Gray Academy students take part in a range of exciting excursions, from local field trips and camp weekends to national and international travel opportunities. These experiences build independence, strengthen student relationships and offer exposure to the sights and sounds of other cities, countries and cultures.
In June, our Grade 5 students spend a night and two days at Camp Massad Manitoba, North America’s only Hebrew immersion summer camp. Students enjoy the outdoors, practise their Hebrew skills, perform plays, learn new songs and more.
In Grade 7, students spend three days and two nights at B’nai Brith Camp (Kenora), one of the only Jewish camps in North America dedicated to a true wilderness experience. Our students bond with classmates and learn about outdoor life while canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cooking over an open fire and enjoying the natural beauty of Lake of the Woods, Ontario.
In November, Grade 7s, 8s and 9s get together as a grade for an immersive Shabbat experience in different rural settings around Southern Manitoba. Spirit Weekends give students an important opportunity to leave schoolwork behind, unplug from devices and connect with friends, teachers, Grade 11 and 12 leaders and explore their own sense of spirituality.
Every January, our Grade 10, 11 and 12 students look forward to taking a break from the classroom and taking part in grade-specific Jewish Awareness Retreats at Camp Cedarwood in beautiful, tranquil Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. Led by visiting leaders from New York and Israel, these impactful, weekend-long Shabbat experiences gives students an opportunity to relax, have fun, strengthen friendships and explore their Judaism through inspiring programming and thoughtful, interactive discussion.
Grade 9 Washington Trip
Every year, our Grade 9 students travel to Washington, DC, to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other historic sites. This important journey furthers students’ awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and how important it is that we never forget. These deeply emotional experiences are balanced with visits to major monuments and trips to Smithsonian Museums. We are grateful to the Asper Foundation for their generous support of this important learning adventure.
For more than 20 years, Gray Academy has enjoyed an exciting partnership with Danciger High School in Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel, as part of Jewish Federation of Winnipeg’s Partnership 2Gether (P2G) program. In the fall, students and teachers from Israel visit Gray Academy. They stay with local families, lead student workshops, visit local synagogues and agencies, make new friends and enjoy the sights and sounds of our city. In the spring, Gray Academy students in Grade 10 and 11 travel to Kiryat Shmon to reconnect with their P2G friends, visit their partner school and enjoy the hospitality of families in Northern Israel. This unforgettable exchange program builds mutual understanding and incredible, lifelong bonds of friendship.