Raising the Bar

Statue of St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas serves as both model and inspiration for "raising the bar."


While St. Thomas Aquinas High School looks the same on its exterior, there is something very fresh and new occurring on its interior this school year.

Inspired by the high caliber of students it draws from over 60 towns across the Seacoast of NH, Maine and Massachusetts, the St. Thomas Aquinas High School administration decided this year to launch a new series of initiatives collectively coined, “Raising the Bar.”  A series of strategies have been implemented to increase the level of resourcefulness, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit among all members of the STA school community.

One of the many initiatives involves incorporating a 25 minute block within the daily schedule that provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to connect, share, and inspire one another through diverse projects and activities. It is during this SAINTS Block each week that the STA students will come together to participate in pre-developed activities, exercises carefully designed to strengthen the relationship among faculty, staff and students.

Additionally, each Thursday, the community will hear an individual present a TOM Talk.  TOM Talks are St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s emulation of TED Talks. (TED, a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks, began as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged.  Today, TED Talks range in topic and discussion to encompass everything from science to business to global issues.)  These talks will invite different members of the community to present and explain their core impetus for living.  By sharing what drives them to land their feet on the ground each morning, these speakers take the STA mission to challenge, support, and transform our students in a very raw yet deeply personal way.

There is a vibe, a palpable energy alive at STA this year and it is growing. Like TED’s motto (“Ideas Worth Spreading”), ‘raising the bar’ promises to be equally worthy of positive contagion.

“Aim High, Soar Higher in educational pursuit,” suggested St. Thomas Aquinas, the Scholar. Always mindful of our patron saint’s emphasis on scholasticism, the 2018-19 Administration Team has done just that in raising the bar.  

Doctor Angelicus himself would be very proud.