Delta schools celebrate International Education Week

November 23, 2015

Schools across Delta celebrated International Education Week with a wide variety of events and activities. International Education week is a worldwide event recognized in 160 countries; it honours the great contributions global education evokes.

“The vast benefits the international students program provides to our local students and community is outstanding. International students add such a rich diversity to our schools. We welcome the world and that is such a powerful learning experience,” said Sandra Adamson, coordinator of international students at South Delta Secondary School.

In the Delta School District, international students are welcomed in all grades from kindergarten to grade 12. This school year roughly 600 international students will study in Delta, coming from 28 countries. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, and USA. In addition to the school-year program, roughly 400 international students also come in the summer for short-term camps.

To help support the success of international students, activities happen throughout the year at the school and throughout the broader community. For example, at South Delta Secondary during International Education Week the student leaders’ group in the school organized a variety of activities to help connect international students with local students. These activities included a large celebratory event, a small group event with icebreaker games, and more intimate 2-3 student getting-to-know-you conversations.

“Every year our international program grows, which is a real testament to how much the students who come to Delta enjoy being here. We have exceptional schools with tremendous staff, welcoming students and caring homestay families,” said Deirdre Annett, Director, International Programs, Delta School District. “We also challenge local Delta students to consider going abroad for an overseas experience. Join the trend of youthful globe-trotters!”

Also as part of International Education Week, a post-secondary fair was hosted for international students. Dozens of international students came to meet representatives from post-secondary institutions from across Canada. Practically all of the international students who graduate from Delta schools get accepted into excellent post-secondary institutions