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​Student Senate​

Student senate

 (Photo above: Student Senate April 2019)

The ALCDSB Student Senate is comprised of the elected head(s) of each of the system’s secondary school student governments.  Each April, the Student Senate holds an election where the new Student Trustee for the following school year will be elected.  The Student Trustee acts as the Chair of the Student Senate.  The Student Senate shall meet at least three (3) times each school year and will perform the following specific functions:

  • elect the Student Trustee annually;

  • advise the Student Trustee as requested;

  • raise with the Student Trustee matters of system need or concern from the student perspective.

What is Student Trustee?

  • The Student Trustee represents all students in the Board (approximately 12,000)

  • The position requires the Student Trustee to attend two Committee Meetings and one Board Meeting per month. Most meetings occur at the ALCDSB's office in Napanee.  However, special sessions can be held at other locations.

  • The Student Trustee sits on ad hoc committees of the Board requiring Trustee representation, such as Catholic Education Week, or the ALCE Foundation.

  • The Student Trustee is a registered member of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association (OSTA). This is the network of all Student Trustees in the province, including both Public and Catholic boards. The Student Trustee also belongs to the Catholic Board Council (CBC), a division of OSTA.

  • The Student Trustee meets regularly (approximately three meetings each school year) with the Student Senate, of which he or she is Chair.  The Student Senate is made up of Student Council Presidents from each of the Board's five secondary schools.  It is the Trustee's responsibility to inform the Council of issues affecting students of the Board, to gather student opinions in order to fulfill his or her job as their representative and to allow each Student Council to share their events and ideas with one another.


Pictured below:  Chair of the Board, Terry Shea presents outgoing Student Trustee with a token of appreciation. Andrea Brown, Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School served as Student Trustee for the 2018/2019 school year, representing over 11,000 students.

Chair of the Board, Terry Shea presents outgoing Student Trustee with a token of appreciation

School Presentations to Board

Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, each high school represented on the Student Senate will have the opportunity to present to the Board of Trustees regarding their school. Please see the below presentations.

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.