Welcoming the International Students of 2010-2011

The beginning of each school year brings with it a group of new International Students arriving at six Burnaby secondary schools.  They come from a host of different backgrounds and every individual has unique experiences to share.  This is most easily represented by the diversity of students we have had from Brazil, China, Germany, Korea, Japan, to Vietnam, and more…

It has been a tradition for the Burnaby School Board to invite local students to partake in various orientation activities and field trips before the year starts proper. We feel that this is a great way for us (volunteers) to reach out to the new students, help make their transition to a foreign environment more enjoyable, and build friendly relationships with them early on. Thank you to Ms. Angela Tsang (coordinator at the school board’s International Education program) for offering us the opportunity to work with you over the past several years.

The following is the schedule of events for the end of August/beginning of September.

August 30, Monday – Assessment and Orientation
Shift 1: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Shift 2: 7:00 am  – 4:00 pm
Shift 3: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
August 31, Tuesday – Assessment
7:30 am – 1:00 pm

Sept. 2, Thursday – Field Trip – Burnaby Village Museum & Deer Lake Park
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sept. 3, Friday – Field Trip – Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mountain
7:15 am – 4:00 pm

Meeting location is Burnaby South Secondary.

If you have signed up to volunteer (we have students from Byrne Creek, South, and Cariboo) though us at the Byrne Creek Leo Club, I will post a list containing your name along with the shifts you will be attending in a subsequent post.

There is a training day that volunteers must attend to find out their tasks/duties and complete some paperwork including fieldtrip forms. According to Ms. Tsang, it is tentatively set for August 26th afternoon at Burnaby South Secondary. She will be sending out an email to you to confirm this. Should you have any questions or think you will not be able to make it on Aug. 26th, you should email her at Angela.Tsang@sd41.bc.ca to make other arrangements.

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