School Council

Hillcrest School Council is an important link between parents/guardians and the school community. The council helps to serve the needs of students and to increase communication between the school and the surrounding community.

Here is a link from the recent meeting.

May 9, 2021

Parents for Diversity Virtual Speaker Night - Understanding Equity in Education

Good Sunday morning everyone and a Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in our lives.

On behalf of Principal Walker, Hillcrest HS and the Hillcrest School Council, we would like to extend and invitation to all parents, guardians, and students to attend a special Speaker Series on the topic of Understanding Equity in Education.

At Hillcrest, we are committed to fighting Racism, bias and prejudice in all forms.  To this end, our collective commitment to all Hillcrest students and all our community is to increase our awareness of equity and inclusion and to discuss what racism looks like in our school. We start with building relationships in our school and in the community.

In collaboration with the OCDSB and support from the Ministry of Education through the PRO Grant funding, Hillcrest HS and Hillcrest School Council invite you join us for a special evening of virtual learning led by the organization, Parents for Diversity.  The session will be held on Wednesday, May 19th beginning at 7:00 PM via Zoom.  The link to join the webinar session will follow in a separate E-mail.

Parents for Diversity (P4D) is a collective of parents committed to achieving inclusive and non-discriminatory learning environments. P4D wants to change the conversation on equity in the education system to enable a more constructive dialogue that fosters inclusive learning environments. In this session, you will learn the legal responsibility of schools to provide equitable education for all children and how to advocate for equity in every school.

Parents for Diversity acknowledges that systemic discrimination is embedded into the policies and practices of educational institutions, which adversely impacts children’s wellbeing and achievement. They commit to identifying and addressing these systems of oppression that limit children’s potential to engage in rigorous, joyful learning.

They believe that;
  • every child has a right to an education free from discrimination;
  • every child has a right to be represented, nurtured and educated in a positive, inclusive and safe learning environment;
  • assumptions and generalizations about groups’ needs and experiences should be avoided; all groups have great diversity within them;
  • gender is a spectrum! Children should be allowed to express themselves as they choose. Gender stereotypes can be detrimental to all children, regardless of their gender identities.
Please see the attached poster for details on the event and the speakers who will be presenting.

That's all for now.  We hope you will be able to join us on May 19th for this special event.  Please share this notice with your friends and neighbours; there is no limit to the number who can log on to the virtual meeting.  

Once again, the link will be sent out to everyone closer to the date.

Best regards,

Brian Raymond
Co-Chair, HHS Council



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