GRIMSBY SECONDARY SCHOOL
During December, our classes participate in the Grimsby Benevolent Fund (GBF) hamper program. Classes adopt a family and shop to provide food and gifts for each member of the family. Each year, our students look forward to generously supporting others to ensure they have food and gifts for their family celebrations. Our winter concert showcases the musical talents of our students and is a highlight of the season, Student Council plans spirit week activities which will culminate with a talent show and basketball game against the Niagara Regional Police basketball team.
In the new year, we will be on the move. In March, a group will head north for a wilderness, leadership adventure at Camp Pathfinder. Our music department will cruise the Mediterranean in April. Our students have the opportunity to see another part of the world and perform for international audiences. And in May, students have the opportunity to visit New York City and explore the wide variety of culinary options that can be found there.
“The importance of studying French in the Canadian context cannot be overemphasized. French is not only one of Canada’s two official languages, but is also widely used throughout the world with respect to business, culture, and international diplomacy. The ability to communicate in French gives students many advantages, both in Canada and internationally, and helps them gain a better understanding and appreciation of French-speaking societies.” Ministry of Education (Ontario)
The French Immersion program at the DSBN is open to all students who are entering Grade 1. It provides students with opportunities to develop proficiency in Canada’s two official languages and to learn about another culture. Children benefit from learning in two languages – their thinking and reasoning skills improve, and English language skills are developed.
Central French Immersion Public School is where it all begins. Grade 1 entry to French Immersion welcomes the young Stingrays to Central providing an outstanding education for all students. Innovative programs that meet the needs of all students combined with many extra-curricular opportunities that encourage the development of excellence, integrity and respect ensure that all Central F.I. students are off to a great start. At the end of grade 8 these students move from Stingrays to Eagles at Grimsby Secondary School.
For many years Grimsby Secondary School has been the school for the Extended French program in the west end of the District School Board of Niagara. The program is well established and staffed with teachers who are experts in their fields. In September, our grade 9 and 10 students will be in the French Immersion program. Many of you are already wondering “What’s the difference? I already thought it was French Immersion.” The distinction is in the number of hours of French instruction students have already received and will continue to receive at GSS. Students entering a French Immersion program will have received a minimum of 3800 hours of French instruction, or equivalent in their elementary school.
Our students from Central F.I. Public School will continue their studies in French at GSS. In grades 9 and 10 they take Science, Geography and History in French as well as a French Immersion class each year. They also have the opportunity to study Drama in French in grade 9, Civics and Careers in grade 10 or Phys. Ed. in grade 10. In grades 11 and 12, courses that are offered in French include Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology, Law and Biology as well as the French Immersion classes. The certificate of French Immersion Studies is awarded by the District School Board of Niagara at graduation. Given the variety of course offerings, students have flexibility in how they complete the requirements for the certificate. The French Immersion Certificate provides evidence of a student’s degree of involvement in the French Immersion program. This certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the Senior French Immersion courses offered at GSS. It is important for students applying to study at a French or bilingual post-secondary institute, as well as for students intending to enter a workforce where French can be used for communicating. This excellent program prepares our students to continue studying in English or French at university or college. Many go on to universities like McGill and the University of Ottawa, receiving scholarships and bursaries, for post-secondary opportunities. When our graduates return to visit they are delighted to say that they have been well-prepared academically, socially and emotionally for what comes next!
As always, opportunities abound for all at Grimsby Secondary School!