WE'RE READY TO BUILD STA
Established under the Archdiocese of Vancouver in 1959, and cared for by the Sisters of the Child of Jesus, St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary is the only Catholic secondary school on the North Shore. Educating minds, hands and hearts of all its students, STA helps seven regional parishes and four elementary schools maintain a vital Catholic presence on the North Shore. Building on the efforts of those who founded STA 58 years ago, now is the time to come together and give to the future of our community.
Originally built to house 250 students, the current facilities at STA have been outgrown and are fatigued. The facilities compromise the school’s ability to deliver on their mission of graduating one whole student at a time. We must now invest in a campus that will support the vibrant academic and extra-curricular activities at STA, all the while serving as a new gathering place for the North Shore Catholic community.
The Build STA Campaign is about our community investing in the redevelopment of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Campaign goal is twofold – to unite the community surrounding our North Shore Catholic high school and to provide $3 million towards Phase I of this pivotal project for the future of our Faith and families.
As part of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s continued commitment to high school education, Archbishop Miller has enthusiastically endorsed a Build STA Archdiocesan matching grant – this means that upon reaching our $3 million goal, the Archdiocese will grant an additional $3 million to help us build our school now.
The Build STA Campaign launched in 2017 and thanks to early generous commitments from many individuals and families, we have surpassed our $3 million goal. All funds donated in excess of our goal will be directed to Phase I cost adjustments and enhancements. During the summer of 2017, STA received final approval and plans to break ground this fall.
Support the Build STA Campaign and take part in what is a monumental time for our North Shore Catholic community.
*Funds raised beyond our goal will be directed to Phase I cost adjustments and enhancements
THE NEW HOME FOR NORTH SHORE CATHOLIC EDUCATION
The new campus provides expanded academic, administrative and student commons spaces, enhanced technology to support 21st century learning, and a superior athletics and community centre.
The Campus Master Plan is broken into two phases and will allow the school to operate on the site during construction. The $25 million Phase I will include the construction of a new Academic Wing, an Athletics & Community Centre and the renovation of the existing Science Wing. The final stage of Phase I will see the current school building demolished in preparation for the completion of the Campus Master Plan.
Phase II includes a seismic upgrade and renovation of the current Convent building to become the school’s Centre for Arts—featuring a theatre, music room and updated school chapel. Also included in Phase II is the completion of a playing field, which will replace the existing main school building.
Funds raised through the Build STA Campaign will be directed toward the construction costs for Phase I of the Campus Master Plan.
Included in the 64,000 square foot Academic Wing are 17 state-of-the-art classrooms, which will provide larger, brighter and healthier learning environments for students and staff. Each classroom will be equipped with the latest LED lighting, forced fresh air circulation and technology to support 21st-century learning.
The new library will continue as a key part of student life at STA and can serve as a gathering spot for formal community events. The library is situated on the top floor of the new school building and will have southwest-facing views of downtown and the Vancouver harbor.
A new computer lab will give STA students the opportunity to work with cutting-edge machines within a structured academic curriculum. Training workshops will also be hosted in the lab and will provide an opportunity for community computer training.
The new makers lab will provide space for expanded academic offerings at STA—allowing for the school to educate the hands of its students. The maker’s lab is 1,850 square feet with a focus on traditional woodworking, industrial design and robotics.
The Athletic and Community Centre will be home to the STA athletic and physical education programs while providing an expanded gathering place for large-scale community events such as the school’s International Night.
Situated in the centre of campus, the lower level lobby is adjacent to the gymnasium and features a north-facing three-story atrium. The 8,000 square foot gymnasium will provide two full courts and will seat up to 350 people in the retractable stands.