Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district supporting 20 new Syrian students

20 students have arrived since September, with 16 in Nanaimo, two on Gabriola Island and two in Ladysmith

Twenty Syrian children are becoming acclimatized to Canada, says the Nanaimo school district.

Tim Davie, Nanaimo school district assistant superintendent, said 20 students have arrived since September, with 16 in Nanaimo, two on Gabriola Island and two in Ladysmith.

The district international education department assesses students, said Davie. The information is then passed on to Linnaea Wiseman, an English Language Learners’ teacher at Fairview Elementary School, where an introduction classroom is situated. Wiseman works with students on language acquisition, school readiness and introduces them to Canadian culture.

Wiseman said she’s worked with the 16 Nanaimo students, ranging from a kindergartener to a 15 year-old, and while they have school experience, English skills vary.

“They have good comprehension, obviously it takes a bit of time to be able to have the verbal output, but their comprehension, for some of them, is there. Others have very little English and so, it’s really starting from the bottom and working up and doing lots of oral language with them,” said Wiseman.

Two have moved on to attend school full time and in a few weeks’ time, four students will be moving on to their catchment schools, said Wiseman. She is also hoping a couple of high school students can also move on fairly quickly.

The Province of B.C. committed additional funding to school districts for Syrian students enrolled in schools after Feb. 12, with a basic rate of $1,790 per full-time equivalent student.

An additional $345 per full-time equivalent will be available for students that qualify for English/French language learning, said a letter from the province.

“There are different funding counts throughout the year, so students that are arriving after the February funding count will be eligible for the May count,” said Davie. “That’s an amendment the ministry has made so the districts can apply for funding.”

 

Just Posted

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Waterfront Gallery ends 2019 with Christmas themed members show

Over 70 artists are on display for the Christmas exhibiton at Davis Road School

Paul Manly votes against first Liberal confidence vote ‘based on principle’

Manly was the only opposition party member outside the Conservative party to vote against Bill C-2

ILWU Local 508 organized toy drive to support families impacted by WFP strike

The toy drive raised over $2,500 in cash, over $1,000 in gift cards, and a big pile of toys

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

B.C. vet talks tips for winter travel with pets

Going to see the vet the day before a trip is never a good idea

Most Read