Grand Erie Schools Lauded for EcoSchools Efforts

Each year, schools across Grand Erie demonstrate admirable commitment and dedication towards environmental stewardship as they work to gain certification as an EcoSchool, and help make the planet a whole lot better in the process. The recognition through EcoSchools honours these achievements in environmental learning and action as students implement a variety of environmental initiatives within their schools. These efforts include waste-free lunches, implementing recycling programs, energy-conservation initiatives, butterfly gardens, and much more.

“Through ongoing efforts this past year, these schools have promoted environmental leadership and helped reduce their carbon footprints,” says Katie Hashimoto, Grand Erie’s Supervisor of Energy and Environmental Conservation. “We’re proud of students for taking action and fostering these efforts within their school communities.”

This year, all Grand Erie schools registered with the EcoSchools program will receive a special edition 2019-20 EcoSchools Canada seal. The 40 Grand Erie schools being recognized as certified EcoSchools for the 2019-20 school year are:


  • Agnes Hodge Public School
  • Banbury Heights School
  • Bloomsburg Public School
  • Boston Public School
  • Brier Park Public School
  • Caledonia Centennial Public School
  • Cedarland Public School
  • Centennial-Grand Woodlands School
  • Central Public School
  • Delhi Public School
  • École Confédération
  • Elgin Avenue Public School
  • Grandview Public School
  • Hagersville Elementary School
  • King George School
  • Lakewood Elementary School
  • Langton School
  • Lynndale Heights Public School
  • Mapleview Elementary School
  • Mt. Pleasant School
  • North Ward School
  • Oakland-Scotland Public School
  • Onondaga-Brant Public School
  • Paris Central Public School
  • Prince Charles Public School
  • Rainham Central School
  • River Heights School
  • Seneca Central Public School
  • St. George-German Pubic School
  • Teeterville Public School
  • Walsh Public School
  • Walter Gretzky Elementary
  • West Lynn Public School


  • Cayuga Secondary School
  • Dunnville Secondary School
  • Hagersville Secondary School
  • McKinnon Park Secondary School
  • Paris District High School
  • Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School
  • Waterford District High School

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.