Bengough Grade 6-8 Archaeological Dig
On June 17 the Bengough School Grade 6,7,8 class went on a field trip to the Farr Site, an archaeological dig just east of Ogema. Here they learned how to survey a potential site and how to do a proper excavation and removal of artifacts. They also got a chance to try out an atlatl or dart thrower. The afternoon was very informative and fun.
The Farr Site has been roughly dated to 9000 years old. The people here at that time were following the animals north as the ice sheet retreated. Bison bones are the main artifact, so it was probably a kill and processing site. Several points (arrow, spear, dart) have also been found. This is the first formal dig at the site by the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society. Hopefully they will be able to solidify and add to our knowledge of this time period in Saskatchewan. They are holding a public dig from July 3 to July 6. Contact the SAS for more details.
Renovation to Gravelbourg High School
June 16th saw an excited group of students, staff, families, and dignitaries in Gravelbourg as Prairie South Schools turned the sod in preparation for a combined 10 million dollar addition and renovation to Gravelbourg High School. Students gathered to watch Education Minister Don Morgan, Board Chair Shawn Davidson, students Tristan Boire and Sarah Hoag, Gravelbourg Mayor Edward Lagasse, Principal Jody Lehmann, and Director of Education Tony Baldwin take ceremonial divots out of the grass to mark the official beginning of construction.
The school renovation and addition, scheduled for completion in September, 2016, will see new space built between the existing high school and daycare buildings and an extensive renovation to the existing high school. When construction is finished, Gravelbourg will have a state-of-the-art PreK-12 dual track facility that will serve children in Gravelbourg and area for many years to come.
Construction partners on the project are the Government of Saskatchewan, Prairie South Schools, P3 Architecture, Quorex Construction, and MHPM Project Management.
National Aboriginal Day Celebration
Central Butte Shines
The grade 11 and 12 Entrepreneur 30 class had the honor of attending the Saskatchewan Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Awards Night in Regina on Thursday, June 4. Celeste Wilson had the honor to emcee an evening that celebrated our entrepreneurial spirit. These young entrepreneurs should be commended on their commitment, spirit, passion and dedication to making their companies grow. Their collective, creative effort made this Junior Achievement experience one they will always remember.
Dressed in their finest, they stood up to accept several awards that recognized their successes as owners of the companies, Country Creations and Makin' Dough. We were pleased to see our names nominated in many categories. The award recipients were honoured and proud to represent Central Butte School.
Nolan Drake won the Environmental, Health and Safety Award. He played a significant role in the development, implementation, monitoring and ongoing improvement of a healthy and safe working environment for Makin' Dough.
Kayla McInnis and Celeste Wilson both exhibited the qualities of an exceptional leader, demonstrating competence and confidence, mentoring team members, and were outstanding company ambassadors. These qualities graced them with the President of the Year Award.
Kayla McInnis won the Professional Leadership Award. She demonstrated outstanding leadership not only in the company but also in the Junior Achievement Program as a whole.
Celeste Wilson was awarded Achiever of the Year. Celeste showed outstanding dedication and commitment to the JA Company Program throughout the year. She showed exceptional leadership and perseverence as well as a willingness to help follow Achievers.
Kayla and Celeste will represent Saskatchewan and Canada at the annual Next Generation Leaders Forum – an international conference hosted by Junior Achievement of Canada. They will travel to Peterborough, Ontario August 10-14. The Next Generation Leaders experience is a unique blend of personal growth, practical experience and confidence building. Delegates face real business challenges and develop strategies in collaboration with their global peers, university faculty and industry volunteers.
Congratulations to all the Grade 11 and 12 students of Central Butte School. You make us proud!
Skills Canada Success!
Congratulations to Sasha Valgardsson, from AE Peacock Collegiate, for winning a silver medal in the recent Skills Canada competition in Saskatoon. She participated in the Public Speaking category. Sasha first won gold in the provincial Skills competition in April and then moved on to the national event to face competitors from BC all the way to Newfoundland. She was required to write a speech on the importance of the Essential Skills. In addition to giving her speech, she also had to answer several impromptu questions. Congratulations Sasha!