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Helping newcomers start school in Canada

Are you a teenager, a newcomer to Canada, and preparing for your first day in a Canadian school?  Are you nervous? Worried about making friends? Wouldn’t it be great if someone understood what you are going through and could show you the ropes? 

Noble Sam, a student at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, is making sure that his newcomer peers feel welcome. Joe El Achkar, from Loyala Catholic Secondary School and Sahil Bharmal from St Marcellinus Catholic Secondary School are helping, too, peer leaders in the iFUN program. 

iFUN includes interactive activities to help students learn about the school and basic aspects of life in Canadian high school – like where to find your locker and how to use a combination lock. There will also be sessions for parents.

The program is administered by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada under the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program. 

Posted: Sep 1, 2014

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