What Is The Niagara School Council?
Essentially the Council is a group consisting of the Principal, a staff representative, and parents / caregivers. Every parent/caregiver is more than welcome to attend any Council meeting. It is a forum for discussing issues and suggestions for the school, fundraising efforts, upcoming events, and general updates. Usually our meetings start with a Principal's report from Angela Marsh. There will be discussions regarding things that have happened, plans for the next couple of months and issues affecting the school and our children. The agenda will vary according to the interests of the group and may include guest speakers (i.e. local police, Superintendent, Trustee, specialists on topics such as cyber bullying, etc) There is always an opportunity to brainstorm and make comments or ask questions.
The first meeting of the school year will be held in late September. Usually the Council Executive will be voted in at this time: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and Ward Representative. Anybody interested in any of the positions can volunteer. No experience necessary!
The meetings will usually take place at 6pm in the school library on the 2nd floor. Childcare is always provided in a neighbouring room and a light meal and snacks are offered.
"The role of the school council is to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents" - People for Education, Annual Report on Ontario's Public Schools, 2009