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UGDSB high schools welcome grade 9 students on Orientation Day

August 28, 2019


GUELPH, Ontario – Upper Grand District School Board secondary schools welcomed incoming grade 9 students with open arms this week during their grade 9 orientation days.

Secondary student and staff volunteers have been busy preparing for grade 9 orientation days that will allow incoming grade 9 students to meet their classmates and some students in other grades.

The goal of grade 9 orientation is to help students transition to high school as smoothly as possible, allow them to meet new people and receive some high school information before the hustle and bustle of the first day of school.

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CCVI orientation day

Incoming students are assigned to a Link or mentor member’s team for the day’s activities. The Link leader or mentor not only guides students through the day’s activities, but is also available throughout the school year to help guide and support their team members when needed.

At Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute, students met in the gym on August 28 and started the day off doing activities as a large group. Later in the morning, Link leaders took their teams through a day of ice-breaker activities so that students could build relationships with each other while having fun and learning more about high school. 

Grade 9 orientation doesn’t stop this week – at John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute, grade 9 students will pair with their mentor once the school year has started for a full day of activity and team building at Chicopee Ski Resort on September 23.

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CCVI orientation day

Look at some of the great things happening during grade 9 orientation in our board:

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