St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School

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St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary
541 West Keith Rd.

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Coordinates49°19′11″N 123°05′15″W / 49.3196°N 123.0875°W / 49.3196; -123.0875
School typeIndependent
MottoDirige Me in Veritate Tua
("Direct me in your Truth")
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School boardCISVA (Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese)[1]
SuperintendentMr. Marck Hudon
Area trusteeMr. Michael Coyne
AdministratorMrs. Linda Sibau
PrincipalMr. John Campbell
AreaNorth Vancouver
Colour(s)Red, White, and Black    
Team nameFighting Saints

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary is a Catholic school, under the administration of CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese) school board.[1]

The school is co-educational, offering academic, fine arts, and business programs, as well as athletic, performing arts, and other extracurricular programs, for students from grades 8 to 12.

The school participates in sporting events under the name of the "Fighting Saints".


The Sisters of the Child Jesus arrived in British Columbia in 1898 to do missionary work with the First Nations people of the North Shore and built St. Paul’s Indian Residential School. A variety of issues were reported over the years, including reports that the building was a "death-trap" and a "fire trap".[2] The Truth And Reconciliation Commission spoke of rampant sexual, physical and emotional abuse towards the students.[3]

Today there is a memorial statue for all of the students that attended St. Paul's Indian Residential School.[4][5] In 1957, Archbishop William Mark Duke (also known as Iron Duke) approached the sisters to establish a high school on the North Shore. By 1959 the first students walked through the doors of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Independent School Status[edit]

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. It receives 50% funding from the Ministry of Education. The school receives no funding for capital costs.[6] It is under charge of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Feeder Parishes
Christ the Redeemer (W. Vancouver)
St. Anthony's (W. Vancouver)
St. Edmund's (N. Vancouver)
Holy Trinity (N. Vancouver)
St. Pius X (N. Vancouver)

Academic performance[edit]

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary is ranked by the Fraser Institute. In 2007, it was ranked 16th out of 298 Vancouver, lower mainland schools.[7]

99% of the students graduate[7] and 75% of graduates enroll at post-secondary institutions immediately after graduation.

Provincial exam averages exceeds provincial norms and are higher than CISVA & Independent school averages.[citation needed]

Athletic performance[edit]

Both the varsity boys' and girls' basketball teams participate in the BC Catholic Basketball Championship, one of the largest tournaments in British Columbia.[citation needed]

School teams
Track and field
Cross country
Field hockey

Girls volleyball

  • 2009/10 - B.C. Senior Provincial Champions
  • 2009/10 - B.C. Catholic Champions
  • 2009/10 - Lower Mainland 'AA' Champions
  • 2009/10 - B.C. Junior Catholic Champions
  • 2009/10 - Junior Girls Vancouver & District Champions
  • 2009/10 - Juvenile Girls Vancouver & District Champions
  • Ten time Top 10 finish 'AA" Provincial Championships
  • Eight Time B.C. Catholic Champions
  • Seven Time Juvenile Girls Vancouver & District Champions
  • Ten Time Bantam Girls Vancouver & District Champions

Boys soccer

  • 2008/09 - 10th Place 'AA' Provincial Championships
  • Three Time 'A' Provincial Champions (1998, 2001, 2002)
  • 2001/02 - Jr. Boys Vancouver Independent Schools Champions


  • 2007/08 - 2nd Place Girls Vancouver & District
  • 2007/08 - 2nd Place Jr. Boys & Girls North Shore Finals
  • 2007/08 - Okangan Invitational Boys & Girls Champions
  • 2005/06 - 5th Place 'AAA' Provincial Championships
  • 2004/05 - 2nd Place 'AA' Provincial Championships
  • 2003/04 - 2nd Place 'AA' Provincial Championships

Boys basketball

  • Four Time 'A' Provincial Champions (1992, 1993, 1994, 2003)
  • 1999/2000 - 'AA' Provincial Champions
  • Four Time B.C. Catholic Champions
  • Three Time Bantam Boys Vancouver & District Champions

Girls basketball

  • 2007/08 - North Shore Division One Champions
  • 2002, 2003, 2004 North Shore 'AA' Champions
  • 1994/95 - BC Catholic Champions

Track and field

  • 2004/05 - North Shore Overall Aggregate Champions
  • 2004/05 - Junior Boys Vancouver & District Champions
  • 2002/03 - North Shore Overall Aggregate Champions
  • 2001/02 - Vancouver & District Champions


  • 2005/06 - 7th Place 'AA' Provincial Championships
  • 2003/04 - Lower Mainland 'AA' Champions

Artistic performance[edit]

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary provides students with a variety of performing and non-performing arts.

Performing arts Visual arts
Drama Art
Band Photography
Music Yearbook

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About us". Catholic Independent Schools of Vancouver Archdioces.
  2. ^ "Saint Paul's (BC)". Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. Retrieved July 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "Truth and Reconciliation event opens wounds, exposes truths". Retrieved 2021-07-02.
  4. ^ "North Vancouver City OKs residential school monument". 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  5. ^ "UNVEILING CEREMONY - St. Paul's Indian Residential School Monument" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2012-10-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Overview of Independent Schools in British Columbia
  7. ^ a b [1] The Fraser Institute - Report Cards - School Performance
  8. ^ "Saint Thomas Aquinas :: Alumni"
  9. ^ Saidman, Sorelle (May 28, 2004). "Romeo making Noel a star". The Province (Vancouver, B.C.). p. B6. ProQuest 269398078.
  10. ^ "The Playlist: Articulate hip-hopper is on track for 2011"

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