Phone: 519-743-3328|newcomercentre@wcdsb.ca
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About Us

 

What is the Newcomer Reception Centre?

The Newcomer Reception Centre is a place where students and their families who are new to Waterloo Region are welcomed into Waterloo Region’s Catholic school community.

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What happens at the Newcomer Reception Centre?

At the Newcomer Reception Centre the English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher will:

  • (With the help of an interpreter – if required) Provide information about the school system in Ontario and in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board;
  • Record information about your child’s school history;
  • Assess your child’s English language (speaking, reading and writing) and math skills.

These first assessments allow students to show what they already know and how they approach learning.

A Settlement Worker from the YMCA’s Settlement & Education Partnership Waterloo Region (SEPWR) will:

  • meet with parents or guardians to provide information that will help students and parents integrate successfully into the Ontario school system;
  • help families connect with services and agencies that can offer assistance they may need.

For students planning to attend a WCSDB school who are on a Visa (such as work permit of parent, study permit for self or parent), or are Permanent Resident applicants, please call the WCDSB’s Resource Development Office at 519-578-3660.