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Vice Principal - Admission: Blog

 

Each year Delia School of Canada (DSC) welcomes many new students to DSC. Moving to a new city can be challenging where most, if not all, families require guidance and support to ensure a smooth transition. More often than not, our new families are trying to navigate a new school system, new homes, new jobs and a new culture. Our Admissions team at Delia School of Canada is here to foster personal and community relationships and to promote our school’s values, vision and mission. DSC provides an inclusive, multicultural and caring environment that inspires students to develop their social, intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities enabling them to contribute positively to the global community. 

With most of our families arriving from countries outside of Hong Kong finding and settling into a new school can be a challenging process. Starting off the school year on the right foot is key to having a successful and enjoyable school year. Students and families need to know that they will be supported at school in their academic, emotional and social well being. Parents can support their children at home by asking about their child’s first day of school, discussing their child's emotions, and asking about their classmates. There is a transition period in which your child’s teacher(s) will be getting to know your child. During this period, it is important to be open and honest with the school by taking the opportunity to ask any questions should you have any. Encourage your child to seek advice from peers, teachers and administrators. It is equally important for your child to be getting the proper amount of sleep, nutrition and support while at home. Within the first six weeks of school, the Admissions team will contact you to find out how your family is adjusting to life at DSC. The overall success of your child will be a combined effort between you, your child, his/her teachers and the support network your child has outside of school.

For some of our new students, DSC will be their first experience in an International School. An international school can be defined as “private institutions which offer a national curriculum in a different country or an international curriculum” (Hayden, 2006). Several of our new families are trying to learn the school culture, meet new friends and understand the curriculum expectations that their children are now studying (Ontario Ministry of Education, http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/curriculum.html). It is important to support your child by helping them to develop friendships with their new classmates by joining extracurricular activities.  Encourage your child to share their fears or worries with you over this transition to a new school and most importantly be patient with your child as they transition into a new school environment. The teachers and staff at Delia School of Canada are here to support you and your child and ensure that all new families will have a fun-filled and productive year filled with a passion for learning and positivity.

 

 

Hayden, M., (2006). Introduction to International Education: International Schools and their Communities. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.