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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.
After the shift to Restricted (Orange) during the height of the Omicron variant wave, Manitoba Public Health has now returned schools to Caution (Yellow). GMS has therefore returned to the original return to school plan and will adjust our plans as changes are announced to the Public Health orders. For the foreseeable future GMS will continue with sanitation, health checks and mask requirements even if masks are no longer required after March 15, 2022. Visitors and groups will still be limited by appointment only. We look forward to the return to Community gatherings but the continuing risk of COVID does not yet allow us to plan for such events.
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 2022-23 school year are now available.
Students entering Grade 6, Grade 7 or Grade 8 are welcome to apply. Please contact us if you are interested in applying.
For the current school year, our Executive Director, Tom Lussier, has taken 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. GMS will again divide the role of Executive Director (Head of School) and Principal starting in 2022-23 school year.
GMS is happy to announce the appointment of Mr. Rex Ferguson-Baird effective July 2022 to the position of Principal for the next school year. Mr. Ferguson-Baird started his career as an Educational Assistant and then worked as a classroom teacher and Vice-Principal in St. James Assiniboia School Division. He excelled as a school leader over the last 15 years as Principal of Brooklands School earning several awards for the school and his service as Principal. Rex is excited to bring his commitment to innovation in helping teachers work with students to overcome barriers to learning. He looks forward to collaborating with Mr. Lussier in leading GMS in its mission to change lives through education.
September 2021, in order to meet the needs of students, graduates and families better, GMS welcomed Ms Aiden Todd to the new position of Student and Graduate Support Assistant. More recently, GMS welcomed Ms Takana Lantin who took over the position of Student Support and Community Outreach worker in January 2022.
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.