Representing student voice during a new normal
Representing student voice across the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School board, junior student trustee Siobhan Marie is ready to take on a new normal during the return to in-person learning.
Student trustees take part in all public meetings of the Board, participate with other trustees in discussions, provide reports to the Board, and represent student positions. They do not vote on issues. The Student Liaison Committee, which includes the student trustees, junior and senior reps from all six secondary schools in the Board, a trustee, principals and the director of education, meets monthly to discuss student issues. Issues that are generated at the Student Liaison Committee are brought to the Board of Trustees via the student trustees.
Siobhan Marie: Junior Student Trustee
Despite her first year of high school starting online, Siobhan Marie was more than prepared to make the transition to in-person learning this year. Throughout her elementary school career, Marie has been involved in public speaking and took part in multiple youth advisory councils both inside and outside of school. Attributing her involvement in student voice to her teachers, Marie is thankful for the encouragement she has received over the years.
“I saw becoming a junior student trustee as an opportunity to continue to represent students,” says Marie. “I think it’s a wonderful learning opportunity and a privilege to be able to represent our entire student body. It has been a great first month so far with multiple members of the board and my co-trustee Eli McColl.”
In terms of goals for the year ahead, Marie says she wants to create a legacy for PVNC students, as well as future students, so they feel comfortable and confident in each of their schools and the board itself. Encouraging students to get involved is an important part of ensuring a great transition to the new normal.
Long-term, Marie wants to pay it forward to the system that has supported her by becoming an educator herself. Bridging relationships is a passion for her as she plans to focus on languages throughout her high school career, with the ultimate goal of being able to travel and teach underprivileged youth. In addition to taking French classes, Marie is learning Korean in her spare time.
About The Student Council Liason Committee
The Student Council Liaison Committee includes the student trustees, junior and senior reps from all six secondary schools in the Board, a trustee, principals and the director of education, who meet monthly to discuss student issues. Issues that are generated at the Student Liaison Committee are brought to the Board of Trustees via the student trustees. The committee is comprised of a junior (Gr. 11) and a senior (Gr. 12) representative from each PVNC Catholic Secondary School. Members represent the student voice at the Board level and have the opportunity to participate in special board-wide events.
Each year, the Student Council Liaison Committee and Student Trustee(s) plan four events for the student councils from across the board to meet with one another. Read the first volume of the student handbook created by Junior Student Trustee Siobhan Marie based from the first meeting themed “Voices that Accompany: Being Creative”.