Miywasin - First Nations Cultural Day at William Grayson
"On a Good Day, On That day, He Walks. I was named after the Sun." - Joseph Naytowhow
As Joseph and the William Grayson students raised the first three tipi poles, there was a wave of excited 'ooohs' and "awes" from the William Grayson Students and community. Joseph shared stories with William Grayson students as they sat in a circle in the tipi erected under his direction on the afternoon of Thursday May 24, 2012. Originally from Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan, Joseph is known for his distinctive style of Cree/English storytelling.
After being presented with tobacco from the organizer of the First Nations and Métis Cultural Day, Ms. Marilyn Pavier, the afternoon began with an opening prayer from Barb Frazer, Indigenous educator. Joseph then proceeded to talk to the students about the significance of the tipi poles, and then had students participate in erecting the tipi. Students had opportunity to experience: Aboriginal Games, Creating their own tipi with Raven Thundersky and Storytelling by Joseph (inside the tipi). Of course, bannock and homemade preserves were offered during the day. These were made by William Grayson's own Isabel Morrison.
The afternoon events were followed with a traditional feast of soup and bannock. The William Grayson families and greater community was invited to partake in the feast. The day was a huge success and provided students an opportunity to learn this way of life. Many students will remember Joseph's stories, his singing, hid jigging and his Buffalo hide drum.
Joseph will be back in Moose Jaw to celebrate Aboriginal Day on June 21 in Connor's Park with Prairie South School Division. We look forward to listening to him share his cultural knowledge once again!
First Nations and Métis Consultant
Peacock Collegiate at the Junior Achiever Awards
A huge congratulations to Michael Flegel for being the recipient of this year's Best First Year Achiever Award at the Business Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement. This award is presented to the first year Achiever who has grasped the meaning and objective of Junior Achievement and the Company Program.
Michael has shown an enthusiasm and willingness to learn about business and has met or exceeded the expectations set out by Junior Achievement. The awards banquet took place the evening of May 30th with many business men and women, dignitaries, teachers, the Junior Achievement board of directors, and Junior Achievers from all over southern Saskatchewan Michael was among a number of nominees and chosen out of the over 320 participants in the Junior Achievement for Entrepreneurship. Congratulations Michael!
Another South Hill Production!
The South Hill Musical Theatre is proud to present...
'Not So Old School'
May 30th & May 31st
Riverview Collegiate Gym
Curtains open at 7:00pm
Dessert and Theatre $10.00
Purchase your tickets at the Riverview Collegiate Office (693-1331) or at the door.
"Not So Old School" was written by local producer Jeff Beesley of "Corner Gas" fame and is a not-to-be missed production.
Want a peek backstage? Check out Mix 103's Sharon Church as she visits Riverview during rehearsal. Click here to watch!
Also take a look at what Carter Haydu from the Moose Jaw Times Herald has to say here!
SSBA Trustee Profile - Prairie South Board Chair Colleen Christopherson-Cote
The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) recently profiled Prairie South Schools Board Chair Colleen Christopherson-Cote.
"You can take the girl out of the city but you can't take the city out of the girl – or wait? How that does the phrase go again? It doesn't seem to ring true in this case.
Colleen Christopherson-Cote, chair of the Prairie South Board of Education, is passionate about community development and rural education."
To read the full article, please click here.
National Early Years Conference Underway!
The much anticipated National Early Years Conference starts today at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.
The conference, which brings together some of the most notable names and experts in the field of early development, is Saskatchewan's premier Early Childhood Conference. With a lineup that includes Nobel prize recipient Professor James Heckman, the conference draws attendees from all across Canada.
Prairie South School Division is proud to be a partner to such an important national event. Our Prekindergarten and Early Learning Programs support the important years between the ages of 3 and 5, maximizing those critical developmental periods that will continue to develop academically and socially prepared students and citizens. With a knowledge that the first five years of life are critical, early learning lays a foundation that impacts health and behaviour throughout a lifetime.
Don't miss a moment of the conference by following our own 'Your Geek Squad' as they blog and tweet from Mosaic Place.
Look for them on Twitter @yourgeeksquad and follow along with the conversation at #NEYC.
Read about the events on the blog here.