SWIS Program welcomes new families
to Burnaby School District!

swis_welcomeSettlement Workers in School Program extends its warm welcome to all new immigrant and refugee families whose children have enrolled in Burnaby schools in 2016-17 academic year.

At the Newcomer Orientation Workshop (NOW) held at Burnaby South Secondary/BCSD at the end of September, the families were warmly welcomed to the District by the Assistant Superintendent Heather Hart, Principal Victoria Lee, ELL Program Consultant Ann Thorup, Burnaby South school councillor Colin Chow, and SWIS Coordinator Natalya Khan. An interactive Questions and Answers session provided an opportunity to the families to receive detailed information on the new BC curriculum, school organization, ways to support ELL students’ at home, resources available to newcomer families at the school and in the community.

Families learned more about BC schools and education system, ELL programs, got to know their school’s principal and councillor, made new friends. “We are confident we can do more now”, one of the participants said. We too pledge to the new families: we will work hard to assist and support you and your child in achieving your goals.

SD41 Settlement Workers in School Program, that provides settlement services and ongoing support to new immigrant and refugee students and families in all 49 Burnaby schools, cordially welcomes everyone to the District and wishes you a successful academic year ahead!