Activities are an integral part of the program of every good school. They provide an opportunity for exploration in areas of interest outside the classroom. In these activities, students are able to learn to express themselves, to share, to work together, to display their talents, to discipline themselves, to respect the rights of others, to work toward a common goal and to associate with each other.
Aquinas Academy offers a few programs to meet these objectives. Religious, academic, cultural, social, and athletic activities are offered. Student participation in co-curricular activities is highly encouraged. However, it should be remembered that success is not measured by the number of activities in which a student participates, but rather by the quality of his/her participation in each. It is hoped that every student will participate in at least one extracurricular activity and lend his/her support to all of them. The sum total of this participation and support is the yardstick by which much of the school spirit is measured.
Aquinas Academy students will have opportunities to be involved in liturgical, social and recreational activities. Some of the activities will be a part of the school day and others will occur after school and be optional activities offered at other times such as: Prayer groups, guest lectures, community projects, fund raising activities, award ceremonies, school productions/shows, and field trips, and Special Olympic Mentoring.
"The activity of competition has an ethical-spiritual and religious dimension, among many other functions, such as the recreational, cultural, educational, and social, as it contributes to the development of human capacities, helping to appreciate life, that great gift of God. At the same time, sports cannot become one more element of division between rich and poor, between strong and weak; the race for profits and victory cannot deprive sport of its moral vlues and the rights of children and youth." Pope John Paul II
Aquinas offers students participation in its Special Olympics' Mentoring program. Volunteers in grades 5-12 participate in weekly sporting events with Special Olympians. Events include soccer, bowling, basketball and softball. Students assist those less physically able and share in the experience of friendship and sports. Students are transported to and from events via the school.
The focus of school productions is to expose and immerse students in the fine arts. The fine arts is part of the curriculum at Aquinas Academy to give an understanding, knowledge, and appreciation for what is beautiful. This understanding affords a basis for judgment and discrimination which characterizes the free and wise man.
The objective of school productions are experiences to help form the moral imagination. In today's mass media, the student's imagination can be filled with what is predominantly violent, crass, sentimental and depersonalizing. Or it can have within it the lively, the noble, the truly human and the graced. Common experience tells us that our actions follow our imaginations. Therefore, it is necessary to train the young student in artful and more noble expressions.
Examples of previous school productions are: Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Merchant of Venice, Our Town, Harvey, The Scheme of the Driftless Shifter, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Importance of Being Earnest,The Gift of the Magi, Fiddler on the Roof.
In addition, Aquinas hosts an annual Christmas Performance, Lenten Passion Play, Musical Review, St. Joseph's Talent Show, and St. John Bosco Video Festival.
The Pro-Life Club is dedicated to promoting the call to John Paul II’s Gospel of Life. Encouraging and exposing the youth to pro-life education and activities appropriate to their age and maturity.
The Mission Corp. is a student-led club that is dedicated to educating and providing experiences to the youth to be aware of those in their community who are less fortunate. The goal of the program is to get them involved in programs and
services in their own community that perform corporal