St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School strives to develop the whole person, made in the image and likeness of God. We address the growth of the Soul (Spiritual), Mind (Academic) and Heart (Community) of all our students. These various activities allow us to expand our support of the students’ development beyond the classroom. Clubs and some activities vary in availability from year to year.
*Please note, additional fees may apply for some programs.
Current Musical Opportunities and Activities
Students in grades 4-8 may audition for a place in the Aquinas Choir, which provides vocal and instrumental accompaniment primarily at school Masses. The choir also performs two concerts at the school, participates in the Diocesan Music Festival, and takes a special trip to compete in choir competitions hosted by local amusement parks. This is a serious musical endeavor requiring before or after school practice and regular attendance.
Mrs. Riley also teaches group piano lessons* after school.
Band is offered at the beginner and advanced levels to any interested students beginning in 4th grade. Families pay a quarterly fee to the Garwood Whaley Music Program, a highly respected diocesan-wide band program. Students meet with the band director for sectional lessons and full band practice once a week. Both the beginner and advanced bands perform two concerts a year, in December and May. The advanced band competes at the Diocesan Band Festival in February. Band members are also called upon to play at special events such as Grandparents’ Day and school Masses. Seventh and eighth grade students are eligible to participate in the Honor Band at Bishop Ireton High School after nomination by the band director.
Lessons are offered in violin, viola and cello. Students in grades 3-8 may take lessons after school on Thursdays. Cello practices from 3-4 pm and violin and viola lessons are from 4-5 pm. Students taking violin and viola lessons attend a study hall from 3-4 if they must stay after school until their lesson begins.
Middle School Extracurricular Opportunities
The school sponsors a Middle School musical annually. Middle school students may audition to perform or act as stage crew in a full-length musical drama production in the second semester. Rehearsals take place after school.
Each fall our 8th graders participate in a Student Council Election. The elected officers work with the principal to support student and student-run charitable activities.
Faculty nominate 7th and 8th grade students to join the National Junior Honor Society based on academics and character in accordance with the 5 pillars of the society. A special induction Mass is held to honor those students.