For the Week of Sept 12, 2022
Working together; succeeding together.
We acknowledge the harm of colonialism and the residential school system and commit to working together toward reconciliation and forging a better path forward.
Remembering the Queen
The death of Elizabeth II, Canada's Queen has put our nation into a period of formal mourning. However, for many of us it goes beyond formalities. For most of us Queen Elizabeth has been a fixture in our government for our entire lives. There would be a small handful who would remember the reign of her father George VI. For the last 70 years, our Queen has stood as the guardian of our constitutional (albeit, largely as a figurehead); a foundational component of Canada's Constitutional Monarchy.
I was lucky enough to meet Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh when I was still in elementary school. It was part of a Royal tour of Canada that included a stop in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. I can remember weeks of preparation, learning the proper protocols (bowing and curtsying), how to address the Queen and Prince, and a great deal of learning about the Monarchy and their role in Canada's government. I remember vividly, the day of the event and how large the crowds were. I was lucky enough to find myself in the front row, right along the walkway. My most vivid memory was, upon seeing Her Majesty and the Duke, realizing that they were just people, like the rest of us. No ermine furred capes or jewel-encrusted crowns. They were just a Grandma and Grandpa, wearing winter coats like the rest of us, standing in the cool late autumn air. The Queen waved as she went past, but the Duke actually stopped. In front of where we stood was a sign indicating that we were from Marengo. He stopped and shook our hands, and told us he had been part of a battle in Marengo; we were elated. He went on to say it was Marengo, France, but we were no less excited. I remember that beyond his accent, he seemed like someone you might meet on the street.
This began a personal, lifelong interest in the Monarchy, at least our Monarchy. I have spent the rest of my life trying to reconcile the events of that day with what we had been taught about the importance and pomp and circumstance that accompanies the monarchy. Since that day, I have had the pleasure of meeting His Majesty King Charles III, then he was Prince Charles, as well as seeing Prince Edward, unfortunately not able to meet him. I share this, not to brag (I was often in the right place at the right time), but to illustrate that on every occasion I was struck with the commonness of, by definition, truly not common people. Beyond their accents and throng of security, they were like you and me. They shook hands up and down and said thank you when welcomed and answered questions when asked.
As we move through the time of the mourning to the state funeral on Sept 19 and as we transition to a new Head of State; changes to currency, anthems, etc, I think that it is important to remember two things. There is value in tradition and in respecting our history, albeit equally if not far more important to learn from it and avoid the mistakes of the past. Also, to remember that when placing people on pedestals, whether it be politically or celebrity, we remember that first and foremost they are people, who deserve our inherent respect because of our shared humanity. We, as a nation, lost our Queen, but King Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne lost their mother, their children lost their grandmother and their children lost their great-grandmother. As a nation we thank Elizabeth II for her service and dedication to her role, we also offer our condolences to her family and friends.
God Save the King.
8:55 - class bell rings.
9:00 - Oh Canada and morning announcements.
12:10 - lunch bell rings - grades K-3 eat and go outside at 12:30, grades 4-6 go outside and eat at 12:30
12:50 - lunch warning bell rings - students come inside
12:55 - class bell rings
3:05 - high school dismissal bell rings
3:25 - elementary dismissal bell rings
Extra Curricular Fees
Canoeing at Gem Lakes
Mr. B said it was very windy and cool, but the students were prepared and had a great time. Lots of good food and good laughs.
Bear Bites Getting Ready
150lbs of Pop Tabs
The Next Staff vs. Students game is Sept 28!
SRC Members Needed!
Music Lessons in Porcupine Plain
Sept 12 - Apple Fundraiser begins
Sept 19 - Blanket Exercise at PPCS (grades 7-12)
Sept 20 - School Terry Fox Walk
Sept 23 - Grade 11 field trip to the college of veterinary medicine
Sept 28- Staff vs. Student Game
Sept 29 - Orange Shirt Day
Sept 30 - School Improvement Planning (NO SCHOOL)
Oct 12 - Retakes and Grad Photos ** Note this was changed from Oct 13 to align with kindergarten days.
Apple Fundraiser Starts Monday
Mon, Thurs practice 3:30-5:30
Wed Games (stay tuned for home games)
Sr. Girls Vball
Mon practice 6-8pm
Thurs practice 7-8:30am
Fri and Sat tournament in Kinistino.
Tues and Wed practice 3:30-5:00
Tues, Wed, Fri practice 3:30-4:30
First meet with Thursday (Sept 15) in Tisdale
Jr. and Sr. Golf
Mon, Tues practice 3:30-6:00 @ Greenghills