Tie-dye, high rope and archery – oh my!

This month WRDSB re-launched the Multilingual Language Learners (MLL) camp. This long-loved program made a successful comeback after a four-year hiatus. The department hosted the camp over three days at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp.

The MLL team designed the day camp for Grade 5 and 6 students who have been in Canada for less than three years. During the three days, attendees enjoy an array of activities. This year’s camp hosted 200 students from more than 30 WRSB schools. The students participated in high and low ropes challenges, archery and tie-dye.

For many of these young learners, this was a chance to apply their new language skills. They were able to put their classroom learning into action. The camp also helps students to learn life skills like teamwork, communication and resiliency.

A highlight of the camp for many students was the opportunity to interact and connect with other attendees from across the WRDSB. This includes those from the same countries or with similar home languages.

Sharon Newmaster, an ESL/ELD Consultant from the MLL department, expressed her delight at being able to revive the camp.

“It’s been a challenging few years due to the pandemic. We are thrilled to finally be able to offer this experience to our students again,” said Newmaster. “The camp provides them with new and exciting activities. It also allows them to build relationships and embrace their cultural backgrounds.”

WRDSB’s MLL department empowers students new to Canada who may be navigating language and cultural barriers. The day camp helps students build confidence and encourages their sense of adventure.

As the day camp concluded, students enjoyed a campfire and shared their favourite parts of the day.

The MLL department at WRDSB looks forward to continuing to provide enriching experiences for its students and building a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for all.

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