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International and Indigenous Languages Program 2019/2020

Update: There are no classes on Saturday, October 12th or Monday, October 14th.  We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend!

Cancelled classes:

We are very excited about the start of the International and Indigenous Languages Program. Unfortunately, we have not received enough registrations to start the following language classes:

Barrie – Farsi, Ojibwe, Urdu and Ukrainian

Bradford – Dari, Mandarin

We will continue to promote these languages and in the event that we get enough registrations, we will contact you with a new start date.

Delayed Start:

Barrie - Arabic (tentative start date: November 2nd)

Bradford - Russian (tentative start date: October 19th)

We are currently completing the hiring process for instructors for these languages. We will notify you as soon as we have a set start date.

Learn a new language for free!

The Simcoe County District School Board offers children in grades 1 to 8 an opportunity to learn and/or maintain a language other than French or English. Whether you enroll your children in this program to learn a new language, understand a new culture or to extend their knowledge of their first language, every student can benefit from this program.

Students enrolled in grades 1 to 8 are eligible to enroll in this program.

Barrie: Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Ojibwe, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu
Bradford: Dari, Mandarin, Russian, Tamil

If the language of your interest is not listed, please feel free to contact us at 

Class Schedule:
Saturday Program:

Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting September 14, 2019 

Class dates: Sep 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14; Jan 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 22, 29; March 7, 28; April 4, 18, 25

Monday Program (Spanish and Mandarin Only):

Monday Evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting September 16, 2019

Class dates: Sep 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9; Jan 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 24; March 2, 9, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27

Please note that the Monday Program will be held at the Barrie location only.

Barrie: Learning Centre, Barrie, 320 Bayfield Street, Bayfield Mall
Bradford: Learning Centre, Bradford, 157 Holland Street East, Suite 200, 2nd floor

Inclement Weather:

In the event of class cancellation due to inclement weather we will post this information on our website as well as Twitter.


There is no cost for this program; however, we must have a minimum number of students per language in order to offer the class.  Most classes fill quickly and are established on a first come, first served basis.


If you are a high school student interested in volunteering with the International Language Program, submit a resume and cover letter to Amanda Hickling at Please specify the proficiency in the language that you are interested in helping with. A reference from your school will be required. We thank all applicants; however, only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.