“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Marie Curie, Physicist/Chemist and Noble Prize Winner
The STA Science Department is dedicated to helping our students achieve a greater understanding of the world around them. Science literacy is the scientific knowledge, skills, attitudes and an understanding of the nature of science and technology and their connection to society. These are habits of mind required by everyone to thrive in the science- based world of the twenty-first century. Our goal is to help our students become informed citizens, capable of making intelligent choices in a complex world while maintaining a sense of wonder about the world around them.
Our Department offers a comprehensive set of courses that provide all of our students with the opportunity to succeed. The science courses at STA follow the standards established by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Our highly qualified and enthusiastic team of teachers meet the needs of our students through collaborative and inquiry-based interactive lessons. Our intention is to create a classroom that is a safe, inclusive and caring environment.
St. Albert the Great, the patron saint of natural scientists
St. Albert is also known as Albertus Magnus, was a 13th-century Dominican priest, scholar, teacher, scientist, theologian, philosopher, and writer of extraordinary intellect, extensive knowledge, and influence. He is best known as an authority in the natural sciences, a prolific writer, and the teacher and mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was a university instructor, an administrator of his religious order, a bishop, and a consultant to the Pope and other Church leaders.
In 1931, Pope Pius XI canonized St. Albert and declared him a Doctor of the Church; and in 1941, Pope Pius XII declared him patron saint of natural scientists. St. Albert’s symbols include a bishop’s crosier, a teacher’s cap, a large book, and a globe. His feast day is November 15. https://catholicsaintmedals.com/saints/st-albert/
Ontario Ministry of Education. (2006). The Ontario curriculum: Science, grades 9/10. Toronto: Author.