Back to School: Checklist for New Students

Are you coming to St. Margaret’s in the fall of 2016?  Follow this new student checklist to make sure that you are ready!
 

Day Students
 

1. Ensure that you have submitted all of the required documents for registration. These forms were all emailed to you previously.  Our admissions team will be in touch if there is anything missing from your student record.

2. Review the Year-At-A-Glance document for all the Key Dates for the coming year, this includes the December Break and March Break so your family can plan your holidays.

3. Make an appointment to purchase your school uniform at the school store, Dudley’s Closet.  Aug 22 to Aug 25 (M-R) 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, to book your appointment please email Gail Bateman, admissions@stmarg.ca

4. Gather your back-to-school supplies. SMS provides most school supplies with the exception of the following items:

Grade 5 – Grade 8 students: Please bring three 1.5” binders, Pencil Case, USB memory stick (4GB min) labeled with student's name.

Grade 9 – Grade 12: Please bring pencils/pens and writing paper to school on the first day. Individual teachers will let you know about specific requirements.

5. September 6: New student orientation, grades 5 – 12 only (Middle and Senior Years) from 10am – 12pm. This event is to introduce new students to life at St. Margaret’s and get to know some of their peers before the first day of class.

6. September 7: The first day of school. Please note the special schedule: ECE and Kindergarten - 1 hour - staggered times arranged between teachers and parents (teacher will be in touch in August). Grades 1 to 4: half day, 8:30 to noon. Grades 5 to 12:  full day 8:30 – 3:30.

7. September 13: Welcome Back BBQ. Families are invited to join us for Meet the Teacher from 4:00-5:00pm, a BBQ dinner from 5:00-6:00pm, followed by the Head’s address and Strathcona/Outweek information meeting.
 

On September 7, your learning journey really begins! Get ready to discover new skills, make new friends, set new goals, and celebrate achievements. If you have any questions about your first days at SMS, please contact the admissions department
 

Boarding Students
 

1. Ensure that you have submitted all of the required documents for registration. These forms were emailed to you previously.  Our admissions team will be in touch if there is anything missing from your student record.  If you have any questions about the consent forms, please contact Laura Skagfeld in Student Records.

  • Submit a copy of your final school report card as soon as possible (see previous email from Admissions).
  • Please bring your approved Canadian Study Visa and Travel Visa (if required) to your first day on campus – Orientation on August 26. You will be granted your Visa upon entry to Canada, and our Admissions team will require a copy.

Please note that it is against the law to attend a school as a full time student in Canada until you have received a Letter of Approval to Study in Canada from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

2. Arrange your travel to Victoria. Please arrive on August 26 for Orientation.

Orientation is mandatory for all International English Language students, and encouraged for all boarding students. For students arriving by air without their families, pick-ups from the airport can be arranged by emailing Laura Kaiser, Residence Manager. 

Please note that residence cannot accommodate students earlier than August 26. If your family is arriving early, The Marriott Hotel (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyjmc-victoria-marriott-inner-harb...) in downtown Victoria offers a 16% discounted corporate rate on all room rates for friends and families of St. Margaret’s School.  To make a reservation, please contact Eva Strumpf, Reservations Manager, at 250-480-3800 (or toll-free 1 888-236-2427) or by email at reservations@victoriamarriott.com.  When making your reservation, please specify that you wish to receive the “St. Margaret’s School rate.”

3. Review the Year-At-A-Glance document for all the Key Dates for the coming year. Be sure to start your travel plans for the December Break and March Break! For additional absences from residence beyond regular school breaks, please consult the Overnight and Weekend Leave policy

4. Review the list of Suggested Packing Items provided with the orientation email sent previously. Don’t over-pack, there is limited space!

5. Gather your back-to-school supplies. SMS provides most school supplies with the exception of the following items:

Grade 5 – Grade 8 students: Please bring three 1.5” binders, Pencil Case, USB memory stick (4GB min) labeled with student's name.

Grade 9 – Grade 12: Please bring pencils/pens and writing paper to school on the first day. Individual teachers will let you know about specific requirements.

6. Make an appointment to purchase your school uniform at the school store, Dudley’s Closet. Boarding students will have the opportunity to purchase uniforms during Orientation week, or families can book an individual appointment Aug 22 to Aug 25 (M-Th) 12:00pm - 3:00pm. To book an appointment please email Gail Bateman in Admissions.

7. Purchase a cell phone and service that will work in Victoria.  If you are unable to purchase service (international students), ensure that your current phone is unlocked so that you can arrange for a new phone plan easily when you arrive in Victoria.

8. Review the Residence Student Handbook.  An updated 2016 copy of this will be provided to each student when they move in. 

9. If required, set up a bank account with TD, RBC, Scotiabank or CIBC (all banks with branches near the school). Students should have a bank card to access funds and should not bring cash with them into residence. There is often also a bank account set up station at Orientation if you prefer to wait until you arrive.

10. August 26: Day 1 of Orientation, Move-In Day + Welcoming Events. 

Please arrive at the school between 10:00am and 2:00pm. You will meet staff and student leaders, and fellow boarders. Please arrive with enough time to move through the registration process which includes completing consent forms, students records documents, and more.

New boarding families are invited to join us for the Wine & Cheese Reception, and Welcome BBQ in the evening.

11. August 27: Parent Orientation & Group Excursions. Morning presentation is followed by afternoon excursions for shopping and to visit Victoria landmarks including the Royal BC Museum and Butchart Gardens.

12. August 28: Group Excursions & Farewell Dinner. Groups complete their cycle of scheduled shopping and activities at Victoria landmarks, and all visit Beacon Hill Park together. The day ends with a Farewell Dinner for boarding families, after which parents depart.

13. August 29 – September 3: Student Orientation continues with daily team-building activities, school preparation, and testing for placement in the International English Language program.

14. September 4: All returning boarding students arrive and prepare for the first day of classes on September 7.
 

On September 7th your boarding experience truly begins with the first day of school!  The following few weeks will be busy as our staff and student leaders welcome you to our community and you participate in welcoming activities and meet boarding students from around the world. If you have any questions about your boarding experience, please contact Laura Kaiser, Residence Manager or Nicole Folkes, Director of Residential Life.

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