Welcome! Who are we? What is our mission?
We are a community of learners deeply committed to Catholic education. Our primary goal is to put our faith life into action within the context of authentic and meaningful learning. The tapestry of quality education at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic school is tightly knitted to a Christ-centered environment where our Catholic faith is celebrated. At St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School we strive for a community built on a fabric that nurtures and protects what we value most in our students: their faith, their curiosity, their talents, their integrity, their humanity, and their dreams. Our Mission Statement embodies the life of St. Thomas Aquinas, our Catholic patron saint of education. With his inspiration, we offer the community our guiding mission statement:
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is a community rooted in the risen Jesus.
We embrace the Gospel in a learning environment permeated with faith.
St. Thomas inspires us to integrate faith and reason
In developing students who are fully alive human beings.
We are a partnership where home, school, community and church come together to nurture and teach our children to become caring, responsible, lifelong learners. Included in our journey and school community is our parish, Holy Trinity. Under the guidance of Fr. Paul Moret and Fr. Joselito Cantal, our staff and students will have many opportunities to grow and learn in our faith. This partnership is strengthened through our common desire to deepen and live our Catholic faith. Your child is at the center of our commitment.
Evergreen Catholic School Division is committed to having a Counsellor in every school. The counsellors work as an integral part of the Student Services team, which includes the Inclusive Education Coordinator and the school administrators, to implement many important supports for Evergreen students.
Please contact your school for more information about counselling services and programs offered at the school.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School offers a variety of student activities. We hope that each of our students will find an area of interest to become more involved in our school community. Some programs require additional funding and students may be required to make a monetary contribution. However, we always strive to keep student costs at a minimum. If a family cannot meet the financial needs of paying activity participation fees, special arrangements may be considered by contacting the school administrators.
Evergreen Catholic School Division is committed to providing each school site with an Inclusive Education Coordinator. The mission of this role is to ensure that all students have the supports and accommodations they require in order to successfully achieve their full potential. Collaborating with parents, teachers, counsellors, administration, and outside agencies, students may be supported in a variety of ways.
Please contact your school for more information about inclusion and programs offered at the school.
Evergreen Catholic School Division respectfully acknowledges the vibrant history and culture of Indigenous nations in Canada. We continually seek to learn the traditions and contributions of Indigenous nations of Alberta while committing to moving forward in friendship and collaboration. We also recognize the land, upon which Evergreen Catholic Schools resides, is home for our closest neighbours, the Cree and the Nakoda. This territory, known as Treaty 6, is also home to the Métis Nation and many other Indigenous groups. We honor and acknowledge the unique story of this land and continue to work towards strengthening relations with Indigenous communities.
Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty is the Division Indigenous Education Coach and supports teachers, administrators, and division office staff in their commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation's Calls to Action (2015). Through her guidance and support, Etienna leads in the development of staff by:
- Obtaining practical strategies and materials for the full integration of Indigenous perspectives into each classroom
- Offering approaches for teaching Indigenous learners and working with Indigenous families
- Making connections to Elders, cultural instructors, and other resource people for authentic learning experiences
- Promoting further understanding of treaties and agreements negotiated with First Nations and the Métis in Canada
- Providing opportunities to learn about residential schools and their legacy
- Building on existing awareness of historical, social, economic, and political realities of Indigenous individuals/nations
- Participating in whole schools events that foster understanding and respect for Indigenous cultures, languages and histories.
- Supporting staff in the attainment of school resources
- Broadening current practice to include pedagogy that is consistent with Indigenous ways of learning and knowing.
Indigenous education lead teachers from each school meet once a month to further their learning and build confidence in a variety of foundational knowledge areas.
Through capacity building within school communities and enabling all school staff to embark on this journey, the positive effects will be felt in our hearts, minds, spirits’ and happily in our classrooms. Through this commitment, the students of Evergreen Catholic School Division will become the new co-creators of a promising future for all.
Educational practices that are flexible and responsive to the strengths and needs of individual students can create learning experiences that ensure all students are reaching their potential. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School offers various programs and opportunities for students to increase academic knowledge and strengthen skills in both core and elective courses.
Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA)
Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol - Promoting Safe Communities
The safety of our students is a top priority for us all. Children and youth increasingly face many difficult situations and challenges in their lives. When they lack the ability to resolve these problems, high risk behaviour can sometimes occur. We believe there is a shared community responsibility to respond and support our students. As a school division, and in cooperation with local school divisions, government, RCMP and community partners, we have completed intensive safety training through the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response.
Together, we have also developed a prevention and intervention protocol for responding to situations in which students may be posing a threat to themselves or others. Our goal is to promote safe schools and communities and respond to threats in a proactive manner that provides for a healthy and caring learning environment. We are proud to be able to provide this level of support to our school communities and are most fortunate to have our community partners at our side.
Additional information is available through the Fair Notice warning letter and information brochures provided.
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