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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Gananoque Intermediate and Secondary School, your grade 7 to 12 community school, and the “Home of the Trojans”. As the principal, I am honoured to lead such a vibrant and dynamic community dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education.

At GISS, we believe in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels valued, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential. Our dedicated team of educators is committed to providing high-quality teaching, personalized attention, and innovative learning experiences that prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world.

We recognize the importance of academic rigor, character development, and holistic growth. Alongside our academic programs, we offer a wide array of extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports designed to enrich the student experience and cultivate well-rounded individuals.

Furthermore, we understand the importance of strong partnerships between home, school, and the community. We encourage open communication and collaboration among students, families, staff, and stakeholders to create a supportive network that nurtures the growth and development of all students.

As we embark on this academic journey together, I encourage each member of our school community to embrace the values of respect, responsibility, and resilience. Together, we can create a positive and nurturing learning environment where every student can thrive and succeed.

At GISS, we are committed to providing a rigorous and engaging curriculum that fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, real world learning, and a lifelong love of learning. Our course offerings are designed to cater to a variety of interests, abilities, and aspirations, ensuring that each student has the opportunity to pursue their passions and fulfill their academic potential. We offer courses for all pathways, including the world of work, apprenticeships, college, and university. As you approach grade 11 and 12, I would encourage you to explore and take advantage of one of our four Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programs here at GISS. We currently have programs in the areas of Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Hospitality and Tourism, and Sport.

Our school building is spacious, safe, and well-maintained.  The Learning Commons provides a dynamic and supportive learning environment where students have access to a wealth of resources to support their learning.  Students also have access to a newly updated computer lab, classroom sets of laptops, a variety of other tech equipment, and full wireless coverage.  We also have two dedicated fitness rooms, a large multi-purpose break-out room, a full commercial kitchen for our hospitality program, as well as recently updated construction and auto shops. 

I am committed to fostering a culture of open communication, transparency, and mutual respect within our school community. I encourage you to share your ideas, feedback, and aspirations as we work together to shape the future of GISS.

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to working with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead!

Warm regards,
Christena Harrow

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