Health Fair with Red Cross, Health Services & Jordan’s Principle

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.

Above: Grade 5 students (led by their Teacher, Mr Bernard Scott McPhee) inspecting a Health Booth in the Fair

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.

Above: (From left) Mrs Shannon McKay from Sandy Bay Health Centre and Ms Angie Merasty (Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator)

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: Representatives from the Red Cross (from left): Ms Alicia McDermid, Ms Elaine Caswell, Mr John Halliday and Ms Lesley-Anne Morley

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.

Drone Video of School Culture Camp

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.

Skidoo Course for Northern Children

It is so important for our students to know how to drive Skidoos (snowmobiles) safely and in line with established regulation as part of a well-rounded education with the cultural context of Northern Communities.

Hence the School is so happy to invite instructors, Rob Ferland and Alton Michel, courtesy of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PCBN), offer a course on this important mode of transportation to our eager students.

Everyone embraced the lessons with glee and we really got a kick out of seeing the passion for learning in our students. We look forward to more such collaborations with our stakeholders in the future.

T-Wolves Triumphs At Basketball Tournament

Our Basketball team won a resounding victory over See-See-Wa-Hum High School in last Saturday’s Basketball Tournament on March 9, 2019. Our heartiest congratulations goes out to the team and everyone who assisted in making this possible.

” They won their second game in OT (over time). [It was an…] amazing game!” shared Mr Robin Stewart, the Team’s longtime General Manager and (for this trip) Bus-driver. He is also a teacher in Hector Thiboutot Community School.

“This victory certainly symbolizes the heights our students can achieve with determination, inspiration and a positive & healthy lifestyle. We hope they would continue to be good role-models for all to emulate,” shares Mr Randy Mallory, Principal.

Credits: Above screenshot from video taken by Mr Robin Stewart)

Here are the name of the students from the winning team who scored 100-92 in the Tournament:

Gaston McDonald

Raddick McGwire

Matt McDonald

Sonny Merasty

Logan Morin

Pierre Merasty

Tyrese Bear

Clae Daniels

Clarke Bridges

Corbin Bear

Kobe Ray

Last but not least, kudos also to Mr Aaron McCallum (Head Coach) for driving the team with his passion and inspiration and also to Mr Allen Traxel for coaching the students and giving them pointers from his vast experience.

We would like to also give our special thanks to Mr Ryley Bedard who lives in Prince Albert, a former player and HTCS alumnus, who took personal time to help coach at the games. May you continue to be an inspiration of dedication and volunteerism.

Perfect Attendance Award – Jan & Feb 2019

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!

January 2019

Grade 1A

  • Jenaya McCallum (Jan & Feb)

Grade 2

  • Tianna Merasty (Jan)
  • Rhett Stewart (Jan)
  • Chanel Bear (Feb)
  • Rosabella Bighetty (Feb)

Grade 4A

  • Miley Bear (Jan & Feb)
  • Carson Watomagan (Feb)

Grade 5A

  • Cadence Morin (Jan & Feb)
  • Kellen Morin (Jan & Feb)
  • Drayanna Ray (Jan & Feb)
  • Jourdain Merasty-Bear (Feb)

Grade 6A

  • Brittany Bear (Jan)
  • Adele Bighetty (Jan & Feb)
  • Jessie Jin (Jan & Feb)

Grade 6B

  • Helena Bear (Jan & Feb)
  • Kip (Jan)
  • Brandon Bear (Feb)

Grade 7A

  • Kenny Bear (Jan)
  • Kylan McDermott (Jan)

Grade 7B

  • Raeanne McCallum (Jan & Feb)

High School

  • Logan Morin (Jan & Feb)
  • Corbin Bear (Jan & Feb)
  • Nathan Ray Jr (Jan)

‘Shrove Tuesday’ Hot Lunch

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.