To HHSS Parents:
Welcome to your School Council

What can your School Council do for you?

1. Be in the know. Don’t miss out. Stay well-informed about what is going on at HHSS.
2. Find out about opportunities, upcoming events & other issues affecting our school.
3. Learn about education – something in which we all have a stake.
4. Meet the Principal and hear his informative reports to the Council.
5. Get the student’s viewpoint from the sitting SAC member of Council.
6. Hear guest speakers eg. Heads of Dept., Vice Principal, Trustee . . . etc.
7. Meet other parents and show support to our school.
8. Raise an issue for the Council to hear and consider.

HHSS School Council —- FAQ

What exactly is a School Council anyway?
School Councils are advisory bodies comprised of elected parents, community representatives, teaching and non-teaching employees, students and the school Principal. Through the active participation of parents, school councils work to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents. School Council may provide advice to the school Principal and the school Board in a variety of areas, including curriculum goals, school action plans, student codes of behavior and communication strategies. Elections to become Council members take place in the first 30 days of each school year. Every elementary and secondary school in Ontario is required to operate a School Council. Further information about School Councils can be obtained from: http://www.schoolcouncils.net/

What goes on at Council meetings?
Each meeting is run by the acting Chairperson according to an agenda. Topics discussed are varied and relate to our school and to the education of our children. The Principal presents his report to the Council on school affairs. The Student Activity Rep. presents a report on the activities of the student body. Often an invited Guest Speaker will address the Council. The Council will consider any new business raised within its mandate.

When and where are Council meetings? Can anyone attend?
Future School Council Meeting Dates are usually the first Tuesday evening of every other month – September, November, January, April & June. Meetings are held in the Seminar Room (near the Library) at HHSS and start at 7:00 pm. Each meeting runs for no more than two hours. Everyone is welcome as all meetings are open. Refreshments are served.

What else does the Council do?
Here are a few examples of Council activities:

  • Offer a forum for Presentations by Guest Speakers on topics of interest to Parents relating to education
  • Annual School Council complete tour of HHSS: hosted and guided by the Principal and SAC reps.
  • Volunteer Fair organized and run by the School Council to assist students in choosing where to perform their forty hours of community service as a requirement for their high school graduation.
  • School Council website: useful, relevant, up-to-date information & news items specifically for HHSS parents and students can be viewed here