The HTS Board is a governing Board. Its role is one of oversight, with the overriding objective of ensuring that HTS remains viable to serve the children of today’s students. To achieve this, the Board’s responsibilities can be divided into three main areas:
- The hiring, training, support, evaluation, remuneration and, if necessary, dismissal of the Head of School
- Providing oversight and guidance to the Head to ensure that the school is following policies, compliant with relevant law and regulations, managing risk, adhering to budgets and managing resources appropriately
- Long term strategic planning to make sure that our school meets the needs of current students and that it evolves to meet the needs of future generations of HTS students
The Board is not involved with the day-to-day operations of the school such as bussing, curriculum, discipline, faculty, co-curriculars, or building maintenance. All of these areas, as well as anything else related to daily school life, are the responsibility of the Head of School.
Much of the work is done by Committees or Task Forces of the Board, each of which is chaired by a Governor. The Committees are comprised of Governors, staff members and non-Board members, as appropriate. The Head of School and the Board Chair are members of all the Committees and Task Forces. The Committees and Task Forces report their activity to the Board and make recommendations to the Board for approval. The Board meets eight times a year between September and June.
A Committee has an on-going mandate with no fixed end to its term. Currently the HTS Board has four standing Committees:
- Finance and Operational Risk (with Investment and Audit sub-Committees)
- Site, Safety and Security
- Head Support
A Task Force has a mandate for a specific project and a projected end to its term. Recent Task Forces include the Management Succession Planning Task Force (including a sub-group of the Head Search Team).
Each year, the Governance Committee determines the skill sets that will be required for the Board to achieve the goals that it has set for itself in the upcoming 3-5 year period. The Committee then identifies the gaps in knowledge or experience that will face the Board going forward and looks to fill those gaps. The Governance Committee gathers suggestions, makes deliberations and then recommends nominees to the various Committees of the Board. The Governance Committee is also responsible for suggesting selected Committee members to be invited to the Board. The number of new Governors added each year depends on the number retiring from the Board.
Additional opportunities for involvement in school life
At HTS we welcome parent participation and there are many
opportunities for parental involvement throughout the school, including:
Joining the HTS Parents’ Guild
The HTS Parents’ Guild is a volunteer organization and a
valued part of the HTS community. The focus of the Guild ranges from
fundraising to friendships and “fun-raising” through involvement in events such
as the Father Bob Run, the Trinity Fair and the Carols & Cookies Chapel
Parents can also volunteer to be a Grade Parent, to work in the
Hawk Shop or to be a Family Mentor. For more information on the many roles
available to parents through the Guild, click here.
The Guild’s Executive Committee leads the organization of events
and initiatives and works very closely with the administration, faculty and
teams of volunteers.
For more information on how to get involved with the Parents’
Guild, contact the Parents’ Guild President Sandra Murphy.
Volunteering for fundraising initiatives throughout the school
The school holds several fundraising events throughout the year
including the Gala and other special events. Specific committees led by Chairs
are established for large-scale events and there are many specialized roles
within each committee for parents to fill.
Information about special events is
typically communicated through the HTS Friday News and through the Advancement
For more information on how you can contribute to a fundraising
initiative or special event, please contact Pam Shanks, Executive Director of Advancement.
Participating in the HTS Golf Tournament
In the past, HTS has held golf
tournaments that have been well supported by parents, members of the
administration and governors. The golf tournaments are a great opportunity to
network, to learn more about how to get involved in other areas of school life,
and to have a good time with fellow members of the HTS community. More
information on golf tournaments will be communicated closer to the event date.
Becoming a member of a Board Committee or Task Force
HTS has two standing committees that involve non-board members -
the Organizational Development Committee and the Finance Committee. Each
committee is composed of around seven to ten members, and members are nominated
or referred by members of the Board or other HTS parents.
In addition to these committees, HTS occasionally develops
several project-based Task Forces on which parents can sit. Examples of past
task forces include the IT Task Force, the Communication Task Force and the
Globalization Task Force.
Each member of a committee or a task
force contributes something to the groups they work with based on their own
areas of expertise and professional background.
Depending on the type of
committee or task force being assembled, individuals who are known to possess
specific skill sets may be sought out by the board.
For more information on committees and task forces, please
contact Chris Stafleu, Head of
Operations and CFO.