PWC School Council Minutes
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2019
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Regrets: Janet Bartlett
Present: Michelle Best (Parent Representative)
Lilly Lush (Community Representative)
Michelle Skanes (Parent Representative)
Gordon Stokes (Parent Representative)
Christine Rideout (Teacher Representative)
Carla Roberts (Principal)
Julianna Tschaja (Student Representative)
1. Welcome/ Call to Order at 4:30pm
2. Approval of Minutes: MOTION: Christine Rideout made the motion to accept the minutes of March 28, 2019; seconded by Lillian Lush.
3. Business Arising:
- Membership introduction
- Contact list updated with member emails reviewed for school website
- School council Chairperson vacancy for this current year. Hugo McCarthy stepped down from chair position. Carla Roberts will send an email to the school council for nominations/ interests in the role of Chair.
- NLESD school council handbook discussed re: roles and responsibilities
- PWC has become a semesterized school in September 2019. Feedback mostly positive. Reports from other schools; great success. So far, the biggest success is the drastically improved student monthly attendance. Those who were skeptical have come forward to express success. There may be some changes to the layout next year. Semesterization allows for more courses to be offered at PWC such as robotics and computer science. Also, students to complete more high school credits in the high school program, therefore allowing increased opportunity to earn credits. One negative outcome of semesterization is higher student teacher ratio, but with semesterization class subject taught everyday so more relationship building for students and teachers.
- Final exams in January for courses this semester. More reflective of post-secondary education.
- LEARN/ ESL (English second learning) and Multiculturism, currently now offered at PWC and Gonzaga. Traditionally, only high school in city offering this program was Holy Heart. Now newcomers to Canada from the following feeder schools, MacDonald Drive, Leary’s Brook and Brother Rice can attend PWC and stay with there school friends. Currently, 25 ESL students attending PWC. Biggest challenge, elective courses with language barrier.
- PASS (Positive Action Student Success) been in effect at PWC the last 2 years. This has led to a 92.9% graduation rate. Increase from 88% last 5 years.
- Mentoring Programs being looked at for 2020 to assist with credit recovery and credit rescue.
- Last year 70 students made the principals list (90% or above average) WOW!!!
- National Student Leadership Conference was held in BC September 24- September 29, 2019 with 4 level III students attending. This is the first year PWC had representation at the National leadership Conference in recent year. The provincial student leadership is being held in Clarenville, October 17-19, 2019, with 4 people approved to attend. This is an example of a very active Student Council at PWC.
- PWC offers Full Sports and Fine Arts Programs such as Social Justice Group, Beyond the Earth Training Theatre, Music, CDIC (Cultural Diversity Inclusion Committee), yoga at lunch etc..
- Chartwells now offering Halal meals. To start Tuesday, October 7, 2019.
- Committee Development by Hugo McCarthy
- Fundraising form under $500, Principal can approve, Over, $500 Council will approve
- 2020 is the 60 plus year celebration for the PWC Alumni
5. New Business
- Fundraising ideas to be considered by school council to be discussed.
- Need new security system at PWC currently outdated.
- Rotary/Salvation Army Food Drive, a 26 year relationship with PWC, On October 19th the students volunteer with community driver to get food for food drive. Julia Halfyard is the contact person at PWC
- Terry Fox Run was successful, PWC has been involved with the Terry Fox Run for 15 years.