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Join us at our OPEN HOUSE on February 11, 2016 from 7 - 9pm
School Announcements
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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