St. Thomas Aquinas renovates

Oct 12, 2021
Bishop John Noonan gets a tour of renovations to the Science Lab at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, St. Cloud. Robotics is a new addition to the technology now available in the lab. Other changes includes decor in the religion classroom, providing a more reverent atmosphere giving it the familiar aspect of a chapel, with stained glass windows and pieces calling on the use of the “Armor of God”. (GLENDA MEEKINS)

ST. CLOUD | Bishop John Noonan recently toured St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, checking out all things new and taking a little time out to dance with kindergarteners.

Several rooms were updated while some received a touch of love and artistic flair from the school’s art teacher, Magy Brown.

The most notable places completely renovated are the science lab, religion and art classrooms. According to Principal Nicolas Pavgouzas, “The art classroom is now a collaborative space in which students can learn and create! The teacher is now equipped with both our classic art supplies and modern technology to make art come to life.”

The science lab also includes more modern technology taking inspiration from NASA’s Visions for the Future. Pavgouzas noted, “Students can participate in labs at their stations and also engage digitally with our interactive technology and displays.”

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, St. Cloud. (GLENDA MEEKINS)

You can feel God’s presence in the revived religion classroom. It has been redone “to feel as if students are entering a Chapel each day.” Pavgouzas said it’s “a place in which students can turn their hearts and minds to Christ while growing in their spiritual life.” Themed from Ephesians 6:10-18, “Armor of God”, he said, “We want to inspire our Crusaders to embrace this armor and take it with them on their life’s journey, post-graduation from our school.”

Additionally, all furniture on campus was replaced over the last two school years and the media room received a new anchor desk and set-up so the students can produce a brief morning program.

Bishop Noonan commended Pavgouzas and his team for their hard work and commitment to excellence and celebrated Mass with staff and students prior to the tour with Superintendent of Schools, Henry Fortier, Vice Principal Jean Askey, and Father Derek Saldanha. In his homily, Bishop Noonan encouraged the students “to pray and become disciples of Jesus”.

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic, October 13, 2021