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School Council

We welcome all parents to join our School Council. If you're interested, here is some information regarding the role of a School Council.
Please contact the principal if you would like more information.

School Council is a collective association of parents, teachers, principal, staff and community representatives whose purpose is to advise the principal and the board respecting matters relating to the school. It is a means for parents and community members to work together with the school to support and enhance student learning. The actual decision making authority of the School Council is limited to setting policies to govern School Council activities at the school level, as described in the School Act, planning support activities that align with the School Council's purpose and choosing which advice to provide the principal and board on areas that specifically fall to them. The advisory role is intended to involve parents and the community in school based decision making for which the principal is responsible. It is always important to respect authority and legal accountability. The principal has authority for instructional leadership and school management and the school/charter board has authority for governing the school jurisdiction.

Excerpt from the Alberta School Council Resource Manual, published by the Albert Home and School Councils Association - 2006  

What School Councils Are Not:

It is important to be mindful that, as partners in education, there are limits to the work that can be done by a School Council.
Roles that are not to be taken on by a School Council include:

  • school governance
  • employment issues
  • school management
  • listening to complaints

School Councils Must Avoid...

  • working on policies that do not align with school board policy
  • taking on the role of teacher, principal, or school board - each of which has professional and legal responsibilities within the school system
  • discussing performance or conduct of individual students, teachers, division employees, parents, or community members during activities related to School Council
  • discussing matters clearly designated to another person or group through legislation

School Council meets approximately six times throughout the year. All parents are welcome to get involved in their School Council.
Meetings are listed on the school calendar. They usually take place on the second Wednesday of the month @ 6:30 pm. The first meeting takes place in October.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held during our "Meet the Staff" evening if any positions are still open in September.

Executive elections are held at the AGM in April. In addition to the executive, each homeroom has its own representative.
Parents interested in serving on the School Council are asked to contact the principal.

Any members wanting to place an item on the agenda of a School Council meeting must submit a written request to the Chair/Principal stating the item and any details pertaining to it seven days prior to the meeting.

Sent On behalf of École St. Cecilia School Advisory Council and Parent Teacher Student Advisory Society

Meeting Minutes 2022 - 2023

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