School News and Announcements
Using SafeArrival to Report Student Absence
Beginning on Tuesday, October 11th, we will be using SafeArrival as a method for Parents/Guardians to report an absence for students.
With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your young person's absence in advance by using any of these 3 convenient methods:
1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at http://go.schoolmessenger.com). The first time you use the app, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
2. Use the SafeArrival website, https://go.schoolmessenger.com The first time you use the website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance then Report an Absence.
3. Call the toll-free number (1-844-408-9360) to report an absence using the automated phone system.
Thank you for your cooperation
School Opening Announcement
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
On Wednesday, September 7, a new school year begins. First, let us welcome our Level I’s to GC and welcome back our Level II and III students. Finally, a very warm welcome to our new transfer students. We certainly hope that the year ahead is a fulfilling and rewarding one for you.
Gander Collegiate will be returning to full-time in-person learning for the 2022-2023 school year. Bussing services will be at normal capacity and if Parents/Guardians have any questions regarding bus routes, times and/or eligibility, they are asked to visit the BusPlanner Parent Portal: https://nlesd.mybusplanner.ca.
Starting a new school year is an anxious time for everyone and we have always taken strength from the fact that we have some of the best students, staff and parents in the province. So if you are feeling anxious, there are people who are willing to listen and lend support. Therefore, we are looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, September 7, and beginning a new school year.
We will begin at 8:07 am and it will be Day 1 ( slots A, B, C, D, E). Level II and III students will go to their advisors. Advisor lists will be posted at the main entrance on Tuesday, September 6. Level I’s will meet for a general assembly in the gym for the first period. During the second period, Level I’s will go to their advisor sessions, while Level II and III students will meet in the Gym. Classes will begin during the third period (slot C). Any course changes/requests must be completed through an electronic “drop and add” form. Change requests must comply with graduation requirements and Level III’s will be given priority.
Level IV registrations will take place on Thursday, September 8.
Students staying in for lunch may bring their lunches in the morning. This is to avoid congestion with lunches being dropped off at the main office. It is recommended that thermoses and cold packs be utilized to keep lunches at the appropriate temperature as refrigerator space will not be available. Microwaves will be available, as we have no canteen providers at this time. Students are asked to eat their lunches in the cafeteria, in their fourth period classrooms, or outside.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of our administrative team.
Greg Drover & Kerry Snook