Educators In Saint John and Syrian Students Learned From Each Other

Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 11:09 AM

The staff at Anglophone South learned a lot nearly two years ago when a lot of Syrian newcomers arrived in Saint John starting in December 2015.

The situation has staff at the district scrambling to accomodate all the new students many of whom had not been in school for years.

Lynn MacDonald is the Newcomer & International Student Coordinator for Anglophone South.  

She says a lot of the new Syrian students hadn't actually been in a classroom for a long time because they were living in refugee camps.

She says it was quite a transition for them to make coming from where they were coming from into a school where structures were in place that students are expected to follow.   

MacDonald says this was brand new to them.

As of September 13th,  there were 239 Syrian students attending Saint John schools.