Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School

Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School

Infobox Education in Canada
name= Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School

motto= True to Self
streetaddress= 1009 Armour Road North
city= Peterborough
province= Ontario
postalcode= K9J 7B1
areacode= 705
phone= 743-5230
fax= 749-9452
schoolnumber= 947563
schoolboard= Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
superintendent= Reet Patterson
principal= John Ringereide
viceprincipal= Dave Lorentz
schooltype= Public High School
grades= 9 to 12
language= English
area= 29 acres bordering the Otonabee River
mascot= griffin
colours= Red, blue, and silver
founded= 1967
enrollment= 1100
enrollment_as_of= 2005

Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School is located at 1009 Armour Road North in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1967 and is located on 29 acres bordering on the Otonabee River. It is a member of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board.


TASSS is named after Thomas Alexander Stewart (1786-1847). Thomas and his wife, Frances Browne Stewart (1794-1872), emigrated to Canada with their children and Thomas' brother-in-law and former business partner, Robert Reid, and his family. The party of 27 set sail from Belfast Lough on June 1, 1822. Seven weeks were spent on the ship before reaching Quebec. From Quebec they travelled to Kingston, and then on to York, where Stewart and Reid were each granted convert|1200|acre|km2, provided they settled in an unsurveyed township. Douro Township in Peterborough County was suggested as a promising region. On September 9, 1822, Stewart and Reid travelled to the area with surveyor Richard Birdsall, and each chose land on the Otonabee River. Thomas and Frances developed their home, "Auburn," on Lot 1, Concession 1, raising a family of 10 children to adulthood and assisting other settlers. Thomas Stewart became a prominent and influential citizen in the area until his death in 1847 from typhoid fever.

Campus and Facilities

The school is located on 29 acres bordering on the Otonabee River.


Its indoor facilities include:
* 2 art studios
* music studio
* drama studio
* foods lab
* 4 computer labs
* 6 science labs
* library
* 3 gymnasiums
* 10 technology classrooms
* 2 cafeterias
* "The Magic Kitchen", a restaurant run by the restaurant services program


Outdoors, the school boasts:
* track
* 2 soccer fields
* 2 additional playing fields
* 2 tennis courts
* greenhouse


The school is home to roughly 1100 students, with an equal mix of rural and urban homes. TAS has students from the communities of Ashburnham, Douro, Keene, Otonabee, Emily, and a small percentage from the Hiawatha Lake Reserve on the shore of Rice Lake. Approximately 75% of the students are bused to school.

Amigos Program

This high school project is designed to:
* increase the opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to participate fully in the life of their school
* assist all students to develop their communication and social skills
* develop natural relationships between students who have a disability and their peers who don't

"At the beginning of class, I saw the disability first, now I see the person."

Amigos are students without disabilities. They are matched with students from Learning and Life Skills classes on the basis of mutual interests. The goal is to develop mutually satisfying friendships.

Amigos and students spend at least one hour a week together over the lunch hour - hanging out with friends, having lunch, attending a school activity, participating in whatever is going on. The whole group gets together once per month.

Amigos have the chance to make a difference in someone else's life, appreciate someone for who they are, and at the same time make their school a more inclusive, accepting place.

House System

"Mission:" To create fun and positive spirit at Thomas A. Stewart by providing the finest House program for all participants. This House program will include activities in athletics, arts and academics.

The four houses and house colours are:
*McCloy - Red
*Lennox - Green
*Moody - Yellow
*Connacher - Blue

Peterborough Petes

High-school age members of the Peterborough Petes Major Junior A Hockey Club attend the school. Some notable Petes who attended TAS include:
* Tie Domi
* Steve Yzerman
* Chris Pronger
* Kris King
* Mike Ricci
* Luke Richardson
* Jody Hull
* Mike Dagenais
* Ron Tugnutt
* Kay Whitmore
* Dave Reid
* Jordan Staal
* Eric Staal

External links

* [ Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School website]
* [ Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School]

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