Student Experience


Today’s Grammar School is organized to foster and develop true leadership capacity among our students. Developing student leaders and broadening active participation is a key component of an HGS education. Our student leadership model forms the basis of a system offering a range of formal student leadership opportunities.

Student Cabinet

The Student Cabinet consists of six positions including Head Girl, Head Boy, Secretary, Treasurer, Facilities Coordinator, and House Captain. Students submit an application to the Dean of Students expressing their interest and goals for each position for which they are applying. Students must have a minimum average of 70 per cent and be in good standing at HGS to be accepted. Throughout the month of April and May student campaigning and elections take place. These elections are staggered throughout the period, allowing students who are not successful in one campaign to submit an application for another position of interest.

Activity Stewards

These student roles provide structure and leadership to various clubs and volunteer organizations at HGS. Each Activity Steward is assigned a Faculty Advisor, generally a staff member associated with the area of activity in previous years.

Training Workshops & Conferences

Students have the opportunity to participate in two leadership training workshops during the year. In August, students and faculty members travel to White Point Beach Resort to begin discussing goals of the Leadership Team for the next ten months. During this time, students become more familiar with the leadership structure, their specific roles and responsibilities, as well as individual and group expectations. Students leave this session inspired and eager to get the year underway.
A second leadership opportunity is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and takes place at a host school elsewhere in the country. They return from this conference enthused and eager to share their experiences with all other members of the Student Leadership team for the coming year.