Top News

Local students explore multiple topics at CCRSB heritage fair


TRURO – Isabella Young went beyond pictures and posters at a regional heritage fair on Friday.

The 12-year-old Truro junior high student took her project on chickens to the next level with a live visual – her hen, Yoko.

 “I chose this because I thought it would be unique,” Isabella said. “I have 21 hens and I sell eggs. With this project I’m trying to show people what chickens can do. They’re very smart. They know faces and they will come when they see people they know.”

The Grade 7 student has had hens (Tetra Brown, Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock) for two years and has learned a lot about their care by reading books. She calls her place Off the Course Farm.

Isabella was one of many local students who took part in the fair.

The Springhill Bump was a natural subject for Ainslea Hatton’s project. Her great-grandfather was a miner and helped rescue men trapped in the Springhill mine disaster of 1958.

“I found pictures online and got some from my family,” said the 10-year-old Harmony Heights student. “It was interesting to learn about, but I think it would have been really hard working in a mine.”

She said she toured the mine when she was about six. She doesn’t remember much about it, except that it was very dark.

Ryan Hennessey, an 11-year-old Harmony Heights student, is a big football fan and chose the CFL as his topic.

“I personally love and play football,” he said. “My dad, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather all played.”

He plays in the Truro Minor Football Association and his favourite team is the Calgary Stampeders. His display included a football autographed by Truro’s Brett Lauther, a CFL kicker, who he had a chance to interview when the athlete visited his school.

Haley McRae’s interest in horses led the 13-year-old Pugwash district high student to choose the Tantramar Pony Club as her subject.

“Pony club is a really good organization and teaches a lot of life skills and responsibility,” she said. “It’s been around for almost 100 years but a lot of people don’t know what it is.”

The Tantramar club formed in 1947 and runs out of Galloway Stables, in Port Howe, Cumberland County. It currently has eight members.

Haley has a Connemara-Appaloosa cross and two miniature horses she shows, and has been a member of the Tantramar Pony Club for seven years. With her equine partners she has won more than 200 ribbons and several trophies.

She hopes to teach riding lessons or become a vet in the future.

Other project topics included folklore, the Halifax Explosion, Anna Swan, Oak Island, Mary Queen of Scots, the Balmoral Grist Mill, the Underground Railroad, Tim Hortons, the War of 1812, animal extinction and the Beothuks.

The fair, held at the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College, included students from grades 4 to 9 from across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Youth presented their projects to judges and the public and took part in workshops presented by local museums and heritage and cultural groups. Some projects will advance to the provincial fair in Halifax in June.

lynn.curwin@tc.tc

 

The 12-year-old Truro junior high student took her project on chickens to the next level with a live visual – her hen, Yoko.

 “I chose this because I thought it would be unique,” Isabella said. “I have 21 hens and I sell eggs. With this project I’m trying to show people what chickens can do. They’re very smart. They know faces and they will come when they see people they know.”

The Grade 7 student has had hens (Tetra Brown, Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock) for two years and has learned a lot about their care by reading books. She calls her place Off the Course Farm.

Isabella was one of many local students who took part in the fair.

The Springhill Bump was a natural subject for Ainslea Hatton’s project. Her great-grandfather was a miner and helped rescue men trapped in the Springhill mine disaster of 1958.

“I found pictures online and got some from my family,” said the 10-year-old Harmony Heights student. “It was interesting to learn about, but I think it would have been really hard working in a mine.”

She said she toured the mine when she was about six. She doesn’t remember much about it, except that it was very dark.

Ryan Hennessey, an 11-year-old Harmony Heights student, is a big football fan and chose the CFL as his topic.

“I personally love and play football,” he said. “My dad, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather all played.”

He plays in the Truro Minor Football Association and his favourite team is the Calgary Stampeders. His display included a football autographed by Truro’s Brett Lauther, a CFL kicker, who he had a chance to interview when the athlete visited his school.

Haley McRae’s interest in horses led the 13-year-old Pugwash district high student to choose the Tantramar Pony Club as her subject.

“Pony club is a really good organization and teaches a lot of life skills and responsibility,” she said. “It’s been around for almost 100 years but a lot of people don’t know what it is.”

The Tantramar club formed in 1947 and runs out of Galloway Stables, in Port Howe, Cumberland County. It currently has eight members.

Haley has a Connemara-Appaloosa cross and two miniature horses she shows, and has been a member of the Tantramar Pony Club for seven years. With her equine partners she has won more than 200 ribbons and several trophies.

She hopes to teach riding lessons or become a vet in the future.

Other project topics included folklore, the Halifax Explosion, Anna Swan, Oak Island, Mary Queen of Scots, the Balmoral Grist Mill, the Underground Railroad, Tim Hortons, the War of 1812, animal extinction and the Beothuks.

The fair, held at the Truro campus of the Nova Scotia Community College, included students from grades 4 to 9 from across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Youth presented their projects to judges and the public and took part in workshops presented by local museums and heritage and cultural groups. Some projects will advance to the provincial fair in Halifax in June.

lynn.curwin@tc.tc

 

Recent Stories