The 2016-17 school year was very successful regarding student leadership and student voice. The Secondary Student Senate and Elementary Student Senate continued, and representatives from each of the board’s secondary schools and their various families of elementary schools were able to advocate for the opinions of students, while engaging in experiences that helped them become better leaders. Much of the year’s success was attributable to the hardworking
team of Co-Presidents from the five secondary schools. These 10 student leaders were instrumental in helping to lead Elementary Student Senate meetings and planning and facilitating the Student Activities Council (S.A.C.) Unity Conference and Elementary Student Leadership Conference.
The S.A.C. Unity Conference – held in collaboration with St. Jerome’s University – brought together student councils from all five secondary schools for an active day filled with breakout sessions, activities and a keynote speaker. Student Trustees Samantha Lim and Joseph De Sousa reported: “The energy that engulfed the room was unparalleled, and the excitement of the students followed them back to their individual schools and into the student council initiatives that took place throughout the rest of the year. There are plans for this conference to continue and grow in the coming years, but the Student Trustees and Secondary Student Senate were beyond pleased with the outcome of this year’s event”.
The Annual Elementary Student Leadership Conference was held on April 4, 2017. Elementary students were given the opportunity to have formal leadership development while being present in an inspiring environment with like-minded individuals. This year, the speakers such as 14-year-old Hannah Alper, were able to reinforce the steps to leadership and change, while the breakout sessions highlighted the diversity of leadership roles available to students.
Finally, a second annual Student Town Hall, held with the Director of Education, allowed direct communication between the students and senior staff members of the school board.