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Student Advisory Committee

Student Advisory Committee 2021-2022

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During the 2021/22 school year, a total of about 45 students met three times to provide feedback and consultation with the school division's board of trustees.

Three different groups make up the Student Advisory Councils: Grade 7-12 students, Grade 4-6 students, and Indigenous students in Junior High and High School. Every school in the Division has student representation. Topics range from mental health, diversity and inclusion, to feedback about the format. Students met twice virtually this school year and were happy to be able to meet in-person for the last gathering of the year on May 11, 2022.

2021-2022 Student Advisory Committee Members

 Beacon Hill  Noah McNally (Gr. 5)  Cooper Garbe (Gr. 6)  
 Christina Gordon Carrigan Farrel (Gr. 5) Ainsley Wood  (Gr.6)  
 Christian School        Hannah Friend (Gr. 5)    Simi Oladipo (Gr. 6)  
 Dave McNeilly Emilia Jenkins  (Gr. 5) Mantaj Sekhon (Gr. 5)  
 Dr. Clark Alexis Lagatic (Gr. 5) Rayan Masrur (Gr. 6)  
 École Dickinsfield Sophie Pytak  (Gr. 6) Levi Coyston-Lagassé (Gr. 5)  
 Greely Road Layan Daqqa Gr. 6)    
 Islamic School Mariam Aidi (Gr. 5) Rayan Ahmad (Gr.6)  
 Thickwood Deomart Castillo (Gr.6)  James McIver  (Gr. 6)  
 Timberlea Josh Martin (Gr.6) Farida Attia (Gr.5)  
 Walter & Gladys Rian Stokes (Gr. 6) Ronak Bajwa(Gr. 6)  
 Westview  Kolton MacEachen (Gr. 6) Zoey Pisak  (Gr. 5)  
Christian School Naomi Huygen (Gr. 8) Abigail Norman (Gr. 9)  
Composite  Hunter King (Gr. 7) Konstaninos Kyriacoullis
(Gr. 7)
Aeiden McNally
(Gr. 7)
École McTavish Kayden Cameron (Gr. 9) Noel Watson (Gr. 11) Vasundhara Joshi (Gr. 7)
Frank Spragins Isaac Pelletier (Gr. 12) Harnoor Gill (Gr. 11)  
Islamic School Azka Qamar (Gr. 8) Maya Jommaa (Gr. 8) Musab Sher (Gr. 8)
Westwood Ryan Perera (Gr. 10) Briana Duran (Gr. 10)  

During the 2020-21 School year Student Advisory Committees were able to meet virtually three times to discuss questions presented by the board who were seeking input from students on a variety of topics.   Mental Health was a topic that was on everyone’s mind during the Pandemic, and students were able to provide information about how they were strengthening their mental health, along with the successes they were having with their learning.  Trustees also wanted to find out what challenges students were facing and anything they felt their schools were lacking by way of resources.  

The second day focused on modes of learning for students finding out their preferences and reasons for those preferences.  Also important was finding out if students had the tech they needed to be successful.  Their final request on Day 2 was around curriculum and what  the students hoped the new curriculum would contain. Indigenous Education, financial literacy, Mental Health literacy and career options were just a few topics they were hoping would be a part of the new curriculum.

Students ended the year discussing what they were most looking forward to when they moved back to the school buildings in the fall.  They talked about anything they felt may be needed and how education had improved or declined for them during the pandemic.  Finally, they were asked if there was anything they missed that they would like to see returned to the school for the fall and expressed their feelings of belonging to the school community. It was interesting to note that most of what they mentioned on Day 1 related to Mental Health needs was reflected in their wishes for the return to school.