Hundreds of students will make the transition from elementary to high school this fall and Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates are making sure to welcome them in advance.
Each year, collegiates hold in-person orientation days at the end of June to provide incoming Grade 9 students with the opportunity to learn more about their new school. This year, in order to follow guidelines that limited the size of public gatherings, schools have created videos to give their new students a glimpse of what they can expect.
"Providing an orientation for incoming Grade 9 students is an important way of building connections and doing our best to make sure they feel welcome in our buildings and school communities," said Jay Harvey, vice-principal at Tommy Douglas Collegiate.
"Although we can't offer that welcome in person this year, staff at all of the division's collegiates wanted to find a way to introduce students to their new school before the first day of classes this fall."
Each school's video offers a unique perspective on the individual school community, introducing students to teachers and staff, providing a snapshot tour of the facilities, and offering a bit of advice as students look forward to their first year of high school.