Welcome and Information for Newcomers (WIN)
The Welcome and Information for Newcomers (WIN) program, a 1-day orientation program for middle grade students and their parents, was piloted at Camilla Road Senior Public School in Mississauga in late August 2008.
Approximately 66 parents and 36 students participated. All the students were starting school in Canada. The pilot program was funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program.
As in the Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW), the high school orientation program, students who were newcomers in previous years (Peer Leaders) demonstrate school routines, provide information and offer advice to new students. The Peer Leaders were selected in June and trained on the day before the WIN program.
The program ran from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. In the morning, there were separate activities for parents and students. In the afternoon, after eating lunch together, parents and students used the Camilla passport to explore the school. At each passport station, a Peer Leader provided key information and stamped the passport.
These are descriptions of some activities that parents and students do in WIN.
- Timetable Bingo [JPG] - Bingo game that teaches students how to follow a timetable.
- Bad Weather [JPG] - Poster that explains school closures in bad weather.
- Music Room/Main Office [JPG] - Fill-in-the-blank activity that teaches students about their school.
For more information about WIN, see the SWIS Newsletter #58 (PDF).