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.


On Jan 17 evening, the Grey Cup 2013 Champions (and now members of the Red Cross) Spencer Moore and Scott McHenry, were stars again in the hearts and minds of Sandy Bay’s youths when they came to ‘tell it the way it is’ in a ‘make your own taco’ session in Hector Thiboutot Community School’s main gym.

The event was part of a Red Cross, Hector Thiboutot Community School and RCMP joint-effort towards ‘Bullying Prevention’ that was started from Jan 16 and concluded on Jan 17 evening.

Everyone had fun getting up close and personal with these positive role models while being inspired to reach greater heights in life.

Ms Elaine Caswell and Ms Kelsi Prince (members of the Red Cross), Mr Randy Mallory (the school principal) and several RCMPs were also present to serve the taco fillings to the long lines of students, parents and chaperons who turned up for this joyous occasion.

“You are so tall!” gushed a grade 3 student who was clearly astounded at the stature of Spencer and Scott.

Even though it was one of the coldest evenings in the Northern Village this winter season, everyone can agree that event organizers, volunteers and sponsors have warmed the hearts and strengthened the spirits of so many children and teenagers in Sandy Bay that evening.

We look forward to seeing a possible Grey Cup Champion hailing from Sandy Bay one day.

Red Cross visits HTCS Culture Camp

Like the Saints that go marching in, the Red Cross has ‘marched’ her vibrant Red Cross banner right up into the 55 degrees latitude north to visit Hector Thiboutot Community School’s Culture camp — and during one of the coldest afternoons this winter season, no doubt.

Peter Ray, the school’s cultural advisor, led the Red Cross team (consisting of Elaine Caswell, Kelsi Prince, Spencer Moore and Scott McHenry) down well-ploughed snow roads into the 7.5 hectare camp. Spencer and Scott are former members of the very illustrious football club, ‘the Saskatchewan Roughriders’.

“(With this camp), we are trying to build a stronger focus on land-based education,” shared Peter, a self-avowed conservationist. He further shared that this camp has been seven years in the making with more potential for growth, provided that funds and sponsorship are available.

“Land-based education is about preserving the way of life,” Peter shared while regaling the visitors with childhood memories of snaring rabbits and lynx (which, as Peter shared, has ‘white meat’ like turkey).

The visit was rounded up nicely with a side trip to one of the oldest functioning hydro-electric dam in Canada, the Island Falls Hydroelectric Station currently run by SaskPower (incidentally one of the chief sponsors of the Culture Camp).

Peter also shared that the Camp might look into organizing medicine trails and some native wisdom like the Diamond Willow’s stomach soothing and anti-diabetic properties and usefulness of White Spruce in healing cuts and wounds.

“Peter, you are such a source of knowledge,” said Kelsi at the end of the visit, and her sentiment was unanimous.


What’s a great way to spend the afternoon while promoting a good cause?

The 21st Annual Barrier Lake Burbot Derby (organised by Ms Rose Ann, LNC-Middle & High School) of course!

From Feb 1st to Feb 3rd, spend peaceful afternoons (up to 32 hours) fishing with attractive prizes going up to $2,000. This is a fishing derby you cannot miss.

Also take part in the Raffle Draw where tickets sold will go towards raising funds for Hector Thiboutot Community School’s Perfect Attendance Award. We look forward to seeing you there to support this charity event that is also fun, challenging & rewarding. (Details below).

Basketball Champions …Thrice!

We are so proud of our boys for bringing home the ‘winning crown’ (banner to be specific) not just once or twice…but three times in a row!

Hector Thiboutot Community School’s Basketball Team has done us proud by beating all other basketball teams in Northern Saskatchewan to win the Northern Saskatchewan Basketball Championship 2018/19.

Also opportune is to reflect upon a quote about our team from another victory last year:
“Sandy Bay was a really strong team and they’ve always been pretty good,” Churchill Chargers coach Derek Konga said. “Sandy Bay came out flying. They’re such a fast and aggressive team. There are so many good players who can shoot.”

“Let’s wish our team many more victories and successes ahead. They are, and always will be, a source of inspiration and pride to everyone, not just in Hector Thiboutot Community School, but also everyone in Sandy Bay. Many thanks also to the coach (Mr Aaron McCallum) and to Mr Eric Lewis for driving and supporting the team. Many thanks also to Northern Lights School Division 113 for doing everything possible to support this match,” says Mr Randy Mallory, Principal, Hector Thiboutot Community School.