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TCDSB Newcomer Day

October 28 is Newcomer Day at the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

The TCDSB is committed to the nurturing of a caring Catholic learning environment so that all students can feel empowered by what they are learning; supported by the teachers and staff from whom they are learning; and welcome in the environment in which they are learning.

October 28 is recognized as Newcomer Day at the TCDSB, where we welcome, celebrate and learn from newcomer students. Local schools will be planning activities and opportunities to celebrate the newest members of our TCDSB community.


Newcomer Conference

The TCDSB Newcomer conference will take place on October 28, 2021. Follow along with the conference via the presentation linked below.



Newcomer Prayer | Walking With Christ

Christians and Bible study concept. Group of discipleship Studying the Word Of God in church and Christians holding each others hand praying together
Guiding God,

We come to you, grateful for new beginnings,
with eyes of faith and hope
that you will bless us with
new friendships
new learning
new growth in body and spirit.

We come to you, fully,
with hearts of kindness and love
that you will bless us with
hands that offer help
and strength to hold each other

We come to you, open to your grace,
with minds of justice and peace,
courage to speak and see truth,
and compassion to serve others.

We walk with you, Christ,
on this journey;
As newcomers, friends, guides,
With eyes of faith and hope
Hearts of kindness and love
And minds of justice and peace.

Newcomer Video Competition

Newcomer Day 2021 Banner - October 28 2021 Newcomer Day Welcome to the TCDSB Family!
TCDSB logo
School Activities
PA Announcement Recognizing and Welcoming Newcomer Studnets
Newcomer Prayer
Student Leadership Activities (Mentoring newcomer, Pair up with a student leader, etc)
Watch and discuss short workshops and videos about diversity, self-advocacy, mental health, Newcomer 101 and resources
Win a Prize!
For more information, visit TCDSB.ORG/NEWCOMERDAY
Launch of Newcomer Student Video Competition
I am a Newcomer - The Gifts I bring to Canada
Title/Focus: I Am a **Newcomer:  The *Gifts I Bring to Canada (*includes skills, talents, culture, language, positive contributions)

Instructions: Create a group or individual 120 second video submission (landscape format). Submission examples include poem, spoken word, song, skit, or monologue.

Six winning submissions will be chosen (1st, 2nd, 3rd for both panels). Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd are outlined below.  The 6 best entries will be used to create a curated 4-minute video which will be shared with our teachers as part of their PD on knowing the students, equity and diversity.

Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5 PM

**Newcomers are: Permanent residents, international students or Refugees who arrived in Canada from 2016-2021.

How to Submit

All entries should be uploaded on a google drive. Provide the link and give permission to to access your submission.  The submission package should include the following information:  Name, Grade, School, Group or Individual Entry, Media Release Form.


First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize


If you have any questions, contact Jody Huang (