The Peel District School Board will help newcomers to the area with a series of orientations across the system in late August and September.
World of Welcome (WOW) will see 50 multilingual school settlement workers assist about 50 high school students to familiarize them with their new school, learn about services and other programs available to them. As well, through the assistance of volunteer student peers, the newcomers will get a chance to meet new friends through a series of activities.
As a multicultural community, the Peel board believes students in the region will benefit from the orientation to break down barriers associated with attending a new school, especially if a student is attending a Canadian school for the first time.
“WOW orientation is a great opportunity for high school students, who are new to Peel region, to familiarize themselves with Ontario’s education system and school routines,” says Nala Moorthy, multicultural settlement and education partnership facilitator. “It provides them useful information and resources, and connects them with other students and staff, so that they have a head start on their first day of school.”
WOW will take place at 17 different schools in Brampton and Mississauga. A detailed list of dates and locations can be found here.
The WOW orientation is funded through the We Welcome the World Centre initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. High school students who are new to Peel region and have completed their registration through the Peel board’s We Welcome the World Centres are eligible to participate.