August 22, 2016

Peel board invites newcomer high school students and families to attend World of Welcome orientation

​High school students and families new to Peel region are invited to attend a one-day World of Welcome (WOW) orientation between Aug. 30 and Sept. ​13. The orientation, held across 17 schools in Mississauga and Brampton, will help familiarize students with Ontario’s education system and prepare them for school in September.

“This event is a great opportunity for students. It helps ease transition and connects them with staff and peers, giving them a head start on their first day of school,” says Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership facilitator. “It also provides useful information to parents to help them be more involved in their child’s education.”

More than 50 multilingual school settlement workers from the Peel board’s five partner community agencies work together with teachers and peer leaders to organize the WOW orientation events in schools. On orientation day, students participate in group activities to help them navigate their way around school and understand their timetable, school routines and expectations. Approximately 400 high school students participate in the orientation annually.

The orientation is held on designated days at each participating school. For a detailed list, please see the 2016 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 2016-17 school year registration and assessments. For more information, please visit:


Media contact:  Nala Moorthy, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Facilitator, 905-890-1010, ext. 2173, [email protected]

Reference:  Audrey Crasto, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2462,  [email protected]

Note to Media: Please refer to the schedule for dates and time of WOW orientation at participating schools. For further information, please contact Nala Moorthy at 905-890-1010 ext. 2173 or [email protected]

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