Elementary members of the delegation enjoyed visiting the newly renovated Ridgeway School, where they were welcomed by Principal Aline Burlone, ESL teacher Leah Symons, and Lisa Hubbard, Manager of Childcare for the North Shore Neighbourhood House (NSNH). A highlight of the visit to Ridgeway was a tour of the NSNH preschool where a new program has been created in partnership with North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS) to provide early learning support to ESL families within Ridgeway’s ‘neighbourhood of learning’ initiative.
The elementary group also visited Boundary School where Vice Principal Lisa Upton and teacher Susan Owens talked to them about the Social Responsibility and Late French Immersion Programs.
Secondary members of the delegation were hosted at Argyle Secondary by Principal Liz Bell and Vice Principal Adam Baumann. The Swedish visitors enjoyed presentations by ESL teacher Lisa Sandberg and French Immersion teacher Sean Winter, as well as a tour of the Japanese fair taking place in the gym.
Argyle students shared the You Tube video they created last year aimed at engaging youth in creating welcoming and inclusive communities as part of their Neonology project.
The Swedish delegation were very impressed with the ‘world class’ instruction and services provided by our School District in collaboration with our community partners at North Shore Neighbourhood House and North Shore Multicultural Society.
It is always with great pride that we are able to host International delegations in our School District.