Gravenhurst Public School strives to develop confident, compassionate, active, self-motivated, problem-solving students through a cooperative and creative learning environment.
The earliest central school was built at Muskoka Road and Sharpe Street in 1883. In 1887 the school was destroyed by a fire. In 1888 a six room replacement was completed on Mary Street. In 1923 the school was destroyed by fire again and a new red brick, eight classroom school was built just yards from the original school by architect L. Cain. In 1954 the first addition was added and in 1958 a second addition was built. In1965 a third addition was added and at this time the 1923 original portion was demolished because of age. In 1992 the newest addition was built by Walter Fedy Partnership – the Jack Puntis Auditorium. Jack Puntis was a student, teacher, principal, and superintendent from 1938-1989.
Gravenhurst PS offers programs for children
from junior kindergarten to grade 8. We run on
a balanced day schedule which includes two
nutritional breaks and two recesses a day. We have a
large playground for students to access during recesses, including play equipment, an outdoor basketball court and a large wooded area. In addition to academics, we promote student wellness and ensure that students participate in daily physical activity. We are a Restorative Practices School, using this approach to teach students skills in problem solving and conflict resolution.
Our School Council is active, organizing various
fundraisers and events, such as Family Games Nights, to enhance the school experience for students and their families.
Recently, they have provided the school with a new Outdoor Classroom.
- Breakfast Program, Hot Lunch Program with GHS
- Winter PhysEd Elective Program
- Intramurals, Teams
- School Choir and other clubs
- Student Leadership, BIGS, LITs
- Student Recognition, Winits, Bear Paw awards
- Co-operative education students in classrooms
Events and Activities
- Terry Fox School Run Day, Grizzly Gallop, Evan Luker Run, Racing Against Drugs
- Various class trips, e.g. Yearley Outdoor Education Centre, Ste. Marie Among the Hurons
- Battle of the Books, Robotics Program
- Girls Unplugged, Boys Quest
- Inner-school tournaments, e.g. soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and track and field
- Library Club
- Jump Rope for Heart, Terry Fox