Spring has sprung! As we head into the last few weeks of the school year there is  plenty of learning happening in the classroom and outside. It has been an exciting few weeks at Grimsby Secondary School (GSS).

FOCUS ON EXCELLENCE…..

The Arts Department’s activities include a Mediterranean cruise by some of our musicians, the regional Improv competition, the NTS drama festival and the Off the Wall Art Show. In April, 42 students, 2 staff members and a number of GSS parents represented the school and the Grimsby community by performing aboard the Norwegian Escape. They performed three well-attended concerts aboard ship. For Grimsby IMPROV, our team won locally and then competed Nationally in Ottawa in April. They missed the placing in the top 5 by 8 points. The team played with joy and confidence, continuing in the tradition of those teams before them.

Our athletes are very busy. Lacrosse, baseball, rowing, volleyball and soccer are a few of the sports that are keeping everyone involved this spring

And our students are receiving news about university and college acceptances as well as scholarships and bursaries.

Each year, the District School Board of Niagara and Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation sponsor The Excellence in Education award. One student from each secondary school in the Board is selected to represent their school at a banquet where they are presented with a medal and gift acknowledging their contribution to their school and community. The criteria for the award are;

  • A student who achieves a high academic standing
  • A student who gives that little extra, who contributes significantly to various extra-curricular school activities
  • A student who is a leader among his or her peers and is a positive role model
  • A student who gives of him/herself for the good of the school community through voluntary community service
  • A student who has achieved personal excellence through distinguished effort in endeavors outside of the school

This year’s winner from GSS is Leah Heinen. Leah will attend university to study Health Science with future plans to continue her studies to become a doctor and work in the far north. Leah has been a leader in high school for the past four years, academically, extra-curricularly and socially. She is a well-rounded young adult who embodies the spirit of a Grimsby Secondary School (GSS) student.  She is always respectful and is well-respected by staff and students alike. Leah has a gentle strength and is a quiet leader who does not need to be the centre of attention; this is true both in our school and in our community. This young leader is the Student Council President this year at GSS and sits on the Student Senate for the DSBN. Leah was a member of the transition committee to share the student voice and support her classmates through the transition from South Lincoln H. S. to Grimsby S. S. when South Lincoln closed last year. She is very involved athletically and has been on many school teams throughout high school. She participates in cross country running, track and field, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, badminton and basketball. Her field hockey coach said, “On the field hockey pitch, she is incredibly supportive of others through encouraging words and actions.  She is the first to point out the positives in every situation and holds herself and others to a very high moral standard.  Leah does what is right all the time, regardless of whether it is popular.” Leah is also a very active volunteer leader in the community. She is involved as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader, is a tour guide at Agape Valley’s Sugar Bush, is a camp counsellor and is the lead singer in a band. Anyone who knows Leah knows that she is an energetic, compassionate and hard-working young lady.  It is obvious that Leah is a well-rounded person. Not only has she participated in numerous school and community activities, but she has also maintained an excellent academic standing. Her lowest mark in high school is 90% which has earned her a place on the Principal’s Honour Roll every year. Leah is a conscientious student who balances her academic aspirations with her personal goals and demonstrates exemplary moral character. As you can see, Leah not only meets, but exceeds the criteria for the Excellence in Education Award. We at Grimsby Secondary School are proud to have Leah as one of our students.

There are many positive things happening at Grimsby Secondary School. It is really exciting to read about and to watch. There’s a buzz around the school as we have a lot to celebrate as we are achieving success together.