One of the most important ways parents/guardians and community members can make a meaningful difference for students is by participating on the school council. Under the Education Act, a school council is a collective association designed to advise the principal and the CBE Board of Trustees on matters related to the school. School councils have legislated advisory and decision-making authority. They are different from Parent Societies & Associations, whose main function is to raise funds for the school.​​ You can find more details in the CBE School Council Handbook​.​



School Council

Welcome! 

The School Council Executive welcomes all SWC parents, guardians and students to School Council meetings

We want to work with you to enhance our children's education through participation in the school and communication with the school leaders. We would like to hear your ideas and thoughts and invite you to attend our School Council meetings.

Meetings are generally the first Wednesday of the month in conjunction with the SWC Parent Association meetings.  The SWCPA meeting generally starts at 7:00 PM, followed immediately by  the SWCSC meeting. Due to COVID-19, all meetings have been held virtually using Microsoft Teams. A link to join the meeting is sent out approximately one week before the meeting date.

Meeting Dates

  • September 8 
  • October 13 
  • November 3
  • December 1
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4 
    • May 11 - Special Mental Health Workshop - Please see updated attachment for details. 

Our SWCSC Executive

  • Chair: Kelly Scott 
  • Vice Chair: Vacant 
  • Treasurer:  Lisa Turner  
  • Secretary: Tobey Wong 
  • Key Communicator: U.T. Sundararaj 
  • Casino Chair:  Windchill Ha

What is the School Council?

The Sir Winston Churchill School Council is the parent organization associated with the school - all parents of students in the school are members of the school council. The role of the SWCSC is to provide an avenue for parents to communicate with the school administration regarding education issues and to provide opportunities for parents to become informed about topics related to SWC and education in general.

The SWCSC Executive sets the monthly agenda, as well as plans for the year in terms of monthly presentations. Other important volunteer positions for the School Council include Key Communicator, Casino Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. All SWCSC positions are open to any parent/guardian in the SWC school community, and elections are held at the AGM in September for open positions. Monthly SWCSC meetings are basically an information sharing evening, with reports from the administration, a teacher representative, a student representative, the Key Communicator, and occasionally a presentation of interest to parents. All members of the SWC school community are welcome and encouraged to  participate on School Council.

Past Involvement/Projects

Presentations at School Council meeting have, in the past, included topics such as safety and security at SWC, scholarships, exam preparation, athletics at SWC, graduation, curriculum specific talks, careers, preparing for university and technology. Guest presenters have included representatives from various levels of the CBE, and government representatives. The School Council has also supported some parent-driven initiatives with concerns about specific issues such as changes to the diploma exam schedules and the elimination of the general school fee.

Finances

The School Council operates with a fairly small budget; a $10.00 donation is requested from all SWC families at the beginning of the year, and this nets about $5000.00 - 8000.00 for the year. These funds are used in support of student clubs and activities, as well as School Council sponsored events like staff appreciation events and urgent needs put forth by SWC Administration as necessary.  A small amount of money is also set aside to aid students who couldn’t otherwise participate in events (for example, grad banquet tickets).

In the past, the School Council has supported many activities including Halloween Week, Winter Wonder Week, Connections, Smart Grad, Carnival Youth Week and Grade 12 BBQ, Grad Committee, Staff Appreciation Lunch and the Dom Chieffo Memorial Fund.



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