Harbour View Elementary School

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Harbour View School, also called "Harbour View Elementary School", is a public school on the north end of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, serving about 260 children in the first through sixth grades. The school's preschool program, student services offices, and dental clinic are in the building. The principal is Joe Walsh.[1] The school participates in the "Our Healthy School" program of the Halifax Regional School Board.[2]


The school was first built in 1961, with major construction work also taking place in 1972.[1]

In 1997 and 1998, the school was among 25 taking part in the Nova Scotia Model Schools Program, in which trees and other greenery were planted on school grounds.[3]

Social problems[edit]

As of 1996, a significant proportion of the student population lived in poverty. "[T]he principal of this school often goes to the homes herself, to the homes of these children, to assist in whatever way she can," said John Hamm, a party leader speaking on the floor of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. "The same principal told me that if anyone believes that poverty in Nova Scotia does not exist, they should come with her to some of the homes where these children struggle to survive."[4]

Crime has been a notable feature of the area immediately around the school. Across the street from the school at the Holy Trinity Emmanuel Anglican Church, burglars in both May and June 2007 stole all the food for a program that feeds breakfast to 50 children before school.[5] (The breakfast program has been in existence since at least 1996.[4])

Crime has been a longstanding problem close to the school. In 2006, a 52-year-old man said he was assaulted in the mid-afternoon of March 24 by teenage youths on a street near the school. "[T]here's a concentration of kids in north-end Dartmouth committing crimes", according to a May 6, 2006, article in The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, which quoted several residents.[6]

On September 10, 1998, in a wooded area behind the school, Harbour View students found a 35-year-old woman bleeding from her injuries after an assault. Eight days later, she died from her wounds. As of early 2008, the murder remained unsolved.[7] Early on a Saturday morning in December, 2006, a 21-year-old man, beaten and bloody, was found by a passerby on the approach to the Victoria Road pedway at the school. That man also later died of his injuries.[8]

Harbour View Elementary School and John MacNeil Elementary School both feed into John Martin Junior High School. In 2006, Trevor Zinck, a member of the Nova Scotia General Assembly, said some parents in his district were concerned about bullying at the junior high school from children entering it from Harbour View. "This is due to the fact that some of the 'tougher children' come out of the Harbour View school area", Zinck said.[9]


  1. ^ a b "All about the super bees". Retrieved Jan 2007.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Web page titled "Harbour View Elementary School" at the "Our Healthy School" Web site of the Halifax Regional School Board Web site, accessed January 8, 2007
  3. ^ [1]"The Outdoor Classroom" newsletter, published by the Evergreen Canada Initiative (Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia), page 4, accessed January 8, 2007
  4. ^ a b "Transcript, Nova Scotia General Assembly,"Fifty-sixth General Assembly / Fourth Session", March 29, 1996, accessed January 8, 2007, page 47". Retrieved 8 January 2007. 
  5. ^ Shiers, Kelly, "Passing a test of faith; Break-ins can't dampen spiritsof Dartmouth congregation", news article, The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 9, 2007, Metro section, page B5, January 8, 2007
  6. ^ Hayes, Brian, "Hostages in their homes; Swarmings, attacks by youth gangs strike fear into residents", article described as "Final installment in a two-part series on youth violence", The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 6, 2006, page A1, accessed via NewsBank.com, January 8, 2007
  7. ^ [2] Web page titled "Unsolved Murder Info" at Halifax Regional Police Web site, accessed January 8, 2007
  8. ^ [3] Web page titled "Injured man found behind school dies" December 11, 2006 at the CBC Web site, accessed January 8, 2007
  9. ^ [4] Transcript, Nova Scotia General Assembly, Committee of the Whole House on Supply, July 10, 2006, page 276, accessed January 8, 2007

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Coordinates: 44°40′53.1″N 63°35′22.9″W / 44.681417°N 63.589694°W / 44.681417; -63.589694