Grade 8 Day 2017

What an amazing day of exploring GBDSS!

Thank you to all volunteers and link crew members for your support with this event. Also a special thanks to Julia Sallows, Kelsey Scott, and Ben Naylor for planning grade 8 day this year!

We had students from schools all over the area come and see what GBDSS is all about. They got to learn about the; crossfit and gym programs, tech classes, science clubs and classes, the art department, and so much more about GBDSS.

After a fantastic first day of meeting all of the grade 8’s we can not wait to welcome them into our halls as grade 9’s next year!


Grade 8 and Parent Night

On February 22nd we invited all the grade 8’s back to join us and bring along their parents too. Not only  did we have many student volunteers we also had many teachers to show off what they do.

Shown throughout the night were;

  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Science/ Science Club
  • Wood shop
  • Student Success
  • Business/Biz Bunch
  • Drama
  • Hospitality
  • Cosmetology
  • Health Care
  • English


Overall the night was a complete success with many students coming to visit the school and really see the classes we have to offer them.

Thank you to all student volunteers as well as all the teachers who took the time out of their day to show just how great GBDSS is.

Grade 8 Students Get a Taste of High School

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, Grade 8 students from Midland and Penetang got a taste of high school at Georgian Bay District Secondary School. Almost 300 students nine from Simcoe County Schools, in addition to a collection of students from other school boards, participated in the visit. The event, designed to help ease the transition from elementary to high school, was a huge success thanks to the help of the high school’s’ Link Crew leaders, plus the teachers and the Grade 8 students.

In the science department, the future Bears made hydrogen bottle rockets, performed chemical reactions, and experimented with robotics. Mackenzie Grigg, a Grade 8 from École Eléméntaire St. Louis, says, “Science was my favourite activity…We haven’t done anything like that before.” Meanwhile, in the music wing, the students tried their hand at an assortment of instruments, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. In the state-of-the-art weight room, pull-ups, tire flips, assault bike, rope climbs, and sled push-pulls tested the Grade 8’s personal fitness, while group activities in the triple-gym encouraged teamwork. The students also enjoyed a free lunch provided by the high school, and received Bear-Wear T-shirts to take home with them.
Todd Reynolds, a Grade 7/8 teacher at Huron Park Public School believes Grade 8 day is important. “The more exposure [students] get – it mitigates their nerves,” he says. Grade 9 student Emma Roden, who helped with the science activities, says she remembers her Grade 8 day, and how much it helped her. “[I remember] visiting the different classrooms”,  she says, as well as meeting students she would be going to school with. Her advice to Grade 8 students? “Relax, and don’t stress about it – It’s not as bad as you think.”

Article By; Ariel Harker

Photos by; Kayla Cadeau and Ariel Harker

Grade 8 Day

November 2nd we had all future GBDSS grade 9 students of the 2017/2018 year come and visit our school and get to know it. We had them visit classes like history, math, english, french, art, drama, music, business, tech, photography, digital media, and so many more of our programs. Throughout the day they played kahoots, saw a mini version of our Georgian bay growl, watched out rugby cheer, and so much more. Throughout the day that got to meet out link leaders and students here to help make their transition better and more comfortable. We can’t wait to see them in the halls of GBDSS next year.

Go Bears!

Link Crew Training

October 7th 2016, link crew leaders were taken down to Bear Creek high school in Barrie to attend training for the link crew events. Not only did we all learn about holding events but also about how we can help students everyday and impact their lives. Learning from the speaker Patrick’s experience we learned the best way to impact people and how his life was impacted. Its not just about being there at the events, its about being their everyday, to get them involved, know what’s going on, and to be a friend.

It was an irreplaceable experience and taught us so many great things to be able to bring back to GBDSS for this year and the future.

Grade 9 Dodge ball Tournament

October 3rd was our first grade 9 dodge ball tournament we held as a link crew event. Teams of grade 9’s and link crew leaders were made into six teams, Blue Cheese, Black Ravens, Green Giants, White Wolves, Red Rockets, and Yellow Stings. Each team got to play every team ending in a final tournament to determine the winner. And the winner was……. Blue Cheese!
Overall it was an amazing afternoon helping the bonds with link crew leaders with the grade 9’s.

Below are some images of all the action and fun.

Link Crew

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