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.
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 untimely 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.
Gonzaga Middle School is proud to partner with Ogijiita Pimatiswin Kinamitwin (OPK) as we welcome their Young Men’s Life Skills group on Tuesday evenings.
OPK is an organization founded by the late Larry Morrisette which aims to support marginalized, at risk, Indigenous young adults and their families. The program director is Mitch Bourbonniere.
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Gonzaga Middle School congratulates Grade 7 students – Journey Irvine (Fluttering Butterfly Girl), Catterie Wood and Jade Larocque on being chosen to be the 2018 Manitoba representatives for their entry the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s “Imagine a Canada –through the Lens of Reconciliation” art and leadership program.
See our News Page for more information.
GMS is hiring a Registered Social Worker (RSW) as our Student Support and Community Outreach Worker to start in late summer. See the Call for Interest on our Staff page.
GMS has hired teachers for our Grade 6, 7 and 8 classes, a Student and Graduate Support Director, 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.