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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.

Monday, Feburary 3, 2020

February Orientation - Secondary Students

Dear students,

We are excited to meet you and look forward to your arrival!
All new, secondary international students will be attending a mandatory Orientation to help you settle into your new school environment.

Date:                  Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Time:                  9:00am to 3:30pm
Location:           West Vancouver Secondary School Library (morning) and Grouse Mountain (afternoon)
Arrival time:      9:00am at West Vancouver Secondary – In the school library
Pick Up Time:   3:30pm at West Vancouver Secondary – At the front of the school

 

Agenda

9:00amCheck-in at West Vancouver Secondary School – Library
Please bring your passport and study permit.
9:30amOrientation begins! Mr. Dave Dickinson will lead the class in an “Exploration of Things Canadian.”
12:15pmLunch break – Lunch is free and provided by International Programs
12:45pmBus transportation to Grouse Mountain
1:15pmSnowshoeing at Grouse Mountain!! Get ready for some serious fun in the snow!
Wear warm clothing (layers), winter gloves, hats, water resistant coat.
Waterproof winter footwear with good tread is recommended.
3:30pmEstimated time of return. Student will be dropped off at the front of West Vancouver Secondary School.

 

All students are expected to attend Orientation.
If you have concerns or questions, please contact Rebecca Rowley, Vice Principal, International Programs (rrowley@wvschools.ca)

New Student Orientation - August 2020

August 26 to September 4, 2020

Secondary Students

Activities and locations are subject to change.
Please check this website for the most current information.

DateTimeEventPlace
Monday, August 24 &
Tuesday, August 25
Arrival dates (if attending Orientation 2020): Most host families are available to accommodate students as early as Monday, August 24, two days prior to Orientation. Students might be placed with temporary host upon arrival until their permanent homestay is available. No new students may enter Orientation after Friday, August 28.
Wednesday,
August 26
09:00 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,
August 27
09:00 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,
August 28
08:30 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,
August 31
08:30 AM
08:45 AM
03:30 PM
Classwork
Bus departure for Grouse Mountain
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary
Tuesday,
September 1
09:00 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,
September 2
09:00 AM
01:00 PM
03:30 PM
Classwork / Presentation (GuardMe, etc)
International Lunch and Celebration
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
Thursday,
September 3
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
03:15 PM
04:00 PM
05:00 PM
05:45 PM
Bus departure
Arrive at Playland
Bus departure for WVSS for gr. 8 & 9
Dismissal
Bus departure for WVSS for gr. 10-12
Dismissal
West Vancouver Secondary
PNE
PNE to West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
PNE to West Vancouver Secondary
West Vancouver Secondary
Friday,
September 4
 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 26
Orientation begins at 9:30am in the West Vancouver Secondary Gym with our check-in process.

Second Day – Thursday, August 27
Please make sure to bring your passport and Study Permit to class today!


Activities:

Lynn Canyon Hike – Wednesday, August 26 and Thursday, August 27
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 26 and Thursday, August 27
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 28
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 31
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 Assessments – Thursday, August 27 and Tuesday, September 1
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, September 1.

West Vancouver Community Walking Tour – Tuesday, September 1
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 wear comfortable walking/running shoes.

Lunch and Celebration – Wednesday, September 2
No need to pack a lunch today! Lunch is on us!

Playland – Thursday, September 3
Bring a bagged lunch, some bottled water, sunscreen. Enjoy the rides and all activities and shows at PNE!

August 27 to September 2, 2020

Elementary Students

Please note: This is a draft schedule based on last year’s activities.  Activities are still subject to change.
Field Trips: Parents will need to sign Permission Forms on Aug 27 for children to participate in the trips.

DateTimeDescription
Thursday,
August 27
09:00 AMArrival at Hollyburn Elementary School, Library and Room 4
1329 Duchess Avenue, West Vancouver | 604-981-1220
Welcome!! Let’s get acquainted.
Classroom Activities: Games, oral language activities and vocabulary development
Field Trip (11:00-11:45am): Walking tour along seawall and West Vancouver Library tour
Afternoon Activities: John Lawson Playground and Splash pad – lunch at park
03:00 PMParent pick up at Hollyburn Elementary School
Friday,
August 28 
09:00 AMArrival 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
01:00 PMAfternoon Activity: West Vancouver Aquatic Centre – Swimming
03:00 PMParent pick up inside main entrance to the Aquatic Centre (2121 Marine Drive)
Monday,
August 31
*8:30 drop off at WVSS
08:30 AM 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.
03:00 PMParent pick up at West Vancouver Secondary School (1750 Mathers Ave)
Tuesday,
September 1 
09:00 AMArrival at Hollyburn Elementary School, Library and Room 4
Classroom Activities: Language instruction, journal writing, vocabulary development
Field Trip (10:00am-2:30pm): Science World – Gallery Exploration and Omimax Theater
03:00 PMParent pick up at Hollyburn Elementary School
 Wednesday,
September 2
09:00 AMArrival 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
03:00 PMParent 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.

Exceptions:
Friday. Aug 28 – 3:00pm pick up inside main entrance to the Aquatic Centre (2121 Marine Dr.)
Monday. Aug 31 – drop off 8:30am & pick up 3:00pm at West Van Secondary School (1750 Mathers Av.)

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 28, 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/.

First day at School – September 8, 2020
Tuesday, September 8 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 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