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Girls Hockey
The Ravens girls hockey team competed in the Annual Capital Hockey Tournament held at the Sensplex in Kanata on November 24-25th. The highlight of the tournament was a 5-5 draw against Louis-Riel, last year's OFSAA champions. The team beat Holy-Trinity in the bronze medal game by a score of 5-0. A special mention goes to Ashley McKenny, who kept the team in every game with her stellar goaltending performance. Congratulations to Mr. Cornellier and his girls for a job well done! Go Ravens!
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7&8 Soccer Teams Finish Successful Season
The 7-8 Soccer teams finished up a successful season at the Prescott-Russell championship tournament in Hammond last week. Strong teamwork and sportsmanship were displayed by the Ravens right to the final whistle. The girls took on a challenging team from L'Escale in the championship game, ultimately finishing the season in 2nd place, while the boys earned a 3rd place finish against Plantagenet. Mr. Benoit and Mr. Danby would like to thank both teams for their hard work this fall.
caption 1 (girls): Emily Eikelboom scoring the tying goal against Le Sommet in the semi-final.

caption 2 (boys): Eriq Secchi sends a free kick down the field during action in the 3rd place game.
7-8 Soccer Teams compete in Kemptville
The 7-8 Boy's and Girl's soccer teams competed in a tournament in Kemptville on October 14th. They finished with a combined record of 4 wins and 3 losses. The regular season begins with games on Friday. We would like to wish all our grade 7-8 soccer players success for their season. Go Ravens!

Senior Boys Football
Congratulations to Mr. Longval and the Senior Boys Football team for the win of 24-0 last week against Tagwi Secondary School.
Senior Girls Basketball
The STA Senior Girls Basketball team opened their first game of the seasonálast week with a win of 33-28 against St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School. We wish Mr. Lafleur and his team continued success throughout the season.
Welcome Back STA
Staff and students welcomed new Gr 7 and 9 students last week with a welcome back bbq. We would like to wish all staff and students good luck for the upcoming school year. Go Ravens!
Grade 7 and 8 Summa Award Winners
Congratulations to our Grade 7 & 8 Summa Award Winners!
On June 19th Grade 7 & 8s hosted their Academic and Athletic Celebration.  We are proud of all of our students and their numerous accomplishments.

Ottawa Redblacks Pep Rally at STA
On Monday, June 16th The Ottawa Redblacks media team participated in a pep rally at STA. Ottawa Redblacks Cheerleaders, Big Joe and team representatives spoke to students and staff about the upcoming season of CFL Football opening Friday, July 18th in Ottawa at the new TD Place ( Landsdown Park)

Junior and Senior Male and Female Athletes of the year
Congratulations to our Junior and Senior Male and Female Athletes of the year. Pictured from left to right are junior male and female athletes of the year Justin Emond, Sonia Hatherall and Emily Spence. On the far right senior athletes of the year, Sarah Rozon and Jedding Turcotte.

Congratulations Mr. Brookes
Staff and students of St. Thomas Aquinas would like to congratulate  Mr. Brookes for being awarded the Colin Hood OFSAA School Sport Award. 
Mr. Brookes demonstrates relentless dedication to school sports, coaching at both the grade 7&8 levels as well as in high school. Over the years Mr. Brookes has coached both male & female basketball teams, coached 7&8 Gaelic Football, and even coached our STA Cheerleading team! Mr. Brookes has taken many teams to PRSSAA championships & this year came home as an EOSSAA Champ with his Jr Girls Basketball Team! We are very lucky to have him as part of our team! Thank you Mr. Brookes! 

Poster Contest Winners
The Russell Knights of Columbus held a Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest earlier this year.  Two students from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School who won at the council level went on to win at the District Level and then on to win again at the Regional Level.  Pictured left to right are Mr. Chris Vonesch, Chaplain;  Anne Donner, Winner - Alcohol Abuse Category; Lia Gosso, Winner – Substance Abuse Category; and Ms. Donna Koekkoek, Principal.

Final Tasks at STA
We would like to take a minute to wish all high school students good luck this week and next in completing their final activities and preparing for their final exams. Pictured below are students from Ms. Landry's Gr. 9 Religion class with their culminating activities. Students created visual representations to demonstrate major themes studied in Religion this year. Projects varied from working mobiles, charm bracelets, power point presentations, sculptures, drawings and lego demonstrations to name a few. Great Work!

Grade 7 Student Jack Miner makes film debut
Grade seven student, Jack Miner, recently participated in a film program in Ottawa called “Age is More.”  This free program was put on by “Reel Youth,” a not-for-profit, media empowerment project supporting youth, adults and organizations to create and distribute engaging films about the issues they care about most.
The “Age is More” program was a unique filmmaking workshop that brought together youth and older adults in a creative collaboration to produce short films.  The program gives youth the basics of film-making as they explore the untold stories of seniors in the community.  The short films will be screened at the Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St, Ottawa, from 6:30-10pm on Thursday June 26th.  RSVP by emailing Way to go Jack—we are very proud of you!

Junior and Senior Girls Baseball
The bats were booming and the reflexes were cat like. Congrats to the senior and junior girls baseball teams for a great season. 

STA's Help Lesotho Lenten Coin Drive
We are proud to announce that this year's STA Help Lesotho Lenten Coin Drive raised a total of $5475.00!!  The funds raised will be used to purchase Oral Health Packages for the students at our twin school in Lesotho - Khethisa High School in Lesotho, Africa.  The packages include: a toothbrush, toothpaste, an exam by a dentist and an educational session on the importance of maintaining good oral health.  Thanks to everyone in the STA Community for their support of the students at our twin school. 

STA Wins Quality Daily Physical Education Award
Physical and Health Education Canada has awarded St Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School with the Quality Daily Physical Education Award for the second year in a row!

This award is in recognition of our school's commitment to offering an exceptional physical education program that provides the foundation for the development of physical literacy; enabling students to live physically active and healthy lives.

Out of 15,000 schools in Canada , only about 500 schools receive this award each year.
We are very proud of our physical education program, and are honoured that  PHE Canada has awarded STA with a national recognition of excellence.

Defeat Depression
On Friday, May 23rd all CDSBEO schools participated in the Defeat Depression Campaign to help raise awareness about Mental Health and Depression. Staff and students participated in various physical activities throughout the morning and proceedes were donated to Justin McKenna's Brain Matters and other local charities. Special thanks go out to Mr.& Mrs. Longval and Mrs. Longval's Health For Life students for organizing these events.

Waterloo Math Competition
Congratulations to all grade 7&8 students who participated recently in the Waterloo Math Competion. Top three grade 7 students were Kieran Mulligan, Emma Patterson and Jack Wheeler. Top three grade 8 students were Ruthie MacGregor, Finley Scott and Matthew DesRosiers. We are proud of all students who participated. A job well done!

Gr Six Feeder School Visits
On Thursday, May 23rd STA welcomed visits from Grade Six Students from local feeder schools in the area. Special thanks go out to students and staff for welcoming the Grade Six students with warm greetings and interactive classroom displays in the Science Labs, Art Room, Green House, Gymnasium etc. Special thanks go out to  Mrs. Longval and her Link Crew Members who arranged tours of the school throughout the day and organized many fun activities for our future Ravens to take part in to get the feel of our wonderful school spirit. We look forward to seeing our future Ravens in Grade 7 in the fall.

Mad Science and Engineering at STA

On the morning of Friday, May 9, Grade 7 and 8 students at STA completed a series of hands-on challenges that bring engineering to life!

Whether it was protecting a raw egg from a the impact of a high drop, or creating a device to grab and transport a variety of everyday objects, students rose to the occasion, designing and constructing innovative solutions to the everyday problems presented to them.

Catholic Education Week Mass
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School staff and students recently celebrated the province wide Catholic Education Week Mass with the Archbishop Prendergast on Wednesday, May 7th 2014. The Gymnasium was transformed in order to accomodate the entire staff and student body. Thank you to all who made this day possible and to all who support the value of Catholic Education in Ontario.

Canadian Best Selling Author Visits STA
Grade 8 students had the opportunity to participate in writing workshops with the Canadian bestselling author of "Words That Start With B".  Now working in publishing and with 4 novels under her belt, Vikki spoke to students about the process of getting published and the publishing industry in a modern world.  She conducted a series of writing exercises with the students, and gave many tips to our aspiring writers.  Thank you, Ms. VanSickle, for an inspiring morning!

Special Olympics Bocce Tournament
STA's Life Skills Students recently enjoyed an all day Special Olympics Bocce Tournament in Cornwall.
Both students and staff had a great time. Pictured below are Samatha Denis Faubert, Patrick Green and Connor McLeod displaying their skills.

Italy Trip 2014
Over the March Break some staff and students from STA toured Italy for 11 days. The trip included stops in Venice, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, the ancient city of Pompei, the beautiful tourist attraction of Capri and Rome. Pictured below are Mrs Zurawski and Ms Landry and a wonderful group of students and parents infront of the ancient ruins in the Roman Forum. Mrs. Zurawski and Ms. Landry would like to thank the CDSBEO and all students and parents who made this trip possible. We are extremely proud of our Ravens for their excellent behaviour and attitude in representing STA while travelling abroad!

STA Students Shine at the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition

Mrs. Jackson and Mr. Zandbelt would like to thank all student participants of the Eastern Ontario Skills Competition at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall on Wednesday, February 26th.  All students involved performed very well in their respective competitions and were excellent ambassadors of STA. Special congratulations to the following students who placed in their categories.  Destiny Ellsworth placed first in esthetics and Rachael Theriault placed second in esthetics.   The team of Teresa James and Kaitlyn Passmore (pictured below) placed third in the Environment competition and Faith Urlocker-Lalonde placed second in prepared speech.  We hope you enjoyed the challenging and rewarding experience.

Cheering Team Canada To Victory
STA Staff and students alike joined in the fun of cheering the Canadian Women's Hockey Team to Victory in their Gold Medal match against the United States. We were so proud to wear our team colours and cheer on our girls just as many of us repeated on Sunday, from home cheering on the men to Gold as well. Go Canada Go!

Family Literacy Day

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.

Lego League Winners
The 7&8 Millenium Robotics Team is still reeling from their incredible experience at the FIRST LEGOLeague Provincials held in Oshawa on January 18.

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.

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