St. Thomas More Collegiate

St. Thomas More Collegiate, commonly abbreviated as STMC, or just STM, is an independent private school located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

St. Thomas More Collegiate (STMC)
7450 12th Ave.

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Coordinates49°12′55″N 122°56′18″W / 49.2153°N 122.9384°W / 49.2153; -122.9384
School typeIndependent
Motto"Scientia per fidem" — Knowledge through faith
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
School boardSTMC Ltd. Board of Directors
PresidentMs. Dianne Doyle
PrincipalMr. Stephen Garland
AreaEdmonds, Burnaby
Colour(s)Red, White, Black
Team nameKnights

The school is co-educational, offering academic, fine arts, and business programs, as well as athletic, performing arts, and other extracurricular programs, for students from grades 8 to 12.

The school participates in sporting events under the name of "Knights", with team colors of red, white and black.


Beginnings (1957–1985)Edit

In 1957, negotiations began between Most Rev. Martin Michael Johnson, Coadjutor Archbishop of Vancouver, and Rev. Brother A.A. Loftus, Provincial Superior of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in North America, to establish a Catholic high school in the Lower Mainland led by the Christian Brothers. By 1960, an agreement between the Christian Brothers and the Archdiocese of Vancouver was reached, and the construction of a 10-room school was completed.

St. Thomas More Collegiate opened its doors in September 1960, with a total of 110 students enrolled in grades 7, 8 and 9. Over the years, enrollment and staff increased. Major construction was carried out on school facilities in 1966, 1978, 1981, 1984, and 1985.

Reorganization (1985-2009)Edit

Initially an all-boys school, St. Thomas More Collegiate transitioned to co-education in 1998. Around this time, criminal proceedings began against certain members of the Christian Brothers, some of whom were teaching at STMC.[1] The proceedings were based on allegations of sexual and physical abuse against students at the Mount Cashel Orphanage in Newfoundland. The subsequent lawsuits by Mount Cashel victims threatened to close the school and nearby Vancouver College in 2002 in order to pay financial compensation.[2] After the local community raised $19 million in 2003, the school was spared liquidation.[1] Consequently, the school now operates under a charitable organization known as the STMC Foundation.[3]

Revitalization (2009-2013)Edit

In the summer of 2009, the school began phase one of its revitalization plan, which was to construct a new wing of the school. Completed in May 2010, the new wing, named the StanJean Fine Arts Centre, included six new classrooms, including two specialty classrooms for the school's music program. In addition, the school added a courtyard and renovated the existing kitchen, administration offices, and existing classrooms.

After raising over $6.2 million, a new state-of-the-art double gymnasium was completed to replace the old gymnasium in 2013.


Date Name
1960–1966 Brother W. G. McIntrye
1966–1969 Brother W. C. Martin
1969–1970 Brother D. Frenett
1970–1972 Brother R. L. Mackenzie
1972–1978 Brother C. H. Slattery
1978–1984 Brother Q. R. Carrothers
1984–1989 Brother K. E. Short
1989–1997 Brother H. J. O’Neill
1997–2000 Brother P. J. O’Loughlin
2000–2011 Mr. D. Hall
2011–2017 Mr. M. DesLauriers
2017–2022 Mr. S. Garland
2022–present Mr. J. Adams


Date Name
2002–2006 Brother J. Gale
2006–2009 Brother D. Sanpietro
2015–2019 Mrs. N. Finnie
2019–2022 Ms. D. Doyle
2022–present Mr. S. Garland


St. Thomas More Collegiate is classified as a Group 1 school under British Columbia's Independent School Act. It receives 50% of its funding from the Ministry of Education. The school receives no funding for capital costs.[4] The school operates as a non-diocesan school within the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA), meaning the school has more independence regarding its policies, curriculum, and tuition fees.[5]


The St. Thomas More Collegiate curriculum is symbolized by the Knight's Compass, a Celtic cross with a core field of education at each of the four ends and the Catholic faith at the center of the cross.


St. Thomas More Collegiate is ranked by the Fraser Institute. In 2017, it was ranked 17th out of 253 schools in British Columbia.[6] The school has consistently been ranked by the Fraser Institute in the top 10% of schools in British Columbia. In the 2017–18 school year, the graduation rate was over 99% and 85% of enrolled students continued on to post-secondary education.[7]


The sports teams in the STMC athletic program are known as the "Knights."

STMC is considered to have one of the finest athletics programs in the region. Many elite athletes in football, basketball, wrestling, track & field, swimming and lacrosse have attended STMC. Some athletes have moved on to post-secondary institutions under athletic scholarships and participated at the collegiate, minor and professional levels. Many of the alumni coaches and trainers are former professional athletes themselves.

Both the Varsity Boys and Girls basketball teams participate in the BC Catholic Basketball Championship, one of the largest tournaments in the province of BC. The school has a long-lasting rivalry between nearby Catholic schools Vancouver College and Notre Dame Regional Secondary School.

School Teams
Track & Field
Cross country running
Ultimate Frisbee


Despite having earned a reputation as a "jock-oriented" school, it is also recognized for its academic program and its fine and performing arts programs which include instrumental and choral music, vocal jazz, drama, visual arts, and media arts. This program is one of the finest in Canada.

Clubs & groupsEdit

With more than 20 clubs, STMC offers a wide variety of clubs and extracurricular activities. STMC is mainly known for their football and basketball clubs, winning several rewards for both.[9]

Student governmentEdit

Every year, students from each grade level are elected to a student council for the following school year by their peers. The student government organizes school events, such as dances, pep rallies, and fundraisers.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b Hunter, Stuart (10 December 2008). "Female teacher facing six charges". The Province. p. A2.
  2. ^ Matas, Robert (3 June 2002). "Sex abuse allegations surface at B.C. school". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  3. ^ "STMC Foundation". St Thomas More. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  4. ^ Overview of Independent Schools in British Columbia Archived 2013-01-24 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Info for the School Year – CISVA – Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese". Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  6. ^ "Fraser Institute - School Ranking".
  7. ^
  8. ^ Varsity Champions of the past
  9. ^ "Student Clubs & Groups".
  10. ^ "Kyle Turris Stats and News".

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