Students hear powerful message

The Halkirk seniors hosted 12 teams from Big Valley, Stettler, Botha, Galahad, Castor, Endiang/Byemoor and locally


The Halkirk seniors hosted 12 teams from Big Valley, Stettler, Botha, Galahad, Castor, Endiang/Byemoor and locally for a Valentine’s Day floor curling tournament on Thursday. When the last game had ended and the last rock was thrown, the top team was a rink from Castor, though everyone took home a prize.

The junior high students from Mother Teresa joined with the Castor schools, traveling to Coronation on Feb. 12 to listen to motivational speaker Robb Nash, who related his personal journey using the power of music.

While still in high school, Nash was a passenger in a serious auto accident and was pronounced dead by first responders. Not so, as paramedics discovered en route to hospital. After a difficult recovery with physical and emotional scars, he started a band “Live on Arrival” with Ryan Richley and Jonny Holliday on drums. Robb is the lead singer. They made a few hit records, but then decided to share his philosophy with the youth in schools across Canada. He speaks to students from 150 schools each year and he chooses the difficult topics: bullying, addiction, self-harm, suicide and the consequences of stupid decisions. It’s a powerful message.

Four junior high students, Devon Johnson, Cale Neufeld, Natalie Shilling and Trey McGilivray entered the CARA curling playoffs in Erskine on Thursday. They won one and lost two games, which was pretty good.

We send birthday greetings out to Jason Cordel of Daysland, who celebrated the big 40 on Valentine’s Day. Family members gathered to surprise him with cake at noon.

The school and staff welcome Kimberly Fath as their new custodian. Kim is also the janitor at the community hall.

Elementary students from grades 1 through 6 will go skating in Castor every Thursday morning while the junior high take Home Economy classes.

Greg and Laura Kent entered an ice-fishing derby at Little Fish Lake, near Battleford, Sk. On Saturday. Unfortunately, they were both unsuccessful in winning any prizes, the big one being a pontoon boat. They did, however, get caught in a big snowstorm.

Rick and Laura Kent returned home Friday, having spent a few days enjoying the warm weather along with the sights and sounds of Las Vegas.

Coming up: March 4 to 7 – Men’s and ladies ice curling bonspiel, phone JD or Sandra at 884-2250 to enter a team or a participant.