Senior School

Embracing Leadership Opportunities

A variety of leadership development opportunities are available to students in all grades. These include: House Captains, Student Council, Social Action Committee and the Student Success umbrella group. Our Grade 12 Prefects, under the leadership of our Head Girl and Head Boy, serve as role models for the student bodyand work tirelessly in the College and in the greater community to make connections with all of ourconstituent groups. Prefects are chosen from members of the graduating class who have indicated a desire to be considered forsuch a position. They are selected as those who, in theopinion of their peers, the faculty and the Head of College, have shown responsibility in the areas of academics, activity participation and leadership. The primary function of the Prefects is to help guide the younger students, to foster school spirit and to help inthe administration and discipline of the College.The ultimate responsibility for the appointment of Prefects rests with the Head of College.

House Captains

Each House is directly by two House Captains.  They are selected as those who, in the opinion of their peers and the faculty, have shown responsibility, charisma, organization and enthusiasm in the areas of activities, athletics and leadership.  These student leaders are responsible for helping set and achieve House goals, organizing House events, chair House meetings and developing and implementing a community volunteer event.  Maple/Tay have taken on the Juvenile Ride for Diabetes.  Cedar/ More has participated in the Road to Hope Marathon and is in charge of a water station and encouraging the runners.  Birch/ Earn partnered with the SAC committee and helped promote the event, A Girl’s Night Out.  Pine/ Yre has partnered with a local animal shelter to promote healthy and safe living for their animals.  The House captains are also in charge of running workshop discussions on teen issues including bullying, sexual assault, respecting differences, coping strategies and on making healthy choices regarding drugs and alcohol.  The multi-grade single gender environment is meant to encourage mentorship and communication in all of these areas and any other issues that students need support with.  Another important role is to help guide younger students in their Houses and to foster school spirit and Trojan pride.

English Converstation Circle (E.C.C.)

ECC (English Conversation Circle) is a unique service program where our Hillfield Strathallan volunteers are matched up with newcomer refugee youth from war torn countries.  Our sensitive, caring, intuitive, patient and understanding volunteers help instruct English, they offer homework help and they become the only Canadian friend that these youth have.  We meet once a week at a downtown Hamilton location.  The experience is bringing the third world to us and the win win experience develops very strong leaders out of our dedicated volunteers. 

Me to We 

Students run events throughout the year to raise funds for both Free The Children and local initiatives. In the 2012-13 school year the Me to We group hosted a coffee house each term, ran First Friday Lollipop sales (which raised funds for different chairities each month), organized We are Silent, volunteered at Pinky Lewis Center, ran the 30 hr. famine and have students going to China on a Me to We trip. We look forward to continuing our local and global intiatives next year.

Colin B. Glassco Foundation

This group raises awareness and funds in support of thecharity begun by Old Boy Colin B. Glassco. With a goalof raising the standard of living in the Gwembe Valleyin Zambia. The group has specifically supported theChishawasha Orphanage Breakfast program, providingmany children with food and shelter. Students have theopportunity to run events such as dances, alternatedress days and fashion shows, learning the invaluableskill of giving of their time for others in need.

Because I Am A Girl 

Because I Am A Girl Group - is part of the Plan Canada umbrella.  The goal of BIAAG is to eliminate poverty by empowering girls around the world to get an education.  If we can send girls to school, and give them health care, they can become productive members of their community and break the cycle of poverty.  HSC's Girl Group has sold chocolate flowers, held bake sales, and sold mugs for Mother's Day to raise money.

Social Action Committee (S.A.C.) 

The Social Action Committee was founded in 2005, when it led the College's first World Issue's Conference, with Marc Keilburger as its keynote speaker, who later offered his name to the Marc Kielburger Award for Leadership through Service. It has since organized such events as the CityKids Rise and Shine Breakfast (which raised $25,000 and thereby funded the purchase of two addition buses to transport inner-city kids to their programs); The Wellwood Fashion Show, which raised $22,00 for non-medical cancer support; and most recently, the Girls's Night Out, which raised approximately $7,500 for Phoenix Place, a stage-two home for abused women and children in Hamilton's downtown core. SAC's work, led by students who have a strong social conscience and are passionate about making a difference, is focused assisting local charities to accomplish their mission.

The Peer Helpers Group 

Composed of a group of Grade 11 and 12 students, the Peer Helpers are dedicated to helping the HSC student body in any non-academic related area. Whether in planning large meetings and assemblies to discuss pertinent issues in our young adult society today, in one-on-one assistance, or in raising funds in support of important social causes, the Peer Helpers are an integral group to the Senior School. With the Peer Helpers' leadership at HSC, our students are able to feel supported in a well rounded manner.


Quills is a literary magazine published every spring, which features short stories, poetry, essays, and other fiction and non-fiction forms from student writers in the Senior School.  The magazine also includes visual artwork and photography. While the editorial work is carefully supervised, one or two student editors take charge year-round, attending to each process of the writing, collating, organizing, refining, and printing stages of publication.


HSC welcomes over 35 institutions to the Senior School, including both Universities and Colleges from Ontario as well as from the US and the UK. Our Ambassadors act as hosts for all recruiters and provide the attention needed to graciously greet, direct, facilitate technical needs and provide that face to face contact as exciting presentations are delivered. Annually, a University Dialogue in the fall involving 15 institutions as well as a Post-Secondary Fair in the spring create a lot of excitement as students plan for their transition out of the College. Students in Grade 11 and 12 are invited to participate in this leadership role.

Pinky Lewis 

Every Wednesday a group of student leaders take a bus to the inner city Pinky Lewis Recreation Center.   Our children help run programs in the gym, on the computers, making crafts, playing various games and assisting in the pool. The main goal of the program is to raise the self esteem of the inner city children and to create positive healthy friendships.  In the past we have brought healthy snacks, involved the children in the fashion show, lead science experiments, had a spa day, lead dance classes and had a holiday Christmas drive where each child received a wrapped gift and many more games and relationship building activities.

Fashion Show 

The fashion show provides student with a real world application. Planning, promoting and organizing a college wide event. The students will brainstorm and design all the promotional pieces that pertain to the event, coordinate and book models, create the set design, find the venue, and choose the theme. The students must also create awareness for the cause we are fundraiser for. The fashion show is a whole school wide event including involvement of the jr, Montessori middle and senior school students.  In the past the Fashion Show has raised money from $16.000 to $22.000 for various local and abroad charities including; the Pinky Lewis Recreation Center, United Way, Colin B Glassco Foundation, Earthquake Relief Fund and the English Conversation Circle program.  The Fashion Show won the United Way Fundraising Event of the Year in 2010.  If event planning or advertising interests you this is the leadership role to choose.

Career and Networking Afternoon Ambassadors

Career and Networking Afternoon is an event for the entire senior school to ask questions about the journey and experiences of professionals in various career.  The careers are chosen from the feedback of the careers students for the following event.  The areas selected by the students were Engineering, Science & Medicine, Finance & Accounting, Law & Justice, Arts & Architecture and Business & Leadership.  Student Ambassadors have an opportunity to welcome, introduce, tour and deliver a biography for our alumni professional guests during our Career and Networking Afternoon.  The ambassadors are responsible for researching about their guests and prepare appropriate questions to inquire and learn about what they do in their professions and write personal thank you cards.  The afternoon is designed to inspire and educate our student about their future careers

Careers Peer Helpers 

The top careers students in grade 9 are selected as careers peer helpers based on the performance and leadership in the first three careers assignments.  During the values group assignment these leaders emerge and are appointed as Careers Ambassadors and Peer Helpers.  As helpers they complete the assignments before their due date and then are made available to assist their peers during extra help Tuesday lunch breaks in the learning commons.  Peer Helpers also critique the course website and also create a Teen Help online resource for various teen issues.

Semi-Formal and Formal Planning Committee

The planning committee works closely with the teacher advisor to plan, promote, budget, and decorate for the Semi Formal & Graduation Formal. The ideal candidates would be responsible, organized, and able to work under timelines and a budget.A background in Business or Communications Technology would be an asset.

Arts and Technology - Audio-Visual/Stage crew for events

This leadership position works closely with the Arts & Design Department and the IT Department to manage the audio, video, and stage crew for major HSC community events. A background or interest in audio production, video editing, and event planning is an asset. The position should be able to multi task and express their suggestions in a positive manner.

International Week 

During International Week, the Language students and teachers promote the French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin cultures as well as others represented at HSC.  The week is highlighted by exciting events such as tasting food from different parts of the world, Latin dancing, French films, Hapkido demonstrations, and dressing in native costumes.

The World Issues Conference Organizing Committee 

The young leaders who are selected to help with the organizing and planning of the World Issues Conference have a very important role to play in the annual calendar at HSC. This small group of dedicated students, drawn from grades 11 and 12, help to bring approximately 250 grade 8 students from around the region onto the campus for a day of dialogue and learning about the most important issues facing our world in the 21st Century. Without the Sr. School Leaders, this conference could not happen.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T. and Kurt Hahn ( and Lord Hunt (leader of the first successful ascent of Everest) to help young people develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and to their communities. The Award operates in over 100 countries and has become one of the world’s most prestigious youth programs internationally, known as The International Award for Young People. 2006 marks the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in the UK. 
The Award Program was established in Canada in 1963 and is open to all young Canadians between the ages of 14-25. There are currently more than 30,000 young people participating in the Program in each of the 10 Provinces and 3 Territories, about 10,000 are in Ontario. One hundred and fifty participants receive the silver or gold award annually. 

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards program provides a wonderful opportunity for students to participate in personal development opportunities and to enhance their leadership skills. It challenges young people to set personal goals and meet criteria in four areas – service to others, out-tripping, physical recreation and learning a new skill – in order to achieve the bronze, silver and gold award expectations.

Every member of the Grade 9 class at HSC will be enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh program and strongly encouraged to complete the Bronze level. Given the nature and focus of the co-curricular and academic programs at HSC, and the fact that all of our Grade 9s will have the Onondaga Camp experience in September, the College is perfectly aligned with the values and qualities of the Duke Program.  For our Grade 10s, the e-week experience in Algonquin Park satisfies their Silver level requirements, meaning that every HSC student has the ability to enter their Grade 11 set to embark upon the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award if they wish to take on that challenge.

One pillar of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program is the Expedition Journey. At HSC, we embrace the notion of our students participating in outdoor education experiences. We offer the students various opportunities, including Canoe in Central Ontario, Dog Sledding in Algonquin Park, Hiking on The Bruce Trail, World Challenge Expeditions to countries like Peru and Tanzania, Ice Climbing, Whitewater Rafting, Winter Camping, Backcountry Snowshoeing, and many more. A student fulfilling this portion of the program not only qualify for his/her award but also become a more confident risk-taker, have a more positive self-image, have a greater appreciation for the environment, and above all else, practise the skills needed to become a positive role model and leader in the community.


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