National Aboriginal Day a Success!
Our division celebrated the day at Connor Park on Friday, June 21.
Various groups of Prairie South Students gathered for the afternoon and participated in dancing, storytelling, drumming and of course enjoyed bannock.
National Aboriginal Day - Friday, June 21
Join us at the 2013 National Aboriginal Day Celebrations at Connor Park!
Friday, June 21, 2013
12:45pm to 3:00pm
Open to the public, free admission
Events and demonstrations include: Bannock, dancing, drumming and story telling by local First Nations presenters.
"We must take pride celebrating our culture with everyone, we must not forget the ways of our people, because then our children forget forever..." Elder Anne-Denne Nation
Prairie South Welcomes New Partners
Article courtesy of Joan Ritchie, Moose Jaw Express (http://www.mjvex.com)
Mutually beneficial relationships, like the ones forged with Prairie South School Division, link a business or an organization with an elementary or secondary school and develop a win-win platform for both entities. A formal luncheon to acknowledge the new 2012-2013 partners with Prairie South was held on June 6th. Some of the new partnerships include A.E. Peacock Collegiate and Greg Johnson – Tornado Hunter; Central Collegiate and the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company Limited; Coronach School and Hart Butte Community Farms and Assiniboia Schools and Conexus Credit Union. The partnerships offer an arrangement to work together, whereas the students and the schools benefit by opening the door to career opportunities for students, encourages student performance and participation in the community, creates an increased understanding of business and organizations and expands learning to extend beyond the confines of classroom walls into the community. Businesses and organizations benefit by promoting their industry and career opportunities, raising staff pride and commitment, offering public relation communications and most importantly, by opening the doors to directly impact the future of a community. "Over thirty Prairie South businesses have made the difference in the lives of students," said Director of Education Jeff Finell. "You are an essential ingredient in affecting the lives of the young students at Prairie South."
Coronach School and Hart Butte Community Farms forged their partnership earlier this year. This group of farmers volunteer their time and equipment to seed and harvest a crop on donated land by the town of Coronach. Added input includes local business donations of chemical, seed and fertilizer. In turn, Hart Butte Community Farms donated $20,000 to Coronach School for upgrades and improvements. As well as a monetary influx, the partnership opens up other opportunities for the students from scientific and mathematical calculations for the application of seed, chemical and fertilizer to learning how to run a business. Assiniboia Schools and Conexus Credit Union formally signed their partnership after years of working together raising money in support of breast cancer, as well as involvement in the annual Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program hosted by ACHS. During the new partnership, Assiniboia Elementary and Conexus have combined efforts to do the annual Kid's Conference. As well, 7th Avenue School and Conexus have been working informally together for years on things like the Terry Fox Run and a reading program.
Central Collegiate and the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company Ltd. both have their groundings in over a century of history here in Moose Jaw; the students are using the opportunities offered on site including involvement in the Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, in planning the Home Town Fair, setups for different events and many other things, as outstanding learning experiences. There are plans for a collaborative effort of CCI students and Exhibition Co. staff in an Entrepreneurship 30 class to create a joint venture.
All of these opportunities can only grow as the relationships bloom.
For the partnership forged between A.E. Peacock Collegiate and Greg Johnson – Tornado Hunter, Principal Dustin Swanson of A.E. Peacock is pleased with the arrangement. The Industrial Arts students are helping Tornado Hunter Greg Johnson by making an invention or probe to hold cameras that will go up into the tornado and will be strong enough to withstand the winds. This high profile project offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all involved. Welding teacher Martin Holzer, Machinist Theran Bloudoff and Construction teacher Joel Robertson are very supportive of the opportunity saying that the experience has been extremely positive and that the students have stepped up with incredibly bright and innovative ideas.
Power outages in Prairie South
Please note that classes and busses are running on schedule despite the power outages experienced by some Prairie South Schools this morning.
Traditional Aboriginal Parenting Workshop
Elder Norma Jean Bird
"The tobacco ties represent the offerings that you choose to offer as a way to give thanks for your children, family and Mother Earth."
Prairie South School Division and The Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association hosted its first Traditional Aboriginal Parenting workshop at Wood Acres on June 7 & 8.
Discussions about the stages of life, and the importance of the circle that affect parenting were one of many traditional teachings that were covered. This group will use Kise-wa-to-ta-to-win "Traditional Indian Parenting" model, based upon First Nations and Metis parenting practices. Living a traditional lifestyle in contemporary society is sometimes a challenge. The goal is to help parents explore the values and attitudes expressed in traditional Indian child-rearing practices and then to apply those values to modern skills in parenting.
Instruction and guidance was provided by Brenda Dubious and Elder Norma Jean Byrd from Regina. Participants were from the Student Aged Parenting Program at Peacock.
Vivian Gauvin, First Nations, Inuit and Metis Consultant