August 24, 2017

Peel board welcomes newcomer high school students and families with World of Welcome orientation

​More than 400 high school students and families new to Peel region will attend a one-day World of Welcome (WOW) orientation between Aug. 28 and Aug. 31. The orientation, held across 17 schools in Mississauga and Brampton, will help students with their transition and prepare them for school in September.

“The WOW orientation is an excellent resource for secondary school students and their families who are new to Peel,” says Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Facilitator. “It connects them with students and staff, familiarizes them with Ontario’s education system, and school routines.”

Over 50 multilingual school settlement workers from the board’s five partner community agencies work together with teachers and peer leaders to organize the events in schools. On orientation day, students participate in group activities that allow them to explore the school, make new friends, and learn about the various services and programs available to them.

The orientation is held on designated days at each participating school. For a detailed list, please see the 2017 WOW orientation schedule.

The WOW orientation is funded through the We Welcome the World initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Newcomer high school students who have completed their registration through the Peel board’s We Welcome the World Centres are eligible to participate.

The Peel board’s We Welcome the World Centres are currently open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 2017-18 school year registration and assessments. For more information, visit www.peelschools.org/newtopeel/register

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

Reference:  Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 3360,  audrey.crasto@peelsb.com

Note to Media:  Please refer to the attached schedule for the dates and time of WOW orientation at participating schools. For further information, please contact Nala Moorthy at 905-890-1010 ext. 2173 or nalayini.moorthy@peelsb.com

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