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Sudbury schools woo students through open houses

With enrolment declining in Sudbury schools, a recent wave of open houses has become an important way for city schools to woo students and their parents.
All through January, high schools are holding open houses which, in some cases, are elaborate affairs. With enrolment declining in Sudbury schools, they've become an important way for many schools to stand out. (Chris Berube/CBC)

With enrolment declining in Sudbury schools, a recent wave of open houses has become an important way for city schools to woo students and their parents.

Sudbury Secondary School pulled out all the stops for its information night.

There were pamphlets, a polished promotional video, and even a student talent show.   

But for prospective student Braedon Chomiak, that wasn't even the best part.

"I like it. I got free food, that's great. It's amazing! I got free food."

All through January, high schools are holding open houses which, in some cases, are elaborate affairs.

Catherine McCullough, director of Education for Sudbury Catholic Schools, says open houses have become critical for helping students make the transition to high school. (Sudbury District Catholic School Board )

The director of education for Sudbury Catholic Schools said the open houses have become critical for helping students make the transition to high school.

"It's pretty intimidating,” Catherine McCullough said.

“When you bring them into the secondary school, it gives them some trust. It gives them some comfort level."

McCullough said the information nights aren't just important for students. They've become an important way for many schools to stand out.

“Competition can be a good thing when you've got schools showcasing who they are,” she said. “So what we offer is very different and very unique."

Every school in the Catholic and Rainbow school districts are expected to hold an open house night in the next few weeks.

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