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STACHS Graduation 2016
St. Thomas Aquinas CHS is proud to celebrate this year's graduation ceremony and to wish our graduates many successes in their future endeavors. 

Photographs taken during the ceremony can be accessed via the Parent Information link located on the left menu bar.

Tables For Tots
STA Grade 9 Exploring Technology class built two mini picnic tables as a community outreach project.  Kinder-Kids Early Years day care, located at Mother Teresa Catholic School, will put them to daily use.  Both tables passes the stress test!

Athletic Award Winners 2016
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School presented their athletic awards on Wed., June 8, for the 2015-16 season. The award winners were: Junior Boys’ Football–Team Player (Kyle Robinson), Defensive MVP (Noah Simzer), Offensive MVP (Joseph James); Senior Boys’ Football–Team Player (Joshua Webb), Defensive Player (Nick Goodwin), Offensive MVP (James Horvath); Golf–MVP (Thomas Fitzpatrick); Varsity Girls’ Soccer–Team Player (Amy Smith), Defensive Player (Danica Holland), Offensive MVP (Mikyla Guy); Varsity Boys’ Soccer–Team Player (Max-Theo Julceus), Defensive MVP (Brady Norton), Offensive MVP (Spencer Reid); Junior Girls’ Volleyball–Team Player (Jessica Baron), MVP (Autumn Sperotto); Senior Girls’ Volleyball–Team Player (Melissa Lafferty), MVP (Sonia Hatherall); Senior Girls’ Basketball–Team Player (Erica Provost), Defensive MVPs (Sonia Hatherall, Madeline Clothier) – 2 medals, Offensive MVP (Lauren Crook); Junior Boys’ Basketball–Team Player (Ben Van Noppen), Defensive MVP (Edwin Hamilton), Offensive MVP (Thomas Fitzpatrick); Senior Boys’ Basketball–Team Player (Evan Poirier), Defensive MVP (Patrick Holmes), Offensive MVP (Trent Thompson); Boys’ Hockey–Team Player (Matt Robinson), Defensive MVP (James Horvath), Offensive MVP (Benjamin MacDonald); Girls’ Hockey–Team Player (Emily Brown), Defensive MVP (Casey Dore), Offensive MVP (Emily Spence); Junior Girls’ Rugby–Team Player (Berkley Parisien), Backs MVP (Ruth MacGregor), Forwards MVP (Molly Armstrong); Senior Girls’ Rugby–Team Player (Taylor Bray), Backs MVP (Emily Spence), Forwards MVP (Madeline Clothier); Track & Field–MVP (Nick Goodwin); Boys’ Baseball–Team Player (Eric Lamoureux), Defensive MVP (Brady Tanner), Offensive MVP (Justin Emond); Girls’ Softball–Team Player (Breanna Mulligan), Defensive MVP (Emily Laniel), Offensive MVP (Dana Dore); Bocce Ball–MVP (Connor McLeod); Male SR Athlete (Justin Emond), Male JR Athlete (Thomas Fitzpatrick), and Female SR Athlete of the Year was tied (Emily Spence and Sonia Hatherall).

STA AVENGERS Present on Parliament Hill
The AVENGERS team presented their pitch to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment,  in her office yesterday on Parliament Hill, as they prepare to head off to the Global Innovation Challenge in Washington DC.  Good luck,

Grade 7&8 Track
The 7/8 Track & Field Team wrapped up a successful season after competing in the 47th annual Leeds-Grenville Invitational Meet in Brockville on June 6th. Over 45 students competed in 3 meets this year, with many of them achieving top-10 results among strong competition.
Grade 6 Feeder School Visit
Students had a great afternoon at STA.  They challenged themselves with Legos, played fun games and moved around the gymnasium.  They listened to great music in the Chapel and watched Dance and Lip Synch performances.  Big thanks to Mr. Benoit, Mme Grenier, Mr. Reid, Mr. Vonesh and the Grade 7 and 8 WEB leaders for their help organizing the day!
Boys Baseball PRSSAA Champions
The STA Ravens Varsity Baseball team won the PRSSAA Championship in convincing fashion. They placed second at EOSSAA where a key injury seriously compromised the team's chances in the final. Even so, they lost a close game 9 - 7. Congratulations on a tremendous season!
Successful Season for Girls Softball
The Ravens concluded a successful season with a victory against ST. FX. Their never-quit attitude was the cornerstone of a resilient team that battled hard throughout. Great job, Ravens!
Bocce Ball Silver Medalists
The Bocce Ball team won silver medals at the Provincial Special Olympics Meet held in Oshawa June 1st and 2nd. The team went undefeated until the gold medal game. Well done, indeed!

Ravens win Bronze
Ravens Win Bronze at EOSSAA
The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Varsity Girls’ Ravens travelled to  Arnprior District High School for the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) Championship on Tues., May 24, and won the bronze medal 45-0 vs. St. Michael Catholic High School Mustangs 
Team members are: (not in order) Molly Armstrong, Elizabeth Barrett, Alexa Beehler, Reilly Beehler, Kayla Bernier, Taylor Bray, Elisa Cameron, Byanna Carbonette, Madeline Clothier, Rebecca Cote, Darien Drevonik, Alexis Elliott, Anika Gaal, Arden Murphy Giblin, Casey-Lynne Gilfillan, Caitlyn Ann Gillis, Sarah Hough, Rachel Hunt, Kaley Huybregts, Victoria Kramer, Kendra Lepak, Natalie Leroux, Ruth MacGregor, Anastasia MacKinnon, Mariah Marleau, Julieanna Mawko, Kaitlyn Minish, Megan Miron, Keisha Morgan, Rebecca Nadeau, Liz Nguyen-VanNoppen, Nicole Parisien, Marie Plattet, Emily Spence, MacKenzie St-Marseille, Alissa St-Onge, Lydia St-Onge, Breenna Strban, Amanda Switzer, Marie-Denise Vezina and Coaches Penny and Nick Longval. 
Grade 7&8 University of Waterloo Math Competition
Congratulations to this year's grades 7 and 8 University of Waterloo math contestants on a job well done!  Our winners are as follows:

Grade 7: Sreejita Das, Linden Wheeler, Paul Brenneman, and Isabelle Ranger
Grade 8: Nathaniel Morgan, Rachel Wood, Rana Isabel Lorenzo, and Maria Ogrel.

STA Avengers to be featured tonight on CTV News
CTV news visited STA today to learn more about the Avenger team and their YAY Bale Wrap Initiative.  Their story will be featured on CTV news tonight Tuesday, May 10th at 6pm
Defeat Depression Gr 7&8
Grade 7&8 students had the opportunity to do several physical activities with their classmates.  It was a fun and beautiful day at STA! Teachers prepared pancakes for the students on Friday for Catholic Education week and Gr 7&8 students had the opportunity to show their talent in a Lip Synch Competition.

Sartup day Canada
Students attending Startup day Canada were privileged to attend a special mentoring session with Dr. Sean Wise who listened to their YAY BALE WRAP pitch.  Students are in the final preparation stage for their journey to the Global Innovation challenge to be held in Washington DC at the end of June.

Envirothon Provincials Here We Come!
Two Envirothon teams competed at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre.  The grade 9 team did an amazing job at describing the effects of invasive species.  The team placed second, but the team who placed first are unable to attend the next level, sot the grade 9 team will be travelling to Fleming College at the end of May to participate in the Ontario provincial Envirothon Competition.  Well done, teams!

David Finkle Aboriginal Storytelling Presentation
On Wednesday, May 4th Students and Staff were joined by David Finkle and his wife for an afternoon in Mohawk and Algonquin storytelling and dance presentation. Thank you to Mr. Decoeur, Mr. Letendre and Ms. Landry for organizing national Aboriginal Day presenters including Mrs. Brenda Rivers who spoke to students last week.

Grade 7&8 Author Presentation
Author Paul Toffanello makes presentations to all grade 7 and eight students on reading and writing strategies.

Defeat Depression
STA Students and Staff gathered Thursday, May 5 to raise awareness for mental health initiatives. Specail thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Longval for their time and dedication spent towards planning for this event.
Province Wide Catholic Education Week Mass Celebrations
On Tuesday, May 3rd Staff and Students of STA gathered together to Celebrate in the Province Wide Catholic Education Week Mass Celebrations. Specail Thanks go out to Father Paul and Mr. Vonesch for always organizing such beautiful masses.
Aboriginal Day Celebrations
On Wednesday, May 4th 2016 Staff and Students of STA gathered together to celebrate Aboriginal Day.

Varsity Girls Rugby
Our Varsity Girls Rugby team have been practicing since October getting ready for their upcoming season! The team has had pre-season tournaments at Queens University, Carleton University, & most recently - they went undefeated at last week's University of Ottawa tourney. 
Today was their season opener - with BIG wins vs. RDHS & VCI - the girls have their sights on EOSSAA & bringing home the PRSSAA Championship banner for their 2nd year in a row!! Next home game is scheduled for Wednesday May 11th at Noon & 1pm. 
Grade Nine Board Game Day
Grade 9 students had a blast at the annual Link Crew Board Game Social!
Gr 7 French Speech Competition
Grade 7 students at French speech competition at the board office in Kemptville.  Congratulations to Sreejita Das for winning second place in the Extended division and Luke St. Germain for winning 1st place in the Immersion category.  Luke will be competing at the provincial level in Toronto.  We wish him well! Go Ravens Go!
Lego Team Wins Provincial Innovation Celebration
The STA First Lego Team were recent winners of the Provincial Innovation Celebration in Toronto, coming out on top of 18 teams.  The students pitched their idea of a bioplastic hay bale wrap as an alternative to the current agricultural plastic which is made from fossil fuels.  The AVENGERS team have been working on this project for the past year, with coaches Reid, Jackson and Fitzsimons.  The team of grade 8 and 9 students have spent many hours after school researching and developing their product, and meeting with farmers, businesses and agricultural experts along the way.  The team has qualified to apply for the Global Innovation Celebration to be held in Washington DC at the end of June and are anxiously waiting to hear if they will be one of just twenty teams selected to vie for the final prize of $20,000 US.  Good luck, AVENGERS!
Wheels and Heels
STACHS Yearbook 2016

Boys Varsity Hockey Win
Boys Varsity Hockey wins Tier 2 Prescott-Russell Championship. The boys finished with 4 wins and 2 ties. Congratulations!

7&8 Valentine Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate Bar Sweet and Simple
Web crew leaders are serving Hot Chocolate to 7&8 students in the atrium

Grade 7&8 Dance Performances
Grade 7&8 Dance performances
The students had an opportunity to present their Dance creation to their classmates this past Friday.  Great job Ravens!

Grade 6 Feeder School Visits
Grade 6 students from surrounding schools spent the afternoon visiting STA engaged in various activities.  They enjoyed decorating cupcakes with Mr. Brookes, hands-on in the science lab with Ms. Jackson and Ms. Mack, running around the gymnasium with Mr. Longval and photo design with Ms. Barrie. BIG thanks to Mrs. Longval, our Link Crew Coordinator and the Grade 8 WEB Leaders for their help organizing the day! #Grads2022
Grade 6 Information Activity Day
Grade 6 students are invited for an afternoon filled with fun learning activities. Students will be introduced to our school and tour our facility, meet some staff and students and learn more about our programs and offerings. Students not presently attending Mother Teresa Catholic School or St. Mary's Catholic School are encouraged to attend as well - please telephone 613-445-0810 to RSVP
STA Senior Band Performs
The STA Senior Band performed for students at Mother Theresa and St. Mary's on Wednesday, January 20th. The audience enjoyed the band's concert program, which included a rousing performance of 'Encanto', and a crowd pleasing and highly charged performance of 'Star Wars'. The 43 member band represented St. Thomas Aquinas with pride, and should be very proud of their collective musical efforts. Bravo!
High School Exams
Gr 7&8 Door Decorating
Congratulations to homeroom 7/8D for winning the Christmas door decorating contest. Your hard work and Christmas spirit really showed. Merry Christmas STA!
STACHS Art Student Stands Out at NGC
Petros Kapetanakis has enjoyed an experience that most aspiring artists will only relish in a dream. Although he did not place in the top three, it was clear from the comments of his peers and other members of the public viewing the So You Want To Be An Artist exhibition last Thursday, December 10 at the National Gallery of Canada that his drawing entitled Lost Kingship drew much attention – certainly more so than the majority of the other finalists.
Lost Kingship, a well-proportioned rendering of the head of a lion executed in ink on Bristol board and situated on the right hand side of a blackened background of the picture plane is harmonized by its flowing smooth lines and patterns of organic shapes unified in tones of black however balanced by the contrasting bright whites of the paper. A single tear of red ink drips from the eye of our subject – an ideal yet subtle connection to the work’s title … Lost Kingship.
Truly a leader amongst his artist-peers, the greater body of his works is still to come – congratulations Petros!

Gr 7&8 Lego League
 The team won for best overall project and were also nominated to participate for a chance to win the Global Innovation award.
Team members are Ethan Warnok, Rachel Fiset, Logan DeVerteuil, Mr. Reid, Alec Campbell, Kelly Forrester, Rachel Wood, Jack Miner, Noah Hill, Sam Barret, In the back are Mr. Fitzsimons, and Morgan Foster. Missing from photo is Mentor Mrs. Jackson.
STA Raises $1453.00 in Support of Men's Health Awareness
Inspired & proud of our students and staff! We raised a total of $1453.00 in support of Movember & Men's Health Awareness.
NAC's Ragtime Brass Group visits STA
The 7/8s were treated to a concert by the NAC's Ragtime Brass group this afternoon. Students had a blast and learned about brass instruments at the same time!
Wheelchair Rugby
STA will be hosting the wheelchair rugby activity this coming Thursday starting at noon.  Everyone is welcome to see the event!
STA'S Walking Float
St. Thomas Aquinas CHS students bundled up and showed off their school pride in Sunday's Russell Christmas Parade! Big thank you to Mrs. Longval for organizing this year's "walking float" - promoting physical activity & walking for transportation. 
Thank you to all students for getting involved & showing their support!
Students come together to raise money and awareness for Movember Canada and Mens Health.
Students & staff participated in the 3rd annual Movember Dodgeball tournament as part of the RBC SportsDay initiative to promote the Year of Sport. The entire school also participated in National Jersey Day, wearing jerseys from different teams& organizations!

Mission Team Donation
Mission Team receives a $ 500.00 donation from the Chesterville Lions Club
STACHS Art Student Makes Final Cut
STACHS is proud to inform our school community that one our art students, Petros Kapetanakis has qualified to be one of the fifteen finalists in a national art competition organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Early in October 2015, Petros submitted an artwork “Lost Kingship” as an entry piece to a juried art competition “So You Want to Be an Artist.” In the weeks that followed, members of the public voted on their favorite artwork using social media. Lost Kingship steadily gained popularity to arrive as one of the twelve most voted artworks of the competition and enabling Petros to move on to the next stage of the competition – exhibiting the artwork at the National Gallery of Canada. The artwork will be exhibited from December 4, 2015 to January 15, 2016 during which time the jury will announce the winner(s).

Gr 7/8 Halloween Dodgeball
The web crew leaders organized a 7&8 Halloween Dodgeball tournament to help fundraise for the Guatemala Mission trip. 

Lelievre Family Donation to STA Music Program
Yesterday, parents of grade 12 student, Isabel Lelievre, Martin and Barbara donated a beautiful Roland piano to our school. We would like to thank them on behalf of the entire music program. This will give more kids an opportunity to play and also allow our students to participate in more travelling music tours.
Thank you very much Martin, Barbara and Isabel!

STA Gr 9 Students participate in Bring Your Child To Work Day
On Wednesday, November 4th 2015 Grade Nine Students participated in "Bring Your Child To Work Day" where students have the opportunity to watch various family members and friends at work and experience the world of work first hand. Pictured below is grade nine student Laura Dolan. Laura went to The Village Veterinary Clinic in Russell and shadowed Dr. Mary Lynn Lackie for the day. One of Laura's memorable experiences from the day was observing leg surgery on a dog.
Grade Seven Food Drive Participant
A big congratulations goes out to members of grade 7A and 7B classes who raised over 3200 LBS of food for the local food drive this year. STA as a whole raised over 6800 LBS Go Ravens!
Another successful food drive at STA
Congratulations goes out to staff and students of St. Thomas Aquinas CHS for a successful food drive!  As a school we collected 6,800lbs for the Good Neighbor’s Food Bank in Embrun!  Farm Credit Canada’s “Drive Away Hunger” campaign is an annual ritual for STA students as we seek to be the presence of Christ in the world.

Syrian Fudraiser
On Thursday, October 22nd Staff and Students at STA participated in a Syrian Refugee Fundraiser with a dress down day, bbq lunch, and an afternoon full of fun and games including a staff hotdog eating contest won by the fabulous Mr. Brooks, a basketball competition, minute to win-it games, and an airband competion. Special thanks to Mr. Vonesch, Mr. Dalessio, Mr. Beacom and Student Council members for organizing such a successful event.

Elementary School Cross Country
Eastern Ontario Elementary School Cross Country Championships in Ottawa. Amelie Buma (6th place) Abbie-Rose Forde (14th) Adelle Johnson (15th) Allison Lapierre (17th) A big congratulations to all participants. Go Ravens!
STACHS Art Student Participates in National Competition
Grade 12 student Petros Kapetanakis is currently participating in the National Gallery of Canada's So You Want To Be An Artist art competition. The competition is currently in its first stage where participants must get voters to vote for their artwork to be selected for the next stage of the competition - having their artwork hung at the NGC for the final judging. Please support STACHS student Petros Kapetanakis by voting using your Facebook account at the following URL address

Gr 9 Students promise to Ignite the Light
Mrs. Zurawski's  Grade Nine Religion Students pose with their "Ignite the Light" posters promising to "Wake up the World" through love, peace, belief and an attitude of gratitude.
STA Greenhouse Igniting the Light
Our Greenhouse at sunrise this morning....
Terry Fox Run
Recently students participated in the Terry Fox Run at STA.
Gr 7 Retreat
Recently Gr 7 students participated in a full day Net Retreat at OLMM Parish
Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot

7&8 Cross Country Turkey Trot
7 and 8 Cross Country Turkey Trot in Kemptville

Opening Mass 2015
On Wednesday, September 16th, staff and students gathered together to celebrate another wonderful start to a school year here at St. Thomas Aquinas CHS. Special thanks to Father Paul for saying mass and to Mr. Vonesch for organizing mass.
STACHS Open House
Grade 9 Orientation Activity Day

What a terrific way to start the school year! 107 grade 9 students alongside 20
Grade 11 & 12 Link Crew Leaders participated in our annual Grade 9 Orientation
Activity Day! We met new friends & we were reacquainted with some longtime friends!
So excited for 2015-2016!! #LinkCrew
Our Grade 8 Web Crew welcomed our grade 7's with orientation and interactive activities.
This is the inaugural year of our Web Crew initiative at STA.

Back to School 2015

We look forward to seeing all of you on the first day back to school
Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
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