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Raiders give Grade 8s a warm welcome

Stream of Education   Write Comment 14th November, 2012

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Raiders give Grade 8s a warm welcome DELHI - The towns high school continues to grow in popularity and had what administrators believe is the largest number of Grade 8 students ever come to its special orientation day.About 150 kids from area feeder schools, both public and Catholic, arrived at Delhi District Secondary School last Wednesday for a day of fun, food, and tours.Id say this is the largest group weve had, said principal Alison High. Were very, very pleased.The idea behind the day is to give kids a chance to see the school in the hope they will enrol here in September.The Grade 8s were brought into the gym and raced through a kooky obstacle course against DDSS students and teachers while the whole student body looked on.Loud music played, and laughter and screams were heard. The kids were then treated to hotdogs and hamburgers cooked on a barbecue before they toured the school.Mackenzie Miller, 13, of Delhi Public School said he enjoyed the day.Its big and colourful, Miller said when asked what he liked about the school.Making the jump from elementary to high school can be a frightening time, say educators.Its a big change and a lot of fear, said Randy Ongena, a Grade 8 teacher at Delhi Public School.Wednesday worked well, Ongena said, because having the entire student body in the gym made the Grade 8s feel welcome and part of the community.Its the emotional connection, he added. Its all about connecting with the kids and making them feel comfortable.Senior students who have been given special leadership training through the link program were on hand to help the Grade 8s.Those students will also be around the school in September they are easy to spot in the hallways because they wear special t-shirts to help the new Grade 9s find classrooms and lockers or answer any questions.A decade ago, DDSS faced possible closure, but since then has revamped itself and added students from Norwich after that town lost its high school.Now DDSS has 617 students, including 128 in Grade 9, and offers a range of extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.Were big enough to do all the things we want to do, but not so big it feels like a big school, said High.Were definitely a good place and were looking to make it better. In early January, High will visit area feeder schools to deliver calendars outlining course choices and will speak to students. On Jan. 15, DDSS will host a Grade 8 parents night from 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m.Information gathered from Internet from Click Here