Oct 06
Celebrations at Beddington

This past month at Beddington we have celebrated “respect" as our fifth pillar. This was the first pillar of the seven sacred teachings we have chosen to honour throughout the school year. In response to Beddington Heights commitment to truth and reconciliation, we pledge to acknowledge these teachings that many of our indigenous communities have adopted as important aspects of cultural growth. These are considered moral touchstones that can provide for admiration and understanding for all. Students received recognition of for their ability to show evidence of respect, as well as care for self, others place and learning at our first Pillars of Care assembly on Oct 1, 2021. This year students will be receiving new awards. Instead of ribbons, students will receive key fobs identifying the pillar they have excelled at. Look for these new awards as they begin arriving home.

Respect is symbolized by the buffalo. Respect is the first and foremost of the sacred teachings. This is particularly important as we celebrated Orange Shirt Day before the national Truth and Reconciliation day on September 30, 2021. Gloria Manitopyes, a CBE Diversity and Support Strategist was here to conduct a Smudge along with her colleague Deandra Nuefeld who performed a morning song, and read a story related to the meaning of orange shirt day at our outdoor assembly. Students continued their learning related to indigenous ways of knowing throughout the day. 

In October we will celebrate honesty. In Indigenous culture, honesty is symbolized by the Sasquatch. Honesty comes from within and centers on being honest with ourselves. As we move through the year, it is our hope that students will continue to integrate these virtues into their repertoire and build upon their knowledge and skill sets for problem solving. We are very excited to see students practicing these virtues and we are very proud of the amazing individuals we see them continue to develop into. We have had a very successful month and start up in September and we look forward to your continue support in discussing these virtues at home with your child.

Brian Hebert


Beddington Heights​


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