The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario in partnership with MLI Homestay is seeking families to host international students ranging from Grades 7-12.
Some IE Students will be receiving a notice from their regional public health unit, advising you that you are missing immunizations, please remain calm, and contact your custodian immediately. As the custodian will be required to sign a permission form for you to receive the missing immunizations.
There is usually a time span for the student to obtain any missing immunizations, and no student will be suspended immediately.
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!”
One of Canada’s number one winter pastimes is skating.
In the photo on the left, our International Student from Mexico is capturing her day at the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, the world’s largest rink!
In the other two photos, our International Students from China are having fun skating with their classmates at the local arena in Westport.
Grade 9 students from Jissen Gakuen High School in Tokyo, Japan arrived in Perth on January 26th, 2016. The students studied alongside the students at St. John Catholic High School for 2nd semester and they lived with host families in the Perth area.
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario in conjunction with Muskoka Language International have partnered with the Jissen Gakuen High School in Japan to provide their students the opportunity to attend school in Canada. The focus on the partnership is to provide students from Japan a new cultural education experience to help improve their English language skills. As well as studying English as a second language students had the opportunity to study other courses of interest.
The students and staff at St. John Catholic High School had a very warm welcome for the students from Japan.