Learning Through Adventure!

Education & Outdoor Recreation

Great Moose Adventures

Outdoor Education, Wilderness Retreats & Canadian Culture

Student Life

Healthy Living 

Healthy Mind  -  emotional wellness and social development is paramount for academic success; which is achieved through personal goals, reflection, communication, knowledge, and positive support by role models who understand the students strengths and challenges. Health is an on-going subject that is personalized and monitored through  daily circles, open communication and personal journals.

Healthy Body - physical fitness and a balanced healthy diet is easily achieved at GMA Academy.  Delicious, homemade meals are provided with a weekly menu posted on our Seesaw Ap to share with the parents. Every meal includes fresh seasonal fruits and veggies and we can adhere to most dietary restrictions.  We also have meals catered by the Muskoka Natural Food Market with cultural themes to give our students the opportunity to taste healthy food from around the world.  Click here to learn more about our tasty meals.

Daily physical exercise is encouraged through ample free play opportunities during our 2 recess breaks and before and after school. In addition, embedded in our outdoor educational philosophy is a large portion of the day spent hiking, exploring and moving around our fields, forests and trails.


Healthy Spirit - Personal growth and character development is the result of hard work, dedication and a positive attitude. At GMA Academy we utilize a student-centered approach to emotional wellness and social development that allows our students to work within their personal interests and strengths, set achievable goals to overcome challenges and helps them to better understand their learning styles, emotional needs and character traits; which will inevitably lead to a sense of fulfillment  in their social life, academics and self confidence - making it that much easier to keep growing and learning.

Canoeing & Cross-Country Skiing

While we enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, at GMA Academy we cherish the winter for cross-country skiing and every other season for canoe tripping.

Both activities are an excellent way to explore your natural environment and involve physical endurance and  personal mental perseverance to be successful.

In addition,  both activities are excellent ways to clear your mind and live in the moment, as the physical action is repetitive and can be done for long periods of time.

Click here to learn  more about canoe tripping.

Field Trips 

To compliment all of the learning at GMA Academy, we schedule class field trips to a wide variety of events and activities as a means to provide cultural enrichment, real life experience, social opportunities and curriculum relevance.
All costs are included in our tuition and food and transportation is provided. Here are a few examples:
  • farm visit
  • pottery studio
  • Mud Run
  • Gravenhurst Opera House
  • Local farmers' market
  • Bracebridge Library
  • Bass Lake - beach days for swimming lessons
  • Toronto -cultural trip
  • 3 Mile Lake - canoe trip
  • Poker Lakes - canoe trip
With more ideas coming everyday!

School Spirit

A sense of belonging sets our students up for success. To foster this sense of community, GMA Academy has bi-weekly assemblies to share information, celebrate achievement, set whole school goals and open up a safe forum for dialogue and discussion. Every month we honour 2 students for excellent achievement in academics, social development, kindness, arts, sports and leadership. We also set monthly, whole school goals that are shared with the parents to be sure we are all helping to make our students pro-active, positive citizens. 

Animal Sponsorship Project

Our Animal Sponsorship Project's goal is to encourage stewardship, empathy and compassion for the creatures in the world around us.  Working  alongside Speaking of Wildlife, an animal outreach facility working with animals native to Ontario, this project gives students the opportunity to be involved in the enrichment of an animals life by designing and building games, puzzles and activities that will help make the lives better for the animals living in the shelter.  The students will also learn important facts about the animals and can fund raise to help offer the animals food. During the time of sponsorship the class will witness the impact of their support and will have an opportunity to meet the animal in person. This hands-on project gives the student's a real life experience in  responsibility and compassion.

Outdoor Theatre

All the world is a stage! GMA Academy utilizes our forest as a creative space to explore drama, story telling and performance arts. Working alongside our specialist Drama teachers, the students create and produce drama presentations that relate to our personal interests, cultural exploration and current topics both local and global. By using a creative platform in an open space, students feel free and safe to step outside their comfort zone and play the role of someone or something different. This medium is not only entertaining for the audience and performers, but an excellent way to develop compassion, empathy and to share honest opinions about the world around us. 

Leadership

Leadership opportunities are rich and varied for our older students. As they mature and develop confidence in their abilities they are able to take on a variety of roles in the school. Younger students benefit from mentoring by older peers as much as the senior students enjoy being role models.


Students can take on leadership roles in a variety of situations at GMA Academy and we  can ensure that the students feel safe and confident in taking leadership in the realms in which they feel confident. Over time they have increasing opportunities to develop their leadership skills and interests in academics, sports, outdoor adventure, arts, music and more.