Grade nine orientation has taken place at many of Hamilton’s high schools.
In most cases, grade 9’s have treated to a welcome assembly and school tours and given the chance to select lockers and pick up timetables.
Westdale Principal Michelle Visca adds that they’ve enlisted some of their senior students to act as ambassadors.
She says they become “go to students” for newcomers who have questions and are looking for support. She adds that orientation day helps to alleviate some of the anxiety when classes start on Tuesday.
Visca is also new to Westdale, after several years as principal at Waterdown District Secondary School.
During the welcome assembly, she jokes that she told students that she’s probably not the one to stop in the hallway for directions.