Leadership Opportunities

Student Senate

We are excited to launch an exciting student leadership opportunity for our high school students.

Acting as Student Senator for your high school, you will represent your school’s student body and help create and maintain a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for all students within your school and Thames Valley.

Student Senator Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Represent your school’s student body
  • Act as a contact between your school and the Student Advisory Council (SAC)
  • Promote SAC meetings within your school
  • Update your school community on SAC meeting discussions and decisions
  • Attend SAC meetings - either virtually or in person (5 meetings throughout the school year)
  • Work with Student Trustees to promote initiatives and gather feedback
  • Help Student Trustees plan the Student Leadership Conference
  • Implement action items from SAC in your school

How do I become a Student Senator?

Talk to your school principal and let him/her know you are interested.

Do I have to be in student council to be a Student Senator?

No. All high school students from grades 9-12 can act as their school Student Senator. All schools will be asked to choose student representatives – a maximum of two (2) per school - by September 28, 2018.​

Administrators will email the names of your school’s Student Senators to Sherry Kilbourn by Friday, October 5, 2018.​

Why should I be Student Senator?

As a Student Senator you will connect with other students, staff and the Board of Trustees to discuss your ideas and concerns about education and problem solve together. It's a unique opportunity for you to help shape board policy and gain experience in democratic governance. It gives you the opportunity to connect with your peers, talk about how your school experience relates to the bigger picture of education and have your voice heard.

Student Senate Application Form 

Interested? Talk to your principal before September 28th.

More information 


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