Hilden Elementary students learn about holiday traditions from around the world

CCRCE News: 
Friday, December 7, 2012

CCRSB News - Friday, December 7, 2012 - Grade 4 and 5 students from Hilden Elementary welcomed 11 international students from the Cobequid Educational Centre this morning to learn about holiday traditions across the world.

The elementary students interviewed their international, high school counterparts in small groups, giving everyone a chance to ask questions and to get to know one another. The Grade 4 students asked the questions and the Grade 5 students wote down the answers to a series of questions, such as:

  • Could you tell me about your family?
  • Where do you live now?
  • How did you end up coming to Canada for high school?
  • How did you feel leaving your home country?
  • What do you enjoy about living in Canada?
  • Is there anything you don't enjoy?
  • Is there anything in Canada that surprised you?
  • Would you describe a Christmas tradition
  • Special foods, Santa? memories?

Students will complete the project by writing a biography about the international student theuy interviewed. The morning ended in a holiday party, with hot chocolate and gingerbread for all of the participants.

Last year, CCRSB schools hosted 491 international students, interns and teachers, from 18 countries in long and short-term stays. The Nova Scotia International Student Program is a joint venture between the provincial Department of Education and the seven English language school boards. With over 500 full-time students, the NSISP is one of the largest international student programs in Canada.