School Councils play a vital role at every school across Ontario. For Catholic Schools, the Catholic School Council (CSC) provides a forum through which parents and other members of school community can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance.
ND Catholic School Council Announcements – coming soon!
School Council Purpose
- The purpose of the school council is, through the active participation of parents, to improve student achievement and to enhance accountability of the education system to parents.
- Make recommendations in accordance with the Ontario Regulation 612/00 and Regulation 612, to the Principal of the school and the district school Board.
- Consult with parents about matters under consideration by the School Council.
School Council are Making a Difference
(School Councils: A Guide of Members, 2001)
School councils play a vital role in the education system in Ontario. They provide a forum through which parents and other members of school communities can contribute to improving student achievement and school performance.
In 2000-2001, the Ontario government took significant steps to ensure that parents, through their school councils, would have greater influence in their children’s education. New regulations were created that confirm the advisory role of school councils and clearly state that their purpose is to improve student achievement and enhance the accountability of the education system to parents.
Parents Getting Involved
Parental involvement in a child’s education has been shown to have a significant effect on his or her achievement. In its publication School Improvement Planning: A Handbook for Principals, Teachers, and School Councils (November 2000), the Education
Improvement Commission (EIC) describes the results of research on parental involvement this way:
“Parental involvement is one of the most significant factors contributing to a child’s success in school. When parents are involved in their children’s education, the level of student achievement increases. Students attend school more regularly, they complete more homework in a consistent manner, and demonstrate more positive attitudes towards school. They are also more likely to complete high school.”
2020-2021 ND Catholic School Council
The Ontario Government has published a guidebook for School Council Members outlining purpose, roles and responsibilities for the members. We invite you to download a copy of the guidebook: School Councils: A Guide for Members
|Chair Stephen Clarke Voting member||Principal Norman Roberts Non-voting member|
|Parent Representative Julie Hellam Voting member||Student Representative(s) Zach Couldrey, Ainsley Kaszecki Voting members (1 collective vote)|
|Chaplain Wayne Lachapelle Non-voting member||Parish Representative Susan Krol (member Jan 2021) Voting member|
|Community Representative Marc Clare Voting member||OAPCE Representative Ro Stagg Voting member|
|Teacher & Staff Allan Nason Voting member||Members at Large Cherly DeLugt, Jeannie Bugiardini, Stacey Enge Voting members|
ND Catholic School Council meets monthly (virtually or if permitted, in person at the school). Meeting times are 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Scheduled meeting dates:
|Tuesday, May 11, 2021 6:30 pm (virtual)||Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:30 pm (virtual)|
Parents and community members are welcome to participate in any of the CSC scheduled meetings.
2020-21 Catholic School Council Meeting Minutes
2019-20 Catholic School Council Meeting Minutes
- June 2020 (Agenda / Minutes)
- February 2020 (Agenda / Minutes)
- November 2019 (Agenda / Minutes)
- October 2019 (Agenda / Minutes)
2018-19 Catholic School Council Meeting Minutes
Activities ND Catholic School Council Supports
ND CSC financially assists and / or gets involve with the following awards and activities:
New 2 You Uniform – collection, sorting and sale of quality used uniforms.
Angel Campaign – donating and assisting in the fund raising, buying and delivering of Christmas Baskets to those in need within our School Community.
Student Conferences – financial support for the annual STEAM Conference and Business Leadership Conference.
Students Awards – financial support for the following:
- STEAM Award
- Merit Award
- Student of the Year Award
- Citizen Merit Award
- Principals Award
School Community Support – financial support for the following:
- Irish Cares
- Tech for Students
Consultation with CSC
To ensure that parents, through their school councils, are able to influence decisions affecting their children’s education, the school council regulation clearly directs school boards and principals to actively seek the views of their school councils on a variety of matters. Under the regulations, school boards and principals are now required to ask for the views of their school councils before they make decisions on certain matters.
Consider becoming a member of ND 2021 – 22 Catholic School Council
Participating on the ND 2021-22 School Council will be a rewarding experience for all those who value the opportunity to make a difference in their children’s education. The personal advantages of becoming a school council member include:
- being an important partner in the education system, whose views are valued
- contributing to the shared goal of improving student achievement
- having a vehicle through which to express opinions
- being able to keep informed about what is happening at the school and the board, and at the provincial level of education
Education is a partnership involving parents, students, teachers, principals, school boards, Church, government, and the community. As a school council member, you can help Notre Dame’s council discover new and exciting ways to contribute to the education of our students. As a member of the council, you have the opportunity to be part of a dedicated team working to ensure a high quality of education and an accountable education system for the children of Ontario.
Meetings CSC meetings are held monthly, starting in September through to June. Meetings are usually two hours in length and held on school property (note: due to COVID, recent meetings have been virtual). Depending upon your CSC role, you can expect to dedicate up to 10 hours per month for planning, committee work and fund-raising activities.
Nominations Timeline for nominations and elections for ND Catholic School Council are:
Early to mid-June Plan for CSC elections including date and time are determined.
Mid-August As part of the ND’s welcome-back-to-school mailing, the principal will include a parent-candidate nomination form and information about the date by which nominations must be received at the school, who is eligible to stand for election, the date of the election, and other information about the election.
Early to mid-September A list of parent nominees with brief biographies is sent home or mailed out, with a reminder of the election date and information on the election and voting process.
Near end of September Election date.
Late September to early October The first meeting of the new school council takes place, and meeting dates, times, and locations for the upcoming year are determined. (The first meeting of the new school council must take place within thirty-five days of the start of school.)
The names of the new school council members are publicized to the school community within thirty days of the election, as are the dates, times, and locations of future meetings.
Contact us: If you have questions or suggestions, please connect with us at: NDschoolcouncil@gmail.com
School Councils: A Guide for Members http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/council/guide.html
Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) https://www.oapce.org/ OAPCE is the voice of parents that promotes and protects publicly funded Catholic Education in Ontario.
Education Improvement Commission: A Handbook for Principals, Teachers and School Councils http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/sihande.pdf
Halton Catholic School Board https://www.hcdsb.org/
Ministry of Education https://www.hcdsb.org/Catholic School Council