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Important Vaccination News:

All persons age 5 and up in Manitoba can now book appointments to be vaccinated! New Pfizer “bi-valent” boosters are available for all persons age 12 and up in ManitobaBooster shots are strongly recommended for all who are eligible. 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, keep each other safe and reduce the impact of COVID on the Health Care system!

 

COVID-19 Response Update

In keeping with Provincial Health and Manitoba Education guidelines, Gonzaga Middle School opened for staff, students and regular volunteers as usual starting September 2022. In keeping with Manitoba Health's decision to move schools to the Limited Risk (Green) COVID-19 response level, GMS returned to normal school, enrichment and community activities.

For the foreseeable future, GMS will continue with enhanced sanitation, health checks and except when returning from sickness, mask usage will be entirely voluntary. We continue to encourage students to stay home if they are sick but otherwise strongly encourage school attendance.

GMS is grateful to the Winnipeg Foundation for its continuing support, most recently through a 2022 Adapt Grant which is helping GMS move forward more strongly as we continue to recover from the COVID pandemic.

 

Statement in Support of Social Justice and Anti-racism Action

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.

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About Us

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.

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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.

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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.

Applications Update

Student Applications for the 2023-24 school year will be available in January 2023.

Students entering Grade 6, Grade 7 or Grade 8 are welcome to apply. Please contact us if you are interested in applying. 

Please see the Applications and Admissions pages and contact the Principal or Student Support Director for more information.

 

Staffing Update

We are hiring for the new position of Advancement Manager. Please see the Staff Page for details. The closing date for applications is extended to December 4, 2022.

We recently hired a new school social worker for the position of Student and Graduate Assistant. Please see the Staff Page for details. 

For the current school year, GMS again divided the role of Executive Director (Head of School) and Principal starting in 2022-23 school year. GMS is happy to welcome Mr. Rex Ferguson-Baird to the position of Principal. Mr. Tom Lussier, will continue to serve, as he has since GMS’ founding, as Executive Director.

Please see the Staff Page for more details.

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Territorial Acknowledgement  

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.

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