The York Catholic District School Board, in partnership with Catholic Community Services of York Region, the York Region District School Board, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, is proud to offer orientation programs for high school students who are new to Canada. The Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program and the similar, but abbreviated Newcomer Orientation Day (NOD) program will run at select York Region high schools in late August and early September. All newcomer secondary students who came to Canada in 2016, as well as students who will be entering Grade 9 who arrived in 2015 are encouraged to register.
The programs aim to help students adjust to high school life in Canada through a series of interactive activities and valuable information sessions. Activities may include a school scavenger hunt to learn about key school services, a simulated timetable exercise, and discussions about graduation requirements, extra-curricular activities, and supports offered in schools.
Participants in the NOW and NOD programs come out with a better understanding of the routines and practices in local high schools and strategies for successfully adapting. It also gives students an opportunity to make new friends with other participants and former newcomer students who are peer leaders that are volunteering to help run the NOW and NOD programs this year.
Students must register for the NOW and NOD programs by calling the settlement worker for their school, as listed below. Newcomer students who will be attending a York Catholic high school that is not listed in the below chart and who are interested in attending the NOW or NOD programs should contact Catholic Community Service of York Region at 905-731-8281.
|School||Dates||Contact # for Settlement Worker|
|Jean Vanier Catholic High School
10475 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 3P2
*Sacred Heart CHS students are also welcome
|August 30-31 (NOW)||416-918-2182|
|St. Elizabeth Catholic High School
525 New Westminster Drive, Thornhill, ON, L4J 7X3
|August 30-31 (NOW)||647-297-4814|
|St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School
1 St. Joan of Arc Avenue, Maple, ON, L6A 1W9
|August 30-3 (NOW)||416-312-5173|
|Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy
5300 – 14th Avenue, Markham, ON, L3S 3K8
*St. Robert CHS students are also welcome
|September 1-2 (NOW)||416-312-5240 or 647-297-3902|
|Sacred Heart Catholic High School
908 Lemar Road, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 1R9
|September 9 (NOD)||416-918-2182|