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What is student senate?


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What is student senate?


Information regarding the 2018-19 Student Trustee position is now available here

What is Student Senate?

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. 

Watch our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZLV4riyt7U

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Student Trustees


Student Trustees


 Student Trustee Connor Clark   

Student Trustee Connor Clark

 

 Student Trustee Kevin Meng

Student Trustee Kevin Meng

Connor Clark

Email: 1clarkcon2@hdsb.ca

Connor Clark is a grade 12 French Immersion 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

Email: 1mengkev@hdsb.ca

Kevin Meng is a grade 12 IB student at White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. Along with Connor, he was elected as one of the Student Trustees for the Halton District School Board for the 2018/2019 school year. Outside of school, Kevin participates in many extracurricular activities. He has been an avid member of the Milton Youth Advisory Council, giving thoughtful insight to the Town of Milton Council from the point of view of youth. In the field of music, he has been playing piano for around 11 years as well as flute for 4 years. He has also performed in many places for piano and with the Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra, such as in Austria. In addition to performances, he has participated and won many competitions, such as the Milton Music Festival and the Kiwanis Music Festival for piano. Also, Kevin enjoys participating in DECA, as well as playing numerous sports, such as skiing and badminton. If you were to ever catch Kevin in his spare time, he is most likely watching The Office while trying to memorize each characters lines!

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Join Us


Join Us


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. Meetings shall be held from 6 - 9 PM for all senators (pizza is served during this time). Please see the meeting dates listed below. 

MEETING DATES FOR 2018-19:

September 25

October 23

November 27

December 11

January 15

February 12

March 26

April 9

May 14

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FAQ


FAQ


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 Connor at 1clarkcon2@hdsb.ca. 

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 Connor at 1clarkcon2@hdsb.ca 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 Connor at 1clarkcon2@hdsb.ca 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. See the specific dates here. 

What happens at Senate Meetings?

It varies every meeting but generally...

  1. Discussion of relevant issues
  2. Guest speakers
  3. Working on projects
  4. Eating pizza :)

Read the minutes of our past meetings here

Who runs the Student Senate?

HDSB’s two Student Trustees Connor Clark and Kevin Meng and their executive team. To read more about Connor and Kevin, 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:

  1. Running Student Senate
  2. Attending Board Meetings
  3. 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 April 23rd, 2019. 

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