From refugee to one of ours

Only a few weeks after Maria and her family arrived from Syria, she started school.


feature.jpgThe nine-year-old who loves to learn has found her footing at St. Anne Catholic School in Cambridge since starting there in March.

It was a 24-hour trip that brought her to Canada as a refugee, and now that she’s settled, she’s getting back to being a kid.

Her favourite days at school are Pizza Day and Mission Day (a fun-filled day of activities for charity), her favourite subject is Art, and her friends? They’re really nice — even nicer than in Syria, she says.

“They help me learn and practice English, even though I had to learn English, French, Arabic and Armenian at school in Syria,” said Maria.

“Maria has made a lot of progress,” said Rachel O’Neil, Maria’s Grade 4 teacher. “She is really learning to advocate for herself and she has worked really hard on learning English. She has been making a lot of new friends and clubs like Sign Language and the Green Team are helping her to build skills and friendships. She is a very good student and she loves to learn new things.”

Maria’s learning will continue over the summer break, but there’s one more thing she’d like to focus on during the holiday: her time to play.

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