Students Grade 5 through 8 are encouraged to channel their passion for environmentalism by joining HSC’s Environment Committee. Not only do members take an active role in organizing key commemorative days during Earth Week and the like, students act as ambassadors for our most pressing environmental issues. By educating their peers about climate change, the Environment Committee acts as a key influencer in shifting HSC towards more sustainable behaviours and attitudes.
Senior School Audio/Visual Stage Crew
Working closely with the Arts and Design Department and the IT Department, members of HSC’s Senior School Audio/Visual Stage Crew take ownership in managing the audio, video and stage production for major HSC community events. A background or interest in audio production, video editing and event planning is an asset. It’s members are often able to multitask and express suggestions in a positive and productive manner.
Middle School Life Council
Leadership development opportunities for Middle School students exist in all grades, with an emphasis for students in their Grade 8 year. These students demonstrate a desire to develop their leadership skills further and are actively interested in accepting a major role of responsibility in the Middle School.
Because I Am A Girl
Because I Am A Girl Group (BIAAG) is part of the Plan Canada umbrella. BIAAG works 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 BIAAG has sold chocolate flowers, held bake sales and sold mugs for Mother's Day to raise money.
Career Peer Helpers
The top Careers students in Grade 9 are selected as Careers Peer Helpers based on their 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 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 create a Teen Help online resource for various teen issues.
Colin B. Glassco Foundation Group
The Colin B. Glassco Foundation group raises awareness and funds in support of the charity begun by Old Boy Colin B. Glassco '61 with a goal to raise the standard of living in the Gwembe Valley in Zambia. In the previous years the group specifically supported the Chishawasha Orphanage Breakfast program, providing many children with food and shelter. Students have the opportunity to run events such as dances, alternate dress days and fashion shows, learning the invaluable skill of giving of their time for others in need.
English Conversation Circle (ECC)
English Conversation Circle (ECC) is a unique program that partners Hillfield Strathallan volunteers with newcomer refugee youth from war torn countries. Caring, intuitive, patient and understanding volunteers help instruct English, offer homework help and become friends to many new Canadians. The ECC meets once a week at a downtown Hamilton location. The experience develops strong leaders out of dedicated volunteers.
The HSC Fashion Show provides students with real-world experience planning, promoting and organizing a College-wide event. Students brainstorm and design promotional pieces that pertain to the event, coordinate and book models, create the set design, find the venue and choose the theme. The fashion show involves Junior, Montessori, Middle and Senior School students. In past years, the Fashion Show raised money for various charities, both local and international 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.
During International Week, HSC Language students and teachers promote the many cultures represented at HSC, including French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin cultures. 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 national or traditional costumes.
Me to We
Me to We student volunteers run events throughout the year to raise funds for both Free The Children and local initiatives. In previous years, the Me to We group hosted a coffee house each term, ran First Friday Lollipop sales (which raised funds for different charities each month), organized We are Silent, volunteered at the Pinky Lewis Center and ran the 30-Hour Famine.
A group of student leaders help run programs at the Pinky Lewis Recreation Center, including activities in the gym and on the computers, crafting, and assisting in the pool. The goal of the program is to expand connections across socio-economic divides and create positive healthy friendships that bring awareness to the lived experiences of our wider community. In the past, students have brought healthy snacks, involved the children in the fashion show, led science experiments, had a spa day, led dance classes and had a holiday Christmas drive where each child received a wrapped gift.
Quills is a literary magazine published every spring featuring 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 the writing, collating, organizing, refining and printing of the publication.
Semi-Formal and Formal Planning Committee
The Semi-Formal Planning Committee works closely with their teacher advisor to plan, promote, budget and decorate for the annual Senior School Semi-Formal event. Ideal candidates are responsible, organized and able to work under timelines and a budget. An interest and experience in Business or Communications Technology proves beneficial for members of this committee.
Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee (SAC) was founded in 2005, launching the College's first World Issue's Conference (WIC) with Marc Keilburger as its keynote speaker. SAC's work is led by students who have a strong social conscience and are passionate about making an impact on the lives of those outside their own social sphere. The SAC has organized events that focus on assisting local charities to accomplish their mission. Past events include the CityKids Rise and Shine Breakfast, which raised $25,000 to fund the purchase of two additional buses that transport local public school kids to after school programming; 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.
The Peer Helpers Group
Composed of a group of Grade 11 and 12 students, Peer Helpers are dedicated to leading the HSC student body in any non-academic related area. Whether planning large meetings and assemblies or brainstorming solutions to pertinent social issues, the Peer Helpers are an integral extension of all HSC leadership committees and groups.
The World Issues Conference Organizing Committee
The young leaders selected to help organize and plan the World Issues Conference (WIC) have an important role to play in the annual calendar at HSC. This small group of dedicated students, drawn from Grades 11 and 12, bring approximately 250 Grade 8 students from around the region onto the HSC campus for a day of dialogue and learning about the most important issues facing our world today.