Our New Secondary School Has a Name
At the DSBN Board Meeting on November 26th, 2019, the trustees voted West Niagara Secondary School as the name of the new secondary school being built in West Niagara. Slated to open in September of 2022, West Niagara Secondary School will serve students in the Grimsby, Lincoln, and West Lincoln communities. 187 names were submitted through an online process, and a committee of students, parents, community members and staff determined the top 3 names that trustees voted on. At the new school, students will be able to access a huge array of programming options, as well as state of the art facilities including a full artificial turf field with a rubberized track. School colours and a mascot will be determined in the upcoming months as students and teachers continue to work together and provide input to the structures, traditions and culture of their new school.
Football Team Wins Championship
Persevering through a challenging season, the GSS Eagles Football team brought home the Tier 2 Football championship for the second time in three years, after a 7-year hiatus for the program. The team included students from both Grimsby Secondary and Beamsville Secondary – as we look forward to one secondary school in West Niagara in September of 2022.
During regular season play, the Eagles lost to both the Governor Simcoe Redcoats in a hard-fought and tight game and the Centennial Cougars in a blowout 37-1 loss. The playoffs brought different outcomes, though.
The Eagles won a tight 15-14 overtime contest on the road against Governor Simcoe in the semi-final and secured a solid 21-15 road win against the Centennial squad that had beaten them in Grimsby a few weeks earlier, in the championship game. The Eagles dominated the line of scrimmage and used some offensive trickery to take the title against a previously dominant Centennial team.
Defensive standouts for the Eagles included Liam Bogucki and Josh Seabrook – both of whom played extremely well against a very strong offensive Centennial team in the final. Recognition on the offensive side of the ball goes to Ty Mitchell and Ryan Neudorf, who was named league MVP for his consistent, tough and determined rushing efforts throughout the year.
Engineering/Computer Science Students Learn and Collaborate
GSS students enrolled in Grade 12 University Physics and Grade 12 Computer Science are working together on collaborative problem-solving. Teachers Mr. B. Holland and Mr. D. Delaney have structured a series of tasks that require the expertise of both physics and computer studies students to complete. This unique opportunity mimics problem-solving situations in academia, and industry, where individuals with varying areas of expertise collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve regularly. This practice not only enhances student learning through computer applications and reciprocal teaching but also gives students the opportunity to build their skills and ability to think innovatively and bring their ideas to life in a group setting.
Submitted by Principal Mat Miller