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August 16, 2012

New orientation program puts ‘WOW’ factor in back-to-school

The Peel District School Board will hold one-day orientation sessions for secondary students and their families who are new to peel between August 23 and September 5. World of Welcome Orientation Day (WOW) will take place at 18 different secondary schools throughout Peel. The program will ease the transition for newcomer families entering the school system by providing orientation activities and information sessions.
 
"The WOW program promises to welcome new families while familiarizing them with the school system," says Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership (MSEP) facilitator. "Students will work closely with peer leaders who support the program. Peer leaders, who speak a variety of languages, will help to explain various school routines. They will also ensure students feel comfortable, as they were once newcomers themselves."
 
The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and is run by settlement workers, teachers and peer student leaders. WOW activities for students include a scavenger hunt through the school, trivia game and multiple icebreakers. Students will also learn about school events, clubs and graduation requirements. Families will learn about the English as a Second Language program, the school agenda, inclement weather routines and will discuss the Ontario education system.

The WOW program is open to all new students to Peel. Students from secondary schools that are not hosting the WOW program will be bussed to the nearest WOW secondary school site. Only students who have registered through the board’s We Welcome the World Centres are able to participate in the WOW orientation sessions.

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Media contact:  Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Facilitator, 905-890-1010, ext. 2173, nalayini.moorthy@peelsb.com

Reference:  Jennifer Capan, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905- 890-1010, ext. 2462,  jennifer.capan@peelsb.com

Note to Media: For a list of participating schools, dates and times of the WOW program, please contact Nala Moorthy at nalayini.moorthy@peelsb.com

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