A school filled with ‘spirit in spades’

A full gym for Spirit Assembly

School artists explain the meaning behind the final classroom door that was artistically created

G. C. Huston Public School in Southampton was ‘rocking’ with enthusiasm at the May Spirit Assembly on Friday, May 25th (2018) and they had many reasons to celebrate.

Saugeen First Nation Chief, Lester Anoquot, Melissa Gregory of the Saugeen Health Centre and Natasha Lubremire of SOHAC presented a donation of $6,000 from funds raised through the Colourdash run ‘Light Up our Nation’ held last year

Southampton Rotary Peter Day (L) and the newly named ‘Bearama’ mascot

Southampton Rotary also presented two donations from the ‘Winterama’ event held in February.  Schools in the region fundraised with a portion of the monies going back to the schools.  G. C. Huston, the smallest of the area’s schools raised the most in pledges and, therefore, Rotary presented a cheque for $4,000 along with another $500 for the best participation of any school.

Principal Dan Russell (L), Bearama and Peter Day of Southampton Rotary

The winning name ‘Bearama’ for the new mascot of  Winterama also came from a G. C. Huston student, A.J. Joseph.

Jack Bennett wins the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SCVA) award in Science as a first-time-ever winner for G. C. Huston

Archery top winners brought home the trophies Maddi Sheehan, Finley Hendry, Serena McKenzie & Corbin Glover


“We had 30 archers this year,” said Russell, “and now with archery being offered at Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS), the students moving on to high school will be able to continue honing their skills.”

School colours – blue and gold – an important part of school spirit for students

Students were also recognized for their weekly attitude in various areas that included, Leadership, Grit, Helpfulness and Kindness.

Unveiling of the final door
Final artistic door unveiled

The final classroom door created by school art students was unveiled . The students were given a theme and then had to create artwork that depicted their view of that theme.

The last door reveals the cultural background of the Ojibwe people through images of traditional dance such as the ‘Jingle’ dance, traditional ‘Shawl’ danceand also other traditional items such as the dream-catcher and drum as seen through the eyes of the students.