First Bell: Spring 2016

By Our Children

Rediscovering the Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is making history by building Canada’s Largest Lego Mosaic Wall and you can be a part of the legacy fundraising project too! Drop into the Discovery Centre any time. Panels are only $5. But it’s not the only project the centre is working on. The new Discovery Centre is taking shape on the Halifax waterfront, and everyone’s getting excited for the new centre to open its doors. Follow along with Ecole Grosvenor Wentworth Park School student, Freya Neilson, as she Discovers the New Discovery Centre, a new video web series. Episode one is online now! Check it out on the centre’s YouTube channel here.

Grades primary to 3 see new curriculum

As part of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, a comprehensive plan focusing on the three Rs: renew, refocus, rebuild, released in 2015 by the Department of Education, every Grade Primary to 3 teacher is implementing a new curriculum. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) sets the curriculum. But the way in which it’s delivered looks unique to each class based on its strengths, lived experiences, backgrounds, and students’ interests. 

Katie Foley teaches a combined Grade 1–2 class at St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary School. Watch the video at to see how she makes learning come alive for her students by creating an inclusive climate.

Read more on the Minister’s Action Plan here:

Choosing the right omega-3 supplement

A growing amount of research shows omega-3 oils improve learning, attention, mood, and behaviour, while reducing hyperactivity and symptoms of inflammatory conditions like eczema and asthma. With all of the omega-3 supplements available, there are a few key things to look for when choosing the best product for your children:

•  Choose one made from clean, sustainable sources of algae or small, cold-water fish (anchovies, sardines, or mackerel). 

•  Ensure the label on fish oil products state it’s the triglyceride form. 

•  Remember, fish oil should never taste fishy before the expiry date. 

•  See a naturopathic doctor for guidance on these and other natural products for family health.

Learn more about Dr. Sarah Hardy at