International

Student Information

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New Student Orientation Objectives

  1. To prepare international students for academic and social success.
  2. To introduce students to their new city, school, and culture.
  3. To foster a sense of community and connection with the students and their student leaders.
  4. To facilitate administrative tasks such as documentation of students, English Language Assessment, and data collection for program improvement.

Monday, August 20 to Friday, August 31

Date Time Event Place
Monday, August 20 9:30 AM Check-in Kay Meek Theatre
10:00 AM Welcome Ceremony Kay Meek Theatre
10:30 AM Icebreakers in classroom West Vancouver Secondary
11:30 AM Lynn Valley Hiking (1/2 group) Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
 2:30 PM Class time (Lynn Valley Hikers) West Vancouver Secondary
11:30 AM Stanley Park Biking (1/2 group) Stanley Park, Vancouver
4:00 PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Tuesday, August 21      9:00 AM Writing Assessment West Vancouver Secondary
10:00 AM Class time West Vancouver Secondary
  11:30  PM Lynn Valley Hiking (1/2 group) Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
 2:30 PM Class time (Lynn Valley Hikers) West Vancouver Secondary
12:00 PM Stanley Park Biking (1/2 group) Stanley Park, West Vancouver
       4:00PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Wednesday, August 22      9:00 AM Presentations (police, Guard.Me, etc) West Vancouver Secondary Gymnasium
   10:45 AM Depart by bus West Vancouver Secondary
11:15 AM Arrive at Playland PNE
3:15 PM Bus Departure for West Vancouver PNE to West Vancouver Secondary
      4:00 PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Thursday, August 23      8:30 AM Bus departure West Vancouver Secondary
 9:00 AM Arrival at Seabus to downtown Lonsdale Quay to Gastown
9:45 AM Walking tour of Gastown to Chinatown Waterfront, Gastown to Chinatown
11:15 AM Metrotown Mall – Scavenger Hunt Metrotown
3:00 PM Skytrain/Seabus to Lonsdale Lonsdale Quay
3:30 PM Buses transport to West Vancouver
      4:15 PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Friday, August 24 7:30 AM Arrive for bus loading West Vancouver Secondary
8:00 AM Victoria Trip – Full day (bus leaves) Victoria, Vancouver Island
      8:45 PM Return and dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Monday, August 27      9:00 AM Reading and Math Assessments West Vancouver Secondary
   10:30 AM Classwork West Vancouver Secondary
      3:30 PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Tuesday, August 28      8:30 AM Classwork West Vancouver Secondary
     8:45 AM Bus Departure for Grouse Mountain Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
      3:30 PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Wednesday, August 29     9:00 AM Classwork West Vancouver Secondary
   10:00 AM Community Walk Library, Community Centre, Int’l Office
  11:30 AM BBQ Lunch and Final Farewell West Vancouver Secondary
    2:30 PM Dismissal West Vancouver Secondary
Thursday, August 30 No classes
Friday, August 31       9:00 AM Sentinel – School Tour  Go to your school for a tour
10:00 AM Rockridge  – School Tour
10:30 AM West Vancouver – School Tour

Things to know:

Pick-up and drop-off

All pick-up and drop-off of students will take place West Vancouver Secondary School (1750 Mathers Ave, West Vancouver).

First Day – Monday, August 20

Orientation begins at 9:30am in the Kay Meek Theatre (1700 Mathers Ave) with our check-in process. Please make sure to bring your passport, Study Permit, a bagged lunch, some bottled water and comfortable shoes!

Lynn Canyon Hike – Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21

Students will be led by staff and Student Leaders over Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, up to 30 Foot Pool, and around Rice Lake for a ~6 km hike. Please bring a bagged lunch and some bottled water.  Wear appropriate clothing for hiking (layered clothing that you can take off/on depending on the temperature outside); walking/running shoes will do nicely.

Stanley Park Tour – Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21

Professional guides will take us around Stanley Park on a biking tour of some of Vancouver’s highlights and history! You must be able to ride a bicycle to join this activity, If you cannot ride a bike, please tell your teacher before the event. Bring bottled water, a bagged lunch, and sunscreen if needed.

Playland – Wednesday, August 22

Bring a bagged lunch, some bottled water, sunscreen. Enjoy the rides and all activities and shows at PNE!

Metrotown and Gastown – Thursday, August 23

We will undertake ‘experiential learning’ of our transit system by taking the SeaBus and SkyTrain to Metrotown, our city’s largest shopping mall. On the way, we will explore Vancouver’s touristic Gastown and Chinatown. At Metrotown, we will be conducting an exciting scavenger hunt – so get ready to talk to locals, take pictures and win prizes while working in teams! Lunch can be purchased on your own at the mall’s Food Court.

Victoria – Friday, August 24

This is a full day trip departing early in the morning and returning late – be at West Vancouver Secondary at 7:30am for departure and expect to return at 8:45pm.  Have your cameras ready! We will be taking a Ferry to arrive to the southern tip of Vancouver Island to visit the capital city of our province, Victoria. We will explore the legislature, museums, and more. Suggested items to bring are spending money, a bagged lunch, bottled water, a waterproof/warm jacket and comfortable shoes.  Please make sure your host family is aware that this event ends at 8:45 pm with a pickup at West Vancouver Secondary.

Language and Math Assessment  – Tuesday, August 21 and Monday, August 27

We will be assessing students’ reading and writing levels in English as well as getting an idea of their numeracy (math) skills.  There is nothing you need to study for these assessments but you should bring a pen, pencil and eraser on all days.  This is for placement purposes only. Students who miss these assessments will be tested in their school.

Grouse Mountain – Tuesday, August 28

We will be heading up to one of our local mountains for summertime activities. Professional guides will take us to some of the sites to learn about First Nations history, local ecology, and great views. Suggested items to bring are spending money, a bagged lunch, bottled water, a weatherproof light jacket and sunglasses.

West Vancouver Community Walking Tour – Wednesday, August 29

Students take a walking tour of the beautiful local area. It is an opportunity to see the local stores, our community centre, the main library, the seawall, our beaches, as well as the International Programs office!