As semester 2 begins there are many exciting things happening at Grimsby Secondary School. We begin another semester of learning that will be enhanced by the myriad of opportunities available to our students, inside and outside of the classroom.

Our big news in January was the announcement that the DSBN has purchased land for our new school. The new school will be built on 20 acres of land on King Street near the Grimsby/Lincoln border. The plot of land on King Street is below the escarpment and is a central location to where the majority of students live. We can’t wait to see the plans and drawings!

Some of our students are getting involved in “Book Love” projects. They have gone to the library or to a bookstore to find a book to read and are working on a variety of projects that they find very interesting. Author Penny Kittle was concerned about students who were not interested in reading and wrote a book that has inspired many students and teachers to think about reading in a different way. “I believe each of my students must craft an individual reading life of challenge, whim, curiosity, hunger, and I’ve discovered that it is not too late in high school to lead a non-reader to reading. It’s never too late.” -Penny Kittle, Book Love, 2013.

Our four Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are providing a wide variety of opportunities for our students to focus on an area of interest and earn a red seal on their diploma. We have SHSM’s in Construction, Manufacturing, Arts & Culture and Health & Wellness. Students take courses in grades 11 and 12 that focus on the area of interest, earn certifications, engage in a number of experiential learning opportunities and take a Co-op course in a related field of study.

This is another cruise year for our music students and this year they will be travelling to the Mediterranean. They will perform on the cruise ship throughout the week as part of the on-board ship entertainment. They have been practicing very hard all year preparing for this amazing opportunity. The drama students have been involved in one-act plays, the grade 9 play students are preparing an original play for the SEARS drama festival. Students in the visual art and photography classes are preparing pieces for display in the annual art gallery exhibits.

Winter sports are well underway and we are looking forward to some great competition throughout the season. We will see many of our students competing at Zone and SOSSA and some will make it to OFSAA. Basketball, swimming and rowing are a few of the activities. We enjoyed hosting the Niagara Regional Police (NRP) basketball team in December. We celebrated our successful “Family Food and Gift Hamper” drive for the Grimsby Benevolent Fund with an afternoon punctuated by GSS vs. NRP basketball.

As we begin the new semester, students are setting goals for themselves to strive for success in all they do. Co-op placements are being arranged, new schedules are being followed and as always, we are achieving success together!