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CDSBEO Board Meeting Highlights from meeting February 6, 2018

Dave Chaplin, Head of the International Education Program, Principal of Hanley Hall School of Alternative & Continuing Education began, “The program has experienced a lot of growth over the three years, and we are pleased with its overall success.”

“The International Program is an opportunity for students from across the globe to enjoy the benefits of a first class Catholic education system. The program also provides our own students with the opportunity to benefit from daily interactions with international students. It is our hope that this learning opportunity will bring a global perspective into the classroom and help promote diversity and foster cultural awareness in CDSBEO schools.”

Principals and staff have played an important role in welcoming the students and ensuring their wellbeing, and the experience has been extremely positive.

International students coming into the Board have the opportunity to enhance their language skills, and experience the richness of Canadian culture. Moving forward, the Board will continue to support current partners, and will expand and develop new partnerships.

Students from Mexico City, Spain, and China spoke to the Board about their most memorable moments.

Ana “I wanted to study abroad because my older brother went to study in France, and he told me about his experiences. When he came back I noticed a change in him – he was more mature. I wanted a similar experience,” she explained. “In Mexico, there is no such thing as a locker, and I didn’t know how to open a lock! Since arriving here, I have become more independent, and my English has improved. The people at Notre Dame where I am studying are really nice, and I like that people are interested in learning about my culture and where I am from.”

Juan noted that he likes the way that students learn in Canada. “In Spain we spend more time studying and listening, but here we speak more, and do more projects, and less exams and tests, so, I prefer that type of learning.”

Xiyan noted that his parents really wanted him to learn through experiences. “My parents really wanted me to see more and to learn abroad. I really like the school in Canada because we go for a six hour school day, and in China we have a 16 hour school day! My teachers are friendly, and I really feel the sense of community at Notre Dame. I also really like my host family. It’s been a really, really great experience to meet all of these new friends here in Canada.”

He continued, “I do find that it’s really, really cold here – in Beijing -10 is just -10, it’s not -10 but feels like its -20! And also, I really don’t like the snow in Canada, but my favourite thing in Canada is snow days!”

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