Youth who are new to Canada are invited to attend school orientation program

The York Catholic District School Board, in partnership with Catholic Community Services of York Region and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is proud to offer orientation programs for high school students who are new to Canada. The Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program will run at three York Catholic high schools, August 28th to August 29th. All newcomer students who came to Canada in 2018 or 2019 and will be attending a York Catholic high school in September are strongly encouraged to register for this free two-day program.

The NOW program aims 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, discussions about graduation requirements, extra-curricular activities, and supports offered in York Catholic schools.

Participants in the NOW program come out with a better understanding of the routines and practices in local high schools and proven strategies for successfully adapting to high school life in Canada. It also gives students an opportunity to make new friends with other participants and former newcomer students who are peer leaders volunteering to help run this year’s NOW program.

Students must register for the NOW program 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 program should contact Catholic Community Service of York Region at 905-731-8281.

NOW Program Location For Newcomers Students Registered at: Contact info for Settlement Worker
Jean Vanier CHS
10475 Bayview Avenue
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 3P2
  • Jean Vanier Catholic High School
  • Sacred Heart Catholic High School
  • St. Robert Catholic High School
St. Elizabeth CHS
525 New Westminster Drive
Thornhill, ON, L4J 7X3
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic High School
  • Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy
  • St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic High School
St. Joan of Arc CHS
1 St. Joan of Arc Avenue
Maple, ON, L6A 1W9
  • St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School
All other YCDSB high schools 905-731-8281