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Seven Habits taking root for Loreburn kids

Darrah Langager (left) and Rachel Stamnes paint a cow design as part of a totem pole in the art classroom, one of several stations open to visitors during Leadership Day at Loreburn Central School on Thursday.

Darrah Langager (left) and Rachel Stamnes paint a cow design as part of a totem pole in the art classroom, one of several stations open to visitors during Leadership Day at Loreburn Central School on Thursday.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — From household chores to hockey, Loreburn students are finding that the Seven Habits can work their way into just about everything they do.

Grade 7 student Derek Griffin, who just finished peewee hockey season a few weeks ago, said he could put Habit No. 6 — “Synergize” — to practical use on the ice.

“We want to score on the other team and win the game,” he explained, so synergy with his teammates is the best way forward.

Griffin said the habits don’t always come to him naturally like they do for some. In his case, they’re more of a reminder of the way he should be doing things.

“They’re there when you need them,” he said. “To some people it’s very effective.”

Griffin and his schoolmates played host to roughly 70 guests as Loreburn Central School held its fourth annual Leadership Day on Thursday.

The event is organized by students to practise their leadership skills and to show how they put the Seven Habits into action.

It’s been five years since Loreburn staff and students began integrating the “Leader in Me” program and the habits into their school curriculum and culture.

“It’s a process and we are learning more and more as we go,” said principal Jill Long. “We have come a long way together.”

The program is aimed at changing schools in three main areas: teaching leadership directly to students and integrating it into lessons; empowering staff and students to have a voice in their schools; and making students active agents in their learning.

The crowd on Thursday morning included parents, community members, Sun West School Division board members and visitors from other schools.

The event was designed with a “Decades” theme, featuring retro decorations.

“It’s so neat just seeing the kids getting up and doing their thing,” said Long, adding that having to play host was forcing some students out of their comfort zones, with positive results.

For the full story, please see the April 3 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Stars on ice at Loreburn skating carnival

From left, Erika Swedberg, Emmerson Tastad and Jordyn Dorward skate in a circle to the theme from "Footloose” at the Line 19 Figure Skating Club carnival on March 5.

From left, Erika Swedberg, Emmerson Tastad and Jordyn Dorward skate in a circle to the theme from “Footloose” at the Line 19 Figure Skating Club carnival on March 5.

By Joel van der Veen

LOREBURN — There may not have been a red carpet, but it was still a star-studded affair as the Line 19 Figure Skating Club presented its annual carnival last weekend.

The Loreburn Arena was the site of the “Hollywood Walk of Fame,” held the afternoon of March 5.

The program was themed around the movies and featured 15 performances, including solos and group routines with the CanSkate, CanPowerSkate and StarSkate programs represented.

A total of 50 skaters were enrolled in the club this year, ranging from small children to high school students.

Merkayle Lakinger, a Grade 10 student, is the oldest registered skater. She performed a solo set to the Madonna song “Material Girl.”

She began skating when her family lived in Porcupine Plain and continued after their move to Loreburn when she was in Grade 5.

“I think you just need to have a passion for it to keep going,” she said last week, adding that she enjoys working with the other skaters and helping teach the younger ones.

For the full story and more photos, please see the March 13 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Atom Huskies win first round of league playoffs

Davidson goalie Daxton Tichit stops a shot by Kash Ringdal.

Davidson goalie Daxton Tichit stops a shot by Kash Ringdal.

By Joel van der Veen

KENASTON — A hard-fought series between two local teams ended in victory for the Davidson Atom Huskies.

The Davidson atom team faced the Kenaston/Loreburn team — nicknamed the “Blizzteeners,” a combination of “Blizzards” and “19ers” — in the opening round of Fertile Valley Hockey League playoffs.

The Huskies hosted the first game in the two-game, total-point series on Feb. 24. The host team racked up a 5-1 lead in the first period and ultimately won 7-2.

Kenaston hosted the second game on Feb. 27, drawing a large crowd to the Kenaston Arena.

The host team was in fine form, leading 3-2 after the first period. Davidson broke away in the game’s final minutes, pulling off a 7-4 win. (The Huskies won the two-game series 14 points to 6.)

For the full story and more photos, please see the March 6 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe. 

Trustee urges public to speak up on school divisions review

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By Joel van der Veen

KENASTON — John Collins has a message for anyone interested in the future of Saskatchewan’s public education system: now’s the time to speak your mind.

The trustee, who represents Davidson and area on the board of education for Sun West School Division, said people with an opinion on the subject should voice it.

“It’s better if it comes straight from the voters’ mouths to their local MLA,” Collins said Thursday. “If we don’t say anything, we can’t really complain at the end of it.”

Changes may be on the horizon for the structure of school divisions in the province.

Dan Perrins, a former deputy minister, presented a report on school governance to education minister Don Morgan in December.

In addition to history and context, the report offered three primary options for governance structures for the minister’s consideration.

Morgan then appointed a six-person panel to consult with stakeholders throughout the month of January, both in face-to-face meetings and through online submissions from the public.

The panel is expected to present its findings to the minister this month, with a public announcement to follow.

The province currently has 28 school divisions, each governed by elected boards of education, and a total K-12 student population of roughly 176,000.

Options identified by Perrins include a provincial model with a single public school board and an advisory board operating alongside it.

A regional model would set up four public boards of education, while a third model would restructure the current divisions into between eight and 14 new divisions.

Morgan has also indicated that the province could choose to stay with the status quo.

Collins said he has heard from a few people about the review, though not as many as he expected.

“I think it’s a pretty important piece that everybody needs to be aware of,” he said. “Everybody that has a vested interest should be talking to their MLA, or letting the government know what they think.”

Collins represents Subdivision 6 in Sun West School Division, which includes the schools in Davidson, Kenaston and Loreburn.

The subdivision also includes colony schools at Loreburn and Clear Springs and the Distance Learning Centre (DLC) in Kenaston.

For the full story, please see the Feb. 13 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.

Obituary: Wakefield, Anne

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1928 — 2016

Annie passed away peacefully on December 26, 2016 at the Davidson Health Centre.

Anne (Annie) Wakefield, 88, of Loreburn, Saskatchewan, leaves to mourn her son Derry (Charlene) as well as her sister Beatrice and nieces Margaret, Verna, Venus, Tammy and nephew Ralph.

Annie was interred in the family plot in Loreburn, Sask., and a celebration of Annie’s life will be held in the spring of 2017.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers of the Davidson facility. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Davidson Health Trust Fund, cheques payable to the Town of Davidson.

Arrangements in care of Hanson’s Funeral Home of Davidson.

Aztecs meet Raiders in junior basketball play

Davidson’s Nathan Chomyshen dribbles the ball with Loreburn’s Brennan Graham at his side.

Davidson’s Nathan Chomyshen dribbles the ball with Loreburn’s Brennan Graham at his side.

DAVIDSON — Junior teams from Loreburn visited Davidson School to take on both the boys and girls teams in basketball action on Tuesday.

The girls played first, with the visiting Aztecs holding a slight 18-13 lead at the halfway point and going on to claim a 32-18 win.

Baylee Batza led the scoring for Loreburn with 14 points, followed by Alyssa Glubis with eight points. Jordyn Dorward and Nicole Yakimoski also scored.

Tolu Arowolo was the top scorer for Davidson with eight points, including a three-point shot. Also scoring were McKenna Doell, Halle Herback, Leila McDonnell and Courtney Payne.

Next up, the boys’ teams faced off. Davidson led 19-12 at the end of the second quarter and eventually won with a score of 57-29.

Gabe Charette led the scoring for the Raiders with 12 points, while Deiondre Boychuk had 11 points and Riley Berry scored 10.

Jackson Norrish was the top scorer for the Aztecs with 18 points, while Dylan Glubis, Brennan Graham, Lance Hefervez and Emmitt Hundeby also scored.

For the full story and more photos, please see the Dec. 12 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.