Message from the Student Trustee
As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As your Student Senate, we aim to forge this weapon for the students, so that they may fight against the problems our world faces and be successful in their battle of life. Avon Maitland cares deeply about the voices of their students, and we are here to represent you; to voice your concerns and build an environment more enjoyable and suited for superior education for your transcendent success. Here are some things we have been up to:
Last spring, we investigated the lack of feeling of belonging directly at the source: the students. With guidance from April Smith, our System Principal, Student Senate organized a symposium for high school students to come together; students from all different cliques, backgrounds, and streams to give us their voice. They participated in workshops and different facilitated discussions on what we need to do to better student belonging and engagement.
We took the data obtained from the productive day and shared it with the board, who were grateful for the information. At AMDSB, we are so fortunate to have board and staff members that care about our students and their opinions as much as ours do. I know from conversing with other student trustees in Ontario that many other school boards aren’t nearly as caring as ours is. Because ours care so much, they have expressed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm about our continued work to make changes from the suggestions made.
Since our symposium, we have sat in on elementary school classrooms to study the sources and causes of engagement and determine what’s removed in high school that makes its students less engaged. We have conducted surveys in our individual schools to gather specific suggestions that we could look at to implement. As a senate, we have each selected and introduced a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal for each school to work towards to give the students a feeling of purpose.
The Senate is still working away at this project and trying to see what works at each school, since our schools are so diverse and have their own individual needs. I’m personally looking forward to seeing our end result; I know we will find a way to give students the tools to become the best they can be in the best environment they can be in; which is none other than an Avon Maitland school.
As always, let your voice be heard.