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Gonzaga Middle School (GMS) will provide 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 will use 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 will lower 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, and mentoring and graduate support programs. The school will also provide a nutrition program (breakfast, lunch and two snacks), transportation to and from school, technology and other supports.
GMS seeks to develop “men and women for others” while preparing students for success in high school and post-secondary study. It will strive to graduate students who are loving, intellectually competent, open to growth, spiritually alive and committed to doing justice.
GMS will support its students of all cultural and faith backgrounds in their growth toward becoming hopeful, confident, morally responsible leaders for love and service of their families and communities.
Gonzaga Middle School will provide 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 for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, GMS is committed to being inclusive and respecting the faith and spiritual traditions of its students.
GMS respectfully provides the Gonzaga Middle School Statement on Reconciliation to explain this commitment.
GMS has continued to work on building relationships with members of the community and community groups to practically address reconciliation and building of community relationships. An agreement to Encourage Reconciliation and Positive Relationships which includes four key principles has been developed.
As part of this initiative and agreement, a commemorative art project has been commissioned which invites young artists to create and submit art to be included in the project. A community art making event on the theme of the History of Residential Schools and Reconciliation in Canada which will include a barbeque for participants, their families and interested community members will take place August 27th. All youth under the age of 18 from the area are invited to participate.
Please see the Call to Young Artists and Community Event (click on the link for full details).
Reconciliation Art Project participants must complete a parent/guardian permission form (click on the link to download the form or drop by the school after August 15th to pick up a form) to participate in the event and project.
Student Applications are now available. We are still welcoming applications from interested parents and students who are entering grade 6 in September.
The remaining Grade 6 spots will be filled by qualified applicants on a first-come-first-served basis. Please apply now.
GMS has hired its first teachers and Student and Graduate Support Director, Office Manager and Nutrition Support Worker. Please check out the GMS Staff Page for details.
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.