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Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW)-August 2014

Are you a new student going to Canadian High School this Fall? We are expecting to meet you at NOW!

The In-School Settlement Services program is pleased to offer the 5th annual Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW). The primary goal of NOW is to help prepare new students in Canada for their first weeks in high school.  This year the program is being offered in six schools in Edmonton and Fort McMurray.

Schedules of 2014 Newcomer Orientation Week are listed below:

Edmonton

 

Fort McMurray

For registration in any of the above schools, please contact the Program Supervisor at 780-392-2935.

 

Peer-led Program Tackles Challenges Faced By Newly-arrived Immigrant Students

Edmonton, AB – August 3, 2011 – Transition into high school can be quite challenging for many students, but for newly arrived immigrant students, the challenge is even greater. To ease their transition into Canadian high schools, In-School Settlement Services will be offering a Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) from August 23-25, 2011 (8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.) at Queen Elizabeth High School (9425-132 Avenue) and St. Joseph Catholic High School (10830-109 Street).

NOW is a peer-led program in which students, who were once newcomer students themselves, mentor newly arrived immigrant students by sharing their experience of being a student in a new country and how they dealt with the challenges they faced.

“Newcomer immigrant students face many adjustment challenges such as cultural shock, language, and weather,” says Regional Program Coordinator Oliver Kamau, adding that the Newcomer Orientation program helps mitigate the challenges faced by students who have been in Canada for only a few weeks or months. “New relationships are established during the orientation and the ultimate goal is to have the newcomer students connect with peers who can help them navigate the school system once the school year starts.”

This is the first time Newcomer Orientation program is being offered at St. Joseph Catholic High School and the second year that the program will be at Queen Elizabeth High School.

The In-School Settlement Services (ISSS) Program connects newly arrived families with services and resources that will promote settlement and foster student achievement. The program uses a coordinated approach to service delivery among partnering settlement agencies and school districts in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie with funding from Citizenship & Immigration Canada. For more information about the program, visit www.islss.org.

For more information about NOW or to schedule an interview contact Kristina de Guzman at kdeguzman@shawbiz.ca or Oliver Kamau at 780-474-8445 or okamau@shawbiz.ca

 

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Peer-led Program Gives Opportunity For Immigrant Youth to Mentor Newcomer High School Students

Edmonton, AB – August 16, 2011 – Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) Peer Leaders Training, offered by In-School Settlement Services, will give immigrant youth an opportunity to turn the past challenges they faced and overcame during their own first weeks in Canadian high schools into a shared learning experience for newly arrived immigrant students at Queen Elizabeth High School and St. Joseph Catholic High School. Training will take place from August 16-18, 2011 (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) at Centre for Education (One Kingsway).

“We use peer leaders, because we want newcomers to know about the Canadian high school system from students who were once newcomer students themselves,” explains Regional Program Coordinator Oliver Kamau.

Having previously faced similar challenges related to language barriers, making new friends, and unfamiliarity with the Canadian school culture, peer leaders will gain leadership skills, so that they can mentor and help prepare students who have been in Canada for only a few weeks or months for their first weeks of classes.

This is the first time NOW Peer Leaders Training will include students from St. Joseph Catholic High School after having been offered for the first time to students at Queen Elizabeth High School in August 2010.

The In-School Settlement Services (ISSS) Program connects newly arrived families with services and resources that will promote settlement and foster student achievement. The program uses a coordinated approach to service delivery among partnering settlement agencies and school districts in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie with funding from Citizenship & Immigration Canada. For more information about the program, visit www.islss.org.

For more information about NOW or to schedule an interview contact Kristina de Guzman at kdeguzman@shawbiz.ca / (780) 292-1811 or Oliver Kamau at 780-887-2076 / okamau@shawbiz.ca.

 

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