October 2019 Newsletter

A lot has been happening around the Board table in the last several months.  

The survey for gifted parents that went out last April indicated that students were relatively satisfied with the results of the placement for secondary gifted students. Presently, elementary gifted students are placed in a Special Education classroom with partial integration in the rest of the school. Our secondary gifted students are placed in a regular classroom with the choice of indirect support, resource assistance, or withdrawal assistance. 

Last June, the Board asked for a staff report on the possibility of clustered classes for the gifted. These are classes where gifted students are put together with likeminded high achieving peers. The report was presented to the Board in September and recommended that the Board not pursue a Secondary gifted class.  As per the Trustees motion the report was forwarded to the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) on September 30th meeting, where the option was discussed further.  

This school year got off to a great start with several school Masses. I had the privilege of attending both the Mass at the Catholic Education Centre and the  Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School. The devotion of our staff and students is a great testament to our dedication to Catholic education – putting the Eucharist first and foremost in our lives and in our studies. I am looking forward to attending more school events throughout the year. 

Our Board also hosted the first Halton Deanery meeting of the year at the Catholic Education Centre. I had the opportunity to speak firsthand to our Priests and Parish staff. The focus of the meeting was how to engage more of our parishioners so that their voice can be heard at the board table. Remember, Trustees are accountable to all stakeholders, including those who no longer have children in the system, but have been Catholic supporters for many years. Their wisdom is valued as we train our students to be holy Catholic learners. So, please respond to any feedback requests from the Board that you might see in your Parish bulletin. 

On October 5thHCDSB Trustees attended a workshop on governance. Our role as Trustees is governance over the board; but what this actually means can become a little blurred sometimes when discussing items at the board table. The golden rule set out by the ministry document indicates that:  good governance means that trustees have their noses in and fingers out’”  which is to say that the role of the Trustee is not in the details of operations and individual cases, but in overall Board performance.  We gained further expertise in our role at this workshop. 

We have several important policies that we will be reviewing this fall.  Among the more noteworthy are the School Uniform Dress Code and Progressive Discipline.  Remember that all Board meetings and Policy meetings are open to the public. Your presence is so valued.   

Thank you again for your continuing supportWishing you many blessings this Thanksgivingspent in the company of family and friends. 

Tim O’Brien
Burlington Trustee
HCDSB 

Amanda BartucciOctober 2019 Newsletter