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.
In keeping with Provincial Health and Manitoba Education guidelines, Gonzaga Middle School opened for staff, students and regular volunteers beginning in September 2020. On October 22nd, Manitoba Health mandated that effective Monday October 26th, schools in Winnipeg move to the Restricted (Orange) COVID-19 response level. GMS has made some changes to our Return to School plan to meet the public health guidelines, helping to keep students and staff as safe as possible, while ensuring continued educational progress for our students. The details of our plan changes are noted in the GMS COVID-19 2020 Update 1 found here. Further changes have been made effective November 2nd with GMS COVID-19 2020 Update 2 found here. Effective January 4, 2021 for a two-week period, we have implemented GMS COVID-19 Update 3 which allows for remote learning and can be found here. Effective January 18, 2021 we will return to the prior schooling plan discussed in Update 2 and regular school hours.
The detailed Gonzaga Middle School Return to School Plan can be found here.
Here are some links to useful information for students and parents related to the Return to School Plan:
MB Education Reopening Schools Guide for Parents and Students (August 13, 2020)
MB Education– Parent/Guardian Frequently Asked Questions (August 20, 2020)
MB Education – Welcoming our Students Back - Frequently Asked Questions (August 20, 2020)
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, Mrs. Mitchell or Ms Faulkner, if you have any questions or need support.
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.
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.
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.
Student Applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available soon.
Students entering Grade 6 or Grade 7 are welcome to apply. Please contact us if you are interested in applying.
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.
The Executive Director and Principal positions were divided beginning with the 2018/19 school year. Tom Lussier continues in the role of Executive Director (Head of School) while Rachael Andrew assumed the role of Principal. Please see the details on our Staff page.
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.