ABOUT Skatin Community SCHOOL
In a perfect world, we would tell you about our school as did our ancestors …in the spoken word – a story that would be passed from person to person and generation to generation. Things have changed, and so have the lives of First Nations people. This Chronicle of Skatin Community School contains some important messages and we will tell our tale by any and all means available in this world.
A Chronicle is a historical account presented largely in the order in which the events occurred. This publication is a review not only of the past, but also of “where we are now”, our (our children, our community) opportunities for a bright future; and how we plan to “get there”.
We hope you will enjoy and learn by reading our modest tribute to cooperation, creativity and caring – all factors in the growth of Skatin Community School as an integral asset to Skatin Nations and our neighbour communities.
HLS teachers, students and community members developed a “Mind Map” that outlined four priority areas:
Build Student Pride
Provide youth activities
Engage Parents & Community
Address Challenges & Opportunities
Traditional Pit houses (S'istken) are found through out the our traditional terrritories.
From June of 1955, Skatin Nations children attended school in a portable building located in Skatin Village. After 50 years of use, the aging building could no longer serve the needs of the community.
New school approved for INAC funding on “upper” reserve, IR4A
2003 to 2004
Construction of new School
Skatin Community Hall, Kitchen & Gymnasium Facility approved for construction
2004 to 2005
Construction of new Community Centre & Gymnasium
JULY 2005 HEAD OF THE LAKE SCHOOL GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
BC Ministry of Advanced Education releases new funding to support a “Strategy to Improve Aboriginal Access & Achievement
HLS secures an extremely qualified individual to serve as Principal of HLS; Mr. Abou Bai-Sheka, as well as a fully certified teaching staff.
A NEW Era
Capable and caring management and staff provide efficient daily operations and ensure student needs are met. HLS Board of Direc tors now able to focus on strategic and financial planning and capacity building to build a strong foundation for the future of HLS and the community of Skatin.
HLS Finance & Planning Workshop