Grade 9 IB Preparatory Program Orientation Wednesday, August 28th from 9:30am – 2:30pm

The ONE DAY August orientation will take place on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at GCVI. During this day we will get to know the inside of the school, reconnect, go over classes and ease first day nerves.

On the following day, Thursday, August 29th, the students will attend the WHOLE COHORT (all incoming Gr. 9 students) orientation, pay their school registration fees, and receive their timetables.

UGDSB’s IB program at GCVI continues to outperform worldwide results

July 9, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – The students enrolled in Guelph CVI’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP) continue to achieve outstanding results.

The IB DP is a two-year, academically challenging program that prepares students for success at university and beyond. The internationally recognized program prepares youth for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. In the Upper Grand District School Board, the IB DP is offered at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute.

This spring, every GCVI student who entered the May 2019 exams attempting the IB Diploma earned it, 35 students in total.

GCVI’s class average was 35.8, compared to 29.62 worldwide. GCVI’s average rose from 35.2 in 2018.

Three GCVI students earned 44 points out of a possible 45 points and eight earned 40 points or more.

The school and board are very proud of the GCVI students and of the staff who supported the 2017-2019 cohort through the two-year program.

IB Awards Lunch 2019

Congratulations to our IB at GCVI award winners and our 2019 Graduating Class!

Learner Profile Award

The learner profile award is awarded to students of the IB DP graduating class who, on a daily basis, demonstrate the characteristics of the profile. In all of their interactions they are open-minded, caring and principled. They are lifelong learners who strive to be knowledgeable, they are critical thinkers who ask questions and reflect and they willingly share their learning with others.

What is most impressive about this year’s award winners is that they behave this way even when they think nobody is watching. The Learner Profile attributes come naturally to them and the school is grateful for the modelling they have provided for others at GCVI.

Congratulations Ayman Ul Haq, Jackie Ve, Riddhi Chabrotra

IB Service Award

The IB Service Award is presented to a student deserving of being recognized for their commitment to serving others locally and globally. This student embraced CAS and when you look at the student’s CAS account on managebac, the majority of their experiences are associated with volunteering and helping others. This student completed 4 CAS projects, all of which focused on service. In addition to serving others in a formal setting- that is at an event or through a project that is organized- this individual has often been witnessed at school offering help to her peers and teachers- always with a smile and always with humility.

Congratulations to Sandrine Jacquot



GCVI staff start GAELS Foundation to help school community

GUELPH, Ontario – A group of staff members at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute have started a foundation to help support members of the GCVI community.

The goal of the GAELS Foundation is to “provide financial support for members of our local, national and global communities in need and to create a model of generosity, compassion and caring for students and to generate awareness of issues of need from a local to global level.”

The foundation committee is made of four teachers and one administrator; their responsibilities include the collection and distribution of the funds received.

According to the GAELS Foundation committee, funds for the foundation “have been primarily collected in the first few weeks of the school year leading up to the Thanksgiving (or GaelsGiving) weekend.” In the inaugural year, more than 35 staff members at the school donated over $6,500 for the foundation.

Of the funds given to date, half of the money has been used to support students, staff and initiatives that students have brought forth that are in need of financial support.

Gaels Foundation Logo

Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visits GCVI

February 15, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute had a special visit from a former student who has been recognized for her groundbreaking work in physics.

On Friday Feb. 15, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visited Guelph CVI to speak to students. Professor Strickland is a Guelph native and attended Victory Public School, Willow Road Public School and GCVI. Currently, Strickland is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo.

On Friday Feb. 15, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visited Guelph CVI to speak to students.

In October, Strickland was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for her work in laser physics. Half of the award is shared between Strickland and France’s Gérard Mourou. The other half was awarded to Arthur Ashkin from the United States.

The three were recognized for “groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.” Strickland and Mourou were specifically honoured for “their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses,” according to information on the Nobel Prize website. Their technique, Chirped Pulse Amplification, is used in a variety of applications, including in corrective laser eye surgery. Professor Strickland is only the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.

On Friday, GCVI hosted Professor Strickland at the Guelph high school and held two assemblies so that all students could hear about her time at GCVI, her post-secondary studies, career and the whirlwind experience of receiving the Nobel Prize.

Friday’s event was organized and emceed by GCVI students Bridget and Roscoe, with the assistance of school staff.

On Friday Feb. 15, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visited Guelph CVI to speak to students. GCVI students Bridget and Roscoe organized and emceed the event.

Professor Strickland spoke her work in the laser lab, explaining the technique she helped develop. She also answered a number of students’ questions about her experiences at GCVI and beyond. She had always liked physics and math, and being in school. Even as a young student at Victory PS, when learning about what a PhD is, she knew she wanted to be in school for a really long time. In high school, she loved playing in the band, although added that she didn’t play very well. She stressed to students that no matter what field they decide to pursue, learning how to write is important.

She also explained to students the dangers of working in the laser lab and how she would often come up against roadblocks or failures, but when that would happen, she would continue on. Throughout the talk, Strickland drew a few good laughs from the crowd, describing her fairy-tale like experience receiving the Nobel Medal on December 10 from the King of Sweden and what her life has been like since the award was announced.

Also speaking at Friday’s event was Mr. Jim Forsyth a retired GCVI teacher and Professor Strickland’s former physics teacher. He said that the first award in physics that Strickland received was at GCVI.

On Friday Feb. 15, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visited Guelph CVI to speak to students.

At the end of the assembly, GCVI arts students presented Strickland with a mural they created. It will hang in the school next to the physics room.

On Friday Feb. 15, Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland visited Guelph CVI to speak to students.



Friday February 1st, 2019- Day 4 of Exams (period 5)

Monday February 4th, 2019-Day 5 of Exams

Tuesday February 5th, 2019-PA Day

Wednesday February 6th, 2019- First Day of Semester 2.