The creation of the Transition Committees is an integral process in the opening and closing of HWDSB schools. It gives the community an opportunity to voice their collective thoughts, consideration of all the diverse views of the community and students to make the transition as seamless as possible. This is the reason that trustees insist on Transition Committees and the minutes are reported to the Board of Trustees.
The purpose of the Transition Committee is to represent the community, provide input, advice and recommendations, however the final decisions are made by the Principal and Superintendent.
A brief synopsis of the Transition Committee topics of discussion include:
- Artifacts and school traditions
- Opening/closing ceremonies
- Student transition activities
- Traffic and transportation issues
- Accommodation and program issues
All Transition Committee meetings are open to the public, however public members will have no voting rights.
New North Secondary School Transition Committee
HWDSB’s new North Secondary School will be located at 1055 King Street East (former Scott Park Secondary School site). This beautifully designed secondary school will be constructed to meet the needs of students while complementing in the adjacent Tim Hortons Field, Jimmy Thompson pool and the new City of Hamilton Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre.
The downtown location allows for a flexible design. It will accommodate 1,250 pupils in approximately 160,000 square foot secondary school with surrounding amenities. The preliminary site design includes a three-storey secondary school, green space and a unique partnership with the City of Hamilton that provides state-of-the-art physical education opportunities for our students.
East Hamilton/Lower Stoney Creek French Immersion Transition Committee
At the December 18, 2017 Board meeting, Trustees approved the following motion regarding the French Immersion Boundary Review for East Hamilton and Lower Stoney Creek:
French Immersion at Glen Echo and Glen Brae relocated to Parkdale (Gr. 1-5), W.H. Ballard (Gr. 6-8), A.M. Cunningham (gr. 1-5) and Eastdale (Gr. 1-8).
Grade 1 FI begins at Parkdale and Green Acres (Eastdale) for September 2018 and staff engage with affected school communities and return to trustees with a transition plan for current grade 1-7 students at Glen Brae and Glen Echo.
Transition Plan Development with Affected School Communities
To be established