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.”
In keeping with Provincial Health and Manitoba Education guidelines, Gonzaga Middle School opened for staff, students and regular volunteers as usual in September 2021. In keeping Manitoba Health decision to move schools to the Caution (Yellow) COVID-19 response level, GMS has updated 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 Return to School Plan for the 2021-22 school year found here.
GMS is grateful to the Winnipeg Foundation for its continuing support, most recently through a 2021 Stabilization Grant which is helping GMS continue to serve the community despite the difficulties imposed on us from the pandemic.
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.
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 until September 22nd.
Students entering Grade 6, Grade 7 or Grade 8 are welcome to apply. Please contact us if you are interested in applying. Here is our most recent admissions flyer.
We thank Ms Rachael Andrew for her service to the GMS community over the last three years. Effective September 2021 she has moved on to be Principal of another school. We wish her well in her new position.
For the current school year, our Executive Director, Tom Lussier, will take on additional duties in resuming the role of Principal. In addition to being the Executive Director since the founding of GMS, Mr. Lussier also served as Principal for the school’s first two years. In the spring of 2022, GMS will begin a search for a new Principal, as GMS will again divide the role of Executive Director (Head of School) and Principal for the 2022-23 school year. Potential applicants to the position of Principal for the next school year who are interested in helping to lead GMS with its distinctive educational model are encouraged to contact Mr. Lussier in advance of the position being posted for more information.
Effective September 2021, in order to meet the needs of students, graduates and families better, GMS also welcomes Ms Aiden Todd to the new position of Student and Graduate Support Assistant.
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.
Please see the Staff Page for more 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.