We're a group of passionate leaders from public schools across the Halton District School Board. We meet once a month to provide the student perspective on board issues and to voice the questions and concerns of Halton students. The Student Trustees relay these perspectives to the Board of Trustees to ensure that students are being represented. Each year, we also organize and run the Halton Youth Leadership Symposium, a conference for Halton students.
Connor Clark is a grade 12 student at Nelson High School in Burlington. He was elected as one of the two Student Trustees in the Halton District School Board in April 2018 for the 2018/2019 school year. Connor was appointed the head of the Nelson Student Council in grade 10, a position he held for two years. In this position, Connor led the creation of a permanent Student Council at Nelson High School through writing a Constitution. Alongside his appointment to the Student Council, Connor began to represent Nelson to the Student Senate, later being assigned to the portfolio of Burlington Regional Director, representing all Burlington students to the Student Senate. Being very politically active, Connor serves as an Executive in a provincial political party youth association. Connor has a passion for representing youth province-wide. In his spare time, Connor enjoys music, swimming, and skiing.
Kevin Meng is a grade 12 student at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville.
To join the HDSB Student Senate, students must be in grades 7 to 12 in a Halton District School Board school. In early September, all school principals will receive a letter inviting them to select one Student Senator per elementary school or two Student Senators per secondary school. It is up to each school to select their Senators. The letter to principals will contain all necessary information for Student Senators, including the pre-set meeting dates.
Senate meets once a month at the J.W. Singleton Education Centre in Burlington (2050 Guelph Line, Burlington). Consistent attendance is critical. With the exception of the first meeting, elementary is from 6-8 pm, secondary is from 7-9 pm, and the 7-8 pm portion is for both (and pizza is served during this time). Please see the meeting dates listed below.
MEETING DATES FOR 2017-18:
Tuesday, September 26th, 2016
Tuesday, October 17th, 2016
Tuesday, November 14th, 2016
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Tuesday, January 16th, 2017
Tuesday, February 20th, 2017
Tuesday, March 20th, 2017
Tuesday, April 10th, 2017
TBD (Late April) - ELECTION!
TBD (May) - HYLS PLANNING MEETING!
In early September, the Student Trustees will send a letter to all HDSB principals indicating that each school is to select its senators (1 per elementary school, 2 per secondary school). Each school has its own method of selecting Senators, but the most common approach is to put out an announcement inviting any student to express their interest. If a school does not announce the opening for the Senate position, we would recommend the student schedule a meeting with the principal to express their interest. If this is not possible or if you have any questions/concerns about the selection process, then please email Connor at email@example.com.
Any student from Grades 7 to 12 who currently attends a school in the HDSB can apply/be selected.
Nope! Student Senate offers the opportunity for all students. If you're passionate about making a difference in your school and community, we want to hear from you!
Please contact Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work out accommodations for you.
No. Pizza of several varieties are supplied! Please contact Connor at email@example.com if you have any dietary restrictions.
The Halton Youth Leadership Symposium (HYLS) is the conference the Student Senate puts on every year. Watch for conference details in Spring 2018.
All Senate meetings are on Tuesday evenings. See the specific dates here.
It varies every meeting but generally...
Read the minutes of our past meetings here
HDSB’s two Student Trustees Connor Clark and Kevin Meng and their executive team. To read more about Connor and Kevin, click here.
A Student Trustee represents students at the board table. His or her job consists of three main parts:
To learn more about being a Student Trustee or OSTA-AECO, please visit www.OSTA-AECO.org
All details are here.
The date of the election for the 2018-19 school year is TBD.