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.
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.
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.