Council Role

The objectives of the Holy Cross Catholic Academy Catholic School Council are to:

  • Foster and increase parental contact and participation in their children’s education
  • Support the faith development of the school community
  • Help the school achieve a high quality of Catholic education for the students
  • Review and set objectives, goals and priorities on an annual basis at the beginning of each school year
  • Provide support in priority areas (fundraising, volunteering)
  • Advocate for the school in the community
  • Link with community resources
  • Promote Extracurricular activities in the school
  • Liaise between the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) and the parent community
  • Encourage and promote the continued existence of the school athletic programs
  • Organize sub-committees, as the need is identified, with a minimum of one member from the council, to deal with specific items and responsibilities. These sub- committees may encourage other parents/guardians to join and meet as they see fit, but shall report back to the council for review and consensus in the form of progress reports
  • Review and provide input for criteria to assist the board in the appointment of the principal

Role of its Members

  • To place the overall interests of students first
  • To advise the principal and where appropriate, the Board
  • To help parents and partners share responsibility for student success
  • To enhance parent, parish, and community involvement
  • To promote effective relationships among home, school, parish, and community
  • To provide a forum for discussions on school success
  • To help parents, parish, and community members share their views
  • To promote positive attitudes towards Catholic education

Characteristics of Effective School Councils

  • Focus on student learning and the best interests of all students are actively involved in setting school priorities for improving student achievement
  • Promote meaningful parental, parish, and community involvement and actively seek the views of their school communities
  • Have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities
  • Include members who represent the diverse views of their school communities
  • Keep well informed about school and board policies and procedures
  • Have clear and consistent processes for decision making
  • Communicate with the community about their activities
  • Maintain high ethical standards
  • Have members who have developed mutual trust and respect for one another