Students from Maple Creek Composite School (MCCS) attended a regular meeting of the Chinook School Division's board of education on Feb. 12 to make a presentation about the benefits of using Google Classroom. They guided board members through the process to log into Google Classroom, complete an assignment, submit it to a teacher, and share feedback. The students spoke about the benefits of Google Classroom for individual and group learning. This versatile web tool makes it easier for teachers to distribute assignments and to communicate with students. MCCS has been using Google Classroom about a year, and it is a good combination with the Chromebook laptops that are used by students in the school.


The second half of the 2017-18 Blenders concert series, which brings live performances by some of Canada's best musicians to Swift Current, is in full swing. Award-winning singer-songwriter Nuela Charles was the performer at the Feb. 10 concert at the Lyric Theatre. Her dynamic voice blended the sounds of soul and pop music to provide the audience with a memorable experience. A few days before the concert her album “The Grand Hustle” received a 2018 Juno Awards nomination in the category for adult contemporary album of the year. The next Blenders concert takes place on Feb. 27, when Leeroy Stagger will perform with his full band. For more information about upcoming Blenders concerts, visit the website


The Swift Current Broncos gave fans plenty to cheer about last weekend, when they won all three games during a busy three-day period. The team started the weekend with a 5-1 win against the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night, Feb. 9. The Broncos were back on home ice on Saturday night, when they defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2. It was a memorable evening for team captain Glenn Gawdin, who played his 300th career WHL game and also scored his 100th WHL point. The Broncos travelled to Prince Albert on Feb. 11, where they recorded their fourth straight win with a 6-5 victory over the Raiders. After the weekend the Swift Current team had a 40-13-3-1 record and they remained in second place in the East Division standings behind the Moose Jaw Warriors.


Central School choir held a Valentine's Day bake sale at the Swift Current Mall on Feb. 10 to raise funds for Telemiracle. The bake sale raised $1,037 and the group's next fundraiser for Telemiracle is a talent show on Feb. 28, for which they are still collecting items for the raffle table and selling 50/50 tickets. The Central School choir and bucket drummers will be performing at Telemiracle on March 4 and the school wants to raise as much funds as possible to take to Regina, because the money raised by Saskatchewan performers for Telemiracle 42 will be matched by Nutrien. Community members who want to support Telemiracle can give their donations to the choir to take to the event for the stage presentation. Their donations will count towards the choir’s total, but individuals will still receive a tax receipt.


A new exhibition at the Swift Current Museum showcases the history and current research activities at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Swift Current Research and Development Centre (SCRDC). An open house and reception for the exhibition took place during the evening on Feb. 7 and there were organized tours for school and education groups during the day on Feb. 8. SCRDC staff were present on both occasions to speak to visitors about the exhibition and their research.


The Swift Current Fencing Club hosted a two-day fencing tournament at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, Feb. 3-4. Around 42 fencers competed in the 2018 Chinook Open, including nine fencers from the local club. Fencing clubs from Asquith, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, the University of Saskatchewan, as well as Medicine Hat were represented at the tournament. Below are the results for the Swift Current Fencing Club from the 2018 Chinook Open:

U13 mini épée: 1st Nathan Roberts, 2nd Taylor Collier, 3rd Kendra Lacasse and Garrett Wentworth; U13 mixed foil: 2nd Dylan Lacasse, 3rd Taylor Collier, 5th Nathan Roberts, 6th Garrett Wentworth; Cadet mixed épée 2: 5th Carianne Hunter; Cadet mixed foil: 3rd Ian Lacasse, 8th Carianne Hunter, 9th Nathan Roberts; Junior mixed foil: 3rd Ian Lacasse; Senior mixed épée: 6th Lisa Hagen.


Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker visited Central School in Swift Current for a songwriting workshop with a group of Grade 5-8 students, Feb. 2. The workshop concluded the process to write a “Cougar Strong” song to reflect the school's culture and values. Music teacher Celia Hammerton brainstormed ideas for the song with students in different grades before Straker's visit. During the workshop the 21 students created the verses, chorus and melody for the song with guidance from Straker. The project provided a unique opportunity to students to explore their creativity and to learn about the songwriting process. Straker visited the school twice before for songwriting workshops with students. The one song was created for Central School's centennial celebrations in 2014, and the other one was performed by the school's choir at Telemiracle 40 in 2016.


Folk-pop singer-songwriter and pianist Jeffery Straker performed at Central School in Swift Current, Feb. 1. He played songs from his different albums, including the full-length recording Dirt Road Confessional that was released in May 2017. He has been touring in Canada and Europe during the past year and his touring schedule during 2018 will include trips to Mexico and the Netherlands. He will again be a member of the national cast at Telemiracle 42 on March 3 and 4. His concert in Swift Current helped to kickstart Central School's fundraising campaign for Telemiracle. The 50/50 and silent auction at the concert raised $3,014 for Telemiracle. The Central School choir and bucket drummers will be performing at Telemiracle on March 4 and the school wants to raise as much funds as possible to take to Regina. There will be a Valentine's Day bake sale at the Swift Current Mall on Feb. 10, starting at 10 a.m. The Central School choir will be performing throughout the morning at this event. The school's other fundraising events include a talent show for students and families on Feb. 28 and the school's spirit club is also organizing activities to raise money.


Swimmers from across the province participated in a swim meet hosted by Special Olympics Swift Current at the Aquatic Centre, Jan. 28. This was the first swim meet of the season and it provided a good opportunity for swimmers to see the benefits of their training. Swimmers from Humboldt, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Regina and Saskatoon attended the event. Eleven swimmers from Swift Current competed at the event and two swimmers (Issac Kitchen and Anu Ragib) participated in their first competition. A number of them improved on their seed times in different events.


A celebration of Scottish culture took place at the annual Robbie Burns Night in Swift Current, Jan, 27. The event at the Legion Hall was presented by the Swift Current Green Braes Pipes & Drums. People enjoyed haggis, a traditional Scottish dish, with their meal. John Leyshon made the address to the haggis before the start of the meal. During the evening there was a performance by the Green Braes Pipes & Drums as well as highland dances by students from The Dance Studio.


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