Students‎ > ‎

Student Senate

Interested in being a Student Senator for the 2017-2018 School Year?

The Halton District School Board is asking our schools to select representatives for Student Senate.  We are looking for  Jr. Senator (Gr. 9 or 10); and a Sr. Senator (Gr. 11 or 12) to represent Milton District.

What is Student Senate?  It's a group of passionate student leaders from public schools across the HDSB.  Students meet once a month to share student perspective on Board issues and to voice the questions and concerns of Halton Students to the Board.  The Student Trustees relay these perspectives to the Board of Trustees to ensure that students are being represented  Each year, Student Senators also organize and run the Halton Youth Leadership Symposium, a conference for all Halton students.  Senate meets once a month at the J.W. Singleton Education Centre in Burlington (2050 Guelph Line, Burlington).  Consistent attendance is critical. Secondary Senate meetings run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (pizza dinner is provided).  Meeting dates for the 2017-2018 school year can be found here.

One of the Student Trustees this year is Muqtasid Mansoor, a Gr. 12 student at Milton District.  Muqtasid also serves at the Provincial level as the co-chair of the Policy Committee within the Ontario Student Trustees' Association.  Muqtasid has a passion for student voice and respresenting his peers.  

Candidates for Student Senate

Mirha Mansoor Gr. 10
Hi. I'm Mirha from grade 10 and I want to represent all of you at Student Senate as a Student Senator. You could tell me any school-related issue from wanting better washroom facilities to having less homework, and it would be my job to bring it up at senate meetings to be resolved. I want MD to have a strong presence at senate meetings. I believe that because I've experienced representing student voice as an 8th grade student senator, I can do a great job representing MD's too. I want all your voices, all of your thoughts and opinions to be heard. If elected to be one of MD's student senators, I'm willing to make the commitment to attend all senate meetings and I promise to represent every single one of your voices to the best of my abilities. 

Wafa Saleem Gr. 10
There are many reasons as to why I would like to run for student senate. Firstly, I believe that a change needs to be made at our school; starting off with the school spirit.  According to many students, they feel as though they are disconnected to the school, a majority have already switched to other schools due to the lack of student engagement. A lot of students want more events like semi-formal to boost the school spirit at MDHS. With me as a candidate I will make sure to organize fun and enjoyable events. In addition to this I want to speak on behalf of the students who are afraid to themselves, I firmly believe that everyone has an equal say as to what goes on in the school. I know that I am the right candidate because I am social and well known around the school which gives me the ability to bring people together and lead them toward a goal. Furthermore, I am apart of many extracurricular activities which means that I have a lot of experience leading similar things like what a student senate runs. In conclusion,  I am an organized, hardworking, ambitious individual that will always give 110% effort to make all of our school’s events run smoothly.  Moreover, my leadership experience in other organizations will allow me to run as an efficient student senate. Therefore, my strong school spirit drives me to do everything I can to make sure that every single student will have a great year.

Alex Adams Gr. 11

The Student Senate is an important part of the school. Although you might not see them, or hear from them a whole lot, they make important decisions which affect the school and the students who attend. The Student Senators bring issues forward in meetings once a month between different schools, which is relayed to the board of trustees through the Student Trustees,  and receive feedback which helps the student parliament make decisions.

I believe that I will be able to perform this task effectively because I try to listen to everyone's concerns, and can identify and bring forth the most prevalent issues. I would not only be listening for issues present during parliament meetings, but I would also be listening during everyday interactions with students for problems they may have with the school and how we could improve. I wish to be a part of Student Senate because I would like to become more involved with the school and help make a difference to students at the same time. I will be representing the student perspective on issues, meaning I will be able to create a meaningful difference and contribution on the behalf of students. Thank you for reading.

Kaustubh Purohit Gr. 11

Hello to all students of MD, my name is Kaustubh Purohit. I am writing today to inform you all on why I should be selected to represent our school as a part of the HDSB Student Senate. As I have been a part of Student Senate in past years I am aware of the amount of work and dedication that this position takes and am once again ready to fulfill my duty towards making this school a better place, and to make our voices at MD be heard throughout the entire school board. Aside from my past experience being a Senator, I believe that I am the right person for this role as I strive to make a difference within this school. I often talk to others from all grades to determine what issues are present within the school and how to improve upon the situation. The biggest issue that I hear within our school is our lack of school spirit. Organizing events and bringing such issues to the board is what I intend to do, and do well.

By communicating with all of you and by utilizing my own skills and previous experience in both Student Government and Student Senate, I intend to be the driving voice of our school at the board level and intend to make sure that all students have their opinions heard and that every student has a memorable year here at MD

Adeeb Ali Urfani Gr. 12
Hi, my name is Adeeb Ali Urfani and I am a grade 12 student at Milton District High School. Here's why I feel I should be elected as a student senate representative for our school. I have dedication and I am fully committed to helping our school, I will constantly get student feedback and present it at the monthly senate meetings. I am outgoing and get along well with people and lastly, I represented our school last year at the senate meetings so therefore I have a good idea of what to expect. I hope this is enough to convince you and I hope you vote for me. 

Aparna Gunturi  Gr. 12
Since grade 9 I have seen MD grow with the class of 2018 and the many before and after. This is my final year, in which I, along with many others will leave behind the memories of our great journey. Through the years I have noticed many changes in our school’s physical state and accepting environments. I have been part of many amazing changes. When I was part of student government I realized that many students and teachers in our school have tremendous ideas for improving the school. However, many of us, have or had a difficult time expressing our opinions or ideas because of how hard it can be to approach others. I am running for student senate to ensure that all our voices are heard.

Along with many of my friends I tried to start at an event last year which many other schools have been running successfully. Though it did not impact the way we hoped, I refused to give up and will be fighting for the same cause once again because I will not back down from my passion and now for yours! I will represent our school in a respectful manner and be open to all suggests. Though there have been many improvements already we could continue to improve things like the number of books in the library and many more. Acting as the student ambassador for many organizations taught how to take on large projects and manage time efficiently. I am responsible, kind, and passionate and I should be the senate to represent our school at the board.