As part of Hector Thiboutot Community School’s initiative to encourage better attendance in our students, we have been giving out ‘Perfect Attendance Awards’ on a monthly basis since the school year of 2018/19.
“The first step of developing the right skills, knowledge and values in our students — is regular attendance,” says Ms Rosina Ray, Vice-Principal (High School), Hector Thiboutot Community School.
“The Perfect Attendance Awards are started this school year and we are confident that a positive approach like prizes for regular attendance and continued support from parents and members of the community will go a long way in improving the attendance rates of our students,” shares Mr Randy Mallory, Principal, Hector Thiboutot Community School.
Many thanks also to Mr Tony Bear for being the emcee for the award and Ms Rosina Ray for awarding the prizes to our students. We also thank Parents for showing up for the award ceremony and showing their support.
We are very proud to announce the names of the winners of the Perfect Attendance Awards for the months of January and February this year. Congratulations!
A community that works together, stays together. March 7 2019 was just the day to emphasize that. We are happy to work with the Red Cross, Saskatchewan Health Services & Jordan’s Principle to host the Health Fair in Hector Thiboutot Community School’s gymnasium.
Bringing it all together was Ms Shannon McKay from the Health Centre with the aim of using the Health Fair to spread awareness of addictions, diabetes, safe sex and communicable diseases like HIV and Tuberculosis to our students.
It was also a good opportunity for Jordan’s Principle from Pelican Narrows to also share about their cause and drive to ensure that First Nations children have access all public services when they need them. Ms Angie Merasty (see below) provided an eloquent and compelling account of the death of five-year-old Jordan River Anderson as a result of bureaucratic red-tape between the institutions about the financial responsibility for his necessary home care. To know more about Jordan’s Principle (highly recommended), please click here.
The Red Cross was also in Sandy Bay from March 5 to conduct First Aid and other emergency handling courses, which is so important to Northern Communities where the nearest hospital could be hours drive away. Ms Elaine Caswell (Red Cross Rep) shared that she was happy to be back in the village to share First Aid Knowledge with the indigenous community.
Above: Attractive Lucky Draw Prizes and Buffet spread
The positivity in the fair was palpable with a buffet filled with fruits and other wholesome treats and a Lucky Draw with attractive prizes.
Clearly, amongst the many things proven in this fair, learning about health and safety can be both be rewarding and fun. We certainly look forward to more meaningful events and collaborations like this happening in our community.
For the Hot Lunch program today (5th March), we are paying homage to the ‘Shrove Tuesday’ tradition of serving up a pancakes, ham, cheese, scrambled eggs and bellpeppers brunch. It is certainly a good way for our students and staff to stay ‘powered up’ for the rest of the day!
You can watch a video-clip of the lunch-event here.
Please have a look at a video of our culture camp here taken by drone.
In Hector Thiboutot Community School, this camp will be of immense help in providing enhanced life experiences for our students through developing their skills, knowledge and attitudes within the cultural context of engaged Northern Communities. We would also like to thank all our main sponsors (SaskPower, Orano, Cameco and Seabee Gold Operation) and other community stakeholders for supporting us thus far.
The Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth (Ms Cheryl Starr, Ms Marci Macomber & Ms Karen Topolinski) came to our school today to give a talk to both staff and the community about their organization, how they can help us as well as the situations in which to call on them. It was the end of the work day for teachers and staff and we thank them for their dedication to the welfare of all our students. We also thank the representatives of the Saskatchewan Advocate for Children & Youth for making it here to share this wonderful resource open to all children and youths under our care. We are also grateful for community leaders for coming to show their support and to also learn more about the legislative powers of the team and to learn when & how to call on them.
If you missed the talk, you can watch a video extract here.
Here’s a quick
recap of the talk:
Who are they?
A team of professionals who advocate for the rights, interests, and well-being of children and youths in Saskatchewan. Authority is provided under The Advocate for Children and Youth Act.
Vision: The rights,
well-being, and voice of children and youths are respected and
children and youths to be change-makers.
Place – Children and youths first
Respect – First Nations and Metis language and culture
Embrace – Reconciliation
Provide – Accessible, fair, appropriate and timely service
Inclusive – Of all
What is their
organization’s Fundamental Goal?
To be part of
solutions that result in positive change in the quality of life for
First Nations and Metis children and youth.
situations do we call them?
a child’s or youth’s interests, rights or entitlements are not being considered.
a child’s or youth’s viewpoint is not being heard.
there is concern/disagreement/misunderstanding about a decision regarding a youth/child.
If you would like more information, you can call them at the above hotline. You can also visit their website at saskadvocate.ca