St. Thomas Aquinas Regional High School is a Catholic, coeducational, independent school for
approximately 600 students in grades eight through twelve. STA, as it is commonly referred to, offers students an excellent education serving the North Shore community.
STA prides itself on offering an educational program based on creative, independent doing and thinking. Based on our school motto, “Dirige me in veritate tua”, or translated into English,
“Direct me in Your truth”, we at St. Thomas Aquinas focus on equipping our students with the
tools to lead productive moral lives.
To help our students and their families face the challenges our world gives us, STA purposely
focuses on educating the “whole person”; academically, spiritually, physically, emotionally and
socially. Specifically, STA’s educational program follows the British Columbia prescribed
curricula and emphasizes the following fundamental academic disciplines: Christian Education,
English, Social Studies, Physical Education, Mathematics, Information Technology, Career
Education, Modern Languages, Science, and Performing and Visual Arts. Study in all disciplines
is required each year through grade 9. A decreasing number of requirements in the upper grades
allows for a wider choice of electives.
Students are organized by grade into four or five divisions. These groupings allow for close-knit,
and nurturing environments able to serve the needs and interests of all students. Each division
provides students with a comfortable, supportive atmosphere in which to learn and thrive.
Elements Of A Catholic Education
These core elements of Catholic faith provide a framework for Catholic Education.
Teaching The Whole Person
The Church "establishes her own schools because she considers them a privileged means of promoting the formation of the whole man, since the school is a center in which a specific concept of the world, of [humanity], and of history is developed and conveyed" (The Catholic School #8).
Catholic education goes beyond the purely technical and practical aspects of schooling and aims at an integration of all knowledge within a vision of the world and the human person. It focuses on the physical, emotional, moral and spiritual dimensions of human development, leading to a personal synthesis of faith and life in each student. Growth in all areas prepares students for a meaningful life of service as committed Christians, building the Kingdom of God in a pluralistic society.
Faith Lived In Christian Community
The New Testament word for Christian community is "koinonia", which means a communion or life-sharing relationship with Christ and others. Living Christian community means living in relationship with Jesus, the Head of the Church, and the members of His Mystical Body. Communion with Christ and others leads to relationships characterized by mutual love, honest communication and commitment to serve each others' needs, to rejoice together, to mourn together, and to delight in each other. "A spirituality of communion indicates above all the heart's contemplation of the mystery of the Trinity dwelling with us, and whose light we must also be able to see shining on the faces of the brothers and sisters around us" (At the Beginning of the Third Millennium, #43).Catholic education is committed to developing communities of faith. Those involved in Catholic education are called to create a faith community in the school and to link it to the wider Church community.
Characteristics of Catholic Schools
Christ is the foundation of the whole educational enterprise in a Catholic school (The Catholic School #34). His teaching and life inform the school's identity and characteristics, which include:
- A belief in the inviolable dignity of every human person;
- A sacramental sense that leads us to recognize God manifested by His creation;
- A recognition of God's sanctifying presence in Word and Sacrament;
- A love for encounter with God in prayer;
- A Gospel spirit of freedom and love;
- A spirituality of communion marked by mutual respect, accountability and caring;
- A concern for justice leading to a critical analysis of society;
- A sense of solidarity and commitment to the marginalized.