• Westmount student honoured with Governor General Caring Canadian Award

    Article courtesy of the Moose Jaw Times Herald

    hazelHazel Hutchinson's parents accompanied their daughter to a gala in Saskatoon on Nov. 6. At that point she didn't suspect anything.

    In the Bridge City with other members of Westmount School's Generosity Club for We Day Saskatchewan, the Grade 7 student was in for a surprise later that night.

    "I was given a pin and told it may become more special later on in the night," she told the Times-Herald on Thursday.

    "I was really excited and didn't really know what to do. I was asking everyone, 'what does this mean?'"

    Hutchinson eventually met with a few others who also received a pin upon their arrival at the gala – 10 in total. They were later called to the stage and presented with a certificate and publicly acknowledged as recipients of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.

    Nominated by Debbie Taylor-French, a Westmount teacher who oversees its Generosity Club, Hutchinson said she thought she received the award "because I overachieved what was expected of me, I think."

    Described by Taylor-French as a quiet leader who leads by example, Hutchinson is one of the Generosity Club's founding members, which raised over $10,000 during the 2013-14 school year to build a school in Kenya.

    "She also does a lot of volunteer work outside of school, so that's why we chose Hazel," said Taylor-French.

    One of the initiatives Hutchinson also volunteers for is Kids Helping Kids, a charitable foundation that funds children in Saskatchewan who want to take part in creative community pursuits. Continued from page 1 Despite her continuous volunteerism, Hutchinson remains humble, noting that she thought other members of the Generosity Club also deserved to receive the award.

    "Some people wait their whole lives to get these awards and never get them," she said. "I'm really thankful."

    Just 12 years old, Hutchinson was also the youngest recipient in the province, but isn't letting that get to her head. She is focused on initiatives the Generosity Club is participating in during the 2014-15 school year, including Operation Christmas Child and a food security project.

  • A moving Remembrance Day speech from Kincaid School

    remembrance dayRemembrance Day Speech by Hanna Gross, Kincaid School

    Good morning ladies and gentleman. My name is Hanna Gross, and I am a student here at KCS. As some of you may know, I recently travelled to Ottawa, Ontario to participate in a weeklong program called Encounters With Canada. For those of you not familiar with this program, it invites students from across Canada to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to open you up to an entirely new world of opportunities and to show you just how amazing and diverse Canada really is.

    While in Ottawa, I got the opportunity to visit the National War Memorial, Beechwood Cemetery, and briefly, the Canadian War Museum.

    We stopped for just a few minutes at the War Museum and discovered that the building itself is designed around the idea of regeneration. The highest point of the building, part of a fin, faces east and lines up with the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. The saying, "Lest We Forget" is written in Morse Code with windows on this fin. Grass covers part of the roof, sticking with the regeneration theme. The mesmerizing architecture of the outside of this building is carried inside, where Memorial Hall is the first thing you see. Inside of this uncomfortably small, concrete, rigid room, is a lone artifact; the headstone of the Unknown Soldier. On November 11th, at 11:00 am, this headstone is directly illuminated in sunlight that shines through windows in the walls.

    Next, we went to the National War Memorial. The Memorial was originally built in 1939, to commemorate the First World War, but later was rededicated to include the Second World War and the Korean War. Finally, in 2000 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added as a representation of every Canadian soldier to ever sacrifice their life for our nation. The National War Memorial was the sight of the murder of 24 year old, Cpl Nathan Cirillo, on October 22, 2014. Nathan was shot while standing ceremonial guard at the base of the memorial. We thank you Nathan for all that you have done for our country.

    Finally, we travelled to Beechwood Cemetery. This is the final resting place for over 75 000 Canadians, and is the home of the National Military Cemetery. The sheer mass of pristine white crosses is truly indescribable. To quote John McRae, it truly is rows on rows of crosses. I cannot put into words the feelings that I felt as I walked into the cemetery and realized just how many people have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Seeing the massive amounts of graves truly put a new perspective on everything that I have ever heard and learned about war. It put faces to the "soldiers" and names to the "thems" and the "theys". All 96 participants at the ceremony, recited the following Youth Pledge:

    They were young, as we are young,

    They served, giving freely of themselves,

    To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time,

    To carry their torch and never forget

    We will remember them

    After reciting the Pledge, I realized that these wars were even bigger than I could have ever imagined them to be. It was a truly life changing experience and I cannot express enough, how I felt. I still get goose bumps thinking about it! It is for sure going to be a moment that I remember for the rest of my life. Standing at the foot of David Cruickshank's grave, I realized just how lucky we are to be Canadian. Thank you.

  • November Board Meeting - Watch Live

    The November Board Meeting is underway, watch live at https://www.prairiesouth.ca/streaming/.

  • Early Dismissal Monday, November 3, 2014

    It's an Early Dismissal Day at Prairie South Schools!

    Schools will dismiss one hour early today, and every second or third Monday. This pattern will continue until the end of June. The early dismissals allow our teachers to work together in teams to address student learning. These teams are referred to as Learning Improvement Teams (LITs) and will be a key part of school goals. An abundance of research shows that when teachers work collaboratively, student learning improves as the specific needs of students at our school are addressed.

    Should you have any questions or concerns about the LITs, please do not hesitate to contact your local school. We look forward to an exciting year of learning together!

    Upcoming Early Dismissal Days:

    December 1, 15
    January 12, 26
    February 9
    March 2, 23
    April 13, 27
    May 11, 25
    June 8

  • Practical & Applied Arts Program Giving Opportunities to Local Students

    Article courtesy of Jay Jennings, DiscoverMooseJaw.com

    Discover moose jaw paaIt was an exciting day for students, staff and employers in the Prairie South School Division on Monday. To kick off education week, Prairie South announced several partnership agreements with southern Saskatchewan employers as part of their Practical And Applied Arts program.

    The program, which has been a couple years in the making, allows students to gain practical experience in a number of trades, through online and in-school training.

    Cierra Strutynski is a grade 12 student in Coronach, home to the Poplar River Power Station. She has been able to study power engineering through the PAA program. "It's actually pretty interesting, I learned things that I didn't know before and it's making me look forward to the future," said Strutynski.

    Howard Mathews is Acting Vice President for Power Productions with Sask Power, and former Director of the Poplar River Mine in Coronach. Mathews sees PAA as a wonderful recruiting tool. "We can actually encourage local students to get involved in power engineering, because for us we aren't trying to recruit people out of Calgary, Vancouver or Toronto we want to give opportunities to local students and this does that," said Mathews.

    Avonlea student, Sheldon Daniel lives on a mixed farm near the town, and says he's been able to enhance his knowledge of livestock through the online courses. "I didn't really have the information that you learn in the course, I was very raw. I didn't learn about all sorts of vaccines and the science part of it but now that I have this backing up what I know I have a better understanding of how things work," said Daniel.

    Commercial Cooking, Cosmetology, and Energy and Mines are some of the other sectors involved with PAA.

    This is the only PAA program in Saskatchewan, though Saskatoon has an "industry and employment council" that matches employers with students.

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