Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message

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A Message from the Principal

Built in 1969, Manitoulin Secondary School (MSS), a school of 420 students, serves teens from one end of Manitoulin Island to the other. The only public secondary school on the Island, MSS is everything to everybody.

We are proud to offer programming for every level of ability. We have a thriving Life Skills program, a Transition program, flourishing technological programs for our hands-on learners, a budding music program, a strong Cooperative Education program with OYAP opportunities, a Section 23 Care & Treatment program and, of course, strong academics. Whatever their destination, MSS prepares our students for life after secondary school.

As the social hub for adolescents, MSS offers a varied extra-curricular program where students can hone their leadership skills and interact with peers from all parts of the Island. Our athletic program promotes excellence and sportsmanship.

We are competitive in hockey, volleyball, golf, cross country, track and field, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, rugby and curling. For the student interested in languages and the arts, we have a school newspaper, a writing club, French club, Ojibway courses,  a talented art club which hosts Artastic Fusion (our annual art show), a film club, drama club, a dedicated band, a guitar club and new this year, a vocal group. Also, for our students concerned with our environment, we also have a Go Green committee. Our active Student’s Council, SHARE (Students Helping All Round Everywhere) Committee, Three Fires Confederacy and Yearbook Committee are excellent venues for enhanced leadership skill.

Our students also have a keen sense of community as we hold a 30 Hour Famine and Cancer Society Relay for Life on alternate years. Last year, a group of our finest traveled to Costa Rica to deliver LED lighting systems to homes without electricity. Over the past three years, our SHARE committee has raised over $21,000 to build a school in Sierra Leone, a fresh water drinking well, and establish an alternative income project!

MSS has taken a special interest in educating our students on healthy lifestyles and choices. We work closely with our cafeteria service to offer healthier luncheon choices. Last year, we introduced a “Raise the Bar” challenge to encourage students to improve their personal fitness levels, and this year we have a very loyal group of staff and students involved in CrossFit. We have an outdoor basketball court for activity during free times, and are building a strong intramural program during lunch time. We have completed many projects to improve the grounds of Manitoulin Secondary School and encourage our students to spend more active time outdoors.

Nestled on the shore of West Bay, in the heart of the North Channel, MSS stands clearly cared for by all students and staff. Students are proud to say Manitoulin Secondary School is their school. Staff work together to educate each student in “mind, body and spirit”.

Jamie Mohamed, Principal