GSS Athletic Council
The GSS Athletic Council organizes a number of activities for students throughout the year as well as financially supporting school athletic teams. Council consists of students from all grade levels who apply for a position in September. There are junior and senior executive members. Activities in which the council participates include staff-student games, assemblies, pep rallies, organizing local road races, and the year end Athletic Banquet in June. We meet every Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. Grade nines are especially welcome.
Camp Eagle is a four day programme for grade 11 and 12 students wanting to further develop their leadership and organizational skills. The Camp Eagle experience involves a balance of active, outdoor leadership activities and skill-based sessions designed to challenge and engage. The emphasis of Camp Eagle is building positive relationships and mentoring our grade 9 students to enhance their GSS experience. Visit the camp eagle website.
C.O.L.S. Central Ontario Leadership Seminar
This is a dynamic, all expense paid, three-day workshop offered to one GSS grade 10 student each year. It aims to motivate and develop future leaders by recognizing young talent and providing a forum to build upon leadership skills.
Encounters with Canada
This one week program runs throughout the year at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa. It provides an opportunity for students to explore the governmental, judicial, and cultural institutions of Canada, meet experts in the theme of the week, and make friends with other participants from across Canada. There is a fee to participate in this programme.
Each morning we are greeted with the sweet sound of announcers who tell us what is happening at GSS! These students apply for this position at the beginning of the year and are chosen based on their enthusiastic voices. Any student is welcome to apply.
Ontario Science Centre School
Students have the opportunity to apply to study at the Ontario Science Centre School for a semester. Selection is based on academic achievement and teacher recommendations. Grade 12 University level courses are offered in Advanced Functions, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Several of GSS’ senior students have been accepted into this unique programme.
Peer Support (non-credit)
The Peer Support program is designed to provide assistance and academic support for the students at GSS. Volunteers for tutoring positions are screened by teaching staff. Tutors meet with their clients before/after school, or at lunchtime. Tutors receive leadership points in recognition for this service. Students interested in having a tutor are to see a teacher in the Learning Resource Centre (room 1).
This is a group of 40 students from all grades who complete a "What I Have Accomplished Form" and are selected by staff and existing prefects. They are considered ambassadors for the school and assist in various school events such as commencement, parent teacher interviews and community functions. This is an ideal opportunity to develop leadership skills and have fun while making a contribution and a difference in the school.
Project Soar Leaders
Project Soar Leaders is an opportunity for grade 11 and 12 students to be positive mentors to participating grade 9 students. The Soar group starts meeting in September and the role of the leaders is to encourage grade 9s to make connections with their peers, to get involved in school activities and, most importantly, have fun. Each semester, there is a team building field trip and there will be monthly lunch meetings to touch base, share experiences and discuss current events happening in the school. As a Project Soar leader, you will be a familiar face to your assigned grade 9s and a source of valuable information about high school from the perspective of a fellow student.
GSS Student Council
The GSS Student Council organizes numerous activities throughout the year. Camp Eagle, theme dances and spirit days are put on to boost the morale around the school and to help students get to know one another. The Council also holds a number of fundraisers, which generate the funds that are used to support many of the school's teams and clubs. In the spring, the Senior Council representatives are elected and Junior Council elections take place in the fall. Being a member of Student Council is a great way to get to know your peers and to gain leadership experience!