Friday, April 9, 2021


Hey Chargers, hopefully you have had a great week. Just a reminder that we will still be collecting electronics after the break. So if you have any old or used electronic waste, then make sure you put it in the cardboard boxes set up on each floor. On the first floor, it is next to the library. On the second and third floor, it is next to the bathroom. Continue making our school and your homes more green!


Next week is the start of the Ramadan month for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food and drink. Yup! “Not even water!!”

It is a month of spiritual discipline, practicing kindness such as giving charity and reflecting on oneself as a way to become more compassionate to those in need.


Ramadan is tough during lockdown. This is the second Ramadan during the pandemic and it can feel lonely and isolating as we can’t see family/ friends to break our fast like we usually would and the days feel longer. Do check on your Muslim friends during this month. You can wish people observing Ramadan a “Ramadan Kareem!” to start their month. It means “Happy or Have a Blessed Ramadan”.


So from GW’s MSA, we wish all practicing Muslims a Ramadan Kareem and a great April Break to everyone! Check out the Principal’s Blog this Sunday to enter our Ramadan Decoration Competition for a chance to win a prize!


Thursday, April 8, 2021


Hey Chargers! Do you have some electronic waste lying around? Is it unnecessarily taking up space? Well, don’t worry, because you will have a chance to dispose of any e-waste you have collected. On each floor, there is one cardboard box setup. On the first floor, it is next to the library. On the second and third floor, it is next to the bathroom. All you have to do is bring in your old and used electronics and dispose of them. Simple as that. Remember - save it, don’t waste it.


Wednesday, April 7, 2021


Good Morning Chargers! “Autism… offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that otherwise might pass us by.” - Dr. Colin Zimbleman


So chargers, with the information provided this past week, let's be the change that starts, let’s be the voice to speak up, let’s be the help provided, and let’s be kind and understanding of our fellow peers. Let's take the awareness knowledge to the next level! Have a great week chargers!


Hey everyone! Did you know that an average household has seven active devices connected? That can be a lot of garbage and waste, so you need a way to dispose of the electronics in an eco-friendly way. On each floor, there is one cardboard box setup. On the first floor, it is next to the library. On the second and third floor, it is next to the bathroom. All you have to do is bring in your old and used electronics and dispose of them. Make a positive difference in your community, and reuse!


Tuesday, April 6, 2021


Good morning Chargers! World Autism Awareness Day was April 2nd. Our school will raise the Autism Awareness flag today. Let’s show our solidarity with everyone in our community. Thank you Chargers!

Thursday, April 1, 2021


Good morning chargers. It is autism awareness week! Children and adults with ASD are not always non-verbal and can speak and interact with others. In children and youth, a friend promotes positive social, cognitive and emotional development and is associated with an increased sense of wellbeing. Having a friend increases a sense of belonging to school and more positive perceptions of school. So make sure to say hi to those around you, no matter who they are, be friendly to those around us because we all should feel welcomed and included. Thank you Chargers!


Today is the last chance before spring break to borrow any library material. Come to the library before you leave today - the library is closed next week.


Hey Chargers! This month, let's all work together to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by properly recycling our electronics. Starting Tuesday, E-waste bins will be set up on each floor for you to dispose of your old and used electronics. They will be sent over to a certified local recycling facility to be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way. Items you can bring in include: batteries, light bulbs, headphones, and speakers. Have a great day, and don’t forget to start bringing in your old electronics starting Tuesday!


Today is International Golgi Apparatus Day! On this day in 1898, Italian Cytologist Camillo Golgi first discovered the existence of Golgi Apparatus whilst observing nerve cells using his patented red dye #40 staining technique. In recognition of this remarkable achievement, the first 10 students who email Mr. Josh Sanderson with the correct function of the Golgi Apparatus will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a Garth Webb Sweatshirt! Good Luck Chargers! - CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO RESPONDED. STAY TUNED FOR THE WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS NEXT WEEK.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Good Morning Chargers. It’s Autism Awareness week, and here's some facts that you may have not known.

  • It was speculated that Albert Einstein, Issac Newton, Andy Warhol, and Bill Gates are on the autism spectrum.

  • Autism spectrum disorder refers to a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by repetitive and characteristic patterns of behavior and difficulties with social communication and interaction.

Make sure to be kind to those involved and celebrate World Autism Day! Thanks Chargers!!


The library will be closed next week so if there’s anything you’d like to take out for spring break, please reserve online or email Ms. Herchell this week.


Hey Garth Webb! Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Celebrated on March 31, we dedicate today to celebrating trans people and raising awareness of the discrimination faced by them worldwide. Last year, over 28 transgender people were killed in the United States alone. We need to work together to get that number down by 100%. It doesn’t take much to be a good ally, simply acknowledging your mistakes and educating yourself consistently will make a big difference!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Hey Chargers! This week is Autism Awareness week! The official day is Friday April 2nd. Let's take this week to commemorate it! Did you know 1 in 66 people are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for children and youth around the ages of 5-17? Our school is going to be participating in Ontario's Raise the Flag campaign. This helps us bring the community together and have more of an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Make sure to be kind to those involved and celebrate World Autism Day! Thanks Chargers!!


Don’t miss your opportunity to sign out as many library books as you want for spring break! Make sure you do it THIS WEEK as the library is closed next week. Reserve online or email Mrs. Herchell.


Monday, March 29, 2021


The library will be closed next week so if there’s anything you’d like to take out for spring break, please reserve online or email Ms. Herchell this week.

Friday, March 26, 2021


Hey Chargers! Now that we are in Spring, and flowers and trees are blooming, a lot of gardening will be happening in the meantime. So… the LAST challenge for this week is to water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe can use as much as 1000 litres of water an hour! Now although we are done with our week of challenges, that does not mean that you should stop reducing your water consumption. If we all work together, we can make a HUGE difference in our world. So… keep educating yourself, and make the world a better place.


Hey grade 12’s remember to fill out the form that is found on the grade 12 google classroom for your yearbook quotes. baby photos and voting on most likely survey. Deadline is today!


Hey Chargers! The Environmental Club is having a meeting today! If you are not part of the club currently, you can still join us today! The google classroom code is ymstsmv. We hope to see you there. That is Environmental Club… today after school. Google classroom code YMSTSMV. If you have any questions please email Mr. Sanderson.



Thursday, March 25, 2021


Drip, Drip, Drip, Drip... Hey Chargers! Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a leaky tap… did you know that even a small leak can waste over 50 gallons of water a day.. Today’s challenge is to turn off your taps all the way so you can save as much as you can!


Hey grade 12’s remember to fill out the form that is found on the grade 12 google classroom for your yearbook quotes and baby photos. Deadline is March 26th.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021


Hey Chargers! As the weather is becoming warmer, most of us are shopping for some new clothes that won’t make us sweat the whole day. But, did you know that the world uses 5 trillion liters of water each year for fabric dyeing alone! So today’s challenge, and also for the future, is to buy second-hand clothes. Always choose to reuse!


Hey grade 12’s remember to fill out the form that is found on the grade 12 google classroom for your yearbook quotes and baby photos. Deadline is March 26th.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Hey Chargers! Time for your water challenge of the day! How many of you brought disposable water bottles to school today? Did you know that just in Ontario, 1 billion water bottles end up in landfills each year? Today’s challenge is to use reusable water bottles whenever you can and avoid plastic ones! Good luck Chargers!


Monday, March 22, 2021


Splash! Swoosh! Today is world water day! Each Day of this week SAC will be providing a challenge in order to preserve water! Here is your first daily challenge : A typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water! Your challenge is when you take a shower today or in the future, try to make it shorter! Do earth a favor, and be a water saver!

Thursday, March 18, 2021


Hey everyone! Today is finally Global Recycling Day. Recycling is so important because it helps protect our natural resources, and is on the front line in the war to save our planet and humanity. As you go through the day, be mindful of what you use, how much you use, and how to properly dispose of it. Remember to keep educating yourself, and continue making a positive difference.


Here are today’s facts:

Reduce your consumption. Think about whether you really need that buy one get one offer. Do some brands use less packaging than others?

Reuse. Rather than throwing away, think if there are any charities or organisations that could use them.

Recycle. If you don’t already have a recycling box or bag, make sure you get one! It is one of the most significant things we can do to save our planet, recycle!


Hello GW ladies! Are you looking for a chance to explore career pathways by interacting with some amazing women? Then the Women as a Career Coaches event is for you! Get a chance to hear from some dynamic women with exciting and interesting careers. The virtual event is being held on Thursday, March 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Register at www.hiec.on.ca/WACC or email Mrs. Trojanovic for further details. Don't miss out on this inspirational event for women from women!


Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Hey Chargers! Tomorrow is Global Recycling Day. It’s never too late to implement lifestyle changes. Even the smallest positive change can make a difference.


So, here are today’s facts:


Think outside the kitchen. You can recycle shampoo bottles, laundry detergent bottles, and plastic auto parts

Buy recycled. In addition to recycling, buy things that have been recycled such as furniture, clothes, storage containers, and more

Don’t forget to recycle your caps. Plastic bottle caps are also recyclable.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021


Hey Chargers! On March 18th, the whole world celebrates ‘Global Recycling Day’. It is a day for all of us to come together to understand how we can better reuse and recycle the things we use. The Environmental Club wants all of you to get involved in making a difference. Every day this week we will be sharing three facts or improvements to help better our environment.


Here are today's facts:


Do not put items in the wrong bin. When recyclers receive contaminated bins, the entire lot is redirected to a landfill!

Use reusable bags, water bottles, and lunch boxes. Remember if you can’t reuse, then refuse.

Fix it, don’t replace. If you have a faulty product, first see if you can make it work again!



Hello GW ladies! Are you looking for a chance to explore career pathways by interacting with some amazing women? Then the Women as a Career Coaches event is for you! Get a chance to hear from some dynamic women with exciting and interesting careers. The virtual event is being held on Thursday, March 25th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Register at www.hiec.on.ca/WACC or email Mrs. Trojanovic for further details. Don't miss out on this inspirational event for women from women!

Friday, March 12, 2021


Hey Chargers! The Garth Webb Sexual and Gender Equality Club is a club that Google meets every Tuesday at noon. We chat, connect, discuss issues in the news or in school, and work to organize initiatives that promote sexual and gender equality. We are currently joining in the efforts of the Iroquois Ridge GSA, in collaboration with other Halton GSAs, for the town of Oakville to get its very own rainbow crosswalk! If you are interested in getting involved in SAGE, join our Google Classroom using the code tc4kihg and we will see you all next Tuesday!


Thursday, March 11, 2021


The MSA will be meeting THIS AFTERNOON AT 3PM using the classroom code gxxvdrs. The Google Meet link is provided in the classroom. We’ll continue our learning and discussions as well as continue planning for Ramadan and future virtual events. New members are always welcome! Classroom code again is: gxxvdrs


Today, the MSA would like to highlight “Israa Wal Miraj”, also known as “The Miraculous Night Journey.” Israa is an Arabic word referring to the Prophet Muhammad's miraculous night journey from Makkah to Jerusalem - specifically, to the site of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem - as referred to in Surah Al-Israa in the Quran. It is believed to have been followed by the Mi'raj, his ascension to heaven. It is during this journey that muslims were gifted the 5 daily prayers. Isra’ wal-Mi’raj took place during a time when the Prophet Muhammad was facing intense hardship and pain; he had just faced the Year of Sorrow, during which he lost his beloved wife Khadijah, and his uncle Abu Talib, who was his protector and ally. One of the most important lessons of Israa wal Miraj, therefore, is that; “with every hardship [there will be] ease” (Qur’an, Surah 94: verse 5). Muslims celebrate this night by offering optional prayers during this night, and in many Muslim countries, by illuminating cities with electric lights and candles. “Israa Wal Miraj” happened on the 27th night of Rajab, which translates to March 11th this year.


Today is a National Day of Observance for COVID-19. It was March 11, 2020 when the World Health Organization declared the global pandemic. Today we remember the lives that have been lost and reflect on the past year. We would also like to acknowledge the great sacrifice and the incredible resilience of our amazing healthcare and essential workers who have been on the frontlines this whole time and continue to be. Stay safe and stay strong Chargers!


Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Attention Grade 12 students: If you have not already booked your graduation photo, it’s not too late. Visit the GWSS website “Class of 2021” page for details.


Did you know that the morning announcements are posted on the GWSS website? If you missed the announcements, or if you just want to review, please visit the daily announcements page on the website.


If you are interested in writing grade 11 OAPT Physics contest or grade 12 Waterloo Sir Isaac Newton Physics contest, come to the virtual Physics club for practice on Thursdays after school from 2.45 p.m. to 3.45 p.m. Use google classroom code omb6fox to join the Physics club and enjoy the interesting physics activities.


Thursday, March 4, 2021


Are you interested to know about Ramadan or want to plan ahead for Ramadan this year? Join the MSA club using the classroom code gxxvdrs TODAY at 3pm with the Google Meet link provided in the classroom. We’ll discuss Ramadan and virtual events for this upcoming year during our meeting.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021


Are you interested to know about Ramadan or want to plan ahead for Ramadan this year? Join the MSA club using the classroom code gxxvdrs TOMORROW at 3pm with the Google Meet link provided in the classroom. We’ll discuss Ramadan and virtual events for this upcoming year during our meeting.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021


Do you love math? If so… you may love participating in a math contest! If you are interested in the Euclid, Galois, Fryer, or Hypatia contest please click here.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Sanderson or any math teacher. Yay for Math!

Friday, February 26, 2021


What is an ally? An ally is usually a person of privilege that stands up or helps support communities that are targeted by oppression, such as people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, Muslims, or even women. In the end, an ally is a person who helps fight for someone else's struggles as if it were their own.Allies are very important. Black Canadians are only 3.5% of the population. If we all came together, we could tackle the community's issues as it is better to have 500 people fighting for a problem than 5. What are some ways you can be a better ally to marginalized communities? Some of the dos and don'ts.


Be open minded and listen. Get used to being uncomfortable and use it as an opportunity to grow.


Use your privilege to amplify historically oppressed voices. Privilege is a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.


Do not speak for marginalized communities; instead, provide them with opportunities to voice their options or concerns.


Ask yourself whose perceptive you are missing. As often, minority voices are left out of discussions; and are not given as many opportunities to voice their options.


Do your research. Do not rely on minorities to teach you everything. Take it upon yourself to use the tools around you to learn and answer your questions.


If you see something, say something. If you hear racist comments, call it out at the moment. A person may not understand why their actions are wrong and have good intentions.


Do learn and acknowledge your bias.


A bias is a prejudice in favour of or against one thing, person, or group. Biases may not be obvious. They may be unconscious and not intentional. These biases may shape your actions and how you see the world.


Remember, no ally is perfect. We are always learning and growing.


Thursday, February 25, 2021


Yesterday we learned what cultural appropriation actually is. Now an important factor you should consider is that appreciating cultures other than your own is good, and is encouraged. The more we learn about each other, the more we can come together. But, with taking in someone else’s culture, there comes certain limits. So, today we want to talk about the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of cultural appropriation.


It is important to pay homage to artistry, ideas, and to acknowledge their origins

Don’t adopt sacred artifacts as accessories - This could include artifacts such as headdresses and war bonnets from the First Nations.

Don’t dress up as an ethnic stereotype - Someone else’s culture or race, or an offensive idea of it, should never be a costume or the punch line of a joke

Appropriation is no substitute for diversity

Engage with cultures on more than an aesthetic level - Love and appreciate black people as much as you do black culture


Every step you take to further educate and better yourself, is a step towards change.


So, ask yourselves these questions:

Do I give credit where it’s due?

Do I acknowledge the struggle of the Black community when I participate in Black culture?

Do I allow anti-Blackness to continue in my home or community, or do I speak up?

Have I ever asked a Black member of my community how they feel about appropriation?

Consider these questions. If you think that you lack in certain areas, learn and become better.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Cultural appropriation is the inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, and cultures, usually by a group or person with more power in our world. Understanding and calling out these harmful behaviours is not being sensitive or weak, it is being a good person who cannot accept hate. This is an incredibly problematic issue that has been profoundly ingrained into our society. Here are some examples:


Blackface

Dressing up in traditional cultural clothing for Halloween - This could be dressing up as gypsies, Rastafarians, geishas, or in First Nations headdresses

Appropriating traditional African hairstyles

Exoticizing cultures - This could be sexualizing cultural clothing


These are just a few of many that one could do to appropriate another person's culture. If you catch yourself, or someone else doing something similar to the previous examples, then there are two things that you must do. First keep an open mind and second educate. We can learn and make a positive difference when we realize what we are doing is wrong, and that is time to make a change. Remember, confront the discriminatory behaviour, not the person.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day. This day has its roots in the events from the two high school students in Nova Scotia who wore pink to support another student after he was bullied for wearing pink. It has taken on an "Anti-Bullying" and "Kindness" approach and is celebrated all across Canada. We encourage our students to wear pink tomorrow to support the anti bullying movement.


Today is national Jamaican Beef Patty day


Monday, February 22, 2021


According to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, a microaggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.

These words may seem harsh and hard to grasp but, microaggression and biases are still very much evident and embedded in our school system. You might have heard of people using their friend’s racial identities as excuses for their derogatory language. These are your everyday microaggressions built into our society.

But, everyone can prevent and eliminate them. Start by calling it out when it occurs, don’t be a bystander. Even if you believe it was a mistake or a misconception it still has an impact on the Black and racialized community. The next step would be to explain to the individual why what they said was racist even if that wasn’t their intention. This will help educate them further and prevent any future occurrences.

Make sure you confront the discriminatory behaviour, rather than the person. Educate the person in question by explaining to them that although their intention wasn’t negative, the impact of the microaggression is far more important than any intention held.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Hey Chargers! Tomorrow will be the first MSA meeting at 3pm. If you’d like to find out more about the club, join our Google Classroom using the code: gxxvdrs. Hope to see you then!

Friday, February 12, 2021


Hey Chargers! The MSA is looking to start up again and we would love to see you be a part of it. MSA stands for Muslim Students’ Association. If you want to learn more about islam or are just curious, join us on Google Classroom using the code: gxxvdrs and follow us on Intagram using @GWSSMSA. Exec positions will be opened today on Google Classroom. Our first meeting will be next week Thursday.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

If you have books to return from last quadmester’s classes, please return them as soon as possible by dropping them in the clear bins you see in the hallways throughout the school. Thanks!


Hey Chargers! The MSA is looking to start up again and we would love to see you be a part of it. MSA stands for Muslim Students’ Association. So if you want to learn more about islam or are just curious, join us on Google Classroom using the code: gxxvdrs and follow us on Intagram: @GWSSMSA to find out more. We also have various exec positions open, watch out for the applications coming soon in our Google Classroom.