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ESL Transition Day

ESL Transition Day

Earlier this week, Columbia welcomed its newest ESL students to our school and to Hamilton by holding information sessions during Transition Day. Held at our new Cedar building, the daylong event presented students with important information of student life as well as familiarizing them with the school’s many resources.

Students heard from members of the Medical Clinic, the Liaison Department, Student Development and teachers. They were also introduced to our Campus Safety staff who spoke to them about safety practices within the school and the city.

University visit schedule

University visit schedule

Over the next few months, Columbia will welcome university representatives from post-secondary institutions across Canada to its campus as the fall university visit program begins.

From September to December, university representatives will hold information sessions and will be available to speak with students one-on-one. The information sessions, organized by the University Placement Office (UPO), are the best way for students to explore prospective post-secondary options and learn more about academic programs of interest as well as residence life.

Leadership retreat at Bark Lake

Leadership retreat at Bark Lake

Columbia’s leadership teams are preparing to visit our Outdoor Leadership Education Centre, Bark Lake. Later today, students from our four school Prefect leadership teams – Service Prefects, Athletic Prefects, Residence Activity Prefects, and Student Council – will depart for a four day leadership retreat. .

Fall dates from the Guidance Department

Fall dates from the Guidance Department

The Guidance Department is reminding students of important upcoming dates in September and October:

September
15 - Progress Report /Mid Term Reports / Final Reports

14-18 (70% Fee Deferral )-Students can withdraw from a course and defer 70% of the balance tuition fee. Refer the fee deferral policy.

18 - Last day to withdraw from a 8-week course with no mark shown.

21-25 - Full ASEP Survey

October

New ESL building opens

New ESL building opens

Last month, Columbia International College opened a new academic facility for ESL students. The new building, named Cedar campus, will be home to our comprehensive ESL program for Canadian and international students with various ESL proficiency levels.

With state-of-the-art facilities, including modern classrooms and language labs, students will have access to a number of resources designed to foster their academic and personal success.

September events

Spirited September

September offers students many opportunities to participate in fun and rewarding activities. Sports, leadership trips and community service outings are a few of the things that await students this month.

September events
4: Video game tournament in residence
5: Canada’s Wonderland trip, Hamilton Victory Gardens (Community Service event)
7: Labour Day Holiday
9: Short Period Day
11: Bowling trip
11-14: Bark Lake Leadership Retreat

University education is the best path to success

University education is best path to success

“The best path to career success for Ontario students is still a university degree.” — 2014 Graduate Survey

US and UK information sessions

US and UK information sessions

Columbia’s University Placement Office (UPO) is dedicated to assisting students with their university applications and career planning.

Throughout the year, the department holds a number of workshops and information sessions to assist students in completing their university applications both domestically and internationally. These presentations discuss every topic from university admission procedures to writing a personal statement. This week, UPO is holding workshops for those interested in attending university in the US and in the UK:

Welcoming our JMS students

Welcoming our JMS students

Today Columbia International College is welcoming its youngest students and their parents to campus as they host the Junior Middle School’s (JMS) registration and orientation day.

Students and parents will meet members of Columbia’s executive staff as well as teachers and support staff in both the Maple and Ainsliewood building. This is a great opportunity to learn about the services available in school and in residence and to ask any questions they may have from everything to school programming to the City of Hamilton.

Over 70 clubs featured at Club Fair

Club Fair 2015

With students now settled into their classroom schedules they can add a little fun into their daily routines as they begin to participate in their favourite clubs and extracurricular activities.

Yesterday, the Student Development department held a Club Information session in the Ainsliewood gym to introduce students to the clubs and activities offered at Columbia. Students browsed the booths of over 70 clubs featured and met activity advisors and fellow classmates with similar interests.

Featured clubs included:
• International Film Club
• Spanish Club

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