Welcome & Orientation 2017

Upper Grand District School Board
International Student Program Welcome & Orientation 2017

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New Students are invited to attend the UGDSB International Student Orientation
Dates: August 28 – September 1, 2017. It will be a fun and productive week!


This is for all students except John F. Ross students.  John F. Ross students please see details in next section below.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Welcome and Assessment at Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute

 

289 College Avenue West
Guelph, Ontario
519-821-0360

 

 

 

 

Please arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Please bring:

Passport & Study Permit
Latest original transcript/report card
Custodian Declaration Document
Host Family Address and Contact Information
Immunization Record
Pen, pencil, eraser and calculator

During this day you will be welcomed to our school board and get an overview about our program.  You will also do an English and Math assessment to ensure you are being placed in the appropriate class for your abilities.
We will also have a representative from homestay there for you to meet.
Lastly, there will be representatives present from the Royal Bank to assist in setting up a bank account for you if needed.
A catered lunch will be provided for you on this day.  If you have any food restrictions, please email us at the email below to let us know.

**This day will end at different times for each student depending on the amount of time they take to complete their assessments.  Please arrange with your homestay host about how to contact them when you are finished for the day and make arrangements for your way home.

***Please note, if you cannot attend on Monday, August 28th please contact our office at international.student@ugdsb.on.ca to make an appointment for your orientation.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Individual School Orientation (Guelph students only) and Packing for Camp

As you will soon see, Guelph is a very popular destination for our secondary students, so we need you to go to meet at your school on this day (Tuesday).  [This will be a good opportunity to try to find your way to school as the school buses will not yet be running.] On this day you will have the opportunity to meet the other international students that will be attending your school.  You will also gain valuable information about your school and have a school tour.  You should also get your locker and timetable on this day as well.

If you will be attending Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (GCVI), you will need to be at the school by 9:30a.am. [GCVI may still be under construction at this time and students may not be allowed to enter.  We will let you know for certain on the 28th]

Address:  155 Paisley Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 2P3
Phone Number: 519-824-9800

If you will be attending Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute (CCVI), you will need to be at the school by 12:00 p.m.

Address:  289 College Avenue W., Guelph, Ontario N1G 1S9
Phone Number: 519-821-0360

If you are attending one of our other schools, you will be welcomed at your new school on September 5th, the first day of classes.  Please go to the front office and you will be told where you need to meet with your International Student Lead teacher. On this day, you will have a tour of your school, and receive your timetable and your locker.

AND…

All students must pack for camp and get a good rest…camp will be busy!!! Packing list is below. Do not bring any valuables as neither UGDSB, ISX nor the camp will be responsible for any missing items.


This is only for students attending John F. Ross
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Monday, August 28 or Tuesday, August 29 2017
Welcome and Assessment at St. George’s Centre
21 King Street Guelph, Ontario 519-766-9551

PLEASE NOTE:  You will be notified by the middle of August as to which day you will be scheduled for orientation.  You will only need to attend one day.

Please arrive at 9:30 a.m.
Please bring:

Passport & Study Permit
Latest original transcript/report card
Custodian Declaration Document
Host Family Address and Contact Information
Immunization Record
Pen, pencil, eraser and calculator

During this day you will be welcomed to our school board and get an overview about our program.  You will also do an English and Math assessment to ensure you are being placed in the appropriate class for your abilities.
We will also have a representative from homestay there for you to meet.
Lastly, there will be representatives present from the Royal Bank to assist in setting up a bank account for you if needed.
A catered lunch will be provided for you on this day.  If you have any food restrictions, please email us at the email below to let us know.

**This day will end at different times for each student depending on the amount of time they take to complete their assessments.  Please arrange with your homestay host about how to contact them when you are finished for the day and make arrangements for your way home.

***Please note, if you cannot attend on Monday, August 28th please contact our office at international.student@ugdsb.on.ca to make an appointment for your orientation.

AND…

All students must pack for camp and get a good rest…camp will be busy!!! Packing list is below. Do not bring any valuables as neither UGDSB, ISX nor the camp will be responsible for any missing items.


LETTER TO THE STUDENTS

Welcome to Kandalore’s Fall program for 2017! There are a few things that you should know about Kandalore before you arrive.

LOCATION

Kandalore is located on highway 35, north of Minden and south of Huntsville.  Depending on where you are coming from, it will take between one to four hours to reach the center.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The cabins are warm and provide you with a comfortable place to sleep.  The toilets and showers are nearby, but not inside the cabins.

FOOD

All meals are prepared and served by the Lakeside catering company.  If you have any special dietary needs (allergies, lactose intolerance, vegetarian, etc.) please let your teachers know in advance so that they can notify us and alternate options can be prepared.  As peanut allergies have grown in the last decade, we have had to adopt a “nut free” policy here at the center.

A TYPICAL DAY AT KANDALORE

Most days at Kandalore will take place as outlined below; however, some of the timing may change in order to accommodate your arrival and departure times.  Kandalore staff will notify you of any such changes so that you can be sure to make it to programs and meals on time.

7:45am                        Students may leave cabins
8:30am                        BREAKFAST
9:15am-12:15pm        Morning activities in activity groups
12:30pm                      LUNCH
1:15-2:00pm               Free time
2:00-5:15pm               Afternoon activities in activity groups
5:30pm                        DINNER
6:15-7:00pm               Free time
7:00-8:30                     Evening program with entire school
8:30pm                        SNACK
Your teachers will determine curfews and lights out.          

PROGRAM

Your teachers will divide you into activity groups (10-12 people per group) and you will remain in this group throughout your visit.  You will do all of the daily activities in your activity group and you will also have the opportunity to take part in some entire-school activities, usually in the evenings.  A Kandalore staff will lead you through the program, which consists of activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, archery, Inuit blanket toss, team problem-solving and initiative challenges.

WHAT TO BRING

Here is a list that should give you an idea of what to bring on your trip.  Remember that most of what we do takes place outside and the weather can be wet and sometimes cool.  Please bring clothing that you are willing to get dirty.

  • 1 packed lunch to eat when you arrive on the first day (nut-free please!)
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 fleece jacket or warm sweater
  • 2 pairs of pants (jeans not recommended)
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • Underwear
  • 4-6 pairs of socks (wool or fleece will be warmer)
  • 1 hat for the sun
  • 1 toque and 1 pair of mitts for cool evenings
  • 2 pairs of shoes (for running around and being active)
  • 1 bathing suit (there may be a chance to be in the water)
  • 1 towel
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 pair of pajamas
  • 1 pillow
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 rain jacket (and pants if possible)
  • Sun screen/bug spray
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries
  • Camera, watch and sunglasses are optional

WHAT NOT TO BRING:

  • Junk food (includes candy)
  • Valuables: iPod, videos games, cell phone, etc.
  • Knives, lighters, etc.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

EXPECTATIONS

Safety and respect for others are very important to us at Kandalore.  You will be asked to adhere to the following guidelines during your stay.

  1. Smoking is not permitted.
  2. The use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs is strictly prohibited.
  3. A Kandalore leader must be present in order for participants to take part in any of the activities. The participants are expected to follow all guidelines and safety procedures outlined by any of the Kandalore staff.
  4. In order to respect privacy, we ask that participants stay out of any cabin other than their own.
  5. Students are responsible for maintaining the condition of their cabins and we ask that the students leave their cabins in the same condition as they found them. Graffiti or any other damages to cabins are unacceptable.
  6. There can be no Food left in or around the students’ cabins. Also, Kandalore is completely “nut free” so there can be no nut products brought into or left in the cabins.
  7. We are committed to ensuring that everyone who comes to Kandalore has an enjoyable visit. We therefore ask that the students act in a considerate and respectful fashion to one another and to other groups that are using the facility.

Other guidelines will be discussed upon the group’s arrival at Kandalore.



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