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COVID-19 Response Update

Effective May 12, 2021, out of an abundance of caution and in response to Manitoba Health orders and Manitoba Education guidelines, GMS has moved to remote learning for all students for at least two weeks. “At risk” students may be still be invited by the school to attend school during this period of remote learning for in-person meetings or classes. Please see the most recent information on our response to the pandemic in this notice to families from Mr. Lussier here. Principal Andrew’s letter to families explaining the remote learning plans can be found here.

The school will accept deliveries but will only be open for visitors on a limited basis by invitation. All visitors entering the school must follow entry guidelines, hand sanitize and wear a mask. Per Manitoba Health and Education guidelines the GMS school building is not available for use by outside groups at this time.

Please CONTACT Mr. Lussier, Ms Andrew, Ms Faulkner or Ms Hildebrand, if you have any questions or need support. 

Important Vaccination News:

All persons age 12 and up in Manitoba can now book appointments to be vaccinated!   Book your appointment to protect yourself, your family and the community.  The sooner we all get vaccinated the sooner we can get closer to a return to normal!

From the Province:

"Beginning today (May 14, 2021), all young people aged 12 and up are eligible to book their first-dose appointment.  The Pfizer vaccine is generally available at super sites and urban Indigenous clinics located throughout the province. "

“All eligible young people aged 12 and older or their parent, guardian or caregiver can book an appointment by calling (toll-free) 1-844-626-8222 or online at https://protectmb.ca . It is ideal if young people ages 12 to 15 can either attend the appointment with a parent, guardian or caregiver or have their parent sign their consent form ahead of time to bring along to make the visit as easy as possible.  However, if the youth attends without a guardian and without a signed consent form, they can go through an informed consent process with a clinical lead to assess their ability to consent on their own and proceed with the vaccine.”

Statement in Support of Social Justice and Anti-racism Action

Gonzaga Middle School supports social justice and action in support of Indigenous peoples, African Canadians and all people impacted by systemic racism and structural inequality. Click here for our full statement.

About Us

Gonzaga Middle School (GMS) provides an enhanced, holistic, Manitoba Education approved, co-educational, culturally sensitive middle school education to Grade 6-8 students from low-income families in the Point Douglas and North East Downtown neighbourhoods of inner-city Winnipeg. It uses the unique middle school educational framework and best practices from Jesuit Nativity model schools and the NativityMiguel Coalition of Schools, adapting them to the community served in Winnipeg.

GMS lowers barriers to educational advancement and success through its strong academic program, longer school day, before and after school programming, extended school year (including summer camp weeks), enrichment activities, mentoring and graduate support programs. The school also provides a nutrition program (breakfast, lunch and two snacks), transportation to and from school, technology and other supports.

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GMS provides an educational option for parents of children from a variety of faith and cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous, New-Canadian and other communities. In keeping with the best of the tradition of Jesuit education and the spirit of reconciliation called in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, GMS is committed to being inclusive and respecting the faith and spiritual traditions of its students.

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GMS respectfully provides the Gonzaga Middle School Statement on Reconciliation to explain this commitment.

The Gonzaga Middle School Board and Staff remembers Larry Morrisette who passed away before his time. We honour the contribution he made to the lives of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth, to education and broader social issues in the inner-city and North End. In particular, we recognize and honour him for his assistance in helping us develop a deeper understanding of reconciliation and relationship-building with the community.

Applications Update

Student Applications for the 2021-22 school year are now available.

Students entering Grade 6 or Grade 7 are welcome to apply. Please contact us if you are interested in applying.

Please see the Applications and Admissions pages and contact the Principal or Student Support Director for more information.

Staffing Update

GMS has hired teachers for our Grade 6, 7 and 8 classes, a Student and Graduate Support Director, a Student Support and Community Outreach Worker, an Office Manager and a Nutrition Support Worker.  We also have a part-time music specialist and a part-time librarian.

 

Territorial Acknowledgement  

Gonzaga Middle School is located on Treaty One territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Metis Nation.  GMS staff and Board members are dedicated to moving forward in partnership with all Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

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