and students in raising over 6,000 lbs of food for the local food bank. "The 2013 FCC Drive Away Hunger program was a huge success thanks to all the schools that participated. This year over 6.5 million pounds of food was collected for food banks across Canada.” That’s amazing! St. Thomas Aquinas CHS played a fantastic role in fighting hunger in our community.
Staff and Students of St. Thomas Aquinas enjoyed the annual welcome back barbeque prepared by the prom committee. Special thanks to M&M Meat Shops for providing the burgers.