International

Student Information

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New Student Orientation Objectives

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

Grade 8 - 12

New Student Orientation - August 21 to 30, 2019

DateTimeEventPlace
Wednesday, Aug 2109:30 AM
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
02:30 PM
11:30 AM
04:00 PM
Check in
Welcome Ceremony
Icebreakers in classroom
Lynn Valley Hiking (1/2 group)
Class time (Lynn Valley Hikers)
Stanley Park Biking (1/2 group)
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary
Stanley Park, Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary
Thursday, Aug 2209:00 AM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
02:30 PM
12:00 PM
04:00 PM
Writing Assessment
Class time
Lynn Valley Hiking (1/2 group)
Class time (Lynn Valley Hikers)
Stanley Park Biking (1/2 group)
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
Lynn Valley, North Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary
Stanley Park, Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary
Friday, Aug 2308:30 AM
09:00 AM
09:45 AM
11:15 AM
03:00 PM
03:30 PM
04:15 PM
Bus departure
Arrival at Seabus to downtown
Walking tour of Gastown to Chinatown
Metrotown Mall – Scavenger Hunt
Skytrain/Seabus to Lonsdale
Buses transport to West Vancouver
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
Lonsdale Quay to Gastown
Waterfront, Gastown to Chinatown
Metrotown
Lonsdale Quay
Lonsdale Quay to West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
Monday, Aug 2608:30 AM
08:45 AM
03:30 PM
Classwork
Bus Departure of Grouse Mountain
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary
Tuesday, Aug 2709:00 AM
10:30 AM
03:30 PM
Reading and Math Assessments
Classwork and Community Walk
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
Library, Community Centre, Int’l Office
West Vancouver Secondary
Wednesday, Aug 2809:00 AM
01:00 PM
03:30 PM
Classwork/Presentations (GuardMe, etc)
International Lunch and Celebration
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
Thursday, Aug 2910:45 AM
11:15 AM
03:15 PM
04:00 PM
Bus Departure
Arrive at Playland
Bus Departure for West Vancouver
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
PNE
PNE to West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
Friday, Aug 30 TBDSentinel – School Tour
Rockridge – School Tour
West Vancouver – School Tour
 Go to your school for a 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 – Wednesday, August 21
Orientation begins at 9:30 AM in the West Vancouver Secondary Gym with our check-in process.

Second Day – Thursday, August 22
Please make sure to bring your passport and Study Permit to class today!

Activities:

Lynn Canyon Hike – Wednesday, August 21 & Thursday, August 22
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. No sandals or Flip Flops please.

Stanley Park Tour – Wednesday, August 21 & Thursday, August 22
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. No sandals or Flip Flops please.

Metrotown and Gastown – Friday, 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.

Grouse Mountain – Monday, August 26
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.

Language and Math Assessment  – Thursday, August 22 & Tuesday, 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. Please bring a bagged lunch on Tuesday, August 27.

West Vancouver Community Walking Tour – Tuesday, August 27
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. Please make sure to where comfortable walking/running shoes.

Lunch and Celebration – Wednesday, August 28
No need to pack a lunch today! Lunch is on us!

Playland – Thursday, August 29
Bring a bagged lunch, some bottled water, and sunscreen. Enjoy the rides and all activities and shows at PNE!

Grade 4 - 7

Elementary Orientation - August 22 to 28, 2019

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. Parents will be notified on August 22 of any changes.
Field Trips: Parents will need to sign Permission Forms on Aug 22 for children to participate in the trips.

DateTimeDescription
Thursday, Aug 2209:00 am





03:00 pm
Arrival at Hollyburn Elementary School, Library and Room 4
1329 Duchess Avenue, West Vancouver. Phone: 604-981-1220
Welcome! Let’s get acquainted.
Classroom Activities: Games, oral language activities and vocabulary development
Field Trip (11:00 – 11:45 am):
Walking tour along seawall and West Vancouver Library tour
Afternoon Activities:
John Lawson Playground and Splash pad – lunch at park
Parent pick up at Hollyburn Elementary School
Friday, Aug 2309:00 am


01:00 pm
03:00 pm
Arrival at Hollyburn Elementary School, Library and Room 4
Classroom Activities: Canadian culture/symbols, vocabulary development and writing task
Field Trip:
Salmon Hatchery and Cleveland Dam – Hike
Afternoon Activities:
West Vancouver Aquatic Centre – Swimming
Parent pick up at inside main entrance to the Aquatic Centre (2121 Marine Drive)
 Monday, Aug 26
*8:30 drop off at WVSS!
08:30 am


03:00 pm
Drop off at main entrance of West Vancouver Secondary School (1750 Mathers Ave)
Field Trip (all day): Grouse Mountain (lumberjack show, Grizzly bear habitat, Hiwus presentation)
All elementary and secondary international students will attend.
Parent pick up at West Vancouver Secondary School (1750 Mathers Ave)
 Tuesday, Aug 2709:00 am


03:00 pm
Arrival at Hollyburn Elementary School, Library and Room 4
Classroom Activities: Language instruction, journal writing, vocabulary development
Field Trip (10:00 am – 2:30 pm):
Science World – Gallery Exploration and Omimax Theatre 
Parent pick up at Hollyburn Elementary School
 Wednesday, Aug 2809:00 am




03:00 pm
Arrival at Hollyburn Elementary School, Library and Room 4
Classroom Activities: Oral language instruction, journal writing, vocabulary development, and reading assessment
Guest Presenter from West Vancouver Museum:
First Nations art and print making
Afternoon Activities:
Ambleside Beach (water fun and games) – lunch at beach
Parent pick up at Hollyburn Elementary School

Useful Websites:

West Van Aquatic Centre: https://westvancouver.ca/parks-recreation/community-centres/aquatic-centre
Salmon Hatchery: http://vancouversnorthshore.com/things-to-do/attractions/capilano-salmon-hatchery/
Science World Galleries: https://www.scienceworld.ca/atTWOS
West Vancouver Secondary: https://westvancouverschools.ca/westvancouver-secondary/
Hollyburn Elementary: https://westvancouverschools.ca/hollyburn-elementary/

Things to know:

Pick-up and drop-off
Please make sure that your son or daughter is picked up on time! Please refer to the itinerary to determine the correct location for drop off and pick-up. Most days, the drop off and pick-up location is Hollyburn Elementary School (1329 Duchess Avenue) at 9am and 3pm.

What to Bring Daily
Please make sure that your child has a backpack with a healthy, packed lunch snacks and a water bottle every day. They will need sunscreen, a hat, comfortable clothing, appropriate for the weather as well as comfortable running shoes. Students may want to bring small amounts of spending money but this is not required. Admission and costs are paid for by the International department. On Friday August 23, students will need a swimsuit and a towel and a plastic bag (for wet clothes). They will be swimming in the Aquatic Center (2121 Marine Drive). Please make sure the teacher is aware if your child can’t swim or is afraid of water.

Registration at the International Programs Office
Please come to our office at 1075 21ST street (at the school board office) to register during office hours (Monday to Friday 9am – 4:30pm).  We are located on the first floor, just off the parking lot. Please bring children and parent passports, student permits, proof of address (rental agreement, hydro bill or purchase agreement, email address, phone numbers and other relevant information).

Contact International Office & Problems:  604-981-1158
If there is a problem (you are running late, need to reach your child during the day) or you need to contact someone in the international office, please call 604-981-1158 (during office hours). Otherwise, if there is an emergency or urgent issue, you can call Michael Frankowski (District Administrator) at 604-219-6988. Our website also has our staff contact information: https://westvancouverschools.ca/international/our-team/

Your Teachers: Ms. Salimah Fidai (email: SFidai@wvschools.ca) and Ms. Rehana Virjee (email: RVirjee@wvschools.ca)
We are excited to have two experienced and energetic West Vancouver elementary teachers work with your children this summer!  Ms. Fidai and Ms. Virjee currently teach ELL at Chartwell Elementary School and they are very excited to be introducing your children to Canadian culture and to our school system in the West Vancouver school district and community!

First day at School – September 3, 2019
Tuesday, September 3 is the first day of school and is usually a shortened day. Each elementary school may have slightly different procedures and times. Please refer to the schools website (http://westvancouverschools.ca/) to determine what time to bring your child to school. You can also call your school if you require more information.

We welcome you to West Vancouver and to Canada!!

Rebecca Rowley
Vice Principal, International Programs