Gonzaga Middle School in Winnipeg Opens its Doors

October 26, 2016 — After two and a half years of planning and preparation, Gonzaga Middle School (GMS) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, opened its doors to its first Grade 6 class in September, becoming the second Jesuit-endorsed Nativity-model school in Canada.

The school will provide a holistic, co-educational, culturally sensitive middle school education for children from low-income families in Winnipeg’s North End and North East Downtown inner-city neighborhoods. 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 intellectually competent, open to growth, spiritually alive and committed to doing justice.

Like its sister school, Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina, GMS will help students develop to their full potential to break the cycle of poverty and become leaders through a Jesuit Nativity-model middle school education. 

The school incorporates best practices from Jesuit Nativity model schools and the NativityMiguel Coalition of Schools, which includes a longer school day, before and after school programming, extended school year (including summer camp weeks), enrichment activities, and mentoring and graduate support programs. GMS will also provide meals and snacks, transportation to and from school, technology and other supports. After graduation, GMS will continue to provide support to students during high school.


Students attending Gonzaga Middle School will come from a variety of faith and cultural backgrounds, including Indigenous, New-Canadian and other communities. In 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.”

The first Grade 6 class has 17 students, and over half (53%) of this first class are from First Nation backgrounds.

GMS has also continued to work on building relationships with members of the community and community groups to address reconciliation and build community relationships. An agreement to Encourage Reconciliation and Positive Relationships has been developed to guide the process. [Source: Jesuits [Conference of Canada and the United States]Gonzaga Middle School]





Recent News

July 11, 2019 — This year, the Manresa Spiritual Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Many things have changed since the first laymen retreats in Toronto in 1925 and the foundation of Manresa in 1949, including the addition of retreats for women and for members of Alcoholics Anonymous.

July 9, 2019 — This second part of the Praying With the Preferences series focuses on the first two Apostolic Preferences: showing the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment; as well as walking with the poor and the outcasts of this world.

July 9, 2019 — On July 31, we will celebrate two special masses in honor of the Feast of Saint Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus.

July 8, 2019 — The Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice is very pleased to welcome two new, full-time staff members: Mark Hathaway as Associate Director and Victoria Blanco as Office and Program Manager.

July 1, 2019 — The Jesuits in Honduras are denouncing the Honduran government’s repression of protests over the past two months.

June 28, 2019 — This week is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This feast, whose origins date back to the XVIIth century, gives us the opportunity to meditate on how Jesus expressed his love. It was also an occasion for the Jesuits of Canada to consecrate their Toronto offices on June 25.  

June 28, 2019 — Last week, Pope Francis reiterated the importance of inclusion in the world of education, using the Fe y Alegría model as an example. This exhortation is a recurring theme in the Pope's speeches and is in line with a call for renewal in education which dates back to 1965.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Campion's Brag

Relations Mai 2019

Canadian Jesuits



Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre
Since 1946, Manresa has welcomed retreatants to grow closer to God on 21 beautiful acres in ...