Grand Erie Ready to Welcome Students Back on September 3

Back to school officially begins for all Grand Erie students on Tuesday, September 3, with staff ready to welcome new and returning students for the 2019-20 school year.

“We’re thrilled for the return of our students and their families to our school communities across Grand Erie,” said Brenda Blancher, Director of Education. “During the summer months, an enormous amount of work takes place to prepare our schools and support centers for the new year. Thanks to the efforts of many, we’re ready for Tuesday and can’t wait to kickoff 2019-20.”

Back to School – Important Information to Know:

  • It’s not too late to register for school. Grand Erie’s registration process can be found here.
  • Timetable pick-up for Secondary Students can be found here.
  • Each Grand Erie school website contains key information related to that school, including bell times and contact information. To locate a school’s website, visit the Find a School tab on the board’s website.
  • Parents or students looking for transportation information, such as bus routes, pick-up locations and schedule times, can find the details here. This page also contains contact information for Sharp Bus Lines, which offers transportation services for Grand Erie’s Indigenous students.
  • For those shopping for school supplies, it’s advisable to wait until the first week of classes as individual schools and teachers will be able to recommend grade-specific supplies based on lesson plans and activities scheduled for the year.

Grand Erie District School Board represents more than 25,000 students in 58 elementary and 14 secondary schools within the City of Brantford and Brant, Haldimand, and Norfolk counties. With a dedicated staff of more than 2,000, Grand Erie remains committed to its goal of Success for Every Student.

June 7, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Re: Report of an incident and suspicious male in the Ryerson Heights area

In the interest of community safety and to best ensure the safety of our students, the Brantford Police Service has provided us with information about the report of an incident in the Ryerson Heights Elementary School area.

On Monday, June 6, 2016 at approximately 4:55 p.m., three primary school students who were at the after-school program at Ryerson Heights School on Dowdon Ave, observed a man outside of the school fence line acting in a suspicious manner. The man was described as holding a sharp object in his hand, which possibly was a knife. The man was reported to have had blood on his hand. The man did not approach the students, however made some negative comments to them before walking away from the area.

The man was described as white, 40-50 years old, with a bald head and wearing a black t-shirt.

Police are continuing in their investigation. Anyone who has information regarding the potential identity of the man or may have witnessed the event is urged to contact Detective Laureen Bird of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 519-756-0113 ext 3001.

To help ensure the safety of our students, please talk to your child about what to do if a ‘stranger’ or ‘strangers’ approach them for any reason. Teachers will also review safety protocols in class about how to stay safe in the community.

Click here for more information about street safety.

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Jane Goldspink

Principal (Acting)

Bus Incident

On February 29th, 2016, during the Grade 3 Swim to Survive Trip, the bus was pulled over by police at Conklin and Blackburn. The police had received a report about the driver's abilities. The bus company sent another bus to bring the students back to the school. The students were supervised by the teachers until they met up with their parents. An investigation was carried out by the bus company and communicated by the transportation department. I can tell you that outside influences, such as substances, were not a factor in the driver's abilities. The bus company will take their own action. The driver will not drive for our school moving forward. I am sorry that this happened to our students on their trip. It was upsetting for them and their parents as they waited. Please contact me with any concerns.

Thank you. Mrs. Clara Anderson

Santa Visits WGES

Santa made a special visit to the students of WGES. Students and staff made Christmas crafts and celebrated the season with our Adoptive Grandparents from John Noble Home. Thanks to the School Council for organizing this event.