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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.
The Gonzaga Middle School Board and Staff are saddened by the recent passing of Larry Morrisette. 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.
As part of our reconciliation initiative and agreement, a commemorative art project has been commissioned which invites young artists to create and submit art related to the theme of the History of Residential Schools and Reconciliation in Canada to be included in the project. All youth under the age of 18 from the area are invited to participate.
Please see the Call to Young Artists (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 to pick up a form) to participate in the project.
Student Applications for the 2017-2018 Grade 6 class will be available in December 2016.
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.