How do I join Student Senate?
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 Dasha at email@example.com.
Who can be a student senator?
Any student from Grades 7 to 12 who currently attends a school in the HDSB can apply/be selected.
Do I have to be in Student Council to be in Student Senate?
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!
I have problems getting to Burlington for the meetings. What should I do?
Please contact Dasha at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work out accommodations for you.
Do we have to bring our own dinner?
No. Pizza of several varieties are supplied! Please contact Dasha at email@example.com if you have any dietary restrictions.
What is HYLS?
The Halton Youth Leadership Symposium (HYLS) is the conference the Student Senate puts on every year. Watch for conference details in Spring 2018.
WhEN ARE SENATE MEETINGS?
All Senate meetings are on Tuesday evenings. Elementary is usually from 6pm-8pm and Secondary is usually from 7pm-9pm. See the specific dates here.
What happens at Senate Meetings?
It varies every meeting but generally...
- Discussion of relevant issues
- Guest speakers
- Working on projects
- Eating pizza :)
Read the minutes of our past meetings here
Who runs the Student Senate?
HDSB’s two Student Trustees Dasha Metropolitansky and Muqtasid Mansoor. To read more about Dasha and Muqtasid click here.
What is a Student Trustee?
A Student Trustee represents students at the board table. His or her job consists of three main parts:
- Running Student Senate
- Attending Board Meetings
- Attending the Ontario Student Trustee Association’s (OSTA-AECO) conferences, as well as being an active member of the organization
To learn more about being a Student Trustee or OSTA-AECO, please visit www.OSTA-AECO.org
HOW CAN I BECOME A STUDENT TRUSTEE?
All details are here.
The date of the election for the 2018-19 school year is TBD.