Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School
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|Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School|
1490 Ogden Avenue
|School board||Peel District School Board|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||600  (September 2016)|
|Team name||Graydon Hawks|
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, "Gordon Graydon", "GGMSS", or simply "Graydon" for short, is a high school serving Grades 9 to 12 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Gordon Graydon is best known for housing three Regional Programs and currently stands as one of the top ranking public schools in the Peel board and is home to many national and international awards in DECA and Robotics. The school opened in 1957, and celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 26, 2007. It was named after Gordon Graydon, a Canadian politician who died in 1953. The school's slogan is "Palma Per Ardua": "Success through Hard Work".
Gordon Graydon is home to the International Business and Technology Program, the Graphic and Design Management Program, and the Specialist High Skills Major Program. Both the IBT and GDM programs place an emphasis on business, technology, and graphic design skills to supplement students' academic studies. The IBT program emphasizes entrepreneurial and leadership skills, along with intellectual creativity. The school is home of the only Graphic Design and Management Program in Ontario. The school places an emphasis on academic and technological skills, with high involvement in extra curricular activities such as DECA, FIRST Robotics, Model UN, Mock Trial and Theatre Graydon.
A report by school board staff is proposing that the school be closed in June 2019.
On January 24, 2017, the Peel District School Boards Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR), Voted in favour of the school closing in June 2018. In an effort to accommodate the students, Gordon Graydon's vocational and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) programs will be relocated to Glenforest Secondary School for 2018-2019 school year. In addition, Graydon's graphic design and international business programs (GDM/IBT) will be moved to T.L. Kennedy Secondary School for the 2018-2019 school year. Construction at both T.L. Kennedy and Glenforest secondary schools will be needed to accommodate the incoming students The school board plans to re purpose the site in order to make Graydon the new home of the Adult Education Centre, currently on Elm Drive in Mississauga.
International, Business & Technology Program (IBT)
The International, Business and Technology (IBT) program is a regional program in the Peel District School Board that extends the secondary school curriculum by giving students opportunities to focus on business, marketing, technology and engineering. The courses are academically rigorous and help prepare students for the 21st century learning in an increasingly complex world. The IBT Program is also offered at North Park Secondary School and Meadowvale Secondary School.
Gordon Graydon M.S.S. also has Vocational One, Two and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) programs. Students, enrolled in these programs, are provided extra support in their academics and social/emotional exceptionalities. Smaller class sizes and more individualized lessons are provided to students in these three programs. Registration, in these programs, is based on consultation with school and/or school board personnel as well as parents/guardians.
Some of the features of Gordon Graydon's IBT Program are:
Grade 9-12 Laptop Program The Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School's laptop program is only available for IBT students. The program allows students to use their laptop in their Geography, English, Science, and Business classes. The subject material and courses themselves are more advanced and the students will learn additional information using a computer. The laptop program is most beneficial to the IBT business course.
Grade 11/12 Computer Engineering Students in the IBT and GDM programs are offered a wide variety of academic programs including state-of-the-art science laboratories and computer engineering courses in grades 11 and 12. Students learn a variety of programming and also have access to a 3-D printer.
Graphic and Design Management Program (GDM)
The Graphic and Design Management program grew from an increasing number of students at Gordon Graydon who wanted to pursue careers related to graphic design. The GDM program began in 2013 and in 2016 will expand to include courses in graphic design, fashion design, urban design, architecture, video game and web design, and robotics engineering. The graphic design program is unique in its approach to learning and using differentiated instruction to allow students to focus on technical and artistic skills in their senior level courses.
Specialist High Skills Major Program (SHSM)
This is also a new Ministry of Education funded program of which both IBT and GDM students can be part. The SHSM program focuses on two career pathways — Non-For-Profit and Hospitality. Through a series of courses, certification programs, and extra curricular opportunities, students can begin in specialize in two unique career pathways in high school. These pathways can lead to post secondary education or work place.
There are many traditions at Gordon Graydon, including:
- Grade Nine Olympics: A day of fun and games to welcome the new Grade Nine students . The event occurs at the end of September and is run by senior students in the Student Athletic Association (SAA).
- School Musical: Theatre Graydon presents a school musical every year. Past performances include High School Musical, Beauty and The Beast, Rent, Blood Brothers, West Side Story, Footloose, Seussical the Musical and In the Heights.
Gordon Graydon is host to many different clubs and teams. Students receive one "activity point" for 10 hours of extracurricular participation, and the school gives awards to those who reach a certain number of points.
Clubs at Graydon
- Graydon Chess Club: One of the newest clubs in the school (founded in 2005), the Graydon Chess Club became the school's largest club at over 100 members in 2006. The club, its founder, and its members have been recognized for proficient organization and consistently dominating the Peel High School Chess Tournament, which is also hosted by the club. The club also held a large party in 2006 for retired chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov's 43rd birthday.
- Dance Club: A student-run club that teaches different styles dancing. This includes but is not limited to b-boying, krumping, popping, and choreography.
- Graydon Mock Trial Team: Students are given a scenario that outlines an alleged criminal offence. They act out the roles of crown attorneys, defense lawyers, witnesses and the accused. This exercise demonstrates how Canadian law not only guarantees rights but also imposes responsibilities on society members. Participants learn about the criminal code, the rules of evidence and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The tournament allows students to develop public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn how to effectively organize and deliver oral and written presentations. The Mock Trial Team has places top three for the past 6 years and has been one of the two teams that compete on an international level.
- Graydon DECA Chapter: Graydon's chapter of the internationally recognized marketing and business competition club. Frequently competes at the provincial competition in Toronto, Ontario. Many students from Gordon Graydon place well in the provincial competition and further advance to the international event. Graydon DECA Chapter had the largest chapter in Ontario in 2010/2011 term, with over 120 members.
- Gay Straight Alliance (GSA): A social and supportive group for gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, and their allies. The GSA is responsible for an annual fund raising event called the Coffee Haus. Graydon's GSA placed 4th in the Canadian Safe Schools Network Competition in 2015. Their focus is to make Graydon a safe and inclusive place for all students.
- Hawk Talk: Responsible for creating the school's newspaper.
- Regional Student Council: The Regional Student Council consists of both IBT and GDM students. They organize annual roadshows, grade conferences, Open House, Grade 9 information sessions, and communicate with all IBT and GDM students.
- Latin Jazz Ensemble: Participates in the annual Christmas concert with Jazz and Latin pieces. Also performs regularly in the Skylight Cafe at retired senior lunches.
- Model United Nations: Model UN club has weekly discussions and debates about international affairs, current economic issues. They also compete in various Model UN Conferences.
- Photography Club: Members discover photography techniques, as well as learn how to utilize Adobe Photoshop to enhance their photos. Best photographs are displayed at the Sky Light restaurant at school.
- Prom Committee: Organizes the Grade 12 Prom by booking halls, selecting the theme, decorations, and menu. Club members selected through application procedure.
- Radio Graydon: Conducts the morning announcement and creates the broadcast presentations on the televisions around the school
- Robotics: Graydon's Robotics club has placed in the Top Ten Internationally and continue to grow to over 200 members. Responsible for building a robot that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. It is divided amongst different teams: Mechanical, Programming/Electrical (previously separate teams) and several others.
- Semi-Formal Committee: Organizes the annual semi-formal open to all grades.
- Student Athletic Association (SAA): A student run association in charge of planning several athletic events such as extra curricular activities, Grade 9 Olympics and the athletic banquet at the end of the year.
- Inside Out: Students host assemblies with guest speakers and promotes mental awareness.
- (SAC): A student council dedicated to planning student activities and being the student voice. SAC is also in charge of funding all school clubs and teams. SAC also organizes school dances, spirit days, Sizzle, Carnival and the Semi-formal.
- Animation Club: Graydon's club that is responsible for animation.
Athletics at Graydon
Gordon Graydon has many athletic teams, including the following sports: basketball, tennis, archery, badminton, swimming, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, rugby union, baseball, softball, and many more. An athletic banquet is held each year to celebrate accomplishments in athletics.
- Ball Hockey
- Basketball (Bantam Boys/Junior Boys/Senior Boys/Varsity Girls)
- Cricket (Varsity Boys)
- Cross Country
- Hockey (Ice hockey (Boys), Field (Girls))
- Soccer (Varsity Girls/Varsity Boys)
- Tennis (Junior/Senior)
- Table Tennis Team
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Volleyball (Junior Boys/Girls, Senior Boys/Girls
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